What’s all the fuss with overnight oats?

What do you do when your kitchen is the size of an ice-cube and you only have one pot (which happens to be dirty because you cooked dinner in it the night before).  You start to look into this overnight oats phenomena.

Overnight oats are exactly what they sound like.  At the most basic level, you throw some oats in a bowl with equal parts milk and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight and Voila!  You have breakfast ready the next morning.  How easy is that?!

Overnight Oats

I used 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of almond milk, (I’ve found the 60 calorie, original to  be my favorite) then topped them with some brown sugar and pecans the next morning.

You have to get past your idea of what oatmeal should be.  This is cold oatmeal, but I don’t think the texture is really any different.  I enjoyed it and it really kept me full throughout the morning and even into the afternoon.  Brian was slightly less thrilled about this new breakfast.  He’s a hot oatmeal kind of guy, but he still ate it.  He also said how full it kept him feeling throughout the day.

When I started looking into more recipes for overnight oats, there are some serious gourmet oats out there.  Pumpkin Spice Overnight OatsVanilla Walnut Overnight Oats, there are endless possibilities!

Do you have a favorite overnight oats recipe?  I’d love to hear about it and give it a try!

Restaurant Review: Cafe Habana

cafe-habanaI’m obsessed with the NYC Food App Immaculate Infatuation.  The writing is the most hilarious and wittiest food review stuff I’ve ever read.  I’m really open to any cuisine but Cuban is one of my favorites (my amazing wife actually makes a few “off the hook” Cuban dishes).  So I was looking for cheap, Cuban spots and ran across Cafe Habana.  I mentioned it one evening to our friends, Cameron and Leslie, and we made a plan to go check it out soon.  Next thing I know, I get this text a few days later from Cameron.
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I couldn’t be upset with them at all…I would have done the same if I was in town instead of traveling all the time. Here’s a close up of that food pic that he sent me.
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Needless to say, this was definitely on our “hit list”. Tara’s friend, Brady, who just moved here on Sunday for a few months, wanted to do lunch with us and when we were throwing around lunch locations, I suggested we try this place.  Located in Soho, we went at 12:15PM and we got seated as soon as we walked in (impressive considering we had heard the wait is typically 30-45 minutes).  Seating is a bit tight so not ideal if going with a large group.  The first question out of the hostesses’ mouth was, “Are you here for just corn or lunch”?  You know when they ask that, that the corn has to be pretty good.   I had read rave reviews about the corn so I had to give it a try as I don’t believe I’ve ever had grilled corn before.
cornEnter one of the most amazing pieces of corn I’ve ever had.  I have no idea what the corn is breaded with but holy cow is it amazing.  They serve 2 pieces per order so with three of us, we ended up getting 2 orders and I had an order all for myself (no complaints there). It was succulent and the seasoning had a slight kick to it.  A++++.

 

Brady got the Corn salad as her entrée (sorry no pic).

Tara got the Cuban sandwich with fries. $9 dish.Cuban sandwichI went with the steak sandwich and salad.  I must say, there was ton of STEAK!  Usually, steak sandwiches fall woefully short of my expectations.  Not only was there a ton of it, the flavor was amazing.  I don’t know what sauce they used but it was incredible…not too much, but just enough to give it even more flavor!  The salad was quality and complimented the main course really well!  All this for $9.
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We also ordered some plantains.  Just as good as the entrée.
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All of us LOVED our dishes.  The portions are pretty large…so much so, that we took half our meal home with us for leftovers.  It heated up well and was just as good a few hours later as it was eating it in the restaurant.  This place is phenomenal and we will definitely be back.  They also have a location in Brooklyn.  Highly, highly recommend!!

Best NEW Party Trick In A Long Time…

So I’m a huge Late Night with Jimmy Fallon fan. One of my bucket list items while living in NYC is to go to a taping.  Thanks to our DVR I can watch it anytime during the day so I don’t necessarily have to stay up late to watch it live. A few weeks ago, he had Paul Rudd on as a guest and Paul showed one of the best party tricks I’ve ever seen.  I’ve watched this clip a ton and it just keeps getting funnier every time I watch it.  I’ve been perfecting the trick and will post a few photos soon.  You can watch him demonstrate it below. It’s a classic.  So hilarious.  It happens about 30 seconds into the interview.

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You’re welcome.

Movie Review: Promised Land

promised_land_movie_poster__121115234902I never see this many movies in this short of a span but for this third one within a week, I had an excuse.  It was Sunday.  My flight didn’t leave till 7PM so with a few hours to kill after lunch, I decided I’d get one more flick in there.  Paying matinee prices also was a bonus (they don’t have those rates in NYC).  The movie selections at this theatre were pretty slim.  I hadn’t heard of this movie prior but Matt Damon’s films are usually always pretty good.  I was pleasantly suprised with this movie as a whole.  I don’t think it was based on a true story or anything but it had that sort of feel.  The writing was excellent.  It had a few twists and turns that you don’t expect and the acting was exceptional.  Matt, of course, was great but the supporting cast of Frances McDormand and John Krasinski (The Office) really gave the film some added firepower.  So far, best movie of the year.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

GuiltTripSo I’ve been in Florida for a week and with a few open nights, I decided to catch a couple movies. The other night I saw Parental Guidance.  I would give that one 3 out of 5 stars and if I had to relate it to music (I am a DJ, after all), I’d put it in an “adult contemporary” genre.

I had much higher expectations for The Guilt Trip.  Ever since Knocked Up, I’ve been a big Seth Rogen fan.  The same, however, cannot be said of my feelings for Barbara Streisand.  To me, she’s in the same league as Bette Midler…what people see in either of them is beyond me.  But I digress.  I’d acually put up with her in a movie to see Seth.  Well, I hate to say it, but Barbara actually brought Seth down to her level in this flick.  If you go in thinking you’re going to see the Knocked Up version of Seth, you’ll be very disappointed.  This was like a “decaf” version of Seth – he had some similar attributes to most of the characters he’s played in the past but it was with a 50+ age level of humor.  The story line was weak, the movie dragged on, and Barbara played one of her typical whiney characters that I loathe.  I ended up checking my phone for e-mail and social media towards the end of the movie and didn’t even see how it ended.  Don’t waste your time on this one.  You’ll be glad I warned you.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (and that’s being generous).

Writer’s Block

I used to journal all the time.  I have books and books dating back to high school.  (For the ones doing the math, that’s over ten years ago and you’re right, I don’t look that old🙂 )  And then I stopped.  No idea why.  I guess life just started getting busy.  I got married, I moved in to Brian’s house and then I moved again to New York.  Then, we started the blog and we just weren’t writing as frequently as we wanted to.  Personally and professionally, life was crazy!

Well, ’tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions, right?  One on the top of my list is to write and blog more, so I’m working on a few issues I have with it.

1.) For me, I think it’s really hard to have a stream of thought while typing.  I’m an old fashioned pen and paper girl and I think if I get back to that and then type it up, I’ll write more and I’ll write better.

2.) I always feel like I have to wait to post something that’s really important or really fascinating or really interesting.  But, while I’ve been waiting for the inspiration for a perfect blog post, I’ve been living in New York City for a WHOLE YEAR and I could have written so many things.  I worry too much that what I blog about will be boring.  I think it finally hit me that I’m living in NYC and people want to hear about that, even the small things.

3.) Time.  There’s never enough.  I still don’t want to commit to a daily or even weekly blogging schedule, because I honestly don’t know if I can keep up with it.  But, I’m hoping that by making this a priority this year, you’ll hear a lot more from me (and Brian too!)  Looking forward to a wonderful and exciting 2013!

Movie Review: Parental Guidance

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I saw Billy Crystal (one of my all-time faves) interviewed on a late-night show a few weeks ago and after seeing a clip from his new movie “Parental Guidance”, I thought it was worth checking out. It is a really good movie!  Is it one that you’d absolutely need to see in the theatre?  No.  But if you’re looking for a matinee flick or a heartwarming story, this is as good of a movie as any.  Definitely rent it if nothing else.  The best scene is within the first 5 minutes of the movie when he’s being fired from his job – a classic!  The rest of the movie is good so don’t think it’s all down hill after the first 5 minutes.  The supporting cast holds their own as well.  I’ve loved Marisa Tomei ever since “My Cousin Vinny” (probably one of her best roles).  She really does a great job in this flick.  Although I’m not a Bette Midler fan (generally speaking), she was better than I thought she’d be.  Be prepared for a few tears to come out if you’re not careful (no, none shed from me, but did get awfully close).