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Happy New Year!

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Sorry for the hiatus: I'm icky sicky!  Still, wish you all a very happy, healthy 2012!


Day 360

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At midnight on December 31, 2011, I am drinking a large mug of coffee, specifically Starbucks Via that Alex so thoughtfully got me as one of my Hanukkah presents.  Five more days!


Now, according to Wikipedia, this year I have been barring myself from a substance that may:
- reduce risk of Alzheimer's Disease and dementia - reduce risk of gallstone disease - reduce risk of Parkinson's Disease - improve cognitive performance - act as a painkiller (against migranes/headaches) - reduce risk of diabetes - protect the liver from cirrhosis - reduce oral cancers - reduce mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases - have antioxidant properties
(...but then, right under all these, Wikipedia also lists the detrimental effects of coffee.  Hmm.)
Looking back at my (so far) 360 days sans-coffee, I have reached several conclusions.
First, I am really proud of myself.  I've never been able to exert self control like this before.  It's been a struggle.  I'm usually terrible at ke…

Merry Christmas!

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Happy holidays and, today, Merry Christmas from Veritasty!

Yonah Schimmel's Knishes

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Happy first night of Hanukkah!

To celebrate, we tapped into Alex's heritage and had a little nosh from one of the most famous Jewish establishments in the Lower East Side, Yonah Schimmel's.  We've passed by it a few times, and Alex has raved about their world-famous and centuries-old knishes and other noshy things.  The storefront is decorated with peeling and fading newspaper clippings and printouts, celebrating its 101 years of existence (mazel tov!).  There are even more newspaper articles and photographs inside, so much taped to the walls that they probably don't need wallpaper!  This is one of those places with so much history etched in its foundation that even though I think the health department would be really turned off, it is a great place to grab a bite.

When we first got inside, it was empty except for the guy who works there and one customer, hunched over a dingy counter with mounds of knishes inside.  They were having what I thought was a heated argument…

FINALS

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So I invented something and I think I'm totally brilliant.

I give you, Nutella and saltine crackers! You know how people crave a combination of salty and sweet, like chocolate-covered pretzels or maple bacon? Well, here's an easy combination for you! Who doesn't love Nutella? Nutella could make shoe leather taste good. And I always have saltine crackers on hand because I love hummus and cheese on crackers.
Try this, it's kind of fun!




P.S. I used a generic brand "Nutella" because, not only am I a busy college student, but I am also a poor one.

Bouchon Bakery

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Sorry for the lack of foodventures lately.  It's finals season and we are undergraduates, after all.  And although I haven't even taken my finals yet, I'm sitting at my work study job doing nothing so I might as well write about one of the most delicious macarons I've had yet. Naturally.
Last week, we took a little trip uptown to Rockefeller Center to see one lovely and enormous Christmas tree.  We were delighted to also be in the vicinity of a bakery famous in macaron circles, Bouchon Bakery.  We tried coming here once in the summer, but they close at 7pm so we missed out on macaronage that time.  No worries, Bouchon Bakery was buzzing and bustling this time!
We waited on a sluggish line and eventually ordered one large peppermint macaron for $3.25.  That figure kind of bothered me.  I mean, the thing was pretty big, like the size of a hockey puck almost, whereas most other ones we've had are the size of half-dollar coins.  It felt really dense and heavy for a ma…

Risotteria

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In your best Italian accents now: let's have-a risotto for-a dinner.
Also, shout out to Alex's dad, who joined us for dinner tonight and serves as our guest photographer today!
It's a really rainy day today. Pretty good day for a warm, stick-to-your-ribs plate of creamy rice. We've heard some good reviews about this place: cozy, romantic, and above all, delicious. All these things came true!
Risotteria seats about 20 people, tops. It is super "cozy"...really small...but in a way that fits with having a cute and intimate ambiance. There is a bar lined with wine bottles and other Italian imported goodies. There are some cute black and white photographs on the opposite walls. All the tables have empty wine bottles, which we later found out were labeled with the drinks list. How creative!





Although Risotteria is known for its risotto, one would hope, they also have salad, pizza, and panini on their menu...as well as gluten-free breadsticks for each table! This b…

Chiles & Chocolate

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Holy mole!
A Groupon coupon beckoned us to have Mexican food from Chiles & Chocolate in Chelsea.  The restaurant has got a pretty eccentric ambiance - a lot of mirrored walls, dark wood surfaces, and multicolored Christmas lights everywhere. Our Groupon allowed for appetizers, entrees, and dessert, one apiece, so we went all out.
I had shrimp ceviche and Alex had guacamole.  The shrimp came out on a plate...which was unexpected because I'd always thought of ceviche being served in a cup or margarita glass.  There was a little mound of shrimp in spicy red salsa, cilantro, peppers, and onions.  It wasn't what I expected of a ceviche, but it was tasty.  The shrimp wasn't so crisp and there were bites that were stinging in how spicy they were, but overall it was a nice appetizer.
The guacamole was served in a funny pig-shaped rustic mortar and a basket of tortilla chips.  The guac was tasty, though nothing really remarkable.  
Then, we had chicken mole and steak.  At fir…

Bosie Tea Parlor

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What a crazy random happenstance that the day we decide to get macarons at Bosie Tea Parlor, Groupon has a Groupon Now deal for macarons at Bosie Tea Parlor.
Alex and I went with a friend, another macaron connoisseur, perhaps even more than the two of us.  I've heard great things about Bosie Tea Parlor's macarons, and it's really close to campus so why not have a lovely foodventure after class one day!
The tea parlor is a darkly-lit, cozy little restaurant.  Shiny bronze tea canisters line one entire wall, and a lit glass case beckons entrants from directly across the door.  It took me a while to decide which to get, and I really wish I had money in my budget to buy macarons all day, errday.
I settled on: maple bacon, raspberry, pistachio, jasmine, chai, and passionfruit.  They came in a cute bulbous fold-up box and I was so eager to get home, pop it open, and indulge in macaron heaven.
The first one I went for was maple bacon.  The cookie had an interesting ying-yang pat…

Leo's Grandevous, Hoboken, NJ

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Tonight, I had dinner with Frank Sinatra.

For real!
















We had dinner at Leo's Grandevous (rendevous on Grand Street apparently).  It is a popular neighborhood Italian restaurant that has been serving Hoboken for more than 70 years, and its theme is unanimously and undoubtedly all things Sinatra. When you first walk in, there is a long stretch of a bar, but after you take your eyes off the shiny bottles of alcohol, you see the exposed brick wall...which is actually sparse once you realize that every spare inch of wall is decorated with photos and posters of Ol' Blue Eyes, as well as other famous patrons (Joe DiMaggio signed a photo on the wall!).  There is even a jukebox in the corner that plays his music.  I don't know if I've ever seen a real jukebox before!  We sat under a plaque with a dairy maid and holding a Samuel Adams beer banner, and a surfboard with Sinatra's face on it.  I'm not sure if Frank Sinatra has ever eaten here, but it really is a shrine dedic…

Thanksgiving

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Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone.  I am thankful for my health and my family's health, happiness, and prosperity; I am thankful for my co-blogger.
I have been pretty busy this break, with a Thanksgiving dinner, wedding, and a day trip to New Jersey all in the past three days, so here's my belated Thanksgiving blog post.
Every Thanksgiving, my family spends our evening at my cousins' house in Brooklyn.  Their house is actually a one-floor apartment - tight on space and high on kitschy/eclectic decoration, but always as cozy as I remember it as a kid.  They have also accumulated a menagerie of pets - a fierce pug named Poncho, and four extremely pet-able cats named  Blue, Highway, Maverick, and Remy.
Thanksgiving dinner consists of at least 20 people, crowded around a dinner table artificially extended by other desks and surfaces.  This is our usual setting for giving thanks and feasting on this holiday, and I love it.  See, my household, if we had to do a Thanksgiving…

NYU Pre-Thanksgiving Birthday Potluck!

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I am hugely pregnant with a food baby.  Because this is Thanksgiving week, I fully expect this to happen pretty much every day until next Monday (leftovers can cause food baby too!).
Monday, we had a Pre-Thanksgiving/Birthday potluck at school and it was delicious.  Everything went off without a hitch; I'm so impressed you guys!!  What a great dinner!
We had, in a logical dinner chronology: crackers, cheese, pita chips, hummus, macaroni salad, potato salad, pumpkin soup, sushi, baked ziti, penne alfredo, pizza, butter chicken, naan, a Bengali sweet fried dough, cheesecake, and cupcakes.  Too.  Much.  Food.  !!
Everything was delicious (except no one ate the cheese that I brought...but I was kind of happy on the inside because I brought it home and now I have a log of extra sharp white cheddar cheese for my own enjoyment...score!).



When we were abroad in London, Alex and I actually spent a fair bit of time in my communal kitchen and we witnessed the greatness of our friends' bak…