Posts tagged ‘Food’

Goodbye Chelsea

Pardon my absence from googly-eyes for the last 10 days or however long. I was enjoying a relaxing family vacation in the gay capitol of the east coast, Rehoboth Beach, where I was without my laptop and very sparse internet/cell phone signal. Immediately upon returning to New York, I somehow managed to cram all of my belongings inside themselves, rent a cargo van, and then move all of my and my boyfriend’s shit from Manhattan to Brooklyn with only one minor collision and no fatalities (yay!) After some severe dehydration and foot pain, we’re in Brooklyn, and still without wireless (I am publishing from work). But anyway, this whole moving thing means that I am no longer a resident of the other gay capital of the East Coast, Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, which I loved dearly. The convenience, the cleanliness, and the jealousy that would follow everytime I told someone that I lived on West 16th Street will be sorely missed. Following Olivia’s example, I will now take the time to list my favorites in the neighborhood of which I grew so fond (in no particular order).



August 5, 2008 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Take Deux

Bereal is cereal for love making.

July 25, 2008 at 12:41 am 4 comments

Recipe Renegade: Seven Layer Bean Dip

First, a disclaimer. I haven’t actually counted the layers. I just remember that’s what it was called on the recipe card at my parents’, and so that is what I’m calling it.

This is a great summertime meal, because it doesn’t require any actual cooking, and it is served chilled, so it’s nice on a hot day. It’s Tex-Mex at it’s most delicious.

(In a perfect world, it would look something like this. Mine turned out significantly messier.)


July 23, 2008 at 9:00 am 5 comments

Recipe: Shrimp with Coconut Rice

I got this recipe from a Barnes & Noble bargain shelf cookbook called “Perfect Thai” that only cost me $7.99. For some reason, they always have amazing cookbooks on the bargain shelf with beautiful photos of each recipe for less than a tenner, and if you’re like me, cookbooks are all about the pictures.

Anyway, about the recipe. I’ve made this on two or three occasions and I love love love it: it’s a great one-pot dish with little clean-up. My main obstacle however, was finding Thai basil, so I’d always have to do without it (and it turned out delicious anyway). Ethnic cooking always seems daunting because they call for some crazy ingredients and techniques, but when I make this, I use regular, fresh shiitake mushrooms and cook it in a large pot (since I don’t have a wok.) Another, more intentional, variation to this recipe is to add in some baked tofu the same time you put in the shrimp, or some fresh julienned carrots with the mushrooms, if you’re into that sort of thing.


June 17, 2008 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Anthony Bourdain



Anthony Bourdain. Chef, writer, TV show host, chain-smoker, alcoholic, and smolderingly sexy bad ass. I know having a shared crush with one’s parent is a bit gauche, but my mother and I just can’t get enough of this man.

June 13, 2008 at 10:57 am 4 comments

Love at First Sight: Fairway

I met someone yesterday. He’s handsome, resourceful, and built. Pretty cheap, but in a good way. Plus he lives near me, and while this would normally stifle me, I think we’ll be just fine.

This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Harlem Fairway


June 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm 4 comments

Garage: Best Meal of My Life

Garage is absolutely amazing. Located on 7th Ave South at Grove St in Greenwich Village, this place has outdoor seating and live jazz almost all the time for dinner hours. They also have an interesting and eclectic cocktail list, with drinks like “Icelandic Strawberry Martini” and a “Key Lime Martini”. And of course, this place is pricey. I’ve eaten here on two occasions: one was my anniversary and the other was when my parents were in town for graduation, so, while it is expensive, it’s a great place for a splurge. Most fancier places charge a lot for food and give you very little on the plate, but not Garage

On my last visit there, we started with Asian Spring Rolls and Calamari. I’ve never been a fan of fried spring rolls, but these were nice. The calamari was especially good – the breading was very light and the squid had a great texture, avoiding that all-too-common rubberiness associated with it. For my entree, I had the grilled Garage Shrimp. It came in a lobster reduction sauce with a fragrant side of rice and sauteed summer vegetables. I don’t have to tell you it was freakin’ delicious (because oh God, it was.) Even the rice had these little crunchy bits in it, not sure what they were, but they popped in your mouth and added some great texture. If I had any complaint about this dish, it’s that the sauce was maybe a bit too salty, but that didn’t stop me from powering through the entire thing. (Apologies for poor photo quality).


June 3, 2008 at 11:31 am 3 comments

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