Summer Sign-Off: Hit Up These Places

These last few days of summer are precious so take advantage and do all things summer: enjoy the outdoors, bqq, and cool off with something cool 'n' sweet. Check out all of these New York City restaurants offering up just what you need!

Folks who want to relax in Washington Square Park should order pizza picnic boxes from Pizza Roma on Bleecker Street in the West Village. These clever carryout containers, named after parks in Rome, are filled with the restaurant’s signature Roman-style pizza al taglio (square pizza by the cut), Paninis, fresh summer salads, and more.

To host a barbecue feast near the East River Esplanade or in your own backyard, turn to Neely’s Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side. The restaurant offers hefty picnic baskets to feed three ($89) and an even larger option to feed five ($149), both of which come with items like chopped beef brisket sandwiches, spicy pinto beans with burnt ends and warm peach crisp.

Anthony Anderson Food Demo At Organic Avenue

If you're looking for some good eats and eye candy all in one place, then don't miss Anthony Anderson as he returns to Organic Avenue to promote The Lifestyle for Beauty. Working as a model, Anthony has had to learn how to keep healthy and fit. This inspired him to create RawModel.com, his website that promotes healthy eating (bye-bye processed foods!) and a healthy lifestyle. At this event, Anthony will be whipping up two custom power smoothies for you to try, in addition to speaking about organic gardening, wild foods, sustainable living, and meditation. Tickets for this event are only $50 and you can register by phoning Organic Avenue at at 212-358-0500 or email love@organicavenue.com.

Smoothies: The Healthy Dessert Alternative

Summer is on the horizon and nothing puts you in the mood like a tasty smoothie. Even when the weather is less than hot in San Francisco, the refreshing combination of blended fresh fruit and crushed ice will make you feel like you should be sweating. Here are a few great places in the city to get your smoothie on.

Sidewalk Juice, a mom and pop Mission favorite, offers a variety of over 100 different healthy, all natural and organic drinks to tickle your taste buds. The three top selling smoothies include; the Banana Acai with soy milk, bananas, acai, non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt and ice; Berries Valencia with orange juice, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, raspberry sorbet and ice; and Almond Delight with almond milk, almond butter, bananas, non-fat frozen yogurt and ice. Sidewalk Juice, 3287 21st Street (at Valencia Street), San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 341-8070 sidewalkjuice.com

For the Love of the Green Smoothie!

Despite the color and the initial gag-reflex many feel regarding liquid vegetables, the Green Smoothie doesn’t have to be daunting. Or disgusting. Quite the opposite. Instead, it is a healthy and satisfying way to begin your day. And unlike its cousin -- the green juice -- the Green Smoothie is loaded with fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer. Plus, all you need is a blender, which is far easier than those bulky juicers taking over your entire studio apartment’s kitchen. Why don’t you give it a try?

Here are a few simple rules to Green Smoothie success!

  1. Feeling a little scared of drinking bitter greens? That’s okay. Add some almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk to the mix.
  2. Like it creamy? Easy. Use a banana or half an avocado.
  3. Like it sweet? No problem. Add some Stevia or agave or honey.
  4. Don’t judge a smoothie by its color. This is particularly true when adding berries. That’s all.

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Heart Of A Chef And Food For The Heart!

This past Sunday, Heart of a Chef, along with the Florida Heart and Research Institute and Miami Science Museum hosted a family festival with an emphasis on the prevention of childhood obesity and healthy living. Not only was the museum open for guests to loathe in everything science, but also different food stations offered tasty treats. Vendors such as Smoothie King, Fit2Go, Nespresso, EVOS, I Heart Olive Oil and Pollo Tropical were some of the many stations offering healthy and delicious bites. There was everything from ceviche, fresh crepes to delicious smoothies and wine tastings. There were several different rooms filled with samples of delicious foods.

Welcome to Brooklyn's Best Kept Secret: Waterfalls Cafe

Deep within the heart of Brooklyn Heights lies Waterfalls Cafe: a retreat for all New Yorkers fervently seeking a divine sense of euphoria, refreshment and exquisite taste from their food, without exhausting their wallet.

Waterfalls consistently defies all rules:

-it's fast, but good

-It's good, but cheap

-It's cheap, but delicious and

-it's delicious, but nutritious!

Enriched with grains, chickpeas, lentils and leafy greens, Waterfalls' cuisine liberates that boundlessly energetic and healthy person in all of us who's been encased in a vat of cookies and pasta since the December holidays.