Mexican Tacos…For Realsies

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The New York neighborhood where I live, Astoria, Queens, is statistically one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the US, or so I’ve heard. Since moving here, I’ve learned that the authentic Mexican way to make tacos is not the ground-beef-and-cheese-laden creations from Tex-mex joints (…or Taco Bell, for shame) that we’re used to. Mexican tacos are much more stripped down – naked tacos, if you will. The key to making these seemingly simple little packages delicious is combining rich, punchy flavors with fresh ingredients. They’re super easy to throw together and make for a great take-to-work lunch when you’re sick of sandwiches and salads.

Here’s my slightly pumped-up-kicks version that I created with inspiration from the Mexican ingredients at my local grocery store. I do it with chicken and a refreshing salsa! PS IT’S GLUTEN-FREE! Word.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – The Best Barbecue in NYC?

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In the quotidian universe, I don’t eat that much meat. It’s expensive and bad for the environment and not particularly great for your health in large quantities. But man, is BBQ the best treat ever in the history of treats or what? Every once in a while, I just like to shovel a sinfully giant amount of fall-off-the-bone, juicy, savory meat products right into my piehole. One of my new favorite joints in New York is Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harlem – one of the best BBQ joints in the city, according to the Village Voice.  I (thankfully) have much more tasty ‘Q exploration to do before I release any kind of verdict, but I will say this: Dinosaur is entirely worth the hour-long wait it took to get in on a Wednesday night (though I’m not deserting my favorite LOCAL spot in Astoria, Butcher Bar!)

Read on for meaty goodness.

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Photo Post: A Visit to the Union Square Greenmarket NYC

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New York’s Union Square Green Market is an event that takes place four times weekly in the city’s bustling – you guessed it – Union Square. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8am to 6pm, a diverse array of local growers and food producers from the New York area gathers to sell everything from artisan cheeses to raw honey to flowers to seasonal fruits veggies. I happened to pick up some Amish-made bacon, a dozen fresh eggs, and some peaches grown right next door in New Jersey.

So why are farmer’s markets important and what’s the benefit? Read on for more pictures and discussion!

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Lazy Sunday Link Roundup

I don’t work a traditional weekends-off kind of job, but somehow Sundays still retain their laziness of days gone by. From those hazy college I-need-eggs-NOW-but-I-don’t-want-to-move Sunday mornings to the sweaty summertime cartoon and cereal marathons of my childhood, Sundays have always awakened my passion for very dramatically doing nothing. Sunday is the day of wasted opportunity.

In its honor, I officially bequeath Sunday as Link Roundup day — the easiest possible way to deliver a blog post with minimal effort.

Here are some of the most interesting links from around the web I’ve collected this week.

The Top Chef Cruise – So apparently you can take a 5-day cruise to the Caribbean with Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio and a bunch of other stars from Top Chef while they cook for you and have Quickfire challenges and shit. Like, on a boat. In the water. I’m sorry, why has no one sent me my personal invitation to this event yet? Get on that.

The Super Secret Science Club – I wish I knew about this about a week earlier, because they just had a sweet lecture this week about sharks from a shark expert – and then they all watched Shark Week together. This is like a chemical explosion of nerd essence slash fun. Basically this group stages various science-based outings, lectures, and performances throughout New York City. A lot of them involve getting drunk while nerding out. All in favor say π!

This Pocky Cake – I about flipped my pink, glittery shit when I saw this Pocky Cake from SprinkleBakes. It tickles every girly Japanese fancy in my wee little body. Doesn’t the strawberry Pocky picket fence just look awesome? I have to try to make this cake!

The Bronx Zoo – My roommate, my boyfriend, and some friends are heading to the Bronx Zoo this Wednesday, and it will be my first time! While checking out their website I was delighted to learn that they have CAMEL RIDES. Camel. Rides. And also a monorail. And also a tiger made out of Legos. This excursion will likely end in soul food from Dinosaur BBQ, which makes me excited to an almost lustful extent. I just really love barbecue…

Scientists Freaking Out Over Mars Landing – This was more like two weeks ago, but it will NOT get old fast and is still totally worth sharing. Imagine you spent the last few years of your life perfecting the calculations for a nearly impossible feat that could all unravel if the tiniest fraction of a number was off by the slightest amount – and all your calculations were right? This is how I feel when I get the DVR to work right…

That’s my Lazy Sunday Link Roundup. In the coming week, look forward to strawberry cheesecake cupcakes and a potential new Paycheck Challenge. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter! @IWouldEatIt


The $100 Paycheck Challenge

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Yesterday marked the start of a momentous undertaking: an attempt to only spend $100 of my paycheck. Yes, that means that every two weeks, barring rent and bills, only 100 of my precious and hard-earned dolla, dolla bills (y’all) can be spent on food, outings, clothing, and other delights.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress on this horrific endeavor. I need all the encouragement I can get…