by The Culinistas
There is no shortage of events, thoughts & feelings weighing on the brain these days, which is why we sat down with Y7 Studio’s Sarah Levey to talk calming the mind, Michelle Obama and king oyster mushrooms. For the uninitiated, Y7 Studio is your sweat dripping, beat bumping, candlelit yoga secret weapon for taking a load off. In Normal Times, the studio’s state-of-the-art infrared technology helps create a detoxifying sweat that stimulates blood circulation and increases flexibility. Not to mention the fact that the classes are held in a mirror-free room to encourage you to turn your focus inward and tune the rest of the world out. But fear not: You can still catch all the action online until it’s time to hit the studio once again.
Culinistas: What ritual do you have that helps you get or stay focused in under five minutes?
Sarah Levey: I go make a coffee. When I have a fresh full cup it renews my sense of purpose in whatever task is at hand.
C: What helps you calm an anxious mind?
SL: Closing my eyes, taking a deep breath, and reminding myself that everything is temporary.
C: What is your ideal focused environment?
SL: All I need is a clean space and natural light!
C: Two people whose brains you envy?
SL: Michelle Obama, RBG, and my friend Ashli, who is the founder of Sunday Forever.
C: What is your first memory?
SL: My first memory is being dropped off at my babysitter’s house when my mom went into labor with my sister! I was so excited I didn’t sleep the whole night.
C: What have you forgotten that you’ve been trying to remember?
SL: What being a kid was like. Since having my son and watching him discover and change every day it’s become something I wish I remembered.
C: What’s on tap for 2020?
SL: Several rounds of sun salutations.
C: How do you make hydration a part of your daily routine?
SL: Honestly just trying to get through!
We asked Sarah to select six items from our Feed Your Brain menu and tell us why.
Edamame Dip with Radishes (with soybean, basil, rice wine vinegar, lime, radish)
I’m a snacker so this really speaks to me.
Winter Antipasti (with delicata squash, celery root, red bell pepper, radicchio, walnut, red wine vinegar)
This is a really fun dish and also filling.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pickled Cherries (with pork, carrot, cherry, watercress, red onion, red wine vinegar)
I love the addition of pickled cherries with the richness of the pork.
Cod & Clam Cioppino (with cod, clam, yellow squash, basil, leek, lemon)
There’s something so refreshing about seafood and lemon to me — an instant mood lifter.
King Oyster Mushrooms & Spinach (with mushroom, spinach, calabrian chile, walnut, lemon)
Mushrooms are so comforting.
Chocolate Pudding (with avocado, cocoa powder, agave, pecan, urfa)
I just love pudding!
A special thanks to Y7 Studio for the beautiful photograph.