chicory, a coffee alternative


Note: This post was previously published here as a part of my freelance work. 

Caffeine, despite the fact that many of us drink it this way, is one of the worst things to consume first thing in the morning. After a full night’s sleep, our bodies get confused with the huge stimulating kick. The caffeine gives a surge of energy, and then inevitably results in a crash later on. Not to mention, it causes food to speed through our intestines, diminishing our nutrient absorption and dehydrating our bodies.

There is a happy medium, however. Chicory, is a great substitute for coffee. While containing small amounts of caffeine (50-75mg per cup), it’s nowhere near the 250mg of caffeine in one cup of drip coffee.

So hey, why not try it out? 
2-3 Tbs Chicory Root
1 Cup Hot Water
1 Pinch Cinnamon
3 Cloves

French Press
1. Place all ingredients in the bottom of your french press, and then put the lid on.
2. Pour steaming hot water into the french press and let brew for five minutes.
3. Press the knob on the french press down to suppress the grounds. 
4. Pour and enjoy. Feel free to add a creamer of your choice. 

greensgrow update


As always, Greensgrow is an amazing place to hang out. I'm lucky to get to photograph this place.

street style: brooklyn


Note: This post was previously published here as a part of my freelance work. 
Living in the city of Philadelphia, Brooklyn is just a quick bus ride north and an escape that I make often. I love this little city of mine, but every once in a while, you need to break out of the routine.
Brooklyn is a way to mix it up. Each visit leaves you brimming with inspiration. I love walking the streets and observing the people; I love checking out the shops and restaurants filled with unique ideas. Everywhere you look it’s something different – a playground for the visual thinker.
This past weekend, I made a Brooklyn trip. To bottle up that infectious, inspired feeling Brooklyn tends to leave you with, I decided to capture a few street style images to share with BLDG 25. Let these transport you to that land where you can be anything you want: