Saturday, July 17, 2010

Salsa Sundays!

Here are two great FREE dance events that happen on Sundays, and they're both pretty close to each other! Planning to go to both tonight - so excited to dance again: ).  Click on the titles to get more details on the website.

"Whether you’ve been dancing for years, or want to learn how to boogie like a pro, Hudson River Park’s MoonDance is your chance to strut your stuff under the stars! No experience necessary. Featured styles include swing, tango and salsa."

Free dance lessons 6:30pm – 7pm courtesy of Dance Manhattan
Live Music 7pm – 10pm | Hudson River Park, Pier 54 (see directions here)

July Events
  • 18 July 2010, Sunday – Los Hermanos Colon - happening tonight!
  • 25 July 2010, Sunday – Nu D’Lux
  • 1 August 2010, Sunday – Hector DelCurto’s Eternal Tango Orchestra
  • 8 August 2010, Sunday – George Gee Swing Orchestra

Salsa, bachata, merengue!

No Cover | Las Chicas Locas - 25th bet 6th and 7th

Happy Dancing!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How to: Spam Musubi (by Evan)

From Wikipedia: "Spam musubi is a very popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii made in the tradition of Japanese onigiri, also known as omusubi. Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice with a slice of grilled spam on top and nori (seaweed) wrapping to hold it together."

Last Friday, Evan W. (who grew up in Hawaii, of course!) had us over to teach us how to make this simple but deliciously filling food, and I'm here to share it with you! 

Seaweed, White Rice, and Spam...and a bowl of water!
NOTE: Spam prep involves marinating in soy sauce and sugar for a few hours, and then pan frying it!

The secret behind putting it together is the clear, plastic hollow rectangle spam musubi maker...and "The Masher".
  • Before you begin, make sure the inside edge of the rectangle is wet.  This is key so your rice doesn't stick!
  • After preparing a clean surface and laying the seaweed down, place the rectangle a little off of center.  Fill it with white rice, and then use the masher to flatten the rice.
  • The rectangle is designed to fit the spam perfectly!  Place two pieces on top of the rice, and fill it with another layer.
  • It's time for The Masher again, but don't forget to wet it or else it won't work.
  • Press the layers together!
  • Then, with The Masher still pressed down, slip the rectangle off from the top.
  • And now, the hardest part...carefully remove The Masher without moving the rice or the spam from its place.


  • Almost there!  Take one edge of the seaweed, wet the edges like an envelope, and stick it to the rice.  Then take the other edge and do the same.  Make sure it's snug like a hug!

  • Cut it into a few cubes, and it's ready to eat!

Yay - always so fun to learn something new.  Justin got creative and added egg to his too, and it was also delicious.  Add a side of macaroni salad, and you got a true Hawaiian meal.  


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7/13 - Happy National French Fry Day!

UPDATE: Hot potato!  What delicious fun.  Us 6 girls ate up our Pomme Frites with a fury, so fast that the guy at the counter gave us more sauces to try and a whole extra order, for free!  We liked the Parmesan Peppercorn, thought the Especial tasted just like normal mayo, and the Sweet Chili had a bit of a plum flavor.  Perfect way to celebrate today: ).  Thanks for meeting up!!


Though it's likely a big a marketing ploy, I do enjoy days/months dedicated to specific foods -- Sweet Potato Month (Feb 2011), National Burger Month (May 2011), Pancake Day (Mar 8, 2011)...check out this calendar of all the random things to celebrate! -- and today we get to celebrate French Fries!  Let's go to Pomme Frites tonight!: )

July 13, 2010 is National French Fries Day

Oh how we love those deep-fried strips of potato we know more commonly as french fries (or "chips" in England). The Belgians claim to have invented french fries, but no one knows for sure.

According to a Belgian historian, french fries date back to the 1600s when the inhabitants of a region formerly known as the Spanish Netherlands (currently Belgium) had the custom of accompanying their meals with small fried fish. When the river froze and they could not fish they turned to potatoes which they cut lengthwise and fried in oil. The term "French" was introduced during World War I when soldiers arrived and tasted the fries. They called them "French" as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at the time.

Today, we have many variations of french fries. Waffle fries, curly fries, sweet potato fries, shoestring fries -- what's your favorite? Whatever variation you prefer, chances are you'll be eating them away from home like most Americans. In fact, one fast-food chain's famous fries are so popular, they have their own Facebook page with more than half a million fans!

So hit up the drive-thru and super size your order to celebrate National French Fries Day!

Apparently, it's also National Ice Cream Month and National Grilling Month too - fun fun!