you need 5 napkins to eat this burger

there are many restaurants i have to go on my “i will eat” list. one of them is Nice Matin in the upper west side in new york city. even though i haven’t made it there yet, i went to the “offspring” of the restaurant: the 5 Napkin Burger, named after Nice Matin’s most popular dish. what can i say, this place is burger heaven: a variety of 10-ounce custom ground beef. between the 6 of us, we ordered the 5 napkin burger, the bacon-cheddar burger, the cheeseburger and the lamb burger. burgers were cooked to order and flavorful. each burger … Continue reading you need 5 napkins to eat this burger

grilled sweet potatoes with lime and cayenne pepper

i bought a bag of sweet potatoes a week ago and while i have a few sweet potato recipes, i went in search for a new one!

when i found this recipe from bobby flay, my first thought was of this amazing corn-on-the-cob with lime, chili pepper and cheese from café habana. just the memory of it made me curious to give this recipe a try even though i didn’t know how the similar flavors would work with sweet potato.

Ohhh Mmmm Goodyness! the lime and cayenne flavors play with each other as well as brings out the sweetness of the sweet potato. it is SO good and it’s healthy! trust me – you’ve got to give this recipe a try!


  • 3 sweet potatoes, unpeeled
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

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get dirty with atomic wings

whether or not you are a sports fan, you gotta join in the festivities with the finger-licking food that is associated with the event. my favorite is wings and fries and who specializes in it other than Atomic Wings! they have the best waffle fries and a choice of wings styles and sauces. i like my wings with a dry sauce so my favorite is the garlic parmesan sauce. it is so good that you have to lick your fingers twice to get all of the flavors. luckily, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion or event to … Continue reading get dirty with atomic wings

wild mushroom casserole

with my leftovers from wild mushroom stuffing, here’s a fun and quick: Ingredients  wild mushroom stuffing mashed potatoes turkey bacon Preparation In a small aluminum pan, layer mashed potatoes on the bottom, wild mushroom stuffing, another layer of mashed potatoes and then top with a slice of turkey bacon. Bake in a toaster or oven until warm, approximately 30 minutes. Enjoy! Continue reading wild mushroom casserole

healthy ingredients swap

with simple food swaps, everything you already eat can have a place in a healthy lifestyle by replacing high-calorie and unhealthy ingredients with good-for-you items that taste just as delicious. * Caesar Salad Swap out: Bottled Caesar dressing Swap in: Simple homemade Caesar dressing Ingredients 1/4 cups pasteurized egg substitute 1 clove garlic, minced 1-1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan 8 cups romaine lettuce coarsely cut Preparation In small bowl, whisk together egg substitute; garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and … Continue reading healthy ingredients swap

sweet potato casserole

when i think sweet potatoes, the simplest is best: baked sweet potato. perfect. but every now and then i am tempted to try something different. for thanksgiving dinner, i found this sweet potato casserole recipe. the casserole ingredients hit all the complementary notes with honey, vanilla and orange zest. i also added cinnamon. but what put this casserole over the edge is the topping. the combination of flour, sugar, oil, pecans and orange juice concentrate is baked to a hard crust that gives a contrasting texture to the casserole. awesome! the only thing i would change the next time i … Continue reading sweet potato casserole

scallion mashed potatoes

to go with the paprika chicken with mushrooms, m also found a recipe for mashed potatoes – this one with scallions. it was really good! Ingredients 2 pounds medium yellow-fleshed potatoes such as Yukon Gold 1-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups chopped scallion (2-1/2 bunches) 2/3 cup skim milk 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, optional 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Preparation Quarter potatoes, then cover with salted cold water by 1 inch in a large saucepan and simmer, uncovered, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. While potatoes are simmering, heat butter over moderately high heat in … Continue reading scallion mashed potatoes

wake up to sweet melissa patisserie

on a nice weekend late morning. m&i decide to treat ourselves to brunch at a new place so we decide to try sweet melissa patisserie. known for their tarts, cookies, cakes, pies and desserts baked fresh daily, they also have a breakfast, lunch and later menu. they also have afternoon tea. m got the eggs benedict with ham and a side order of potatoes with red peppers and i had today’s special of pumpkin belgian waffles with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries, including strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. we both enjoyed our meals! sweet melissa is cozy. the main room has seating … Continue reading wake up to sweet melissa patisserie

cinnamon sweet potato

sweet potato is pretty good on its own but if you want to add an extra kick, how about a little ginger syrup and cinnamon? it just gives an additional flavor to the wonder potato! Ingredients Sweet potato Ginger syrup – or – Maple syrup Ground cinnamon Preparation Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour until they are very soft. Cut potatoes into slices. Top with a little syrup (1/2 teaspoon each) and the sprinkle cinnamon on top of each slice. Continue reading cinnamon sweet potato

nathan’s famous in coney island

since hot dogs have a bad reputation for being unhealthy, you should not eat it often but once in a blue moon when you do have a hot dog, it should be the best. in new york, the place to go is nathan’s famous in coney island. after an early jog on the broadwalk followed by a visit to the aquarium with friends, we treated ourselves to hot dogs! i like my hot dog just with ketchup but m likes it with mustard and sauerkraut. they were awesome – you know when you bite into a hot dog and there’s a … Continue reading nathan’s famous in coney island

foods that boost immunity

below are five foods that can help you if you have a cold or the flu. Kefir/Yogurt Many yogurts and almost all kefir, a fermented milk product, contain probiotics, the so-called “good” bacteria. Probiotics can help with diarrhea and other intestinal disorders. Probiotics may also help reduce the severity of colds and the flu. Opt for the yogurt and kefir that contain live and active probiotics. Black/Green Tea Green and black teas are also a good source of polyphenols, or plant antioxidants, that can help prevent free radical damage in the body. May aid in defending against cold and flu. … Continue reading foods that boost immunity

sweet and homemade soul spot

today was brooklyn’s annual atlantic antic. unfortunately i didn’t get a chance to go. i happened to pass by when the booths were closing and saw a group of people still purchasing food from the stand from this restaurant so i had dinner inside the restaurant. for a little over $10, you get a large plateful of food with a meat with 2 sides. i got the jerk chicken with mac & cheese and sweet corn. m got the ox tail with candied sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. each plate came with corn bread and a drink. my dish was … Continue reading sweet and homemade soul spot