You betta Yassa that turkey!

With recent news The Cecil and Minton’s would consolidate into the Minton’s space at the end of this month Executive Chef JJ Johnson gave me the recipe for Cecil’s yassa chicken suggesting the marinade would be perfect for a holiday turkey.

A New Candy Habit…Naturally

Last week when traipsing through Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and stumbling upon a beer haven in the process I was fortunate to also find a table near the sushi bar with a friendly team member. He was offering what turned out to be some great grocery items for only $1 to support the Whole…

Whole Foods Biergarten?! YES!

I just stopped in to the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle to see if they have conventional raw cashews for a good price so I wouldn’t have to walk to Trader Joes just to pay $6.99 per pound. I didn’t and saved $.10 for not needing a bag! But I digress… As I walked to…

Attention Gummy Bear Lovers!

For those that know me, I am a crazed Haribo gummy candy fan.  Since I remember making my own money from babysitting and feeling comfortable to venture to the Treat Boutique on 86th street right off of 3rd Avenue after school, I have been eating their perfectly textured sweets.  Gummy Bears (green and white are…

Trader Joe’s Review

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1998 I was a stranger in a strange land.  Aside from college I never rented an apartment before LA.  I leased my first car (Volkwagen Jetta, white!) that I loved driving.  I had to figure out a new way to live and survive in a non-walking city.  I…

Porchetta-ahh

For those that DON’T know, I love me some porchetta.  See my BESTies list. It’s not something you have too often, but when you do it has to be good. I first had it in a market in Rome, hand-cut by a spry woman wielding a large knife.  She did not play and everyone stood in…

Farmers Market Loot

What started as a mission to get only horseradish pickles from Best Pickles to make dirty martinis (now includes mustard variety), my weekly visits to the farmers market seems to inspire more. Here is today’s loot featuring my first sighting of Concord grapes and squash blossoms. Going to stuff the latter with duxelles and pan…

Ben & Jerry’s Banana Peanut Butter Greek Frozen Yogurt

I am a little bit of a purist. So the thought of substituting rich, fatty, delicious sweet cream with tangy Greek yogurt didn’t appeal to me. However, the other night in a late night shopping spree I stumbled across this individual portion of Greek frozen yogurt ice cream. The banana peanut butter flavor did not…

Labor Day Shrimp Burgers! YES!!!!

About to depart on the Labor Day Weekend getaway and wanted to make sure I told you about these shrimp burgers.  Could be perfect for this weekend… I wanted to inject a little summer punch in my weekly client menu planning.  Shrimp burgers were the first to come to mind, as the last time I…

On a JOURNEY (bar)

As is often the case I am dashing out of the door last minute to destinations unknown, haven’t eaten and need to grab something quickly. Ok, fruit, nuts, yes! But I need a little something that resembles a meal, a balance between flavors and textures. A nutrient dense bar of some sort is always a…

Hester Nights – Cod fritters + ice cream sandwiches

Meh on the fritters from Spur Tree…love a cod fish cake/fritter but there was hardly any cod in there. And for $5 the serving was small. For my next visit I did peep the Elvis ice cream sandwich from Melt – banana ice cream sandwiched by peanut butter cookies! When I asked if there was…

Strolling the 9th Avenue Food Festival

Out at the first day of the Ninth Avenue Food Festival. I have good memories of this festival but not been in a while. Today with Raquel and Jason in tow we decided that only non traditional festival food would cross our lips. That meant no sausage and peppers, mozzarepas or zeppoles but the Mexican…