Sarah Buchanan

Sarah Buchanan

Sarah Buchanan is a senior at New York University, studying History and creative writing officially and New York City food and culture unofficially! She lives on the Upper West Side with her fiancee and hometown sweetheart, Chris, right in between Central Park and Riverside Park (i.e. no excuse not work-out every now and again!). When she is not working on her honors thesis or re-shelving books in the NYU library, Sarah can be found interning for her go-to all things food related website, Serious Eats, or continuing her long-time quest for the best artisan pickles known to mankind. Sometimes she enjoys running or practicing yoga, but only if brunch is to follow!

 

Favorite item from the library vending machine: Dill Pickle Chips

 

Best Party Theme: White Trash Disco (think jean shorts and cowboy boots with sequins and fake afros)

Favorite Healthful Food: Sweet Potatoes or Spinach

 

Daytime Indulgence: Peanut Butter straight from the jar with Hershey's Chocolate Chips thrown in

 

Late-Night Indulgence: Cheese Fries and a Banana Peanut Butter Milkshake

Bagel Brunch of the Week: Pumpernickel with Tofu Cream Cheese

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Dish: Pumpernickel Bagel with Tofu Cream Cheese
Restaurant: Tal Bagels
Price: $3.45

Brunch is fun, truly it is! Of course fun generally comes with a price- it’s amazing how easily those mimosas slide down after the first few rounds! Luckily the recent spike in perfect weather makes for a inviting incentive to dine on the cheap, picnic in the park style. And in this great city of New York (or really anywhere) a bagel is always on short order! Some are better than others and if there is anything I’ve developed during my past four years of …

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A Gal’s Guide To Group Fitness

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Regular exercise is all about motivation. All. About. It. It’s more than just getting your butt to the gym. You actually have to induce your heart rate to an above average level and sustain that fervor for a good hour to see the results you’ve long been dreaming of.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I myself am no fitness guru. Sure I pick up a magazine here and there to see what the celebs are doing, and I know how to operate a treadmill, but aside from the obvious, I’m clueless. Sadly ellipticals and stair masters get old …

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Table For Two: A Guide To Staging The Perfect Lover’s Walk

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Spring time, oh spring time, the chirping of the birds, the blooming of the flowers, the gentle seasonal breeze, it’s one giant ball of romance just waiting to happen. Spring is my favorite season to be in love.

I know, I know, it sounds cheesy, and I’ll admit, it kind of is…but those blue skies and balmy temperatures make my heart sing out. I’m like Will Ferrel in Elf, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it! And my favorite way to celebrate the exultations of my heart is by taking a long lovers’ walk through the neighborhood with my special someone. There is nothing like spending an entire afternoon or evening casually strolling, talking about everything and nothing, melting over the shared beauty that is the season, sharing in sappy feelings without necessarily acknowledging what is really going on.

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Super Foods: A Tale of A Super Rescue

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I used to be able to run for hours. No seriously, as a child my brother and I would play outside from our 3pm school dismissal until my mom called us in for 6:30pm family dinner. We were regular Energizer bunnies, legs always moving, feet always flying, no time for a break.

Flash forward some 15 years to freshmen year of college and that mobile and energetic little girl got replaced by a perpetually tired, rather slothy, extremely lazy 18 year old. I could chalk it up to the transition in lifestyles, or the massive amounts of school work, or …

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The Eaters Among Us: Deepti Kapur

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Deepti Sharma Kapur, of the highly anctipated FoodToEat, an online food ordering company, is a fearless entrepreneur, a savvy businesswoman, a political science buff, and a family-oriented foodie. She’s one heck of a busy gal with a list of accolades that span from here to forever, that’s for sure! We most recently met up at her company’s New York City launch party (a fabulous soiree!) where she worked the crowd like a runway model. The party went off without a hitch, a trend we have come to expect from anything with Deepti’s stamp! I was lucky enough to have …

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Eat Under $10: A Healthy Sweet Potato Nacho Feast

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Dish: Sweet Potato Nachos
Serves: 4
Good for: Lunch or dinner parties
Shopping List: 2 large sweet potatoes $1.06, 1 ripe avocado $1.49, 1 large can black beans/refried beans $.99, Small tub of sour cream $2.00, Salsa $1.99, Spinach $2.99, 1 lime $.20
Pantry Items: salt, pepper, cayenne pepper,
Total Cost: $8.73

I can pretty much guarantee that I am always up for some good old Tex-Mex. If you throw me a bag of tortilla strips, a bowl of salsa, and a dollop of sour cream, I will be your best friend for life, that’s a promise.

Lucky for me, …

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Spring Break Adventures: Hilton Head, South Carolina

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O.K. so maybe in my wildest dreams I would have spent my last official spring break on a balmy beach in the greek islands, stuffing myself full of grilled fish drenched in olive oil and fluffy, fresh pita bread covered in tzatziki. I would have lounged in a horizontal recline all day long, and spent the warm spring evenings dancing to bad Euro-pop music. I would have have more or less re-lived the spring break trip I took to Greece last year minus the two days spent in hectic Athens and the plethora of cheap Ryanair flights suffered through in …

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Healthy Homemade: Green Pea Sweet Potato Couscous

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I am my most kitchen creative when I am low on pantry staples. I play a fun little game called “What’s for dinner?” that I think you’d really like. Come on, give it a try!

Here’s how it works: Take a peek in your cupboards and collect what you have on hand. Place your ingredients on the counter. Take a moment to survey the scene, no matter how bleak. Now put on your thinking cap and think! think! think! I bet you can come up with something more exciting that you ever imagined possible. Here’s a little secret I’ll …

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Table for Two: Thursdate Do-It-Together Dessert Party

My fiancé and I love eat out. It’s probably our favorite couples activity aside from lounging around in our pajamas during all-day movie marathons (I confess, we are lazy weekenders!). I think part of the reason we both chose New York City (he for employment, me for college) had to do with the food scene. Don’t get me wrong, our home-town of Nashville hosts its own bevy of lick-your-plate delicious restaurants, but for variety in cuisine, well, there is no city in the world like New York for that! I think we both imagined life in New York to be …

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The Food Matters Project: Curried Tomato Soup with Hard-Boiled Eggs

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This post is part of the Food Matters Project, a cooking collaboration among participating bloggers. Each week, we will cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which places an emphasis on mindful and sustainable eating. Follow along with us!

The Food Matters Project choice for this week had me excited from the get-go: Curried Tomato Soup with Hard-Boiled Eggs. I like eggs. I like eggs boiled even more. I like tomato soup. I like curry in my tomato soup even more. The write-up by Mr. Bittman is right up my personal palate alley, too, based on the …

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