Archive for July, 2012

Fun Fact Friday

July 27, 2012 By: Serena Category: FunFactFriday

It’s finally FRIDAY!  Phew, this week seemed extra long to me – did you feel the same?  I’m so excited to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics tonight, and of course I need to think of my snack regiment. I think some soft and stinky cheeses are in order!

Today’s fun fact is decidedly summery:

Blueberry CrumbleYummm – how about making some delicious blueberry crumble?

July is National Blueberry Month

Yum!  When blueberries are in season, I eat them like candy. Super sweet and juicy!  Hmm, maybe I should add them to my Opening Ceremony viewing menu….

Are you watching the Olympics this year? What’s your favorite sport to follow?

Thai: Land Thai Kitchen

July 26, 2012 By: Serena Category: 3_Apples, Thai

Big Apple Nosh

 

 

The other day, a friend reached out to me about a favorite Thai place on the Upper West Side, and the possibility of trying it out as an eating buddy.  Well, I love Thai food and I love new eating buddies, so it seemed like a win-win!  The restaurant in question was Land Thai Kitchen, and it sure didn’t disappoint.

There are two things that I evaluate whenever I dine at at Thai restaurant:

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Ice Cream: Salt & Straw

July 24, 2012 By: Serena Category: 4_Apples, Dessert

4 Apples

 

 

Just to be clear, since I KNOW you will want to try this place out after reading this post – Salt & Straw is in Portland, Oregon, not NYC.  Wahhhhhhh!  I miss it so.

Happy Tuesday, Noshers!  If you been follow me on twitter, you’ll know that I recently returned from a whirlwind trip through Alaska and Portland, Oregon.  And oh what fun it is!  I generally stick to posting about NYC-area eats, but I just had to share about what I’m boldly declaring as my favorite ice cream shop ever. Yes!  I dare any other ice cream shops to challenge that! Yes, I dare you!

The shop I’m talking about is Salt & Straw:

The first time I walked by the line was out the door, but thankfully they are open from 7am(!) – 11pm and I was staying down the street.  I learned very quickly that 11am on a weekday was a pretty good time to go – so I visited the store 6 times. In 5 days.  Yes, I know – impressive…

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Fun Fact Friday

July 20, 2012 By: Serena Category: FunFactFriday

TGI FRIDAY, Noshers!!  Is it just me, or is the first week back after vacation especially tough?  In definitely looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!  What are your weekend plans?

Today’s fact was suggested by tweetpea @wanderlustblogs, who suggested a fun fact about chili peppers:

Image via Wikipedia

The spiciest pepper in the world is the Ghost Chili Pepper – or Naga Bhut Jolokia. It is so spicy that it’s been used in weapons – whoaaaa….

Are you a spicy food person? I can handle spice pretty well, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to go near a Ghost Chili Pepper!

Have any fun facts you’d like me to share? Let me know and I’ll feature them (and you) on the blog!

30 Days of Outdoor Dining: Land O Lakes 4 Cheese Italian Blend

July 18, 2012 By: Serena Category: Cheese, Sandwiches

Happy Wednesday, Noshers!  While I’m still recovering from a food-filled trek through Alaska and Oregon, I’m excited to participate in an exciting series today!  Partnering with Kitchen PLAY, I am one of 30 bloggers participating in the “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” series – quite appropriate after my outdoorsy trip.

As a selected blogger, I had the opportunity to sample LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend and was tasked with coming up with a fun, simple and outdoors-friendly way of incorporating it into a recipe.  Right up my alley!

LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend is brand new – so new in fact, that I had to ask several deli managers and multiple supermarkets if they had it (the one that did have it didn’t even know until he checked in the back!). But the effort was worth it – a blend of Asiago, Parmesan, Romano and American cheeses, it provides a step-up from your typical sandwich deli cheese.  Tangy, sharp, yet “playing well” with other ingredients, I wanted to really let the cheese shine.

I decided to go nice and simple with a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich – with farmers market bread and tomatoes to up the rustic ante.  Ingredients below – easy peasy, right?
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