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Persian Cantaloupe Smoothie – Ab Talebi

I’m proud to announce that this post is part of Williams-Sonoma‘s Smoothie Week where I’ve been asked to share my favorite out-of-the-box smoothie recipe. Follow along @WilliamsSonoma on Twitter and Instagram and check out their great selection of blenders and other smoothie-making tools here.

Happy New Year, y’all! 2014 was a great year and I hope you are all as excited as I am for all the potential and possibility of 2015. At the beginning of each year our thoughts often turn inwards – I know mine do. I like to ask myself the following two questions, especially in times of transition:

a) Am I a better person now than I was a year ago?

b) How can I improve myself?

Your answers can take many shapes – as do mine – but often they can be in taking better care of yourself. I believe strongly that proper self-care is essential in order to be happy and in turn share that happiness with others! So, what better place to start than taking care of our bodies? That’s where this Persian Cantaloupe Smoothie comes in… refreshing, delicious and healthy. A liquid treat that’s as good to your taste buds as it is to your body.

Persian Cantaloupe Smoothie - Ab Talebi

Persian Cantaloupe Smoothie – Ab Talebi

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Honey Caramels

I’ve been on a serious candy-making kick recently. So much so that it’s taken away from making well…. pretty much anything else. It all started with the Pomegranate Caramels, and it’s been downhill (uphill!) since. Many different flavors and multitudes of sugary goodness have been coming out of my kitchen lately… which is aptly timed because these beauties are the perfect holiday gift!

Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

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Come Break Bread with Ahu and Azita on 12/21 in Union Square!

Come munch and mingle with us !

Come munch and mingle with us !

I’m really excited to let you know that the lovely Azita of Fig & Quince and I are doing a meet and greet next week in New York! That’s right folks, we’re getting OFF the interwebs and into REAL LIFE. It’s going to be super casual and a place to connect with friends old and new during the holidays over some delicious food (like the Ashe Reshte from Taste of Persia!). Deets are below – please RSVP in the Facebook invite. Hope to see you there if you’re in the New York area!

Who: Azita, Ahu and YOU

What: Meet, eat, food, talk… hopefully all simultaneously! :)

Where: Meet in front of the Abe Lincoln statue in Union Square. It will be BYOF (buy your own food) but we’ll be eating some tasty soup from Taste of Persia who has a stand in the holiday market!

When: Sunday, December 21st, 11am – 1pm ET

Why: Because we want to see your lovely faces!

*If the weather is nasty, we will pick an alternate date in January!

Always Learning: ICE Culinary Crepe Cake Making Class

I am a firm believer in the importance of being that lifelong student. Whether it’s going back to school, taking a class on Coursera (my newest obsession) or attend a class at the local cooking school – it keeps you fresh and inspired. And what better place to have fun with food and get inspired than the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City. ICE is a fabulous center for professional cooking and baking education that happens to offer recreational courses for us hobbyists on the weekends!

Our Lemon Curd - Coconut Cream Crepe Layer Cake

Our Lemon Curd – Coconut Cream Crepe Layer Cake

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