Sunday, June 28, 2009

Grill More Than Just Your Meats

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and I, for one, am looking forward to the long weekend. I'm sure many of you are finalizing your menus for your picnics and barbecues and are figuring out the best strategy for securing a prime spot for watching those fireworks. As you consider what to throw on the grill next weekend, consider doing something a little different -- grill your breakfast! This is something my boyfriend and I did when I visited him over Memorial Day weekend, and I say, if the weather's nice enough, go right ahead and grill your breakfast every weekend!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Summer Beach Giveaway

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If it hasn't come across in any of my previous posts, creating a food blog has been one of the best decisions I've made to date. Not only does this blog give me a chance to keep writing in my days beyond graduate school (is it wrong that I actually miss writing research papers?), but it also gives me the opportunity to attend fun events throughout New York and the opportunity to try new products.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Belgian Beer and Moules et Frites at Petite Abeille
Petite Abeille - New York, NY

Petite Abeille
44 West 17th Street
New York, NY
(212) 727-2989 | Map

Creating and maintaining this blog has given me the perfect reason to get out of my apartment and try as many restaurants in New York as possible. And after talking about my adventures with the Lehigh Dinner Club (LDC) so much, I have, somehow, managed to become one of the founding members of another Dinner Club unofficially associated with my Alma Mater. This second Dinner Club consists of another group of Lehigh alumni who also happen to be fellow Chi Omega Sisters (Jena, Linda, and Sarah). The Phi Mu (our Chapter of Chi Omega) Dinner Club (PMDC) tries to meet once a month in order to try various cuisines from around the world.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Panini Lunch Special at Masso and the Premium Membership Giveaway Winners

Masso Restaurant & Lounge
47-25 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY
(718) 482-8151 | Map

As I was looking through my digital photos the other day, I realized that I completely forgot to write about my birthday lunch at Masso with my friends Elizabeth and Meg! With all of the birthday craziness and the jam-packed schedule of month-long birthday celebrations, I'm honestly not surprised that I skipped over a restaurant review. I'm trying to be better about writing timely posts, but what can I say? I live in the city that never sleeps, so that means I never sleep either...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tequila Lime Guacamole

Fort Lauderdale, FL | Taste As You Go
Fort Lauderdale, FL

As soon as I returned from my vacation in Fort Lauderdale, my brain and my stomach decided to team up for the purpose of convincing me that I wanted to eat mass quantities of tacos as soon as possible. Eventually, this craving was overpowered in quick succession by the consumption of Indian food and then the desire for and devouring of a cheeseburger. Now I'm back to square one without the adequate supplies in my kitchen for tacos (and, really, who wants to do all that work when it would just be me eating them?) or the option of having them delivered to my apartment. Instead, I had to compromise and work with what I had.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Queen of Sheba Not Quite Fit for Royalty

Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant in New York, NY | Taste As You Go
Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant in New York, NY

Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
650 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 397-0610 | Map

Here it is, June, and I'm only now getting around to writing up my review of the April meeting of the Lehigh Dinner Club. I could have just scrapped the review since a) so much time has passed between then and now and b) the food was not that memorable, but a certain member of the Dinner Club (*cough*Brian*cough*) inquired about the write-up at our May meeting (which, of course, needs a write-up of its own), so I feel obligated to say something. There are quite a few favorable reviews about the restaurant out there, so I'm going to chalk our dinner up to an "off night."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Premium Membership Giveaway

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(Logo courtesy of Ruskin International)

Is anyone else sick of this rainy weather? Looking out the window at the hazy gray sky makes me long for the moments of sunshine that I got to enjoy while on vacation in Fort Lauderdale last week.

Fort Lauderdale, FL | Taste As You Go

Now that's what I should be seeing when I look out my window - mostly clear blue skies and sunshine. (Seeing palm trees would also be preferable to row after row of buildings, but palm trees in New York wouldn't really make much sense.)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

National Donut Day

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(Official Dunkin' Donuts logo courtesy of RF Binder)

Mark your calendars, everyone! This Friday, June 5, is National Donut Day! According to the Wikipedia article, the holiday started in 1938 "as a fund raiser for the Chicago Salvation Army" whose "goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor the Salvation Army 'Lassies' of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers behind the front lines in France." (Hmm... you learn something new every day...)

Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onions | Taste As You Go
Caramelized Onions

Remember when I told you that I would reveal what I did with those caramelized onions I made a couple of weeks ago? Well, the time is now! I created a dish that can really only be classified as comfort food -- Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes!

Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes | Taste As You Go
Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes

When I think about it, the dish is a perfect culinary representation of my family. If you're a regular reader of Taste As You Go, then you already know that the caramelized onions represent my mother. Chorizo (chouri├žo) is something I grew up eating (and loving it!), as it's one of the main ingredients in the Portuguese dishes my father and my grandmother would make. Grandma would throw in some chouri├žo (pronounced "shu-REES" in her kitchen) in with the scrambled eggs at breakfast during my visits to my grandparents' house during the summer. Heaven!