Le Botaniste (NYC)

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Le Pain Quotidien’s got a new sister in town and she’s vegan! This past February the people behind Le Pain Quotidien opened Le Botaniste, a 100% botanical (aka plant-based) restaurant located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Just like its LPQ counterpart, Le Botaniste was born in Belgium before going international and coming to the States. And in addition to being completely plant-based, the food at Le Botaniste is also gluten-free and organic. The whole concept behind Le Botaniste is healthy, delicious, plant-based, organic food that is good for our health and for the planet.

Le Botaniste truly takes the Hippocrates quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” to heart. The restaurant is fashioned to look like an old-time apothecary, where in past times people would come in search of cures for their ailments. But here at this modern-day apothecary the walls house glass jars filled with healthy food instead of medicine, and the staff wearing white lab coats dispense that healthy food instead of pills. Above the menu on the wall you’ll even see it says “Prescriptions”, with all the nourishing food items written out below. Le Botaniste gives us a place where we can do just what Hippocrates recommended…fuel our bodies with healthy, clean, life-sustaining foods that not only prevent disease, but can treat it as well. Think of Le Botaniste as a place you can go to get a genuinely healthy dose of food-as-medicine.

And if you’re wondering what to get, here are some of my favorite dishes at Le Botaniste.

What to order:

  • Mezze Platter for Two: green pea hummus, red beet tartare, seaweed tartare, coconut ceviche
  • Seaweed Tartare: whether in the mezze platter or on its own – so good!
  • Spicy Chili Sin Carne: quinoa, chili sauce, mixed beans, vegan sour cream, turmeric onions
  • Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl: brown rice, peanut curry, steamed greens, kimchi
  • Build Your Own Botanical Bowl: choose from an assortment of items
  • Detox Juice: ginger, beetroot, apple

Le Botaniste is located at 833 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065.



Amara Eco-Luxe Swimwear

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New eco-luxe brand alert! I recently came across Amara swimwear and I am loving everything about it. Amara combines ethical and eco-friendly fashion with gorgeous style and designs. The coolest thing of all is that Amara bathing suits are made from 78% recycled plastic recovered from the ocean. How cool is that? And in addition to the awesome fact that the bathing suits are made from recycled plastic, the fabrics are also manufactured in a green facility that is dedicated to reducing and preventing pollution, monitoring gas emissions and protecting our planet. Plus, all Amara packaging is biodegradable, recyclable or reusable.

The bathing suits are reversible and have mix and match styles. They are currently sold directly through Amara and on Nasty Gal. Hopefully, the future of fashion will look more and more like Amara.

Check out this brand when you’re in the market for a new bathing suit!



*All photos in this post are from @swimamara on Instagram.

2 Simple Tips for Making the Ultimate Vegan Pizza

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Guys, it’s finally happened. I’ve finally figured out how to make amazing vegan pizza at home. And I am thrilled about it! Now, even being vegan, I’m just like any normal chick, I love a good slice of [vegan] pizza. What I don’t like at all is dairy, because it’s bad for our health, sad for animals and the dairy industry, where it comes from, is bad for the environment too. But lucky me, in NYC there are some fabulous restaurants, like 00+Co and Pala, that serve delicious vegan pizza. So up until recently I was able to get down on some amazing vegan pizza while out to eat at restaurants, but I still hadn’t mastered making vegan pizzas at home. I was able to make ok pizzas but nothing worth writing home about. One of the main reasons for subpar homemade vegan pizzas was, obviously, the vegan cheese options that existed. There were vegan cheeses that were fine but pretty processed and commercial tasting (think like a vegan version of Kraft shredded cheeses). But what I was looking for in my pizzas was real artisan vegan cheese that would taste fabulous and melt just like real cheese. So, since I couldn’t find that at my grocery store, I kind of gave up on making homemade vegan pizzas.

But last week that all changed and now I’m a vegan pizza making machine! Both my parents have birthdays around this time of the year (just nine days apart!) so my sister and I planned a private cooking class to celebrate their birthdays. We chose to do the cooking class at the Whole Foods in Minneapolis and oh my god not only was the food amazing, but the experience was something we will never forget. We had such a fantastic time as a family. Just some good ol’ wholesome, clean fun. And because Whole Foods wants to offer cooking classes to the community at affordable prices, our private cooking class, where we got to completely customize the menu, cost only $30/person! Chef Ani was our instructor and we can’t say enough good things about her. She taught us to make four fabulous dishes, with the pizzas as our entrée. And from what I learned in the class I’m sharing with you two simple tips for making the ultimate vegan pizza at home! Here they are:

  1. Make your own pizza sauce from scratch. // This makes such a difference! It will take your pizza from ‘eh’ to so great. There’s just something to be said for sauce that’s made with fresh veggies on the day you’re planning on serving it. I’m sharing a simple recipe for homemade pizza sauce below. We also used celery in ours which I never would have thought to do before but it’s an excellent addition.
  2. Use Miyoko’s Creamery Fresh VeganMozz. // This is the holy grail when it comes to vegan pizza making! Miyoko’s has perfected a nut-based cheese that tastes amazing, is totally vegan and melts just like normal mozzarella. This cheese is made from cashews and has a delicious creamy taste. It will up your vegan pizza game so much. From what I’ve heard Miyoko’s started on the West Coast and has been trickling across the US. It’s now in the Whole Foods in Minneapolis and in New York City, so keep an eye out for it at your health conscious grocery stores.

With those two tips just use your favorite crust recipe (most pizza crusts are naturally vegan) and choose your favorite toppings and voila, you’ve got the best damn homemade vegan pizza.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped (or a touch of garlic powder)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 5 ounces tomato paste

Directions: Heat oil in pot. Add onion and celery. Sauté until soft, about five minutes. Add garlic and Italian herbs and sauté for another minute until fragrant. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste and cook on low heat for another 5 to 6 minutes. If desired, blend until smooth. (I like a lot of red sauce on my pizzas so this yields enough for about 2 to 3 personal size pizzas.)

This pizza sauce recipe comes from Chef Ani at Whole Foods and as I said she is fabulous so if you’re in the Twin Cities check out one of her classes for more of her awesome recipes!




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Snapshots: Life Lately

Hi everyone! I’m starting a new little feature here on the blog today called Life Lately. One of my favorite types of posts that I read on other blogs are the ones where bloggers share little snapshots of their real lives. These posts will feature the photos that aren’t necessarily for a full blog post or an instagram post, but photos that were taken by me that inspired me in my day-to-day real life. Whether it’s something beautiful I saw, something delicious I ate, something inspirational I came across, something healthy I liked or just something plain happy, I want to share some of them with you! So here are some recent snapshots from my life lately. 🙂

Spring has finally arrived in NYC and it is glorious! I took these pictures of these pretty trees in the East Village.


How gorgeous are these tree branches with the flowers growing right out of them?! I’d never seen anything like it before and it was even more spectacular in person. My google research tells me that the tree is called an Eastern Redbud. They’re amazing!

Last month was my birthday and I received these Farmacy gel masks as a gift. Farmacy‘s skincare products are unique in that they’re made from farm grown botanicals. I gave the masks a try this month and I absolutely love them! You place the mask on your face after washing and exfoliating and let it sit for 20-25 minutes. Then you remove the mask and massage the excess gel into your skin. I swear, my skin has never been softer! You can order a sample pack of the masks, here.

Another thing I’ve been loving lately is coconut water. Did you know coconut water can be either pink or clear? The pink ones are extra special because coconut water that is especially rich in antioxidants turns pink when it comes into contact with oxygen. So you know when you see pink coconut water that it’s extra good for you. I took this photo at Terri NYC which is a plant-based fast food restaurant. That sandwich in the back is a vegan buffalo “chick’n” sandwich. Yum, yum!

Since it’s gotten warmer out I also find myself craving more and more raw foods. This is my favorite Chef Aimee salad from Sun in Bloom, made of mostly raw ingredients. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ve probably seen it before. It comes with kale, avocado, sauerkraut, roasted veggies, wakame, spiced pumpkin seeds, sesame ginger dressing and cayenne pepper.

Vegan Donut

And while I have been eating lots more raw foods I also got to indulge in a special sweet treat this week…vegan donuts from Dun Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn! Dun Well Doughnuts is 100% vegan.

Speaking of sweet things…I still have my super sweet foster dog Dickey! Dickey is estimated to be around 10 years old and he is both blind and deaf. He was even featured on Susie’s Senior Dogs (twice!) and no one has adopted him yet. He’s truly a wonderful, sweet dog that is pretty easy to take care of even with his special needs. He just needs a great home with a human that will love him and keep him safe. Oh and FYI – his favorite pastimes include sleeping, belly rubs and booty scratches!

How sweet is that face? Dickey took a snooze on my lap while I ate lunch in the park.


He is so patient and well-behaved even during bath time. And he is just so damn cute!

If you or anyone you know may be interested in adopting Dickey please feel free to reach out by emailing me at tedi@tedisarah.com! I am happy to answer any questions you may have about this sweet boy.



Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale

Did you know that making kinder fashion choices doesn’t mean you have to abandon all your old favorite stores and brands? Lots of brands and stores offer options that are made without animal products. Nowadays, even designer brands like Givenchy and Bottega Veneta have rolled out vegan bag options in their collections. When we use our money to purchase items that are free of animal products, we create more demand for them, and in return create less demand for products made of animal skins and furs. So, with Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale happening right now through April 10th I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite picks from their site! Enter promo code FRIENDS at checkout for 25% off all these items. Links to each item are at the end of this post.

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