Friday, November 21, 2014

26 Ways To Be Kind To Yourself

Let's face it school is tough that is why it is important to treat yourself kindly. Here are somethings you can do to make yourself feel good.

1. Clean your living space it will make you feel awesome.

2. Eat a piece of fresh fruit. The smell and the sweet taste is a nice treat and also good for your body.

3. Drink a glass of water. Hydrating is more important than you think.

4. Work on a project you care about.

5. Take an hour to do something you want. Your responsibilities can wait.

6. Take a leisurely walk and just focus on breathing.

7. Put on some music you love and just dance or rock out.

8. Seek out something funny like watching your favorite comedy film or funny animal videos on YouTube.

9. Text or spend time with a friend.

10. Smile. Smiling is actually proven to boost brain function which then boosts your mood.

11. Meditate. Studies have shown that meditating can reduce stress and make you less susceptible to negative emotions.

12. Don't skip a meal. I know it's tough when you are busy but skipping a meal will actually reduce your productivity and cause you to be in a bad mood.

13. Plan a fun activity

14. Hug someone. Science has shown that like smiling giving or receiving a hug boosts your mood.

15. Cry. I know that doesn't sound like it boosts your mood, but crying releases pain. You will feel better afterward.

16. Watch a movie, listen to music, or read a book that inspires you.

17. Get some natural sun.

18. Go to a dog park.

19. Volunteering two hours a week is a great way to feel proud of yourself for helping others. If that is too much of a time commitment think about how you can do kind things for strangers and then do them.

20. Jump on your bed like you are a child again.

21. Try a new flavor of ice cream.

22. Take a shower, wash your face, clip your finger nails. There is nothing like feeling clean.

23. Wear bright colors.

24. Do something you haven't done before and make new friends.

25. At the end of the day write down all the good things that happened to you that day.

26. Take a deep breath and let go of your past.

Here is a funny video to brighten your day.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Screw the Latke Festival, Make Your Own!

Nothing says Jewish comfort food like a fat, fried potato pancake, but nothing says obnoxious like an $80 ticket to a Latke Festival.... So you know what I say? Make your own!

For those who aren't familiar with the latke story or even what they are, Wikipedia has you covered:

Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potatoflour and egg, often flavored with gratedonion or garlic and seasoning. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream or cottage cheese) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped croquettes.

Latkes (לאַטקע) are traditionally eaten by Jews during the Hanukkah festival. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle. Prior to the introduction of the potato to the Old World, latkes were, and in some places still are, made from a variety of other vegetables, cheeses, legumes, or starches, depending on the available local ingredients and foods of the various places where Jews lived.

Check out this easy-to-follow recipe to make your own:


  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Accompaniments: sour cream and applesauce


Preheat oven to 250°F.
Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander.
Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt.
Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4 latkes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven.
cooks' notes:·Latkes may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Reheat on a rack set over a baking sheet in a 350°F oven, about 5 minutes.
·Grating the potatoes, soaking them briefly in water, and then squeezing out the liquid (as we've done here) keeps the batter from turning brown too quickly.

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.

Keep Yourself in the Loop with Instagram

Hey Ludlow! 

Just a friendly reminder to follow our Instagram, LudlowLiveWire! It's a good way to keep up to date with happenings in the building, programs going on, and special events.

We have some really great programs coming up that you should watch out for! 

Have a safe weekend and follow follow follow

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I Love Anime

Now that I think about it, my first encounter with anime was at an early age. I remember animes like Gotcha man (also know as G force)... perhaps you could call Silver Hawks anime, but I am not sure. But what I am sure of is the first time I knew that I was watching anime. And, yes, I am talking about the probably the most famous, the anime-starter kit show: Dragonball Z. I had never seen anything like it in my life. And I had often wondered--I am sure like other kids-- was any one else feeling this excited about a animated show. One thing i loved about Japanese animation was the buildup to an exciting episode.

Ever since then I have been hooked to anime. Currently, thanks to my friend Jay, I have been watching One Piece. I admit I never thought i would like One Piece, but it is very good. The storytelling is amazing. They get you to fall in love with these characters.

if you interested in watching anime, maybe you could start with my top three:

1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

2) Trigun
3) Samurai Champloo

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cat Cafe opening down the road!

That's right. You heard me. A cat cafe (just like those in Asia) is opening in NYC. The best part? It's opening down the road on Hester St between Ludlow and Essex. Mind officially blown.

The Meow Parlour is opening this December and will consist of two areas. The first will be essentially a treat cafe with coffee, brownies, cookies, cat shaped cakes etc. The second will be the playroom full of kitties. Everything is pretty decently priced and for cat time it's $4 for half an hour or $30 for five hours. All the cats are from KittyKind (a non-profit cat rescue organisation) and therefore if you fall in love, you can adopt him/her!

I'm not really a full on cat person but I'll definitely be checking this out. It's one of those soon to be unique NYC experiences and the first food-feline place in NYC. For more info check out their site here. And I guess I'll see you there in December!

Instant Ramen Done Right

So it's cold and miserable out and all you want is a big bowl of deliciousness to warm your insides up. Soup sounds great, but with all the sodium in the canned ones, you'd rather not. Fresh soups can pull at your wallet, so you move onto the next best thing: ramen. Cheaper than cardboard but packed with about half your intake of sodium and junk, it's not much better. But guess what? It totally can be!

Check out this article from the Huffington Post for some really awesome recipes to make from that noodle staple in the college diet. My favorite is the mushroom and spinach version with the egg...Mmm...

Mushrooms & Spinach Ramen Sautee With An Egg

College is expensive and challenging on a student budget, but you shouldn't compromise your health and nutrition over it! A little creativity goes a long way with your diet during these crucial years and can solidify your eating habits for the better...or worse if you aren't careful. Eat up!

You should be going to Model NIght!

Last Tuesday we had Ludow's second Model Night, our model Cesar was a wonderful model and even implemented a pool stick into his poses which made for dynamic drawings. Everyone who went had a great time and the practice always helps. Next model night is going to be on the ninth of December at seven PM sharp, if you plan to join us please be considerate of the model and show up at least five minutes ahead of time so that we won't have people going through the curtains while the model is working.  Having a live model is a great way to practice and obtain an understanding of weight in a subject that you just can't get from looking at photographs. Drawing from real life can be a bit frustrating at times, especially if you're doing it while on the subway or in a park, people just keep moving and you aren't able to fully capture the persons likeness from the short about of time that you have. Model night is a free event offered by Ludlow where you can sit down and relax while drawing a still model, it's a good breather from upcoming finals. If you have some free time consider Ludlow's Model Night next month!!

Next Model Night
December, 9, 2014
in the ludlow basement 

-RA Desiree