Definitely one of my favorite nights in awards television is the Oscars. The best of the best show up and the outfits could keep me talking for hours.
My favorite part of the show is hosting friends, eating good food and drinking delicious wine.
After taking part in the Daily Lounge’s Oscar night Roundtable the other day… a lovely gal from Rioja Wine contacted us and asked if we would like to receive a few bottles to pair with dinner for the Oscars. Um, ya-ha! And…how about some goodies to make up gift bags? Ok, hello?! Love! Send away!!
When the wine was hand delivered to my door with a load of DIY gift bag goodies I was ecstatic.
So now I had to come up with a fun menu that would be appetizing for my guests and easy to make while tending to two kids. I had found some awesome recipes in the NY Post the other day from some of the “big time” party planners out there…such as celebrity planner Mary Juliani. I loved the sound of the mac n cheese bites and mini Philly cheesesteaks so I ran to the store and picked up everything that I would need to prepare this Oscars meal.
Whether you live in a city or in a suburb, chances are you like convenience. Especially delivery. NYers can and will have just about anything delivered. And there is nothing more convenient than delivery groceries…just look at the success of companies like Fresh Direct or Max Delivery. I have to admit, when I moved from NYC to the suburbs of Long Island last month, I thought my days of convenience were gone. Boy was I wrong! Within a few days I had found a dry-cleaner that picked up AND delivered (thanks Tricia!) and a fabulous new concept in grocery delivery called Blue Apron. You may remember Seri’s blog post about Blue Apron from a few weeks ago…well she told me it was too good to be true, and well, she was right ! It’s AMAZING. and here is why…right now I am cooking for 2. Well 2.5. And when I go to the grocery store to buy ingredients, 9 times out of 10 we don’t use up everything I buy and the remaining ingredients go bad in our fridge. This happens to me every week. Here is the genius part about Blue Apron; in their once-a-week subscription service they deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make 3 meals, in exactly the right proportions. They’ve designed their service to teach you fun new recipes, save prep time and also reduce unnecessary waste. It is a dream come true for working wives and moms. I literally sat in traffic today for 1.5 hours coming home from working in the city, and was SO pleasantly surprised to find a nice box waiting for me on my doorstep! Inside was everything I need for this weeks meals, all individually wrapped and surrounded by ice packs to keep cool. The only thing I had to do was pick which delicious meal I was going to make first. Genius.
For tonight’s meal I chose the Sesame Chicken with soba noodles. Prep time took me less than 15 minutes, all I had to do was chop garlic, ginger, carrots, cilantro and the chicken.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of working with a friend of mine on a dinner party for his wife’s 40th birthday. A milestone like this one should be celebrated with elegance and class. And that’s just how it was done here, perfectly to a tee.
Justin found a magnificent venue for the dinner party of about 20 guests. Located in the heart of Noho the restaurant is called Aroma and their private event space is in the basement tucked quaintly away from the hustle and bustle that lives above on the corner of 4th Street and Bowery. Aroma is rustic looking and feeling with exposed brick walls, wood tables + chairs. It was warm and cosy, so perfect for a sit down dinner on a December night.
When I found out my best friend’s sister was having her first child, I was overcome with joy for her and her family, as well as excitement over being able to plan her baby shower. Haley and Josh are the perfect representation of “soulmates.” Seeing them both, you just know that they were meant to end up together. It meant so much to me to be able to celebrate their love and their budding family.
I’ll be the first Jewish girl to admit, Hanukkah decorations are simply, well, cheesy…and there is never much variety. You’ll see the holiday aisles in the stores have a few shelves for Hanukkah within a sea of Christmas fare. The reality is a bit harsh but I’ve done my research…and chic, pretty decorations for Hanukkah just don’t exist. It was my goal to make the celebration for my son Luke’s first Hanukkah look sparkly and stylish and to do so…I had to be a bit creative. Here’s how you can spice up your Hanukkah gathering this year…