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mid-week round-up

sky in between

What are you up to this week? I arrived back in Miami on Monday evening after a few days at Western Kentucky University with the Forensics Team. They are preparing for two upcoming national tournaments and I was so excited to be a small part of their preparations. Such a talented, intelligent and  passionate team! Lucky for me, the first national tournament is coming up this weekend in Gainesville, FL. So, Chet and I are headed up this Friday. He’s never been to a national tournament on the college level so I’m excited for his experience. Especially because collegiate speech and debate was (and forever will be) such a big part of my life. Can’t wait! Until then, let’s check out some links…

The making of Meryl’s first Oscar.

8 different households were given $100 to spend on groceries. Here’s what they bought.

90-year-old woman foregoes cancer treatment to take the trip of a lifetime.

Why are women still getting Toxic Shock Syndrome?

One of America’s first female celebrities.

All 50 states re-imagined as food puns.

The criminalization of black girls in schools.

A simple formula to make the most of your next grocery trip.

A week in Boston on a $14,000 salary.

In defense of budget-friendly wedding dresses.

Photographer documents a Chinatown family.

Sombreros over the South.

Recipe: Avocado Toast


I am of the belief that everyone should have a super simple meal they can make on the quicks that satisfies their unique palate. The kind of meal you can make when work runs late. The kind of meal you can make when you have somewhere more fun to be then in front of your stove. Basically, the kind of meal you can make instead of pulling up to a drive-thru window. For my mom, this meal is nachos. For a co-worker, it is omelettes. For me, it is putting things on top of toast. In college, beans on toast was a go-to dinner staple. Last year, I went through a big brie and pears on toast phase. And we’ve already discussed my favorite lazy summer meal! But now it is all about the avocado toast!

This recipe is inspired by the crayest health-guru of them all–Gwyneth Paltrow–with a few modifications by yours truly. This is literally the easiest thing you can make from her cookbook “It’s All Good” and I’m not exaggerating when I say it is crazy delicious. Let’s let Gwyneth wax poetic for a second:

“…but really it’s the holy trinity of Vegenaise, avocado, and salt that makes this like a favorite pair of jeans…”

What a lovable weirdo. And aren’t you intrigued??? Let’s get to it!


whole-grain bread, preferably with some seeds in it to add a little extra crunch

Vegenaise, I know it sounds crazy but just trust me

avocado, I usually use ½ for 2 slices of toast but you do you

balsamic vinegar

freshly cracked pepper

Himalayan sea salt

To assemble:

Pop two slices of bread in the toaster. Slice your avocado. When the bread is toasted, spread it with some Vegenaise (Personally, I do not care for actual mayonnaise but I really like the vegan version so I can’t speak to whether this recipe would be good with the real stuff. If you’re inclined to give it a go than by all means…Gwyneth would not be as forgiving as I). Layer the avocado slices on top making sure to smoosh them down with your fingers a bit so they get down into the crunch of the bread. ; ) Pour a little balsamic vinegar over top. Crack pepper over everything. Sprinkle just a pinch of some pink Himalayan sea salt on the avocados. Voila!

What’s fantastic about putting things on toast as your go-to fast-food meal is you can pair with whatever you have in your fridge to round it out. This toast goes great with fruit salad, scrambled eggs, yogurt, chips and salsa, salad, steamed veggies–pretty much anything your little heart desires. Oh, and if you try it and love it? I told you so and you’re welcome.

Gwyneth’s food is good.

Gwyneth Paltrow food is good

Strangely, the star everyone loves to hate, I just love to love. Now, I recognize that most of what comes out of her mouth is ridiculous, and sure that’s annoying and would be a little obnoxious if the food she was talking about wasn’t so damn good. Gwyneth is a big believer of a clean, no processed foods, whole-food approach.

Her website Goop and her cookbooks focus a lot on finding ways to make clean eating more tasty. And guess what? She succeeds…because she’s bougie enough to not give a crap about pumping a bunch of money into making brownies without sugar taste legit or the precise spice chemistry to make stir-fry with basically nothing appetizing in it at alllll taste like take-out.

Gwyneth is passionate about food in the same way all of y’all are who post your meals on Instagram. The only difference is she is rich and famous so instead of throwing a filter on lunch she hires people to help create, blog about and write a cookbook for it. Cut a bitch some slack.

Now these assertions do not come without experience. I have done the cleanse she writes about on Goop … twice. (I feel obnoxious just typing that but I was curious!) I renewed It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great three times before returning it to the library.

Honestly, I think the absurdity of Gwyneth’s recipe-prose and the absolute un-relatability of her recommendations increased the appeal for me. Give me a dash of celebrity humor with a bangin’ smoothie recipe any day. Entice me to try cooking something so insane that I have to text someone about it when it turns out delicious–and I’m yours for life.

Obviously I’m not going to take daily saunas or catch wild game hens but I do love fresh, whole, clean ingredients. I’m not really worried about cleansing my internal organs of toxins but it WAS kind of cool to do her cleanse and feel miserable for a couple of days and then start feeling more energetic… followed by amazing… followed by I could eat like this forever!!!… followed by haha jk no I can’t but I might do that again someday.

“It’s All Good” has vegan and paleo recipes and even a whole section of recipes geared towards children (aka me). While there are also quite a few recipes that just didn’t look cost effective or seemed too time intensive for my purposes; all the easier, cheaper recipes I made were awesome.

Basically, I just think everything Gwyneth says is hilarious and I hope she’s not being serious when she says things but I also know she is. You shouldn’t write off her recipes just because she’s unnecessarily verbose about mundane ingredients–you should think of this as her version of pulling out her iPhone to snap an insta.

If you’re eating clean, vegan or paleo give her cookbook a go. It’s not gonna hurt anything to check that shit out from the library. It’s not like you’re paying for a ticket to one of her movies. Because that…I couldn’t endorse.

“We have great dinner parties at which everyone sits around talking about politics, history, art and literature—all this peppered with really funny jokes. But back in America, I was at a party and a girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh, my God! Are those Juicy jeans that you’re wearing?’ and I thought, I can’t stay here. I have to get back to Europe.” <—lol whuuuut? Me too, girl, me too.

(photo from the cookbook mentioned above and via here. 3 recipes from the book are also available via this link. : )

P.S. More nonsensical celebrity opinions HERE.
P.P.S. Wanna work together?

Buying Gwyneth Paltrow recommended ingredients is expensive but buying me a coffee is cheap