by Nicole M.
I live on the Upper East Side and often head downtown for dinner on Friday or Saturday nights. With the recent addition of Tiella, a Neapolitan restaurant housed in a narrow sliver on 60th and 1st, I have a reason to stay uptown. Tiella uses the city’s smallest wood-burning oven to create authentic cast iron cooking that proves Neapolitan cuisine is so much more than great pizza.
Italians know how to live. They eat their food slowly with pleasure and meals are always accompanied by a glass of wine. At Tiella, you’ll want to do as the Italians and savor every bite. The food is molto bene.
There’s only one day that we can get away with dressing up as our favorite superhero, villain or hit the streets in sexy costumes without getting pulled over—it’s Halloween! Said to be the most haunting day of the year and yet the most fun. Want to add a little ghoul to your recipes? Here are a few trick and treat ideas.
Sophia Venetos knows all about slime as Editor of Recipe4Living.com, she shares some creative Halloween recipes to try:
Halloween Slime Punch: Got slime! This drink is so delicious
1 gallon fruit punch
1/2 gallon pineapple juice
1/2 gallon ginger ale
3 pints vodka
Combine ingredients and enjoy!
Candy Corn Shooters: Talk about a twist on Jell-O. A little candy never hurt anyone and after trying these shooters you will be pleasantly surprised. Put layers of vodka-flavored Jell-O in little glasses and garnish them with whipped cream.
3 C. water
3 oz. pkg. pineapple or lemon Jell-O
3 oz. pkg. orange Jell-o
1/2 C. Limoncello liqueur
1/2 C. orange-flavored vodka or rum
Add 1 C. boiling water to package of pineapple or lemon Jell-O. Stir to dissolve. Add one-half C. Limoncello liqueur and one-half C. cold water and stir. Pour into small glasses. Chill until set. Add 1 cup boiling water to 1 (3-ounce) package of orange Jell-O. Stir until dissolved. Add one-half cup orange-flavored vodka or rum and one-half cup cold water. Let cool and then pour on top of the yellow Jell-O layer.
My friend passed on a youtube video “Black Marriage Negotiations,” where the man and woman are on opposite sides of the boardroom negotiating what they want in a partner. Well she’s negotiating; he’s defending and questioning. At first glance, I found it funny and then as I listened some more I found it to be “disturbingly” true and a bit stereotypical. See for yourself and let me know what you think about the laundry list of qualities she want in a man. In some cases it’s unreasonable and in others I can see her point in a weird sort-of-way.
Would you love to go on a wine tour? Or create your own special bottle of wine? But hate the 2.5 hour journey outside the city limits to get there? Have no fear Brooklyn welcomes its very first urban winery in the revitalized Williamsburg section.
Brian Leventhal and John Stires quit their jobs in February in order to open Brooklyn Winery in the heart of this once warehouse neighborhood and aren’t we all glad they did. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of touring the not-yet finished winery and was impressed by the concept and how strongly these guys love their wine. The 7500 sq ft full service winery boasts two event spaces, a winebar, storage facility, wine-making area and outside patio. The concept is simple: to bring the love of wine to NYC. After all Williamsburg is accessible from north, south, east and west with a short drive or train ride away.
The other day my male friend informed me I curse too much, my response “GTFOH!” But then I began to think, do men like women who have sailor mouths? I curse, it’s a form of expression, whether it’s ladylike or not—who really cares. I believe that if you love me you love all of me and that includes all my mother f’rs and a-holes. I curse when I drive; I curse when I am animated or telling a story. I like Bernie Mac once said “use the MF word as a noun, adjective, pronoun and verb—so what!
Ever wondered about “those” people who walk around perky morning, noon and night? It must be a joke because absolutely no one can be that happy. With the recession, family and personal obligations, unemployment and possibly a job you dislike, how can you not get upset? It may be possible to gauge your happiness level. If so, would you want to know?
Studies suggest that you can rate how happy you are! And guess what money doesn’t buy happiness. Maybe, P. Diddy is right, “The more money I come across, the more problems I see.” So, if money doesn’t give us that warm glow, what does?
Men say women are complicated—REALLY!!! I have stories for days at the confusion and irrational behavior of the XY chromosome. It’s a myth that women are the only ones that’s emotional. Here are 10 myths about men that I have decided to point out for the entire world to see:
1. Men use “palma” just because it’s there and have no reflection on whether they are getting it enough at home.
2. Men don’t know what they want. If you’re too nice, they are looking for the drama-filled chick. If you’re full of drama they call you a B but stick around and marry you.
3. Porn is second nature, so ladies don’t get in the way of Hustle, Playboy or Big Booties 4
4. Men love to gossip as much as women do. They are first in-line to hear about what happened to your friend, sister’s cousin baby daddy.
No Pressing, No Problem: Authentic Italian Panini in Soho
By Miss Jane
When one usually orders a Panini, they look forward to tasting a grilled sandwich filled with the cheese, meats, and veggies of their choice.
But at Salume, an authentic Italian Panini needs no pressing at all. The Soho eatery prides itself on taking three fundamental steps that are vital in making an authentic panini: top-notch ingredients, traditional recipes, and appropriate preparation. The sandwiches are prepared to order, ensuring that you’re not just getting a prepackaged sandwich that’s simply being reheated and served.
Upon entering, you’re welcomed by a very laid-back vibe, both in the atmosphere and architecture. Its décor pays homage to the Italian salumeria with wall shelving lined with jars of Nutella, Italian sodas, and San Pellegrino water; a Berkel meat slicer where cold cuts are sliced on the spot; and the white-uniformed staff, both courteous and well-versed on how each sandwich is made.
Fall is here and it’s getting chilly outside. Gone are the summer BBQs, out-door dining at the new, exotic bistro in the city and after-work rooftop cocktails as some of us begin three months of hibernation. There’s something to be said about being tucked snuggly in the comforts of our homes, sipping hot tottie and trying to figure out how to eat all the comfort food without packing on an extra 10-15 pounds during winter. To ensure your comfort and waistline, try these low-fat comfort meals. Happy munching!
1. Mac & cheese – 576 calories, 22g
Mac n Cheese is probably the most comforting and definitely fattening winter treats , this of fat healthy recipe update can still warm up those gloomy, cold days. Try creamy low-fat cottage cheese and add a layer of spinach into the middle for your veggies intake. Also use whole wheat pasta instead of white.
3 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon paprika; 1 16-ounce or 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed; 1 3/4 cups low-fat milk; 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour; 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese; 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese; 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg; 1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste; 8 ounces (2 cups) whole-wheat elbow macaroni, or penne
Learn how to make it:
Call me scornful but I hate sex mess. Yes, the sticky, liquid mess that you have to clean up after a real blow-out session. I know most people love the aftermath but once my high comes down, I’m ready for a shower or at least a quick trip to the bathroom, no soaking in your “love” for me. My ritual made me begin to question others clean-up tactics. When you find yourself at a messy crossroads try this: