TV Dinner {The Mindy Project}

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Here’s another episode of my TV Dinner series. This one is dedicated to one of my ultimate feel-good shows The Mindy Project. It’s snarky, it’s sparkly and super fabulous. I’m a devoted fan of Mindy Kaling (read her book if you haven’t already) and the other actors in the cast, especially Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz make the show what it is.

I love that Mindy is a strong woman who’s not afraid of coming across as aggressive or superficial or incredibly smart. She’s also a woman who’s not shy about eating.

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New Year, New York

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Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Whether you welcomed the year with friends, family, or with some tipsy strangers– I hope your 2014 proves to be the best yet! By that I mean, I hope this year is full of inspiration and innovation. Trust yourself to take that adventure, push your boundaries, love the person you’ve grown into. Much better than starting that no-carb diet, right?

Throw out your ridiculous resolutions. It’ll be ok, I promise. This first post of the year is dedicated to the most iconic New Year’s Eve city… New York, NEW YORK. I wanted to showcase this magical time of year as well as pair that with a dessert that I feel best represents N.Y.C.! I’m so incredibly grateful for all of you and for the constant challenge and growth this blog continues brings to me. Cheers to 2014 and here’s to another year!

{pretzel at Tiffany's}

{pretzel at Tiffany’s}

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Oktoberfest

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As a celebration of the last day of Oktoberfest, I thought I would conclude with this recipe. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as that candy bar pie monstrosity I created last week. This recipe is very easy to make and a crowd pleaser– German hot potato salad.

To be honest I’m not sure how ‘German’ this potato salad really is. Perhaps it was inspired by a traditional German dish or perhaps a group of Southern church ladies just decided serving it next to some hotdogs was enough to verify it as German. Regardless, it’s delicious and a good alternative to a mayonnaise potato salad (which I also adore).

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If you know me at all, you also know that I LOVE potatoes. It verges on complete obsession. My motto is : I never met a potato I didn’t like. And this German potato salad is one of my favorite side dishes/meals. As I made this many, many times in middle school, this recipe has a lot of fond memories to me. In this version, I decided to jazz it up with a medley of different potatoes. You can use all red new potatoes (as is usually used) but the mix of colors from these red, Yukon gold, and purple potatoes just makes the dish so much more appealing.

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butterfly conservatory

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Here’s a baking break for y’all 🙂 Last week, I went with some coworkers to explore the American Museum of Natural History. One of their current exhibitions is the beautiful butterfly conservatory. It was absolutely incredible. So many jewel-toned butterflies fluttering around me… I was giddy. Here are a few snapshots.

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If you have a chance, go see them for yourself and also watch the film Flight of the Butterflies, an amazing story about the migration of the monarch butterflies also at the museum. Then say hi to the dinosaurs and blue whale!

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American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

Momofuku Ssäm Birthday!

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I don’t need much for my birthday… a sweet card, a bottle of wine, and apparently lots of pork? Well not just any pork but delicious pork belly, spicy pork sausage, thinly shaved Virginia ham… all from Momofuku Ssäm Bar! What more could a (reformed vegetarian) girl want.

While I love Momofuku Milk Bar, I’d never been to any of David Chang’s restaurants so I decided my 25th birthday (dubbed by my coworkers Katherine and Maxine as my ‘Silver’ birthday) was the perfect opportunity to indulge. And ohhhh don’t let my dainty friends fool you, these girls can pack it down.

{Edwards wigwam ham from Surry, VA…with chopsticks!}

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{spicy pork sausage & rice cakes}

Besides pork, Momofuku Ssäm Bar does pretty delicious seafood too. The grilled dogfish was actually one of my two favorite dishes and the charred octopus was delicious… the Santa Barbara uni, not so much. Of all the dishes we ordered, it was the only letdown. I love seafood but the uni was just not very appetizing to me, maybe it was the soft textures or the icy granita on top. Next time I’ll have to try the oysters.

{Santa Barbara uni}

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{grilled dogfish with artichokes and pistachio}

Of course, it was my birthday dinner so we had to order dessert. There are only two options available so I chose the corn ice cream pie. So gooood! But if you’re looking for more variety just roll on over across the street to Momofuku Milk Bar. Do you think they will hire me as their new spokesmodel? Or spokesperson as all this pork will do nothing for my model figure.

{corn ice cream birthday pie}

A heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every person who made me feel so special on my birthday week!

I couldn’t have asked for a better 25th birthday.

 

Momofuku Ssäm reservation tip:

  • This is the most complicated part as Momofuku Ssäm Bar is a very trendy yet small spot. We went on a Thursday evening at 8.30p and the place was pretty hopping. Reservations are only taken if you decide to order the bo ssäm pork or the rotisserie duck meals, both of which require online reservations. Otherwise, people are seated first come, first serve. The catch is that your whole party must be present before you can even be placed on the waiting list (lame but understandable). So if you are pretty sure your fellow diners will arrive on time… get there a little early, ‘lie’ a bit, and say that your whole party is already there. They will put your name and number down then text you when your table is ready. For us it was a 45 minute wait. Luckily there are several bars in the vicinity of the restaurant where you can wait and start the night right with a few drinks (I recommend Nightingale Lounge).
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
207 2nd Ave (at 13th St), New York, NY 10003

Soho night

So last night I spent my evening exploring Soho, stopping by the last day of The Little Black Jacket Chanel exhibition in New York, and spotting Ami from Miami Ink. The usual.

Seriously, how is every person in Soho so cool and chic? This exhibition, put together by Carine Roitfeld (former editor of French Vogue) and Karl Lagerfeld, centered around Chanel’s classic black tweed jacket. Dozens and dozens of photographs were taken of various celebrities rockin’ the iconic garment in their own unique way.

I really love this capture of three generations between Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. I swoon for mother-daughter moments.

 

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