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When the New Year arrived, most of us developed a wellness routine. This routine may be to help us either stay on track or reset our bodies on the path towards a healthier self. My goal for this year is to maintain the results that I saw with kicking the sugar habit last year. But it has not been easy, especially with having two young children who love sweets and all kinds of treats that are not so forgiving on the waistline. Continue reading

6 Ways to Make Valentine’s Special for Your Entire Family

While Valentine’s Day is traditionally a celebration of romance with your significant other, for those with a family, it can take on a different meaning. If you’re celebrating the holiday with your family, there are a variety of ways you can make it special and even create a few new traditions of your own. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for spending Valentine’s Day with your family: Continue reading

Roasted Vegetables – So Simple, So Tasty

Shockingly, 9 in 10 Americans are currently not eating enough vegetables and one of the many reasons explanations for this is that they don’t know how to prepare them. Granted, certain vegetables can be trickier to prepare than others, but with pre-prepared vegetables lining the shelves of most supermarkets the problem seems to come down to how to cook vegetables in a way that makes them tasty. When it comes to easy, tasty vegetable cooking techniques one method beats them all, roasting. 

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Tips and Tricks For Cooking on a Camping Trip

After a long day running around in the outdoors, a good hearty dinner is what every camper’s stomach is growling for. Food never tastes as good as at this moment. However, cooking food whilst camping is never the most exciting or fun activity. This is especially so as there are so many other activities that you would rather be doing. Fortunately, there are a few tricks in a guide to cooking when camping we can use to make camp cooking and the resulting clean up easier and more efficient!

Pack Your Items in an Orderly Manner Beforehand

It’s always a hassle when you begin unpacking to cook your meals. Everything’s mixed up and you always end up spending extra time sorting your perishables from your non-perishables. Or, your defrosting meat has accidentally soaked your stack of paper plates. Well, instead of doing that, why not consider packing and sorting everything beforehand!

Perishable food items can all go into one exclusive cooler, drinks into another cooler, perishable items into another bin and finally, all your other cooking utensils and camping kitchen equipment into another. If you’re using fuel and mess tins, be sure not to mix them up with your eating utensils as the fuel is poisonous and could cause you to fall sick.

Get your perishable food items all ready before even leaving the house! Pack ingredients into labeled bags for easy finding and even consider freezing your meat beforehand! This way, the meat will stay fresher and usable for a longer time. It will even keep the other perishable food items in the cooler, cool. Have all your drinks in another cooler so that the perishable food cooler isn’t opened often and hence, the food inside will be left fresh for your cooking time!

Such a sorting system can help save time and energy as items will all be where you expect them to be! There’s no need for digging around in coolers to look for one item.

Waste Not, Want Not: Leftovers as Camping Meals

Cooking at a campsite is not an easy task. There are so many things to prepare! And after a long day running around, your stomach is growling and the last thing you want is a long cook time. So, why not prevent food wastage and simply bring out your leftovers from your dinners? All you have to do is freeze any of your leftover meals in little plastic bags! Yesterday’s pasta? Freeze it! Then when it’s chow time at camp, simply bring that out and warm it up!

With these frozen meals, you can even use them as ice packs to keep your drinks cool! An alternative idea is to freeze a few of your drinks beforehand. By the time the other drinks are empty, those frozen ones would have defrosted and been ready for drinking!

Get It All Ready At Home

 If a good old home-cooked meal is what you’re looking to prepare for your fellow campers, then that’s alright too! But there’s no need to make it harder on yourself than necessary. Camping grounds can be hard to cook because there aren’t proper spaces or equipment available. You wouldn’t want to be lugging all kinds of knives and boards and utensils to the grounds either. So, get your ingredients ready at home! Marinate your meats at home, or even leave them marinating in their coolers! By the time you’re ready to cook, those meats would have been well marinated. Chop up your cuts and vegetables at home so that all you have to do when you’re ready is assemble them. You can cook your rice, sauces, and soups at home too! Then pack them up in bags or containers and simply warm them up before serving.

For camping, you are definitely going to need a cooler! https://www.globosurfer.com/orca-vs-yeti-cooler/

Camping is all about relaxing and having fun. There’s no need to stress yourself out with cooking at the grounds. Get them all ready and prepared at home so that cooking whilst camping can also be another fun and relaxing activity.

And if worse comes to worst, a frisbee serves as a wonderful replacement for a cutting board. Just make sure to wipe it down with some antibacterial wipes!

Get That Fire Burning

Nothing says camping like having a fire going. If your campsite allows for fires, make sure you’re prepared to set one up. The smoky flavor of food from cooking over a fire cannot be beaten or missed during a camping experience!

Make sure to check if fires are allowed at your campsite beforehand. If they’re allowed, make an effort to pick up all the necessary tools before arriving. You’ll need some tinder, kindling, firewood, rocks, firestarters and some shovels or tongs. Tinder can be easily replaced with paper in a cinch and kindling, such as small, dry pieces of branches that can be easily found around your campsite! Rocks are also definitely something to find around your campsite. Firewood and firestarters are what you should definitely prepare beforehand. If you’ve forgotten, however, you can always check with the campground operators as they may sell or have some to spare.

Always make sure to prepare your fire beforehand. Don’t wait till it gets too dark and then visibility is an issue. This can make the fire making process a lot harder. Instead, try to scope out a fire pit early on. If you have to make one of your own, then your best bet would be to find a nice flat and dry area to use. Make sure there’s no vegetation as well. Alternatively, you can always use a big rock slab or the beach. But, remember to find a spot below the high tide line!

Once your spot is found, lay some rocks down to create a ring. If you want, you can even place a much larger and flatter piece of rock down at the back of the ring. This can serve as your chimney and it will help direct the smoke up and away.

Now’s when you begin to really build your fire! First, you put your tinder down. Make sure that they make up a few layers and that they overlap with one another. Then on top of that, you put your kindling down. Now, light your tinder up. As it begins to burn, your kindling should also begin to burn along. Once they are burning together in a small fire, you can start laying down pieces of your dry firewood. Always make sure that the firewood is dry as it will not burn well otherwise. Make sure the firewood you use is all about the same size and that you lay them down evenly across your burning kindling. Let the firewood catch fire and then give it a few minutes to die down. What you want is for your firewood to be burning as white-hot coals. At this point, your fire is ready for use!

As an extra tip, you can even build your new coals differently to have a range of heating settings. By placing coals higher in the back, you’d have a high heat setting. Lesser coal equals less heat and you can adjust them accordingly. If you’d like to just have even heat for cooking, then make sure all your coals are laid out evenly.

You Can Never Go Wrong with Foil

Tinfoil is your best friend. There’s no other equipment that is easier to use when cooking at camp. With foil, the need for pans or pots is eliminated. All you have to do is simply wrap up whatever meat, vegetables, eggs or food you’re planning to cook in foil, drizzle a little oil and then place it directly on the burning coals for it to cook. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and it’ll all be ready! Once done, you simply use tongs to lift it off the coals. Remember to let it cool for a minute before unwrapping but otherwise, order’s up!

We hope that these 5 strategies will serve you well when it comes to camp cooking. Hopefully, they will be your ticket to hassle-free cooking!

The Must-Have Interior Décor of 2020

It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new chance for you to spice up your style and revamp the interior of your home. As you head into the 2020’s, why not opt for some interesting new interior decorations that truly express the spirit of the decade? While luxury travel is always something we celebrate here at Hamptons Living, it’s also important that when you arrive back at home after a long journey, you have a cozy and restful place to land. Check out these absolute must-have interior decorations for your house or apartment, and step into the 2020s in a chic and exciting way!

Mid-century furniture

Wait – didn’t we just say that it’s time to update your interiors to fit the spirit of the decade? Why would mid-century furniture be the way to do that? Well, as the old saying goes, what goes around comes around, and what was once old news is now a hip trend. Herman Miller, the purveyor of chic and timeless office and home interiors, is seeing a resurgence with its classic Eames Chair, a lounge luxury staple that sets the mood of a whole room.

The best part about mid-century accents on your interior is that it can build from the minimalism that had all but totally taken over contemporary design in the 2020s. The minimal backdrop really allows the style of a midcentury piece to stand out, and if you’re looking to add more visual character to your interiors, midcentury accents can certainly do the job. If you’re curious about updating your living space with some of the fine furniture stylings of this classic brand, you can find a Herman Miller retailer with their handy online tool.

Personalized farmhouse touches

While minimalism may have been all the rage of the 2010’s design world, trends are shifting somewhat, and the austere lines and raw materials of the last decade are giving way to more homey touches and personalized flair. One way that you can benefit from this turn in style is by opting for a farmhouse aesthetic for your living space.

This style, which harkens back to simpler, more rural days in America, is ideal for a family home. The common themes of a farmhouse interior include plenty of white-painted walls, often made from wood boards called shiplap, along with white-painted brick interior features like chimneys. Honey-stained wood furniture pieces accent the white interiors for a folksy, charming, and inviting vibe.

An excellent addition to any farmhouse style family home is custom canvases, mugs, or plagues! They capture the fun of family time and adorn your walls with interesting conversation-starters for when guests stop in. CanvasPeople, a well-known customized crafts shop, has particularly striking options that customers seem to love. Just a quick glance at CanvasPeople reviews shows many who purchase these decorations are thrilled with the products. Don’t be afraid to be bold and authentic in your celebration of family and friends.

Plants on plants on plants

Striding into 2020 in style means decking your home with as many houseplants as possible. The urban jungle aesthetic has reached a fever pitch, and those with an eye for design can’t help but stuff their homes with plants. Having a few tall standing house palms, paired with smaller luscious philodendrons on bookshelves, and tons of succulents on desks and tables is a great way to make your interior leafy, inviting, and design savvy.

For those with busy schedules, there are great ways to fill your home with leafy greens even if you can’t make it out to the nursery after a long and hectic day at work. House Plant Shop has a great online store where you can subscribe to receive a houseplant every month, with plans starting at as little as $12. And don’t worry if you’ve got a bit of a brown thumb. The Plant Blog by House Plant Shop offers helpful tips, tricks, and advice for keeping your leafy pets happy and healthy, no matter your plant care skill level.

Whether you choose to go for a savvy and slick mid-century aesthetic for your bachelor or bachelorette pad, or a warm and welcoming farmhouse interior to host large family events, plants make a great option. Spruce up your living space, and welcome the 2020s with bold new style choices that are sure to impress!

Lunch at Murger Hanhan in London

Murger Hanhan is the restaurant everyone should come to when they travel to London. As London’s first authentic Xi’an restaurant, it is home to the irresistibly delicious Chinese Biang Biang Noodles. These super long noodles (12 feet in fact) are just as much fun to eat as they are to photograph and videotape. With so many reasons to visit, from efficient service to top notch cuisine for the whole family, it is no wonder I keep thinking about this spot nearly a month after visiting.

Murger Hanhan specializes in regional Chinese cuisine from Xi’an City in the Shanxi Province. This province is located in North China close to Beijing.

I already know I will be visiting here multiple times when I am back in London in the summer of 2020.

Coming in for lunch? Make sure you are one of the first groups to arrive. Murger Hanhan gets busy (very) quickly. The service is very fast without being pushy or overbearing, so you have plenty of time to enjoy your meal without feeling rushed.

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Greenwich Connecticut Holiday Stroll

It’s that time of year again and the holiday season brings with it ample opportunities for shopping excursions. For the 11th consecutive year, Greenwich CT celebrates the best shopping days of the season with its townwide holiday stroll. This annual event highlights Greenwich’s downtown shopping district, often referred to as the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast” which is an excellent place to find boutique clothing, shoes, outerwear, and accessories.

There is a shop for everything and everyone in the downtown Greenwich shopping area. Spas, antique dealers, art galleries, convenience stores, and so much more are all available in one convenient location. Restoration Hardware, Benefit, Sephora, Lulu Lemon, Apple, Good Stuff, Betteridge, Brooks Brothers, Hoagland, Orvis, and Fjallraven Kankin.

Since shopping is hungry work, it is quite convenient that the downtown area is peppered with superb places to dine or enjoy a cocktail or coffee. Greenwich coffee roasters, a short walk from Tiffany and co., Vineyard Vines and Saks 5th Avenue, roasts their beans by hand and offers cappuccino, lattes, and espresso. For lunch or dinner, be sure to visit EastEnd, Harvest Wine Bar, Back 40 Kitchen, Terra Ristorante or Mediterraneo for an unforgettable meal. For shoppers who preferred a bite on the go, a food truck court was available.

The holiday stroll also included the neighboring areas of Cos Cob, Byram, and Riverside. The shops put their best face forward with festive decorations in the storefronts and the town of Greenwich ensured that lights, garlands, and festive ornaments were lining the streets for the event. Toy shops, clothiers, and suppliers of products for the home all participated in the holiday stroll.

Greenwich Avenue is a lovely place to spend a leisurely day strolling, shopping, and dining year-round, however, it has a special sparkle during the holidays that is worth the trip. If you find yourself in the Fairfield County area, be sure to stop by.

Notable Festive Afternoon Teas in London

We have finally reached the gateway to the holiday season. As the gates to the season open, we are eager to share four notable festive afternoon teas in central London. These celebratory indulgences are a perfect complement to a day at one of London’s Christmas markets, a Broadway play, or shopping along Oxford Street.

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Celtic & Co. Style Gift Guide

In celebration of East End Taste going to Ireland and the United Kingdom this December, we are debuting our 2019 Holiday Style Gift Guide. In partnership with Celtic & Co., we reveal our three favorite pieces from their current collection. These stylish and sustainable gifts are perfect for the favorite woman in your life. Cozy, fashionable, and designed in Great Britain.

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Winter Wardrobe Staples with Celtic & Co.

Credit: courtesy of Celtic & Co.

Celtic & Co. is a contemporary sustainable and luxurious fashion brand based in Great Britain. A personal favorite of mine for over five years, Celtic & Co. has a variety of pieces for men and women, and the home. Gift inspiration from shearling boots and knitwear to rugs and throw blankets. Celtic & Co. will also be celebrating their 30-year anniversary in 2020.

I particularly love shopping on their website during the holiday season. Over the past few years, I have looked to Celtic & Co. for several gifts for family and friends. Two years ago, I bought a pair of Felt Slippers from Woolenstocks for my husband. My husband, who is very particular about his footwear, loves them and has worn them daily ever since. The quality and feel are so superb, and the slippers still look and feel brand new. Continue reading

Planning Your Winter Vacation? Don’t Miss These 5 Tips

Ah, winter. Isn’t it grand? The leaves have changed and fallen, the air takes on a brisk nip as the wind blows across your face, and the holiday cheer still lingers in you as you walk the snowy streets. Truly winter is one of the loveliest seasons. If you’re like most folks living in the East End, you love a winter vacation to take you out of the hustle and bustle of the city. With summer travels so far off, it’s no wonder so many look forward to a wintertime getaway. This winter, as you make your plans, be sure to take note of these 5 tips. Trust us, they’ll come in handy as you sort out how to make the most of the snowy season. Continue reading

A Romantic Getaway In New York

It is no surprise that countless romantic movies use the Big Apple as their backdrop as there’s nothing quite like New York City. That’s why it isn’t surprising when couples fly out to New York for a romantic getaway. However, most of these couples all experience the same problem. That is, what do we do in a city that has pretty much everything? Worry not as we’ve got you covered. After checking in in your hotel, drop by these spots to get the most out of your vacation. Continue reading

7 New Bedroom Design Trends Hitting the Hamptons This Winter

Winter in the Hamptons means it’s time to pack up the beach bags, enjoy the calm-after-the-summer storm, and most importantly, swap out your beachy decor for some more seasonally-suitable options. If you’re looking for some winter decorating inspiration this season, check out these 7 new design trends hitting the Hamptons this year.

1) High-end bedding

Before we can discuss any bedroom accents, we have to start with the main event: the bedding. In the Hamptons, life is all about relaxing, recharging, and looking your best. So, having bedroom furniture that promotes your best rest is essential! Here are some of the hottest trends you can expect this season.

  • Mattresses designed for athletes can help ease soreness, aches, and pains, allowing you to recover more quickly and get back to your active lifestyle.
  • Copper memory foam pillows help regulate your temperature even as the heat’s blaring during the cold New York winter.
  • Weighted blankets are great for stress and anxiety relief for those who have trouble getting to sleep after tossing and turning throughout the night.

2) Warm winter accents

Just because the winter’s crisp and cool doesn’t mean your home has to reflect the exterior. Bringing in some cozy design accents can make your abode feel like a holiday haven, whether it’s your full-time residence or just a vacation home. Here are a few ways you can brighten up your household this winter season.

  • Ambient lighting: Adding some warm lighting is a simple way to bring warmth and light into your home, even during the coldest months of winter. Switch out some of the lightbulbs in your house with soft white bulbs for instant, festive ambiance. Top it off with a natural light alarm clock to bring some natural-like light into your bedroom during those dark winter mornings.
  • Seasonal candles: Bringing in natural winter scents from the outdoors is another easy way you can create a relaxed, festive feel in your bedroom. Vanilla, cinnamon, and pine candles are all wonderful scents to choose from.
  • Colorful textiles: When it comes to finding accent pieces for your bedroom, you’ll be seeing a lot of handmade colored textiles in the Hamptons this year. For winter, think warm colors like maroon, oranges, and contrasting greys. Add a knitted throw into the mix for a cozy finishing touch to your winter bedroom.

3) Seasonal florals and plants

Many people associate plants and floral designs with the summer, but there are plenty of plants that thrive in the winter, too. Not only do these small details add interest and beauty to your home decor, but certain plant varieties also cleanse the air and can even boost your mood! Some popular winter plants and flowers include:

  • Snake plant
  • Bromeliads
  • Peace lily
  • Spider plant
  • Zebra plant

4) Elegant wallpaper

If you’re really looking to switch your design up this year, wallpaper is a fun (and temporary) way to redesign your room. For winter, you’ll want to go for either neutral or darker designs that incorporate seasonal flowers, trees, or perhaps even a festive winter scene would set the mood for the season.

5) Mid-century boho themes

The mid-century theme has been around for awhile, and in the Hamptons, it’s here to stay! Wood and acrylic furniture are both great choices to help you achieve the mid-century look and colorful accents like persian rugs help bring the whole look together with warm colors and organic patterns.

 

6) Faux fur

From social wear to holiday decor in the Hamptons, faux fur is definitely a staple. In your bedroom design, you can incorporate faux fur with rugs, bedding, accent furniture, and more. Whether you’re going for a comfy cabin vibe or an elegant winter estate, faux fur fits in with just about every winter style.

7) Natural accents

Speaking of cabin style, adding natural elements like wood, rustic metals, and faux taxidermy into your bedroom decor can create a perfect balance between Hamptons beach house and a Berkshire mountain hideaway.

Wrapping Up

As you phase out your fall wardrobe and summer decor, use these tips to help you create the ideal winter wonderland you’ve been waiting for all year long!