Avocado Toast

Hello friends!

I’m coming to you today with something a little bit different than my usual fashion slayage. Recently, I was invited to Urban Table in Morristown, New Jersey for a unique dining experience and enjoyed a three course meal including avocado toast, arugula salad topped with salmon and house dressing, as well as a french onion dip sandwich with prime rib.

My first dish was the ever so popular avocado toast and it blew my mind! This combo has had quite the buzz lately and based on the sound of it, I wasn’t sold. Avocado + Toast = BORING. But boy was I was wrong!

It’s so much more than just avocado on bread. It was layered with cheese, seasoning, corn, etc. I loved it so much I decided to re-create it in my kitchen.

Aaaaaand voila…..

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It tasted so good!

When I did this re-creation I eye balled everything. No measurements were used at all.

First, I had to make the Mexican Street Style Corn.

In a medium bowl, I combined:

  1. 2 generous spoons of mayo
  2. A hand full of feta cheese
  3. Some diced red onions
  4. Some minced garlic
  5. Fresh lime juice (a little less than half a lime)
  6. A little chili powder
  7. Salt and Pepper ( I used more pepper than salt)
  8. **You can add in some jalapeño peppers if you want it a little spicy**

Then I poured two cans of corn in a skillet coated with olive oil and let it char some. Once the corn was done charring, I combined the corn with the mix in the bowl.

 

After making the street style corn, I put everything together in this order:

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A thick slice of oven toasted bread from a baguette.

 

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Sliced Avocado.
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Mexican Street Style corn.
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Diced Tomatoes.
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More Feta Cheese.
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Paprika.

So it was fun making this and as a side note, I recommend making the Mexican Street Style corn as a side for other dishes too. It’s something a little different and goes well with other dishes.

As for Urban Table, I’ll be back soon to taste some other foods on the menu! Thanks again!

 

P.S. They also had the best Frozè I’ve ever had! You’re welcome.

 

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I’m hungry

Hi Everyone

I’m the type that loves to eat out at restaurants and diners. I know my favorite places and my favorite things to get on the menu. For my birthday, a friend of mine took me out to eat at a place called Veggie Heaven. I was weary because I didn’t know if that meant there were very few meat options or none at all, so I ate before I went just in case because I’m no vegetarian. Hahahaha.

Needless to say, I was very hesitant to try it but I’m glad I did because it turned out to be really good! I had some general tso chicken, which was actually tofu. This experience got me thinking that I should try to step out of the box when it comes to trying new foods.

Thus, I came up with the idea of trying more local restaurants around my small town. It also helps in supporting small businesses so it’s a win-win situation. Obviously, I’m going to document the journey via my blog and Insta story so stay tuned and check out my first restaurant stop below!

And no, I’m not turning into a food blogger. LOL This is an experience.

 

The Quiet Man | Rt. 46 Dover, NJ | Irish Pub

When pulling up to this restaurant, I noticed they had a menu placed on the outside so you could see what they had before going in. That’s something you see in a more metropolitan city so I was pleasantly surprised because I really appreciate when places do this.

After walking into The Quiet Man, I felt like I was no longer in Dover. Let’s just say the demographics changed completely. This Irish pub was occupied 90% by those who probably had an Irish or European background and I guess it isn’t normal for a black girl and her hispanic friend to walk in for dinner. We did get a few head turns and short stares. But I took my seat with the upmost poise and remained unbothered.

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We had potato pancakes as an appetizer. I’m not going to lie to you and I’m not throwing shade but they were not seasoned and that’s all I’m going to say.

For the main course, I chose the special they had going on which was the crab cake, vegetables, scalloped potatoes, and corn on the cob. Everything was very, very good. Nothing was over cooked or under done so that’s a huge plus. The crab cake and the veggies were my fave.

My special also cake with dessert so we shared crème brûleé that had Bailey’s in it. I’d never had crème brûleé before but I don’t think I should’ve started with this one. I had a scoop and wasn’t sold on it, however, I think it’s because the Bailey’s liquor over powered it. So maybe I’ll have to try it again at some point and put the Bailey’s on the side.

The Quiet Man is a little expensive (in my humbly broke opinion) but worth the experience if you’ve never been or if you like Irish food. Our two meals came to $70 and that’s including a tip. I would definitely go back to try a couple other things I saw on the menu.

Here are some pics:

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My friend ordered the chicken pot pie

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Brooklyn Smorgasburg

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So about a week ago (insert $hmoney dance), I went to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, which is a weekend food festival that has a sea of food vendors. I heard about it through my friend and fellow blogger Jelani‘s blog. I decided, being the “chef” that I am, this would be a fun event to go to. So, I dragged some fam along with me and we headed to the BK.

When I first got there, I thought it would be a little bit bigger than it was. The online photos made it seem MASSIVE, but in person, it was just big. Nonetheless, we took a full lap around first just so we could see all of our options. There was pretty much every type of food there that you could have asked for plus dessert! I instinctively my vision zoomed in on the fried chicken stand, but being in an environment like this called for going out of my comfort zone.

It was difficult making my decision on what I would try first, but in the end, I went with the pork and cabbage taco from Gao Taco. They paired the slow roasted pork belly with pickled cabbage and chipotle mayo. I took a bite…….it wasn’t my thing. I took another bite…….it was decent. I took a third bite……then gave it to my mom. We have different palettes. The taco wasn’t horrible but I am personally not a fan of how they kept the fat on the pork. I felt like that was all I tasted as I chewed.

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While my mom enjoyed the rest of my taco, I went on a mission to find something else. I was kind of discouraged that stepping out of my comfort zone didn’t end well. So, I went with what I knew. I found a stand that sold wings (one my favorite foods). I said to my self “Self, you are being mediocre trying foods you can get anywhere”. Little did I know how great and amazing those wings tasted! They were easily the best wings I ever had from a place called Dan and John’s Wings. They were simply…

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My last entreè I tried was not really planned. I knew I was still a little hungry but I didn’t know what for. My fam and I happen to be walking by a stand that was putting up signs saying “1/2 off all food”. That was a sign from God for only he knows how much ya girl loves a sale. I forget the name of the place but they sold Asian food. I asked for the shrimp not realizing it came with the lo mein. All in all, again it was fantastic. I ate the entire bowl, without being able to take a photo because it was that good.

Overall, Smorgasburg was a success I would say. If you plan on going, I would offer these tips:

1. Bring a decent amount of money and make sure it’s cash. When we walked in, there was a long line for the ATM machine and a good amount of the vendors don’t take cards.

2. Don’t count on all of the vendors that you see online to be there. It probably depends on the day you go honestly. Some vendors do both Saturday and Sunday while others only do one day. I went on a Sunday so there are some vendors I didn’t get to see because they only come on Saturdays.

3. Try new things. Although, I didn’t like Goa Taco, I would recommend it to someone else looking to try something out of the box. Plus, they had great customer service.

4. Bring fold out chairs or a blanket to sit on in the grass. My mom thought about this last minute and grabbed a blanket before we left the house. Most likely, it will be hard to find an empty table so people will sit in the grass or on the curb.

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Oh yeah…I also tried a coconut!

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We ended our day with a walk on The High Line.

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My Own Masterpiece!

Guess What!

The other day, I made a dish without a recipe!! I don’t know what happened but the cooking Gawds above must have used me as a vessel to create a dish that was so spectacular that I couldn’t even take a photo of it because I ate it all. I mean I was just moving around the kitchen like I had made the recipe a million times before.

This is how I made a very fancy chicken sandwich. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but just wait until the end.

  • I started by seasoning a piece of boneless chicken breast with Garlic and Pepper seasoning, Sweet Piquanté Pepper and Cilantro seasoning, and some seasoning with Sazon. Then, I put it in a pan that was drizzled with olive oil and let it cook until it was done.
  • After that, I sliced some red peppers and sautéed them in a pan along with some basil leaves from my mom’s garden. I chose basil because it smelled good :]
  • While sautéing my peppers, I prepared my buns for the oven by putting white and yellow cheddar cheese on them. I left them in the oven until they were warm and SLIGHTLY crispy. Keyword: slightly. I made sure the buns weren’t black like charcoal.
  • Once everything was done cooking, it was time to build the sandwich. I put the chicken on the bun in shreds and then added the peppers. Then, out of nowhere, I came up with the idea to add crumpled tortilla chips on top. I crushed them with my hands right over the sandwich.
  • I squeezed about a quarter of a lime on the top bun and then pasted it with a little mayo and dijon mustard.

…AND VOILA!

I sat down to eat my burger was like…

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…This. Is. Good.

 

 

I gave my compliments to the chef and inhaled both sandwiches without regrets. I also didn’t create a name for my masterpiece yet so I’m open to suggestions!

Honey Garlic Shrimp

Hey!

So this is the first recipe I made on my own. Like I said, my cooking abilities go as far as being able to make a great bowl of cereal.

I found this recipe on Pinterest. I love love love Pinterest (Follow Me!)! I could easily pin for hours with no regrets. Anyway, I was in the mood for some shrimp and decided to go for it. With God on my side, the shrimp turned out really really delicious! This honey garlic shrimp recipe was easy to follow and didn’t take a lot of time to make. I paired it with white rice and string beans. The white rice was the Uncle Ben’s that cooks in the microwave for 60 seconds and the string beans were from the can. Nothing special there. I was too excited when I put this meal together. I called most of my family and told them that I was officially a chef. Hahaha

Normally, I will post photos but this time I didn’t take any so I am just going to show you the Pinterest photo. 

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If you want to try this meal, here is the link! I highly recommend :]