Recipe: Yogurt Berry Popsicles

November 06, 2015 By: Serena


I recently added Zoku Molds to my kitchen gadget collection – as a result, I’ve made a few popsicle concoctions.  One of my favorite creations thus far has been these berry yogurt popsicles.  The Greek yogurt makes them taste super decadent (even though I use fat-free yogurt!), you can vary the berries based on what’s on sale or in season (I use frozen berries a lot), and you can also control the sugar/honey quantity.  Finally, the mint adds a refreshing highlight – and using it allows me to justify having a fledgling, floundering herb garden on my balcony. My only gripe is that my pop mold only makes 4 pops, though that is no fault of the recipe. What do you think – should I invest in another popsicle mold??

Anyway, if you’re also a homemade popsicle fan, give these a try. They are delicious!

You will need: Continue reading »

Kansas City: Sushi UNI (Japanese)

October 22, 2015 By: Serena


“Good sushi and where to find it in KC” – that’s been my underlying motivation since I’ve moved from NYC.  While there have been a few mishaps with my seafood adventures in the Midwest (note to self – do NOT use frozen supermarket lobster tails in a lobster boil), thanks to some internet research and good ole’ asking around, I’ve encountered some sushi options in the “passable to pretty good” range.  My experience at Sushi UNI fell on the “pretty good” side of the spectrum.

Sushi UNI is inconspicuously located in a generic strip mall, as I’m quickly learning many good ethnic restaurants are. To me, the locale doesn’t matter – the quality of the food is paramount!  So how did Sushi UNI stack up?

First, props for providing some comp dishes – we received a squid salad (we returned again and weren’t given this – maybe they had excess? And then another time we got crab rangoon – a bit random) – it was delicious: Continue reading »

Kansas City: Urban Table (American)

October 19, 2015 By: Serena


As I’ve mentioned before, the breakfast options in Kansas City do not disappoint.  While every city has its hits and misses, I have lucked out pretty well in the brunch department here.  Additionally, many of the restaurants here take reservations, and even the ones that don’t often lack the 2 hours waits that I’ve become accustomed to in NYC (is it sad that I am sometimes nostalgic for those insane weights?). One of the standouts I’ve found so far is Urban Table, located right outside KC in Prairie Village, Kansas.  By the way, I was at first intrigued by the fact that I crossed state lines so effortlessly here, then I remembered that I did that all the time while in NYC, where I lived, and NJ, where I grew up.  Pretty much the same deal, right?

Urban Table is about twenty minutes from my place, so the times I’ve gone, I call to make a reservation right when I leave the house, for half an hour later. Easy peasy!

You can see the menu is extensive but not overwhelming: Continue reading »

Kansas City: Vietnam Cafe (Vietnamese)

October 14, 2015 By: Serena


One of the things I miss about NYC (specifically, downtown NYC) is good cheap pho.  I’m talking about the authentic, non-frills stuff.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ve lived on the Upper West Side, and there’s not really pho there that isn’t fancy/trendy/overpriced.  But access to phantistic pho (ha ha) was always just a subway ride away.  I was concerned I wouldn’t find the equivalent here in KC – luckily, Vietnam Cafe proved me wrong!  Definitely no frills but delicious, I’ve visited this place several times already. Yum!

The staff at Vietnam Cafe is friendly, quick, and I even got some good-natured ribbing when I ordered an iced Vietnamese Coffee at 7:30pm: Continue reading »

Tea Time

October 12, 2015 By: Serena


My love affair with tea was not sudden and intense.  When I was a kid, I thought it was the ultimate beverage tease – it smells delicious, tastes like…water?  Since then I guess my palate has refined a bit, as I now thoroughly appreciate the subtle depth and hints of flavor that a well-brewed cup or pot of tea offers.  I make myself a cup to start my workday, and often wind down at night with an herbal blend.  I drink my tea plain, with no cream, sugar or lemon to distract me.   During the summer months, I would often brew a big pot and chill it in the fridge for some super strong iced tea. I will always loooove coffee, but tea is something I have at least once a day.

My current stash is sourced from several places, including my Fortnum & Mason purchase during a trip to London, some delicious blends from Fauchon, a hibiscus tea from The Republic of Tea, and some wonderfully fragrant loose leaves from Palais des Thés.  I’m always looking for new additions to my collection though – any suggestions?

Are you a tea fan? What are your favorite types of tea?

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