Recipe: Easy Week Night Rotisserie Chicken Salad!

If you’re like me, when you’re at work into the late night, the last thing you want to do is come home and cook. I try to avoid going out to eat during the week (for the sake of my wallet and my waistline), so instead I go to the grocery store to pick up my old stand by…Rotisserie Chicken! At around $7-8 and already pre-cooked, these babies are my go-to. They are great on their own, but I like to use them as the base for a home-cooked meal, and they can make almost any recipe fast and easy.

If you’re looking to mix up your Rotisserie Chicken recipes, here is one for super easy chicken salad. It makes great lunches for the rest of the week (just serve with celery sticks or crackers, or on a sandwich with a slice of provolone cheese), and can be made in 15 minutes or less! Oh, and did I mention there’s a secret ingredient that makes this actually healthier than your usual chicken salad? Spoiler alert…It’s Greek yogurt!

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Cincinnati Burger Week

2015.07.20 BurgerToday is the beginning of Cincinnati Burger Week (July 20-26), and as a die-hard burger lover, I am READY. As a foodie in Cincinnati, there’s nothing more exciting than an epic week long of $5 burgers at some of the best local restaurants in town! If you’re new to Cincinnati’s food scene, or just curious, I have outlined my top burgers in town, and the places that I am most excited to try.Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint…There are over 20 places on the list, and we won’t be able to eat at all of them (that would be a burger for 3 meals a day, which, while it sounds appealing now….I’m not sure my metabolism could keep up), but we should definitely hit up the highlights.

For more information, I’m providing a link to the Yelp reviews for all of these spots. If you are looking for my reviews, you should check out my Best Burgers in Cincinnati List on Yelp. Happy eating fellow foodies!

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A Few of My Favorite Bars in Cincy

2015.07.10 HPToday marks a day that I have been looking forward to for months…The beginning of MLB’s All Star Weekend here in Cincinnati! For those of us that live in the Queen City, this is a big freaking deal. Cincinnati, home of the Reds, is hosting the Home Run Derby on Monday and the All Star Game on Tuesday, and everyone who loves baseball will be here to celebrate this weekend. I am super freaking pumped about it, and plan to show as much Cincy pride as possible!

For those that are visiting from out of town, Cincinnati is unique in that each neighborhood has its own distinct feel and atmosphere (similar to NYC…The Upper West Side is very different from Greenwich Village, etc. etc.), and so it can get confusing for out of towners. One of my favorite Cincinnati Bloggers, Out+Outfit, posted an ASG guide for her neighborhood of Columbia Tusculum, and Baubles to Bubbles also posted her own list of things to do in Cincinnati for All-Star weekend. I thought I would add to that by writing up a short list of a few of my favorite bars in Cincinnati. Click the links to learn more and look for my Yelp reviews (Yelp name Jessi G.).

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Recipe: Chocolate Macarons, from the geniuses at Macaron Bar

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Nathan doing a fantastic job teaching

Recently I was lucky enough to get invited to a Yelp Elite event at Macaron Bar in Over-the-Rhine to learn how to make my favorite french delicacy…macarons! I thought I would share the recipe so that you can make them yourself.

For the uninitiated, macarons are not those coconut and condensed milk cookies your grandma used to make…No, these are deliciously light almond meringue cookies, filled with a flavored ganache, and then dyed beautiful colors to match the filling inside.

Macarons are a favorite among bloggers and girls that look like they don’t actually eat cookies because they’re almost too pretty to eat, and they make a great Instagram (see my gram below).

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Filipino Food – The long lost Asian cuisine

Today I want to talk about Filipino food. I am half-Filipino (on my mother’s side), and half-Caucasian. I grew up eating a very unique mix of cuisine, mostly American, but with some Filipino influences along with traditional Jewish food. My best friend growing up (hey Camille!) is also Filipino (we were paired in Kindergarten because we were both brown, so thanks for building a lasting friendship, racist Kindergarten teachers!), and so I would sometimes get invited to Filipino parties. Now, for non-Filipinos, pinoy people LOVE throwing parties…And these are not your typical dinner parties. They are all out, invite the entire neighborhood over, let’s have a potluck with 50 people and teach all the titas how to dance the “Cha Cha Slide” kind of parties. And the biggest center of all of these celebrations is one thing: FOOD.

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Food Lover, not a Foodie

2015.06.29 Food

Good god, I love food. Eating is my favorite part of my day, and that’s not an exaggeration.

I was raised in a household where my father cooked and my mother cleaned…And my father loved to eat as well. I think I get it from him. We grew up eating big portions of meat and carbs, with limited vegetables or fruit. This sort of carried into my adult life, where my calorie heavy diet (with little to no exercise, btw) would cause my weight to rise, fluctuate, and then rise again…And it has finally plateaued somewhere in the “chubby” area for women.

I’ve accepted my weight, but now that I’m over 25 years old, my metabolism has slowed so I can’t not exercise (please ignore the double negative, you know what I’m saying). And since I’m getting married in just two short months, every bite I eat had better be worth the calories! That’s why I’m so particular about where and what I eat. Continue reading