beauty, beauty products, food, haircare, jewelry

The Mail

Going on 30 days of self quarantine and social distancing and the deliveries I get in the mail are a lifeline to a world where a stroll through the aisles of Target or The Container Store was something to take for granted. I know that I could get on the train and go right now, but…why take chances. Right? So for the past four weeks I’ve been shopping to fill in the holes and entertain myself. And support the economy and small business, too.

Here are some of my favorite purchases…

Beauty:

Discovered black woman owned Fro.ology for all of my organic, natural haircare needs. I already have the hair tea, onion and garlic scalp oil and super thick deep conditioner, $10. I’m going to own the whole collection by the time this is over. Saw Goldenbrownskin on instagram and bought their super moisturizing Levres lip gloss in Rose 92 for $6) and then snatched up their Coconut and Rose sugar scrub, $27.95.

I was up late one night and ordered two things: a jar of this delicious smelling coppertone glow body highlighter, $25 from Agrestal Beauty and a wig from Hairbird. The highlighter was exactly what I ordered and the wig… It dosn’t look like what I ordered. I’m not gonna lie, I would not have ordered this style. But it was cheap and I had fun wearing it on my birthday. If you like living dangerously you can try ordering from them.

Herbs and Jewelry:

Staying inside seems ideal at first and then becomes a low key freakout that can blossom into a breakdown if you’re not careful. So herbal teas and cbd can be lifesavers. I ordered four sample packets from August Uncommon, and a raspberry leaf and chasteberry tisane from Herb n Sol that promotes women’s health. I made my second order from Ruby’s Happy Farm for hemp pre-rolls. I’m still stressed, but knowing that I can smoke or sip a hot cup of delicious tea makes me feel like I have control.

I’ve been on a jewelry buying thing since last holiday season (I was working in an upscale museum gift shop) and being in isolation wasn’t slowing me down. This Amour necklace from Metier Essentials, $62, was my birthday present and I loved the minimalist simplicity of the carnelian and clear quartz bracelet from Herb n Sol, $20.

Indulgence:

These delectable chocolate macaroons floated up on my insta tl and I was instantly purchasing. Michelle’s Maccs combines velvety dark,milk or light chocolate with a perfect coconut filling that has a crisp snap and crunch in every bite. You can order individual flavors, or build a cusomized dozen, $28. I devoured the entire dozen within hours, even though I promised myself that I’d try to make them last. The dark chocolate covered salted caramel maccs, $10 for four, are INSANE with red wine. This is the only chocolate snack I crave right now.

It took 20 days, but eventually I gave in to my finer instincts and ordered wine from local liquorteria D.Vino. This is my first box of wine, which I found out actually contains four bottles. I am not sure why I never invested in one of these. The funny thing about this place is that they are very close to a train station and bus stop that I was using to get to and from work. They are across the street from a supermarket and up the block from a McDonald’s (big macs are AMAZING with pinot noir, I swear to you) so every so often I would buy a bottle of wine from them before hopping on the bus home.

I found out about Jeni’s ice cream from a product roundup in Bon Apetit magazine, but it took a quarantine to remind me to try them. It was the middle of the night, I wanted ice cream and their website is a clean, well lit place for treats. You have to buy at least four pints for a delivery, which I thought was going to last for awhile. I gave away one pint, but that was before I tasted anything and I will never do that again.

I just ordered more and it is all for me. I can’t wait to see that big orange box. It’s pricey at $12 a pint, but my sanity and comfort is worth it. The salty caramel will make you cry a little. The brown butter almond brittle is worth doing extra workouts for. If you’re scared to gain weight then just go to the website and look at the pictures.

Hope you’re holding up! What’s getting you through quarantine? Do you have a standing order from a local restaurant or are you hunkered down with a cabinet stuffed with cookies or hot chocolate? Support small and local business! Don’t forget the cardio!

See you next time,

Faith/SEB Market BK

adventures, cookies, food, new york, new york culture, restaurants, treats

The Milk Stop

You ever have a friend that disappears for like, six months, then comes back and blows up your phone with texts? That’s me. Let’s get into it.

The sacred tablets upon which the menus are writ.

I have a fashion job (we’ll talk about that later) and last Wednesday I had to go on a field trip for work in the searing, nasty summer heat of New York City. On the way to my destination I realized that I was in the actual vicinity of Milk Bar and my day took a turn from abysmal to transcendent. I love Christina Tosi’s backstory and the fact that she put basic stuff on a pedestal with her compost cookies and crack pies. Her methods are the epitome of staying true to yourself.

I was in actual shock when I found out that my menial task was taking me past the gates of heaven. It was a sign that I was on the right path, I kid you not. As SOON as I was finished, I made a trip to cookie mecca. Have you ever had their corn cookie? It’s insane. I grabbed four different kinds to nosh on (cheap at $2.75 each). I was so excited to be there, it was nuts. I kept twirling around to take photos to make sure I got every important detail. I was acting like a straight up tourist and I DID NOT CARE.

The grail.

I got a cup of cereal milk soft serve which I had to photograph while walking and carrying a bag of cookies. Ice cream dripping everywhere,but I did my duty. And got the perfect, late afternoon, warm glow, magic hour lighting. Hello? I am a photo god.

Anyway.

The cereal milk soft serve is a sneakily delicious twist on the usual sweet but forgettable summer treat. Soft serve always has a sort of sterile taste, no depth. It’s there to cool your mouth down, not to be savored. This was a different story. Sweet, but salty, kind of nutty, ridiculously creamy and so good that you can’t stop eating it, but you want to stop eating just to enjoy the feel and flavor a little longer. It’s a love story of a dessert. But simple, clean and refreshing. Just writing thismakes mewant to get on the train and buy more.

Merch.

If you’re down in Chelsea, swing by the Milk Bar at 220 8th Avenue. Make sure you check out their website, too.

See you later!

FAith/SEBMarket BK

beverages, business, entrepeneur, food, treats

The Scoop

three flavors of delicious, dairy free sherbet from Frozen Medz in Brooklyn

This year I made a personal promise to actually buy things from local brands, startups and people I follow on instagram (who are local startups). I randomly found Frozen Medz and decided that what I needed was vegan, organic no dairy iced treats in my life. Ever do some random thing and have it reward you in ways you didn’t foresee? That’s where I’m at with this.

Black Girl Magic frozen dessert and Matcha Modness sherbet and Blueberry Hibiscus Lemonade from Frozen Medz.

I had an unfortunate Haagen Dazs incident (there was a sale and I got three pints and ate them all within 24 hours) and I realized that if I’m going to continue to lose weight, I am going to need to leave the ice cream alone. Technically I could make my own stuff but I don’t feel like it. I found out about Frozen Medz just in time to save my summer sanity.

Above is my first order. The Blueberry Hibiscus Lemonade is basically sorrel with a twist (and includes plump blueberries in the bottle). If you’re not familiar, sorrel is a Caribbean/African drink made from hibiscus flowers and usually has ginger in it as well. And it’s super healthy. Sorrel is ambrosial when made properly. Frozen Medz has the ambrosial touch, for real.

I also tried the black girl magic fake ice cream and I was surprised at the creaminess, and how satisfying it was. I could take a bite and put it back in the fridge and be ok. I liked it, but I felt ok not greedily eating all of it. I fell madly in love with the tart sweetness of the Matcha Modness, a green tea sherbet that has green apples and green grapes along with her proprietary nut based iced dessert base. A nice scoop will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. I felt good about myself eating it, too.

Plus they deliver.

So win win all around.

I waited until they restocked and then ordered as much as I could. The shot with all the colors is: Pasa Pasa (fresh oranges, pineapple and mango), Island Vibe (a sorbet with pink pitaya, fresh strawberry and watermelon and organic lemonade), Rozelle (made from the same hibiscus leaves as the sorrel) and the Matcha Modness that we already discussed. And each flavor was as delicious as I had imagined. I re-upped on the hibiscus lemonade (too good)and got the Vanille Simple, which is exactly as it sounds.

This time I decided to play with my food.

I made these gluten free peanut butter cookies with plantain flour and the Vanille Simple (rolled in chia seeds) saved the day in an ice cream sandwich garnished with banana and peanut butter. I used the rest of the vanilla to make a peanut butter, banana ginger smoothie.

Then I got this little popsicle mold and started with the sorrel, mixed the rest of the Vanille Simple smoothie with the coconut chips that came with my order, mixed Matcha Modness with coconut milk and chia seeds, then mixed the Sorrel with coconut milk. So much fun. I am prepared for any hot weather frozen treat emergency.

I even made a cocktail:

The Pasa Matcha frozen cocktail.

I’ve been infusing some Tito’s vodka with fresh lemon and jalopeno and made a simple blended cocktail out of the Pasa Pasa and Matcha Modness sherbets. I threw the last of the coconut milk, a scoop of each sherbet and a quarter cup of the vodka into a blender, poured it all into a glass tumbler and garnished with a vodka soaked slice of jalopeno pepper.

That’s what I look for in a product, versatility.

Checkout Frozen Medz and get some goodies delivered, especially if you live in Brooklyn. They even have an app!

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK