Archive for February, 2010

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What To Do With a Box of Veggies?

February 22, 2010

That box you see above? That appeared on my doorstep last Monday. For Christmas, my brother signed me up for a service called Urban Organic. It’s a produce-delivery service that specializes in sending organic goodies to urban areas (i.e., Brooklyn).There are all different types of packages you can buy, but I’m getting 4 of the “Little Box” — “More convenience than value, perfect for one. 11-13 items, 1-2 pieces of each item.” I am absolutely LOVING this — a fresh box of fruits and veggies at my doorstep every 2 weeks for 2 months. And not only is it great to have all the fresh, healthy produce, it’s also completely inspiring me to cook “outside the box” (ha!). So far, I’ve made:

… and lots of other more random dishes. It’s made me try recipes I normally would think are way beyond my skills, and it’s made me cook ingredients that I would be too afraid to buy at the store. Every Monday, I feel like I’m on my own version of Chopped — opening a box of ingredients and being forced to figure out a dish to make. We’re almost done with box #2!

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Valentine’s Day in Red Hook

February 16, 2010

Yesterday was such a great day. I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing me gush about my fantastic boyfriend, but he’s pretty amazing and it’s hard not to gush! For Valentine’s Day, I got a beautiful bouquet of roses, and woke up to the sounds of J cooking away in the kitchen. He decided to make me Eggs Benedict — only my favorite brunch item in the world. He made his own Hollandaise sauce, cooked some canadian bacon, and even poached some eggs. Very, very impressive undertaking… and now he’s on a mission to master this dish. Works for me!

For dinner, we went to The Good Fork in Red Hook and had such a lovely meal. We took a cab out there, and we were a bit early, so we walked to the water and got to watch a colorful sunset over the East River (and right behind the Statue of Liberty). I love Brooklyn sunsets. The Valentine’s Day tasting menu at The Good Fork was great — very cozy and homey, but upscale enough to feel like a proper celebration. We had everything from oysters to scallops to steak to braised boar. We also got the wine pairing which is something we never splurge on. We enjoyed everything we ate and drank, and we loved the quiet, neighborhood vibe of the place. It looked like there was a nice garden out back, so I’m looking forward to checking this place out again in the summer!

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Weekend in San Diego

February 5, 2010

Last weekend, I took a long, long flight out to San Diego to visit one of my very best friends in the world. We had a lovely time walking on the beach, sea kayaking in freezing water, listening to sea lions barking, eating, drinking beer, looking at animals at the San Diego Zoo, and… oh yeah, getting food poisoning. Here are some of the food highlights (basically what didn’t make me sick), and lowlights (… obvs, the culprit).

Highlights….
Alesmith Brewery (Miramar Road): We went here for a beer tasting where each flavor was $1. It was super fun to try such unique beers, and apparently San Diego is one of the best beer towns in the US. I had no idea. I particularly liked the Speedway Stout.

South Beach Bar and Grill (Ocean Beach): Dinner the first night after the 6-hour flight… oysters, beer, and fish tacos really hit the spot!

Brockton Villa Restaurant (La Jolla Cove): Brunch Sunday morning with my two best friends — not the greatest meal ever (though, to be fair, I ate an egg-white omelette because my stomach was still recovering), but it was a beautiful view of the La Jolla Cove. And we got to see sea lions and seals on our walk from the restaurant.

Lowlight
Tacos el Gordo: I hate calling this a lowlight because the Adobada tacos were DELICIOUS. It’s basically the Mexican version of a pork shawarma.  But I can’t forgive the full 24 hours of getting sick that followed for both my friend and I. Epic fail.

One full day of sitting on a couch, curled in a ball, sick, watching crappy tv aside, check out the fun we had:

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Groundhog Day Treats

February 2, 2010

Saw this and loved it. If you have kids, please go make these immediately (via Junior Society).

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Valentine’s Day Crafts on iVillage

February 2, 2010

I researched and wrote a Valentine’s Day craft round-up for kids on iVillage’s parenting channel. It’s mostly arts-and-crafts heavy, but there’s this one that is food-related — a fun way to turn your homemade cookies into fantastic Valentine’s treats using CD sleeves from your local office supply store (via Northreads).

See the full slideshow here.