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Want to DIY Your Own Tofu? Here’s How!

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Amanda Spinosa

When presented with the idea of making tofu from scratch, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intimidated. It seems like it would be a very intense process, but I’ll try anything once so I dove in head first with my fingers crossed. When my Make-Your-Own Tofu Kit from Morinaga arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to try it out. On their website, you can order all different types of kits ranging from silken to extra…

Real Talk: Mental Health and Cymbalta

10 Oct, 2015  |  by Amanda Spinosa

Living with mental illness is no joke. Living with an outdated diagnosis can make life even more difficult and confusing than it already is. That had been my situation for the past ten years.   At the age of thirteen, I’d begun feeling depressed for the first time. I felt pretty alone; middle school is not exactly the time in your life when it’s cool to talk about your feelings, so I kept them to myself for the most part….

Cookin’ Up Lasooni Gobi (Vegan / Gluten-Free)

10 Oct, 2015  |  by Amanda Spinosa
Lasooni Gobi

If I die young, bury me in curry, lay me down on a bed of garlic naan; I adore Indian food. Lasooni gobi/lehsuni gobhi/lasuni gobi, however you choose to spell it, is one of my favorite foods of all time. I was first exposed to it years and years ago at Jaipore Royal Indian Cuisine, which has a reputation for being the very best. Both fortunately and unfortunately for me, I live ten minutes away which my belly loves, but…

Choc Brownies: Your Prayers Have Been Answered

6 Jun, 2015  |  by Amanda Spinosa
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When the lovely people over at Choc., an LA/Brooklyn-based gluten-free, organic brownie company asked if they could send me some samples to taste and write about, I think I fell off of my chair. Not only have brownies been one of my very favorite sweet treats for the past twenty-three years of my life, I actually think “brownie” may have been my first word. I’m gonna be real with y’all, brownies are pretty easy to screw up. They are a…

Real Talk: Living Outside of Your Body – Mental Health Awareness Month

5 May, 2015  |  by Amanda Spinosa
Hardest Place

You’ve got a case of the blues. You skip a shower, watch a movie instead of going out with your friends, and maybe you cry a little too. In a few days, you’re over it and it’s back to the old routine. For people living with chronic mental illness, a period of the “blues” would be a blessing. Although treatment of the mentally ill has improved since previous decades, there’s still a stigma that lingers around, like a smell in…

#WomanCrushWednesday: Jillian Mercado

2 Feb, 2015  |  by Amarina Norris
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Jillian Mercado is a force. I can’t remember the first time I saw her because all of a sudden she was just there. She’s from New York City, where she works as a model, blogs and kicks ass as the Executive Editorial Director at WeTheUrban. Jillian went to the Fashion Institute of Technology and is a fashion-forward style queen, challenging beauty ideals and inspiring humans all over the place. You can/should peep her on Instagram, definitely check out her gorgeous Tumblr,…

Lookin’ Good Girl – Smart Glamour clothing line

12 Dec, 2014  |  by Amanda Spinosa
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I’ve always had a bone to pick with various clothing stores and fashion lines: why don’t they have plus size? I constantly find cute clothes online only to find that the biggest size they make is a 10 and my dreams are crushed. Over and over. Many people and companies alike don’t understand that the fashion industry mostly inhibits fat girls from dressing fashionably. And we’ve had enough of it! I joined the fat girl club at the end of…

Renegade Craft Fair

12 Dec, 2014  |  by Amanda Spinosa

What you’ve been hearing about me is true. I’m a sucker for craft fairs. They’re a great place to meet fellow artists, get ideas and of course buy stuff. Historically, craft has been denied the title of an art form, but thankfully in more modern times, the line between art and craft has seemingly been blurred. This stuff ain’t your Grandma’s needlepoint toilet bowl covers. The Renegade Craft Fair in its eleventh year is bigger than ever. Located in one…

An Interview with Rachel Bone: Feminism, Scandinavian Folk Art and What It’s Like to Be a Female Artist

10 Oct, 2014  |  by Amanda Spinosa
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  Rachel Bone is an illustrator whose work I fell in love with as a lost girl at the School of Visual Arts in New York City just a few years ago. The wonderful thing about going to college in Chelsea is the easy access to some of the biggest art galleries in the world. Pace, Gagosian, David Zwirner and the like were just blocks away. On a cold winter day, my Ma (that’s my loving nickname for my mother)…

Rustichella d’Abruzzo in NYC

10 Oct, 2014  |  by Amanda Spinosa
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In a world where everything is about bigger, better, and faster, one thing that has remained the same since the beginning of time is pasta. Sure, there have been dozens of new shapes, sizes, pairings, colors and flavours, yet the constant seems to be the dreaded cooking time. If you’re anything like me, you stare at the water waiting for it to boil. Al dente perfection in eleven to twelve minutes? I might die of starvation by then. Don’t get…