Samantha Valenti

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"How Meditation Made Me Less Bitchy"

I’ve always been more bitchy than blessed, more frozen yogurt than yoga. I’ve scoffed at the people who are able to navigate the Namasté lifestyle. I …

35 Outstanding Tacos in NYC

Tacos have nearly taken over from slices of pizza as the culinary backbone of New York City. Over the last three decades we’ve learned to love the southern Mexican style of two corn tortillas flopped over a meaty filling, sprinkled with onions and cilantro. But other types of tacos have flown in …

Mexico

How Meditation Can Help Anxiety

Fear is a negative emotion, unless you’re facing an actual threat and need to fight or flee. And the usefulness of fear is minimal in daily life, …

Mindfulness

8 Things I Wish Everyone Would Stop Saying About Meditation

Now that meditation is becoming more of a mainstream thing, there is a sea of confusion around many aspects of the practice such as:<p>This lack of …

Can't Sit Still? 3 Styles Of Meditation To Help You Develop A Habit

It is said that the Buddha gave 84,000 different kinds of teachings to meet the needs of every kind of being. In the same spirit, an individually …

Best Ice Cream Shops in NYC

Get the scoop on where to find great cones, shakes, sundaes and beyond in New York City.<p>New York City's Best Ice Cream Shops<p>Summer in New York City …

Dessert

Anthony Bourdain’s 10 Rules to Grilling the Perfect Burger

This is an entirely preventable state of affairs. Any chimpanzee can grill a steak or a burger. All it takes to transform you from a backyard Charlie Manson into a world-class grillmeister is a bit of technique and a trick or two. Incorporate these steps into your grill game and I guarantee you’ll …

21 Vegan Barbecue Staples That'll Make Any Cookout An Herbivore's Delight

Just because you don't eat meat products doesn't mean you have to suffer through a vacuous frozen veggie burger while everyone else at the summer barbecue chows down on hot, delicious grill food.<p>You, dear vegan, deserve the very best. And, as it happens, the very best cookout foods are often vegan. …

Vegan

How to Make Any Kind of Banana Bread in 6 Steps

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Make banana bread just like Mom used to—slightly underbaked and full of add-ins from the pantry—without a</i> …

16 Awesome Ice Cream Shops in NYC

Summer is the ideal time for ice cream whether it's regal vanilla, black sesame, or the mayhem of a blueberry with buttermilk and honey scoop. Read on for where to go for the city's best scoops and consider visiting every shop before the season's end.<p>This pint-sized kosher ice cream shop is filled …

Dessert

These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.<p>All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.<p>We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

Ice Cream

The Power of Mind in Spiritual Meditation

The power of mind determines the mental strength of a person. Controlling one’s own mind is inevitable for achieving success in life. When the mind …

12 Yoga Poses To Undo The Damage Of Your Desk Job

You may <i>joke</i> that your job is slowly killing you, but it might actually be true.<p>And while job-related stress seems like the main culprit when it comes to health and your career ( it can have negative health effects as far ranging as increased heart attack risk, depression or premature aging), …

Happy Stress Awareness Month!

Stress awareness month always confused me. Aren't we always hyperaware of how stressed we are? What we may not realize is how stress affects us.<p>The Price of Stress<p>When we are stressed our limbic brain takes over, shutting down all body systems which do not help us fight or flee danger. Our …

Wellness

Practice Mindfulness With Everyday Sounds

The most common instruction for mindfulness meditation is to pay attention to your breath. But the breath is not the only thing you can notice when …

The Simple Secret to Having a Clear Mind and Being Totally Present

Do you ever get so overwhelmed that it feels like your head will explode?<p>It’s like you’ve got way too much going on in your head. You’re mentally …

A Practical Guide To Start Meditating Every Day

When we think of changing or taking on a new challenge, we think about preparing our bodies and making external physical changes. But a very powerful …

Just Being Exposed To Buddhist Ideas May Make You Feel More Compassionate, Study Finds

Buddhists are known for promoting a philosophy of nonviolence, compassion and interconnection of all beings. According to provocative new research, simply being exposed to Buddhist terminology may be enough to activate tolerance and compassion among both Buddhists and non-Buddhists.<p>Researchers from …

An Insider's Guide To Shopping Vintage In NYC

In this city, vintage shopping isn't just a means to an end. It's a lifestyle, a mindset, a sport, and, yes, a great way to spend a Saturday. New …

Shopping

The 4 A's Of A Successful Meditation Practice

Many of us have a tendency to think that meditation requires us to stop what we are doing, get out our yoga mat or comfy chair, close our eyes and …

Use The Whole Vegetable: Waste Less, Discover Recipes You Never Knew Existed

Food waste is a huge problem, and that's an understatement. According to World Bank estimates, up to one third of the food produced worldwide is thrown away. The proportions get worse in the United States, where Americans throw away almost half of their food. All this is going on while about 49 …

Cooking

How To Develop A Morning & Evening Meditation Habit (Even If You're Busy)

I don't really like the word <i>lazy.</i><p>In my practice as a therapist, I counsel people to eliminate the word from their vocabulary to discourage any …

Recipes That Understand The Greatness Of Parmesan Cheese

In the cheese world, Parmesan is always a bridesmaid, never the bride. Sad but true, this great cheese is so often an afterthought. Topped on pasta and shaken onto pizza, rarely is Parmesan the main inspiration for a recipe.<p>It's time Parmesan took the spotlight, and we found just the recipes to …

The best walking tours in NYC

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to see as much of New York as possible in a short time, the solution might be one of Gotham's …

Sour Chocolate Cake

Make the cake: Mix milk and vinegar in bowl; let sit until slightly curdled, about 10 minutes.<p>Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish with …

16 Fruits and Veggies to Grill This Summer

Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs scream summer, but did you know that you can fire up your backyard barbecue for much more than just meat?<p>Grilling …

Healthy Eating

Yogurt with Fresh Figs, Honey, and Pine Nuts

8 Servings<p>Warming the honey with rose water infuses it with flavor.<p>July 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons pine nuts<p>¼ cup honey<p>½ teaspoon rose water or orange-flower water<p>3 cups plain Greek yogurt<p>16 fresh figs, halved<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Toast pine nuts in a dry small skillet over medium-low heat, …

Yogurt