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    It's a back to work/school/life mag.
    We are kicking off our makes with easy, healthy and super tasty one bowl lunches, which we loved creating/testing. Great to bring to work.
    Also, a piece from writer/humorist/awesome chick Jill Kargman on the Jewish New Year. And some other bits.
    Shana Tova my people.

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    Lunch Bowls

    The Base: Brown Rice + Quinoa

    The key to a great lunch bowl is to start with a great base. We love both brown rice and quinoa and do a mix of each for the recipes below for best texture and taste.

    Tuna Tomato Bowl

    This bowl is a perfect cross between a puttanesca and a niçoise.

    ingredients
    makes 2

    • 1 small jar good-quality tuna
    • 1 14-oz can plum tomatoes
    • 2 anchovies, chopped
    • 1 1/2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4-6 pitted Nicoise olives
    • 1/2 pinch red chili flakes
    • 10 French beans, trimmed
    • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
    • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
    • olive oil
    • sea salt + black pepper

    preparation

    1. Coat a large frying pan with olive oil and add the garlic and red chili flakes. Cook for a minute until soft and fragrant, then add the anchovies and stir until they start to melt. Add the olives, crushing them gently with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the canned tomatoes and bring the heat down to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes.

    2. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with equal parts ice and water. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add a large pinch of salt and the French beans. Cook for about 3 minutes. Drain and place in the ice bath for about a minute. Drain and set aside.

    3. Place equal amounts quinoa and brown rice into two serving bowls or sealable food containers. Top with a large dollop of tomato sauce. Flake three to four large pieces of tuna into each bowl. Divide French beans into each bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and a drizzle of olive oil on top if desired.

    Black Bean, Corn + Avocado Bowl

    This black bean salsa over grains is a great one to throw into a Mason jar and take to work.

    ingredients
    makes 2

    • 1 can black beans, rinsed
    • 1 ear of corn, shucked
    • 1 avocado, peeled and cubed
    • 1 lime
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
    • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
    • sea salt + black pepper

    for garnish

    • 1/2 red onion, chopped
    • handful of cilantro, chopped
    • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped

    preparation

    1. Pre-heat a grill (or grill pan) over medium high heat. Place corn on grill and cook for about a minute on each side, until nicely charred all around. When cool, carefully slice off the kernels into the bowl.

    2. Add the black beans and avocado to the corn. Drizzle the olive oil and squeeze the juice of one lime over the top. Mix and season with salt and pepper to taste.

    3. Place equal amounts quinoa and brown rice into two serving bowls or sealable food containers. Add the bean mixture over the top.

    4. Place all the garnish ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over the bowls to your liking.
     

    Puy Lentil + Wilted Spinach Bowl

    Simple and healthy, this is made really tasty with the herb vinaigrette and will fill you up until dinner.

    ingredients
    makes 2

    • 1 cup Puy lentils, rinsed and drained
    • 2 cups tightly packed spinach
    • 1 small yellow onion, diced
    • 1 large carrot, diced
    • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 4 cups of water
    • 1/2 cup of quinoa, cooked
    • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
    • healthy drizzle of olive oil
    • sea salt + black pepper
    • fresh basil, torn for garnish
    • fresh parsley, torn for garnish

    for dressing

    • 1/4 cup tightly packed basil, roughly chopped
    • 1/4 cup tightly packed parsley, roughly chopped
    • 2 spring onions, sliced
    • small bunch of chives (about 8), sliced
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1/3 cup olive oil

    preparation

    1. Add a couple glugs of olive oil to the bottom of a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables become soft and aromatic. Add the lentils and stir with the vegetables, cooking for a minute. Add the water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes until the lentils are soft, but still hold their shape.

    2. While the lentils are cooking, make the dressing. Add all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. Pulse a few times until roughly processed but not completely smooth. Transfer back to the mixing bowl and slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to incorporate.

    3. Once the lentils are done, turn off the heat, and pour the dressing over the top. Immediately add the spinach and mix until wilted.

    4. Place equal amounts quinoa and brown rice into two serving bowls or sealable food containers. Add the lentils and garnish with fresh basil, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.

    Roasted Za'atar Eggplant Bowl

    We love the kick of za'atar with the creaminess of the cooked eggplant, onion and yogurt + lemon dressing.

    ingredients
    makes 2

    • 1 eggplant, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
    • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons za’atar (Middle Eastern spice - can be found in most spice aisles)
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
    • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
    • olive oil
    • sea salt + black pepper

    for yogurt + lemon dressing

    • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 small clove of garlic
    • 1/2 tablespoon tahini
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • sea salt + pepper

    preparation

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread the eggplant on a baking sheet and sprinkle with za’atar until coated. Drizzle with olive oil (about two tablespoons). Cook for about 10 minutes, remove from oven and shake the baking sheet to move the eggplant around (for even cooking). Place back in oven for another 10 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, caramelize the onions: Coat a large pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Sauté onions with bay leaf until soft and deeply caramelized, about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    3. To make the dressing, finely grate the garlic into a mixing bowl. Add the yogurt, lemon juice and tahini. Mix. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    4. Place equal amounts quinoa and brown rice into two serving bowls or sealable food containers. Top with the eggplant and onion mixture. Drizzle the dressing over the bowls to your liking.

    The Base: Greens

    If you’re looking for a lighter lunch, placing heartier ingredients like poached chicken or sweet potatoes over greens is a great option.

    Asian Chicken Salad Bowl

    This bowl is super refreshing - put the dressing in a separate container and take it with you.

    ingredients
    makes 2

    for the salad

    • 1/2 head Napa cabbage, finely sliced
    • 1 head bok choy, finely sliced
    • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
    • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks
    • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
    • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
    • handful of cilantro, chopped
    • handful of toasted sesame seeds

    for the chicken

    • 2 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts
    • 8-10 black peppercorns
    • 2 sprigs of cilantro
    • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut in half
    • 1 medium stalk celery, cut in half

    for the dressing

    • 1 small clove of garlic, peeled and finely grated
    • one 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
    • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon light agave nectar
    • 1/2 tablespoon water
    • 1/2 tablespoon spicy toasted sesame oil

    preparation

    1. For the chicken: Place the chicken breasts at the bottom of a wide pan over medium high heat and add enough water to cover by one inch. Add the aromatics and bring the water to a boil, then immediately turn down to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, turn off and let the breasts sit in the water for about another 15 minutes. When cool, pull the breasts apart into shreds, as thick or thin as you like, and set aside.

    2. Place all dressing ingredients except the sesame oil into a small mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil to combine.

    3. Place all the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the chicken, pour the dressing over the top and mix.

    Miso Sweet Potato + Broccoli Bowl

    The miso sweet potato and broccoli add some substance to the mixed greens, making for a great lunch bowl. This would be just as tasty over grains.

    ingredients
    makes 2

    for the salad

    • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1 small head of broccoli, torn into bite-size florets
    • 2 cups dark, leafy green mix
    • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
    • sea salt + black pepper

    for the miso dressing

    • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon mirin
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • sea salt + black pepper

    preparation

    1. For the dressing: Blend everything except the oil in a food processor until smooth. While the blender is still running, slowly stream in the oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil (about two tablespoons). Cook for about 20 minutes, remove from oven and shake the baking sheet to move the potatoes around (for even cooking).

    3. Add the broccoli to the baking sheet, drizzle with a bit of olive oil (about a tablespoon) salt and pepper, and place back in oven for another 15 minutes until the veggies are cooked through and starting to brown.

    4. Place veggies in a large bowl and allow to cool. Pour dressing over the veggies and mix to coat. Add the salad greens and mix.

    Photography by Ali Allen.

    Back to School Tunes

    Do I Wanna Know?
    by Arctic Monkeys

    The Wire
    by Haim

    Doin' it Right
    by Daft Punk (feat. Panda Bear)

    Jill Kargman, Ready for the New Year

    Each December 31st, as millions of drunk, cavorting revelers smooch and screech in Times Square as the dropping ball demarcates a new year, I'm usually asnooze and wake up no more invigorated than the chilly night before. That’s because my fresh start has always been September: the feeling of turning a corner, pressing the reset button, and walking with a renewed spring in my newly-booted step. And not just because I'm Jewy Jewstein and I’m going the eat crisp granny smiths and honey to ring in a sweet annum ahead, but because (open door, enter confession booth, lower voice to a whisper...) I loathe summer.

    "That's right, you heard me over your blaring Robin Thicke."

    I hate strangers' flip-flopped feet. I hate midriffs, chipped blue pedicures, tanorexia. I hate sweating my balls off, slathering sunblock on squirmy children and eating like a bulimic without the purge part. I miss routine. I miss discipline and work. But also I miss jackets and scarfs and new packets of opaque tights. I worship fall. I truly believe I have RSAD: Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. This may be because I'm the Addams Family relative who doesn't appear on their Halloween card. I choose black over teal. Charcoal over coral.

    As a die-hard New Yorker, I subscribe to the blustery cinematic version of a grey October day out of a Woody Allen movie - cozy layers on the way to an exhibition or walk in the park - watching a season's colors morph as the mercury drops with the fluttering orange and red leaves. Fall is exhilarating, inspiring, and also sexy: July always yields a birth boom in most city hospitals (I was pushing my first out in a supply closet as a result) because peeps get chilly then bizzay come the wind-whipped months.

    "Fall is exhilarating, inspiring, and also sexy..."

    But long before an interest in the new stylish threads emerged, I always loved that back-to-school feeling. Fresh school supplies, a new book bag, grade level and classroom are not a distant memory to me - they’re all a lovely hangover from the ghost of student past, in sync with my Jewish New Year experience as well. I'm not entirely great at sitting still in temple (in fact I am so into my Soulcycle class, I call it Spinagogue). That said, I crack out new duds, sit with my family and basically listen and think. My mind often obviously drifts to other places but in this insanely tumultuous chaotic world it's nice to press the pause button and feel that momentary beat between seasons. Rosh Hashanah is like the top of the roller coaster after slowly inching my way up through an interminable August. And then (deep breath!) we go speeding gleefully into fall, hitting the ground running in heels to meetings, dismissals, activities and parties. And I love it all. Maybe when winter’s sniffles start and I'm blizzard-weary I'll have a fleeting pang for summer's snail's pace. But knowing my ants-in-my-pants, sun-loathing vampire self, I highly doubt it. So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 5774.

    "...a lovely hangover from the ghost of student past..."

    Jill Kargman is a writer based in New York City. Besides contributing to major publications such as Vogue, Elle and Travel + Leisure, she has also published several books. Her memoir Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut was a National Bestseller and her latest is The Rock Star in Seat 3A.Find her on twitter @jillkargman.

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    Back to Office Supplies

    Back when we were in school, buying supplies was always the best part of September. With that in mind, we're revamping our office desks whether the look is "Modern," "Industrial" or "Bright".

    Modern

    Doug Johnston small basket

    Doug Johnston large basket

    Mr. White clock

    Landline

    Kartell storage module

    Vitra toolbox

    "The New Black" pencils

    Kaweco fountain pens

    "Block Lamp" desk light

    ANYTHING scissors

    Versacover iPad case

    Meg Callahan Mattermade quilt

    Pierre Favresse desk

    Muji colored pencils

    ANYTHING stapler

    Geneva WorldRadio

    Postalco notebooks

    ANYTHING tape dispenser

    IDEA International calculator

    Present & Correct container

    Punkt cable holder

    Deskstructure desk set

    Pebble eraser

    Timor Perpetual Calendar

    746 Phone

    Vitsoe shelving system

    Uten.Silo supply holdall

    Industrial

    Newgate wall clock

    Desk calendar

    Wooden tape dispenser

    Envelopes

    Notebook

    Spiral notebooks

    Chalkboard container

    Marimekko water glasses

    Labels

    Folder

    IDEAS notebooks

    Wooden desk clock/iPhone docking station

    Typeface notebook

    Map of the USA

    Letter opener

    Jason Miller desk lamp

    Antique chest of drawers

    Paperclips

    Botanical poster

    Wire baskets

    Dru Sculpture at Haus Interior

    IDEA International manual shredder

    Bright

    Pink Ombre iPhone case

    HAY set of trays

    Scholten & Baijings for HAY folder

    Leather case

    Marimekko tray

    Pehr Designs hamper

    Marimekko mug

    Action mini notebook pack

    "Yummy" folder

    "Pen Pen" cup or "Bin Bin" trash can

    MYBKR water container

    WOW mini speaker

    Scholten & Baijings for HAY paper tower

    "Yummy" folder

    Madeline Weinrib cushion

    AM computer and phone cleaning supplies

    Present & Correct book ends

    Farmers market page tabs

    Jumbo memos

    Large notebook

    MT washi tape

    Small notebook

    Pie chart post-it notes

    Binder

    "Yummy" folder

    "Yummy" folder

    Lexon desk set

    Late Summer Snaps

    Art Destinations

    We’ve compiled a list of some of the most remarkable and inspiring places to see and experience art this school year. More than galleries or museums, these are art destinations to get immersed in and spend more than just a few hours.

    Chinati Foundation

    Marfa, TX

    Donald Judd, 15 untitled works in concrete, 1980-1984. © Judd Foundation/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2013.

    Located in the middle of the Texan desert, Marfa has an ever-growing number of trendy restaurants, shops and cultural institutions catering to the art crowd. With the help of the Dia Art Foundation, artist Donald Judd acquired a large piece of land (formerly an army fort) to install site-specific artwork by himself and a few select contemporaries. Today the Chinati Foundation continues this mission with a program of works that are inextricably linked to their surroundings. Make a trip of it, hang out in Marfa, and take in the work of greats like Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin and more.

    Dan Flavin, untitled (Marfa project), 1996, detail. Photo courtesy of the Chinati Foundation. © 2013 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    Mass MoCA

    North Adams, MA

    left: An idyllic Berkshires setting. right: Natalie Jeremijenko’s ongoing work consisting of trees growing upside down hangs in the courtyard.

    Located in a former industrial complex in the Berkshires, this sprawling center for the arts was repurposed for exhibiting large-scale and complex works too difficult to display in a regular museum environment. For example, Sol Lewitt’s impressive retrospective of enormous wall drawings is installed through 2033. With theater and performing arts spaces woven into the museum’s fabric, it is also a catalyst for new art. No matter what time of year you visit, the buildings and their surroundings are breathtaking, and there’s always plenty to see not only within the museum walls, but beyond.

    Anselm Kiefer

    Opens September 27, 2013

    left: Anselm Kiefer’s monumental work in situ. right: The exterior of the dedicated gallery space.

    This is a major show of the German artist’s work, requiring a whole new building’s renovation in order to house a 15 year exhibition. The entirety of a private collection of Kiefer’s work will be on display, seeing the light of day for the first time in many years.

    Walker Art Center

    Minneapolis, MN

    left: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry is the sculpture garden’s centerpiece. right: An exterior shot of Herzog & de Meuron’s groundbreaking building.

    The Walker’s 2005 Herzog & de Meuron renovation put the museum back on the art world’s map as a major destination for quality contemporary art. The museum’s program is continually impressive and innovative with a mix of modern and contemporary classics and critically acclaimed discoveries. Not only that, but the museum is adjacent to the city’s sculpture garden – one of the best in the world. They’ve recently launched a fun web app so you can experience it online.

    Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

    September 22, 2013 – January 12, 2014

    left: Installation view. right: Claes Oldenburg. Soft Dormeyer Mixer, 1965.

    Over 300 of Oldenburg’s works from the 1960’s including many sculptures from both his famous The Store and The Home series – large-scale and always playful “soft” and “hard” renditions of everyday food and objects. Hamburgers, ice-cream cones, kitchen mixers, and slices of cake – it’s pure pop.

    The Getty Center

    Los Angeles, CA

    left: The Richard Meier designed building in the afternoon light. Photo: Alex Vertikoff. right: A view of Robert Irwin’s gardens. Photo: Nick Springett.

    This institution’s stunning site is architect Richard Meier’s tribute to Los Angeles. Perched on a hilltop with views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Gabriel mountains, the building is a true standout in monumental blocks of travertine - almost blinding during the day and then glowing in LA’s afternoon light. Pair that with the Robert Irwin designed gardens, and you almost don’t need to go inside for the art – it’s all right there.

    Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door

    October 1, 2013–January 5, 2014

    Abelardo Morell. Camera Obscura Image of The Philadelphia Museum of Art East Entrance in Gallery #171 with a DeChirico Painting, 2005.

    A look at photographer Abelardo Morell’s work over the last 25 years. His photographs of everyday life and objects have a whimsical twist that transform the quotidian into something special and even slightly magical. His photographs of camera obscuras (technically, photographs of photographs) are classics.

    LA County Museum of Art

    Los Angeles, CA

    James Turrell. Breathing Light, 2013. Photo: Florian Holzherr.

    James Turrell: A Retrospective

    Through April 6, 2014

    This retrospective has had an incredible reception over the past few months. More than a traditional art show, it’s a completely immersive experience in this “Light and Space” artist’s oeuvre. Turrell, with his large-scale installations and sculptures, is known for playing with perception, using LED light to manipulate the way we understand space.

    James Turrell’s "Twilight Epiphany Skyspace"

    Houston, TX

    Now that we’re sort of obsessed with Turrell, here’s an installation at Rice University worth making a pilgrimage to. The Skyspace, which is acoustically engineered to accommodate outdoor concerts, also features a beautiful LED light sequence before sunrise and at sunset.

    James Turrell, Twilight Epiphany, 2012 The Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavillion, Rice University Photo: Florian Holzherr.

    The Wapping Project

    London, UK

    left: Exterior, note the umbrellas in the trees. right: The industrial interior.

    Located in a remote part of the city near the Thames, the Wapping Project hides within a quiet, residential neighborhood. Originally a hydraulic power station, it has been carefully restored while still conserving its industrial roots. With a good restaurant, an ongoing program of happenings and the gallery curated by founder Jules Wright, it’s a worthwhile spot for a full day “out” in London.

    Julie Brook: Made, Unmade

    Through October 6th

    Julie Brook, River Bank 7.

    The artist’s own videos of her site-specific and ephemeral land-based sculptures made in remote places all over the world, from Libya to Namibia.

    Dia : Beacon

    Beacon, NY

    left: Artist Robert Irwin’s stunning garden. right: Situated in the beautiful Hudson River valley. Photo: Michael Govan. Photo: Richard Burke.

    This is the Dia Art Foundation’s extraordinary space in an old Nabisco box printing factory in the Hudson River Valley. It’s a scenic drive from New York City to the Robert Irwin designed space and gardens. The permanent collection here houses works made after 1960 with entire spaces dedicated to contemporary masters like Richard Serra, Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and more. The galleries are lit by the light of day that filters in, so opening times change through the seasons.

    Imi Knoebel

    Ongoing

    Imi Knoebel, 24 Colors—for Blinky, 1977. Photo: Bill Jacobson.

    One of our favorite rooms in the Riggio Galleries is Imi Knoebel’s space. His “for Blinky” series was acquired by the Dia Foundation and is exhibited in its entirety.

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