We all know that no one goes to Red Lobster for the seafood – we go for the cheddar biscuits! But if you’d rather not wait half an hour with one of those giant beepers to be seated just to get your mitts on some irresistibly flaky and cheesy morsels of delight, here is my version of Reb Lobster’s top secret cheddar biscuit recipe. I’m not going to front like these are “healthy” (c’mon now), but I will say that at least you know exactly what’s going into them and you can even tweak the amounts of butter and cheese to make them a little less calorific. My version is actually extra cheddary and extra buttery so you can probably afford to decrease those two ingredients a bit if that’s how you roll. Read on for the recipe.
The mushrooms from my Back to the Roots grow-it-yourself mushroom farm kit finally sprouted and I was incredibly excited until I noticed something a bit odd about one of them. Is my mind in the gutter, or is there something decidedly salacious about the big one on the right. I feel like it’s looking at me! I’m still going to eat these but it might take some nerve to chop off the one that looks like a ___ (I’ll leave it up to you to fill in the blank).
So yeah, this has nothing whatsoever to do with revamped clothing but look at how friggin’ cute this Hello Kitty beet salad is! I owe it all to my besties (yes, I am using that word now – don’t judge me) Ruth and Krissy. I’d been feeling down and they decided to perk up my spirits with some Hello Kitty, er, food shapers I guess you would call them? So far, I’ve only used them on beets but I plan to make Kitty-shaped carrots, bread and perhaps even cheese soon! Thanks giiies (making obnoxious heart shape with hands)!
I’ve gained 5 lbs. And that’s not something I’m just saying because I feel like I ate a lot this week or some kind of approximation of extra weight. I literally stepped on a scale and I am now 133.2 lbs, which is almost exactly 5 lbs more than I was before leaving for Japan last week (and I should add that I just woke up so that’s not counting any liquids I’m going to consume during the day).
Long story short, it was 100% worth it.
Japanese food is inherently very light and healthy but I think the sheer volume of each meal (I’ve never been to four buffets in one week before!) is what did it. But who could blame anyone for wanting to gluttonize when presented with such succulent morsels and fresh ingredients, all wrapped up in splendid little lacquer boxes and adorned with fresh cuttings from whatever garden was nearby? Anyway, I know you don’t care about any of this so I’ll cut to what you really want to see – the food, dammit! Enjoy! (Click through page 1, page 2 etc. for explanations of each dish or just click the photo gallery for pics only).
Happy (muffled voice)th b-day! With your brains + beauty knockout combo, I’m sure more people would compare you to Angelina Jolie than to Domokun, but Angelina is pretty hard to make into a brownie. Therefore I present to you – Domokun brownies! While you don’t share his beastly looks, you might be able to relate to the fact that while many might find him intimidating, he’s really a wonderful, lovable creature when you get to know him. Cheers to you darling – hope you enjoy!
“Dirt Candy” may not sound like the most appetizing name for a restaurant but once you realize what the moniker refers to – veggies, of course! – it makes a lot of sense. My kickass family treated me to a sweet and savory seasonal meal at this truly innovative eatery for my birthday and color me impressed. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it (don’t miss the jalapeno hush puppies!). As many of you know, I’ve faced the omnivore’s dilemma for many years now and have succumbed to the succubus that is succulent steak, sausages, saveloys – you name it – every time they crossed my plate. Maybe it’s because I never liked veggies enough or had them prepared in a truly delicious manner, maybe it’s because I’m just weak. But all of that changed recently when I checked out the killer spread of vegetarian truffles, empanadas, pizzas and even sushi at the Healthy Food in Fashion event a few weeks ago. It really opened my eyes to all of the different ways to indulge without an animal having to be slaughtered. I guess I could keep rambling on about this but since this is technically an outfit idea post, let me get to it!
I’m not exactly sure what kind of theme is going on with this en-som – maybe Upper West Side lady meets stewardess?
Navy blazer: My mom’s, from her days at Northwest Airlines
Camel dress: Mango circa 2009
Chainlink purse: Thrifted – it was only $9.99!
Grey Genesis booties: On loan from Naya Shoes for the Renew Your Soles 5-Day Style Challenge (more on this soon!)
White pashmina scarf: Purchased on the street back when I worked at Rockefeller Scissor necklace: From the Clossette “Use Your Own Chain” collection
My grandma loved these because they’re as easy to eat as they are on the ojos – though not the healthiest thing for an 89 year old to be chomping on…
To make ’em, just take your prosciutto slice and loosely roll it up. Flare the edges as you go to achieve the flower shape. To garnish, just use whatever greens you have – chives, parsley, basil – as the “leaves.”
Everyone knows the story about the three little pigs… one of those children’s stories that starts with “Once upon a time…” and the main character(s) outsmart the “villain” and they live happily ever after. Well, I have an argument… why was the wolf, so bad? I had an epiphany as I was food shopping this morning and going over details of my hopeful, soon-to-be new catering business. The Wolf never had a fair trial. Let me share my tangled web of thoughts with you over the next few minutes.
Having received several comments remarking on the fact that the Eat Your Heart Out dress looks weird or confusing just lying on a bed – duly noted people! – I decided to showcase it on an actual person. Apologies in advance for the fact that that person is me. On that note, anyone lookin’ for a modeling gig that pays zero dollars?
Totally unrelated topic, but also totally post-worthy, we finally checked out the rooftop bar at the Ravel Hotel in LIC. Despite the rather awful, and I mean terrible, reviews, I actually had a great time and the views are unlike any I’ve ever seen from this side of the river. As you can see from the photos below, you’re literally RIGHT under the 59th St., Queensborough, Ed Koch, whatever you wanna call it, bridge, and there’s a futuristic retractable roof that makes the space really unique. Plus it’s right next to a simply breathtaking ivy-covered brick building that I’m totally going to write up for Inhabitat NYC. The food? Meh. But who is really going here for the food anyways? I definitely recommend it for an engagement party – the prices are (ever so slightly) more reasonable than a city rooftop bar and it’s just nice to be off the beaten path, you know?
Refreshing, adorable and packed with booze, these cute ‘lil watermelon line Jello shots are the perfect thing to bring to a summer BBQ or potluck. I made them last week for Jeanne and Serena, who weren’t ashamed to let me know that next time, they need “a lot more liquor.” Point taken! Read on for the DIY recipe so you can make your own.
If you’re looking for a new place in Flushing to tickle your taste buds and have already exhausted the countless halal stands, duck wrap vendors and crab rice joints, the basement level food court in the neon-emblazoned New World Mall is now open for business. Shinobi and I made our way down there last weekend to scope it out and were pretty impressed at the variety of stalls and kinds of foods offered. Unlike some of the more dusty and decrepit multi-booth eateries in Queens, the lower level of the New World Mall is lively, bustling with activity and reminds me more of the Japanese food courts they have in Tokyo or here in Kyushu. Read on to see pics of some of the yummiest looking stalls and a quick review of the hand-pulled noodle shop we tried there.
Exactly two weeks away from our good friend Catherine’s Bachelorette Party in (drum roll please…) Las Vegas! In the midst of all the weddings, baby showers, birthdays and celebrations of 2011 we’ve already steam rolled through half the year. Vegas has crept up on us and we’ve forgotten to lose the extra 8lbs we gained in the winter, you know… the extra layer we need to bear the New York winters! So my 12 week plan before Vegas has dwindled down to a mere 2 weeks… what to do…?
Whale bacon at the supermarket across the street from my grandma’s
I’m ashamed of myself for even thinking this but I want to try eating whale meat. The supermarkets here only have it when the marine science facility in the area catches a whale for “research”, and then they use every last bit of it for food and other purposes. I know that I’m going to catch a lot of disapproving looks if I do try it, but then again, I can’t look down on Japanese people for eating whale when I eat burgers back in the states. What should I do?