Morning to Night: Green is the New Black
July 12, 2017
Matcha, the trendy coffee-house drink of the moment, has seen a surge in popularity thanks to its visual appeal, health benefits, and rich, distinct flavor. Packed with antioxidants it’s said to boost metabolism, concentration and act as a natural detoxification agent. Matcha has also begun to infiltrate the beauty world as well.
With avocado and matcha leading the pack as this summer’s hottest ingredients, it feels like the two superfoods can be found on every menu and in every product. Explore the area with these two green guys as your guide to Matcha and Avocado in the Meatpacking District.
8am, at home. Start your morning off with Milk Makeup’s Matcha cleanser and toner. The brand, which is located in Meatpacking, just launched in May, Milk Makeup’s cleanser is the first solid toner ever! Infused with matcha green tea, this facial cleanser detoxifies, exfoliates, and purifies skin.
Finishing up that morning routine as you head out the door, swipe your face with the Matcha Toner. In addition to matcha, the toner includes kombucha and witch hazel to purify pores, and organic cactus elixir calms irritated skin. The solid formula is ideal to refresh on the go, as you swipe all over your face as you run out the door. The fresh, earthy smell, will perk you up even if you have a late night prior. #matchaforthewin
9am. With flawless skin set, you are ready to take on the day. Pop into Jack’s Stir Brew in the Rag & Bone store on 13th Street, for a little more matcha magic. Jack’s matcha latte has the seal of approval from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, and once you try it we can guarantee you will not be consciously uncoupling from this wonderful beverage anytime soon.
Let’s be real though, not everyone cares for the matcha flavor. So if you aren’t a fan, perhaps avocado is what pleases your palate and there’s no shortage of avo options in the district.
9:30am: As you continue along this green hued path, your stomach begins to rumble. Make your way over to Bubby’s for the oh so popular Avocado Toast. This breakfast staple is piled high with Haas avocado, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, basil, red chili flakes, and a sunny side egg.
12:30pm. As your blood sugar dips midday, head over to Chelsea Market for some nibbles. Whether you grab the Green Tea Buzz doughnut from Doughnuttery or a Matcha Baby Brownie from Fat Witch Bakery, sugar levels will be high, stomach sated and taste buds happy. The doughnut is made with matcha green tea, honey, and ginger and with its subtle notes of flavor it appeals to those who are not yet sold on the flavor. The white chocolate mini brownie at Fat Witch, is mixed with matcha green tea and is a perfect tiny treat to get you on your way.
5pm: For a pre dinner amuse-bouche, stop by Dos Caminos for a tableside preparation of guacamole in a giant mortar. The traditional guac comes with a trio of salsas and warm corn tortilla chips that does not disappoint. Margaritas optional, but suggested!
7pm: Obsessed with your twice weekly avocado toast brekkie? How about some avocado pizza for dinner at Kola House. This vegan dish is made with whole wheat dough and topped with avocado, cilantro, radish, sunflower seeds, and serrano pepper. The creamy and satisfyingly crunchy meal is a worthy addition to avo toast craze. Hot tip: Kola House is only serving 12 pizzas a night, so make your dinner plans strategically!
11pm: As your day comes to an end, finish off with the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Oil. The ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested eye cream provides a burst of moisture to the sensitive eye area and works overnight, doing your body good while you rest.
If these options aren’t enough to satisfy your green cravings, check out the lists of some other amazing avo/matcha offerings, including a full list of where to get your avocado toast and/or match fix throughout the district!
Kobrick Coffee- Matcha Latte
Chalait- Everything you could possibly want and matcha more
Indie Fresh- Matcha Tea/ Latte
Bar Suzette Creperie- Matcha French Macaron
Seed + Mill- A matcha cone filled with Goat Milk and Sesame Tahini ice cream/ Matcha Rose halva
Jack’s Stir Brew- Matcha-Glazed Crunch Donut
Catch- Quinoa Avocado Chicken Salad
Bubby’s- Strawberry & Avocado Salad
Avocado Toast Offerings
Fig + Olive
Le Pain Quotidien
The Wild Son