Friday, January 16, 2015

Reheating Leftovers

I have vague memories of an aunt telling me that a certain uncle didn't eat leftovers...or was it wouldn't eat leftovers reheated in the microwave...I don't know...but since I heard that I've had an aversion to reheating (certain) things in the microwave...Crispy things tend to go soggy and sauces don't do what they're supposed to...ick!

So my last post reviewing my Birthday Brunch at Green Eggs Cafe in Philly, wasn't ravishing...the food was technically cooked properly (with the exception of the potatoes) I suppose but lacked flavor, there was so much food though I decided to take it home and "doc it up"

Here's what I started with...

The potatoes were undercooked and need the most time to heat, so I started by heating a little olive oil in a pan over medium heat. I added the potatoes with about 2 tbsp of water and covered. I also added some salt, pepper and garlic powder.

When the potatoes could be pierced with a fork, I added the short rib, I topped that with seasoned salt and garlic and let that steam/heat up with the potatoes as to not dry out the meat, adding small amounts of water to prevent burning/ drying out.

I thought the poached egg would be the most difficult part but alas it was not. I put the egg on top of the short rib, added some more water and covered the pan. You don't want harsh or direct heat to over cook the egg so this technique worked great.

To warm the biscuit I laid it on top of the egg so as that heated through and steamed...the steam gently heated the biscuit through...I plated my leftovers and made a cup of tea...and then I sat down to this...

Close Up

Even Closer...
It's still pretty colorless but it was delicious...better then the first time it was served!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Green Eggs Cafe- Birthday Brunch Review

I wanted to get away so I spent birthday weekend in Philly, catching up with old friends, shopping and of course eating...I want to devote this blog to Green Eggs Cafe.  I first heard about this place after my college roommate posted food porn pics on Facebook and I was like the next time I'm in Philly I'm going to make a point to go there...Soo..this was the next time I was in Philly so three friends and I went to the Midtown location on a Sunday afternoon. One of my friends got there before us so she put her name down for a table, I'm not sure how long she waited maybe 40 minutes?? But by time we got there, there was just enough time to say hi before our table was ready.

The atmosphere was pretty forgettable, We were seated along a large window, with a view of a parking lot to the left and tables to the right followed by what looked to be the dish room? Maybe the kitchen? I'm not sure...but behind me was there little espresso/alcohol bar. We were given 3 menus, the regular menu, the specials menu and the drink menu. The menu looked impressive...but I already knew that...hence my wanting to come here so badly. 

We were brought water and asked for drink orders. Apparently this place didn't have an alcohol license before so you could BYOB...but not while we were going to have mimosas we decided against it. I ordered a Dirty Chai which was twice as dirty as I'm used contained a shot of espresso AND was meehhh...I think it would have been better with a different liquor. The gin overpowered it all...and now that I think about it, it wasn't even that strong. My friend got the Strawberry Bubbly-champagne something...she didn't rave about it either...

Onto the food...I had a hard time ordering because everything looked good, the portion sizes are huge and I wanted sweet and savory for brunch. I couldn't decide so my friend ordered for me...Short Ribs Benedict with fresh fruit and a side of biscuits and gravy. My friends ordered Crab Cake Benedict with Rosemary Potatoes, Chicken &Waffles Benedict with Rosemary Potatoes and Eggs Benedict with Cheese Grits...
Short Ribs Benedict
Biscuits and Gravy
Crab Cake Benedict  
Chicken & Waffle Benedict

Looks good right?? But I wasn't amazed by the flavors. The shortribs were cooked fine but they were just short great seasoning...just meat, the biscuit was just a big biscuit...but the gravy was delicious!! I ended up making a bite of everything, the biscuit with gravy short rib and egg and that bite was pretty good. I tried my friends potatoes, which were undercooked but very rosemary-ish. Otherwise bland...The cheese grits were delightful. Other than that everything else was friends didn't rave about the food either.

After we ate our benedicts, we sat and talked for a while...although we were all already full we decided to order "dessert" we decided on the Cafes' signature Red Velvet Pancakes, the table behind us this cute little stack of bright red pancakes topped with straberries, and we thought between the 4 of us we could handle that...until we realized that the cute little stack was from the kids menu...and we ended up with this...
Red Velvet Pancakes
Dollar as reference!!

THESE THINGS WERE MAMMOTH!! It made us nausous to see them...and even moreso when we thought about consuming them...but we ordered them so we dug in...and again mehhhh!! The strawberries were the best thing on the plate. We ended up eating only a couple bites then put it in a to go container...

Overall I was less than impressed with Green Eggs Cafe...if you go there I would suggest you get the biscuits and gravy with cheese grits as a side and maybe some bacon? The portion sizes are huge for the money but the food lacks the flavor I was looking for...plug to my next blog post...Leftovers: The Great Makeover! Where I took the leftovers from this brunch and fixed them up to my liking...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brunch in the New Year (Restaurant Review)

This year I spent New Year's Eve in Silver Spring, MD with friends...not doing anything special...just eating, drinking and laughing. New Year's Day we ventured into DC to Pearl Oyster Palace to meet a friend for brunch. 

The atmosphere of Pearl Dive is rustic but comfy...with it's heavy wood tables and booths. You enter through a hallway looking entrance where you can either sit at the bar or be seated in the dining area. We were seated in the booths which were a extremely close to the 2 rows of tables beside us, a little too close, as a matter of fact I think the couple that sat next to us were a little uncomfortable with certain parts of our conversation lol...but they could not not hear us!! Enough about the atmosphere...onto the food...

Deliciousness in a Cast Iron Pan 
We started off with Grapefruit Mimosas, which could have been sweeter but I forgave their bitter mimosa when they brought the Sticky Cinnamon Roll( $7)...which they must have baked fresh because it did take a while to come out. But it was crisp on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside. The cream cheese frosting with real BACON bit sprinkles balanced each other out to the perfect explosion of warm, soft, crunch, sweet, salty goodness in one bite! So Good!! 

As an entree I ordered the Sweet Potato Hash with the cheddar scallion biscuit ($13) , the biscuit was good albeit bland...I could visibly see the scallions but I think the biscuits needed salt to exaggerate the flavors. The hash left much to be desired...I actually had to send it back because the poached eggs on top of the hash were so overcooked they could have been mistaken for hard boiled eggs, the yolks didn't run at all when I broke the egg open. They solved the issue but making me new eggs but it still didn't rock my boat...I just realized the actual name of the dish I ordered was Sweet Potato Andouille Hash...but I don't remember a crumb of Andouille sausage in the hash...all the ingredients were diced so small you couldn't tell what they were...and I know for a fact andouille sausage is very flavorful in and of itself so there must not have been that much sausage in the hash to begin with poo poo on Pearl Dive for that and they call themselves being inspired by New Orleans...humph!  If the chef ever read this and wants my two cents I say make it a heartier hash, with chunkier cuts of potatoes, peppers and sausage. In New Orleans everything is big! Flavor and portion I kinda felt ripped off... 

Another friend ordered the Steak and Eggs ($15), she said it was good but for the price I don't know if it was worth it. Apparently there was a special Dive Burger and Beer for $10 that the waitress didn't tell us about but a local friend, who was running a little late, ordered the special confidently. When the burger arrived it looked delicious and I was sad that I didn't know that was an option...

The service was ehhhh...ok. Like I said my eggs were over cooked. The friend who ordered the burger asked for them to add an egg to it, which they did not AND didn't offer to fix it once she brought it to the waitresses attention. The beer took forever to come and from what I heard it was just ok...the manager of chef came to greet every table except for ours, which I thought was strange...even bad criticism is good criticism...and! A couple tables over...a waiter spilled a Bloody Mary on a guest while we were Idk what to say about the service.

I'm going to have to come up with a scale system for rating these things if I continue to do them all in all...if you're around Pearl Dive...go there for the Cinnamon Roll...and maybe the oysters??

Ashley and Shalon and our Grapefruit Mimosas

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Who's that GirL?! with the Farrah Fawcett CurLs!

I was bored and New Year's Eve was around the corner so I decided to play in my hair and make a photo tutorial of how I straighten my hair...EnjoY!

What I use:
Luster Shampoo (unpictured)
Luster Defrizz Define & Shine Serum 
Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Straightening Balm
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist
Butterfly Clips
Rat tail Comb
Flat iron

What I did:

1. Washed and deep conditioned my hair. I rinsed out the deep conditioner which left my hair as such...

Freshly washed and conditioned hair
2. Sectioned off hair and added Hair Dew and Blow Dry Balm to each section then blowdried my hair using a vented brush (unpictured)

3. I re-sectioned my hair (unpictured) and took about 3/4inch of hair and sprayed with the flat iron mist. My flat iron was on high heat. Immediately after spraying the mist, I quickly flat iron my roots then place rat tail comb at the roots and proceed to flat iron the rest of my hair while combing the hair at the same time. I hope this makes sense. After doing this to my entire head my hair looked like this...  
4. But I hate super straight I immediately installed flexirods. I again sectioned off my hair and coated each section with Juices and Berries and brushed with the bristle brush until smooth and put the flexirods in like so... 

5. Oh! I forgot...after I put in the flexirods I sprayed my hair with some Dove firm holding spray then I went about my day doing other things around the house and after a few hours I took out the flexirods and my hair looked like this....

6. Then I finger combed the curls out to get this...

Which I loved!! But then I realized that I was a day early and I had done my hair for nothing because it was the Eve of New Year's Eve...not New Year's Eve...sooo I continued to play

Farrah Fawcett Curls... 

With the Beanie...

And I've been obsessed with short hair lately so I pinned up the back and took a couple pics with a short layered look....I LOVED IT!!

Me and ChloBabeZ!!

Outfits of the Week(s) Past!

What's better than an outfit of the day post?? Outfits of the Week posts, of course!! I want to find a better (cuter) way to do this so please excuse the bathroom pics and bad lighting...but until then here are a few of my favorite outfits from the last few weeks!! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do and if they inspire you in anyway let me know by leaving a comment!!

Work Outfit
Thrifted Knit Skirt and Hunter Green Thermal

Off to see Holly Jolly Pops at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra!
Black BodyCon Dress Thrifted Red Wool Coat and My "Pearls"

Work Outfit
Leopard Print Scarf, Black Turtleneck and Thrifted Teal Pencil Skirt

Work Outfit
Ruffled Button Down w/ Thrifted Talbots Blazer and Hounds tooth Skirt 
Featured on CorporateKinks

Work Outfit
Old Navy Wrap Dress

Holiday Work Party
My White Elephant Sweater Gift over a Black Body Con Dress

 Girls Night Out Outfit 
Forever 21+ White Blazer and Hunter Green Body con Dress Wedges from Bakers

Christmas Day Outfit
Old Navy Monogram Sweater and Thrifted Plaid Skirt from Keepers Vintage