Ready for NYE?!
Try a new recipe to kick-off the year! Here is my twist on delicious white wine poached pears with a mascarpone sherry sauce!
6 Peeled Bosc Pears
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons Honey
2 Tablespoons Vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Cups of Dry White Wine
3 Cups of Water
1/2 Juiced Lemon
Dash of Nutmeg
8 oz. Mascarpone Cheese
2 Teaspoons Sherry
Over medium-high heat combine sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, wine, water and lemon. Bring to a soft boil for 5 minutes.
Reduce heat and add peeled pears and sprinkle with nutmeg. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally or until the pears are easily pierced by a knife, but not mushy! When ready transfer pears into a bowl. Allow poaching liquid to cool then add to the pears, cover and put in the fridge at least an hour.
In a separate bowl combine mascarpone, sherry and 1/4 cup of cooled poaching liquid. Whip until soft peaks form!
Once pears are chilled, top with your mascarpone topping and ENJOY!
FeLIZ Año Nuevo!
Quick & easy Huevos Rancheros!
When it boils down to it, huevos rancheros is a pretty simple dish, which can vary in ingredients, but typically has a few staple items:
1. Fried Eggs
In my version, based on what I already had at home, I used Goya Black Beans & my favorite Cabot Sharp Cheddar Habañero cheese.
Start off by heating the black beans in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Season with EVOO, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cumin. You may also add chopped jalapeño, or other chile of choice, as well as diced onions at this point.
In a separate saucepan, over medium-high heat, add chopped tomatoes with EVOO and heat until they begin to caramelize/become golden on the outside. Push tomatoes to the side and add desired amount of eggs. Before eggs are completely fried, top with your cheese of choice and cover pan, allowing cheese to melt over the egg/tomato mixture.
Line your plate with tortillas of choice (you may also have tortillas on the side, like I did today). Pour the black beans mixture over the tortillas, and slide the egg/tomato mixture over that. Add a dash of CHOLULA sauce, and you are ready to eat!
Below is another picture of my final product!
As previously mentioned, you can do some other things with this dish and make it your own! Such as further topping with any of the following: sour cream, crema fresca, avocado or cilantro.
feLIZ cooking!! & I hope you enjoy the recipe!!
In a city like NYC, where the dining options seem to be endless, it can be hard to establish a true favorite! But in this post, and future series of "favorite" posts, I will share by food type some of my go-to restaurants that I enjoy frequenting, time and time again!
So... let's talk about GREEK FOOD! My favorite? PYLOS! On 7th street between 1st ave & Ave A!
Why PYLOS? When establishing favorites in NYC, vicinity to home is a foremost factor none of us will ever neglect, and Pylos is in fact conveniently walking distance from where I live. So, if you live downtown and on the east side, this should be on your list. Pylos serves authentic Greek cuisine, in a beautiful space that makes you feel like you stepped into the Mediterranean coast. The entire ceiling is elegantly lined with delicate clay pots and the overall decorative theme feels airy, light, crisp and oceanic. Whether you are arriving late night, or looking for somewhere to eat during that awkward hour between brunch and dinner on the weekends, Pylos is there to help!
What to order? Check out the following... And if my word isn't enough, refer to the pictures below =)
Have you been to Pylos? What did you think? Email me your feedback and/or pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org!
It's Monday. The weather is transitioning slowly but surely into the brisk NYC fall, and YOU are slowly but surely recovering from your Sunday Funday hangover ☺️
So what's for dinner?
Why not try making a delicious homemade pizza! It's easier than you think... And here is how!
While you could make dough from scratch, I recommend you stop by your favorite local pizza shop or grocery store, and ask for some premade dough. You can find this in the refrigerator section of your local supermarket, often by the cheeses. You'll spot it pretty quickly, usually in a plastic bag, the dough simply in a big ball. Now, don't get intimidated thinking getting the dough into a round pie will be hard! It's actually really easy...
Pick up whatever other ingredients & toppings you'd like to add to your pizza. If you are going to make pizza with a red sauce, I recommend you buy a preseasoned pasta sauce, to keep this homemade lazy style Monday pizza as effortless, yet tasty as possible!
When you have all the ingredients you desire, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use a pizza stone, or simply any baking pan, splash a little olive oil on the surface to prevent your pizza from sticking, and begin to knead out the dough. It should be pretty easy to get it into a nice round pizza shape, concentrating on keeping the dough thickest around the edges, to have a nice crust!
Top with the ingredients of your liking, and throw it in the over for 25-30 minutes, and voila! You are eating gourmet at home!
I will share with you my homemade version from the other night. This is a simple margherita pizza I made, topped with: Freshly sliced organic tomatoes, fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella, a 5-cheese blend of shredded italian cheeses including Parmesan, Asiago and Romano, basil tomato pasta sauce, & a sprinkle of both EVOO and red pepper flakes!
Below are both my before & after baking pictures. feLIZ pizza baking!!!
Knowing where to head to zone out and get some work done is of the utmost importance in the city that never sleeps. New York City - the home to so many freelancers, entrepreneurs, aspiring actors, musicians, models and thousands of college students, has a coffee culture unlike any other American city.
Today I thought I would show a little love to one of my new found favorite places to head to get some work done: Why Not Coffee on Orchard Street.
This place has all of the elements for success, which is why I have never walked in to find any more than 2-3 seats available in the large space which holds around 70 people comfortably, with their own tables, outlets to plug laptops into, free high-speed wifi, and vibrant yet not overpowering music keeping the creative energy flowing.
THE COFFEE: brewing one of the BEST out there, BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE. Available milk options include soy and almond.
THE PASTRIES: brought fresh daily from NYC's own Mille-feuille West Village bakery.
Live downtown and looking for an escape from your little slice of Manhattan apartment life? Head to WHY NOT COFFEE ON ORCHARD!
Hola FEliz Readers! Last night I had the chance I visit one of the hottest new openings in NYC this month - Root & Bone restaurant on 3rd Street and Avenue B. The main attraction: Fried Chicken.
While the menu boasts an array of creative and colorful accompanying dishes, the Fried Chicken here is the focus. The waitstaff was pleasantly inviting, especially for a NYC hotspot, and took the time to explain the 2-day process used to prep the chicken for cooking! While it was hard to gather all the details with the delicious chicken sitting right in front of me, the point was made - this wasn't just any old fried chicken.
Wait times and reservations can be a challenge with this spot, but try heading in on the early or late side and grabbing a seat by the bar. You don't want to miss this deliciousness in your belly!!
Definitely a feLIZfoodie recommendation! Check out their signature Fried Chicken, Green Tomato, Cheddar Cheese, Waffle Sandwich below!
Hola! & FEliz Labor Day weekend to all!
As the long holiday weekend continues, I thought I would share with you the sweetness found in one of NYC's newest cocktail hotspots! There is no surprise, this new spot is found in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, as one of the hubs for Manhattan nightlife. However, this place has the most creative, yet delicious and not overly sugary cocktails out there!
SUGAR FACTORY on 9th Avenue & Gansevoort!
Sugar Factory features an extensive cocktail menu ranging from large "scorpion bowl" style drinks created for a group of 3-6 to share, to your standard martini sized drinks, all themed after your favorite candies! Typically, this wouldn't appeal to me as I usually don't like sugary, sweet cocktails. But with all of the Instagram posts and buzz around this spot, I decided to give it a shot, and I am so happy that I did!
Not only are these fun drinks mixed to perfection by the in-house cocktail specialists, but the ambiance is right on point. The spot brings together a variety of age groups looking to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or simply looking to have a good time, somewhere outside of your typical cocktail bar!
Here are a couple of pictures of the cocktails we tried! Have you been to Sugar Factory yet? If not, I suggest you give it a try!!!
In my FIRST ever FElizFOODIE post, I would like to first and foremost thank you for visiting my page! (To know more about me, and why this blog is here, please visit the “About Me” section of my site)
For this first post I am going to keep it simple and start off with a recipe I invented tonight for dinner! This was a completely impromptu, experimental dinner that came out way too delicious to not write down, and repeat over and over again!
FElizFOODIE simple & quick SPICY STEAK TACOS!
Steak of YOUR preference
1 sweet onion
1 garlic clove
1 large Jalapeno, or other spicy pepper of choice
Small taco-size soft corn tortillas (Mission brand is the best!)
Crispy Fried Onions
Freshly Ground Pepper
Hot Sauce of preference
1. Dice & chop half the sweet onion, the jalapeno and the garlic clove as small as possible
2. Heat a medium-sized saucepan to medium heat, drizzle with EVOO and add onion, garlic, jalapeno mix. Sautee until crispy brown and remove from the sauce pan
3. While the onion mix is sautéing, chop steak into small cubes. Season with salt & freshly ground pepper
4. Add cubed steak to sauce pan on HIGH with EVOO and cook until edges are no longer red. Once this happens, add the onion, garlic, jalapeno mix to the pan
5. Continue to cook steak to desired temperature. Squeeze half a fresh lime over the steak before removing from the pan!
6. Fill your soft tacos with the delicious steak mixture, top with sliced avocado, your crispy fried onions and a dash of hot sauce, and ENJOY!