A Fresh Dille

mags and markets.

Posted in FAMILY, FOOD, MAGAZINES by clairedille on August 16, 2009

When this blog first came to light, I often wrote about my undying love of farmer’s markets and seasonal produce. Like all foodie bloggers, I always find myself so impressed by the abundance of colors and flavors around me at the market. Although many markets are overly crowded, there is something exhilarating about the enthusiasm others around me share for fresh food. Yesterday was the first time my father, mother, and sister have been together the entire summer and in true family form, we headed over to the biggest market nearby to satisfy our fruit and vegetable cravings for the week. The end of the summer always reminds me of blueberries and I was in dire need of them once I hit the bustling market. The other fruit I wanted was the sun gold variety of tomatoes, they are the sweet counterpart to the usual cherry tomato and oh, so tasty.



I snack on these tomatoes plain but they are also wonderful roasted on a flatbread like the one I made last year on Martha’s Vineyard for my family.

Two magazines that I am loving today are the September issue of Vegetarian Times with two articles I am particularly pleased with, “go greek!” and “DIY Doughnuts” and The New York Times Style Magazine. My sister will be graduating next year from college (with a degree in fashion design) and to celebrate her graduation we are planning on heading over to Greece, the one place I haven’t been in Europe. It will be the perfect warm weather spot and I can not wait to photograph the beauty of Greece. The other reason I am so fond of the article on greek food is because I love the simple mediterranean flavors. If you ever want to taste authentic greek food, head over to Snack in Soho (right next to INA-best designer consignment store) on Thompson Street. The quaint feel of the restaurant is ever-so-charming and I always find myself seated between people speaking French or Italian and for some reason, I trust their judgment.

I feel a great amount of nostalgia for doughnuts in the summer months because it was the only time growing up that we made our way to Humphrey’s in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard. My father always ordered a Jelly doughnut and half of the jelly most likely ended up on his shirt, my sister and I favored a warm paper bag full of doughnut holes, and we would take a crueller home for my mother waiting for us at the Dille camp. This was a yearly tradition until it closed down in my early teen years and created a great upset.



I have been waiting all week for the T Fall Fashion issue and two articles that drew me in were “Past Perfect” about the vintage clothing store in LA called Decades and “Who’s That Girl?” about the film costume designer, Arianne Phillips. I will go into more detail in the near future about why I am more intrigued about these topics than I may have been in the past, but  If you do not get the NY Times, I definitely recommend heading out to pick up the Sunday issue. The style issues only come out a few times a year and never disappoint.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Anyone else completely ecstatic about the Mad Men premier tonight!


repetitive mornings

Posted in FAMILY, FOOD by clairedille on August 14, 2009

As I said in the last post, it is hard for me to come up with creative meals for one in the summer months. I tend to go with what I know will satisfy me quickly. The usual breakfast these days is yogurt with kashi, flax, berries and another fruit such as a half a banana or peach. Sometimes I will go with delicious oat bran but when the days reach over 90 degrees, I am just not interested in something so warm and cozy. Another breakfast I occasionally have is the green monster that many bloggers mention with spinach, banana, almond milk, amazing grass or protein powder, and berries. Here are two similar eats I have had the last two mornings.



Tonight I am excited to be eating a vegetarian meal with my entire family who usually aren’t so interested in my eats. I am sure many of you can relate to this, but it does get lonely sometimes eating at a different time because of cooking times or even just having a totally different meal in front of you. Of course I am not always at home with my family but when I am, it is nice to all eat together like when younger.

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working with what works

Posted in FOOD, VEGAN by clairedille on August 13, 2009

Sometimes it seems like I can become quite redundant with my grocery lists and usual eats. This is probably true with most but I am eager to become more inspired again. Last summer, when I became an official vegan for the first time, I was always interested in new recipes and ways of creating exciting meals each day. This is a staple salad for me: romaine or spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, avocado, and tempeh bacon with a simple balsamic vinaigrette or if I am truly lazy, I will use a Trader Joe’s or Amy’s tasty dressing (goddess or tuscan italian). Although more often than not, I will add some more exciting ingredients such as raw corn or jicama. Obviously I am a big fan of the crunch factor and the more flavors the better these days. I am also a very loyal beet and grated zucchini fan. Here is a simple salad that I ate for lunch today. I was itching for more groceries and ran over to Whole Foods with my younger sister, who is visiting,  for some much anticipated ingredients for the week.


a late return

Posted in Uncategorized by clairedille on August 12, 2009

I have decided that I would like to return to A Fresh Dille after a few months hiatus. Never expecting to leave in the first place, I feel an apology is in order. I know how sad I am when blogs I regularly read come to a close. So please come back and read if you wish and I will try and keep things festive. I will resume posts about some of my favorites…food, fashion, and fitness. Of course travel and other areas of interest will probably make an appearance as well. Thanks for listenening lovelies. Hope all is well out there in the blogosphere.