My dear Tasty Retreat readers,
I apologize for my recent absence. I have a million excuses, most of which are good: we had family in town for a week (that’s three additional people in our 1-bedroom apartment), the restaurant got slammed (which means I was slamming my head against a wall for . . . → Read More: Is it 2011 yet?
I know for a fact that winter is here. Do you want to know how I know? Because yesterday it snowed. And then last night the snow melted a little, and ice froze on the ground. And today as I was walking to work I slipped on said ice, landed on both my knees (true story), and thought both my knee caps were broken.
Good news first: my kneecaps are not broken.
Bad news: I have two humongous bruises on my knees, and it is now painful to walk.
To sum up: I know that winter is now here because I have officially slipped on ice/snow/icy snow for the first time. Continue reading My Favorite Chili
I’ve never experienced anxiety or stress like this before. I have dreams every night about whether I’m going to make it through my prep list at work, and then I wake up from said dreams once or twice throughout the night, panicked that I might have slept through my alarm. I think that as I become more confident, I’ll start to calm down (god, I hope so). Right now, however, everything is moving insanely fast and it’s taking all my energy to keep up. Continue reading Learning to Like Heat
Have I told you yet how much I love classic pub food? Burgers, fries, nachos, chicken wings. I love them all. As with most extremely tasty foods, these items are high in fat and low in nutritional value (figures). When I recreate these dishes at home, I try to lessen the calories as much as possible: with burgers I use lean meat, for fries I bake off sweet potatoes, but baked chicken wings? The two best things about eating chicken wings are (a) the sauce, and (b) the crunch. This recipe had a delicious sounding, zingy Asian sauce, but would the wings be crispy?
I was definitely skeptical, but these wings pleasantly surprised me. I might even prefer them to the fried variety! And hello, how gorgeous did they come out?
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If you’re searching for a transcendent dining experience, look no further. I’m here to tell you that in NYC’s Meatpacking District lies one of the finest Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to. Continue reading Scarpetta
Anyone familiar with California Pizza Kitchen has probably tried (or at least heard of) their original claim to fame: Barbecue Chicken pizza. CPK specializes in gourmet pizzas, attracting both classic pie lovers (Pepperoni or Margherita) and those who are more adventurous (see other pizza flavors here).
We eat here maybe once a year, but when we do I’m always tempted to order this pizza.
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