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New Year

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat! Happy New Year! How’s your No Plan Jan going? It may be only day three but for me, it’s been going pretty well. I’ve been in my studio the last three days and it’s more than December so, there you go. I thought about doing a big post a la 2017 but it felt like too much, and honestly, my time is better spent writing my book. You can get the juicy details when (if) it comes one.

I do want to talk about something else though. First, a disclaimer. This is not a diet blog and those of you who know me, know that I hate diets and/or talking about food in general. Eat what you eat, make sure it’s delicious, and no one wants to hear that you’re starving yourself or if you hate your body. THAT BEING SAID. Lots of people on my social timelines have been posting that they’re doing the Whole30 for the first time this month. January man, what a time to be alive. As I mentioned here on the blog, I did my first Whole30 this past October/November. I’m not sure exactly what made me want to try it but I suspect it was because in one day I had two coffees with three sugars in each and two sugar cider donuts which two days later made my face break out into the worst pimples I’ve ever had. Whomp whomp.

The Whole30 was very, very difficult at the beginning (lots of sugar withdrawal headaches) but I did end up loving it in the end and have kept up most of the diet since then. I still don’t eat dairy (most of the time), added sugar (adios ketchup), or grains. I know I had tons of questions and looks for any tip I could find when I started it so I thought I’d share a few things that really helped me. Maybe they’ll help you too, Hart Beat!

  • Almond butter. Almond butter. Almond butter. Nuts are not included in the Whole30 except almonds. There’s a great natural food store in the Berkshires that makes homemade 100% single ingredient almond butter and I lived off it. On apples, on bananas, on spoons, it really saved me!
  • Green Mountain Salsa. A friend of mine told me on about day three that she had done the Whole30 and discovered that Green Mountain Salsa, while technically not allowed on Whole30 (it comes in a jar) doesn’t contain any added sugars or anything else not Whole30 approved. I ate this almost every day as a replacement for what I would usually use ketchup on. Burgers, potatoes, eggs, carrots are all delicious with this stuff.
  • Stop complaining, just drink your coffee black (and add an ice cube to it). Almond milk lattes are horrible, trust me. Coconut milk ones aren’t much better and even though it took me about two weeks to get used to it, three months later I still drink my coffee black. A coworker gave me a GREAT tip to adjusting to the drink. Add an ice cube to hot black coffee. There’s something about liquid slowly melting into the coffee that feels like milk and hot black coffee tastes horrible while semi lukewarm black coffee tastes much better. IDK why it is but there you go.

I’m doing the diet again this month strictly and it is WAY easier the second time. The hardest part this time around are avoiding the cookies left over from the holiday season. All I can say is thank god for dried apricots.

And because it is the start of a New Year here are my resolutions if you’re interested:

  • Recieve one rejection letter every month (from anything; submissions, grants, writing residencies, requests for mentorship…)
  • Read a book a week (follow me on Goodreads and we can do it together! My first one, which I’m loving is Call Me By Your Name.)
  • Pull my shoulders down more often, do yoga, stretch more, run, get massages bi-monthly, literally DO ANYTHING to relieve the constant stress balls that live in my shoulders.

P.S. My resolutions from 2017, 2016, 2014. Apparently, I didn’t have any in 2015 and didn’t feel like sharing them here in 2013, 2012 or 2011. 🤷‍♀️

Photo via Kristen Cesiro on Instagram.

Little Sister Kitchen

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Morning, Hart Beat. Have I mentioned lately that I work for Food52? I know what you’re saying to yourselves, of course you have Hannah! We get it, you work for a beautiful place and eat delicious food. I don’t mention this very often here on Hart Beat because when I first started this here blog, one of my founding mission statements (of sorts?) was that Hart Beat would NEVER become a food blog. (Please excuse this post).

I’m not sure why I had such a strong reaction to this but I did and honestly, I still do. I love food and I love cooking but I am by no means someone to give recipe recommendations nor do I particularly like reading recipes in a blog sense. And why would I write things that I wouldn’t even want to read? In the same vain as this Instacrush profile was, today’s post inches close to the line of Hart Beat’s food blog anti-mission statement. This morning I want to tell you about a new blog that I’ve started reading and why you should too.

Little Sister Kitchen was created by a friend of mine from High School and has been stealing my heart as of late. Grace graduated from our high school, went to school in Iowa and now lives in Boston working for an ecommerce site. I heard through the grapevine of social media that Grace started a cooking blog and since I’m now engulfed in the food world, I knew I had to check it out. Oh Hart Beat, thank god that I did.

Grace takes the most beautiful photos and has the most down to earth writing style that I’ve read in a while. In her posts not only does she give the recipe and a detailed description of the cooking process but, she also gives a little backstory to the history of the recipe. Here’s a little excerpt from her most recent post:

It’s easy to get down on yourself when you’re 24. You have a good job and a desk with a view, a big kitchen with two windows that let in the morning breeze, and are by all accounts the luckiest girl in the world. And yet, there’s this nagging sensation that runs deep—that you aren’t where you need to be yet.

I never actually had a something I wanted to ‘be when I grew up.’ I always knew I was passionate, but after my short-lived dreams of being an opera singer (sorry, siblings, for stationing myself in the echo-y stairwell for hours at a time, belting out ballads where they sounded the loudest) my dreams became less specific. In college, it was easy to indulge in the challenges of my classes, analyzing paintings by and working laboriously through esoteric texts. But I had this fear of not knowing what I’d be good at.

Well said, Grace, well said. Figuring out what your supposed to do, or even want to do, in your early twenties is all but impossible. It’s nice to see another friend going through the similar struggles that I know only so well. Lucky for both you and me, Hart Beat, Grace has found her passion in Little Sister Kitchen and now we get to follow along for the ride.

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All photos generously from Little Sister Kitchen.

Brigitte Bardot

#HappyFriday: drinks, a poolside lookbook & more

Friday

WOOT WOOT (hey Pedro) and HEY HART BEAT. It’s Friday!!! Gracias a dios. As promised last week, here is the weekly roundup of readings for you to read at the office over the weekend. I’m sorry in advance for not having the next podcast up and ready for the podcast rundown. It’s Friday so that is my excuse.

Food52 speaks to my love for red wine. These are my people.

What love really looks like, sadness and all.

Brigitte Bardot style inspiration for the weekend (the photo her dancing is everything)

. An amazing poolside lookbook from Need Supply Company.

. Something to think about over the weekend. #lifestuff

Greenpoint Guide: Greenpoint’s Great Donut War

Hey Hart Beat! Happy long weekend! Instead of this weekend going up to Maine or home to my parents home in Massachusetts, I decided to stay in Brooklyn and get some relaxing done. Carolyn and I might even be heading back to Long Island tomorrow for the last of the summer rays. Today while I’m getting some reading done I came across the best article in the New York Times Business section. The article talks about an impending donut war going on in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. I’m not complaining Hart Beat and I thought this a perfect opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite neighborhood haunts.

Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop, located right on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, is one of my all time favorite parts of the neighborhood. The bakery has been around since 1950 and is constantly heralded as the BEST donut shop in New York City. I have a lot of donuts in my life, Hart Beat, and I could not agree more.
To be honest, I didn’t step into Peter Pan Bakery until I had been living in the neighborhood for a year because I was afraid that after I went once I would never be able to stop. It doesn’t help that it’s right around the corner from my gym and favorite coffee shop. Anyway, for my birthday party this year instead of bringing a whole cake to the bar I carted over two dozen donuts from Peter Pan. They were a HIT! Since then I’ve started bringing them into work every now and then for everyone. Doesn’t that make you want to work with me, Hart Beat? Ha.
So write this down Hart Beat, next time you’re in Greenpoint make sure to visit Peter Pan. Any donut there is amazing but in case you’re wondering, my favorite is definitely the red velvet…

P.S. You’ll notice that yes, in fact, I do spell doughnut “donut.” I blame Massachusetts..

Greenpoint Guide: Le Gamin

Hola Hart Beat! Welcome to the third installment of the Greenpoint Guide series on the blog. To read the first reviews visit favorite neighborhood haunts Ovenly and Word to get the full story. Today I want to tell you about my favorite french restaurant and cafe in the neighborhood, Le Gamin. The restaurant is located just a block away from Word at 108 Franklin Street in Greenpoint and is the kind of french restaurant and cafe that I used to dream about having near me before I moved to Brooklyn.

Le Gamin in Greenpoint is the sister restaurant of the Soho original location. The French owner, Robert Arbor, then went on to expand the restaurant by opening the Greenpoint branch and for that I am very thankful. Le Gamin is open daily from 8:30am to 10pm which means that you can both come in for a petit déjeuner of muesli, fruit, and a traditional Citron Chaud (pictured above on the left) which is the delicious drink consisting of fresh lemon juice, hot water and honey, and for lunch, dinner and everything in between.
These pictures here on the blog were taken when my mom visited the city and the two of us went into Le Gamin for breakfast. I loved being there in the late morning as the sun streamed through the window but, coming to Le Gamin for dinner is almost better. The ambiance is so romantic without being pretentious and the menu is amazing. The muscles and french fries are a particular favorite of mine and the best part is on Tuesday’s the host a bottomless muscle and fries dish for only $20. Um, yes please. 
Anyway, if I wasn’t going to be out of town for Valentine’s Day this is where I would go to celebrate for sure. For all of you still in the city I can’t imagine a more perfect spot than the quietly charming neighborhood of Greenpoint and a delicious dinner at Le Gamin.

Not a cooking blog: How to make sugar cookies

How’s your week looking Hart Beat? As I mentioned last night, I’m going to working in Chelsea Market this week, so I’ve spent the past couple days preparing for the week. I’m also really hoping to finally make it to some of the Gabriel García Lorca lectures happening in the city this month. What are your plans?

Since I’m going to be working so many hours in Chelsea Market this week and I’m tired of giving all my money to Amy’s Bread, I decided that this Saturday night I would try my hand at baking so I can eat my own cookies all week long. Because, let’s be honest, who can go an entire day without some kind of sugar fix?
And before I begin, a disclaimer: this is not a cooking blog. This will never become a cooking blog. I hate cooking blogs. Mostly because I can’t cook and seeing people write things about how “easy” it is to whip up a five course meal in five easy steps really gets to me. So does seeing all those amazing pictures of delicious food that I can’t eat. The whole thing is upsetting.
However, I feel like tonight is a great opportunity to share how a non-cooker/non-baker attempts to make her first ever batch of sugar cookies in this strange Brooklyn kitchen. Come with me, Hart Beat, and share the journey with me. 
I found a pretty easy sugar cookie recipe on this blog here. Well, at least it looked easy, and I had all the ingredients. Or so I thought, turns out I didn’t have butter or any kind of chocolate to sneak in there so, after a quick run down to C-Town to pick up the necessary ingredients, I began.
Let’s skip ahead, because, well, you have the recipe and other then blending the ingredients with a fork for twenty minutes since I don’t have a standing mixer and adding chocolate chips because I’m human, I pretty much did exactly what this lady said to do. Down to coating the cookies with olive oil (strange) and sugar before putting them in the oven.
The weird “trick” of coating the cookies in sugar. I’m not sure it worked…
The first batch turned out like this: (Hannah: 0. Cookies: 1)
Not encouraging. Although, after letting them dry I’m happy to say they taste a lot better than the look. Hannah’s tastebuds: 1. Cookies: 1.
The second batch came out looking more like traditional cookies and less like, well, whatever happened that first time. 
And here’s the final result, my pile of weird looking, and i’ll be honest, a little weird tasting cookies. Someone needs to come visit me at work this week to help me eat them. See you there, Hart Beat!

Chocolate con churros

Hi Hart Beat! I’m back! Sorry to those of you who tried to find the blog on my old url (www.hart-beat.com). If you want info on irregular heart beats and heart deformations then the old site is the place of dreams for you. If not and you just want some good old romantic fun from New York City then stick  around.
I came back to Brooklyn on Saturday and today C. and I had a good catch up in Soho. We were wandering around after lunch here and randomly walked by this amazing churro bar. Seriously, the place was straight out of Spain. San Gines a la nueva york.  La Churrería, located at 284 Mulberry Street, is an epic find and I recommend it to anyone experiencing Spain nostalgia. I heard vale three times while inhaling the churros. Bonus, they have café con leche. New York, I love you.

Sorry for the quality of these photos, 
I only had my iphone on me at the time.

Jolene and brooklyn

Today was one of my favorite days in Brooklyn so far. This morning, G. and I met some friends at an amazing brunch place called The Manhattan Inn in our neighborhood. The food was amazing and they were having this special of free punch with brunch (oh so clevah right?). Anyway, R. and another friend A. that’s staying with us looking for an apartment all wandered around Williamsburg after the punch and brunch combo. It was a beautiful day and Brooklyn was lovely by the water. I did a lot of shopping too, got some cowboy boots, a Willie Nelson record with this song on the B-side and these two amazing looking books. (One takes place in Madrid!)

Anyway, now I’m siting in my apartment while G. plays me beautiful music on her guitar. One song that I’ve been requesting a lot lately has been “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. Here’s an amazing version sung by Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons. (Of course though, G. sings it better.)

“Jolene” cover by Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons
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The river at sunset.

Jolene and brooklyn

Today was one of my favorite days in Brooklyn so far. This morning, G. and I met some friends at an amazing brunch place called The Manhattan Inn in our neighborhood. The food was amazing and they were having this special of free punch with brunch (oh so clevah right?). Anyway, R. and another friend A. that’s staying with us looking for an apartment all wandered around Williamsburg after the punch and brunch combo. It was a beautiful day and Brooklyn was lovely by the water. I did a lot of shopping too, got some cowboy boots, a Willie Nelson record with this song on the B-side and these two amazing looking books. (One takes place in Madrid!)

Anyway, now I’m siting in my apartment while G. plays me beautiful music on her guitar. One song that I’ve been requesting a lot lately has been “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. Here’s an amazing version sung by Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons. (Of course though, G. sings it better.)

“Jolene” cover by Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons
G.
R.
The river at sunset.