All posts filed under: Happy Hour

Marinating Ribeye

Asian Beef Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Sometimes having a good friend over for dinner can be stressful. You want to impress them (obviously), but you don’t want to be slaving away while they’re sitting on your couch awaiting your latest dating gossip. The trick to really winning the at-home dinner date is having everything pre-prepared so all you need to do is heat and serve. Last week, my friend Maggie was planning on coming to dinner. Maggie is an editor at people.com and is always up on the latest news, gossip, trends—so I knew the meal had to impress. She also isn’t the hugest carb fan, so pasta (my usual go-to) was out of the question. I decided to go with Asian beef tacos with a cabbage slaw. And I made it ALL the day ahead, so when Maggie came over, I just needed to cook the beef, assemble tacos and pour the wine. (Took about 5 minutes tops). This is a quick, do-ahead meal that you can easily prepare without being a slave to your stove. Here’s the meat in marination …

E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (2)!

Yesss I am still in Italia! But no this post is not on Italian food–I promise, I’ll get there. But before I got to Firenze I went to Paris to visit my friend Anjali and to have a European Reunion with lots of our friends. It was a ton of fun and I am SO happy that we got to go! I think we had a little too much fun… While we were there we ate tons of crepes, cheese and other buttery delicious Parisian food. (and some frozen pizza–or 2–at 6 am…but we don’t need to get into that). One night we went to restaurant called Le Refuge Des Fondues–more commonly known among Americans/NYUers as “the baby bottle place”. To explain: they serve wine in baby bottles. As my parents pointed out, weird, but surprisingly fun and something we just had to do. Le Refuge is on the hill on the way up to Sacre Coeur in Paris. We had been up to Sacre Coeur earlier in the trip and it’s really pretty, I …

Happy Hour- Frozen Southsides

It’s back to school time. Time to shop at staples, the NYU bookstore, Bed Bath and Beyond and Basics Plus. Time to start figuring out our schedules. Time to start thinking academics. Time to start thinking, period. As the summer heat starts to slip, we start forgetting those trips to the beach and long nights drinking summery cocktails.  But what if that cooling sensation of a cocktail on your tongue doesn’t have to end? What if we try to extend the summer by continuing to mix those delicious drinks all throughout the fall? I don’t have a problem with it. Do you?  You all might remember from this post when Whitney went to the Rice’s on Fire Island and helped cook and mix drinks for Maddie’s Cocktail Party. She mentioned Frozen Southsides and how delicious they are. Actually she raved about them, and then some. Needless to say, when we were debating about what to make for this happy hour post, Frozen Southsides were definitely our number one pick. And I have to say, move over mint julep and mojito, there’s a new minty guy in town.  Frozen Southside 2 cans of Minute Maid Frozen Limeade 2 cans (equal parts) Vodka 1/4 cup sugar Several Mint Sprigs Those are all the …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Fire Island, The Rice’s Cocktail Party

“Fire Island? What is that? Is that like a theme park or something, I don’t know what that is”. This was the response I got from my friend Mary Helen after telling her where I spent last weekend, in Point of Woods on Fire Island. No, it’s not a theme park, although it probably could be the way I ride a bike, which is not very well, resulting in many close calls with other bikers and myself+the pavement. Fire Island is a small island off of Long Island that I had the opportunity to visit last weekend. Though not a theme park it is just as fun, probably more fun. Two of my good friends, Liz and Hillary, work on Fire Island as nannies during the summer. I have been hearing about “POW” (Point of Woods) and Fire Island for like two years now and the only thing I could picture about the place was my friends joy riding on pastel colored bikes through a Pleasantville type town. You can’t drive cars on the island …

A Nosh and Tell Review of Studio Square Beer Garden in Astoria

In New York, there are several things you can do on a weekend with lovely weather. You can lay around and get your tan on in Central Park, stand in line at Shake Shack for a juicy burger, walk along the Hudson, jump in the fountain at Washington Square park, or even mooch off a friend and take advantage of their roof-deck. But what happens when you’ve done all that? What do you do? Where do you go? The answer is to Astoria. To the Studio Square Beer Garden to be exact! So the next time you have a free couple of hours and the weather is warm and sunny, jump on the NRW from Union Square and take the 40 minute subway ride to Astoria. Once you’re there, you will come across a truly magical site; you will see masses of people sitting on picnic benches, holding cups chock full of beer, swaying to the bumping music and just enjoying life. Have you ever seen an outdoor space this big? Ever? We sure haven’t. …

A Wine Tasting at Otto

A few weeks ago, Whitney and I went to Mario Batali’s restaurant Otto for a wine tasting. Otto offers three different types of wine tastings: Discover Italy ($45), Regional ($45) and Ultimate ($75). The Discover Italy class includes the basics of how to make wine, an introduction to Italian wines and producers, as well as a tasting of several Italian wines. The Regional class will focus on wines of a particular region- I suppose that’s pretty self-explanatory. The Ultimate class showcases Italy’s most famous wines. Otto stresses that these classes are for anyone, so don’t be shy! Whether you’re a first-timer or a passionate aficionado, there is always something to learn.  Whitney and I happened to fall under that category of first-timers, but our sommelier, Paul Tortora, was extremely helpful in giving us a basic understanding of wines. Paul is an investment banker turned sommelier and is passionate about the wine industry. Ah! There is life after investment banking after all! During our class, his main goal was to teach us that while commercial wines …

Happy Hour- Peachy Wine Cooler

The weather is warming up; school is winding down, so it’s time to start making those cooling summer cocktails. I have been doing some research on wine coolers and I came across Drink Mixer’s ’80’s Wine Cooler. It called for Chablis White Wine, 7-up soda and peach juice. Easy enough! I went to my local super market and went shopping… The wine I snagged ended up being a light Chardonnay.  I think you can always play around with which wine you’d like to use. Crisp, fruity, dry- it’s really your choice. Also your choice, price. Spend what you will. I also decided to take the peach juice “up a notch” (thanks Emeril). My dad loves to drink nectar fruit juices. They are much thicker than your typical juice box and I’d like to think that they’re a lot healthier. I chose Looza Peach Nectar. The glass bottle is filled with peach puree and a little bit of water and sugar to sweeten things up. Don’t forget to shake before use! Instead of 7-up I decided …

It’s Happy Hour! The BS Boyfriend Cocktail

Today I would like to introduce our first Happy Hour drink. Thanks to http://www.drinksmixer.com, and a bit of creativity, I have created the ultimate ladies drink.  Are you tired of being treated like a second rate citizen? Not getting enough attention? Or maybe a little too much attention from those hard hats working on the building next door? Craving a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T from the men in your life? Well, this drink is for you. To make the BS Boyfriend, mix: 1 part Vodka 1 part Cranberry Juice* 1 part Red Bull* 2 parts Ginger ale* *healthy swaps- Light Cranberry Juice, Sugar Free Red Bull, and Diet Ginger Ale As a step up from the usual cranberry-vodka, the BS Boyfriend is a sweet and tangy concoction that will heat up the party.  When I was researching this drink, I was a little skeptical of the Red Bull.  As a person who usually associates Red Bull with the taste of urine or something along those lines, I was slightly deterred but I decided to try it out anyway. Turns out that …