NYC is always cooking up something new, isn’t it? Since I’ve been cooking more at home recently, I haven’t been exploring as much, but recently I was invited to check out the newly-opened Spaghetti Incident in the Lower East Side.
Spaghetti Incident in the LES
And just to get it out of the way in case you’re wondering, the name of the restaurant was taken from the Guns N’ Roses album that refers to an inside joke of when Axl Rose and Steven Adler got into a food fight while on tour :).
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While a lot of Italian restaurants can start to look pretty similar, this place has a distinct difference: they’re the first place in the city that serve spaghetti to go in cones.
The novelty of that aside, the pastas are actually really delicious. In fact, the chef and owner of this joint, Emanuele Attala, also owns one of my personal favorite restaurants in the city, Malatesta in the West Village (I even had my birthday dinner there one year because I love it so much). So, I guess you can say it was almost a given that I would love this place as much as I did.
He, along with the sous chef Ettore Pardosi and manager Giovanni Gentile, came up with the idea of serving spaghetti in a cone after being inspired by the way Italians serve street food in the festivals back in the 50s. And they really make eating here as close to their native Italy as possibly — it feels like you’re eating in their home with the bar overlooking the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant outfitted like a 70s style kitchen.
The pastas are made with fresh ingredients, and cooked to perfection. Must try: the chitarra homemade spaghetti with mozarella, basil, and fresh tomato sauce, and bucatini (kale pesto with walnuts, garlic, and parmesan in cream sauce).
Kale pesto spaghetti
For the apprehensive, you can eat their spaghettis on plates too if you’re eating at the restaurant (the cones are to-go). They also have a selection of salads and traditional Sicilian rice balls (arancini) that’s not to be missed.
It’s such a cute concept shop, you have to stop by and check it out if you’re in the area!
I always look forward to Single Edition Media and InStyle‘s #SummerSocial events, where they connect bloggers and influencers with brands but in a fun way. You get to always see the products close up, but also experience them and connect with them on social media to network and even win items from their line. This year, they really curated a great line of brands (mentioned below) to come together to cater to a full house of influencers.
And they’re always spinning the best tunes
As I mentioned on Twitter, I learned about the no-meat delicious treats from Gardein at their social last year (they also made an appearance this year), but also got to visit booths where we could get our hair done with stylist from Jose Eber and Sarah Potempa‘s Beachwaver, meet Stephanie Feldenkreis who started Peony and see her pieces from her active-chic sportswear line, sample treats from Gardein and Brancott Estate, and get our own fragrance samples from Thierry Mugler.
I’ve been getting up extra early lately to make breakfast since I’ve realized how much better my days are going when I do (especially the more stressful ones with work). I know it sounds crazy, but I think even trying new recipes and getting creative with it has been giving me more reason to jump out of bed. This was a creation from this past week:
This week in breakfast
I needed to use the avocado I had since it was getting bad, so after slicing and peeling one, I squeezed half a lemon over it (to keep it from oxidizing more and for flavor), and put a little salt and pepper over it. I also used halves of Arnold Sandwich Thins to spread farmer’s cheese over it, then the avocado on top of that, and then added some organic pomegranate kernels that I found in the freezer aisle (I couldn’t find fresh pomegranate in the store, so ended up buying it frozen). It was such a good, healthy meal.
The other half of my meal was just two eggs I cooked with some of my favorite ingredients: thyme, chopped onions, jalapeños, sun dried tomato, and cilantro. What have you been making for breakfast lately? Share, and maybe I’ll try it next week
Last year, I went to an event that revolved around the health benefits of kiwis. Literally just this one fruit, but based on what I learned, I started incorporating into a lot more of my meals. Recently, I got to speak with registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield who’s a reservoir of knowledge about the fruit, and an expert on connection between health and happiness (she’s the co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence and is currently writing her first book on the health and happiness). She teamed up with Zespri SunGold recently so I got the chance to interview her on the health benefits, and some easy meal ideas using kiwis. Check out the video or some of key points below for the run down:
– We’re used to green kiwifruit in America, but the Zespri SunGold kiwifruit (which has a bright yellow color and tropical taste), and has more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a medium banana. It also has actinidin that aids in digestion. It also has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal.
– When grocery shopping, a ripe kiwi will give to slight pressure. It will last about two weeks in the fridge.
– If you’re pressed for time in the morning, you can cut the kiwi in half and eat it on-the-go with a spoon.
Do you ever think about what nonverbal cues you’re sending out on a date? I had a chance to sit down with body language expert, Tonya Reiman, to discuss ways to get our actions to match our words so we can communicate the message we want to. “What we’re learning is different body poses make someone feel confident or potentially insecure,” she explained. “The goal for me is to teach people to be more confident, authentic, and feel more empowered.” Read on for more of her tips on body language and scent in the art of attraction:
1) Eye contact is good. Stalker stare is not.
There are some standard ways to show you’re interested: tilt your head a bit, smile, lean towards the person, and hold steady eye contact. “You do these things to let the person know they’re the only person in the room that matters.”
OK so hi, hello. Welcome to the catch-up post. What have I missed? Let’s talk, because clearly I’m on Instagram and Twitter a lot more than here. I’m going to try to ease back though, but since we’ve been crazy busy at the magazine, I’ve neglected my little baby here. Fear not though — there actually have been some things that have been getting me through the month, so I’m excited to share:
1) Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff Body Scrub, $10. Cocoa Brown is actually known for their self-tanning products so when they contacted me to send me samples, I told them I don’t really use tanners, but they insisted I try their body scrub. I relented but I’m so glad they did. I’m so particular about what scrubs I like and this one is amazing. If you do using self-tanning products, this grainy scrub is perfect for pre-application since it will make the surface of skin smooth and prepped for the lotion. But even if you don’t, this is so great to exfoliate and keep skin super soft, especially in stubborn areas like around your ankles and knees. Use it with exfoliating mitts for the best results.