NY or LA

February 17, 2012

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Two of my weekly favorite shows are Selling New York and Selling LA

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New York came first and I was obsessed with imagining myself in an urban loft.

But then LA debuted and now I want tropical patios and pools! I always watch LA first now. [Although I do really like the Kliers!

If you had $5 million, where would you choose to live?

While I think NY is very, very cool, if I couldn’t have places in both cities, I’d definitely live in LA 90% for the weather!

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Breakfast choices are even harder. So many options!

Today I made Great Harvest pancakes with a chia egg instead of real egg for my single portion size. I often do this because throwing away half an egg is wasteful and leaving half an egg in the fridge doesn’t make sense.

And I didn’t think of this until just now, but I could have just scrambled the other half on the side!

Nevertheless, a tablespoon of ground chia or flax plus a few tbsp of warm water (I used 2) will give you an egg-like substitute.

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I love the Great Harvest pancakes because they have so much texture to them from whole oats in the mix. Maybe I should start adding a sprinkle of whole oats to my Kodiak cakes mix!

Toppings included PB, cookie butter, seared banana, chia and coconut

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I woke up before sunrise this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I’m alternating between exhaustion and extreme chipperness. So weird!

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Tea on the side!

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Have a wonderful Friday!! Hope the weather is L.A.-like where you are!

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life February 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

LA for sure, closer to Disneyland ;)

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2 Anita February 18, 2012 at 1:30 am

haha! I live in LA, and am going to Disneyland tomorrow! :) It’s a perk, for sure.

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3 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot February 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

I would say New York if it were not for the weather… but I would ultimately choose sun over snow any day!

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4 Jess February 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

I live in NY and love it here (plus I’m terrified of having to have car!), so I’d have to say that’s my answer. I totally get what you mean about alternating between chipperness and exhaustion when sleep-deprived. I’m usually on a weird high until mid-afternoon and then I crash.

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5 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

Yay, I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves those shows! (I usually catch up on mini marathons) Gotta say though I’d go with New York, LA is way overrated even with the weather and NYC is so much more walkable. I’d go to LA for vacations though! ;-)

That’s it, I’m making pancakes tomorrow!

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6 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

If I had 5 million dollars, I’d live in Charleston, SC. I know that’s not what you asked, but I don’t think I could live in either LA or NYC. If I had to choose, it’d be NYC.

Pancakes look awesome!! Bet the baby loved them.

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7 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Good choice! 5 M would stretch really far there :)

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8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

If I had that kind of money, I’d say probably LA, or somewhere in Florida! Being up here in Ontario, I long for glorious warm weather (like what we had when I lived in the Middle East, only less desert and sand – unless it’s the beach kind!)

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9 Katryn February 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

I had pancakes this morning too! They made me feel like I was starting the weekend early…which was nice since this has been the longest week EVAR! ;-)

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10 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

It’s sunny and 50 in NY today which is about as much LA as possible in February so I’ll take it! I’d pick FL though if I had the choice. You get the nice weather without the exorbitant prices in Cali!

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11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

I didn’t know there is a selling LA!!! I hope they put full episodes on their site! I would choose LA for the weather. NY would be fun, but I think LA would fit my lifestyle better. I’m more outdoorsy. And it’s kinda (?) like LA here in Chicago today – HIGH OF 50!!!! I’m pumped because I’m running 12 miles this afternoon and this is the first day it’s been anywhere near nice enough to run outdoors in weeks (long runs on the dreadmill have become too much)

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12 Joanne February 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

That’s such an easy answer: I wouldn’t choose LA but Carmel By the Sea in California. GORGEOUS!

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13 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would buy an apartment in Paris if I had $5 million! Although NYC is a close second. I’ve never been to LA, but definitely want to visit someday. And I can’t get enough of HGTV – it always draws me in!

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14 Johanna B February 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

I’m with you on Paris.

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15 Kathy K February 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

Me too! Love Paris!

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16 Hillary February 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

I’ve never been to LA, but like you, I think I’d have to choose it for the weather. I do love NYC, though!

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17 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

I’d pick the LA houses for the pools! :)

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18 Allison February 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

I have lived in both cities – while there is nothing quite like NYC – I would say LA all the way !

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19 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

L.A. for the weather…although Southern Ontario has had quite the mild winter where I am so far. Had a glorious run this morning…even forgot my gloves and didn’t need them with the sun shining and the balmy temperature…nice! Off to mmore of a wintery weather in the Ottawa region for Winterlude. Skating on the Rideau Canal and a day of skiing with family to celebrate Family Day Weekend.

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20 Jen @ California Meets New Jersey February 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

My boyfriend and I always have this debate! He was born and raised about an hour south of LA and came to the East Coast for College. I have lived in NJ my entire life, but have visited California many times. I like NYC/the East Coast better because I love the changes in seasons, Fall and Spring are my favorite and I couldn’t live without some snow each year. He likes LA/the West Coast better because its always warm and sunny, it has only snowed at his house in California ONCE and it was melted before lunchtime. But I think given 5 million dollars we’d flip a coin and just visit the other coast as much as possible!

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21 Sheila February 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

Yesterday I went to the Santa Monica bluffs and sat in the grass, in 75 degree weather, in the sun… and just looked out at the ocean and felt soooo appreciative for where I live. I absolutely love it here. :-)

Have a great Friday Kath!

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22 Christine (Merf) February 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

oh my goodness, what is cookie butter?

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23 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

It’s a Trader Joe’s product like Biscoff spread

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24 lindsay February 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

I wish we had LA weather…it is freezin in Korea right now~ but after a warm bowl of.kimchi soup im feelin much better! I had no idea chia could sub for an egg~ great news for my cholesterol battlin hubby. If I had 5mil…id move back to civitavecchia, italy. Lived there in college for 3 months and adored every minute!!

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25 kathleen @ the daily crumb February 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

as a former resident of northern california, i could not imagine ever living in LA! yes, the weather is gorgeous, but it is so CROWDED (and expensive!) i suppose you could say the same things about new york though :) i’ll stick to my comfortable chicago…!

breakfast looks delicious!

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26 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites February 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

you lived in NC!!!?? (i live in NC)

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27 Dunja February 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

new york woul be my choice :) i love this city although I was there for only 1 week. but if i have to choose a city in europe (i currently live in switzerland) i would always choose Berlin, my hometown!

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28 Jaima February 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would choose NY hands down. How would you compare TJ’s cookie butter to Biscoff?

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29 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I think Biscoff is better!

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30 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

I do the same thing with eggs, only I more often use ground flax to make them. It’s also a good sub to know if you’re baking and find yourself out of eggs… this happens more often that I like to admit!

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31 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious February 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

Hey, you are eatin’ pancakes the way we vegans do! I love using the flax eggs.

Living in the North East, I would have to say I would love to move to a warmer climate. Especially since LA has low humidity even when it is hot. Imagine, the farmer’s market year round, that would be so nice.

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32 Lynn @ the actor's diet February 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love NYC – grew up in the area and lived in the city for 7 years. But now that I live in LA I know I prefer it here. That said both cities are so differet!!!

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33 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

I would pick NY :) Happy Friday :)

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34 Cat @Breakfast to Bed February 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

I liked you so much more before you chose LA over NYC…jk.

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35 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money February 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

Too cold in New York, definitely L.A. I always keep flax in the house and love using it when I run out of eggs!

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36 Marisabel R February 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

LA – for the weather and the beach!

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37 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

I think I saw that you guys are supposed to get nailed with snow this weekend? Hopefully it stays away from you (unless you want it!). I’m curious to see what happens.
I’ve never been to LA but would not want to live there! I’d take San Diego or San Fran though! And NYC is definitely too busy for me. If I could live anywhere, it would be just outside of Boulder, CO. Working to make that dream happen…
But I have to say, C’ville is a pretty darn nice place to live. :)

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38 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

This is a tough one! Good and bad to both! I think I would choose to take that $5 mil and by two $2.5 mil homes, one in New York and one in LA! That way I’d have the best of both worlds! :-)

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39 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

Your breakfast looks yummy! :) I’d have to go with LA because of the lifestyle there and plus it’s close to Disneyland! I am obsessed with all things Disney so it would be awesome to be close to a theme park! I also love Real Housewives of Beverly Hills so it would be cool to be near that glamorous lifestyle.

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40 Cait's Plate February 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

I’m with you – I’d go LA in a heartbeat (or maybe San Diego). New York definitely wears on you (as does the weather!). Plus I really love the lifestyle in CA – a big focus on health and wellness and activity. NY seems to have a big focus on…smoking. Blech.

But then again, being in NYC every day, I might not have the most subjective opinion out there ;)

Having just gotten back from a trip to Breckenridge, CO though, I might choose to live there if I had $5 million to burn!

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41 katie @KatieDid February 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

LA 1,000 times over. NYC is fun for a day or two but overwhelms me and I need and love warm weather.

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42 hippierunner February 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

LA! I’ve lived here all my life and can’t imagine living somewhere where the weather is not ideal year-round; I’ve never had to wear more than shorts and a shortsleeve for a run and I love that. And because I’m a huge advocate of walking/cycling/public transportation, I have to say to the comments above that it IS possible to live car-free in Los Angeles! I do it everyday. :)

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43 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

caramelized bananas… mmm. i’m suddenly hungry for breakfast again :)

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44 Lauren February 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

Do you sell great harvest products online?

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45 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

We don’t currently, but we are hoping to expand there in the coming months

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46 Lindsay February 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

I’m in LA now for work and the weather is great! But the traffic. Oh my goodness. Its paralyzing. I don’t think I could handle living here for that reason alone!

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47 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

I would 100% choose New York. I am a huge Broadway fan (HUGE!) and living so close to all those theaters is just too good for me to pass up.

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48 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

I would choose LA fo sho! Weather and beach!! OH ya :)

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49 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles February 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

Definitely LA! I’ve lived in California for a good chunk of my life, and just the thought of NY winters makes me shiver, haha!

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50 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

I’ve never heard of either of those shows, but I love both cities! I grew up closer to LA, but I think NYC is a ton of fun :)

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51 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites February 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

seared banana. should be a punk rock band name :D

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52 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites February 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

$5 million dollars couldn’t keep me in either LA of NYC for very long :D

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53 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

I had never seen either of those shows until 2 weeks ago and it was a random fluke that I caught an episode and then went and scrolled thru with my DVR guide and recorded some old episodes and have been watching them and am excited there’s new seasons out!

And 100% LA (or San Diego) :)

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54 Ashley February 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

That’s a tough call, but I think I would prefer New York. I can’t stand the traffic in LA!

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55 Kelly @ Vegolosophy February 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Those are my two favorite shows too!!! I love them, so fun to watch :)

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56 Ash Bear February 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’ve never watched either of these but now I really want to go on and see if I can find them On Demand or online!! I think I’d stay in NYC. :)

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57 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

If I had 5 mill, I would still live out here in the boonies! Haha I love it. Just wish there was a Whole Foods closer by! Happy Friday to you!

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58 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

i agree, breakfast choices are always hard for me too! i just love so many breakfast choices, it’s hard to choose. i know i say this regularly, but i just LOVE all of your green dishes. obviously i need to find some of my own!

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59 Sam February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

LA is an armpit for the most part – good to visit but I would never, ever live there. I do love the weather, though! Love NYC for the pace and energy, but, again, would never live there. I think I would choose southern CA!

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60 Kathryn February 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

How about “near” L.A.!? I don’t love L.A. as a city, but love the nearby landscapes, cities/towns and ocean! SO many beautiful places to visit on the CA coastline (this Eastcoaster is feeling a little winter blues!), so I would love to live near L.A. in a beautiful house near the ocean!

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61 modernworkinggirl February 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Wow. Those seared bananas are to die for. I could just eat a bowl of them!

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62 Khushboo February 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love both cities but I’m gonna have to go with LA…too much hustle and bustle in NYC and the weather in LA seals the deal for me!

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63 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I’m like you, I will always pick warmer weather over cold winters!

Also, I’ve never tried a chia egg, is it similar to a flax egg?

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64 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Very similar

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65 Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

If I had to choose LA or NYC, I’d definitely opt for LA. I’m totally a lazy beach-town kind of girl, and while LA doesn’t really qualify as that, it’s a lot closer than NYC!

And that breakfast looks amazing – I’m totally copying that for tomorrow!

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66 Annie February 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I love love LOVE New York, but after moving to Los Angeles 17 years ago from snowy/humid Boston, I cannot bear the thought of moving. I mean seriously, how can one leave a place where “rain date” is a foreign term! And of course to top it all off, I live by the beach which is more amazing beyond my wildest dreams – we bike the 22 mile bike path along the coast every weekend. WIN!

The only thing I can’t stand about LA is all the driving. That’s where NY comes in. As a total foodie who visits NY for the food every year, I get so incredibly spoiled by the ridiculous yummy goodness in such a concentrated area – all within walking distance and/or by delivery. While LA does have teriffic eats (perfect produce and out of this world Mexican EVERYWHERE!), it is such a pain to have to drive all the time. LA is starting to implement more bike paths though so maybe that will help things along.

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67 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

That bike path is why i would choose LA! More outdoor options for being active

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68 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I would live in NYC at the Apthorp. Look it up, it’s incredible! Pancakes look yummy!

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69 Anne Weber-Falk February 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

If I had 5 million dollars I would get a place on Cape Cod. I love Chatham, MA with an ocean view and lots of beautiful pink and white and blue hydrangea.

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70 Elisabeth February 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It would definitely be LA for me (or somewhere else with great weather). I live in Ohio & HATE winter ;)

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71 Sarah@The Flying ONION February 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hmmm…if I could live absolutely ANYwhere? Paris. :D

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72 Christie February 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Tricky question…I think I’d live in NY. I’ve never been there though, so would have to go and check it out first!

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73 Kaitlyn February 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

NY has my heart! so easy to get around, and i love walking! their subway system is unparallelled.

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74 Erin February 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Why wouldn’t you eat the whole egg?

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75 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I wouldn’t put the whole egg IN the pancakes because then they would taste too eggy (I like my pancakes doughy).

But had I thought to just cook it on the side, I would have. I eat 1-2 whole eggs all the time for lunch.

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76 Lily February 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Hi Kath,

I am also pregnant and have a question for you: are you going to continue to eat peanut butter throughout your pregnancy? Any thoughts on the link to our children developing peanut allergies? I have been eating peanut butter all along but I’ve recently stumbled upon some mixed messages re: the relationship between eating pb during pregnancy and child developing peanut allergies…I would love to hear your thoughts on this – thanks!!

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77 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I asked my doctor about peanut butter and his response was that he doesn’t think that is the cause of rise in allergies. Peanut flours everywhere in lots of processed foods, maybe, but not whole, natural peanut butter. He said women have been eating it for centuries as a great source of protein and fat. I also listened to a podcast by a midwife who had the same response. Maaaaybe there’s a link with peanut dust on processed foods, but that’s a reason not to eat processed foods rather than skipping out on PB, which she also said was a great protein option for pregnant women. She ate it throughout her pregnancy.

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78 Erin February 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

I ate pb too, and my kid does have a peanut allergy, albeit a very mild one. I honestly believe his allergies and eczema (I asked you about eczema once a few months ago) are more closely related to my own family history of asthma. Even though he does have a slight peanut allergy, I don’t think I’d cut out pb if I got pregnant again.

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79 Amelia February 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I have studied this topic too, and haven’t found any good research that shows eating something during pregnancy – peanuts or otherwise – will increase the likelihood of a food allergy in your baby after birth.

Exclusive breastfeeding and not introducing solids until 6 months are two things you can do to help reduce the risk of allergies in your child. And as Erin said, family history does play a role.

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80 Margaret February 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I was told that peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches were a good snack for pregnancy and also breast feeding, niether of my 2 breastfed children developed nut allergies.Sometimes I would toast raisin bread and put the toppings on that, for a bit of crunch :)

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81 Belinda February 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I know you love your rice cooker. What brand is it. Did you do alot of research?
Cuisanart seems to have a pretty good one. Your thoughts?

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82 KathEats February 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

This is the one I got. I didn’t do a ton of research because I trust Emily’s recommendation and she had tried several. http://astore.amazon.com/thefrontburnerblog-20/detail/B000MAERM0

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83 Larbs February 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I watched both too and thought the same thing!!! Also, I might become a realtor.

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84 Kristina February 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I love those shows too, I record them on my DVR all the time. I would choose NYC, I’ve lived in Southern CA for awhile now and I don’t really like LA. Love, love, love NYC.

(Love, love, love the new arrows you put on the blog to go to the next entry. Perfect!)

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85 Lorin February 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I am from San Diego but currently in San Luis Obispo. Both places are great to live at. I loved New York when I went but I don’t think I could live there for such an extended period of time, too many people! I love the beach and since I grew up in San Diego, I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather. I don’t really like most of LA because it’s secluded nice areas surrounded by crappy/industrial areas. Malibu would be nice though, or laguna beach. I really like Encinitas though (but that’s in San Diego). Or Santa Barbara!

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86 Meg @ Spandex in the City February 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

NEW YORK, all the way !
c’mon, you don’t have to drive everywhere, so much excitement, such great urban vibe. So you have to put a coat on, the brisk air is so refreshing. I love it in NYC.

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87 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I’ve lived in both NY and LA (currently still in LA) and I think I choose NY. While the weather is nice out here, I miss WEATHER (changes) and the traffic out here sucks. I miss everything about NY. Maybe I’ll move back someday… ;)

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88 Angel7 February 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I love Selling LA & Selling New York! Those two shows are in my top five shows that I like to watch on that channel. My fave show on that channel is Property Brothers.

If I had $5 million dollars, I would live in both LA & New York–the best of both worlds :) If I was only able to choose one, though, I would have to say LA.

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89 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

NY for sure.

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90 Amelia February 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Woohoo for LA!! As much as I love East Coast cities, there is something about being in the sunshine among a laidback group of folks (I live at the beach, not in REAL LA) that really boosts quality of life. If you ever get $5 million, I highly recommend it :)

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91 Amanda February 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Haven’t seen either show. Originally from upstate NY; spent the last almost-7 years an hour from NYC; just moved to half an hour north of LA in the mountains. I’ll let you know my verdict after we’ve lived here for more than a week. It was an unusually mild winter in the northeast this year, so not a good year to compare – but I’m looking forward to not bundling up to run in sub-freezing temps. I like snow, but only for skiing :) I’m loving the sunshine so far though and my initial impression is that the people are friendlier than they were in NJ.

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