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You don’t need pasta when you can make veggie noodles so easily

August 7th, 2014 No Comments

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Here’s my rule of thumb with pasta:  only eat it when it’s made by hand, that day, in legit Italian restaurants.  In other words, the flour noodle (usually Parpardelle for me) has to be WORTH IT!  Same rule applies for bread. 

Last night, Kitty Ball (yes, that’s a nickname), invited me over for Spaghetti Bolognese.  Since she’s Paleo, I knew dinner would exclude gluten and be totally healthy.  I’ve posted her delicious paleo BBQ sauce in the past.  Everything she makes is hearty so you never realize how healthy it is.

Now, let me back track for a second: A year ago I had dinner party and served Raw Zuchinni Ribbons with Almond Pesto which I make using a mandolin to slice the veggie thin. Kitty was at that dinner party.  Months later, I posted my hand-cut raw zucchini noodle bolognese.

Now, as my BFF, Kitty knows I get kick out of kitchen gadgets.  When she busted out this guy, I flew out of my seat to investigate!

So…if I put two and two together…

That crazy cat just had to one-up my little ribbons with her fun spiral noodles!

Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Noodles

 

Obviously I’m kidding :)

Overall, I don’t know if the spiral noodles are “better,” per se, but I like the presentation.  The thicker spiral noodle  holds up better under the meat sauce.

If you’re asking my first question, “How much is it?” you’ll like the answer: $36 on Amazon.

You need about 3/4 zucchini per person.  I prefer the green ones.  Kitty takes the skin off and sweats them in the oven.  I prefer to leave the nutrient-dense skin on and eat them raw.  They will soften if you put a warm sauce on top.

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Undeniably the best “flip flop”

August 6th, 2014 No Comments

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I wrote about new favorite shoe last March, and here I am over a year later still wearing THE SAME PAIR everyday.  In fact, I threw away all of my Havaianas because they’re no match for my Crocs.

Yes, you heard me, these sandals are made by Crocs.  Pushing your look of disgust aside, let’s be practical.  These lightweight rubber sandals are more comfortable!  Let me explain why:

  • The straps wrap around your ankles so your toes don’t’ have to hold on to the sole.
  • They’re so light and effortless they feel like you’re wearing nothing.
  • They neutral color and simple design is super cute and goes with every summer outfit you wear.

Winner!  My color combo (Espresso with gold studs) is not available online so you would have to call a store to get them (which you can).  Otherwise this charcoal pair with silver studs is cute.  They’re on sale for $25.

Because no one really has them, I give them as birthday and baby shower gifts.  They are ULTIMATE mommy shoe.

Walking in the Palisades the other day, a woman stopped my mom and I, both wearing our Crocs, and said, “Don’t you just love them?!”  We knew exactly what she was talking about :)

 

 

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Work out on vacation without exercising

August 4th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin, Malibu, California 2014

Last week, I spent my day off on the beach in Malibu.  By Saturday my body is so exhausted I try to be as inactive as possible.  I imagine you feel the same way when you hit the beach for a week off…with the exception that you feel guilty for making excuses not exercising at all.  Maybe that’s me projecting how I feel on vacation, but it seems to be the consensus amongst my friends.

While walking down beautiful Paradise Cove, I thought about all of the beach workouts I have posted over the years, but as I said, Saturday is my day of rest.

Then I remembered the tip I give my NYC readers who hustle to work and claim they don’t have time (or energy) to workout.  I tell them, when you’re walking:

  1. Engage your core and don’t release it.
  2. Lift your knees higher than normal.
  3. As you step down, follow through with your step, and squeeze your glutes at the end.

One of my readers says she lost 10 pounds just by changing her walk.  Even if that is an exaggeration, half of that would be an accomplishment!

I started walking this way down the beach and my buns were burning by Point Dume!  With this in mind I came up with several other ways you can workout without changing your actual movements.  (I wish I had made a video, but I was alone on my stroll…)  Please note that all of these require you to tighten your abs.

  • Walking: High knees + glute squeeze
  • Walking: Stand up straight, engage your rear delts (behind your shoulders) and rhomboids (between your shoulders)
  • Laying out: Leg raises 6 inches off your towel.  Hold at the top for three breaths.
  • Building A Sand Castle:  Squat down low and dig with your hands, not a shovel.
  • Sitting in a chair:  Knee raises in and out.
  • Reading a magazine:  Holding magazine directly above you, extend behind you and then “pull” it down to your belly.
  • Fetching More Beer:  Go up and down the stairs to the house 3 times each time instead of 1.
  • Playing with the kids: Playing with the kids!
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Biggest Remix of Summer 2014

July 30th, 2014 No Comments

Skrillex Recess Remix

 

Music blogs say “Recess” will pass up Calvin Harris’ “Summer” big time.  I’m a fan of the original mix Skrillex put out, but I’ve enjoyed poppin’ the party at SOULCYCLE with the remixes and watching my riders KILL IT!  They chorus of munchkins sing:

“Fight ’til we can’t fight, everybody’s alright, don’t let it stop, don’t let it stop.”

Whether we’re running with the quick pace out of the saddle or pushing against some serious resistance, they go all out until the beat drops and the chorus celebrates our efforts.  And when we hear “Turn it up, turn it up, higher, higher.”  You just feel like you HAVE TO DO IT.

A must for your workout mix!

For my club-hoppers (are you still out there), this isn’t what I would call a pre-party song.  It’s what you’ll be raging to at the club.

 

BUYING THE SONGS

For those of you who aren’t crazy about electronic music, buy the Skrillex original version and album on iTunes.  Go here for the remixes on iTunes. My favorite is the Milo and Otis version (the first one).

(Headline image via Oswla)

 

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Easy way to entertain the kids for the weekend.

July 25th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin Huffington Post Article

 

My latest article for Huff Po goes out to all my parent friends.   When kids are out of school, they constantly want to be entertained.  After weeks of going to the pool, the park, museums, the skating rink, amusement parks, summer camp, a week beach vacation, they’re still raring to go for more.  It never ceases to amaze me.

Water Parks have always seemed like a day solution until I discovered there are resorts with HUGE water parks on the property.

I ran into my mommy girlfriend yesterday while walking Mason and her first reaction was, “Oh…are they….nice?”  I laughed and assured her that would be my first concern.

The answer is yes and no.  There are some beautiful resorts (with golf, spa, beach, etc) that would serve to host you as a real vacation.  There are also less expensive, basic accommodations where you basically just sleep when you’re not sliding.  I mean, let’s be honest, if you’re chasing kids around a water park for two or three days, all you really need is a place to crash!

My list of resorts with water parks has a little bit of both luxurious and economical with properties scattered all over the country.

Up on deck for Huff Po Travel is a fabulous little hideaway in Palm Springs.

 

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Yep, you can workout in bed.

July 21st, 2014 No Comments

Bikini season is NOT the time to skip a workout, even if you’re exhausted, even if you’re hung over, even if you just don’t feel like it.  In this video, my friend Kym, showing off her bad-ass 6 pack, will show you how to keep your tummy tight without leaving your bed.

This weekend I reconnected with my long lost friend and original SOULCYCLE instructor Kym Perfetto.  She and I used to sleep in the attic of the Hamptons BARN together  after teaching 3 classes a day.. back in 2008!

Kym has always been a trainer and now she’s putting all of her workouts and awesome playlists on her blog: KymNonStop.  Once you watch a couple videos, you’ll realize how appropriate the name is.  She’s a little daredevil, constantly on the move, going from place to place on her bike, and always in a good mood.  And there’s something about her laugh…it’s uplifting. You’ll see.

I thought I’d kick off her MTM appearance with this workout because it’s one of the easier routines.  Her YouTube channel is FULL of ridiculously challenging circuit workouts as well as explanations as to why you should do them.  More of Kym to come.

WANT TO ADD UPPER BODY IN BED?

If you want to complete your bed workout and get in some UPPER BODY (using two water bottles), click here.  I made this video 5 YEARS AGO and I look TERRIBLE in it.  So …I’m going to politely ask that you click through :)

 

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I’m praying for Saint Martha

July 17th, 2014 No Comments

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Martha, the patron saint of cooks and servants, was known to have had the company of Jesus in her home and served him meals on several occasions.  In my mind, her food must have tasted heavenly.  I mean, the man came back for more! As for the modern Saint Martha, her dishes only appear to be divine.  Their flavor unfortunately is lacking.

But, let me explain to you why I think this little nook tucked away in a Koreatown strip mall will draw a righteous foodie crowd.

When you see the pictures and the presentation, you’ll understand that the people who work here take so much pride in creating and serving what they believe to be THE BEST. 

If they hear their critics cry, they will create better food.  It’s only been open a month.  So much time to grow!

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When you walk in, you are greeted by the #CooksAndServants themselves at this open kitchen.  Chef Nick Erven (of The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel and Tart) has gathered a band of heavily-bearded brothers that are too focused to be friendly.  That was not quite as jarring as the BLAZING light behind the counter that would unfortunately flood into the dining room.

Most people don’t care as much about atmosphere if they are going to be served phenomenal food.  I’ll capitulate to that every so often.  But if I don’t like my experience in the restaurant, my focus is disturbed.

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I didn’t get an exact count, but there are probably about 18 tables in the whole place.  I LOVE spots like this.  Instantly I thought about one of my favorite NYC Greenwich Villages cafes: The Little Owl.  You have to wait for at least an hour, that is, if they had availability at all!  Here, the eating area is close quarters and the tables seem small by LA dining standards.  No matter for most foodies though.  If it’s good, we’ll sit wherever.

After about a minute of looking around, I sighed.  As there are no windows, the lighting would stay exactly the same all night.  If that’s the case AND the kitchen light leaks into the dining space, they should really turn down the lights.  That’s an easy fix!

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The wine list is IMPRESSIVE.  Fifty wines from all over the world by the glass that you can order by the Taste, Glass, Piche, or Bottle so you can pair accordingly with the course.  Prices vary as much as the flavor profiles.  My waitress was properly educated and more than happy to discuss our preferences and bring samples.

As for the food….

We were instructed to order in courses and share what came out.  The menu lists the main ingredients of each dish which doesn’t prepare you for what is about to be served.

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Oh my goodness, the presentation was breathtaking.  I would have never guessed raw panacotta and tomatoes could be so beautiful!  Unfortunately my excitement for the dish diminished instantly after one bite….The amuse bouche of melon and flowers with a honey drizzle was so much more fun.  How could that be?!!!  Let me try another bite, this time with squash. The flowers were surprisingly tasty.  But still, overall terribly bland.  Ugh. I dared not ask for salt because I didn’t want to insult the bearded boys who had put so much effort into this.

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The grilled octopus that the waitress raved about “being crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside” was not, although thankfully tender (a feat in itself). And…it tasted like a salt lick.  Even my companion gaged.  As for the rice….Perhaps rice usually isn’t prepared like risotto because the grain gets too sticky instead of smooth.

Third plate’s a charm?

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Nope.  The “Summer Corn” was not the sweet white juicy kernels I as expecting.  This baby corn was covered in flowers, radish, crispy chicken skin, and a seasoning that tasted like Cheetos.  (I’m undecided whether that’s a good or a bad thing.)

At this point, I’ll be honest, we paid the bill and left.  What should have been a farm-to-table roller coaster ride was a more like a float down the sleepy river.  After an hour of nibbling, I was STARVING.

Like I said when I began this story, I’m hopeful for them.  Koreatown is booming and cool kids LOVE hideaways like this.  The whole experience drew my mind to Uchi in Austin, one of the best restaurants in the country.  Saint Martha has the same vision, passion, and soul to be a stand out, desirable farm-to-table like Uchi with Japanese.

Saint Martha 740 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 387-2300

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It’s not just a workout…

July 16th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE schedule 2014

 

It’s a lifestyle.  Anyone with even a small athletic sensibility knows that exercise is about more than just being fit.  

What we ALL have is a responsibly to find our own happiness.

I believe that through exercise, pushing our bodies until our muscles burn, will prove to our head that we are strong enough to get whatever it is we want in life.  It’s an analogy: the burn will change your body, the willpower you use to get there will change your life.  SoulCycle, or your favorite form of exercise, is the training to do that consistently….with confidence. When you accomplish one thing that makes you happy, you move on to the next.

Under this photo on my instagram I wrote:

#SoulCycle, it’s not a workout, it’s a lifestyle. Pop the ride into your calendar and hit “Repeat Weekly.”#SoulFamily #DanceYourAssOff #AthletesBecomeWarriors #FaithLoveFight #JoinThePack 

I try not to take it all too seriously, just acknowledge that everyone in the room is after the same thing and will support you in your effort.

(Thanks for the background and shout out @checkoutamanda x)

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