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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Empire Cake





















Yesterday I got off the subway with no agenda. Sometimes this makes more sense than having one. I was on 16th and 9th exit off the blue line (A,C, E) at 14th Street, on the West Side. I ventured off down 9th, where I found  Empire Cake. I walked into the store with a delightful welcome. I was then eyeing the cupcakes, but I like my cupcakes, beefy, fat, and tasty (I'm sure they were tasty, but I like bigger ones).

I started to think and realize I saw this place in an article about their Twinkies, homemade Twix, and tasty food. Empire recreates their own versions!! They were adorable treats. Reasonable prices too.

I started to think for a moment that would exciting if you got something you normally don't eat. Therefore I got the red velvet small loaf cake like Twinkie (their version), dipper in white chocolate, but stuff with cream cheese. I started at the box all night before ripping it open and having a little piece. It was dense, tasty, moist, cream cheese was a great combination, but I could do without the white chocolate. I am glad I tried something new. It was only 3.25 a small loaf cake like item. Steal!!

The store was bright white, clean, organized, and the staff was friendly, but most of all VERY helpful for "new customers". Overall great service and experience and I found a new spot!!! I want to try the Twix or ding dong next time around.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Garlicky Shrimp(s)














Shrimp Marinate;
30 to 40 count (2 lbs) shrimps; deveined & peeled...(frozen)
1 lemon; juiced and zest
3 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon or 1 red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon garlic; minced
3 tablespoon butter
Thin spaghetti or thin linguini pasta
Fresh Parsley ; pinch of it. (décor and garnish)

Shrimp Broth;
Shrimp shells (I didn't use them)
3 cups water; bring to boil
1/4 cup onion; chopped

Prepare marinate; lemon, olive oil, pepper flakes, garlic, and shrimp and whisk in a large. Marinate for 30 to 1 hour. In a medium boil; boil water add onion and shrimp shells. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of "shrimp broth". In the meantime add 5 cups water with salt for the pasta. Cook at al la dente for 9 mins (2 mins less then directions on box); 7 mins. Let sit in cool water until ready to serve.

In a medium pan add butter on medium heat, add the marinated shrimp (flatten for 3 mins on each side); until shrimp starts to curl. Remove shrimp from pan, set aside. Keep sauce in pan. Add 1/4 cup reserved broth and bring to a boil. Simmer until mixed well and starts to boil. Pour over pasta or in the pan (drained pasta)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Washington D.C Trip

WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP

 
As most of you know I recently traveled to the D.C lands. It was a very random, but some what planned trip. I went alone and LOVED every minute. I also went on an EXTREME budget: $250.00 bucks (food, travel, and hotel expenses).

I did a lot of research prior too....Called the hotel (they gave me a lot of helpful tips). I made sure I had all the major locations I would be visiting's address to ensure I wouldn't venture off to far. I also looked into the HOTT spots.

Washington D.C. as I would describe it, it was easy to get around. In fact it was almost like a circle. I used the circular transportation to get every where (from the terminal to the hotel, hotel to Georgetown, and tried to get to the terminal, but ended up walking). This allowed me to see the city and get a better idea of my surroundings. I like using the city transportation and also talk to the other tourists to get ideas.

I got to Washington around 9:30am, found a breakfast spot and started my adventures right away. I also started off with a little sense of where things where (I got lost). Don't worry there was a local police officer and he got me back on track.

I then went back to the bus terminal station to catch the circular to finally get checked into my hotel.

Lets talk about the traveling from NYC to D.C. I got to the Penn Station NY bus terminal roughly around 5:30am, booking my one way in advance for $15.00 bucks; Megabus.com (free Wi-Fi & telephone outlets for my phone). Yes, this was a little early, but I just got home from a victory win (2:30 am) for the Seahawks game that they won and had a lot of energy to burn, plus it was the start of my "mini" vacation. My trip was 5 hours from NYC, and I slept the whole way to my destination which was PERFECT. I can sleep anyway and anywhere (I'm young, I workout, and I'm flexible)... I woke up from my morning nap at 9:00, just before we got to Washington D.C and booked my hotel on HotelTonight (love this app).

I got the hotel for $79.00 bucks a night. I decided to stay one night and see IF I needed to stay another night. I looked at this hotel prior, HOPING it would be the ideal hotel for my trip; Free Wi-Fi (no, therefore I did a lot of research prior to the trip), but it was a hip hotel, cute/casual/not to classy and most of all close to everything. Oh yes and most important it had a FREE HH from 6:30 - 8:00. It had Sangria, red &  white wine in a pretty decent size cup, and HH food, which ranged from $2.00 - 5.00 each (dinner was $9.00 dollars and I tipped her a dollar for every drink ($5 bucks). After eating and drinking I went back to the hotel, watched TV, took a LONGGG bubble bath, and ended up falling asleep. I had planned to hit up Georgetown in the morning and find a great little breakfast/brunch spot.

Georgetown isn't like NYC where things are open early. I was there around 9:30 am and things were dead. I walked around checked out the neighborhood to find a cute Mexican spot. they weren't open, but they let me come in early. It was fairly warm; 45 degrees for 9:30am, and knew I was in for a HOT day. They had air conditioner already going and I was a little worried. I decided to have a blood orange mimosa (it was my vacation), coffee, and "Carnes Con Huevos" (skirt steak, potatoes, onions with eggs and toast on the side. I chatted with the waitress about the area and she originally was from NYC and moved to D.C. She loved it for all the reason I feel in love with D.C. The green, the location, easy access with transportation, and more.



After brunch I took a stroll through the town, scenic route down towards my hotel. I started off by hitting the streets. I went down this road (side street) with cobblestone/rustic walls/brick with fun décor throughout the pathway. I then ventured off into the waterside. It was very green, everyone was running, walking, biking (It reminded me of the Northwest), people were in their boats having brunch, kayaking, and enjoying the weather. At this point it was about 80 degrees and 11:00. I had to check out of the hotel by 12:00, which I arrived to my hotel about 10 mins before. I was already packed and ready to go. I decided to backpack the rest of the trip in workout cloths until about 4:30pm when my bus left.



The night before I had HH I went to the White House to see what was going on. Maybe they were filming "Scandal". I would probably try to be on set, so its a good thing. The next day I also went back to the White House, Smithsonian (20 different museums), the pentagon, and everything else around the area. When I was by the White House this is when I got to see the president leave his "white house". Arms, guards, police offices, and many more were all around. It was like a parade of police, black cars, under cover cars. It was quite the show.



I then decided to head towards The Warf. Once I travel through the garden (about 2.5 miles), to the waterfront, I found out they were remodeling. The restaurants and everything down there were under construction and everything was moved to ONE location, which smelt like fish (I don't do well with small areas and fishy smells), therefore I was there and left quick. I had to hike back up into the downtown area for some more touristy things. I ended up making it through Chinatown (found Georgetown Cupcakes). At this point no lines, no food, nothing sounded good in 100 degree weather with a backpack on. At this point I was exhausted.

At my arrival to the terminal I got some food at the terminal to eat on the way home. Although, it didn't seem as if I really tired. I was on a "high" of my amazing trip and wanted to book another one. I love traveling. I love experiencing all the people around you, the culture, the diversity, the locations and historical monuments that have made each state so unique. I got to my apartment in the city roughly around 10:30. It was an amazing trip and enjoy Washington D.C. very much. In fact I will return soon. I've listed a few spots I went/used which made this trip happen. I hope you decide to take a trip to D.C sometime in your near future.

Places I visited;

MegaBus
HotelHelix
Sat Brunch
Cupcake Spot
The Wharf (Yelp)
The Circulator


 
 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Candy Cane Pretzels

Candy Cane Rods














Ingredients

20 count pretzel rods
5 chunks of white "homemade" chocolate
1 large peppermint candy cane; crushed into small pieces


Directions

Add two chunks of chocolate to the microwave safe bowl. Boil water in a small pot (the bowl will fit over the pot). Place the bowl onto the top of the pot. Let chocolate take its coarse to smooth land....
Meanwhile take your few mins to get a hammer, meat tenderizer, or hard metal rod (because you have these laying around). Add a huge piece of candy cane to a bag, lay a towel over it, and place on a surface that can take a few hits without damaging it (I used the floor); lay down a towel just in case). Only two swipes and then a few little ones. set aside. Stir the chocolate intermediately to ensure it all gets melted.

Once the chocolate is melted them take a spoon and rod adding the melted chocolate to the rod (using the back of the spoon). Two layers to ensure it gets fully caked on. Lay on the parchment paper, sprinkle the candy cane pieces. Continue until all the rods are covered.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Breakfast Burrittos (Laurie and Daisha's Style) W/ Samantha's Guacomole Recipe


Daisha's Breakfast Burrito


Breakfast Burrito Sunday












I love breakfast and can't live without breakfast in the morning. Every holiday has to be a tasty something. I've decided to share with you a tasty little dish. As you might know living in NYC has changed my way of eating and I'm very picky about where I buy my items. I prefer Trader Joe's over almost everything.

Trader Joes corn/wheat tortillas
4 eggs; whisked, cooked
4 slices bacon; cooked and diced
1/2 shredded cheddar
1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 avocado; mashed or sliced
Magic "Daisha " Sauce: ranch and ketchup

Directions

Add a little butter to the pan. Pour the whisked eggs to the pan until full cooked. Sprinkle cheese all over in the pan and add the diced bacon. Pan crisp the tortillas on each side, about 2 mins or until your desire liking. Assemble your burrito; Add egg tasty mixture, avocado topped with the magic "Daisha" sauce.

This is perfect served with home fries (NYC loves these), hash browns, or Trader Joe hash browns (found in the frozen section).

I love me some breakfast burritos, going back home my best friends mom always make these. Keep it simple & classy as she does. So my best friend doesn't like eggs, so I can't include her way to assemble her burrito. Her sister
on the other hand doesn't eat meat, but I believe she eats bacon!!!

Laurie's Breakfast Burritos

flour tortillas
4 eggs
6 slices of bacon
shredded cheese; cheddar
chunky salsa
ketchup

Directions

Add a little butter to the pan. Pour the whisked eggs to the pan until full cooked. Sprinkle cheese all over in the pan and add the diced bacon. Pan crisp the tortillas on each side, about 2 mins or until your desire liking. Assemble your burrito; Add egg, bacon, and cheese and top with a little ketchup of you like. That's the Heidi way.

Samantha's Guacamole
"Guac. is a MUST for this event Daisha"....

My friend Samantha is in LOVE with Guacamole, so this is dedicated to her....







2 ripe avocados
6 to 8 mini tomatoes; diced into 1/4 inch cubes OR 2 roman tomatoes (deseeded and cleaned)
2 slices of onion about 1/8 inch thick; chopped and diced (optional)
squeeze half lemon & lime juices
dash of salt and pepper (adjust to your liking)
garlic salt (optional).

Mix all ingredients together in a serving bowl. Taste it to ensure its to perfection. I'm including this on this post because I add this mixture to almost every single Mexican/Spanish infused dish. Its delicious and perfect for a crowd pleaser.

Chunky Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting (Betty Crocker)


 
I just wanted to ensure you were in the know that I don't bake, therefore I always have to find recipes. I think its about the mixing and how much to add (when cooking you don't have to be precise & you can taste as you go). I decided to attempt this cake with the new bundt cake pan I got.
                                                                                                                                           
Cake
1 cup butter or margarine, softened                        
2  cups granulated sugar                                                                                                                      
3 eggs                                            
1/2 teaspoon vanilla                                                                     
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour                                                                     
2 teaspoons baking soda                                                                     
1/2 teaspoon salt                                                                     
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon                                                                     
3 cups coarsely chopped peeled baking apples (3 medium)                                            
1 cup chopped walnuts                                                                     

Frosting
1/2 cup butter (do not use margarine)
3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Teaspoon vanilla
1 to 3 tablespoons milk

Apple Crisp (Betty Crisp & Food.Com)

I got my Christmas package yesterday from my momma :)
Well she is the almost like my momma. She claims me anyways...After trucking it to the grocery store I bought 5 apples and 2 pears to make my apple/pear pie. After making dinner I decided to open up my packages (not all the gifts) and there was 12 HUGE apples in a bag. I had to think fast... Apple Crisp. I'm not the best at baking, therefore I've decided to try to make


 Apple Crisp (Betty Crocker)

4 medium  tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Gold Medal all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
Serve warm with cream


Apple Crisp (Food.com)

6 cups sliced peeled apples
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place apples in a buttered 2-quart casserole dish.
Sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice.
In a small bowl, combine rolled oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
Using a pastry blender, cut butter into mixture until the mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle over the apples.
Bake for 40 minutes or until apples are tender.




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