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HIKE & EAT: Bear Mt. & Birthday Treats

4 Mar

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Hikes taken with HT are a little hardcore, always fast-paced and embody our “Hike the Hard Way” mentality. I like that, usually.

This weekend was different.

To my delight, my sis and some close girlfriends ventured ALL THE WAY out to the country from Manhattan and Brooklyn to celebrate my birthday with a girls-only hike on Saturday. For their lack of trail names, let’s call them (in order) Brooklyn, Blondie and Bells (Blue Bin Barbie fits right in!). No one made me the cake, above, but it does embody our day. Sweet and outdoorsy.

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So they took the train to Peekskill (easy!), we awkwardly stopped at a really enthusiastic tea room in Peekskill for a pit stop and herbal tea (I had a bad cold) and headed toward a favorite hike HT had suggested up Storm King Mountain.  The city girls wore sneakers and even outfitted in my trusty Merrells, we quickly deemed the trail too icy to be safe or fun.

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We re-routed and decided to go for a sure-thing hike up Bear Mountain, just over the Bear Mountain Bridge in Bear Mountain State Park. The girls were impressed by the pretty buildings in the park and we all loved the smell of wood stove in the air as we passed the outdoor skating rink full of happy, chilly kids. I’d say the one drawback of this hike is that ANY time of year, they charge $8 per car for parking. As we were forking over the cash I remembered why HT and I usually park across the bridge along the road and walk to the park. C’est la vie, this time. At least there were public bathrooms.

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Cinnamon: America’s Favorite Spice

17 Jan

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Well, according to Hardtack, it’s America’s favorite. Maybe it’s just his favorite. In fact, the only person more enthused about cinnamon is Kevin on The League, in search of the perfect wall color for annoying Ellie’s bedroom. But it’s not all subjective—Tim Ferriss of 4 Hour Body guru status says:

“Cinnamon helps keep blood sugars in check, which helps control weight gain. Both Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon help regulate glucose levels.”

And cinnamon is a key player in some of the most delicious concoctions known to man…

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Big Red- the only gum I will chew these days as I am super sensitive to any kind of fake sugar. Cinnamon flavor lasts longer than mint, hands down. Continue reading

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