Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dinner At La Caye

I had dinner at La Caye last Friday, a restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, that serves authentic Haitian dishes, from Fritay (deep fried goodies like pork chunks) to Lambi (conch). I was thoroughly impressed by the d├ęcor and even more so by the cuisine. Although, the dish I chose, the pan seared pork chops, wasn't my favorite because I found the sauce little too sweet. However, I did sample a few other dishes and they were delicious. This is a great place to bring friends who want to learn about the Haitian culture.

Oh, by the way while sitting at the table I found out that one of the stories I wrote about Suffolk  County veterans with PTSD was published, check it out!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Evening Craving: Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

Sometimes, a classic is best. Right now, I'm craving a hearty and satisfying egg salad sandwich, on whole grain wheat bread, off course. To jazz it up, I often add a few sprigs of parsley and thyme. I love thyme!

Here's my go-to recipe, for one:

2 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 spoonful of mayo (not too much mayo for me)
1 sprig of parsley
1 sprig of thyme
black pepper
cayenne pepper
(Pictures via here)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How To Handle Your Partner's Weight Gain

So, your significant other has packed on the pounds. You want to figure out a way to tell him that it's about time he sheds the weight but you're afraid of hurting his feelings. What to do?

Tread lightly as weight is a very sensitive issue. Do not, I repeat to do not pester him to lose weight because it will only create dual frustration and resentment. Remember, he's your equal not some child you need to control. In essence, you are not responsible for his wellbeing. However, you can encourage a healthier lifestyle by stocking the fridge with more nutritious options. You know how the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water...

If your partner refuses to make his health a priority, you have two choices. Either you learn to accept him or leave.

(Pictures via here)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dinner At Sazon

Guy, giving a toast to the birthday boy. Happy Birthday, Ralph!
The food!
My drink: Coconut Mojito!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dining With Strangers

There's a new food trend that has been sweeping New York City and other parts of the nation. Websites like EatWith, Feastly and Voulez Vous Diner connect foodies with hosts who invite them to dine in their homes. Yes, you heard me.

What an interesting and bold way to meet new people. Are you interested in having these sort of authentic, organic human experiences? Would you ever try this?

Diners pay anywhere from $25-$50 a plate and the hosts undergo an extensive interview process and show their planned menu before being approved.

(Pictures via here)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Super Bowl Weekend Is Here!

Many Americans dream about attending the Super Bowl. However, I must exclude myself from that statement because I'm no sports enthusiast. I's not like I hate sports, I just don't understand them, any of them. To me, Super Bowl weekend is all about the ambiance and of course, the waistline expanding food. Bring on the nachos, chicken wings and booze. Oh, yeah!

Plus, eight game day drinks to serve to a crowd. As always, drink responsibly.

(Picture via here)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Midnight Craving: French Fries (Pommes Frites)

Yep, I'm having one of my craving attacks again and the only thing that will tame my grumbling tummy is a trough-like receptacle of french fries. I love my fries with a crispy exterior, and searing hot and pillowy in the center.

I make French fries at home quite frequently. I'm a purist, I like it with a sprinkle of sea salt, paprika, and sometimes, a squeeze of lemon. However, if you're feeling adventurous, you might want to try this recipe for beer-battered Cajun fries.
Have you ever tried the fries at Pommes Frites? it's an experience. They are absolutely delightful and are served in a cone with a variety of gourmet sauces. You should go whenever you find yourself in the East Village. You're welcome, in advance!
Also, the best mac-and-cheese I've had thus far.

(Pictures via here and here)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Refreshing, Hydrating, Green Juice

It's the new year and many of us are thinking about new beginnings and starting fresh. What better way to replenish the body and face whatever lies ahead with a toxin-busting green juice regimen?

I've always made an effort to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my daily diet but it can be quite difficult because sometimes a girl just needs a greasy hamburger and the heck with those healthy sides. However, introducing a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet can be easily accomplished by juicing.

I've been juicing for years but I really stepped it up about a year ago to cleanse my body and I've never felt better. Here's one of my go-to recipes:

1 or 2 celery stalks
1 cucumber
apple, pineapple or pear
1 small lemon or lime, peel included
water or a fresh squeezed orange juice

Place all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy! feel free to have seconds.

(Picture via here)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Evening Craving: Bubble Tea

I used to have bubble tea at least three times a week back in college. I've missed these little frothy Asian delights and have had a hankering for them all day. I finally had to write this post to at least quell my craving to a manageable level.
Apparently, they're really easy to make at home. Check out this recipe from the Kitchn.

(Picture via here)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Nat King Cole just captures the wonders of Christmas with his eloquent rendition of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." He has such a way about him, I could listen to him all winter long, sigh...

One of my fondest memories as a child is walking on 5th avenue with my mother and having her buy me a toasty bag of roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. It was such a small gesture but there was just something magical about that moment, it just felt like Christmas. I hardly see vendors selling these seasonal treats anymore, not even around the holidays. 

Just curious, do you roast or boil your chestnuts? My family usually scores the shells with a paring knife then boil them. We find that method makes them much easier to peel.
(Pictures and recipe via here)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I have so many things to be thankful for this year, although that realization has come to me after some much needed reflection. Why is it so easy to focus on all the things you don't have instead of all the gifts you have already been given? Gifts like health, shelter, and family and friends which most of us believe are the foundations of an ideal life. I suppose it's human nature. 
For this Thanksgiving, I choose to be thankful for the here-and-now, especially the steadying love I feel all around me everyday. Year-after-year, my thankful list has revolved around my future endeavors, which, duh, completely negates the whole point for the"I'm thankful for" tradition. 
Turkey coma, here I come. Happy Thanksgiving, my darlings!
(Pictures via Honestly Yum)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Pumpkin Punch

I've never been able to get into the Halloween spirit, it has never been my thing. Perhaps it has something to do with my mother telling me that only people who worship Satan celebrate Halloween - and that on All Hallows' Eve, the dead walk among us. But, while browsing Honestly WTF, I came across these sublimely festive pictures and I couldn't help but to share them with all of you. Take a look at this spooky Halloween Pumpkin Punch recipe, here.
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