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July 02, 2015

Sriracha & Jalapeno Potato Chip Crusted Chicken


Welcome to another addition of "I like to bread chicken in things other than bread crumbs." Because why not, right? Why use bread crumbs when there are so. many. other. ingredients that achieve a beautiful crisp skin with little to NO oil or frying?


Today, in partnership with Kettle Brand, we're bringing you potato chip crusted chicken breasts. YES. You read that right. Sriracha and jalapeno. Potato. Chip. Crusted. Chicken


Kettle Brand has so many unique and interesting flavors, it was extremely hard to choose which would be the winners. Among some of my favorites: maple bacon, backyard BBQ, and sea salt & vinegar. My, oh my. 

The best part? Kettle Brand chips will not jeopardize that summer body that you've been working so hard for. There are 0 trans fats, 0 MSG, 0 preservatives, made with natural ingredients, and are 100% gluten free. Um, why have I ever bothered with anything else?



In short, the spicy flavors of these chips took this chicken to a whole other level of delicious. No additional seasoning was necessary, and this was in and out of the oven in 20 minutes. I'll eat to that.


Sriracha & Jalapeno Potato Chip Crusted Chicken

Make 2 chicken breasts
2 boneless, skinless chicken breats
1/2 cup Sriracha Kettle Brand Chips
1/2 cup Jalapeno Kettle Brand Chips
Olive Oil Spray (can be found at most supermarkets)

Preheat your oven to 450. Smash up both of your chip flavors and combined them in a bowl. Give each chicken breasts a generous spritz of olive oil, then coat each piece in the chip crumbs, back and front. You may have to gently press on the chips to make them stick.

Add chicken pieces to a tinfoil-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.

Drizzle on some sriracha and enjoy!


June 29, 2015

10 Of The Best Pizza Joints In Manhattan


Hands down, one of the most frequently questions I am asked on almost a daily basis is: "Mel, where can I find the best pizza in Manhattan?" The answer? Well, there is no answer. Because frankly, there isn't just ONE place that has the best pizza in Manhattan. Nope, nada. sorry to break it to you.

NYC is equipped with so many great spots, with so many different varieties of pizza, it would be impossible to choose just one out of the bunch.


So, to help you out in your carb-eating journey, I've rounded up a list of 10 of my favorite spots across Manhattan. All I ask in return is that you try every. single. one.

Check out 10 Of The Best Pizza Joints In Manhattan

by Mel Rose at Mode

June 26, 2015

Grillin' Like A Villan: 10 Recipes To Try



Indubitably, with of the greatest things about summer is grilling. Getting outside, getting a little dirty, and grilling all night long while surrounded by friends and a dope playlist. It's one of those little treasures we sometimes take for granted, but in reality, if you look around at that exact moment, you'll want time to stand still.

That being said, and with yet again another holiday weekend approaching us quickly, here are 10 grilling recipes Food and the City has had the pleasure of posting.



Check out Grillin' Like A Villan: 10 Recipes To Try
by Mel Rose at Mode

June 25, 2015

Summer Tote Essentials


You know what's one thing I really love about summer? Tote bags. I really, really love summery tote bags. It may seem like something so small and so insignificant, but give me a fun tote bag to haul around the city and I'm game. It's that easy-breezy fashion after all.



Today, with our friends at IZZE, I'm showing you what I carry around in my summer tote, whether it's to catch some rays in Central Park, or taking a weekend road trip out of the city. Here are a few of my essentials.

1) A sketch book for when I'm lounging and feeling a little creative. I love jotting down blog or video ideas whenever they come to me. Also helpful, iPhone notes. 

2) Sunnies, because obviously. These Celine ones have been stuck to my face for a few weeks now, and I just love the square shape to them.

3) A flower crown, because that's a beach essential for me. There's something I love about wearing a colorful flower crown on a sunny beach. Some may call this basic, I call this inviting.

4) A nail polish for touch-ups, etc. Especially if you're heading to a bar or such after a day at the beach. The sand and salt water break your polish down so bad, it's always good to have your color on you to fix up your toe'sies.

5) IZZE Sparkling Blackberry, because it's my new summer staple. I have yet to find another fizzy/fruity beverage with only 90 calories that taste just as good as this line of beverages.

6) A hair cream/spritzer to fix up your tousled waves. This Dove one adds a little life back into my hair after a day in the sun, even if that's just me running Uptown to Downtown running errands.

7) Bliss Foot Patrol is a lifesaver in the summer for all of the cute sandals you want to wear. It legit makes your feeties feel like you just got a pedicure, and for that, I always have this product in my summer tote.

8) Urban Decay NAKED Beauty Balm. Essentially a tinted moisturizer with SPF that is awesome to use on your face if you don't feel like wearing makeup. It's hot, it's humid, it's not a makeup day. BB cream has saved my life.

What's in your summer tote? 
As always, thank you to Food and the City's most recent sponsor, IZZE, for making this post possible!


June 10, 2015

9 Floppy Hats Under $25 That You Need In Your Life


If you didn't wear a floppy hat to the beach, did you really even go to the beach at all? Not only is it stylish, but wearing a hat in the beating sun is a great way to protect yourself from those harmful rays (not to mention they make for adorable Instagrams, ammirite?)

Here are 9 hats, all under $25, that I think you need to own this summer:

May 28, 2015

Baked BBQ Shredded Chicken


I feel that everyone needs to know how to make a good multi-use baked chicken. One you can eat whole, one you can shred, one you can sneak into the kitchen at 4AM and eat out of the fridge. It's important to know these things.


Today's foodie adventure comes from the fact that this amazing Cabernet Sauvignon sauce by Woodbridge showed up at my door the other day, and I had to try it out immediately. I decided to go the baked route, vs. the grilling one, and this turned out so, so good. 


I want to put this sauce on everything.


Baked BBQ Shredded Chicken

yields 1 - 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken
2 medium sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Preheat your oven to 375. Toss your chicken breasts with olive oil and salt/pepper and set aside. When oven is preheated, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and lay your breasts down flat. Cover the dish with foil, and bake chicken for 20-25 minutes, or until 95% finished. Remove from the oven and top each breast with the Wine 'Cue Sauce. Return, and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Allow the chickens to rest for 5 minutes before transferring them to a plate to shred.

To shred, hold two forks in opposite hands and gentle tear at the chicken by holding one of the forks in place and pulling with the other. Once you have a good tear going it will be much easier. Optionally, you can toss the shredded chicken with some additional sauce, or store it in the fridge to use later on.