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5 things I’m loving about #IntelTablets right now (review)

July 31, 2014

A couple months ago, Intel reached out to me to let me experience their Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet and see if it’ll help a blogger out. A) I never owned a tablet of any kind so I was down to try it; and B) My laptop is not the of the lightweight kind and lugging it around to blog has been giving me shoulder pains lately, so now I’ve turned this into a health issue (see what I did there?).

My very own Dell tablet!

Also everyone makes fun of how I’ve been blogging for years but have the most outdated tech stuff — including but not limited to my laptop, phone, and iPod. #haters.

ANYWAY. Here are 6 things I’ve already loved about having it around:


1) Twitter and Facebook are much more fun to peruse

Home screen



2) It’s soooo small I can carry it around when I’m blogging on the go.

On the go


The built-in camera has helped me with restaurant blogging and I can upload it right to my blog if need be. But its tiny size has been the biggest plus for me so far. It’s lighter than my camera, for real.


3) I can catch up with my shows (in HD!) with their Netflix and Hulu+ apps

Hulu+ FTW


Finally re-joining pop culture conversations again.


4) Staying connected with family via Skype is a lot easier

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So basically, my parents love it too. And my nephew (maybe…he never sits still when I try to Skype with the little bugger).


5) iPads are cool, but this is too — and at a fraction of the price.

It's not that much bigger than my phone!


It starts at $250, plus the sleek black interface and dimensions (it’s less than a pound) make it even lighter than an iPad too.

Any of you try it? What would you use a tablet for? Share your thoughts below!

Learn more about Intel Tablets!


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Crispy Chicken Sandwiches with Cilantro-Lime Mayo Spread

July 23, 2014

I was having a super lazy Sunday (like, wake-up-at-2pm-and-wear-PJs-all-day kinda lazy) with my friend Qareena, until I decided to do at least one productive task and cook dinner for us. I set some chicken cubes I just bought from Honest Chops out to thaw and started looking for new recipes. Honest Chops is, by the way, “an all-natural, organically-inclined, halal butcher shop” a few of my friends run in the East Village and the quality of their meat is far superior than any meat I’ve cooked with. I can easily taste the difference so I prefer to cook with their meat now when I can. Totally a plug but not really a plug without reason — I really think everyone should know about this place and try it out if you’re in NYC (PS, they deliver). But…I digress.

I stumbled upon this recipe for spicy chicken sandwiches with cilantro-lime mayo and they had me at “lime.” I had almost all the ingredients, but I substituted a couple of things based on what I had, mixing up the spices a little. Also, the original recipe uses chicken breasts which would make it better for a sandwich, but because I already had chicken cubes thawing, I decided to try it both as a flatbread and sandwiches. The original recipe is here, but I’m posting what I used below:

Crispy chicken flatbread



Ingredients
Mayo
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1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 lime
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp garlic paste

Chicken

1 lb chicken cubes
4 eggs
6 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash for chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp chili pepper
4 1/2 ounces baked tortilla chips (about 6 cups). Note: I totally just did this by eye, I think I used half a bag of tortilla chips
2 tablespoons olive oil

Remaining ingredients:

6 100% Whole Wheat Arnold Sandwich Thin Rolls. Note #2: I’m completely obsessed
Red onion slices
Lettuce. Note #3: I didn’t have this so I didn’t use it. I mean, I had kale I was going to use but remember, Lazy Sunday. Next time.

Preparation


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To prepare mayo, combine the first 5 ingredients. Squeeze all the juice in the lime half to add in mixture

Spread ingredients


Cilantro lime mayo spread



2.
To prepare chicken, I whisked eggs, hot sauce, Mrs. Dash, peppers, and salts in a bowl and saturated the chicken cubes in it.

Marinade


The recipe calls for you to marinate it in a Ziploc for a couple hours, but seeing I didn’t have any, I let it sit in the bowl for a couple hours instead, occasionally mixing it through the mixture.

Marinating chicken


**Pausing from our regularly scheduled recipe for a NOTE ON TORTILLA CHIPS: I know I’m completely accident prone (See: bleeding for avocados), but a word of caution: Tortilla chips are dangerous, people. The original recipe also calls for you to process the chips in a food processor which I JUST ORDERED A WEEK AGO. But alas, I didn’t have one so I decided to crumble them by smushing them with my fingers in the most ghetto way possible. And then, one of the pointy corners of a chip actually cut my pinky. Not a knife. A tortilla chip. Third finger I cut in one month from cooking. A wise old man told me the smarter thing to do would have been to crush them with my knuckles. So there’s that. But this part took a considerable 15 minutes to finish. Also, I assume most of you own a food processor in which case you read all this for nothing. Pleasant side effect of using your hands, though: mine were soft as a baby after from the oils in the chips (did I just unearth a beauty tip? Well, then).**

Tortilla chips



3.
If you’re trying to take the day’s stress out in a healthy way, go ahead and grind those chips with your knuckles. If in the off-chance you want to do this like a civilized human being, place tortilla chips in a food processor and process 1 minute or until ground. Place ground chips in a shallow dish.

4.
After letting the chicken marinate, remove, allowing excess to drip off. Coat chicken completely in chips. Set aside. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken and chips.

Coating chicken



5.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned and done.

Frying chicken



6.
Spread mayo evenly over cut sides the sandwich thins. Layer bottom half of each roll with 3 onion slices, 1 lettuce leaf, and a couple chicken pieces; top with top another half to serve as a sandwich, or as is to have a delicious crispy chicken flatbread.

Spread


Crispy Chicken spread


Crispy chicken flatbread

The cilantro-lime spread really makes the taste in this recipe, and the tortilla chips give the chicken a nice texture. The original recipe called this a spicy chicken, and even with the hot sauce and added chili pepper, I thought it wasn’t super spicy, but you can use spicy chips to make it moreso. This was my first time successfully cooking crispy chicken though and the tortilla chips worked amazingly well (I tried with bread crumbs before but it didn’t work out so well then…). Try this and let me know what you think!


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Zespri: Let’s talk kiwis.

July 22, 2014

Zespri Kiwifruits

In case you may have noticed on my social channels, I’ve started a slightly new obsession with kiwis. You can totally blame Zespri, a New Zealand-based brand of kiwifruit-growers who recently hosted an event in NYC where they not only fed us delicious bites that contain the ingredient, but they also had dietition Rebecca Scritchfield on hand who taught us all the health benefits that go along with them.

Virgin kiwi mojito -- recipe below

And you can ask my friends, I’m passing that info to everyone — for example, two medium-sized Zespri Kiwifruit have fewer than 100 calories, MORE vitamin C than an orange, and MORE potassium than a banana.

Kiwi dishes at the Zespri event


And besides being low in fat and free of cholesterol, they are fiber powerhouses (helping you digest your food through an enzyme called actinidin). We also got to sample their newest breed, the SunGold Kiwifruit, which is a cross between green and gold kiwis, and a little sweeter in taste than the green kiwis (Read: Where to find SunGold kiwis). It also happens to have TWICE the amount of vitamin C as the green kiwi.

Snacks at home


I’ve been stocking up every time I go to the grocery store now and trying to include it in at least one meal a day since right now they’re in-season (their season goes from June to October).

Easy eating a kiwi with a splice -- a double-ended spoon and knife

Scritchfield gave us so many ideas of easy recipes and snacks to make with kiwis — smoothies with bananas and kale, a chicken marinade (puree kiwi, add lime juice, red onion, cilantro and oil, and marinate chicken…make a similar salsa to top chicken with), or just easy kiwi and greek yogurt to take to work. There were so many tasty options to make at home so I wanted to share some of my faves in case you wanted to try it yourself (I hope to try a couple and share on the blog soon too!).


Kiwifruit Mojito

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Start to Finish: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 Zespri® Organic Green Kiwifruit, peeled
3 mint sprigs
1 tablespoons sugar
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces light rum (take out rum for a non-alcoholic version that we tried)
Ice
Club soda
Mint leaf

Cut a 1/4-inch slice from center of kiwifruit to use for garnish; chop remaining fruit. Muddle diced kiwifruit, mint, sugar and lime juice in cocktail shaker. Add rum and fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake 10 to 15 seconds or until very cold. Strain into ice-filled highball glass. Top with club soda and garnish with sliced kiwifruit and mint leaf.


Baked Brie with Spicy Kiwifruit Compote

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(16 servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Start to Finish: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 (13.2 oz) Brie cheese round
2 tablespoons red pepper jelly
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Zespri® Organic Green Kiwifruit, peeled and diced
1 Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and diced
Assorted crackers

Heat oven to 350°F. Unwrap Brie; trim and discard rind from top. Place cheese on ovenproof baking dish or pie plate. Bake 15 minutes or until softened and beginning to melt.

Meanwhile, in microwavable bowl, stir together jelly, mustard and pepper. Fold in diced kiwifruit. Microwave on high power 1 1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through heating, until hot.

Transfer cheese to serving plate, if desired. Top with kiwifruit mixture. Serve with crackers.

Black Rice Salad with Kiwifruit and Cashews

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(6 (3/4-cup) servings)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Start to Finish: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups cooked and cooled black or brown rice
2 Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and cut up
1 cup quartered strawberries
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
1/3 cup salted cashew pieces

In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, honey, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic. In large bowl, stir dressing into rice. Stir in remaining ingredients except cashews. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to blend. Stir in cashews just before serving.

*1 cup uncooked black rice yields 2 1/2 cups cooked rice.


Shades of Green Super Foods Salad

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(6 servings)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Start to Finish: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 medium cucumber, about 8 inches in length
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chopped kale or mixed greens
2 Zespri® Organic Green Kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup shelled edamame
1/3 cup salted and shelled pistachios

Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and seed. Place cucumber seeds in bowl of food processor or blender container. Add lime juice, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and pepper. Process until well blended.

In large bowl, massage half the dressing into kale with hands until leaves are coated and kale has turned a bit darker in color. (If using mixed greens, omit this step.)

Slice seeded cucumber; toss cucumber, kiwifruit, edamame and pistachios with kale and remaining dressing. Serve immediately.


SunGold Kiwifruit-Raspberry Cobbler

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(8 servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Start to Finish: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup butter-canola oil blend
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
4 Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and thickly sliced
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk

Heat butter-canola spread in 9-inch oven-proof skillet or 8-inch square baking dish in oven until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.

Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Gently stir kiwifruit and raspberries in to sugar mixture to coat.

In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in buttermilk just until combined. Pour into pan over melted butter without stirring. Spoon kiwifruit mixture over batter.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cobbler is golden brown and bubbly.

Zespri Kiwifruits are available at your local grocery stores. Check out zesprikiwi.com and join their FB page for more info and recipes.

*Special thanks to Rafia Ali who was my tasting-buddy/fellow note-taker at the event!

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - CHARITY - Fashion - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Shout out to charity sponsors: Profound Aesthetics, A Peace Treaty, Sol Republic, Davio’s, more

July 20, 2014

I was recently tasked with heading up an auction for an upcoming ICNYU fundraising dinner which benefits the NJ-based SMILE charity, specifically towards their Women’s Fund which helps assist women going through extreme hardships like domestic violence. Everyone has been working tirelessly to organize fun and creative ways to raise money leading up to the dinner this Tuesday. In a very short amount of time, it was amazing seeing so many people come together and dedicate themselves towards such a great and needed cause.

Putting the auction together was a bit daunting because I never organized one before. I knew I wanted to include items and experience packages people would really be excited about and decided my starting point should be brands I really love myself. I was blown away by the response — every single brand I reached out agreed to donate something. It was really inspiring to see how people band together and want to help for a good cause. I wanted to showcase those items here, not only because they are seriously awesome but because the sponsors deserve a little more attention for stepping up as do-gooders. People have already started bidding on the items (which you still can by emailing your bid by tonight to icnyu4women@gmail.com), but all of them will also be continued to be bid upon at the actual sold-out event on July 22nd!


PROFOUND AESTHETIC

Donated items from Profound Co


1. Scriptures Tee
2. Signature Script Snap-Back in Red
3. Natural Wood Wrislet
4. The Rest is History Tee

A PEACE TREATY

Donated items from A Peace Treaty


1. Gold-plated Hapi Earrings
2. Gold-plated Moasi necklace


SOL REPUBLIC

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1. DECK Wireless Speaker
2. RELAYS In-Ear Headphones

SAVVYSTUFF

Donated item from Savvystuff


Armor Necklace from SavvyStuff

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE

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A $100 Gift Card to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in NYC

THE ART OF SHAVING


4 Elements of a Perfect Shave Full Size Kit in Ocean Kelp


TRUMAN’S GENTLEMEN’S GROOMERS


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1. “The Refresher” package at Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers Lounge in Midtown. Includes signature straight-edge shave, handshake maintenance (manicure), shoe shine, hair wash and scalp massage.
2. Truman’s Product Bundle. Includes Protector Shave Cream, Cleaner Shampoo, and Finisher Control Paste.

EXHALE SPA

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10-pack fitness classes at Exhale Spa


NYX COSMETICS

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Gift bag from NYX Cosmetics

HONEST CHOPS

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$50 Gift Card to Honest Chops in the East Village


EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

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$50 Gift Card to Edible Arrangements in Midtown

Thanks again to all the brands who’ve agreed to donate. You are helping hundreds and hopefully thousands of women lead a better life.

Note: If you’d like to bid on any of these items, please email icnyu4women@gmail.com. Anyone can bid, but it has to be picked up locally in NYC if you win (this is only because 100% of the profits will go to SMILE — we aren’t using any of the money for tickets or auction items to go towards overhead costs).

Special shout out to Lara Eurdolian of PrettyConnected.com, a good friend and my hero woman, who was instrumental in donating bags for LeSportSac and putting me in touch with some of the brands. She’s the best, for real!


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Recipe: Healthy Avocado Chicken Sandwich

July 18, 2014

If you told me I’ve been on an avocado kick lately, I’d say you wouldn’t be wrong. I guess my mom noticed too because she called me telling me to try making a sandwich with an avocado spread. Just further proving moms are always right, this came out so delicious. Plus it’s a great, healthy meal that took me 15 minutes to whip up (since the chicken was already done). Apologies for the less-than-perfect picture — I was on a time crunch and snapped these quickly with my phone!

Avocado chicken sandwich

It’s essentially chicken with a little modified guac but the mayo makes it a little more creamy:

RECIPES
Makes 2 servings
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Chicken

Season 1/2 lb chicken breast with salt, pepper, garlic salt, Mrs. Dash (for chicken), and thyme. Fry until slightly brown with avocado oil or olive oil (I used the former). Cut into pieces.

Avocado spread

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1/4 tomato
1/2 red Onion
2 tbs cilantro
1/2 lime
1 tsp mayonnaise
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Salt
Chili Pepper
Whole wheat sandwich thins (I used Arnold)

Mash avocado in a bowl, then add chopped tomato, red onion, cilantro. Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and a dash of chili pepper to taste. Squeeze half a lime over and mix. Then add the a tsp of mayonnaise to smooth it out.

Toast buns, and top with avocado spread. Add pieces of chicken. Eat as a flatbread, or as a sandwich. Both are PRETTY good ;).

I had leftover chicken from the mushroom-honey dijon I made recently, so I just warmed this up using avocado oil and squeezing a lime on top for some more flavor.


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Giveaway! Win a beauty bag of products & $25 gift card to Walgreens!

July 17, 2014

Tim Gunn


Tim Gunn is one of the nicest guys. NICEST. So when P&G beauty wanted to set up a #Saturdate with him a few bloggers, I took the next bus from my aunt’s place in NJ and came to the Walgreens at Times Square just to do so. They had makeup artists on hand doing Olay and CoverGirl makeovers, and hair using Pantene products to refresh our look before we snapped a picture with Gunn.

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Of course, Gunn made himself available to chat with every single person who attended which I think is one of the nicest, down-to-earth qualities about him. I also got a touch up with one of their makeup artists (I already came in wearing some, but they touched me up with some of their ColorLicious LipGloss in Candylicious (it’s perfection) and brightened my lids with their Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Tan). Not to worry if you missed it though — P&G is hooking one of my readers up with a bag of beauty products (everything you see in the pic below!), which includes their Bombshell Volume by Lashblast double-ended Mascara, Pantene Rehab Creme , Olay Fresh Effects moisturizer and wet cloths, a $25 gift card to Walgreens and more!

Win all these products from P&G!

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Winner will be selected and notified Thursday, July 24th. Open to US residents only. Thanks for entering and good luck!!


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