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The Chocolate Drops

This is a food post. I haven’t done one in awhile, but I did something fun and I want to share it. You will LOVE this if you’re a chocolate fan.

Edible chocolate chip Cookie Doh from The Dessertist

I had the day off and was lucky to snag a seat in the studio audience of The Dr. and the Diva. While I was there they taped a segment on doing extreme cake decorations on ready made store bought cakes, and how to make no-bake treats. The treat chef was Samantha Benjamin, a food artist extraordinaire. She was sweet (get it?) enough to gift every audience member with her amazing, egg-free edible Cookie Doh. So of course I had to mess with it.

I cracked open my cute little jar and started scooping out teaspoonfuls of the chilled paste. It started getting soft pretty quickly so chill your plate or tray before you work on it. I measured out a half cup of chocolate candy melts (I buy mine from The Chocolate Place on Etsy). I read somewhere that adding butter to chocolate is a good idea, so I put in slice. Technically I should have added it after the chocolate melted? But that’s a whole other issue.

I microwaved the chocolate for about 30 seconds and it was fine. But I thought I could make it runnier, and ended up going 15 seconds too far. So the chocolate seized up a little. Not one to stop when I’m in the middle of something, I soldiered on and covered the Cookie Doh balls with chocolate as best I could. I just smoothed it on with a spoon. Then I put the whole thing in the freezer to set.

The finished result. Yum is an understatement.

I didn’t worry too much about how it was going to end up looking because I know something really important… nobody cares. It’s sweet, fun and took about 15 minutes, and if you’re doing this with kids it will look even worse. Then you’ll get some milk and everyone will chomp and be happy. Perfect presentation is great, but so is Nailed It! style results.

I also know that you can cover this with nuts, crushed toffee, seasoned popcorn, coconut, chocolate chips, cereal or potato chip crumbs. No one will care, because they will be too busy telling you how awesome you are for making them tasty treats. Yay for you!

You should definitely try this at home.

See you next time!

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The Wine List

I have turned into the biggest wino this summer. Just can’t get that glass out of my hand. Even worse, I keep the bottles and decorate the house with them. Let’s talk about it.

I was watching this thing on Netflix called American Meme and the Fat Jewish mentioned having a vineyard. This tickled me for some reason so I checked out the website, loved the generic white labels and decided that Winter is the Worst red was the way to go. Affordable at $17, plus free (nearly instantaneous) shipping. I really liked this wine, it was fruity and delicious and super easy to glug. But apparently they stopped making it or something because it’s not on the website. I did see it in a store here in Brooklyn, though.

I used to work at Whole Paycheck and got hooked on these Begonia wines ($9.99). Obviously I felt moved to collect the whole set. Authentic sangria from Murcia, Spain with a crazy lowprice. You can be bougie and basic at the same time. Chop up some fruit and throw it in for a refreshing and festive party drink. Or a refreshing and festive hanging out on your own party drink. Do you.

This label is so pretty that I bought the wine without even thinking about it. The wine turned out to be deep, luscious and satisfyingly tasty. Berta ($15) from Podere La Berta is an Italian Sangiovese red with a full body, and I’m prob gonna cop a few more bottles for the winter if they have any more.

This simply labeled bottle has a superfancy name: Anno Domini Prosecco 47 Black Label($13). I got used to drinking prosecco from all of those blogger parties, and I was at the wine store and fell in love with this minimalist label. Good bubbly, fun with seasoned popcorn, fried chicken bites or with a little liqueur for a pretty cocktail.

I was walking down maybe 6th avenue and this store had a whole wall pink wine. I’ve had the Pinot Project pinot noir and loved it so I took a chance. I normally don’t bother with rose, but I had fun with this that day. I didn’t like the taste so I mixed it with lemonade, threw some raspberries and lemon slices in and turned it into a wine cooler.

I love this label so much. The block lettering cleanly printed on blinding with paper, as well as the pop culture reference. A smooth, sophisticated pinot noir from black owned Maison Noir wines, O.P.P. ($25) is easy on the palate and perfect for those stormy winter evenings, with or without open fireplace.

Walked in, loved the label, perfect price, grabbed it. I like red wine so I’ve tried malbecs, syrrahs, pinot noirs but this was the first Cote du Rhone. I actually bought another bottle the next week and drank it with a mixed greens steak salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing. Insane. Check their website for where to purchase.

Wine adjacent:

  1. I found these Torres Selecta sparkling wine chips at Paper Source and it just blew my mind that someone would even make such a thing.

2. I love hard cider and this is delicious. Doc’s Draft is the best, my fave is the hard apple and cranberry. When wine is too much but beer is just not it.

3 . Sake. I had this on a blindingly hot day and it was cool, refreshing and sweet.

Are you a wine snob? What are your favorites? White or red? Do you have a little cellar or wine rack so people can see how tastefully you spend your money? Talk about it.

See you next time,

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The Lobster

This has nothing to do with Friends or that sad movie with Colin Farrell. This is real.

The cutest line drawings on the sandwich box. Let’s appreciate that detail!

I had to go into Manhattan today to run an errand and decided to find some lunch afterwards. I was really looking for Sweetgreen, but then I saw this Luke’s Lobster tucked off of Fifth Avenue and I just knew. This was the place where magic lived. It also happens to be the place where I got a delish lobster roll two years ago, but at their Brooklyn Bridge Park location. I didn’t know that I was ready for another one, but there you go.

Fate.

It was refreshingly cool in the rustic little space after the blinding hot sun outside. How cute is the bottlecap barrel? It also reminded me that I had planned to go to Martha’s Vineyard this summer… I currently have two jobs, so I can’t go anywhere on vacation. I guess I just needed this maritime themed timeout.

The cutest lunch in New York.

Perfection. Just chunks of fresh lobster mixed with mayo, lemon butter and Luke’s Lobster seasoning ensconced in a buttery toasted bun. I took a little taste after I photographed my lunch and decided to just sit outside and eat instead of waiting. I never, for any reason sit outside to eat. I have a whole fear of someone just snatching my food or my purse while I sit around conspicuously consuming a plate of privilege. I like to eat inside where it’s safe. But it just felt like too much to have to wait. Sometimes you just have to sit yourself down and enjoy the moment.

You can find locations and stuff at Luke’sLobster.com.

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The Milk Stop

You ever have a friend that disappears for like, six months, then comes back and blows up your phone with texts? That’s me. Let’s get into it.

The sacred tablets upon which the menus are writ.

I have a fashion job (we’ll talk about that later) and last Wednesday I had to go on a field trip for work in the searing, nasty summer heat of New York City. On the way to my destination I realized that I was in the actual vicinity of Milk Bar and my day took a turn from abysmal to transcendent. I love Christina Tosi’s backstory and the fact that she put basic stuff on a pedestal with her compost cookies and crack pies. Her methods are the epitome of staying true to yourself.

I was in actual shock when I found out that my menial task was taking me past the gates of heaven. It was a sign that I was on the right path, I kid you not. As SOON as I was finished, I made a trip to cookie mecca. Have you ever had their corn cookie? It’s insane. I grabbed four different kinds to nosh on (cheap at $2.75 each). I was so excited to be there, it was nuts. I kept twirling around to take photos to make sure I got every important detail. I was acting like a straight up tourist and I DID NOT CARE.

The grail.

I got a cup of cereal milk soft serve which I had to photograph while walking and carrying a bag of cookies. Ice cream dripping everywhere,but I did my duty. And got the perfect, late afternoon, warm glow, magic hour lighting. Hello? I am a photo god.

Anyway.

The cereal milk soft serve is a sneakily delicious twist on the usual sweet but forgettable summer treat. Soft serve always has a sort of sterile taste, no depth. It’s there to cool your mouth down, not to be savored. This was a different story. Sweet, but salty, kind of nutty, ridiculously creamy and so good that you can’t stop eating it, but you want to stop eating just to enjoy the feel and flavor a little longer. It’s a love story of a dessert. But simple, clean and refreshing. Just writing thismakes mewant to get on the train and buy more.

Merch.

If you’re down in Chelsea, swing by the Milk Bar at 220 8th Avenue. Make sure you check out their website, too.

See you later!

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The Hamptons

Yup.

One time, last summer, I saw an ad on meetup for someone looking to go to the Hamptons. I met with the person for drinks, made a whole plan…and they bailed. Supposedly you can only go to the Hamptons when it’s sunny. Apparently I was supposed to change my plan because things weren’t perfect for her.

But I had my jitney ticket , so… I went. Welcome to my solo trip to Montauk.

The journey.

This is the beach. It was basically empty because the lightest rain was falling. Not even a real rainshower, just barely a mist. So I got to finally experience the beach in Montauk without a massive crowd. Introvert paradise.

I had some food. I enjoyed not having to wait on a long line, fight for a table or wait a long time for my meal. I just sat there eating and watching boats go by with no stress.

You know what this is. You’ve watched Kid Gorgeous. You know the joke.

Then I took the LIRR home.

The thing I hate the most about people is when they just leave you hanging after gassing you up. At the end of the day, it’s not up to anyone to decide how your time is going to be spent. If someone bails on your plans, don’t stay home and sulk. Go out and do what you were planning (unless you desperately need two people, but most plans can shrink to a solo capacity if needed).

This wasn’t easy for me at all. I’ve never been to Montauk and as a black woman, it can be seriously intimidating traveling alone. But I went and I lived.

I lived. And I bought this tshirt.

See you next time!

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The Scoop

three flavors of delicious, dairy free sherbet from Frozen Medz in Brooklyn

This year I made a personal promise to actually buy things from local brands, startups and people I follow on instagram (who are local startups). I randomly found Frozen Medz and decided that what I needed was vegan, organic no dairy iced treats in my life. Ever do some random thing and have it reward you in ways you didn’t foresee? That’s where I’m at with this.

Black Girl Magic frozen dessert and Matcha Modness sherbet and Blueberry Hibiscus Lemonade from Frozen Medz.

I had an unfortunate Haagen Dazs incident (there was a sale and I got three pints and ate them all within 24 hours) and I realized that if I’m going to continue to lose weight, I am going to need to leave the ice cream alone. Technically I could make my own stuff but I don’t feel like it. I found out about Frozen Medz just in time to save my summer sanity.

Above is my first order. The Blueberry Hibiscus Lemonade is basically sorrel with a twist (and includes plump blueberries in the bottle). If you’re not familiar, sorrel is a Caribbean/African drink made from hibiscus flowers and usually has ginger in it as well. And it’s super healthy. Sorrel is ambrosial when made properly. Frozen Medz has the ambrosial touch, for real.

I also tried the black girl magic fake ice cream and I was surprised at the creaminess, and how satisfying it was. I could take a bite and put it back in the fridge and be ok. I liked it, but I felt ok not greedily eating all of it. I fell madly in love with the tart sweetness of the Matcha Modness, a green tea sherbet that has green apples and green grapes along with her proprietary nut based iced dessert base. A nice scoop will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. I felt good about myself eating it, too.

Plus they deliver.

So win win all around.

I waited until they restocked and then ordered as much as I could. The shot with all the colors is: Pasa Pasa (fresh oranges, pineapple and mango), Island Vibe (a sorbet with pink pitaya, fresh strawberry and watermelon and organic lemonade), Rozelle (made from the same hibiscus leaves as the sorrel) and the Matcha Modness that we already discussed. And each flavor was as delicious as I had imagined. I re-upped on the hibiscus lemonade (too good)and got the Vanille Simple, which is exactly as it sounds.

This time I decided to play with my food.

I made these gluten free peanut butter cookies with plantain flour and the Vanille Simple (rolled in chia seeds) saved the day in an ice cream sandwich garnished with banana and peanut butter. I used the rest of the vanilla to make a peanut butter, banana ginger smoothie.

Then I got this little popsicle mold and started with the sorrel, mixed the rest of the Vanille Simple smoothie with the coconut chips that came with my order, mixed Matcha Modness with coconut milk and chia seeds, then mixed the Sorrel with coconut milk. So much fun. I am prepared for any hot weather frozen treat emergency.

I even made a cocktail:

The Pasa Matcha frozen cocktail.

I’ve been infusing some Tito’s vodka with fresh lemon and jalopeno and made a simple blended cocktail out of the Pasa Pasa and Matcha Modness sherbets. I threw the last of the coconut milk, a scoop of each sherbet and a quarter cup of the vodka into a blender, poured it all into a glass tumbler and garnished with a vodka soaked slice of jalopeno pepper.

That’s what I look for in a product, versatility.

Checkout Frozen Medz and get some goodies delivered, especially if you live in Brooklyn. They even have an app!

See you next time!

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The Salad Bowl

So yesterday I went to Soho because there was a sale I wanted to check out, and I ended up at Crate & Barrel. I just meant to browse or maybe get a planter for my homegrown lemon tree, but instead I got this stuff ($15 total, because I am cheap). And out of all of these things, the most important is the salad bowl.

See, I’m on a diet- or rather I’m going back on a diet, or really I’m doing everything I can to guide myself towards better food choices. I went to Dean & Deluca, which I always do when I’m in that neighborhood, and instead of coffee and pastry I did an iced chai with a banana. I am super proud because D&D makes fire baked goods and I did not waver. Which brings us to salads:

I love salad and while salad tastes good in anything, most of the time I’m eating one out of a plastic takeout bowl (recycling!) with a plastic fork (I re-use those, too). This salad was delicious, full of fresh greens, crispy carrots and cucumbers, perfectly boiled eggs and premium Tonnino’s tuna. It tasted amazing, too. But I know how I am and I need to stunt a little so when I saw the bowl, I knew that it was a match made in salad instagramming heaven.

This salad is just a pile of random stuff in a bowl- but look at the bowl! How can you not want to nom everything in it? And it was $2.57! Lightweight but sturdy melamine and looking like an egg yolk pouring out of blindingly white shell. It is pure salad motivation. Btw, this was actually tasty. Chopped salad greens, avocado slices, roasted sweet plantain, ground peanuts roasted with bbq sauce, and slivers of white onion. Topped with cheddar cheese, for color as well as taste. I think I enjoyed it more because it was nestled in bowl perfection.

I just blogged about my bowl to show off, and to show that no matter how you get there, eating good food makes you feel like your best self. Feel free to tell me about what motivates you to eat properly! (Or not, it’s all good).

See ya next time!

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