On Engagement Rings - I Agree!

April 23, 2012

“It’s a strange thing that before you marry that it’s a custom to give a girl a rock. When you’re married, you should get the rock, and when you get engaged, you should get a simple band. It just seems like the engagement is weaker, so it should be the band, and when you get to the wedding, that’s the rock. It should be the reverse with the rings. People break up their engagements all the time, and then the guy loses the rock. It’s not fair to the man. The woman should stick it through to the end to get the rock. Of course, the real prize is the love.”

Read Full Article Here (via NYMag)

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Juice & Fritters

April 22, 2012

I've been a busy bee in the kitchen today. As much as I loving trying new restaurants (and indulging in my favorites), my best meals are created at home! Nothing beats a home-cooked meal, and while I usually prefer someone else do the cooking, I step into the culinary professional role from time to time.

Last week, I bought a juicer, and I've been obsessed ever since. You name it, I've juiced it: kale, beets, celery, apples, oranges, lemons, limes, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, ginger, the list goes on. and on. and on.

My best combo so far is celery, carrot, cucumber, apple, strawberry - I'll need to name it soon. Maybe "The Usual?"

Today I threw a couple different fruit in the mix, and while it doesn't beat The Usual, it still came out pretty good.

 Mango, Lemon, Celery, Cucumber, Carrot

Red Pear, Lemon, Celery, Cucumber, Carrot

Alrighty, that's enough of the healthy stuff. I balanced out my diet with these amaaaazing corn fritters. After looking up a few receipts online, I altered the ingredients to fit my tastes.

What I Used:
3 Cups of Canola Oil (for frying)
1 Cup of Flour
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 Packet of Truvia
1 Egg (lightly beaten)
1/2 Cup of Milk
2 8oz Cans of Whole Kernel Corn

Yield: 10-12 Fritters (roughly 150 calories each - for those of you counting)

FIrst, start heating the oil. I prefer to keep the stove on low, and raise the heat once things start cooking.

Then, mix your dry ingredients (flour, trivia, salt, baking powder) in a medium sized bowl

Next, add the milk, egg, corn, and mix.

After that, take a tablespoon or a wooden spoon, and scoop/dollop the batter into the hot oil

Let them sit for about 30 seconds, or until you see brown around the edges, and flip them. Careful, they brown pretty quickly!

I like to poke a hole or two in the top after that first flip. Once the opposite side has browned, I'll flip them again, just to make sure the inside is completely cooked.

In your heart, you'll know when they're ready, so scoop them out and set them to the side while you cook up the rest of the batter.

If you're like me, you won't want them sopping in grease, so lightly pat them with a paper towel to absorb the excess.

Finally, Enjoy!!

I rounded out my meal with steamed broccoli and grilled tilapia, in my special lemon butter sauce.

Bon Appetit!

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¡No Mas! Cantina

April 17, 2012

Actually, it should be called ¡Sí, más, por favor! Cantina.

You'll definitely be wanting more.

Great Article: Don’t Judge Me For Not Drinking

April 16, 2012

"Now, I virtually never tell a stranger, hostess, or relatively unknown person, “Thanks, but I don’t drink. At all. Ever.” It’s much easier to just request a Coke instead of a beer. But it’s amazing how prevalent is the belief that a non-drinking adult woman must be pregnant, amazing how curious people become at my refusal to imbibe. So it comes up and it comes out, and once in a while someone decides that my choice to not-drink is some sort of general commentary on drinking. And drinkers.

It’s not.

I don’t play poker or skydive or participate in threesomes. I don’t care if others do, and don’t feel that my decision to abstain from those activities indicates any level of judgment. Opting out of an activity, choice, or experience certainly can be borne of disdain or discomfort, but to infer that such emotions are the sole motivators is to take a pretty big, assumptive leap. A drinker who instantly concludes that a non-drinker is a superior, judgy stick-in-the-mud may be projecting her/his fears about drinking itself onto the non-drinker, may have been or felt judged in the past, or may just dislike non-conformists. But unless that specific non-drinker has said aloud, “I don’t drink because drinking is bad and drinkers are morons,” it is unfair to assume that said non-drinker is thinking anything of the sort..."

Read the full article here - via TheFrisky.com

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Loca Luna

April 10, 2012

This post doesn't need much of an introduction, and the pictures don't really need captions.

I will say this: there's never a dull night at Loca Luna! The food never fails to impress, the music is always live and fresh, and the people are always tipsy on the dance floor (myself excluded).

For me, however, it's all about the food.

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