Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I've seen some pretty wacky food concoctions at carnivals and such but in the spirit of making fast food even faster and more convenient this is pretty innovative. A pizza cone?! These guys have a foundation in Italian food and a respect for innovation. It seems also they are claiming fresh ingredients and homemade dough made on the premises. Whats most mind boggling to me is that they haven't opened one in NY yet?! From Austria to Malaysia and the two proud American cities of Kansas and Missouri.
Serious Eats pizza blogger did some full coverage of the experience.
Monday, December 29, 2008
As we're all feeling bloated and overweight this holiday season, its refreshing to know this great culture of ours is making strides to keep us fit and in shape. NOT!! Just another example of why we are the fattest country in the world. Check out BBQ's new Col-Pop, an All-in-One Chicken Nugget and Soda Cup.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I give major kudos to Burger King for their Whopper Virgins effort. A subliminal jab to McDonalds while embracing international culture. They set out to find people around the world who have never tasted a hamburger before and are absent from any form of media advertising. Not an easy job. This video documents the experience and I have to say it's honest and impressive. On the flip side it is pretty controversial that they are going into these obscure parts of the world and littering them with our processed unnatural dietary stables. And of course they could have edited the footage to only show the majority of the people who liked the Whopper. Hmm, I dunno, I might just get a Whopper next time I'm in a mall food court, or at a road trip rest stop.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This absolutely made my day. If my computer could record my reaction it would have said, her eyes lit up and her mouth dropped and then turned into a great big smile!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I wish I had my camera at work today. Seeing the snowfall from 30 stories up across the Brooklyn Bridge was absolutely breath taking! The snow actually falls up when you're that high! Okay maybe its the wind. When I got home I had to take some holiday shots of my neighborhood.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
My latest article for eats.com is now published! Check it out:
Remember the days of being sent off to school with a Pop-Tart in one hand and a brown bag lunch in the other as you raced out the door to the bus-stop? It seems those childhood glory days may repeat themselves. No this is not an article about Pop-Tarts nor effective ways to get to the bus on time, rather: The Re-Invention of the Brown-Bag Lunch.
Also included a bit about the Peanut Butter and Jelly Co.
So what’s a person to do with news of this lunchtime break-though? Get a cool lunch box! Or if you refuse to accept the reality of the matter, check out a great lunchtime spot in
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
C'mon people we're a little over jello-shots how bout getting seasonal with Pumpkin!
If you have the time and TLC to make these fabulous shots they are sure to be a big hit. If you're family is like mine the more alcohol the better!
Also check out the article from Tasting Table about this new trend of editable cocktails
Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots
Makes 8 pies
8 Keebler mini graham-cracker piecrusts
1 envelope Knox gelatin
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 tablespoon cold heavy cream
Fresh whipped cream, for serving
1. Arrange the piecrusts on a baking sheet. Place 1 cup cold water in the top of a double boiler and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Let stand for three minutes.
2. Heat the gelatin mixture over a gentle simmer until the granules have dissolved. Add the pumpkin, sugar and spices and heat, stirring occasionally, until the pumpkin and sugar are completely melted. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the vodka with 1/4 cup cold water and the heavy cream. Whisk in the pumpkin mixture and immediately divide it among the piecrusts. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours. Slice the pies into wedges, if desired, top with whipped cream and serve.
Monday, November 24, 2008
For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV, because that means he is at home and not on the streets.For all the fights with my family because that means they care enough to argue with me.
For the taxes I pay, because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking, and that I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in my place of worship when she sings off key, because it means that I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the aching in my heart because it means I am able to love.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
-wintertime at my first job-World Wide Plaza Building
-2nd month or so of my apt. building [lasted a little over a year]
-the final stretch on my way to second job - Maiden Lane
-the street where I take the subway to work every morning
It's like when one is de-constructed another is erected. When they go up its very confining and sad almost. But when they are taken down it's like the skies open up and white doves fly out to choirs of angels! Helllooo city!
On the corner today I watched some guys taking one down in front of the Au Bon Pain. I looked on in fascination at the triumph these men where about to accomplish. The light and freedom they would give to those who stand on that corner everyday.
After awhile the guy standing next to me thought I was checking him out. Sorry dude but I got my eye on that knight-and-shining scaffolding man over there.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I am super impressed with the new Starbucks drink stopper thing. At first glance I was like, "what the...?" but then after examining the shape I realized pure genius! Do you know how much coffee gets spilled out of those holes in-transit. And God knows there's a reason why I would never get hired as a waitress in high school. I pray I never get asked to walk a straight line by a cop. I can't even do it sober.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
DISCLOSURE: THE CONTENTS OF THIS ARTICLE CONTAIN SEXUAL CONTENT. AND ME BEING A SCORPIO I HAVE NO PROBLEM TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL TABOOS SUCH AS SEX. Consider yourself warned.
I braised past an article in the AM Daily 'Texas pastor asks married flock to have sex for seven straight days.' And then found a credible source on msnbc:
By the way I love how this is coming from our favorite Republican state of Texas.
So I see his point but isn't sex suppose to be something natural and not 'planned' so to speak. And what if one partner doesn't have the energy to do it every night of the week, won't that create arguments like "But hunnie the pastor told us we have to do it EVERY night!"
And like where does the foreplay start? "So...I was thinking about what the pastor said on Sunday...and I think we should...."
Yuck! I'm sorry but I don't think I could concentrate! I'm not acting on my own will rather that of my pastor!
And image what it's gonna be like looking around the place the following week picturing all the people around you having sex for seven days last week. I bet their faces tell all if it worked or not.
So I guess I'm not really sure where I stand on the issue, you think they'll post a follow-up next week?
As many of you know Frogs are my favorite animal right now but before that, it was Pigs. I fell in love with the adorable pig from the Flat Earth Chips commercial . I found a bag of the Tangy Tomato Ranch in a Subway sandwich shop recently and LOVED them. My new favorite chip. Sadly I haven't been able to find them anywhere else! And once the stock ran out of that Subway they never refilled. I went on the website today and played the Snack Match game for like 20mins and found they have really good other interesting flavors as well like Peach Mango?! I also learned that the phrase, "When Pigs Fly" is different across the globe. Like in Venezuela they say, "When frogs dance the flamenco."
If you see these in the store I approve and wish they had a better distribution!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Yesterday I had a craving for Honey Nut Cheerios [I saw someone eating on a reality TV show the night before and now it was in my head] so I went to this little cafe/bodega type place where I knew they carried those little individual bowls of cereal.
Low and behold no HNCs. However I saw towards the back of the store they had boxes of cereal up on a high shelf. And there it was in all it's glory with a little halo beaming out from the back. I could only reach the first box but it was damaged on the bottom. No no no. So I tried to reach the next one behind it. Looking like an ass trying to prop myself up on the ice cream cooler below I looked around for someone tall who could help me. A young guy carrying like 7 water bottles was all I could spot. He said he'd be right back to help me.
He was cute! I think a construction worker type, but with a sweet baby face. Our hands accidentally brushed as he handed me the cereal.
So on my way in this morning I tried to think of something in that store I could buy for breakfast. Nothing. But I did however take the long way just so I could wait on the corner in front of the store to cross the street in hopes of catching a glimpse.
My little Honey Nut was nowhere in site. What an ass I am, the things I put myself through, seriously!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Intense, profound, powerful
Even when we appear self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid exterior.
Often strangely hypnotic personality under the tranquil, but watchful composure. In conventional social gatherings we are pleasant to be with, thoughtful in conversation, dignified, and reserved, yet affable and courteous; we sometimes possess penetrating eyes which make our shyer companions feel naked and defenseless.
In everyday behavior we give the appearance of being withdrawn from the center of activity, yet those who know us will recognize the watchfulness that is part of our character. We need great self-discipline, because are able to recognize the qualities in ourselves that make us different from others and to know our utterly conventional natures can be used for great good, or great evil.
Our tenacity and willpower is immense, our depth of character and passionate conviction overwhelming, yet we are deeply sensitive and easily moved by emotions.
We are sometime overly critical and outspoken.
We are passionatelovers, the most sensually energetic of all the signs. Union with the beloved is a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
Scorpio is often compared to the Phoenix, a mythical bird which was reborn from its own ashes, more powerful and beautiful than ever before. With intensity and personal magnetism we have tremendous inner strength, which when properly developed, gives great power to turn negative situations into positive outcomes, and to rechannel destructive energy into constructive purposes.
There may be times when you feel that you must constantly struggle with difficult situations. Yet this ability to turn adversity into fortune strengthens you each time, and as you continue through life you grow stronger and more skilled, with ever-increasing confidence.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Get a puppy!
And here we are. In the new United States of America. I am so proud of this country. This was a big pill to swallow and we did it. We are moving forward and it's going to be okay. This is the second major event in this country where I have witnessed history have felt truly connected and proud to be an American. One event was probably the most tragic devastating thing my eyes will ever see. The second was an image of hope, inspiration and pride.
A truly historic election year of racism and feminism, the most controversial topics of this country and here they are right in front of us being smeared all over the faces of those living in the past. Those who are afraid or unsure of this massive risk. Well my friends those who never took a risk in their life never accomplished anything great.
I think the most important thing this country needs to do is believe in each other. This is not Yankees verses Mets anymore this is everyone rooting for the same team. Boths sides respecting each other and surrendering hostility.
I have a whole family of Republicans to go home two but its not a time to gloat, its a time to put faith in the destiny chosen for us. As I mentioned earlier, it's going to be okay. I said that to my mother a few weeks ago as she spoke with apprehension in her eyes. The role reversal was evident, "Mom, it's going to be okay." And it will.
What kinda puppy do you think they'll get!?!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Well today I found out. I think New York is the only state that still uses the old fashioned lever. Surprisingly the old-fashioned technology made me a little apprehensive about if I was doing it right?! I kinda liked the old-school nature of it though. The tangibleness and the sound of actually voting.
All the papers are saying this will change the history books. Another thought that brought me back to those grade school Social Studies text books. This day will mark the most historic vote I think in this country's history. With pride will I remember this day, and say that I was there and I voted for Barack Obama.
After our first cat call of 'how much?!' we got some pretty awesome publicity. Walking through Chelsea on Halloween night was priceless. People standing on sidelines taking our picture like we were celebrities. Some girl at the bar we were at said we looked like the models on the costume packaging!
Friday, October 31, 2008
I had this weird thing as a child, saving everything thinking one day it would be worth lots of money. I still have a Tickle Me Elmo doll, a Tamagochi, and some Holiday Barbies But look at this blurb from the AM daily. For real?!
I finally got a chance to watch it last night! I can't remember the last time I saw it but it was funny how my mind remembered certain visuals and sounds, like what the apple looked like when Linus bit into it in the beginning, or how the pumpkin seeds made that plop sound as Lucy thew them on the floor. I also couldn't believe how much adult content was in the show. Lots of political references and even that whole Red Baron scene when Snoopy was shot down on enemy lines. That stuff totally went over my head as a kid. I also felt that all the girls were kinda bratty! Peppermint Patty and her girl Marcy weren't really in this one. They're cool I guess. Oh and Linus was getting on my nerves with this 'brining presents to all the good little girls and boys' bit. Dude thats totally Santa Claus, don't you think candy perhaps is more appropriate?! Ahh the nostalgic moments of my life!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The California Milk Advisory Board launched four TV spots starring cows auditioning to become the next Happy Cow. It's like "American Idol" for Happy Cows, and the winner will be determined by online voting. Soo funny! Way to make Dairy ads funny! The website is fun too. I spent 15 minutes watching all the commercials, the bloopers are a riot!
I think I'm voting for Alicia!
As promised by Amazon.com my DVD copy of the digitally remastered 'It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown' with special bonus features arrived in the mail yesterday! I think it's so important to never lose sight of things from our childhood, it's like a mental thing that will always make us happy. Or maybe it's just a mental thing.
'You should know that you're only a temporary fix this isn't routine you don't mean that much to me'
I tried Fiona Apple and that helped but still not uplifting.
Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' is good but still not that f'you I was looking for.
I downloaded Pink's 'So What' over the weekend and thought as I got off the subway this morning that's what I need some Pink! I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk to get my iPod artists from Fiona to Pink [took some time] and some fat dude ran into me but I didn't care
'So so what?
I'm still a rock star
I got my rock moves
And i don't need you
And guess what
I'm having more fun
And now that we're done
I'm gonna show you tonight
I'm alright, I'm just fine
And you're a tool
So so what?
I am a rockstar
I got my rock moves
And i don't want you tonight'
Monday, October 27, 2008
The best and maybe ironic part was as I was walking through the ghetto of Chelsea Saturday morning in my usual scrub clothes [I've found I have no one to impress walking the streets of my happy little gayville] I make eyes with Mario Cantone the gay wedding planner from the movie! As he strutted to his black Lincoln towncar he looked at me I looked at him, he looked back as if to say, "C'mon you know who I am!" I wish I called out in my srubbiness, "OMG I just saw the movie last night you were awesome!"
Sometimes the universe has a strange way sending my destiny.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I remember one of the only things I learned from my dinosaur of an advertising professor that you can only go head to head against another brand if you are #1 and #2 in the market. I remember citing the old Six Flags vs. Great Adventure ads. I really haven't seen such ruthless call outs in awhile, so exciting!!
Dunkin' Donuts' new ad campaign, touts its coffee having beaten Starbucks decisively in an independently conducted double-blind taste test. I'm curious about how they can legally claim the results but who cares!!
I also love the commercial, it's kinda like the working class coffee of the American People...[insert political comparison of Obama is like DD and McCain is like Starbucks, a burnt old flavor that no one likes, pays too much for and is on it's way out pretty soon].
Check out their new website
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I saw this picture in the AM Daily this morning, not much to report on it other than these workers are being paid unfairly. I think it's really funny that they are throwing bras and underwear up in the air! So many scenarios. What did they say to each other when they were grabbing stuff to throw:
"Ok ladies we need a combination of cotton, lace, nylon, casual, grannie panties, and thongs!"
What would a little kid say if they walked by:
"Mom why are those ladies throwing their underwear in the air?"
"I don't know sweetie they are mad"
Then the kid goes home and starts throwing underwear every time they get mad.
Is this like a form of porno for Philippine men?
Or maybe its a poor country and you see little kids running around trying to grab all the stuff on the floor.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I was on my way to the Salvation Army with a big bag of stuff to drop off. On my way down 8th Ave. I came to a man and did the 'which side are you passing' choreography. I've had some pretty awkward ones but this was fairly mild in my opinion. My psycho partner decided to whisper the 4 letter C word in my ear as he passed. My immediate knee-jerk reaction was I turned around a screamed 'F-you' down the street. Who looks like the psycho now, good job Al. I felt sorry for the little boy with his backpack in close proximity.
What bad karma as I'm going to do a good deed. Even the guy at Salvation Army was giving me a hard time about getting a receipt for no good reason other than he was tired and didn't feel like doing it! Don't mess with me kid this bitch is on a warpath.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Yes the time has come where the laundry basket I have used since the beginning of my freshman year of college [7 years ago?? eek] has finally retired. I came to this realization after I got a quick glimps at how dirty the bottom of the basket actually was. And the icing on the cake was when the handles broke after shleping it down 9th ave. to the laundromat.
A funny thing laundry baskets. Your dirty clothes sit in the same place you then put the clean clothes...lets not think to much about that point.
So off I went to Bed Bath and Beyond the mecca of all things home. That store is like a home addicts nightmare. Yes 'home addict.' Some are drug addicts, others are home addicts. Addicted to all things home. The layout of the store is meant to feed the addiction. It's like you suddenly forget about your initial intent and wander into the linen section, then really bad art section that have wooden signs that say, "Cucina" or "Vino." Suddenly you think you need a carrot pealer or maybe even a little thing that hooks your socks together so they don't get lost in the wash!!
The sobering moment comes when you realize you have to carry all this crap home.
I took a deep breath got my laundry basket after considering 3 others, I also got a canvas bag to bring to the laundromat, and one of those little 'intimates' bags for the wash.
It was a little sad leaving my multi-colored striped friend in the garbage room of my apt. an old friend finally out to pasture. We had some great washes together. He had a good run, but time to move on.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
For all those who don't follow enough Harry Potter to understand this image here goes:
Obama = Harry
DUH Harry is the best wizard ever! Ok yes he's young and only has about 7 years of school under his belt but he has learned by experience. He wasn't gonna just sit around and let that Umbrige bitch make the rules, he got up and created Dumbledor's Army! He is a symbol of love, friendship, peace and bravery, a real leader.
Biden = Dumbledor
The experienced one. Older, wiser a symbol of peace and fairness to all.
Palen = Professor Lockhart
A phony!! For those who remember the story of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he fronted as a Defense Against Dark Arts professor only to reveal himself as a pawn for Lord Voldermort!! A celebrity of sorts claiming feats of bravery when none are actually true. His attempt to use the Obliviate Charm on Harry and Ron backfires due to his use of Ron's broken wand, and he suffers the loss of his own memory as a result. Well maybe Palen didn't have one to begin with?
McCain = Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail
What a perfect match! The biggest traitor in the story of Harry Potter. Was once a loyal friend of Harry's Father and Sirus Black but then joined the dark side spending most of his life as Ron's pet rat. In the end he turned on his friends to serve evil.
Friday, October 3, 2008
While I was cheating on my coffee cart man this morning I happened to notice the new breakfast sandwich from Starbucks. It's called the Piadini which comes in various varieties of portobello mushroom, ricotta cheeses, sausage. On the other side of town Dunkin' Donuts has been promoting their Egg White Flatbread Sandwich. Dunkin' Donuts is the first fast food company to make an all egg white sandwich launched their product in late July along with the DD Smart Menu. Starbucks, a little late to the game started promoting their product in late September.
Egg White Veggie Flatbread:
Portobello Muschroom, Spinach, Feta and Ricotta Cheese w/ Egg Piadini
Also might I add the Piadini is nowhere to be found on the Starbucks website! I still think that McDonald's has the best deal going. The originator of the breakfast sandwich EggMcMuffin probably coined somewhere in the dictionary clocks in at 300 calories and probably a whole lot cheaper than Starbucks and Dunking Donuts. McDonald's recently got on the coffee bandwagon knocking Starbucks off their feet. They have also taken a serious effort to come clean with their ingredients and promote healthy choices. I think the biggest challenge McDonalds needs to overcome is their instore experience. Also, the fast food stereotype of McDonald's is very different from that of Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. A tough case to overcome.
I will keep an eye out as this comical saga unfolds.
Every day for the past 4 months I have been going to this little coffee cart man on Maiden Lane. Those carts you see on the street have hands down the best coffee in this city. He knows me now, knows that every day I order iced coffee with a little bit of milk and one sugar. He starts my drink even before I move up to my place in line. There have been days where he hasn't shown up and my whole entire morning is thrown off. One time I walked an extra block to find another cart and the guy gave me a cup with a deformed lid and I spilled it everywhere, travesty I tell you!
But today it was a little chilly and I wasn't really in the mood for something cold. Yes I could have broken the pattern and asked for a regular coffee but no...not today I wanted a tall Pumpkin Spice Latte from the coffee devils themselves. STARBUCKS. That's right people I did it. I was a sell out. But it was good, really good. And now that I got that out of my system I will have to break it to my coffee man that it's time to put the ice away. With the change in seasons comes a change in coffee.