Thursday, May 28, 2009

Foodbuzz Sure Knows How to Throw a Party

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I'm kicking myself as I'm writing this very belated post about the fête thrown by Foodbuzz at David Burke Townhouse earlier this month in celebration of surpassing their one millionth food blog post milestone. Why am I kicking myself? Because Sue of Food Network Musings, who dutifully posted her write-up of the event the day after it happened, is expecting "a detailed report on everything from the hamachi to the butterscotch panna cotta" from me and I don't want to disappoint her! Now that weeks have passed between then and now, let's see how I do.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Weekend Brunch in New York City, Three Ways

Like most people stuck at work on the Friday before a holiday weekend, I've been fixated on the clock on the corner of my computer screen. Memorial Day Weekend (and the unofficial start to summer) is almost here. While I will be heading out of town for some much-needed time out of the city, I will not be boarding the Jitney on my way to a fabulous vacation house in the Hamptons.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

How To: Caramelize Onions

Although my mother was not the biggest fan of cooking, in our years together in the kitchen before her passing, she left me with some favorite recipes, fond memories, and some non-traditional food addictions. With that said, it's time to confess that I absolutely love caramelized onions. And where do you suppose I got my fondness for them? That's right. From my mother. I can't even begin to count the number of times I walked into the kitchen to find her standing at the stove, making up a batch and then eating the onions straight out of the pan with her fingers because she was too eager to bother with a plate or a fork. It's really no surprise that I sometimes do the same thing when I want to snack on something sweet.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So You Want to be a Dictator

As if the announcement about Taste As You Go's new website design wasn't exciting enough, I have another log to throw on the good news fire. I have recently been named a Dictator for SugarBomber!

Powered by Citysearch, SugarBomber is the first place you should go online if you're ever craving something sweet. I'll be joining the ranks with the other Dictators on our mission to discover delectably delicious desserts (sorry, I couldn't resist) and other sugary treats that will get mouths watering and that will satiate anyone's sweet tooth.

I'll be posting pictures of my finds on SugarBomber, along with a description of the treat and where you can find it, so be sure to check their website often for my report!

Tell me, what are you craving right now?

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Website Design and an Award

Adopt a Blogger Button

Being able to participate in the Adopt a Blogger program and having Sara of Ms. Adventures of Italy as my mentor has already done me a world of good. She keeps giving me wonderful things to think about as I continue to blog and as I continue to carve out a niche for myself. While I'm still figuring out a satisfactory answer to Sara's first question ("What do you spend time discovering, finding, tasting, sharing?"), I decided to tackle her second question head-on: "What's one area where you'd like to improve?"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Food2 Launch Party at the Food Network Kitchen

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This may sound horrible to say, but, sometimes, I am in awe of myself. Actually, it would probably be more accurate to say that, sometimes, I am in awe of my life. There are days when I have to stop and ask myself, "How the hell did you get here?" I asked myself that very question as I was checking my coat at the sign-in table at the Food Network Kitchen for the Food2 Launch Party on May 1st. Taste As You Go hasn't even celebrated its one-year anniversary, yet there I was, in the Food Network Kitchen.

Monday, May 11, 2009

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Celebrating May Birthdays | Taste As You Go

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After a weekend jam-packed with pre-birthday celebrations, it's finally here -- my 29th birthday! From dinner at Grand Sichuan on 7th Avenue and drinks at Naked Lunch on Friday night, to brunch at Lounge 47 on Saturday, to brunch and unlimited mimosas at La Giara on Sunday (review to follow), I can honestly say that I'd had a blast (so did my liver...) and kissed "28" goodbye in style! I have some more fun planned for myself over the course of this week, so I fully intend to make my birthday last as long as possible.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Taste As You Go Has Been Adopted

Kristen (of Dine and Dish) has organized another round of an amazing program she started that pairs newbie bloggers with experienced bloggers for a three-month mentoring period. I'm very fortunate to have been included in Round Three of Kristen's Adopt a Blogger program and am ecstatic to announce that Taste As You Go has been adopted by Sara Rosso (of Ms. Adventures in Italy).

Taste As You Go is approaching its one-year anniversary in August. Admittedly, I'm still trying to find my way as a food blogger and am still getting used to the responsibilities that come along with that role, including putting a spin on recipes and making them really mine; keeping on top of food trends and food issues; and continuing to write in a way that engages readers and encourages them to come back for more. I'm looking forward to consulting with Sara and getting her feedback and advice over the next few months.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Baked Stuffed Caprese Chicken with Balsamic Reduction

Baked Stuffed Chicken Caprese - Photo by Taste As You Go
Baked Stuffed Chicken Caprese

While I completely understand and respect the agricultural need for rain, I'm growing awfully tired of it and everything associated with it -- the constantly overcast skies, the clunky and awkward rain gear, the wind blowing my umbrella inside out just as the rain starts to fall faster. Please, please, please... Can we just have a week of sunshine and clear skies? After all, April showers are supposed to bring May flowers... not May showers.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Fell a Little Short with the Oikos Greek Yogurt

Oikos Greek Yogurt by Stonyfield Farm - Photo by Taste As You Go
Oikos Greek Yogurt by Stonyfield Farm

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It's May 3rd. The day after the EIF Revlon Run/Walk in New York City. I survived the Run and made it to the Finish Line in 26:40! My time must have been a result of all of those smoothies I was drinking. And, well, all the hours of training I put in. I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and support and for your donations. Not only did I meet my personal goal of running the course in under 30 minutes, but I also met my fundraising goal and raised over $2000. $2045, to be exact! I am continually amazed by how many generous people there are in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!