Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Who's Hungry?

This weekend was all about food! (And why shouldn't it be?) We tried two new places.

The first one was NY Hotdog (thank you for the suggestion, Michelle!).

If you know my fascination with hot dogs, you are wondering why I didn't go there sooner. I am wondering that myself. We got these fine-looking Bulgogi hot dogs. They tasted as good as they looked!

The next place we tried was the famous Shake Shack. I got the ShackBurger (first photo), and Husband got the Shack Stack (a cheeseburger and a crisp-fried Portobello filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese). We also shared a hand-spun coffee milkshake (not pictured - drank it too soon!). Everything was divine!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Little Sunday Morning Humor

We sent a gorgeous cheese board as a Birthday present to a very dear friend and mentor. He responded with this:

"Thank you for releasing my guests and me from the bonds of Velveeta with your very thoughtful gift."

It is by far the best and wittiest thank you card we have ever gotten! :) Do you see why it is impossible to ask for a better mentor?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday Edibles - Chicken Curry

I am especially excited about this recipe because until a few days ago I had never made anything curry! I bought all the spices and powders in a small East Village store. I just loved looking at shelves filled with colorful ingredients! The colors and aroma are incredible. Here is what I got.

The owner of the store gave me a handful of recipes. I tried Chicken Curry first, and it was a huge hit! Can't wait to try the others! Here it is.

1 whole tomato
1 whole onoion
ginget and garlic paste (or fresh ginger and garlic, coarsely chopped, 2 tsp each)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp Garam masala
4 green cardamom
3-5 bay leaves or fresh curry leaves
3-5 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tbs turmeric powder
salt to taste
4-6 fresh green chilis or 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 1/2-2 lb meat (beef, lamb, chicken) and vegetables of your choice, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk (optional)

1. Combine the tomato and onion, ginger and garlic paste (or fresh ginger and garlic) and olive oil in a skillet. Stir fry until well blended. (As you can see, I chopped up my tomato and onion instead of leaving them whole.)

2. Add Garam masala, cardamom, bay leaves or fresh curry leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks, curry powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and chilis or chili powder (optional). Stir fry for a few minutes. How pretty do all the spices look all together?!

3. Add the meat and vegetables and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add about 2 cups of water. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add heavy cream or coconut milk (optional) and cook for 5 more minutes on low heat or until the meat is tender. (I did not add any heavy cream or coconut milk this time). Serve with rice.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

This and That

First and foremost, Ruby has been bugging me to post these pictures she took the day it snowed (Wednesday). She claims she promised them to you and insists that it is important to keep promises. Apparently, this cannot wait until Wednesday (when she blogs again), so here you are! She apologizes for the poor picture quality; she is a novice in all things photography.

Second, do you have a citrus reamer like this one? It is AMAZING. If you use citruses frequently, you need one. I know we need one ASAP. They have them here for $12.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Let It Snow!

As a true NYC kitty, I love snow. I have to admit: my first winter in the big city has been disappointing! We've hardly had any snow at all.

This weekend looked promising. I waited and waited for snow all day long. I even fell asleep while waiting for it. Can you see outside? The snow did not come!

Today chance of snow is 100%! Yay! I will be sure to take pictures for you!


Monday, February 8, 2010

jaC Procures at Bloomingdales - New Boots!

I looked and looked and looked for comfortable black boots. Finally I found a pair of flat boots, and they fell apart after two weeks. Then, I purchased these Waverly boots by Via Spiga. The heel is sturdy, and the quality is top notch.

If NYC walking doesn't destroy the heels, they will last forever.

Just love them!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Why I Like Yoga!

I just completed a 3-class yoga workshop for beginners. It was great! Here is why I like yoga:

1. I don't like intensive exercise. Yoga feels like an hour of stretching, and we all know stretching is good for you because it increases flexibility.

2. There is no sweating involved, which I like quite a bit!

I purchased a 10-class package and plan to continue (well, at least for 10 more classes). :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Deal or No Deal?

Next month will mark a two-year anniversary of my Etsy shop!

Of course, to celebrate this occasion, I will offer a deal. The question is, what kind of a deal? Give me your ideas! What specials would you as a customer like to see at jaC Jewelry next month? Thank you!

This cute little bracelet is available here.

P.S. Don't miss the sale - sign up for the jaC Jewelry newsletter!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Why my Wax Carving Instructor is Great!

  • He has a fantastic sense of humor;
  • He has an interest in teaching, and it shows;
  • He made the cutest tiniest wax model of an Arabian horse that will be made into pendants and sold at Bergdorf Goodman; it is so fragile that we weren't allowed to touch it - only view it while it sat in a plastic bag!
  • He says the staff at Metalliferous (the place where I go for jewelry-making supplies) is rude! When I heard him say that, I knew we'd get along just fine. I dread going to Metalliferous and only go because other similar places are too far away. The staff there is rude, and I am happy that I am not the only one who thinks so!
My wax carving class is off to a great start!