You wanna know a really good tip for instantly feeling better about yourself? Buy a leather jacket. I’m not even kidding. It truly works. This whole self-improvement thing came to me a few months ago when I was in Berlin. I keep seeing all these badass German babes (mainly my friend Vik that I wrote about a few months ago here) rocking leather jackets and I was like damn, there’s something SO COOL about these ladies. No matter what outfit they had on underneath, their leather jacket just gave this effortless sense of style that I was totes envious of. So you know what I did? Took my ass to Zara and bought the coolest one I could find. Continue reading
This open-faced breakfast sandwich was originally created to cure a nasty hangover while camping in upstate New York… but that really has nothing to do with anything because this recipe is totally doable anywhere in the world – but only if they sell (or you can make) bagels of course! Half of an everything bagel is smeared with cream cheese and topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, scallions, salt and freshly cracked pepper. It’s a great way to start the day and because it’s open-faced it will help prevent you from starting your day by inhaling a bunch of carbs in the morning. And if you don’t have a campfire, just toss your bagel half in the toaster and let it crisp up in there. It doesn’t matter as long as you get a nice texture on the outside of the bread. Continue reading
Here’s what I used to switch it up:
-1 everything bagel
-1 handful of baby hierloom tomatoes (sliced in half)
-2 pads of real salted butter
-1 tsp of fresh thyme
-2 heaping tbs of organic cream cheese (or less if you’re not obsessed with it like me)
Once I removed all the excess bits of bagel, I smeared a ton of cream cheese into the crevices. I am absolutely obsessed with cream cheese and I completely admit that I’m one of those gross people that pile it on super thick and then lick the rest off the knife. Gross, i know. But anyways, if you’re still reading this and not on the same page as me, put on as much cream cheese as you can handle and start slicing your tomatoes in half.
Now gently push the halved baby tomatoes into the crevices of one side of the bagel. The more snug you can get them, the better. You don’t want the front of your shirt covered in tomato seeds, now do you?!
For the other half of the bagel, evenly sprinkle on 1 teaspoon of the thyme leaves.
Since the cream cheese acts like a glue onto the other ingredients, basically just pick up both halves of the bagel and mash them together!
At this point you’ll want to put a pad of butter into the pan and turn the heat to medium high. Once the butter starts to melt and spread out, lay your bagel in and sort of rub it around in the pan. This will help the butter to spread evenly onto your bagel.
After about 2 minutes on each side the bagel should start to form a golden brown crust. Once it’s like this take it off the stove-top and eat it! If you’re in a rush, simply wrap this guy in some tinfoil and take off. It actually keeps pretty well for a grilled cheese. YAY!
So do yourself a favor and start your day by enjoying a wonderful breakfast. And remember, mornings suck less if you involve some tasty food. If you start your day like this (as Midlake put it) “mornings will be kind to you in the future“. Go team cream!