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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How To Make Butter at Home

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So did you know it’s actually mind-blowingly easy to make your own butter? Like, the good kind you have at Zagat-rated restaurants with hand-milled sea salt or what-the-eff-ever? Guys. Seriously. The simple, quintessential joy and pride this project gave me is kind of sad, but to be able to say, “Hey, I made my own butter” – well, it’s a Scout Badge well-earned.

All you need: heavy cream, a mason jar, salt. THAT’S IT. Read on for instructions!

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Morning Food Porn

Here’s a quick Tuesday morning food porn post for you – an omelette with cheddar, parmesan, and pesto. Oh-so-porny.

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Lazy Sunday Link Roundup

Today’s Lazy Sunday Link Roundup is arbitrarily brought to you by the letter N. Here’s what I’ve been obsessing over on the internet for the past week.

This .gif from the Blowing Up Blog. It’s just so freaking cute! Click the link for deets on how to make these summer rolls.

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Sophie Madeleine – I discovered this Brooklyn-based songbird whilst perusing the YouTubes last night. She writes ukulele-based pop music and is kind of adorbs. I am particularly enamored with her song “The Rhythm You Started”.

Herschel Supply Co – I bought one of their laptop cases for my MacBook Air last week and could not love it more even if it were a magical golden puppy rolling in glitter. Their designs are classic, simple, and made from quality materials, all weirdly hard to find in laptop cases. The orange Heritage backpack is next.

Hey! Look What I Made! – This. Thing. OMG. This DIY glittered MacBook case WILL be made by the end of this week. This blog appeals to my slightly ADD sense of humor and simultaneous adoration of anything glitter-related, including, but not limited to nail polish, furniture, animals, bike helmets, shoes, unicorns, etc.

Lazy girl out. Upcoming: fried goat cheese (inspired by my dear friend Meredith), homemade butter, and the results of a Dinosaur BBQ binge.


Eggplant Rollatini

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Sorry, you got spoiled from the gorgeous pictures in my last recipe post because my boyfriend let me borrow his DSLR. Welcome back to crappy iPhone food porn! Hey, crappy iPhone food porn is better than no food porn. Why, back in my day, we used to have to buy Gourmet magazine to get any food porn at all! Now it’s available FOR FREE, anytime, on the world wide internets.

So…eggplant is in season. And you know what that means! It means you’ve got bushels of those delicious, oblong suckers lying all around the house that you have no idea what to do with! Well, if you don’t, run down to the local farmer’s stand and pick up an aubergine or two, because I have a recipe for eggplant rollatini that is both vegetarian and gluten-free (if you are so inclined) and just plain GOOD (for those who are not so inclined).

I, myself, am making a concerted effort to eat less gluten, so expect more gluten-free-friendly recipes in the near future! 

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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