Archive for July, 2008

New Kitchen Toys from Zabar’s

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lon’s co-workers got us a gift certificate for Zabar’s Zabar’s, one of my favorite stores. They have an awesome cheese selection, the best smoked fish counter, and knowledgeable staff in the second floor housewares section. I miss living nearby so much!!
Last night, we went to Zabar’s like a kid at the candy store, going ga-ga […]

Inside the Despana Basket: Mojo Verde Suave

Monday, July 21, 2008

Last night, we opened a jar of Mojo Verde Suave from our Despana Basket. Also known as Canary Sauce (originating in the Canary Islands), this combination of ingredients is impressive, being somewhat creamy without any dairy, only green pepper, olive oil, garlic, parsley, wine vinegar, cumin, pepper, and salt.

Lon came up with a great […]

Batch Bakery

Monday, July 21, 2008

We had Sarah and Tim over for brunch and the sweethearts brought us some sweets. The cupcakes from Batch Bakery Batch Bakery were enticing. I couldn’t wait to dig in.

Tim and I favored the Yuzu Lemon, strongly exhibiting both flavors in a refreshing and perky way. The soft frosting and moist cake were in […]

Inside the Despana Basket: Chistorra

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I had assumed that Chistorra would be just like all the different shapes of Chorizo in our Despana basket. It looked similar except longer and narrower in shape, and I didn’t pay attention to the name on the package till writing this post. It’s funny because I was thinking how it was very much a […]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake in a Time Crunch

Sunday, July 20, 2008

We were heading to Sara’s for dinner and the plan was to bring dessert, but we ended up really short on time. I searched for a quick cake recipe and saw this interesting recipe for a Chocolate Zucchini Cake. It wasn’t the best cake ever but had several strong points: It’s made with 3 […]

16 Handles – Ehh…

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I was excited that 16 Handles was opening near us since I like the pay-by-weight concept for frozen yogurt. We first saw that at Yogurtland (wonder if it’s still 39 cents per ounce there) and the advantage is being able to get a small amount if you want to and/or mix as many flavors/toppings you […]

Lan Japanese Restaurant

Friday, July 18, 2008

Jessie, Lon, and I arrived at Lan Japanese Restaurant Lan Japanese Restaurant first, all very hungry, so we had an appetizer while waiting for Olivia. None of us cared for the Home-made Prawn Dumplings. We didn’t know they would have water chestnuts in them, and it so happens, all three of us hate water chestnuts. […]

16 Handles Open Tomorrow

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I can’t believe the frozen yogurt explosion in NY! Every time I turn around, there seems to be another one. As we pranced around the city tonight, showing my cousin around the East Village, or shall I say, eating our way though the East Village, we spotted another one, 16 Handles 16 Handles. It looks […]

Inside the Despana Basket: Valencianos Artisinal Crackers

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I don’t think we’re even half-way through our Despana Basket yet. It’s been super fun having stuff to try so I’m trying to spread it out. Today, I opened a pack of Valencianos Artisinal Crackers. Unfortunately, it’s nothing interesting, just average crackers.

Blueberry Banana Crumb Muffins

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Last week, I posted a great recipe for Banana Crumb Muffins with Dried Cranberries. I told you I would likely make a blueberry variation this week and here it is. I imagine chocolate chips would be great too!