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There was a point last week when I realized that I had been out EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for 10 days straight- mostly past midnight. This means I ate out, didn't get enough sleep, was hungover or overdosed on coffee, which resulted in bitchy, near-nervous-breakdown behavior everyday.

This sort of crazed single lifestyle (never quite "swinging" however) also means an empty refrigerator. No joke, my fridge contained only eggs and half & half for 3 weeks. It was totally depressing.

I've had an epiphany of sorts. I need to improve my quality of life. It's shit right now.

So this weekend I stayed home. I watched 5 movies for work, screened my phone calls, baked bread again, and vacuumed (er, swiffered). I went out just once to pick up my dry cleaning (I had dropped it off a month ago), go to the farmer's market and finally bought light bulbs (nothing more depressing than a half-lit apartment). It was a weekend of personal cleansing and serious down time.

Aside from a well-lit apartment and bread baking, quality of life also means squeezing your own oranges. I've had this awesome vintage juice squeezer that I bought in college, that has been collecting dust since moving to NY. Blood orange season started a few months ago, and I would just pass them by at the market. It was time.

They are a little pricey, I got 5 for $2, which is on the cheap side. But they are gorgeous!

From Cali. HOLLA!
Def bloody.

My juicer! It's Umami Mart green, and I've had him for 8 years. I'm sorry I neglected him for so long.
3 oranges yields only this much juice, but is a good amount for me. Blood oranges are significantly sweeter, with a tart finish.

What does one do with the rind? It was so sad to just throw these out.
Blood oranges remind me of Italy. I remember buying them at the market when I lived there and squeezing them every morning. Happy memories. They even sell blood orange juice in the grocery stores there- Matt was obsessed with this stuff when we went in October. Yes, he even took this picture.

There's something so gratifying about squeezing your own oranges rather than pouring it from a carton though. It's a soul-pleaser. Blood orange season is going to end at any moment now, but I'm determined to always have oranges in my fridge now to remind me to stop, slow down, squeeze, and enjoy life a little more. OMG that is so cheesy.


  • jon sublet- ooh grapefruit juice, great idea!!! you’ve got that awesome juicer yourself, the one that matt found on the street. how is that working?

    anonymous- i work for a non-profit cultural org called Japan Society, in the Film Program. i basically do all the marketing and promo for the films, so i watch many many many movies, so i can write about them. not a bad job, eh?

    we’re busy programming for our annual film festival JAPAN CUTS right now, so if anyone has seen any stellar new Japanese films in the last year, please do let me know about it.

    kayoko on

  • what kind of work do you do where you have to watch 5 movies?

    Anonymous on

  • there’s nothing cheesy about wanting to “enjoy life a little more”. i enjoy juicing myself. freshly squeezed grapefruit is my favorite.

    by the way i love that juicer.

    Jon Sublet on

  • sara- i’m so ON IT!

    kayoko on

  • Loved this post kayoko, and that is an awesome juicer!

    Everyone should try blood orange mimosas if they haven’t already. champagne in the fridge might be a good way to enjoy life a little bit more too!

    sara Saedi on

  • Oh Kayoko, Citarella sells fresh squeezed blood orange juice (seasonal) at a very reasonable price…something like $5-$6? I can’t tell you the size because I am bad at judging liquid amounts…the price is really similar to their grapefruit juice for some reason. I’ve had some of those carton juices before but they don’t taste acidic enough to me!

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