With hazy summer nights fast approaching, it seems everyone is headed outdoors. Now is the sweet spot of summer: weather is mild, humidity low and the bugs aren’t out yet. So, when I receive party invitations this time of year, I am always hoping for an alfresco soiree.
Sometimes you just gotta go for the exotic! When jet setting around the world isn’t an option, where do you go to satisfy your craving for adventure? I tend to seek out ethnic Chicago neighborhoods and obscure eateries where no one speaks English. Lucky for me, my fair city offers plenty of choices. When I got that itch recently, my gal pal and I headed to Chicago’s Chinatown.
With Mother’s Day coming up, it seems that everyone has brunch on their mind. Most people I know are scrambling for brunch reservations and rightfully so. This weekend will host the busiest Sunday brunch of the year, second maybe only to Easter Sunday. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to go out for brunch with friends (see my previous article FOOD FRIDAY: Brunch is Sacred). However, this weekend I am not even going to attempt it. Why? Crowded and harried isn’t my thing. So, what is the brunch-lovin’ Rambler to do?
I don’t like cake. That is no secret (see my previous article Let Them Eat Tarts!). I can hardly be alone in my aversion to run of the mill wedding cake, right? So, I looked into it. By the power vested in me by the Almighty Google, I do declare: there are lots of cake rebels out there and their versions of wedding cake are nothing short of spectacular!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The weekend of all things green is finally upon us and we all know what that means: overindulging. People the world over will celebrate all things Irish by eating meat and potatoes and, without a doubt, drinking copious amounts of whiskey and beer. But the morning after comes quickly and bleary eyed revelers will be seeking something (ANYTHING!) to help them fight the after effects of the Green Beer Monster. The answer in my opinion could not be more simple: eat and drink green! Add green foods to your diet and I don’t mean gummy bears or shamrock shakes. Naturally green foods have superpowers that would make even Superman jealous. And incorporating them into your daily routine couldn’t be easier.
It’s a sunny and blustery January day in New York City. I am standing at the tip of Manhattan about to board a ferry. Water travel seems absurd in these temperatures. No matter, a few of us die-hards are about to embark on our next ethnic New York adventure and we have to take a boat to get there. We are bundled up to our eyeballs: coats, snow boots, mittens, scarves. The wind off the water is frigid. Our destination: Staten Island. Ultimate goal: a belly full of Sri Lankan food. The ferry arrives and off we go!
While I am a big fan of refined food, in the dead of winter I am no stranger to rustic, hearty fare. I tend to cook more in the winter just because the kitchen is always the warmest place to be on a cold night. And everyone knows I would never shy away from a cooking challenge. So, when such challenge was extended to me by House of Jerky to create a recipe for Jerky Chili, I jumped at the chance to show off my kitchen chops.
Meet Ashley Simone, home chef with a flair and the host of Foodgasm cooking show. Why do I enjoy her show? Because sexy and delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated. And because “Food is love!”
It is official. I am smitten. My true love showed up unexpectedly and swept me off my feet completely. Don’t get me wrong, I have flirted with the likes of it before and that was really fun. But I was not prepared for the full-court press unleashed on me by my new lover. The name of my beloved: Pok Pok NY. The method of seduction: pure Northern Thai flavor foreplay. The result: I am head over heels and ruined for all the rest.