August 2014 archive

Why Preserves are The Plug

I went from not really knowing wtf preserves were to always having a few jars in my fridge in the last six months or so. I found ways to incorporate them into  different recipes I’ve repeated multiple times, and worst case scenario, they are pretty much just tasty jam (which I don’t like on toast, but I do like on crackers with meat and cheese). Also, if you’re totally new to this, preserves are “food made with fruit preserved in sugar (jam or marmalade)”.

My favorite brand is Bonne Maman, which is a French brand that has cute red and white checkered lid tops. The two recipes that I’ll go into today where I incorporate preserves are Peach BBQ Pulled Chicken and Inside Out Chicken Cordon Bleu. 



Chicken Curry with Carrot, Potato, and Peppers

My favorite restaurant is this hole in the wall Burmese spot in San Francisco called Yamo. I always get the same order, beef curry with noodles, add vegetables. It’s $6 and last time I went to San Francisco I went straight from the airport.



I’ve tried a lot of DIY seasonings, premade sauces in glass jars, but I’ve never gotten close to the taste I’ve found at Yamo (which is sort of Indian/Chinese/Thai if you haven’t had Burmese). The other night I made a similar recipe but subbed chicken and used an Indian style curry paste I found at the grocery store. Drew and I loved this chicken curry recipe and I highly it. It is one of the easiest recipes I’ve done in a while with the best turn out, but it isn’t the quickest, because potatoes are slow to cook, (and maybe I forgot to pre-heat). To be honest you could definitely cook the vegetables in a pan but this was just my first instinct.



GURL, You know you want this chickkkk!


3-4 chicken breasts

1 green pepper

2 potatoes, chopped into small pieces

5 carrots, chopped into 1 inch pieces

1 package curry powder (I used Taste of India)

1 cup water

1 table spoon coconut oil

Sriracha (if you like)



Oven safe pan


I made enough from this for 2 days of lunch for 2 people. I ended up putting it over rice so I had a way to use every bit of sauce, but if you’re healthier than me, good for you. Ugh.


24 Hours in the Catskills

It’s no surprise that I managed to turn my anniversary into both a weekend getaway and excuse for me to plan a trip (which you probably know is my favorite thing to obsess over). Thankfully, this one was simple, and something different from my usual. Rather than party-centric, visiting friends, music festival, or multi-city European getaway, I went on my first ever ~romantic~ weekend trip.

GOALS: Do this once a month.

Welcome to The Catskills (specifically, Phoenicia, NY)


The entrance to The Graham and Co. the perfect hotel/motel we chose for the night

Ok- so it wasn’t exactly a weekend getaway, because we only stayed one night, but it really felt like enough time to be worth it. We boarded a 2.5-3 hour bus ride from Port Authority Bus to The Catskills Sunday morning at 9 am, to arrive around noon. The bus was unlike any grimey Chinatown or Greyhound I had taken before, had decent sized seats, and didn’t smell, which was nice considering it was $65 per person (round trip).

I chose Sunday-Monday for a few reasons

1. Sunday is basically a weeknight for hotels, which makes it cheaper (the room was $185 for one night, and worth it)

2. Who doesn’t want a long weekend. Fuck Mondays.

3. Most boutique hotels, especially in peak season, require a 2-night minimum for weekends, and I didn’t want to spend too much.

I haven’t even been gone a full day and I am already dreaming of returning. This adorable boutique hotel is a great combination of rustic and hip, clearly you’re out of Brooklyn, but the staff knows their clientele and their needs (they hand you a Budweiser at check in, all the toiletries are their own signature packaging and scent). This isn’t too surprising because the owners are also designers of Brooklyn based boutique, OAK.


Me thinking I am never going to leave


Best Bushwick (and beyond) Eats

This weekend is officially my two years living in New York. I’ve been living in the same apartment since November 2012 so I’ve gotten pretty familiar with the nearby spots. On weekends I love being able to get brunch, lunch, casual dinner, cute date dinner, or whatever without getting on the train. I like trying new places of course, but there are a few places I am finally happy enough with I would write a Yelp review, if I did that sort of thing.

Here are some of my favorite spots in the Bushwick/East Williamsburg/Williamsburg areas.


Dillingers: Coffee Shop, $


This place is around the corner from my house (don’t stalk me). It’s “Russian” inspired and super cute with a back patio. Aside from great coffee drinks and pastries, the food is amazing. I love the grilled cheese with brussel sprouts on Texas toast, and the garbanzo bean, squash, and kale, sandwich also on Texas toast. There are dumplings, pretzel hot dogs, and a few other meal items, all ranging from around $7-10.

One note, this place is very slow. If you are in any sort of rush I would get a simple coffee and pastry because they LAG. Though as a regular, I clearly think it’s worth it.

Cafeteria Mejor : Coffee Shop, $


This Cuban coffee shop has Miami inspired art-deco design and amazing coffee that has butter and salt in it. DALÉ! I typically order the cafe con leche. As a non-milk drinker, this is one of my only exceptions, the whole milk is essential to the Cuban coffee experience. Embrace the thickness. Their tostadas are also amazing (think toast, not anything taco-like) as well as “the meridian” which is a jamon y queso sandwich but with spicy and sweet jam.

Warning, a few of my friends have gotten in weird tiffs with the often moody staff. I am always fine, but just a note. Also, their patio is more like 3 feet of dirt, so don’t bother.