Hood E-Cookbook #ad #CookWithHood

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.CSC_2862-e1439667834374Remember that awesome dinner I attended in August? Remember the delicious macros I shot for you, and the hilarious selfies that I took? I’m still partnered with Hood on this amazing cream #ad campaign and I have an incredible treat for you. You can now create my evening in the comfort of your own home– all of the steak, delicious peach melba with creamy vanilla bean ice cream, cockles and cod with tomato cream, and more! The recipes are minimal, clever, and easy for a budding or experienced chef to recreate from scratch or use as a jumping grounds for inspiration for your own recipes using cream. Hood is releasing an amazing e-cookbook with Chef Chris Coombs of Deuxave featuring all of the recipes from that dinner and more, all with Hood cream. Continue reading

#ad: Pumpkin Caramel Apple Cookie Bites

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Treats4All #CollectiveBias

Halloween recipes, take two- and this time, there’s peanut butter. What are you dressing up as for Halloween? I was thinking of dressing up as my student loans, because people will naturally want to hide from me, but now I’m leaning toward an old-school strongman. Weird circular barbell, perpetual comb-over, and a singlet makes it a pretty sure bet. In any case, there’s time to plan and invitations to beg for. And now, we wait.IMG_20151001_212305651 Continue reading

#ad Red Velvet + Ginger Root Beer Can Cakes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBiasIMG_20150930_151640427_HDRHalloween is approaching. This means a few key things: your FaceBOOk is going to be bombarded with cutesy memes about the “first day of Halloween”. Stop that. It’s October, and you’re pushing it. This also means candy, parties, and a shockingly stark expose on the most popular costumes of the year, considering that they’re worn for about four hours before being discarded and repurposed as a t-shirt when you haven’t done your laundry. But we all know what the best part of Halloween is- the tricks, natch. I’ve partnered with MARS and Social Fabric to bring you a spooky-sweet can cake that will help you ‘BOO’ your friends this Halloween. Continue reading

Pinkberry Strawberry Margarita & Blueberry

Writing to you from the Windy City, a mere five hours fresh from a most modernist dinner, at the helm of a hotel desk, I stand. Well, sit. And as I consider the scientific debauchery of the well-oiled machine comprising Alinea and its staff, I leave you with a Pinkberry review in my absence.20150828_133302Pinkberry recently came out with a few end-of-summer flavors, blueberry and strawberry margarita, and sent me a gift card to coordinate a few reviews. They’re coming out with more flavors than Nintendo is coming out with Pokemon and we stopped at the mall to check them out. Pinkberry is slowly replacing the pretzel as the mall snack of choice. And I’m pretty sure Auntie Anne has already retired to Boca Raton or wherever it is that old pretzel mavens go to live their days in peace, away from the throngs of screaming pretzel fan mobs. 20150828_133319We tried blueberry with coconut, chocolate crispies,   and white chocolate chips. Astute readers will note that we took the bold route of not adding blueberries to our yogurt. Some, perhaps an unnamed partner in yogurt, would assert this was a mistake on our part, but I prefer to maintain that it was a creative decision of the most calculated nature. Despite, or perhaps as a result of, this brilliant maneuver, it was our favorite flavor. The toppings were all complementary and the yogurt itself was mild in flavor but true to nature, gently fruity and floral.

Strawberry margarita fared well but lacked the panache in inception that its advertisements and flavor alchemy beckoned. The base was all strawberry, but the margarita was waiting until five. No hint of lime, and the salt rim was reduced to a small shake of flavored sugar and salt, which disappeared into the cream and chocolate before any tang could emerge. The toppings, though colorfully congruent, were not as successful here, either. Perhaps this would work better as a shake, both as an homage to the cocktail and for an added punch of sour flavor from the greek yogurt that Pinkberry incorporates into their smoothies.rating6

Tea Box Express: September 2015 Subscription Box

I know, I have a backlog of boxes in my food review trunk, but what can I say? I love getting mail. I promise I’ll be back to sniffing out weird sandwiches sooner than you can say “questionable health codes”, gang. On the docket we have a Chicago trip, packed with more sausages and Michelin stars than a gay chef’s convention, and more tea to satisfy my endless, undying tame hedonism. For now, Tea Box Express.20150914_111756 Continue reading

Amoda Tea: August 2015 Subscription Box

I’m a relatively classy guy and let the record show that if you want to up your sophistication, tea is the way to go. Fact: the best way to distance yourself from the bustling screams of the derelict on the streets below and the sounds of angry dogs fighting over garbage is not opiates, but oolong. I recently received a box of the good, leafy stuff from Amoda Tea, a Canadian company running a curated subscription box service, and tried out the goods for your consideration.IMG_20150827_160843024_HDR Continue reading

Wuji, Scarsdale, NY

A few weeks ago, John and I took a meandering drive to Scarsdale (including a drive through a residential area holding no promise of any restaurants, Chinese or otherwise) for dinner at Wuji, the latest restaurant from cb5 Restaurant Group out of Greenwich, CT. Wuji combines fresh, local ingredients with traditional Chinese recipes and a hell of an eye for decor. We came, we sat, we ate the entire menu.IMG_20150819_193456082_HDR Continue reading

Southern Boy Teas Rainbow Sherbet

Garlic bread, cheesecake, and cotton candy are not foods people, on a whole, would prefer to consume in liquid form, yet through the magic of modern-day science and free time, we now have that option. I ordered ten of the strangest iced tea flavors from Southern Boy Teas (garlic bread not included…I mean, we know how that’s going to end) last week to put them to the test. Since I’ve been home, I’ve really been getting into tea. Rather, my laziness has. Throughout my one-bedroom apartment, I’ve been placing strateagic (I swear that’s the last tea joke) stations to satisfy my craving. There are plenty of kettles to trip on.IMG_20150827_161855223_HDR Continue reading