Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Better Bets by Rhonda Erb

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Dominique Bistro

Add a touch of Parisian charm to your holiday season

Dominique Bistro

Step inside the quaint and cozy space that is Dominique Bistro and you may feel as though you have been transported to Paris. The head chef, Dominick Pepe, for whom the restaurant is named, attracts locals and out-of-towners alike to his charming West Village restaurant serving authentic, traditional, French fare.

You will find passersby stopping to take a second look as they pass the restaurant’s façade and notice its picturesque interior. Inside diners can enjoy the soft jazz music coming from a vinyl record playing on a turntable.

The wait staff is friendly and extremely helpful in assisting you with your dining experience. Our waitress gave us suggestions from the menu complete with charming tales of her childhood in France. She remarked that the restaurant’s bouillabaisse (surprisingly light and very flavorful) reminded her of a favorite dish that she loved as a little girl. The fettuccine with chanterelles, burgundy truffles and brown butter was also delicious.

Crème brulee

Finish your meal with one of Dominique Bistro’s delicious desserts (the crème brulee is amazing) and bask in the French ambiance awhile longer. The restaurant is perfect for a romantic holiday dinner for two, but equally suited to a large group of family members or friends.

Dominique Bistro
14 Christopher Street
West Village, NYC 10014

Babeth’s Feast

During the holidays, there is so much that you want to do and so little time. You want to entertain, but you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen all day. To the rescue: Babeth’s Feast. Founded by Countess Elisabeth De Kergorlay and located on New York City’s Upper Eastside,

Babeth’s Feast has an extensive selection of “ frozen to fabulous” hors d'oeuvres, side dishes, main courses, desserts and cocktails. Their food is sure to impress your guests and allow you to leave the kitchen and enjoy the fun. More good news: their prices are reasonable.

Babeth’s Feast
1422 Third Avenue, New York City, (646) 759-7949

10 Tips to Enjoying the Holidays Without Weight Gain Guilt

From Jade Wellness and Nutrition

Thanksgiving is over and now the holiday season is in full swing. No doubt you will be tempted over the next few weeks to indulge in foods that you may regret eating when January 1st rolls around. Here are some easy to follow suggestions from nutritionist, Jade Levine, that might make your New Year a little happier.

1) When at a holiday party opt for shrimp cocktail, crudités with hummus, tapenade, and fresh fruit platters. Chose items that are grilled, avoid options rich in dairy and deep fried foods.

2) When indulging make it worth it! If you are craving that slice of pumpkin pie have a slice! You are better off satisfying your craving rather than eating a bunch of junk you didn’t want in the first place.

3) Eat a small healthy meal before going to a party. This way you won’t over eat when you get there and it will be easier to resist temptations.

4) Bake or make a healthy dish to bring to the party. Introduce your friends, coworkers and loved ones to healthy treats. Food can still be delicious without all the added sugar and unhealthy fats!

5) Try to plan festive holiday activities that don’t revolve around food. Go on a holiday related outing or get crafty! Throw a little gathering where you can make gifts or decorations.

6) During the feast load up on protein and veggies (including sweet potatoes, roasted pumpkin and butternut squash). Stick with dishes that use minimal ingredients. Go sparingly on rich starches, dishes with added sugar and desserts. Don’t deprive yourself but keep those portions very light.

7) Create or look up healthy variations of your favorite holiday indulgences. If you have trouble resisting holiday treats this will help you to stay on track. You can have your cake and eat it too!

8) Make sure to get your exercise in! If you don’t have a gym membership there are other option. Take the stairs, go for a walk or take a fun fitness class with a friend.

9) Always bring healthy snacks to avoid temptations at work. Offices are known to be a place of indulgence. All natural nut butters with an apple, a little unsweetened dried fruit with nuts and kale chips are great options.

10) Do not feel guilty after an indulgence. This breeds negativity and will further lead you down an unhealthy path. Don’t worry too much; enjoy yourself it’s the holidays!

Jade Levine is a New York City based, certified nutritionist following the holistic approach to health. She creates individualized food plans to suit the needs and lifestyles of her clients. She can even teach you to cook or cook for you.  So why not give yourself, or someone you know, the gift of good health this holiday season. Contact Jade to make an inquiry or book a complementary consultation Also visit her Instagram page: @jade_wellness_and_nutrition

Here is one of Jade’s Holiday Recipes that you are sure to enjoy:

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 cups almond flour (or almond meal)
2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten free if you are intolerant)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut oil, grass fed butter or ghee
½ cup organic maple syrup or coconut nectar
1 large brown egg (or vegan egg replacement of choice)
2 ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is soy and dairy free)


1)Preheat the oven to 375º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.2) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (chocolate chips) 3) In a small bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients4) Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stir and combine well. Add in chocolate chips and stir until everything is well combined.5) Place the batter by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Flatten the dough gently with a small spatula. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes until they are moist and soft and starting to lightly brown. Rotate the baking sheets during baking for even heating every 5-6 minutes. 6) Remove the cookies from the baking sheet after a few minutes and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy one while they are still warm, you know you want to! Once the cookies have cooled off, store in an airtight container at room temperature.

- Rhonda Erb
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