Recap: Yoga In Central Park by Yoga on the Fly x Lyfebulb

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Tuesday, May 16th was a perfect spring day. The temperature was in the mid to high 70’s, the sun was out, and the weather was breezy. If that alone was not enough to make one feel happy and at peace, add in the yoga.

In partnership with Lyfebulb Patient Entrepreneur, Elizabeth Feinstone, and her co-founder Avery Westlund of Yoga on the Fly, we hosted an afternoon yoga class in the middle of Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park. As guests arrived, they were greeted with a yoga set up that included mats by Yoga by Numbers and canvas goodie bags curated by Yoga on the Fly that included soothing essential oils by DoTerra, a discount code for Satva yoga clothing, customized Yoga on the Fly hand sanitizer and chapstick, and a Fiji water bottle.

Photo by: Krista Bonura

While waiting for the class to begin, guest picked their mats and quickly formed friendships with those around them. Both Elizabeth and Avery went around introducing themselves to guests, making it a comfortable environment for everyone.

Photo by: Krista Bonura

Once the class was about to begin, guests were given a set of headsets by SoundOff TM. The headsets are a part of Yoga on the Fly’s business model, that allows anyone to engage in a yoga class while traveling, by going into a private mini studio at the airport, choosing an instructional video on a (provided) iPad, and doing yoga while being instructed through the wireless headset.

Once the headsets were on, all outside noise and hustle and bustle of New York City disappeared.

Photo by: Krista Bonura

Avery led the beginner level class, which was perfect for everyone in attendance. The class ended with a very fitting tree pose.

Photo by: Krista Bonura
Photo by: Krista Bonura
Photo by: Krista Bonura

At the end, everyone was zen. There was no better place to be at that moment, then right there in Central Park.

“It was a beautiful evening for yoga in Central Park, and a perfect way to end the chaotic day. New friendships were formed, old friends reconnected, and everyone left smiling. Thank you to Lyfebulb, Sound Off headphones, and Yoga by Numbers for their enthusiasm and making the evening a success!”
– Elizabeth Feinstone, Co-founder, Yoga on the Fly

“It was a privilege to bring together the Lyfebulb and Yoga on the Fly communities and to partner with SO and YbN on such a gorgeous spring night in Central Park! We had blast and look forward to teaming up again and growing our mindful, supportive community! Stay tuned for future event details on our instagram at @yogaontheflyllc!”
– Avery Westlund, Co-founder, Yoga on the Fly

A New Lyfebulb Favorite: Le Coucou in Nolita

Last Tuesday, Karin and I had the pleasure of trying one of New York’s “hottest” restaurants: Le Coucou. We made a reservation almost a month in advance and could only get a table for two at 5 pm. It worked out well, however, since it allowed us to celebrate my birthday in style, and neither one of us minds eating early. To our surprise, however, the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived, although it steadily became more full as the evening progressed.

First, the service at Le Coucou was phenomenal, from the servers to the sommelier. Everyone was extremely attentive and we never had to worry about our glasses being empty. The bread was delicious (very important) as well.

We chose a bottle of rosé Sancerre, which was delicious. However, because the sommelier did not think it was at the right temperature and wanted to put in on ice for a bit, she offered us two glasses of their rosé by the glass, which was very nice.

The meal began with a very delicate dish of leeks and hazelnuts, which we shared. Karin then moved on to an asparagus and raw tuna dish, while I enjoyed the quenelle. The tuna was of the highest quality and looked absolutely beautiful. Quenelles were my favorite dish growing up in France and I was giddy to have a change to try Le Coucou’s take on the French classic. It was amazing. The quenelle itself was almost like a soufflé made of pike that came in a frothy lobster broth and a lobster claw. Amazing.

Next, Karin enjoyed the raw scallops in a rhubarb jus, presented in a scallop shell. I had the sweetbreads and they were absolutely wonderful. They were served with a creamy mushroom sauce with maitake mushrooms that I could not get enough of. I actually jokingly said I could eat another serving once I was finished (but I wasn’t really joking).

Since it was my birthday dinner, we both ordered desserts, which is very out of character for us, especially Karin as a T1D. This was unfortunately not the highlight of the night. Karin had the chiboust a la vanilla, which was a big spongy cookie type thing and I had what they referred to as a pistachio omelette. I kicked myself for not just ordering another sweetbread…

Despite the disappointing desserts, our experience was phenomenal, and the savory food delicious. We look forward to returning – Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Meg Ryan, Laura Dern and Gwyneth Paltrow were all seen at the Stephen Starr gem this week, so we are certainly in good company. It is not surprising that it has been listed as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city by TimeOut and is a NYT Critic’s Pick.

Writing this made me long to go back, but it’s not every day you can manage to get into such a great spot!

The Absolute Best Matcha Lattes

I used to be an avid cappuccino drinker until I met my match-a.

My first encounter with matcha was a few years ago when I was working down in the West Village. The cutest little cafe, Chalait, had just opened up on West 4th and I had to give it a try. I fell in love. So, I started to learn more about matcha. Matcha is a powdered form of green tea. When you drink matcha (as opposed to drinking a regular cup of green tea) you are actually drinking the tea leaves instead of infusing it in the hot water. And there are so many benefits. It is an immune booster and a stress reducer. It is rich in antioxidants, detoxifies the body, boosts the metabolism, improves concentration, lowers cholesterol, and gives you more energy than that usual cup of coffee. In fact, matcha has more caffeine and nutrients than coffee, without giving you the side effects that often comes from coffee.

I’ve since drank matcha lattes all around New York City and thought it wouldn’t be fair not to share my three favorites. Here we go!

NoMad & Chelsea

Chalait NoMad

Yes, my first matcha is still one of my favorites. The location down in the West Village has since closed, but they have opened up two new spots: one in NoMad and one in Chelsea Market. The NoMad Chalait is a bit smaller and has a smaller food menu, but it is equally as cute, and perfect if you want to be in and out.

They use their everyday ceremonial grade matcha for their matcha lattes, which they describe as “the perfect go to for those new to matcha and looking to start exploring its great taste and numerous benefits. It is smooth and mellow with the taste of bittersweet chocolate and slight sweetness.” There is no added sugar, and it is absolutely delicious.

(Pro tip: if you are hungry get the avocado toast!)

Matcha Cafe Wabi
233 East 4th Street

Matcha Cafe Wabi, Alphabet City

If you are always on the go like me, this is the best place to grab a quick to-go matcha latte. But don’t walk too fast or else you might miss it! Matcha Cafe Wabi also feels the most authentic to me. The music is calming, the Japanese staff is welcoming and kind, and they make their own delicious matcha pastries including matcha cookies, matcha muffins, and gluten-free matcha bars.

Their standard matcha latte is lightly sweetened and made with a little bit of heavy cream. If you opt to skip out on the heavy cream in favor of a lighter option, I suggest ordering the vegan matcha latte with almond milk. Ask for it with no sugar.

Vegan Matcha Latte

(Pro tip: this place is very small, and busy on the weekends. They are quieter on the weekdays, which might be your best bet to drop by.)

135 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg

Sweehaus, Williamsburg. Photo Cred: Yelp

Sweethaus is one of my favorite cafes in Brooklyn. It is actually a cupcake cafe, and they don’t advertise their matcha at all, so getting a matcha latte here is kind of like a hidden gem.

The atmosphere can’t be beat. They have the cutest marble tables, great music, and a chill espresso bar. It is a great place to sit and get work done or meet someone for a tea/coffee. Their matcha comes from Harney & Sons teas, and they make their matcha lattes with almond milk. It is sooo good. Come for the tea, stay for the vibes.

Sweethaus, Williamsburg

Enjoy, and let me know if you have some must-try matcha faves!




The Best Brazilian Restaurant In NYC- As Told By A Brazilian!

Hi everyone! I’m Bia and I’m going to share a super comfy and tasty restaurant in New York City for those who enjoy good Brazilian food.

I am a type one diabetic and I try to eat healthy food most of the time. In February, I went to New York City for six days and I confess that at the beginning of the trip I was loving all the pizzas, hamburgers and fast food that New Yorkers are used to. But my blood glucose was screaming for healthy food, and for food that I usually eat in Brazil. I live in Rio de Janeiro so my everyday meal consists of rice and beans and I LOVE it!

So, I decided to search for a place in New York to eat some Brazilian food and found a restaurant named BRAZIL BRAZIL near my hotel (Row NYC). The location is great and almost everyone in there speaks Portuguese! I found it amazing because my parents don’t speak English very well so for them it was very easy to order.

The food in this place is delicious and you actually feel like you are in Brazil when you walk through the door. If you go, you must try the Bife à Cavalo and the Picanha na Chapa, I’m sure you will love it! Remember to use double bolus when eating Brazilian food. Our meat has a lot of fat on and it may raise the blood glucose hours later. So be careful!

If you have room, ask for our best dessert: Brigadeiro! It’s amazing and I am sure it is worth counting carbs and taking more insulin for! Hah!

The restaurant is located on 330 W 46th St, close to Times Square.

I hope you enjoy my favorite Brazilian restaurant in Manhattan! Next time I will tell you about my favorite in Brazil for those who want to visit our beautiful, tropical country!

See you in the next post,

Bia Scher

Follow Lyfebulb Ambassador Bia on IG: @biabetica, and on her blog, www.Biabetica.com


Seared Scottish Salmon + NYC Restaurant Week!

We are halfway into NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017! We hope all of the New York locals have been enjoying the participating restaurants and #EatingWell. If you didn’t already know, one of our Lyfebulb Favorites is Brasserie Ruhlmann located in Rockefeller Center. Chef Laurent Tourondel is incredible, the food is exquisite, and the atmosphere is cozy and chic.

Until February 10th, Brasserie Ruhlmann will be offering a delicious, three-course prix-fixe menu in honor of Restaurant Week. At $42, this deal cannot be beat, and you won’t want to miss it!

They have kindly shared the recipe for their delicious seared Scottish salmon with wheat berry salad so that we could share it with you! Enjoy!

 Seared Scottish Salmon With Wheat Berry Salad


Salad Ingredients:

1cup Wheat berry
1cup Quinoa
1pc Avocado (diced)
1cup Butternut squash diced-.4 ounces small diced and blanched
½ cup Dried cranberries
¼ cup Candied orange
1 cup Kale
Champagne vinaigrette-4 tablespoons
1Tbs Chives
1Tbs Parsley

Wheat Berry Instructions:

Wheat berry’s- soaks them overnight to soften up. Place them in a small saucepot submerged in water with 3 springs of thyme. Cook on a medium-low heat until tender without making them burst. Let cool in water for 10 minutes after cook time. Strain and use.

Champagne vinaigrette- yields ¾ cups

Dijon mustard- 2 tablespoons
Champagne vinegar= ¼ cup
Lemon juice-2 tablespoons
Honey- 1 tablespoon
EVO- ½ cup
Thyme-1 tablespoon

Vinaigrette Instructions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl place mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, thyme, honey and whisk together.
  2. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

Candy Orange

Small dice 2 whole oranges and blanch 5 times in cold to hot water. On the final blanch with cold water add one cup of sugar and reduce until orange is sweet.

Add a piece of seared Scottish salmon and enjoy!

Make sure to follow us on Instagram (@Lyfebulb) and tag us in your delicious and healthy photos of restaurant week!

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