Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Desserts: DoubleTree Hotel Cookies

If you don't know...well now you know that DoubleTree Hotel has amazingly delicious homemade cookies. I discovered these cookies about 15 years ago when mom my bought some home from her boss at her job. From that day forward from time to time we will take a trip to a local DoubleTree and get a can of cookies. The cookies are only $10 for 1 can, but if you walk into the hotel and ask for some cookies they will give a few to you for free. These cookies are a secret recipe specifically for the Hilton Hotels I believe because you can not find this cookie anywhere else. The cookie is chocolate chip with walnuts, which is my favorite type of chocolate chip cookie. Every DoubleTree Hotel sells them, they bake them fresh on site. I love these cookies ;)




Restaurant Find: Thai Select

Now I loves me some Thai food!!!! Lovessssss, especially Pad Thai. Thai Select is on 36th and 9th in the city, I had Shrimp Pad Thai and my friend had Drunken Noodles. My Pad Thai was delicious, probably one of the best Pad Thai dishes I've tasted and it paired excellent with my 2 glasses of Pinot Grigio :)

Dinner: Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan

Ok, so Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan are probably the two best Italian dishes that I make. I must say they both taste exquisite. I use organic chicken and eggplants,  fresh onions and tomatoes and for my sauce I use Rao's or Rustico from Trader Joes. I love both of these sauces because they have all natural ingredients and they taste amazing! I also always use Veggie pasta, Wholewheat Pasta, or Quinoa Pasta from Trader Joes (my favorite). At last I use basic shredded mozzarella cheese (I choose lowest fat content)

Step #1 - Cut eggplant into slices and place on paper towel and lightly salt both sides (takes out bitterness)

Step#2 - Wash, season and then lightly sautee chicken breasts (2-3) in Olive Oil

Step#3 - In a frying pan, add olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, sliced peppers, slices onion and crushed red peppers (optional) Sautee then add your tomato sauce, lower heat, and stir occasionally

Step #4 - Dip eggplant into egg wash and then into breadcrumbs and fry in pan with olive oil & veggie oil until brown.

Step#5 - In baking dish add a layer of sauce, crumble a bit of chicken or slice into strips and lay, add a few slices of fried eggplant then add a layer of cheese...repeat until all ingredients are used up

Step#6 - Place baking dish in the oven at 450 Degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes (until cheese melts)

Step #7 - Take out of oven, let it cool...then ENJOY!


Breakfast: Omelette

Not to brag, but I honestly feel I make the best omelets. I seriously do, my omelet's are so good because not only are they made with passion, but I always use fresh and organic ingredients and I season so well. Usually I add turkey bacon, red pepper, green pepper, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. I season with Mrs. Dash and black pepper and voila, that is how my masterpieces are made! Anyone wanna challenge me??!!



Dinner: Beans Beans Beans

Another southern classic dish that I grew up with are beans and ham hocks but now that I'm not a pork eater, I make my beans with turkey necks or butts. I use Goya 16 beans and I add 2 or 3 pieces of turkey necks/butts, I cut up a small piece of pepper and onion, then season with salt (very little), pepper, and Mrs. Dash and let them all cook down for about 2 hours then I serve over brown rice and top with lots of hot sauce, yummy!The beans pair very well with fried chicken and/or collard greens (seen below) or kale

Breakfast: Basa Fish and Grits

This is a classic southern breakfast that I grew up on all my life... Whether my grandma made it or my mom made it. Shrimp, fish, sausage and grits has been a staple in my family...these days when I get a taste for it, I can make it myself and it tastes so good! I get a feeling of nostalgia when I eat hearty meals that touch my soul and remind me of my childhood and family.

Normally we (my family) make our fish and grits with Whiting Fish, but you can use any fish you would like. Another favorite fish of mine is Basa fish which is what I used in the picture below. 




Bar Find: The Australian in NYC

LOOK AT THESE NACHOS!!!! They were amazingly delicious! The Australian is a bar on w38th street in NYC. These weren't your regular nachos, these Aussie Nachos (Veggie or Chicken)  had blue corn chips, guacamole, sour cream, SWEET CHILI SAUCE, Mango Salsa and crispy shallots!!!! When I say these nachos were nothing like I've ever tasted before, the sweet chili sauce and mango salsa just put a sweet zing twist and it was delicious, I recommend to everyone!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Breakfast: Oatmeal and Grilled Bananas

Oatmeal is one of my regular breakfast eats, and I like to mix it up sometimes and add fruits. Bananas are one of my favorite fruits in general but also a favorite fruit I love to add to my oatmeal. Today, I decided to grill my banana with a little olive oil, then placed them on top of my oatmeal. I then sprinkled some cinnamon and honey on top and ate every scoop! Very delicious and super healthy! 


Restaurant Find: SEA Thai

SEAbbq
CHICKEN DUMPLINGS


BANANA SPRING ROLLS
                                           
I love me some Thai food! I had eaten at SEA's Manhattan location a few years ago...but friends have always told me the Brooklyn location was much better, and it is. First off the atmosphere is so calm, cool and the music was great. You feel like you are stepping into a part of Thailand. Now! The food (which came quickly) was....AMAZING!!! For appetizers we ordered SEAbbq, Chicken Dumplings and Thai Curry Dumplings. For our appetizers I ordered the Tamarind Fish which was so delicious! Never had fish like this before. The entire fish, which is Red Snapler is deep fried and served with a scoop of white rice and delicious tamarind sauce. I highly recommend the Tamarind Fish, I had it for lunch and dinner the next day, that's how much comes in the entree. For dessert, we had the Banana Spring Rolls. I am a banana fanatic so when I saw them on the menu, I had to have them. They came served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. When I say DELICIOUS!!! they were Deeeelicious!
            
TAMARIND FISH

      
CURRY DUMPLINGS





Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Restaurant Find: BURGER AND LOBSTER

Family came into NYC to visit and they had a taste for Seafood...there's so many seafood restaurants in NYC, where do we start??!! a friend recommended Burger and Lobster and I must say it was the best decision we made to go there. First off, there are no menus, the restaurant has 3 items on the menu: Lobster Roll, Lobster and a Burger. Each of these three items comes with a salad and fries. Oh, also, all three of these entree's are just $20, how awesome. So I chose the Lobster Roll, which had hug chunks of lobster meat and WOW!!! so delicious, on a buttery roll. I was a bit skeptical of eating a salad with a lobster roll that had mayo in it, sometimes the taste doesn't vibe. Not here, the chef created a salad dressing that literally married perfectly with the taste of the lobster roll and its ingredients and the french fries. All three tasted so delicious together, I am still in shock how good the food was. My cousin ordered the whole lobster and seriously it was the size of half of her arm?!! she kept pulling out huge chunks of meat, she said it was just so delicious. For my drink, since I love strawberries I got the Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail, which was on point, the perfect amount of strawberries and vodka and I could literally taste the hint of basil.


STRAWBERRY BASIL





Sammich' Time: The Melt Shop


A co-worker of mine kept telling me about this amazing place that sells all types of cheese sandwiches. I love a good grilled cheese sandwich, so she said try Melt Shop. They have so many types of sandwiches, but this particular day I was craving chicken. I love buffalo chicken wings so I said, let's go. The sandwich consists of Fried Chicken, Pepper Jack Cheese, and Buffalo Blue Sauce on a Sourdough Bread. I also added a side of Shop Tots, which are tater tots topped with Parmesan Cheese. 

The Sandwich: Delish!!! the piece of fried chicken was huge and cooked nice and crispy and drenched in hot sauce which is what I love, the buffalo sauce could have been a tad thicker but it worked. I had so much left over, I ate the rest of my sandwich the next day for lunch and it tasted even better!

Tot: very good! the Parmesan gives it a light cheesy flavor without being too overwhelming, I couldn't get enough of these tots

Can't wait to visit the Melt Shop again to try a new sandwich, they all look and sound so yum!











FoodMarket Find: MONTAUK FISH BURGER



 I really love visiting food markets, of course??!! Madison Square Eats came back a few months ago and I decided to try something new because I was craving seafood. What a delicious surprise, this MONTAUK FISH BURGER from BAR SUZETTE CREPERIE was so scrumptious! The fish was fried perfectly topped a tarter like sauce, red onion, tomato and arugula on a Brioche bun. YUM! will I be back for another??!!Yes I will

NYC Brunchin': BTH (BY THE HUDSON)

 May is my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!! This year I decided to do brunch with my besties...a co-worker recomended BTH. I'd never heard of BTH, quickly went online...it looked like a go. Made reservations and I was satisfied with my service and food. Endless mimosa's and Bellini's for brunch was the option my friends and I chose. I ordered Prawns and Grits and OMG!!! How delicious!!!! The grits were so buttery and the prawns seasoned and cooked to perfection. The Shitake mushrooms added another awesome level of flavor (I love mushrooms). I nibbled on all of my friends dishes and everything really was delicious. I also really loved the Mac n cheese, which was made with multiple fancy cheeses. FOODGASM!!MMMMM YESSS . The ice cream was even delicious, I must say I'll be back to BTH. I can't wait to try more dishes from their menu


Prawns & Grits 

                                                                     Frenchie's


                                                               
                                                                   Mac & Cheese
                                        B├ęchamel Sauce, Menonita Cheese, Cheddar Cheese
                                                           
                                                    Bellini & Harlem Blues (background)
                                                 
                                                             Chicken Waffle Sandwich







                                                           Crab Cakes Benedict 

                                                               Pistachio Ice Cream

DIY Dessert: FRIED BANANAS AND ICE CREAM

I had a sweet tooth...made my way to the kitchen and spotted a banana, honey, cinnamon and sugar. I took one banana and cut it in half, then lightly cooked both sides for a minute each. Layed both sides on top of two scoops of frozen vanilla yogurt then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on the bananas...then drizzling some honey on the entire desert. VOILA! When I tell you this was a delicious and healthy desert, it was so good that I made it again the next day. 

Island Food: CONCH FRITTERS

My time in the Bahamas this past January was just so lovely! The weather, the water and the local food. These CONCH FRITTERS were so yummy, Conch with a mixture of peppers, onions and some local spices deep fried to perfection. The sauce was like a light sweet gravy, but I didn't even need it. The fritters tasted delicious all by themselves