I love colorful dishes. Period. So I was drawn to Mexican Rice recipes and pictures filled with reds and greens. Also, it’s paired nicely with a simple chicken.
Serving Size: 6
2 Tablespoons of Butter
1 Cup of Long Grain Rice
1/2 White Onion
1 Fresh Tomato
1/2 Green Pepper
1 Minced Garlic
1 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
8 Ounces of Canned Tomatoes
Cut the peppers, onions and fresh tomato. Then dice the garlic.
Heat a large pan and add the butter and rice. Stir stir stir until the rice becomes a light brown (around 4 minutes). Add the onions, peppers, fresh tomatoes, garlic and salt. Then stir stir stir for 3 minutes. Pour the canned tomato sauce in and stir for 1 minute.
Then pour in the chicken broth, put on the pan lid and cook for fifteen minutes. Aaanddddd you’re done!
Since I’m a hungry girl, I cooked chicken with a little basil, salt and pepper in a pan to put over my rice. It’s really up to you though! You can just eat the Mexican rice by itself!
Salad is for skinny girls. I generally hate salad because I get extremely hangry after just one or two hours of consuming it. If it doesn’t have bacon or steak or some other meat in there, I won’t order it….
… until yesterday.
I went to a cute little brunch spot in the West Village called Extra Virgin. Although the service wasn’t exceptional, the salad I ordered was delicious. What was it called you ask? Warm Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Salad (even the name of the dish sounds mouth watering). I loved the vibrancy of the dish and how unconventional it looked. Expecting a normal tossed salad, I was surprised to find this dish sitting in front of me. The goat cheese was warm and crispy and contrasted the sweetness of the beets really well. I would definitely describe this salad as well crafted and I just had to share.
Also, the dish could not be completed if it weren’t for my cocktail– The Summer Hound. I have to say that vodka, grapefruit juice and mint is a refreshing combination for the start of Spring.
Also, I’ve had this debate with a number of non-New Yorkers and would like to clarify. When New Yorkers say brunch, we mean breakfast food for lunch not, “Let’s meet at 10:30am.” We like our sleep but we just like to be swanky [not cranky].
The weather has finally hit 70 and I think it’s time to celebrate by taking out some bright summer dresses. I love combining black and yellow [you know what it is Whiz Kalifa] and, if mixed and matched well enough, you won’t look like a freakishly big bumble bee. I thought this dress was playful enough and also very well suited for the weather. You should always buy anything that you can dance in. I, for one, can dance in this AND go grocery shopping in this (note the grocery cart in the back). My itty bitty, versatile, ballerina dress.
Dress: The Addison Story | Shoes: Tory Burch
Leather Satchel: Found at a vintage store, no label.
Watch: American Eagle | Studded Bracelet: C. Wonder | Chain bracelet: Century 21, no label
I recently bought my boyfriend an ice cream machine because he could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After watching him ravage 4 pints of ice cream, I can honestly say that this gift suits him really well. I’m not a big fan of the typical flavors so when I stumbled upon the idea of Banana and Walnut, I was in love. The great thing about ice cream makers is that the ingredients are pretty basic and usually ones that are lying around your fridge and cupboard. Also, it’s quick!
Banana Walnut Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 Bar of Chocolate with Walnuts (We used Cadbury)
Combine the milk and sugar and stir until it dissolves. Then stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Turn on your ice cream maker and pour your mixture into the frozen freezer bowl.
While waiting ten minutes, mash up or cut up your bananas (either or depending on how you want your ice cream). Then, crush the chocolate. Um, we used a hammer but I’m sure there are other ways to be less ghetto with it. You don’t need to take out your toolbox.
Throw them into your freezer bowl handful…
… by handful.
Watch your mixture transform into some wonderful frozen goodness.
I hate bloody mary’s but after looking at all the Yelp pictures of Le Barricou‘s, I had to have it. I also love Brooklyn so if I had any reason to go, I would go and drag my friends along with me. Then, alas, my trip into Brooklyn became my trip into Brokelyn (shopping and food will always be the bane of my existence).
Hollandaise sauce, cured salmon, mixed greens and fries is by far the best brunch combination a girl can ask for since it’s a little bit of the light and a little bit of the heavy.
I could drink this for days on end. If only Le Barricou had the option of a bloody mary buffet, maybe a mary massacre? I think what’s great about this drink in particular is that it’s not watered down in the least bit. Le Barricou doesn’t try to gyp you in any Time Square-ish kind of way. You can actually taste the vodka and may I add that you might also get a wee bit happy.
I don’t know whether Spring has decided to be bipolar or whether Winter wants to stay at the party longer than they should, but this is how I decided to dress this past weekend for Wint-pring.
Jacket: Gap | Blazer: H&M | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Me Too | Bag: London Fog
See ya later Wint-Pring. I’m going to brunch!
M.A.C. has the most amazing selection of lipstick colors. I’m going to admit right now that I have never bought lipstick before so the idea of starting off with a red lipstick scared me. There is always a first for everything though and if I’m going to start something, I will start it off with a bang. I think it’s best, when getting your first lipstick, to get a matte one just because it’s less likely to smudge. I went with M.A.C.’s Russian Red for this reason. I tried it out for two days and it rarely smudged or stained anything, aside from the occasional coffee mug, and guess what? It’s also only $15.00.
So lay a thin layer of lip balm , use The Russian Red and do what you do best.