Date night was perfect I met my boyfriend in the city and we decided to check out a restaurant called Thaila located in midtown west. I was super excited to check this place out, considering the $1 oysters on their menu. We went in and order the chefs selection this included Delaware Bay Oysters and some herb fries. He ordered a Manhattan up and I got my favorite drink a margarita! As we devoured our oysters my boyfriend thought it would be a good idea if I try an oyster shooter. I never heard of an oyster shooter before, he explain to me that its aRead More →

This year I got the pleasure to visit Puerto Rico for the second time. During my trip to Puerto Rico I got the opportunity to befriend a local by the name of Belen, she is the owner of Belen’s Cafe and Tiki Bar in Cabo Rojo. Her menu is simple yet delectable, I was told that I just had to try her beans. So I placed an order for beans and a side of white rice, without any hesitation I went for it. Her beans were heavenly each bite was full of flavor, these beans were so good that for a second I lost myself.Read More →

  Arroz con leche is traditionally sweetened rice pudding, many people have their own variations on preparing this dish. For me I follow my palate and make my decision based on what I like. Because I love the taste of coconut milk I added it into my recipe: Arroz con Leche 1 cup of rice 2 Cinnamon sticks 5 cups of water 1 16oz. Can of coconut milk 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2Cups of milk Pinch of salt Pinch of nutmeg Raisins opt.   I first cook one cup of long grain rice with cinnamon sticks and water, enough water to completely cover theRead More →

We didn’t know what we wanted to eat for dinner, but I knew that chicken was the protein of choice since I had pulled it out of the freezer. I thought to myself who doesn’t love a good chicken parmesan, so right after work I went to the market and got some ingredients that I needed like marinara sauce and mozzarella. All my ingredients were ready for me to work with. However my boyfriend decided that he wanted to make dinner. So he made an assembly station, first with his egg wash, then with AP flour that he seasoned with salt and pepper, he alsoRead More →

  Last Sunday we decided to throw a TACO PARTY for our friends. My boyfriend brought home a good amount of limes.  At first I thought that we can make some frozen Margaritas, which I love! But I just had to bake something with them, so I decided that I wanted to make lime cupcakes with a lime cream cheese frosting. I searched on pinterest and found a lime cupcake recipe, however this recipe was for Margarita cupcakes which would have required me to add some tequila, since I didn’t have tequila at the time I made them booze-free. Tip: A pastry chef I knowRead More →

For Christmas dinner this year my mother requested ceviche, ceviche is an Ecuadorian dish which is marinated seafood in citrus, it can be prepared using any type of seafood like fish or shrimp. At my mothers house we eat ceviche only on special occasions like for the holidays or birthdays, we do so because shrimp can be very expensive. This year I had the honor of making Ceviche for my family. The recipe is as follow: Shrimp Ceviche recipe: servings 10-13 juice of 10 limes juice of 2 oranges bunch of cilantro, chopped 4 red onions thinly sliced 5 tomatoes sliced 3 pounds of rawRead More →

  Every Sunday I look forward to having a nice homemade meal after a long work week. Its always special because I don’t cook. Instead, my boyfriend does the cooking and he really enjoys it! He is a rock star in the kitchen and with no professional culinary experience, he relies on his palate. Of course I am his taste tester but at the end he gives the final call. I love to share my input with him and every now and then I give him a few tips. Because most of my time spent is in a kitchen, on Sunday I get to kickRead More →

I wanted to make a simple dessert for my sister’s baby shower, so I decided that Vanilla cupcakes would make the perfect treat. I used pinterest to help me search for a Vanilla bean cupcake recipe. As I searched I stumbled upon one by Sally’s Baking Addiction. It was a simple Vanilla bean cupcake recipe that looked pretty easy to follow. I measured my wet and dry ingredients as indicated in the recipe however, I was careful to mix the dry in with the wet ingredients. I did so in batches of three. I read that its important to let the flour mix well soRead More →

As I was eating a bag of M&M’s candy it hit me, why not make cookies using M&M candy? I stumbled upon a Chewy Oatmeal M&M recipe featured on Pinterest by The pictures on her Pinterest of the cookies were amazing and I knew I just had to try to make them. Her recipe can be found on the link that follows: I followed her recipe as described but I added about a teaspoon of Hazelnut oil to the cookie dough. Since I did not have enough M&M candy to cover the 1 cup originally stated, I decide to add mini chocolate morsels toRead More →

  Ever since I can remember my mother always made empanadas for my brothers and I. It was served with a bowl of Farina or oatmeal. I remember waking up Saturday mornings to the smell of pastry dough frying away. It was such a delicacy for us. How can something so simple taste so good? I knew that I had to recreate that same feeling in my own house hold. My boyfriend and I had previously purchased frozen empanada discs at the supermarket, knowing that eventually it was going to be put to good use. They usually come about 10 per pack. I wanted to make twoRead More →