Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

It’s the peak of tomato season! These beautiful heirlooms are everywhere and available in such variety at the moment. It’s definitely the right time to stock up at your local farmer’s market!   I absolutely love the inherent variety found in heirloom tomatoes. Everything from their color, to their shape, and ultimately, their flavor are unique. The orange ones tend to be a bit sweeter, while the Cherokee Purple variety have a more earthly flavor.     I was anxious to shoot the pictures for this post. It was a gray, overcast Sunday, without a peak of sunlight. As luck (and photography experimentation) would have it, the moody lighting worked perfectly to highlight the vibrant, bold colors of the ingredients. I was elated with the results of this shoot!         The best part of this recipe is that the leftovers work as a great, fresh salsa if you get tired of eating it as a chilled soup after a day or two. I added it to my sandwiches and rice bowls throughout the week.     Depending how much you spice up the gazpacho, you can top each serving with a dollop of sour cream or Greek Yogurt to cool the heat. Both the flavors and the spice will continue to build the longer it sits. I found that the gazpacho is at its pinnacle of taste by the second day.     Recipe adopted from food52.com Prep Time: 35 mins Serves: 6-8 Ingredients: 6 Heirloom Tomatoes (a colorful mix of varieties) 3 Kirby Cucumbers, small 1 Green Pepper 1 Sweet Onion 2 Garlic Cloves, minced 1/3 Cup,...
New Music Monday: July 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: July 2014 Playlist

I’ve had this playlist on repeat for the last few weeks but with hardly the time to post as the flurry of summer continues! SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, and Interpol all dropped singles off their upcoming albums. Each of the tracks served as the perfect little teaser of sure to be, fantastic full-length works to come. The high note for me this month was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’, Hypnotic Eye. As one of my all-time favorite artists, Petty and the Heartbreakers did not fail to disappoint as they created a sound highly reminiscent of their earliest work.   1) Gold (Flume Re-Work)- Chet Faker 2) Let Me Down Easy- Paolo Nutini 3) Repeat Pleasure- How To Dress Well 4) Waiting Game- Branks 5) This is Why- Phil Beaudreau, Dawaun Parker 6) Green Mile- SZA 7) Shattered Ring- SZA 8) Losing You- Solange 9) The Heat- Jungle 10) All The Rage Back Home- Interpol 11) Stolen Dance- Milky Chance 12) Beggin For Thread- Banks 13) Tough Love- Jessie Ware 14) NEW DORP. NEW YORK- SBTRKT, Ezra Koenig 15) Like Real People Do- Hozier 16) Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)- Clean Bandit 17) U Get Me High- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers   Follow me on...
Summer Reads

Summer Reads

There’s no better time than the summer months to invest in a few quality books to enjoy poolside. Below are several books, both old and new, that I have most enjoyed. The list includes a mix of engrossing literary fiction, a bit on spiritual development, compelling non-fiction, and some great advice on how to be a ‘bad-ass bitch’ in life and work as doled out by NastyGal CEO, Sophia Amoruso.   The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle “Drop the negativity that your mind has created about the situation and that serves no purpose whatsover except to strengthen a false sense of self.” Every time my thoughts become too chaotic and incessant, I know it’s time to pick this up for another read. It’s one of the most straight-forward and powerful manuals for mental health and spiritual development.   Flash Boys by Michael Lewis “The world clings to its old mental picture of the stock market because it’s comforting; because it’s so hard to draw a picture of what has replaced it; and because the few people able to draw it for you have no interest in doing so.” Spoiler Alert: The stock market is rigged. This book will outrage you that Wall Street has once again managed to make prey of the American people following the 2008 crash of the global economy.   Freedom by Jonathan Franzen “There is, after all, a kind of happiness in unhappiness, if it’s the right unhappiness.”  No list of mine would be complete without including a piece of work by Jonathan Franzen. He’s a brilliant writer who manages time and again to...