Archive | February, 2013

Charge Up on Caffeine While Also Plugging In Your Cellie

28 Feb

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Where we have gotten with technology today is absolutely incredible. Twenty years ago, I remember my parents sitting in my living room watching me perform a rendition of my favorite made-up songs that I recorded on a tape machine in the hopes of becoming the next rockstar. Having had dinner with a client last night, he added to this change in generation by telling an anecdote from his daughter’s friend’s 5 year old birthday party. One of her friends kept asking his mother for a cupcake. When asked more than a handful of times, the mom asked him to stop being a broken record and wait until they sang happy birthday. He responded by asking what a record was!!!

If we rewind back to two years ago, Starbucks became an innovator in the space by offering free wi-fi. Fast forward to yesterday, I was approached by Doug, a promotional guy for Duracell Power Mat, and received a free case that automatically syncs to a pad in selected Starbucks and will charge your phone wirelessly. Boston has been selected as a test city to try out this shnazy technology. Adam Brotman, Starbucks Chief Digital Officer, said Boston was chosen because it is “a hotbed for early adoption and tech-savvy customers.” With 8 charging pads in each of 17 stores across the city, it’ll be interesting to see its next placement.  But SERIOUSLY, what’s next?

Boston Restaurant Week

27 Feb

Boston Restaurant Week

 

{Photo via Boston Magazine}

George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” Touche. With that said, there is also nothing like getting great food at a discounted rate. Boston Residents, mark your calendars now for Boston Winter Restaurant Week: March 17-22 & 24-29, 2013.

Here’s the low-down on how it works:

During these two weeks, you have the ability to try out +200 restaurants that are signature to Boston’s finest dining.

2 Course Lunch for $15.13

3 Course Lunch for $20.13

3 Course Dinner for $38.13

The spots I don’t want to miss are below:

  1. 49 Social 
  2. Artu
  3. B&G Oysters
  4. Grill 23
  5. Legal Harborside
  6. No. 9 Park
  7. Toro

What restaurants are you going to be sure not to miss this restaurant week??

Bomb Banana Bread

26 Feb

Banana Bread

Ever have a recipe in mind but not enough ingredients? I’ve been there. Most recently, I had some very ripe bananas but not enough to make some banana bread. {I wanted to make up for the last batch of banana bread that I made that was good, but not that good.} Looking at allrecipes.com, they can allow for you to adjust recipes to make sure they come out just right with what you got stocked in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons and 2-1/4 teaspoons white sugar
  •  3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 cup and 1 teaspoon butter
  •  2 cups and 1 tablespoon white sugar
  •  2 eggs
  •  4 very ripe bananas, mashed
  •  3/4 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  •  1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •  1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  2 teaspoons baking soda
  •  3 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease 2 9×3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Divide into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

THIS BATCH WAS AMAZING. I highly recommend it.

The Oscars 2013

25 Feb

I’ve never really been into watching Award shows; however, in the past year I’ve been addicted. Last night did not meet my expectations. I was struggling to keep engaged. The only thing that kept me sane was the chatter on the interwebs and admiring everyone’s outfits.

My favorite outfit of the night was Halle Berry’s Versace dress; she looked absolutely stunning.

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

{Photo via Huffington Post}

Paired with a phenomenal night of movies was a great meal. Trying to figure out what to serve during the Oscars, we stuck to a cocktail favorite: caipirinha, but tried out some new foods: Chicken with Honey Beer sauce and some Oven Roasted Seasoned Red Potatoes.

Dinner Time

Chicken with Honey Beer sauce (modified from Daydream Kitchen)

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 4 (6 oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup onions
  • 1.5 cup beer
  • 6 tbsp. lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
  2.  Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper and salt.
  3. Add chicken to pan; sauté 6 minutes on each side or until done.
  4.  Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
  5. Add onionss to pan; cook 1 minute or until translucent.
  6. Combine beer and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add beer mixture to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  7. Cook 8 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Return chicken to pan; turn to coat with sauce.

Oven Roasted Seasoned Red Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed potatoes (about 3 lb of red potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 pkg. McCormick Seasoning Mix {Toasted Onion & Garlic Potato}

Directions

  1. Toss potatoes with oil in a large boil.
  2. Sprinkle with Seasoning mix. Toss again to coat well. Arrange in a single layer on foil lined baking pan.
  3. Bake in a preheated 400F over 25 minutes.

Did you watch the Oscars??

I Got My Coffee & My Two Step

22 Feb

Nespresso Machine

TGIF! I’m so happy it’s Friday. It’s been a “shorter” week, but I have had so much going on that it feels longer than a normal week. I am soooooo lucky to have a Nespresso machine in my apartment. I would not have made it through this week without coffee. While making coffee at my place is definitely a money saver, one thing that I missed from my morning Starbucks runs is my vanilla syrup.

So what do you do when you want something that you don’t have? You make it! Below find a recipe to concoct one of my favorite coffee additions:

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a pot.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and water is clear.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and add vanilla extract immediately. This will burn off the alcohol in the vanilla extract but still keep the vanilla flavor.
  4. Let mix cool.
  5. Transfer mix into a storage container.

When using, I use 2 teaspoons of syrup for a normal coffee cup size of latte; however, you can add or decrease to your own taste.

Vanilla Syrup

Enjoy!!!

On Music & Baking

21 Feb

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last night, I made Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Banana cookies from a recipe I found on Chef-In-Training. It was so simple and the cookies came out delicious. I like to find cookies that are gooey upon coming out of the oven but still hold a nice texture the morning after. Check out the recipe below!

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter Softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant banana cream pudding dry, do not prepare
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips more if desired
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips more if desired

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Stir together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
  4. Add in pudding package and beat until well blended.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla.
  6. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
  7. Add peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.
  8. Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 8-12 minutes.

Tunigo

A week ago, I wrote about some hot beats I love to jam out to when working out. While I was cooking, I cued an app that I found recently through Spotify called Tunigo. In this portal, you can find playlists for all occasions, similar to Songza; however, in this case, you can see the whole playlist and choose the songs you like, as opposed to a Pandora styled click through playlist with commercials. If you haven’t checked it out, you definitely should!

Do you like to listen to music while you cook??

The MOO(re), the Merrier

20 Feb

Last night I had the chance to go to a great event for young women in digital in Boston. I met a ton of lovely ladies that all had a fabulous story to share, from those searching the path to kickstart their career to those immersed in business ventures that are flourishing right in front of their eyes.

While this event was meant to be a meet & tweet, a huge takeaway from it was the meeting of great women in the neighborhood. Oldschool as it is, the best way to connect is by giving one’s business card. I could not have done it without my friends over at MOO, an award-winning online print business. Founded nearly ten years ago, they aimed to disrupt the $100 billion global print industry by combining the values of professional design with the accessibility and reach of the web. I can attest to the quality of these cards, as well as their innovative design.

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