Early Morning Dew: Enjoy Summer in the City

  The sun is but a morning star. ~Henry David Thoreau,   Walden   

The sun is but a morning star. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
 

July is the month when all Americans celebrate our independence from the tyranny of construct - living in the vision of someone elses dream. This July wake up early beat the heat and the crowds do what you like in the AM, below a few early morning dew suggestions:)


 image Josh Whalen

image Josh Whalen

WATCH THE SUNRISE AT THE WATER FRONT

I love the water - there is something about water -  in hand under foot on my skin or the smell of water in the air that I enjoy. Visiting a body of water which affords a great view early in the morning is no exception. I have many favorites Santa Monica Pier tops them all, historic, accessible, beautiful views and diverse my kind of place in the AM. No beach where you are - try the river front, sea port or the bay visiting a natural body of water before 9:00am in most places sets the mood for your day - flexible, fluid, serene:)

 

 Image Floriole

Image Floriole

SAY CHEESE AT YOUR FAVORITE BAKERY

The smell of a bakery in the morning is how everyone should start their day - one of my favorites is Floriole in Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago - go go go and eat eat eat!:) Try the Pistachio Pastry and the Vegan Chocolate Cookie with a cup of your favorite Joe what a way to start the day and see the city enjoy:)


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image chefbikeski studel di ricotta

SAY CHEESE GET YOURSELF A GOOD CHEESE SANDWICH AND FEEL WARM INSIDE

Ok so  most people don't eat something cheesy on a warm day in July but why not? Think about it a small portion of  Mac and Cheese or a Grilled Cheese Sandwich could go along way nutritionally ( packs a caloric punch ), functionally ( easily transported and shared ) and Adapted ( any cheese recipe can easily be customized ).  Cheese is a comfort food, no doubt but cheese is bathed in controversy too. I am a professed recovering cheese head - why? I rewound the footage of animals chained to machines ( even on " Family" and "Organic" and "New Urban Farms" ) and I still can't get my head right about eating animal products with animals giving who are tied up to give - those on machines. So is my struggle to let go of the Goat and Parmesan cheeses which I love. Mac and Cheese can be easily customized, made shared and stored check out this recipe slide show which can be converted to vegetarian MAC from Bon Appetit

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image Mr.Kate.com

PAY A VISIT TO SOME FLEAS

Flea Markets are flourishing in urban areas now that more people ( and businesses ) have are learning the value of and the necessity for  the term: "re-use" Get an early morning start to view find the best pickings and beat the heat while shopping remember the mantra one woman's junk is another woman's treasure":) Check out this varied list of NYC city fleas here ( check your local listings for summer fleas near you )

July - the middle month of summer is such a wonderful time of the year to visit your favorite places, eat your favorite foods, and find new favorites early in the morning before the sun is high and the heat of summer is bearing down upon you. Did you know the best time to sniff a rose or to take a whiff of herbs in a garden is first thing in the morning? Rise and Shine  Sleepy Head Summer is Here!  More about the beauty of a July morning here