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My Daily Routine

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

 I must admit, I have become better over the past year. Perhaps I should attribute my decrease in food ADD to my transition into real life? Who knows, all I know is that I can’t have one more egg white with cheese omelet with a side of toasted Rye for A LONG TIME. I am also, lately, craving some fruits and something crunchy in the morning. With that in mind, I have decided to switch up a lot of my meals and boy was it refreshing. I thought I’d go through what I eat day to day — clearly not every day… or including weekends….or including the Oreos I polish off and don’t remember eating. Let’s move on shall we?

BREAKFAST

FAGE OR CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT WITH ROLLED OATS AND VARIOUS FRUITS

This surprisingly keeps me as full as my omlettes have in years past, but it has so much more flavor and variety in textures — I am totally diggin it at the moment. I love switching up the cereals/oats I use — sometimes I will use just plain old Quaker Oats rolled oats or sometimes I’ll eat our clients cereal in house such as Post Grape Nuts and Shredded Wheat. Fruit I vary it up too sometimes I love blueberries, rasperries and other times I love more “oomph” so I get Kiwi and Mangoes. YUM.

My recent love for Lattes with syrup, I must admit, have come with a heavy cost. Perhaps it’s just me but 5 dollars for a Cup O’ Joe with some foamed milk and syrup really shouldn’t rack up to 5 bucks, but hey, I do live in Manhattan so I will shut up about it. I tend to order a Medium Skim latte with vanilla syrup and cinnamon sprinkled on top. If I’m not in a coffee mood I tend to go for Mighty Leaf’s Chai tea with Honey and a bit of milk. BY THE WAY — if you aren’t familiar with Mighty Leaf? You should go this instant and buy the ridiculously priced box, it’s worth your bang for the buck. Hold me to it.  

LUNCH

Lunch is always an iffy one for me. I’m not a lunch girl by any means but my stomach sure is. I am ravenous come 1pm but the inevitable question is — what to eat? I sometimes make sauteed chicken with Farfalle and vegetables to bring to work. Other times, I have a large bowl of Hale and Hearty Soup or an oversized chopped (hold the chopping part) from PAX. I don’t think lunch should be your favorite meal of the day — it is in passing. Meals should be able to be enjoyed in a leisurely manner, not midway through the to do list at work or for classes. Count me out.

DINNER 

I have and will always love my Caesar salads. Similar to my love for French Onion soup, there is no other pick for appetizers most nights of the week. If I’m somewhere upscale that frowns down upon such low brow selections, I will opt for something more esoteric but for the most part? I love me a good salad with extra cheese, crispy croutons and big chunks of romaine.  

For my entree, I will either have some type of lighter fish dish — I.E. Cod, Scallops, Shrimp, Halibut or will turn to my go to — BBQ marinated grilled chicken with a bed of rice and some vegetables. I love going to Chelsea Grill in Hell’s Kitchen and getting their Grilled Chicken Platter with a side of steamed spinach. The dish is presented with sweet as hell Honey Barbeque sauce coating the chicken breasts, a massive bed of white rice (shoot me, really) and marinated then chargrilled vegetables such as eggplant and zucchini — can’t beat it.

DESSERT

I wish I could still have creamy ice cream but I can’t — lacoste intolerance has got me opting only for greek yoguts and frozen yogurt which doesn’t upset my stomach for some odd reason? Anyway, I love having some Butterscotch or Vanilla Fro Yo mostly store bought not from Pinkberry or any of that nonesense, with whipped cream. It does the trick in my book. You don’t feel all too guilty about it and it’s a satisfying treat after dinner. Still wouldn’t mind some damn ice cream every once and a while though, whatever man.

Hot Chocolate can and will always be my night time go to sweet drink. I’m sorry don’t try to persuade me otherwise. I also tend to enjoy store bough SWISS MISS (yes I said it) over in store Hot Chocolate. There’s just something reminiscent about opening up the packet in the company of your own home and making amazing hot chocolate yourself. I don’t add marshmellows though — a bit over the top don’t ya think? I think my whipped cream and fro yo indulgence covers me for the evening typically.  

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All Time Favorite Kid Foods — Let’s Bring Em Back

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm

PRETZEL BITES

I remember how happy this simplistic snack used to make me. The crunchy hot exterior, the doughy warm interior and the salt. Oh the mountains of salt. These were indescribable and truthfully, I never thought the need for hot cheese or spicy mustard was necessary – they were amazing on their own.

S’MORES

I still eat some occasional s’mores. It doesn’t really compare to what the environment was as a kid eating these. My dad somehow managed after four attempts usually to make us a fire in our game room — we’d all cuddle up in sweats and watch as the newspapers cinched and then lit red. My memories of making s’mores was as follows: they were never perfect, they melted in my hand, I usually burned the marshmallows but all I know is that I wouldn’t have changed my imperfect creations for the world.

GRILLED CHEESE & TOMATO SOUP

While I was never one for the combo together, actually come to think of it, I’ve never tried them together — shoot me I know. I do love a hearty Tomato soup and then at the same time, I love my Grilled cheese extra buttery, crispy bread equally as much. I love the incorporation of anything crunchy in my soup – Goldfish, Premium Crackers, you name it.

PEANUT BUTTER/HONEY/BANANA SANDWICHES (Jelly fans, get out of here)

No other sandwich compared as a child – I would be either doing gymnastics, dancing or running. With that in mind I needed my potassium and carbs. My mom usually made the perfect sandwich, of course after years of practice. Left side heavy on crunchy PB, right side doused in honey, bananas cut up and placed on both sides. Sliced diagonally.

BAGEL BITES

My brother is the one who I attribute my love for Bagel Bites to. He was the first one in our house to take out the aluminum foil and stand, mouth salivating as he waited for the cheese to begin bubbling in the toaster oven. I think we internalize our decisions to eat these because they’re titled mini, meaning that if you choose to have 2 — who cares? It’s when you walk over for fourths that you know, you should have just opted for a big ass slice of pizza instead.

OREO COOKIE DIRT CUP DESSERT

I used to get this dessert at Friday’s after each dance recital as a kid — I also saw photos recently of me at age three, having a play date with twin friends of mine — clay pots, crushed Oreos, gummy worms all scattered across the granite kitchen top. I guess the dessert has been a recurring part of my life for longer than I knew? It’s such a simple and interactive dessert that I can’t wait to make for my kids when I’m older.

PLAIN SPAGHETTI WITH BUTTER, SALT, PEPPER

I grew up with quite the picky palate. I didn’t like anything esoteric so when it came to pasta nights in our house, I would only settle for one dish — PLAIN spaghetti with butter, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. So simple, so good.

“ANTS ON A LOG”

Celery, Peanut Butter, Raisins — sounds like such an odd combination but this is such a great staple past and present for kids. Think about it, celery is like — eating paper nutritionally wise it doesn’t cost kids calories, peanut butter — great fat and raisins, great dried fruit. I think I will begin making these as snacks for work actually, come to think of it.

You Can Have Your Cupcakes and Eat Them Too

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I think if I could acquire one superhero trait  I would want the ability to create REALLY cool shit. Who cares about listening through invisible walls to other people’s conversations? Also, there are things called jets and planes — who would want to fly and bare horrific weather conditions?

I’d like the skill of being able to make cupcakes like the ones below. They are all amazing and there are countless more I could have posted here but I thought I’d make a few subcategories and show you guys some of the coolest ones. 

FOOD RELATED CUPCAKES

It’s kind of a play on words — but with cupcakes? Food related bakery products. Regardless, the hamburger cupcakes are adorable and could serve as a dessert center pieces at your next function outdoors — grilling/barbeque perhaps? The sushi ones are amazing — they look so realistic. I don’t know the context as to when you’d eat them? But hey, if you’re sushi lover this could replace your birthday cake. Except, you can’t make the first slice. Oh well.

OUT OF THIS WORLD CUPCAKES

Ok I must admit when I saw the Tie dye cupcakes? I died a bit inside. I have loved this print forever and to find amazing looking cupcakes with multicolored swirl insides makes me a happier person… but really. I think if I ever got the courage to spend an afternoon whipping up cupcakes for no one else but myself I would attempt to make those. I loved the cranium cupcakes as well — how great are these? I think these could be presented a child’s party and or “show and tell”. The show and tell would be “My Mom Means Business in The Kitchen”. 

NERDY GAMER CUPCAKES

These are my favorite — Mario Party cupcakes are you KIDDING ME? These are fabulous. My first birthday was The Simpsons themed. Weeakkk sauce. I would have loved cupcakes at my birthday — it would have made me THE coolest 1 year old ever. Oh well, who says it’s too late to have Mario Party on my 23rd birthday cupcakes? The PacMan ones are awesome too — the black background make them really dramatic and realistic looking. Never really a fan of the game (who would like a little yellow jawman gobbling you up?) but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate cool artwork when I see it.

UPDATED TWISTS ON TRADITIONAL CUPCAKES

So two years ago when I blogged about “All Things Martha” — I definitely posted this picture, and what a better time to re-present it. I love these cupcakes for some reason they just do it for me. My big in my sorority knew of my obsession with the cupcakes and thought to re-create them for me on my 21st birthday. How cool right? They were amazing and even better at 4am after having lost my shoes somewhere in North End, Boston.

Foods and Drinks That Shaped My Childhood

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm

AV’S FAMOUS BANANA CAKE

I think my childhood can be wrapped up with two words: Banana Cake. My mom’s best friend, “Uncle Mickey” began making us his version of Banana cake for as long as I can remember. My sanitary concerns are about… 100x more pressing than his. I remember he would leave all of the cake’s ingredients out in a large spread on the granite kitchen counter from 8-3pm when he began baking. It would always skeeve me out yet there was absolutely no debating how delicious and moist it was. My mom has also showed her strength in the B.Cake baking contest — she has a bit of a firmer, more banana flavored cake sometimes displayed in a bundt cake. Personally? You could present it to me in a dog dish — I’d still be asking you for a fork.

ARROZ CON POLLO

I love love love this dish. I can’t really explain why out of the MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of chicken recipes out there this one has and will always do it for me, but it does nonetheless. Yellow onion, chicken, yellow rice, red bell pepper and tomato sauce make this dish so savory and an eclectic mix of flavors.

TAB DIET SODA

Anyone who has been a friend of mine from the age of 2-16 would say in a millisecond that our house was the official New Jersey, post 80’s sponsor of TAB soda. I think in retrospect it was a pretty revoutionary diet drink, but now? I mean come on there are so many more on the market and plus, it’s so embarassing having to custom order 12 packs for my mother at my local ACME grocery store.

 

TAMALE PIE

The story behind this dish is as follows. I was the only family member that ADORED this dish from the get go. My mom is to blame so I will not include her in the group of people who’d roll their eyes when I’d beg and plead for this dinner. The Jiffy Bread topping was my favorite part of the dinner. I felt like I was getting dessert and dinner all at once. The juicy ground meat, onions and beans make this such a satisfying and memorable meal to me.

 

PILLSBURY BAKE AND EAT HOLIDAY COOKIES

Oh my god. I just can’t get over how great and simplistic these cookies are. I used to love knowing that I didn’t have to have ONE ounce of culinary skill in order to make hot, holiday themed, perfectly circular cookies. My favorite season/holiday Pillsbury cookies definitely include the Snowman for the winter, Turkey for Halloween and Pumpkin for Halloween of course.

SLOPPY JOES

What could be more comforting as a kid then Sloppy Joe’s? I remember my hands would be covered in sauce of some sort, I also couldn’t walk as a result of my severe over indulgences but all I know is that I was one happy camper after eating Sloppy Joe’s for dinner. Perhaps when and if I’m a parent I will make them, but as I cook everything, do it in a bit of a more nutritious fashion with perhaps marinated ground turkey or lean beef.

POST’S GRAPE NUTS

I was a runner for a while. Ok, not a good and or competitive runner but I ran — I’ll leave it at that. My mom and dad were also extremely picky people when it came to what “carb loading pre race” cereals were featured in our pantry. I had the options of: Rice Krispies, POPS, Raisin Bran Crunch and Grape Nuts. Now, I know you’re wondering why I’d pick Grape Nuts but I have to say — with bananas, cinnamon and other fruits it’s quite amazing. There is no cereal quite as crunchy and the play of textures in your mouth really differentiates it from other cereals, not to mention the fact that it’s good for you too. #client at MMC 

 

Jewish Food I Can’t Live Without

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

MATZO BREI

While this entire entry will most likely cause severe salvation in your mouth, I have to admit that Matzo Brei tops the list of my absolute hands down couldn’t live without it Jewish staple food. I think the funniest part about it is that I truthfully don’t fast for any religious reasons. Either it was my avid running during high school or my sheer lack of interest in skipping an entire day of eating that I never took part in the fasting. I also did not just eat solely Matzo during Passover but I did get rewarded like the more adherent Jews by being made Matzo Brei by my mom. The breakfast dish consists of matzo broken into pieces, eggs, milk, sugar, butter and cinnamon raisin in a frittata like dish. Insanely good. Insane.

HAMANTACHENS

Purim to me is one of the most enjoyable and yet unique Jewish holidays. It’s somewhat like a Halloween, but only for Jews, and less slutty attire? Hamantachens can be purchased in any local grocery store/ jewish deli year round. I will say, however, that when you make them homemade and they are covered in imperfections? The results can be far  more rewarding. Typical flavors that cover the middle of cookie typically include anything from Apricot Jam to Chocolate.

LATKES — EXTRA BIG, EXTRA CRISPY

Truthfully, I think when I was about 5 years old and I began to appreciate things that tasted good? That was when I knew Hannukah was the most amazing holiday of them all. No, I am not a gift person nor do I like shopping for others gifts. It was the food associated with the holiday. I love Latkes more than all other Hannukah related foods. My mom has perfected these over the years. They are about the size of a tennis ball, flattened, and extremely crispy all along the edges. The goal is to eat them scorching hot with freezing applesauce. Nothing compares in life.

JEWISH STYLE BRISKET

I had this originally in my post, however, I was a bit apprehensive solely because not everyone by looking at the picture can understand just how good this staple is. The way it’s cooked in my home — it’s presented cooled after being left to cool down an hour in my kitchen, flaky and unbelievably juicy. This is one of the only proteins found at a Jewish dinner — thank you to my good friend/ex blogger who needs to get back into it (Corrin) for making me re-think this item and put it back onto my list.

CHAROSET

I love this Passover side dish more than the main features of this specific holiday. I don’t dig Gefilte Fish nor do I LOVE the taste of Horsradish. But my grandmother has always provided me with enough satisfaction with her side dishes alone. Charoset, consisting mainly of cinnamon, apples, nuts and raisins is extremely decadent and wonderfully sweet all at the same time. I just slather pounds of this side onto pieces and pieces of Matzo. I am very content.

JEWISH APPLE CAKE

No I’m not referring to the apple cake found in the grocery store labeled, “Jewish Apple Cake” — I’m talking about real authentic cake. This unbelievably spongey, light and extremely moist cake strikes the balance between an indulgence and a “health” fix. Bear with me here — if your mom or dad is frugal on the apples you may disagree with me but when I take a slice of the cake, I am usually consuming at least half of a baked apple. In my eyes? I’m doing my body a favor. Let me just go with it guys.

CHALLAH

If you don’t like Challah you can’t be Jewish — simply put. You may not like Maneschevitz wine (like myself for example) but if you cannot appreciate a beautifully constructed loaf of Challah fresh out of the oven then you really need to start re-assesing somethings. I think that Challah is so unique because it’s truthfully one of the only breads I’ve ever had (other than Hawaiian Sweet Bread) that you can enjoy sans any condiments or toppings.

MATZO BALL SOUP

I can’t really list off many things more comforting when you’re down or not feeling well then Matzo Ball soup. This was not something that my mom in fact used to make as a staple in our house, however, it was at my grandparents. Every Jewish holiday/occassion when family would come together she would always have her servers bring out the Matzo ball soup before all else was served at dinnertime. I think of it as a part of my upbringing and while my mom didn’t teach me any recipes to pass down, I will most definitely be grabbing this index card from my grandmom.

CINNAMON RAISIN NOODLE KUGEL

So, Noodle Kugel in Jewish communities is either a big hit or a big miss. I think if I grew up eating a kugel that consisted of various cheeses and spices/ herbs I too wouldn’t very much look forward to this staple. My mom, however, is no stranger to butter, sugar and all other add-ins that will make her childrent want to eat her food. With that in mind, our family’s noodle kugel was CRAVEABLE to say the least. It’s base component was the same as many other recipes, large ribbon noodles, however, it was full of various cinnamon and nutmeg spices, raisins and so much more.

CHALLAH FRENCH TOAST

Ok, so, I have yet to master the art of making this dish. I will try at some point in my adult more like parenting lifetime to make this but on my own it has not yet been accomplished. I never truly loved breakfast staples such as pancakes and waffles for breakfast. I’m more of an egg/toast and or cereal with fruit fan. My mom’s Challah French Toast with Bananas and extra syrup is no close comparison to a plate of scrambled eggs, to say the least.

My October Obsessions

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

ALL NATURAL ALMOND BUTTER

Manhattan Food Exchange, located at the end of the  Chelsea Market, has THE best unprocessed, hand made, all natural Peanut and Almond Butter. You’re captured by the free sampling of peanut butter and green apples outside of the market but even more enticed when you walk inside and see the workers all manually scooping the butters into jars for a scary 1.50 cents for a  small round container of the product. I spread it on some whole wheat toast with bananas — but you really could do anything with it. What differentiates this specific product is that it literally tastes so natural and real. I don’t think I’ll be buying any other supplier’s Almond Butter anytime soon.  

OPI NAIL POLISH — YOU DON’T KNOW JACQUES

I’m not a girly girl by any means, but I do like to pamper myself here and there (ok more like here and here) when it comes to manicures and pedicures. I used to only get pedis due to the fact that every sport and activity I have ever competed in, was focused solely around my feet (gymnastics, dance, running).  I’ve stuck for many many years with French on my hands and feet, however, once I found OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques there was no turning back. I’m more possesive over this bottle of nail polish than I am over very pricey jeans that I own. FACT.


BRUNO MARS

I know now isn’t probably the most ideal time so put him in my favorite’s post but he’s musically blowing up. Blow — ironically put Tayl. Anyway, his new CD is phenomenal and I think his live performances are even more amazing lately. Perhaps it has something to do with him trying as hard as possible to have the arrest forgotten about. Regardless of his rationale, he’s currently killin’ it. Sorry to all the haters out there. Perez agrees with me too.

 

Vintage Jewelry Finds

Since having moved to the city (NYC of course I’m referring to) I have taken at least a solid hour both Saturday and Sunday to devote to Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. It’s not the best but here and there you find amazing inexpensive finds. There is one artist, for example, that takes various typewriter letters and numbers and converts them into beautiful rings. I have a T clearly — it’s unique and different than anyone else who has a ring on their finger, so for that, I truly adore flea markets and street fairs. You pick up unique (sometimes shoddy quality yes) but unique pieces nonethless.

FIGS — IN ANY CONTEXT

I really love figs lately — I purchase them pre packaged so that way they’re more of a snack on the go, and a healthier alternative to “pre-made trail mix” which by now every one knows is drenched is synthetic sugars and other flavor/color preserving dyes. I also, surprisingly enough, LOVE Fig Balsamic Drizzle. I love syrupy Balsamic to begin with but the incorporation of a fig flavor into the mix makes it completely irreplace as a staple in my frigde as a salad dressing.

 NUDE PUMPS

Now that I’m a “fully functioning” working “professional” the need to dress work appropriately on a daily basis is required, therefore, I can’t be showcasing my favorite ripped Madewell Jeans or Miss Sixty bomber leather jacket Monday- Friday. With that in mind, the need to find hot yet work fitting shoes is clutch. I bought the hottest pair of Franco Sarto nude pumps for work and have been never happier with any previous Zappos purchase as I was when I bought those. They work with navy, black and mostly any colored outfit. Count me in.

My Gallery of the Month: October’s Sick Art Findings

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

JAMES WOJCIK PHOTOGRAPHY

This photographer actually focuses mainly on fashion and beauty but his food photography is unbelievably gorgeous and has been featured in every top food magazine, such as Bon Apetit. I love the photographers ability to deconstruct the commonplace. Taking a burger and showcasing them in individual, leviated layers. The second picture is a lot more symbolic in my opinion — it demonstrates what Americans consume most and why most of our country is obese. Extreme salt consumption and sugary sweets are two of the many main causes of diabetes and obesity throughout our nation.

 

 BANSKY GRAFFITI ART

British street artist whose identify is unconfirmed. Banky’s art work combines dark humor with graffiti art. He works through the British underground scene to create pieces of art all throughout England — never revealing anymore information about himself, let alone selling his creations (those not installations that is of course). What’s cool about his work is that he makes passerbys re-think what’s reality and what’s imaginary. His work forces you to engage.

 

YVONNE LEE SCHULTZ 

 This artist really captured me because of her inexplicit attempts of showcasing the ease as to which guns are part of our culture and inevitably in our children’s hands. She also took a scene depicting a prim and proper dinner table set up and incorporated not a real gun but instead a porceilin one, signifying the commonality of guns within the home.

 

PETER CALLESEN PAPER ARTWORK

This artist’s work is unbelievable. He has created every thing you could possibly conjure up out of paper. Through these paper thin installations, he has taken on larger projects such as displays on water. What differentiates him from a lot of other artists that incorporate paper is that he toys with 3D verus 2D in mostly every piece — creating a sense of imbalance in the work that makes the viewer have to think about it.

October’s Hottest Music Videos

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

 USHER — DJ’S GOT US FALLIN’ IN LOVE

I will give Usher credit, major credit for one reason only. He literally doesn’t have to throw on ONE more pair of oversized shades and rip off his shirt. He’s the most notable R&B singer of our decade and has proven himself time and time and time again. Him taking the time to kick his own ass learning sick dance routines for his new video is noteworthy in my book. I love the incorporation of Pitbull too. Nicely done Usher.

 

LIL WAYNE — I’M NOT A HUMAN BEING

It is no shocker I’m including a Wayne video in this list, because well, I just love him and his music. This song is cool but the video is just out of this world. It’s kind of creepy? Kind of Halloween/rage glow in the dark themed? He has crazy ass white eyeballs, flourescent “teeth” (using that term loosely) and showcases medical charts and needles. CLEARLY I’d dig this video — anyone who knows me would know that.

TREY SONGZ — CAN’T BE FRIENDS

This video, quite honestly, changed my opinion about Trey Songz completely. He went from being a somewhat known somewhat blah “rapper” to an Usher/ Diangelo esque singer with amazing emotion and an AMAZING body. Great song too. “Bottom’s Up” is a great song but it’s literally only because Nicki was thrown into the mix, her part in the song is the only reason I love the song.

CEE LO– F*CK YOU

Where do I even start with this video? Hands down my favorite one this year. Second is The Black Keys, “Tighten Up” video. The song is pop-py, catchy and so hysterical. I loved the entire video and how it fleshed out from start to finish. You know there was always that ONE guy or ONE girl you just fawned after when growing up and the best feeling in the world in that situation would be having the roles reversed (she/he becomes a loser and you’re happy and filthy rich). You know, real life.

 BRUNO MARS– JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

So, I love Bruno Mars, a lot. Minus the whole pompous wide ass grin he flashed when he got arrested for Cocaine Possession not even a year into super stardom… but we will put that aside for now. The song is great and the video is even more adorable. He uses the tape itself in a tape to draw her, himself, the title of his song. I thought it worked well.

Coffee Battle Showdown — Starbucks VS Dunkin’

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been meaning to post this for, well, as long as I have been a daily consumer of coffee. I don’t even in actuality like the taste of coffee? However, I think it’s a cool “thing” to carry en route to classes, work, on a cold day so I have taken a somewhat liking to the beverage.

Yesterday, I was ordering something out of my element, a Skinny Cinammon Dolce Latte, Grande. The cashier rang me up for a bit over $5.00 — I am never shocked by pricing and I was floured. Maybe it’s me? But, to grab some coffee pour it into a cup with skim and a shot of a generic syrup really should not cost me any more than $3 bucks. Sorry. It made me think about the battle between Dunkin’ and Starbucks… who reigns supreme?

ROUND ONE: HOT COFFEE

While I’m livid about the spike in coffee prices, I will say, I have a big pet peeve with those stupid ass styrofoam cups that Dunkin offers for their hot coffee. I order a coffee hot so that I can carry it and warm  my hands — your sub mediocre coffee is NOT why I buy a cup of your coffee Dunkin. While more expensive, Starbucks also offers great varities of syrups including some favorites including: Cinnamon Dolce, Vanilla and Caramel. ROUND ONE GOES TO: STARBUCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND TWO: ICED COFFEE

I don’t think there’s even a close comparison in both taste and price of Stabrucks compared to Dunkin. For $2.50 you get a large, extremely tasty iced coffee from Dunkin. There isn’t even a need to elaborate on this round — if you think Starbucks is better in this category? Come talk to me in person about it, thanks. ROUND TWO GOES TO: DUNKIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND THREE: PASTRIES/ BAKED GOODS

Well, personally, I think both of their selections suck. Starbucks has horrendous bagels and muffins/baked goods. HOWEVER, they do offer “on the go” healthier breakfast and lunch options such as Protein Packs, Egg white/spinach/feta on whole wheat bread and Paninis with Chicken/Cheese etc. On the other hand, Dunkin IS the donut/baked good mecca of America — Their selection of pastries has yet to be surpassed. Their seasonal donuts such as Fall and Halloween inspired Donuts are THE best. Their breakfast/lunch options are not wholesome or healthy — even the Egg White Flatbread is full of processed ingredients. ROUND THREE: TIE.

Damnit guess it means they both belong to stick around, for now that is. Until a mega coffee chain comes along with healthy foods, cheaper prices for coffee drinks and amazing iced coffee that is.

 

13 Facts You Most Likely Didn’t Know About Me

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm

No, I didn’t craft this myself thank you very much. For your Friday enjoyment folks.

Ever been in a cop car in real life? Funny you ask actually. Yes, I have in fact. Last summer I was a bit “under the weather” let’s leave it at that — and thought it was a really smart move to hail down a cop car in my local beach hometown as opposed to a taxi *which mind you does not exist in Southern New Jersey. I tried to sit in the back of the car, he started chuckling and said, “You don’t want to do that ma’am, sit shotgun… trust me”.

I can’t help but laugh out loud when: I see a wildly unattractive couple displaying public affection — don’t get me wrong, I don’t think of myself above others, but I make the very distinct statment that seeing ugly couples grope each other on the corner of Bleeker makes me unappetized for hours following. That’s all I’m saying.

My car is: A silver BMW X3 — Miss my white one named “Sunny” that I had in high school, silver is not only a lackluster non show stopping color I’ve decided but it also scratches if you cough the wrong way. Fail decision on my end, BMW you’ve done nothing wrong, I promise.

I have a scar from: Well, I have a few. Me and the beauty product called the razor aren’t too close with one another. It’s always been a love/hate/more hate relationship. I tore off most skin on my leg while shaving 3 years back. I also took a severe fall on the cobblestones in Boston while running one time. I also have a big ass scar from chopping almost though my index finger with a knife while trying to cut an Everything bagel — 12 stitches and 2 Xanax later, and I’m good to go, minus the scar that is.

I can’t go a day without reading: The New York Times (front page, business, op-eds, dining in dining out and the arts on occasion), The Wall Street Journal (weekly journal, front pages), Serious Eats, NY Mag Online and Tastespotting

I hate when people: Walk extremely slow when they’re in the subway station, on the street in a metro city or when you’re in need of a bathroom and need to pee. I also hate when people slurp drinks, soups, milkshakes — no thank you. Straws are available nationwide at your local market, invest in some please.

I want to get married: Either on the top floor of the Le Parker Meridian in the city where I grew up as a child, or I’d love something extremely traditional and beautiful in the country — like a pretty part of CT, upstate NY

My celebrity crush is: Um, well, I have a few? So I will go with the following which hasn’t really changed too much in the past 3/4 years but oh well. It’s MY celeb crush list and I can keep it as long as I’d like. Shia LaBeouf (while I know he’s a nutball in real life), Shane West (hot DAMN still), Ryan Reynolds (no explanation needed)

I’ve lost: Pretty much every nice thing every bought for me? I try so hard to be less spacey, after being begged and pleaded to by my parents over the past decade but I will admit it’s just NOT my strong suit. I am not one of those people who has a photographic memory either, so pretty much, I’m screwed.

My favorite thing to wear is: Oversized loose/sexy tops and tight jeans and black pumps. Possibly with a jacket or not depending on the weather. I hate tight fighting clothing of all sorts so skin tight dresses where you can’t cough or breathe is not something you’d see me wearing out at night.

What I’m afraid of: Being trapped in an elevator, airplane crashes, huge sharks, getting sick, failure to live up to everyone’s expectations, not being loved

Favorite smell: Lola by Marc Jacobs is my signature perfume so I love that smell, but also the smell of Blockbuster, Home Depot and True Value. Oh, and gasoline, permanent markers and firewood but only in October/November. Don’t judge.

Things next to your bed: My Canon Rebel camera, my beautiful wooden jewelry box, two books I’m in the midst of finishing and a pair of neon green plastic glasses that remind me of good people I miss from home