Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gobble, Gobble!!

I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. I have to keep it short because there's cooking to be done.  I'll leave you with a few Holiday tips:

Always brine & truss your turkey.  A brined turkey is a moist turkey.  
  • If you don't brine your turkey, it will dry out -- there's no two ways about it, sorry.  If you don't have the time or enough room in the fridge, pick up a Kosher turkey -- they're usually treated w/ a brine before they hit the market.  A brined turkey stays moist, has better flavor and cooks in a fraction of the time.
  • A trussed (tied) turkey cooks more evenly, on account of the wings and legs being bound close to the body.  In addition to a uniformly cooked bird, it also makes for a nice presentation.  
  • Consider roasting your bird over root vegetables, it adds flavor and can serve as a side.
...and remember, if you're gonna drink or do drugs, do it on the Holidays

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Scout's Honor

Scoutmob is a Mobile App that connects you with deep discounts at your favorite local shops and eateries.  If you live in a major metropolitan area, you should absolutely download this app.  You don't have to sign up, log in, or provide an email address to take advantage of the deals.  Better yet, Scoutmob is available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms -- you have no excuse to not give it a try.

Well, why don't you?
Most deals are for 50% off whatever product/meal, but they also feature 100% off promotional deals.  That's right, FREE FOOD from iconic NYC snack spots.  In the past month I've scored free Joe's pizza, Mamoun's falafel, and Pommes Frites.

Tonight I am about to enjoy a pumpkin whoopie pie from Billy's Bakery in Chelsea.

Just make sure you visit during an off hour, or you'll end up like these yo-yo's.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Apple Opens New Location in Astoria

I'm not saying I was misinformed, but the grocer could've been a bit more specific when telling me a new apple store was opening next door...

Apple Store
30th Avenue b/w 33rd & 34th Streets

There are a half dozen different types from which to choose, all .79 cents per pound.  They're all pretty crisp and juicy, but my favorite is the Cortland variety.  Cortland apples have sweet white flesh that goes great w/ a gob of peanut butter, they are also ideal for baking:

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