Subia’s Organic Cafe

 

img_5747I grew up eating organic food and I try to get it while in college. Sometimes other options are just more tempting. So I decided to try and find an organic restaurant. I didn’t realize that there was one right down the block. I went to Subia’s and ordered the reuben sandwich, I ate the entire thing. It was delicious. The best part about this cafe is that it’s also vegan. img_5753

My roommate, Candice, got the chicken wrap and she ate every bite of it too. She claimed that she wouldn’t have even known it was vegan if it was a blind taste test. She was also excited that they had Kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that has lots of health benefits for example: improved digestion, weight loss, increased energy, cleanings or detoxifying, good for the immune system, and even reduced joint pain. img_5754You know that we had to stuff our face with some desserts. The best one was the chocolate cake. It definitely did not taste gluten free.

img_5759We had a great time and Candice said that we have to go back more often. Sometimes, as a college student, it’s hard to maintain a healthy diet, but we know if we go back to Subia’s we will get a nice nutritious meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Departed Soles Brewery

I sat down with the owner of Departed Soles, Brian Kulbacki, to learn about his brewery. 

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Drinking Busch Light before the age of 21 made Brian Kulbacki never want to drink light beer again. Departed Soles Brewery opened in the summer of 2015 in the Art District of Jersey City. It is New Jersey’s first craft brewery offering beer with 100% gluten-free ingredients. 

“I got really tired of drinking that crap that was available to him [Brian’s best friend] on the market at the time,” said Kulbacki, owner of Departed Soles. “When I finally decided to start home brewing my goal was to brew something that the both of us could enjoy.”

It wasn’t until his best friend was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease that he finally started home brewing. He began with gluten free from the beginning. In 2010, Kulbacki’s best friend passed away in a car accident. The accident pushed Kulbacki to leave his job to chase both of their dreams of opening a brewery.

In 2012, Kulbacki decided to apply to the American Brewers Guild school for Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering. He knew he was going to start a gluten-free craft brewery and was the first brewer specializing in gluten-free beer to graduate the school.

When I think of gluten-free beer, the first thought is usually a cider beer, like Angry Orchard. Beer is not typically an option for those that are gluten free. Departed Soles is the only brewery in the Northeast that brews 100% gluten-free beer on the premises. 

I ordered a flight for $15, which includes four, seven-ounce samples of any of the beers that they have on tap for that day. A pint of any beer is also included in the price and a customer gets it after they finish the flight. My personal favorite was the Blonde. 

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Kulbacki’s beers can be found all over the state of New Jersey and is carried in the most popular bars in Jersey City.

Only six months after being open, his Dark Night IPA, which is gluten free, won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup. It was beaten by two foreign beers.“I got to say for a long time that we are the best gluten-free beer brewed in America,” said Brian.

Hudson County is a very diverse area and Kulbacki’s goal is to make the brewery the “neighborhood brew pub.” Even animals play a role in the business. When entering the brewery, the first thing that meets customers  at the door is Kulbacki’s Australian Shepherd, Bogan. Bogan has a beer named after him that is a 10% Barleywine.

Departed Soles is a dog-friendly brewery so Bogan can play. Kulbacki’s goal is make the brewery as comfortable and welcoming as possible. “Bogan is a beer that we released at the very end of October,” said Kulbacki. “We are donating 100% of the proceeds from that beer to the local animal shelter.”

Kulbacki’s brewery offers a variety of options for everyone. Whether someone is gluten free or not, Departed Soles has a beer for everyone. I know I’ll be going back just for Bogan, but the beer is a bonus too. 

 

My favorite beauty bloggers

During my free time you will always find me watching makeup tutorials. My roommates constantly get mad at me for watching them at all hours of the day- even 4:30 am before practice. Here’s a list of my favorite people to watch on YouTube:

  1. Jaclyn Hill – She is 100% responsible for my makeup addiction. When I was in high school, I used to watch her tutorials and any product she said was her favorite, became my new favorite. It’s safe to say that Jaclyn taught me everything I know about makeup. I, also, blame her for my credit card debt.
  2. LustreLux  – If you’re in need for some comic relief, watch Katy. I love her makeup, but I mostly love her two dogs, Zoe and Turbo.
  3. Chrisspy – She has the best Halloween tutorials! Every time Halloween time rolls around, I go to her channel and take notes. Below are some of my favorite Halloween looks. The skull is probably the most popular video on YouTube for Halloween. Halloween Skull Makeup
  4. Manny MUA – Manny was the first male to star in Maybelline’s campaign for the Big Shot Mascara. He is also the first  male-brand ambassador. He is not afraid to be himself and that is admirable.
  5. Kathleen Lights – You know how I said I blame Jaclyn for my credit card debt? Kathleen helps that a little bit. She is known for using products that are more wallet friendly. Kathleen is constantly trying to find good products that everyone can afford.

 

Essentials for when you’re sick

It’s that time of the year where everyone around you is sick and it’s only a matter of time before you get sick.

There’s always those people that say, “I never get sick”. That’s me. Well, I’ve been fighting a virus for the past week and I hope I never get sick again. I’ve been drinking cough syrup clinging to a Kleenex box that I stole from my roommate all week.

Basically, my week was torture and I may or may not have thought I was gonna die. I’m so dramatic. I know. But that’s honestly how I felt!

I decided to make a list of things that I couldn’t live without this the past week:

  • Chamomile Tea

There are so many health benefits to drinking chamomile tea: promotes sleep, soothes your stomach aches, and has an antibacterial agent. I used to drink this tea growing up and it always reminds me of being home with my mom scratching my back because I didn’t feel good. Growing up sucks.

  • Organic Raw Unfiltered Honey

Raw honey is collected straight from the hive. It is not heated or processed in anyway. I try to take a spoonful of this whenever my throat is sore or if I have a simple cold. Also, whenever I make a cup of tea, I always put a lot of honey in.

  • Essential Oils

My mom LOVES essential oils. I don’t think there has ever been a time when we were in Whole Foods and didn’t stop to look at their selection of oils. My mom swears that essential oils can cure anything from a bug bite to a migraine, etc. So you would have to assume I would have some essential oils for when you’re sick. The ones I like to use when I’m sick are peppermint and eucalyptus.

I know this first blog post isn’t as “glamorous” as I would’ve liked. But sometimes things, honestly, don’t go as planned and I sure didn’t plan on being sick.

Sometimes we are constantly moving and have too many things on our plate. I tend to throw myself into too many things and I don’t allow myself to relax.  Getting sick really allowed me to sit back and focus on my health.

I’m ready to get back to my busy schedule.

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Even though it doesn’t look like I’m sick, I assure you, I definitely thought I was dying.