Ben and Jerry’s Core Hazed and Confused Ice Cream

My bucket list is small, and admittedly, kind of dumb. I want to drive around aimlessly and listen to music, I want an auxiliary port in my car. I want to magically know when to end phone calls, and I wouldn’t mind having running water in my apartment more than three days a week. I also want to remember to bring my camera everywhere I go. wpid-IMAG1154.jpg Continue reading “Ben and Jerry’s Core Hazed and Confused Ice Cream”

Ken and Cook, New York, NY

Rule of thumb- if they’re playing classic rock, it’s going to be good. If they’re playing a curated selection of late Blondie, T-Rex, and Depeche Mode, it’s going to be freaking awesome. Austen and I took an evening to relax and slurp oysters at the new, fabulous Ken and Cook, a downright delightful raw bar and restaurant in Solita. The restaurant, less than a year old, features a hefty seafood selection, curated cocktails, and larger plates that are not to be passed up.DSC_7821-2 Continue reading “Ken and Cook, New York, NY”

The Benjamin Steakhouse Westchester, White Plains, NY

Quasi-restaurant week? Maybe. Last week’s trip was a bacchanal with more travel and calories than your average Caesar’s Palace buffet line, so without further ado, dinner at the Benjamin with my father. It takes a special person to pick up their child at the train station and listen to them cry about eating too many oysters. The Westchester Benjamin is low-slung and dark, and has valet parking and a convivial style, but strange architecture. I’m not sure what compelled them to fit every diner in the same, widespread room, but combined with the dark lighting and volume, it felt like being at a wedding.DSC_7946-2 Continue reading “The Benjamin Steakhouse Westchester, White Plains, NY”

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed and Gin Cheesecake

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Yes, like plenty of now-single heterosexuals last night, I, too, completely neglected to make plans, reservations, or recognition of love and affection on Valentine’s Day. An eleventh-hour search on OpenTable yielded a 1:30 reservation at the hottest pub in town and a mere three-hour wait at the local P.F. Chang’s. Thankfully, we remained vigilant and elbowed just enough star-crossed swingers at Whole Foods to snag a decent steak and a lobster tail for free. Along with a ridiculous cheesecake I made, wooed by the nonstick lubrication of my new Lékué springform pan, sent to me by the company. Continue reading “Meyer Lemon Poppyseed and Gin Cheesecake”

Date Night with Orange, Hothouse Cuke and Chickpea Salad #ad

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community.  The shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Queers need love, too- if you need it, check out K-Y couples lubricant. Yes, this paid 1/4 of my rent. Warning! Descriptions of cute, queer dinner and relatively tame lovin’ underneath the covers ahead. Proceed at your own sexy risk…and have a happy V-day!DSC_8135What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? We’re planning by having a few date nights in advance of the big holiday. We’ve been doing a few of those lately, especially because I’ve been away on a few work trips for summer interviews. A few weeks ago, we gorged on $1 oysters at our favorite raw bar. Last week, we sprawled in front of a friend’s television to watch a marathon of our new guilty telepleasure, Cutthroat Kitchen. The premise is stupid. Alton Brown is inexplicably unlikable. We watched three hours of it. And tonight, we collaborated on a tasty vegetarian dinner and played with my new Rosle mandolin slicer and ended the night in a most delicious manner…read on to see what we did, and how I surprised my sweetie with some tasty treats.  Continue reading “Date Night with Orange, Hothouse Cuke and Chickpea Salad #ad”

Crest Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Trek Toothpaste, Be Dynamic, and Be Inspired

There comes a time in the life of a blogger, when the writer must earn their stripes. For some, it was willfully ingesting Heinz purple EZ Squirt to the chagrin of friends and family. For others, the oral sacrifice to a thousand Warheads. And now, today, I have succumbed to a higher, mintier power: Crest Be.dsc_7668 Continue reading “Crest Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Trek Toothpaste, Be Dynamic, and Be Inspired”

Pierogie Mac and Kimcheez

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Mrs. T’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.DSC_7623Quick! Wait! You don’t have to go grocery shopping. Step away from the shopping cart. It’s a madhouse in there. Lumbering people are fondling avocados and gabbing over corn chips. You don’t want to be there. I promise. I’m guessing you might even have the things you need in your own damned house. The best part? The two things you do need can easily be found at your local Asian grocery. This recipe is perfect and easy to whip up for your next party. I tested it out along with a few friends at my latest casual dinner party, and it went over with rave reviews. Continue reading “Pierogie Mac and Kimcheez”

Big Slice Kettle-Cooked Apples Cherry Vanilla

It’s been difficult for me to strike a good balance lately. One of the benefits of running a small blog like this is small fame- little notoriety, the product of hard work and awful writing, and having my name on a small corner of the world. It’s one of the detriments as well. I own this, but in a world where it is becoming increasingly common to scour the ‘net for any trace of Hunger Games fanfiction in order to see if your applicant qualifies to be a bathroom attendant, a girl’s gotta be careful. And the pressure is on. I’m applying for real, live summer jobs as a real, live summer associate or law clerk or 80’s power suit representative. So I’m having trouble talking, I guess.DSC_7609 - Edited Continue reading “Big Slice Kettle-Cooked Apples Cherry Vanilla”