Category Archives: Discussion

Holiday Cross-Over

Something about this just tickles my ironic funny bone… the idea of haunted gingerbread houses! I’d be a fun thing to do at a party, and it’s easier to find massive amounts of small candy for cheap this time of year. Plus there is something sexy about the browns of gingerbread decorated with blacks and oranges.  Hit up google image search for some ideas, but I first saw haunted gingerbread mansions here.

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The Kinchley’s Review

Kinchley’s Pizzeria has more rules than Ramapo’s library. You can’t split orders, you can’t use credit cards, and drinks don’t come with free refills. Yet as many people as cram into the library during finals week can be found in the tightly-packed dining room of Kinchley’s every day. So what’s their secret to success, despite all the rules? Find the answer after the dramatic-pause jump.

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So cliche it hurts: Rutt’s Hut

 

 

Weird Food Products

 

I know. You’ve all heard of it. Most’ve you have been there. Until the other night when my boyfriend and I attended a preseason Jets game, I’d never visited. And despite my negative opinions of it, which mostly formed after actually eating the hot dogs, it is just as true a piece of New Jersey history and present as anything else we have. 

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More like Julia Spy-ld

So prodding through cnn.com today I found an article about how Julia Child was a spy (on America’s side) during WWII. Just when you think you know everything about a nice lady who taught America how to cook well, new information pops out that totally blows your mind:

The full secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives.

So, from this we learn that not only was Julia Child a spy, but also some other famous names, perhaps more in food? Who knows. Until we find out today, that is.

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/14/spies.revealed.ap/index.html

Avoid the Ramen Diet

Lots of college students and young people living on their own eat like crap. Just own up to it, no excuses. Some people are pretty empty pocketed at this stage in their life, which is understandable, but no one can stay healthy on ramen and tap water. I like to budget thinking that some of my monies destine to entertain myself get added into food. I kinda find some zen in cooking for myself, and get healthy and tastey results. Well… at least vegetables and identifiable protein sources are involved kinda healthy.

If you were never taught how to cook at home, it might seem like a high mountain to climb. But you can always start with a basic cookbook, and just start making things that sound good to your tummy. Here is a great list of cook book recomendations from the NYTimes (free to sign up for if it prompts you for a log in). Steal/beg/borrow from the library, scrimp and save, just please for all that is tasty avoid eating ramen more than twice a week.

So little drinks, so much time…. No, Scratch that. Then reverse it.

Something happened to me the other night that hasn’t in awhile- at my girlfriends apartment the roommates were having a party and didn’t know what to make. Usually keeping a stock myself, such things rarely occur. In need of a drink recipe nothing beats the Willy Wonka explosion of Liqurious. A great site to browse, it’s a conglomeration of blogs about different drinks with recipes and (what really wins my heart) beautiful presentation pics. Just like a kid in a candy store, I usually want to try everything on their front page.

Website: http://www.liqurious.com/
Final Grade: A++, Great Site, Will Drink again!

Edit: Like, seriously, I just clicked on a link from there on how to make suspended frozen alcohol blobs to add to champagne to make it dance like a lava lamp. How cool is that?

Happy Birthday means Explosions

Happy birthday to Jim, Jess’ boyfriend. Fancy be damned: nothing says birthday like a Cosmic Brownie with a sparkler in it. And yes, he ate it while the sparkler was lit.