Unconsciously, I try to eat vegetarian most of the time. I find that when I do- I feel lighter, look better, and have less digestive issues. So, when I’m being led to a healthy lunch in Manhattan, I pick Nanoosh. Nanoosh is an organic translation of all things mediterranean- Hummus, Tabouleh, Greek Salad with organic veggies, Quinoa, and all-natural meat. My pick is the Hummus Tahini Wrap. It’s creamy hummus, organic greens, tomato, cucumber, and parsley along with a Quinoa salad made of organic raisins, walnuts, and cranberries. It’s served rolled in a whole wheat wrap or as bowl. Perfect light lunch or dinner. They also serve wine and beer so if you need a cheap but cheerful date meal they’ve got your back. Find them at one of their three locations in the city or the one just opened in Paramus, NJ. I was eating my wrap at my desk in the studio the other day and a client remarked how good my meal looked. That’s right- good looking and good for me too.



Who What Wear
Big surprise that I like a good daily email full of things I might might find myself smitten with. Who What Wear is just that email. The brain child of two fashionistas- Hillary Kerr a former associate editor at Elle mag and Katherine Power who also got her start at Elle. These lovelies bring you a daily snapshot of what’s happening in the fashion and beauty world. Wanna know what the latest trends are? Who wore what at that awards show last week? What are the stylish celebrities donning these days? THIS is the email for you. Not annoyingly wordy, full of glossy mag-like pictures- this email is easy to scan and digest so it won’t clog up your inbox or brain. They also have a beauty version which I just signed up for. I’m sure it bolsters my beauty product obsession as well as my Sephora bill. Thank you ladies for creating a visual dream board for my fashion and beauty day dreams.



Dark and Stormy
Although our winter here in NYC has been mild, I love a good warming cocktail for a frosty climate. My client Emma and her beau Patrick had been drinking this libation and warned me I would get hooked. Here’s the recipe via Rachel Ray. The dynamic duo use Gosling’s rum, and I use the yummy Ginger Beer they have at Trader Joe’s. Here’s to keeping warm from the inside out!

1/4 lime
2 ounces dark rum (recommended: Goslings Black Seal Bermuda Black Rum)
10 ounces of ginger beer (recommended: Milligan’s Island Tropical Mango Ginger Beer)
Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice. Squeeze the lime wedge over the ice in the glass. Drop the wedge into the glass. Pour the rum into the glass. Add the ginger beer. Stir lightly and garnish with another lime wedge, if desired.



Kimberly Snyder
Don’t you just love it when you ask for something and it simply appears? I have been trying to find a easy non-detox detox for myself since the New Year rolled around. Everything I’ve seen is all about deprivation or excessive preparation and seems like a form of torture. Imagine my bliss when I stumbled upon the mademoiselle of meal planning- Kimberly Snyder. After seeing a short video of this lovely flower, she seemed as easy to digest as her food. A quick visit to her site and I gave my email to her list freely. So far, I’ve gotten two emails- but with so much helpful and usable content I’m not a bit sore. Simple suggestions for changing your diet for the better like hot water with lemon in the am, romaine lettuce roll-ups, and her promise of beauty from the inside out with her glowing green smoothie. Good lookin’ is what’s cookin’ in my kitchen.



Capri Blue Candle
Oh let me count the reasons I love Anthropologie. One one thousand, two one thousand…three chic-candles-that-smell-divine one thousand. This scent, Volcano (a mix of tropical fruit, sugared citrus, touched by exotic mountain greens) is THE scent of that Anthropolgie store you’ve visited. For years I sniffed the air and sighed at the romantic warmness that the candles in the store provided. I finally took home one in a glass blue jar and have never looked back. When they started making it in a gorgeous mercury glass version I turned into a complete devotee. Now monthly, I get a supply of these so that I can have one burning in my studio at all times. Easy glamour. Instant ambiance.


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30 Responses to “5 Things I’m Smitten With”

  1. Scott Says:

    Lindsay, as a Rico Riverian, I trust your judgment on Mexican food. Its what I miss most about California. How do I fix this problem in New York? Its just not the same…

  2. Gwen Foster Says:

    Just a note to let you know that Marcella, my dear miracle pedicurist at Mezzanine Spa, moved to Florida early last summer. Needless to say, I was somewhat traumatized at the prospect of never being able to find someone who is as good as she. Guess what?! I found Gail at the Bliss Spa at the W Hotel on 49th and Lex. She is super amazing, very detail-oriented, super nice and doesn’t put the up-sell pressure on like some of the others I have tried. It’s been 6 or so pedis with her, and all have been fantastic!!

  3. Jenn Says:

    You are so amazing. I love reading your analogies and insights as you relate pilates to life. You are a gift to the world and to the the heart of mankind.
    Thank you
    Jenn Simser

  4. gwwest Says:

    Lindsay, your writing is just as sunny and engaging as your ‘smitten’ selections themselves. Keep up the lovely work!

  5. Cynthia Says:

    Hey Lindsay!
    What a great blog!! I LOVED reading your story about Frida! I have 3 kitties that are all rescues and they make my days so much brighter.

    Lots of love!

    • linzrle Says:

      Thanks for your love Cynthia! It means so much!
      Our animals are angels aren’t they?

      Everyone make sure to check out Cynthia’s website! She’s an inspiring nutritionist and life coach!!!!

      My best to you!


  6. Marina Rosenkrantz Says:

    Thanks so much for the inspiring story about Cesar. All my “doggie friends” and I are huge fans of his work. Train the owners and you will have perfect pets … Also a fan of HuffPost (probably the first app I downloaded to my iPad).
    Keep the 5 Things coming … And thank you!

  7. Julia T Says:

    LOVE the Zella workout gear! I ordered the leggings and the running tights and they are both excellent! Thanks for the great tip! xox

  8. skim Says:

    UrbanDaddy had the antithesis of your Valentine’s day tribute yesterday with Makes me want someone to dump!

  9. Serena Says:

    Regarding your coffee ritual, I love having my tea ritual and I also only use good loose leaf tea and brew in a tea pot. It makes it more special. When I did have coffee, I loved the ritual that goes along with it and decided to find a way to incorporate that in the tea world (without having high tea.)

  10. Jennifer Marcum Says:

    Lindsay, I am going to pick up some Pink Bubbles today. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  12. Peggy Reuter Says:

    Each Friday I excitedly anticipate “5 Things I’m Smitten With”, to read the reviews about great things that I would be unlikely to encounter out here in “fly-over America”, ie. Michigan. Lindsay, you make every subject you write about fascinating with your vibrant descriptions and your enthusiastic accounts of your experiences. I learn about cool new products to investigate, and file away ideas for my next trip to NYC. I’m also a fan of Huff Post and a daily listener and supporter of NPR. Thank you for brightening my week and enhancing my world !!

    • linzrle Says:

      Thanks so much for commenting!
      My love to you in Michigan and keep your eyes peeled for things your smitten with! I’d love to hear your ideas!


  13. Margaret Morse Donnelly Says:

    Hi Lindsay-

    I love reading your smittens and was delighted to see moosh show up! I do want to amend the recipe slightly. I would sweeten with a little raw blackstrap molasses ( my new thing) it has high levels of potassium and iron and is less processed than agave. Also I would say it keeps 3 days with eggs and 4-5 without. Enjoy and stay warm!

    • linzrle Says:

      Hi Friend!!!
      We have been long lost buddies and it’s time for a re-connect. You’ll be getting a phone call for me sooon!

      I’m so excited about this molasses!!! I’m gonna grab it today!
      Hope I did you justice with your recipe.

      Hugs and kisses!


  14. Peggy Reuter Says:

    Another great 5 Things, Lindsay! I am so happy to hear that Kris Carr has a new book. I loved reading her “Crazy Sexy Cancer”, and I have recommended it to several friends. She has such courage and spirit. I’m adding “Crazy Sexy Diet” to my list of must have books!! One of my resolutions for 2011 is to begin to move from my primarily vegitarian diet to a vegan lifestyle. I’m betting her ideas and suggestions will inspire me along my path. Loved the Moosh recipe! I’ll definately have to try it.

  15. Tripp Says:

    Thanks for the props for acupuncture! It’s great to read the feedback from the other side of the needle…! I’m so glad you and Erika and I are living this life together! I learn so much from you both, and LOVE LOVE LOVE our Pilates duets under the eagle eye of Lovely Legs Lopez…

  16. Peggy Reuter Says:

    Maoz sounds fabulous!! I’m anxious to check it out on my next trip to NYC, as I love Middle Eastern foods. I am taking a class in April to learn more about navigating social media, so I may soon send you Tweet!

  17. Patty Northlich Says:

    Regarding roasting chickpeas — out here in California, land of the fit, we roast all sorts of nuts and fruits using the same method — one of my favorites is chopped pecans and cranberries roasted in rosemary garlic, then salted and peppered. Of course, you can use almonds, walnuts, raisins, etc. We are never out of snacks!
    My best, Patty Northlich

    • Mandy Says:

      Patty those sound amazing! I’m definitely going to try that one! Another favorite thing of mine is a sliver of roasted walnut and a sliver of parmesan cheese stuffed into a pitted date. Wonderful fusion of tastes!

  18. FORM Pilates Says:

    Argh!!! Sometimes I miss things in editing. It’s quintessential not the other 500 year old mention. It will be corrected and I apologize!

  19. Peggy Reuter Says:

    I was stunned to read your Cinema Verite choice on May, 6, because I watched “An American Family” on PBS in 1973. I was obsessed with the riveting story of the Loud family: the parents, Pat and Bill and their five children; Lance, Kevin, Grant, Delilah and Michelle. So HBO has aired a movie about this family and their experience of being the first American “Reality TV show”? Wow!! I definately want ot see that!! After the PBS documentary aired, their family drama continued for more than a year on the talk shows of the day and in magazine articles. I would love to know what happened the this fascinating family.

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  21. hannah Says:

    I am so glad you (finally) have your own studio!!! You are amazing and your clients are so lucky they get to work with you in this beautiful space.

  22. Peggy Reuter Says:

    My favorite local supermarket has recently added Yellow Tail wines to their extensive vino selection. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check it out!

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