Just like every December, my 18th December was too warm. Not just too warm for sweaters or hot chocolate, but too warm for the Christmas party cheesecake recipe. The recipe was a combination of my grandma’s and Chef Mike Ortega’s suggestions. The end result was meant to set perfectly into the plastic shot glasses, so creamy that the fact that it didn’t pour out was damn near miraculous. The batter, still entirely liquid, dripped off the tasting spoon in a thick off-white stream. …

Originally published on Iridescent Women.

Diet culture is like radiation: the more you are exposed to it, the greater likelihood you have of getting hurt or killed by it. When women encourage diet culture through their speech or behavior, they are sending a message to the women around them that there is a correct and incorrect way of eating. In reality, every person can be harmed by diet culture, which tends to focus on controlling women’s bodies more so than other bodies. …

Originally published on Iridescent Women.

When I chose the assignment to write a review on the Netflix Original Movie “Moxie” that came out today, March 3rd, I watched the trailer and expected an easy movie. I figured the most radical it would get would be with the issue of dress code. Although I do have many critiques for the way the story centered white feminism, ignored the anti-capitalist sides of the riot grrl movement, and seemed to tokenize the struggles of women of color and women with disabilities. …

Eating Disorders and the Holiday Feast

For people like me — that is, people with eating disorders — managing daily life is difficult even on ordinary days. Food, a necessary part of our culture and routine, becomes an enemy and an obstacle, but a need nonetheless. When the holidays roll around, and our lives become centered around big meals with our loved ones for a couple nearly consecutive days a year, this can cause a lot of stress in our lives. Even on top of this stress, this year is particularly difficult. For many, this holiday season will be the first time they see their families…

As someone who doesn’t love pumpkin or sweets in general, this is my favourite fall ice cream. The fact that it’s vegan and relatively low on sugar is a pretty cool bonus. This ice cream is easy to make and comes out soft straight out of the freezer without a need for thawing. It isn’t too sweet, like other vegan ice creams on the market, nor does it include bananas (like seemingly every other vegan ice cream you can make at home.) Easy to finish in one sitting with a friend, this modification on my Mexican great grandmother’s ice cream…

3/5 stars | Screamer’s Pizzeria | $$ | Vegan | 685 Franklin Ave | 718 623 6000

Although the decor of this establishment screams Vegan Californian Hippie, the service at Screamer’s is awful. It really seems like no employee wants you there. No matter the time of day or size of my order, the cashiers and servers at Screamers never seem at all happy to see me in the last few months that I’ve been a regular, which, as a former restaurant employee, I completely understand and resonate with. This Friday I ordered my largest order yet, in order to…

Bread of the Dead

I’m not sure I have what it takes to write a set of memoirs, but if I did, this would be my favourite one. This vegan Pan de Muerto was inspired by my childhood in Northern Mexico and my immigration to the US as an adult. Easy to make between meetings on Zoom and deadlines, this modification on a citrusy childhood favourite can be enjoyed by all the vegan people in your life. It’s also incredibly low in sugar. …

The Argument Against my Morning Runs

After an espresso and a handful of almonds, I made my way to a 2.5 km track near my dad’s house. It was just another Saturday morning in high school. From early morning till lunchtime, I’d run laps around the track for hours. The inspirational quotes under pictures of thin but strong women that I’d seen on Tumblr the night before would consume my mind. Don’t quit until you’re proud. I would keep running until I felt faint or my vision went out. Then I’d go home, shower, and guilt myself out of a big lunch.

My family and I…

1. Café 2’s Tomato Soup — currently closed due to COVID-19

After peeling off the layers that kept you warm on your way to the Museum of Modern Art, you leave behind most of what you came in with at the coat check and make your way toward the art. In an attempt to forget the stress of the week and feel something with passing strangers, you walk through the halls quietly and just look. It has been a while since you’ve had some time alone like this. You wander until you find yourself hungry. Not yet done with your museum visit, you go to the second floor’s Café 2. …

Mishgza

Mexican senior at The King’s College.

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