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Friday, May 8, 2015

Taco Thursday or Tuesday?? (does it matter).... #LoveMexicanFood

I really thought I was cool, I decided to write a list of some amazing taco spots in NYC. I even went to Brooklyn to try a few. Some have closed down and some had really put a memory in my brain (I want to KEEP going back). Even know people say "its the same place different location" it really isn't. I rather eat at San loco in the LES VS Brooklyn. I don't know why, they just do it well/better....

Any who here are my spots in the need of trying. I will come back and rate them, but will also come up on my YELP page (checking in). I don't know IF you noticed, but I'm Yelp Elite now. I get in on all the details. I've meet a lot of friends too.


B - San Loco (Brooklyn Train: L / Bedford Ave. & Lower East Side: F/J train: Delancy
I also get a variety, but always stick to the chicken adobe and carnitas. It's something Mexican cookers do well, PORK. I love it soo much; tasty & flavorful.

NB- Otto Tacos Train: 1 Train / Christopher street (one opening up in Hells Kitchen area)
I haven't been yet. Looks small, quant, and West Village never fails me

NB - Goa Taco Train: F / Broadway Lafeyette
Ok they have this amazing Paratha Shell. I never tried it, but its ON my to do list.

NB- Essex Taqueria Train: F / Broadway Lafeyette
Great spot in the LES for a ladies night, hanging out, and enjoying some tasty food (Always crowded). This is why I haven't been. I would need to be in the area and just jump on in.

Los Tacos (Chelsea Market) Train: A,C,E: 14th Street

B- Casa Mezcal ($$$) Train: 6 / Select 101: Bus
Ok so I was sooo excited the first time I came here for a date. I had a Jalapeño drink. My date ordered food, but I lived right around the corner and just ate. It was a great evening. Relaxing chill. THEN they moved and this place was on fire last time I walked by (not literally), but sooo many people. They have a HUGE front door that opens and gets a great sitting outside feel. Very nice.

B- Green Rancho (Hells Kitchen) Train: A
When I first saw this spot I knew I was going to enjoy myself. When walking in the hostess greeted us and we immediately went to the bar. They had HH until 7:00 and got one of the drinks off the menu. We both had the basic with salt margarita and they were pretty strong. We got the 3 trio tacos (beef, chicken, and carnitas). The chicken was a little dry. The carnitas was crispy and flavorful, and then beef was a little greasy. The overall mal was pretty good. I've also never had those size of tacos and not have two tortillas. I was a little thrown about that. The rice and beans were tasty. The drinks were great. HH is pretty decent and they have daily specials during this time too.



One thing I can't seem to figure out when going to spots that serve single items (tacos, quesadillas, tamales) is HOW many to order. Sometimes I start small and work up, but honestly I would LIKE to avoid going for seconds. I also notice I'm not the only one. There is always someone in a group heading back up.

I hope I've made an end to finding the BEST Taco spots in NYC...

Enjoy. Eat. Sleep

NB - Never Been
B - Been

Happy Mother's Day

I've been getting messages, emails, and texts about what to get momma bear for Mothers Day. I don't normally celebrate this day with my mom. Although, I do make sure to send a card with my best friends mom. She shines in my heart and I love her to death. She has really helped me through the past few years to be ME.... I can't thank her enough. I always make an effort to make her cry (sounds sad), but when I talk to her or see her its hard because we are just crying most of the time. I have decided to share a few our of the normal ideas with you today....




1. I know I mentioned Mouth.com around the holidays, but they are #1 on my list this time of the year again. I will also share the promo card
Mouth

2. Have you thought about making your Wife bling again. I have friends who have been married for 10years and they LOVED the idea of me telling them to get their wine a new set of.....diamonds. You keep the setting and then replace the diamond. She will be styling and profiling..

Find a local Ma and Pa spots

Take a road trip and find a ring that is exactly what she wants.
I had a friend go to Canada and get a ring for his girlfriend, now fiancé (black diamond: rare: simple: yet exciting)
 
3. Take the kids for the day. Mommy wants a little time away. Sometimes the simplest things matter in life. I really enjoy a time away. Especially without a worry in mind. 

 
- Day Spa

- Shopping with her friends (give her the credit card)
- Brunch with the ladies at their favorite spot (maybe even make the reservations)
- Ladies Weekend Getaway (Book a "special" something when she arrives at the hotel)
 
4. I love things that I don't suspect. I'm sure momma would too. Check out a local bakery, favorite bagel spot, her favorite place to indulge and deliver it to her work (make sure you get ALL the logistics). She doesn't need to know what she is getting, but finding out how to get it to her. Follow through with the front desk receptionist at her job to ensure she got it.... (have a spy). a few spots in NYC and Seattle that have tasty fun treats and they deliver.
 
Seattle:
 
 
New York:
 
 
5. I think this is my favorite thing to do. I go to a local nursery and get a few of my mommas favorite flowers. She always has a garden going on and they always have HUGE sales around this time. I get some soil (organic of coarse) and re-plant the flowers, trees, bushes, plants that I find. I also make them look extra fancy. We did this last year for my friend momma and she loved it.
 
6. I love ETSY. Please check this website out it has a lot of fun things on this site. Maybe you're looking for a little something in particular they probably have it. Its almost as your helping out small businesses on the rise..
 
 
 7. See her list of groceries or errands and do them for her. I know this is a big deal, but take one of your kids. they have an amazing memory and usually know what mamma wants.
 
8. Check out Max Delivery. Its ONLY available in NYC. I love this site. you can get doughnuts at dough, meat, yogurt, sugar sweet sunshine, the pickle guys, Balthazar's bakery all in ONE order. filet mignon for 15.99 each (if its fresh) that's a deal. They delivery to you (day of). Beer and Wine. Honestly deals, daily deals, great items, fresh baked good. Check it out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, April 24, 2015

Simple Morning Oatmeal


 
Perfect for taking to work for the week.
 
5-Grain Oatmeal

1.   chia seeds

2.   flax seeds

3.   amaranth

4.   quinoa
  1. steel-cut oats
Morning Cinnamon and Sugar Oatmeal
 
      1.  Steel-cut oats
 
      2. Cinnamon & Sugar spice (McCormick
 
      3.  Brown Sugar
 
      4. Craisins (Orange-Cran from Trader Joes)
 
      5. Slivered Almonds (crushed)
 
Instructions;
 
Measuring is really on what you prefer. Start with 1 cup of steel oats for the bases and start adding Steel-cut oats. I also like to ad a tablespoon or two of milk (2%).
 
Oats about 1 cup, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and sugar, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, grab a little handful of craisins, and 1 tablespoon of crushed almonds.
Add water to the bowl cook for 2 mins (about 2 tablespoons)
Add milk afterwards and its almost like cereal (about 2 teaspoons)
 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Turkey Tacos (too simple and tasty)




Cherry Pepsi & Wine


1/2 pound of Turkey meat
1/4 cup of zucchini,
1/4 onions
1/4 cup green peppers
1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese (you can use whatever you want)
Taco Seasoning; (I prefer to make mine) or Package Seasoning is ok
Daisha's Seasoning; 1 to 1 & 1/2 tablespoon of my seasoning




Daisha's Seasoning (Multi Uses)
Grind it; more fine & mixes better

2 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
1 tablespoon dried onions
1/2 tablespoon garlic
1/2 tablespoon of dash of pepper and just a few dashes of sea salt

Shells

Ortega flat bottom shells
Trader Joe (wheat and corn mixture)
Medium Size Corn

Cook the turkey meat until fully cooked. Add veggies until onion is translate then and add taco seasoning. Splash a little water, bring all flavors together, and simmer for 5 mins. Sometimes I sprinkle cheese onto the meat mixture. scoop into taco shells of choice. ( Pic: store bought small handheld shells: Ortega Brand), Trader Joes are my favorite and reheat them on each side in a pan.

When I'm preparing the veggies with the meat I start to heat up my favorite TJ's tortillas (wheat and corn). Great flavor and less fat/calories than corn.

Serve Warm.

TIP: hard shells: add to over for about 10 mins to heat up (350 degrees in a glass pan facing upwards)

Fixings; diced onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheddar (Mexican blend) cheese.

Makes about 5 tacos

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Strawberry Buckle

Today is PRE Easter and thought I would get a start on dessert and see how this tasty treat would turn out.

I don't normally bake but shoot why not start today.





















Butter 1/2 stuck butter, plus more for pan
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 large and medium strawberries; quart all the Berrries

Directions

Butter the pan
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Add butter and sugar to a large bowl
Add eggs, vanilla; stir
Add milk and combine some more
(It's going to start to get thick)...
Add flour and baking soda (opted out the salt BC I used salted butter); looked it up to do that...
Keep in mind the dough will look bus quick drop thick.
Add to the pan
Add the strawberries in the batter, stick them in the batter
Stick in the preheated over for 35 mins at 375 degrees.
Take out.

Serve with vanilla bean ice cream. That's MY favorite. I went to bergenline gelato (previous post) and found a vanilla ice cream and brough it home! ;)

Friday, April 3, 2015

What's Your Gage?






I recently spoke with a new friend and she explained to me she has a gage for restaurants. Her gage was the bread. If the have bread before their meal she prefers it warm with oils or butter. Which some people I've spoke to recently said "warm bread"? #puzzled.

I tend to lean towards the first time walking into a place. Someone will always have a bad day, but I actually eat breath and live customer service. I feel like you can, let me correct myself I can also make a huge impact with a smile on my face and just keep smiling (NO,it's NOT because I'm from Washington), although a lot of people might think this is why.

I want a warm welcome (not fake) when each person comes in. Sometimes your guest, customer, or client might be having a bad day and its as simple as making them laugh, smile, engage with a little humor. There isn't to much "TMI" when you compliment them or show them you're alert and watching.



People who tend to see that quality will trust you more and open up and hey even smile (when one doesn't want to or normally doesn't). I've changed people in my position at my job when they wouldn't even acknowledge me before now they say HI, BYE, and have a nice weekend. They know I'm going to say it, so they beat me sometimes. It makes my heart melt when I change someone like this.

Believe me having a gage is important.

So the question is, "What's your gage"??

Bergineline Gelato

This adorable ice cream spot, Bergenline Gelato has all the tasty treats; sorbet, ice cream, and gelato. The owner likes to add fun and new flavors. He gets his research from all around the world, goes to conventions, tastings, and is very involved in making customers happy.

This is a great spot to people watch. It's a kid friendly environment, crowds are welcome, and there is always two people or more working to accommodate large amounts of foot traffic.


My Birthday is Coming..












It was a Saturday night and I came to try something new. I got all dressed up and walked one block (this could be dangerous). I wanted two scoops on a waffle cone (which was fresh and tasty). It was very live especially BC it was still really cold outside, but our first warmer weekend (40 degrees). I got the Smores ice cream and strawberry cheesecake. I thought the flavors were perfect. I normally don't eat chocolate ice cream, therefore I didn't finish all of it, but it was nice to try something new. I loved the strawberry cheesecake (my mouth is watering typing this).

The service was perfect. The owner was really friendly (most aren't), especially when I tell them I have a food blog. I really like this spot and will be really excited when I can walk up there in my skirt and tank top and enjoy some tasty fresh, delicious ice cream.

            March 2015 flavor
Peanut Butter & Jelly Ice Cream (delicious)