Food and the City

May 12, 2017

Unconventional Ways To Use Coffee

Coffee: (n.) Survival Juice
Unconventional ways to use coffee
If you’re anything like me, you only like your coffee on days that end in Y. Yep, life is unimaginable without our precious morning cuppa.  There so much to love about coffee, the luscious flavour, appealing aroma and of course, the little pick-me-up it provides.
Along with providing you with your morning ritual, did you know there are many other uses for coffee grounds? Don’t be so quick to throw them away after brewing a cup, they can also provide you with inexpensive ways to complete a range of household tasks, as well as being an effective addition to your beauty routine.
Minimises appearance of cellulite
You can exfoliate those cellulite dimples away with a DIY coffee scrub. Caffeine is cellulite’s number-one enemy because it provides antioxidants to the skin that help tighten and firm. Over time, the application of a homemade coffee scrub will perfect those pins and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Make your own coffee body scrub containing only five ingredients and apply it circular scrubbing motions to the problem area a few times a week. It is completely natural and has many other benefits on top of reducing cellulite including exfoliation, smooth skin, healing scars and anti-aging.
Increase hair growth
You can often find coffee as a surprising ingredient in various shampoos and haircare products. This is because it stimulates hair roots, improving structure and growth. So use those coffee grounds to breathe a new lease of life into your hair.
You can create a rejuvenating hair mask by mixing 2 teaspoons of coffee powder with a tablespoon of honey and another of olive oil. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse. You could also use it as a finishing rinse for your hair. Brew the coffee, allow it to cool and then pour it over. It will enhance the colour and texture and leave it looking silkier than ever.
Spice up your steaks
Not that a juicy steak needs much improvement, but coffee is an excellent way to spice up the meat without adding any additional sodium that many other meat marinades contain.
The process is incredibly simple; soak the steak in luxury coffee for an hour before grilling. It will provide you with smoky, flavourful and tender meat. You could also use the coffee grounds as a crunchy rub for all of your grilling favourites.

Clean dirty pans
With Mother’s Day soon approaching, I hope you are all cooking your dearests the delicious dinner they deserve for the holiday. If so, coffee can provide you with a solution to those after-dinner dirty pans.
Place a few teaspoons of coffee grounds onto a thin rag and use it to quickly get rid of that grease and whatever else is lingering in your pans. Cut your dishwashing time in half and you’ll have extra quality time with mum.
Aromatic air freshener
That five second inhale we all do over a cup of freshly brewed coffee is the best smell in the world right? Well, why not use the coffee grounds to create an air freshener so that you can continue to smell the aromatic flavours all day long?
You can use it in the car, in the house or on your work desk. With a few simple items, you can make yourself a pretty air freshener. For best results, place it on top of an air vent and the wonderful aroma of coffee will fill the room.
Remove under-eye dark circles
We spend so much money on miracle face products that tighten our skin, reduce puffiness, exfoliate and help acne. I bet you didn’t know that a solution to all these problems is sitting in nearly every kitchen.
Brewing coffee grounds, letting them cool and then applying them under your eyes will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Leave it on for around 15 minutes and repeat a few times a week for glowing skin and bright eyes.

May 04, 2017


Honestly, and I'm only looking for an honest answer here, who the f*ck doesn't like guacamole?? It's a bowl of mashed avocado with an endless option arsenal of add ons. Make it spicy, make it sweet, make it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- I don't care -- just make it all the time and force it into the faces of those cruel human beings who don't like it.

If you haven't heard -- and let's be real, you heard -- tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. I have a love/hate relationship with this holiday, because in actuality, it's not even Mexico's real independence day. That happens on September 16th, my friends, and I just gave you another day to mark down in your calendar as a totally acceptable date to start drinking margaritas the moment you wake up.

I kid, I kid. But not really.

April 24, 2017

Every Place To Boozy Brunch In Manhattan

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, New Yorkers wipe the hangover crispies from their eyes and slowly make their way out of their apartments in order to participate in one of this cities most beloved activities: Brunch. Brunch, unlike it's counterparts, is an art form, and an art form that New Yorker's take very very seriously. Here is every single place to boozy brunch in Manhattan, as listed per neighborhood.

You've got a lot of drinking and eating to do. 


Bodega Negra

The deal: Make your own mimosas for $65 with a bottle of prosecco and fresh juices and mixers.


The deal: $29.95 for an entree and 1.5 hours of bottomless frozen hibiscus rosalitas, classic margaritas, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and beer.

Lasagna Ristorante

The deal: $16.95 for entree plus choice of one mimosa, Bellini, screwdriver, or Bloody Mary. Make it unlimited for $11.

Bocca di Bacco

The deal: $20 for a bottle of Champagne or a pitcher of mimosas, Bloody Marys, or screwdrivers. $5 for single Bloody Marys, mimosas, and screwdrivers.


The deal: $9.95 for one hour of unlimited mimosas or Bellinis. $14.95 for margaritas or Bloody Marys.



The deal: $32 for an entree and 1.5 hours of bottomless sangria, mimosas, or Bloody Marys. If you want to host a full brunch party, parties of 20+ can spend three hours for $43/person.

Cafe Cortadito

The deal: $31.95 for an entree, plus 1.5 hours of your choice of tropical mimosas, red or white sangria, Champagne mojitos, Champagne margaritas, Bloody Marys, or house beer.

Pardon My French

The deal: $29.95 for an entree, plus bottomless Bloody Marys with house-infused horseradish vodka or mimosas for 1.5 hours.

Yerba Buena

The deal: $14 for one hour of all-you-can-drink Latin cocktails, margaritas, mimosas, and sangria.


The deal: $29.95 for an entree and 1.5 hours of bottomless frozen hibiscus rosalitas, classic margaritas, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and beer.

Three of Cups

The deal: Add just $8 to your brunch entree for two hours of unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas.

San Marzano

The deal: Add $10 for bottomless mimosas.


The deal: $50 for four tapas plus a two-hour open bar.

The Black Ant

The deal: Add $19.99 for 1.5 hours of spicy or regular Bloody Marys, margaritas, and mimosas.


The deal: Two hours of unlimited beer, mimosas, or Bloody Marys plus a SoCal-themed entree.

La Palapa

The deal: $32 gets a group of six or less 1.5 hours of unlimited brunch drinks plus margs and a Mexican-inspired entree. $38 for groups of seven and up.

April 22, 2017

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Trout

Trout may not be the rarest of all fish—in fact, it’s commonly raised as food and are easily found in supermarkets. However, that’s not an excuse to forego being creative with this fish. After all, not all trout are created equal; you’d want to make the most out of an exceptionally flavorful trout.
Hence, instead of the usual frying and grilling, how else can you prepare trout? Here are some creative ideas:
  • Cook the entire fish with everything on.
    Admittedly, not all Americans cook fish with the head, skin, and bones still on, usually settling for pre-cut fillets bought at the supermarket. However, this can mean that they’re missing out on a lot of flavor that only these parts can provide. This is especially true for trout. Most of this fish’s flavor can be found from its skin and bones. In fact, when cooked well, its skin offers an exceptional crispiness.

    If you’re wondering how to start cooking the entire fish, there are some recipes you can try out, such as this Oven Roasted Trout from Tomas Test Kitchen. This simple recipe only takes around 20 minutes to complete, from prep to cook time. And with the addition of lemons to season the entire trout, you get rid of the fishy smell while adding a light, tangy taste. That makes it the perfect spring or summertime dish.

April 21, 2017


I swear to GOD this year seems to be whizzing by quicker than any year ever before. The fact that not only are we nearing the end of April, my birthday month starts in just 10 days, in which I'll be turning 26. TWENTY-SIX. What in the actual FUCK is that about?

It feels like just yesterday that I was walking into my 21st birthday party, and just a week ago that my only worry in the world was if Joey from down the block thought I was cute or not. Can we go back to simpler days like that, and not to days where I'm in the fetal position on the couch after realizing how much I owed in taxes? Please?? Noo?? CAN ANYONE HEAR ME??

April 14, 2017

Philippe Chow - 10/10

Philippe Chow: easily one of the most famous names within the New York City food scene. Formerly the renowned chef of Mr. Chow, Philippe is considered one of the top Asian culinary geniuses of our time. Ever since opening their doors in 2005, Philippe Chow has been offering family-style Beijing cuisine in a dimly light & sexy setting. Their A-list clientele includes some of entertainments most notable stars such as Rihanna, Kobe Bryant, and the who's who of the New York City social elite. 

From the moment you step foot into Philippe Chow, you're transported into a luxurious oasis fit for a top notch dining experience. This isn't your typical Chinese takeout, folks. Here you'll find some of the cities best pecking duck as declared by the New York Observer, some of the tastiest cocktails, and yes -- the best red velvet cake that I have ever had in my life.