Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I am Writing for Under The Tuscan Gun

I am now writing for the wonderful e-zine called Under the Tuscan Gun. It was started by Gabriele Corcos, who you may know from his hit Cooking Channel Show Extra Virgin. If you haven't seen the show it is hilarious and filled with incredibly simple and delicious recipes. Garbiele and his wife, the extremely talented Debbie Mazar are so much fun to watch.. I'm so excited to be a part of the Under the Tuscan Gun family.


Check out my article and leave comments please!!!
http://underthetuscangun.com/talk/foodography/urbanspoon-%E2%80%93-a-modern-day-genie-granting-your-culinary-wishes/

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Rusty Knot - My New York Birthday Celebration



                  

This Friday I went out with my amazing co-workers to celebrate my birthday at The Rusty Knot. The Rusty Knot is a Tiki inspired bar all the way west of the city, pretty much right on the water. 



When you enter it’s like you are in a bar that would be on Gilligan’s Island. From the Fish tank in the back, to the Barracuda hanging on the wall, The Rusty Knot’s nautical theme helps transform it into an oasis in the Urban Jungle. 



Besides the fun atmosphere my two favorite things at The Rusty Knot are the Spiced Coladas and Pretzel Dogs.
    


What’s especially nice about their Tiki drinks is that they make them to order, so you can get them with or without alcohol. Some of the more popular drinks are the Spiced Colada, Signature Rusty Knot, Dark and Stormy, and the Pickle Back Shots.



The Rusty Knot is similar to a Frozen Mojito, but don’t say that to the bartender or you may receive a verbal lashing.  The Captain to the right seems to be enjoying it. 











For The Dark and Stormy they substitute the usual Ginger beer with a house made Ginger Syrup. According to the Bartender, “it adds a nice, fresh sweetness and heat to the drink.”They serve it in a really cool Polynesian Tiki Totem God glass, one word, awesome. My girl Kim, who I will miss because she is moving to LA soon, is a fan of the Dark and Stormy. 



The Pickle Back Shots are a Southern Classic brought up North. A shot of Whiskey followed by a Shot of Pickle Juice. Apparently, they are supposed to compliment each other but I have not tried it.

The Spiced Colada is a wonderful frozen treat.  It comes in a coconut cup, complete with an umbrella and Maraschino Cherry.  When I took my first sip, I was transported to the white sandy beaches of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. And as the icy drink climbed up my straw, familiar Pina Colada flavors like coconut and pineapple were kicked up a notch with some additional special ingredients, that the Bartender would not tell me. But I think I tasted some nutmeg in the mix. 
 The Pretzel Dog or as I like to call it “Devil Dog” is nothing short of amazing. A delicious beef hot dog with all its juicy, salty gloriousness is wrapped in buttery, flaky pastry dough and served with a side of mustard. 
The ends of the hot dog are slightly crunchy and perfect for dipping. But don’t worry all my ketchup lovers, they have the tomato goodness you just have to ask.  




The pretzel dog is a crowd favorite and will be running through your mind all the time. Sadly, after this grown and sexy snack those little pigs in a blanket just won’t do it for you anymore.




After a few hours in this nautical playground I was feeling like the Little Mermaid and right then my Prince Erics walked in, aka the British Navy. It wasn’t one of my finer moments but I couldn’t resist testing out my various dialects with an English accent. Yea. I was that girl. But they were really good sports about it.
All in all I had so much fun and was so happy to celebrate my NY birthday with such incredible people.


Stay tuned for the rest of my birthday celebrations – Atlanta here I come!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Filipino Food - Arianna's Christening






{Pork Adobo}


{Chicken Stew}


{Chicken Pancit}


{Beef Adobo}



{Shrimp Stir Fry}


{Crispy Tilapia - Pineapple Relish}






{White Rice}


{Sweet and Spicy Soy Sauce}


{Sweet Chilli Sauce}


{Beautiful Fruit Platter}


{Pineapple Punch Sangira - Non-Alcoholic}



{Flan}


{Ariana's Christening Cake}





Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's Tuesday and Time To Have A Laugh- Giving some Shine - A Really Funny Blogger Writing From Libya

When I first found out we were finally going to Libya, I started doing some research about the country and what to expect. My Dad regaled us with stories growing up but a lot of times they seemed made up. However, later I found out they were actually true.

I wanted to get the perspective from people living there and what better way than through a blog.  The first  one I encountered was Khadija Teri's blog. It was hilarious. She has an uncanny ability to make you feel like you are right there with her. Her stories give you a personal and unique look into her life and the culture of Libya.  I have been following her blog ever since I first stumbled upon it. It has really helped me get through this horrific time, and deal with all the anxiety, worry and anger I feel.

One of my favorite posts was this one where she talks about all the myths and Old Wives Tales that people have in Libya.
http://khadijateri.blogspot.com/2008/11/old-wives-tales.html

She is in Libya now and writes daily about what is going on there... Here is a link to her blog:
http://khadijateri.blogspot.com/


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