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Appetizer idea: Grape Salsa Crostinis

December 1, 2014

For Thanksgiving, we usually divvy up the cooking amongst us all and this year, as always, every single dish was so delicious. I resorted to my grape salsa crostinis, which if you’ve been following the blog you’ve probably have seen on here a few times. Truth be told, I maybe volunteered to make it somewhat selfishly because it’s one of my favorite appetizers since I first sampled them at a Bobby Flay event a couple years ago (it’s one of his recipes!).

Grape Salsa crostinis

The reason I love it besides that it just looks beautiful, the taste is so unexpected with a mix of things you normally wouldn’t associate with fruits — spicy jalapeños and red onion, and creamy herb cheese on a toasted baguette slice. It’s a little nerve-wrecking trying to introduce something new that parents would like too, but even my Dad kept commenting on how different and good this was, so I figure I share the recipe again :). It’s super easy to make — just chopping everything takes the most time.

A Bobby Flay Recipe

Prep Time: 20 Minute(s)
Stand Time: 30 Minute(s)
Cook Time: 8 Minute(s)


1 cup red grapes, diced
1 cup blue and/or black grapes, diced
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, plus leaves for garnish
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (can also substitute with balsamic vinegar which I did for this!)
4 slices whole grain bread, quartered, OR 1 baguette, thinly sliced into 16 pieces
6 ounces herbed goat cheese, slightly softened
1/3 cup mayo


1. Combine grapes, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro and vinegar in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper (I didn’t for mine). Let stand at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 375°. Arrange bread on large baking sheet in a single layer and bake, turning once, 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown and crisp on both sides. Remove and let cool.

3. Combine goat cheese with mayo in small bowl until smooth. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Evenly spread cheese mixture onto crostinis, then top with grape salsa.

Let me know if you try it and what you think!

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CEW Insiders’ Beauty Award Winners 2013

May 19, 2013

Last Friday, I was fortunate to attend the Cosmetic Executive Women Insiders’ Beauty Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. The awards show sheds light on some of the most popular and up-and-coming beauty brands and products, awarding 36 products across 30 product categories. This year, there were more than 650 entries, and below are the products that came up on top!

CEW Award Winners

The 2013 CEW Beauty Awards winners are:
Bath and Body Mass

Eucerin – Professional Repair Lotion Extremely Dry Skin Lotion

Bath and Body Prestige

Bliss – Fatgirlsixpack

Acne Treatment

GLAMGLOW, Inc. – Super-mud Clearing Treatment

Anti-Aging Mass

Avon – Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment A-F33

Anti-Aging Prestige

Philosophy – Full of Promise Treatment Duo for Uplifting Days and Volumizing Nights

Cleanser & Scrub

Fresh, Inc. – Rose Cleansing Foam

Eye Treatment Mass

L’Oréal Paris – Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment

Eye Treatment Prestige

Lancôme – Génifique Eye Light-Pearl

Lip Treatment

Fresh, Inc. – Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy

Moisturizer Mass

Neutrogena Corporation – Naturals Multi-vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer

Moisturizer Prestige

Clinique – Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Skincare Tools

NuFACE – Trinity Skin Boosting System with Microcurrent and Red LED

Sun Product

Elizabeth Arden – Prevage Triple Defense Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50+++

Hair Care Product

Ojon- Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy

Hair Coloring Product

Rita Hazan New York – Foaming Color Gloss in Tones Down Brassiness

Hair Styling Product

Ojon – Super Sleek Restorative Blowout Perfector

Eye Product Mass

Maybelline New York – The Mega Plush Mascara by Volum’ Express Mascara

Eye Product Prestige

Dior Beauty – Diorshow New Look Mascara

Face Product Mass

Sonia Kashuk for Target – Chic Luminosity Bronzer in Goddess

Face Product Prestige

Smashbox Cosmetics – Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting

Lip Product Mass

Sonia Kashuk for Target – Satin Luxe Lip Color with SPF 16

Lip Product Prestige

Dior Beauty – Addict Extreme Lipstick


Jack Black – Dry Erase Ultra-calming Face Cream


Sally Hansen – Salon Insta-gel Strips

Men’s Scent

Viktor & Rolf – Spicebomb
Perfumer- IFF

Women’s Scent Mass

Coty – Closer by Halle Berry
Perfumer- Firmenich

Women’s Scent Prestige

Coty Inc. – Dot Marc Jacobs Perfumer- Firmenich



* Sponsored by Givaudan and vetted by The Natural Step
Nourish | Organic Food For Healthy Skin


Neydharting Moor


L’Orèal Paris Colour Riche Nail


Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum


Lancôme La Vie est Belle

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Knicks Steve Novak talks food, basketball to help launch McDonald’s new Premium McWraps

March 28, 2013

McDonald’s is making strides in a more healthy direction by launching their new Premium McWraps — a tortilla-wrapped entrée with fresh vegetables, grilled or crispy chicken breast sprinkled with one of their signature sauces: rice vinegar, sweet chili, or creamy garlic. The company recruited New York Knicks’ Steve Novak to partner up with them for the launch. I was invited to take a look and talk to Novak about the partnership, and of course, basketball.

Me with NY Knicks' Steve Novak

Beauty and the Feast:
I first wanted to ask how you got involved with McDonald’s. When you think of an athlete, you don’t normally associate that with fast food!
Steve Novak: I think that’s what’s so great about the Premium McWrap because it’s a healthy option and it’s not just a small portion — it’s an entrée. For someone like me, you go through the drive-thru and you want something that’s going to give you energy something that’s healthy: chicken, vegetables. I think that’s what McDonald’s is becoming more and more known for. That’s why they asked me to be part of this launch and I’m obviously I’m excited to be working with McDonald’s. More and more people want healthy and something more substantial, and that’s exactly what this is.

What’s your earliest memory associated with McDonald’s?
Novak: I remember where I grew up in Milwaukee, there was this brand new McDonald’s and they were building this huge Play Place — I felt like Great America was moving down the street! I had to be 5 or 6 years old.

Were you still the tallest kid in the playpen?
Novak: Absolutely. Didn’t fit in any of the tubes or anything. [laughs]

McDonald's new Premium McWraps

Novak attempting to make a McWrap himself: 'I hope my wrapping skills are as good as my 3-point skills,' he joked

If you had to split a McWrap with one of your teammates, who would you pick?
Novak: I would definitely split it with J.R. [Smith]! Everyone thinks ‘How can they be friends?! They’re so different from each other!’ But really, basketball brings worlds together. Maybe we’d get a McWrap but wouldn’t agree on which one to get…but you know…I’d definitely split it with J.R.

As one of the best shooters in the NBA, what are some of your tips for aspiring athletes?
Novak: MY M.O., what I truly believe is out-working everybody else. When I was in 8th grade, I realized how many basketball players there were in the country and the world…I started going to tournaments and seeing how many people were playing basketball. So I set a goal for myself to make 300 jump shots every single day after school. I’m just a big believer in, no matter what anyone tells you — You’re not strong enough, You’re not tall enough, You’re not athletic enough– you can out-work all those people who are more gifted than you. I think that I’ve been able to be successful because of my work ethic.


Wow, so you did that every single day?
Novak: I would make 300 everyday until high school. I did it consistently for 8th grade and freshman year and as the years went on, the practices became more intense and the routine changed a little bit, but that’s what started me on a goal and routine mentality.

I guess that shows hard work pays off!
Novak: No question. It has a lot to do with what I am.

Novak posing with the McD's employees on 14th Street to celebrate their new Premium McWraps

I have to ask: where did the belt move [aka discount double check] come about?
Novak: Well I’m from Wisconsin and I’m a huge, huge Packers fan. I have been since Don Majkowski was the quarterback, and then Brett Favre took over, and now Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback. And Aaron Rodgers does the belt. I’ve been such a huge fan of his that in one game last year, when we were playing against the Dallas Mavericks…it literally just came out! I don’t know where it came from, but it comes from my love for the Packers. Every time I do it, it’s kind of like a shout out to all my Milwaukee, Wisconsin people.

Whose career would you most like to emulate if any?
Novak: Your career really is your own footprint. But there’s so many guys you look up to and want to be like growing up, like Ray Allen who’s still in the league. The way he carried himself when he was in Milwaukee, the way he played, and just the man that he is I think is someone that I really looked up to.

What’s the best part about being a Knick?
Novak: There are so many! I think the best part is when I was little, to think that one day I’d be playing for the Knicks in New York – truly the best basketball city, the best arena, the best team in the world in I think all basketball people’s minds – it’s such an honor. To be part of that legacy, that tradition…it’s something I’ll forever be proud of.

Thanks so much to Steve Novak for his time and McDonald’s for inviting me to the launch! The Premium McWraps are available nationwide at McDonald’s for $4 (each range from 300-600 calories depending on what options you get with it!).

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Taco Town. Saturday Night Live could just write my blog for me at this point.

January 24, 2013

My friend Sharaf thought if Taco Town existed, it would be my favorite place ever. I think he was joking, but he’s actually correct. I would love this place. I actually don’t find anything funny about this SNL skit — it’s basically my dream come true.

Minus the pepperoni.

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Sorry it’s been quiet here…

January 8, 2013

First it was the holidays, and now it’s the flu :(. Will be back soon!!