Friday, February 24, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things 3

Here's another Favorite Things! I'll go in and add more pics later... Just wanted to get this up!

Here's where I share things related to food/blogging/cooking/restaurants/everything else that I have discovered and/or received for review. If there's a *, I've received a product gratis from the company for purpose of reviewing.

T-fal All in One Cooker* (Excited to try) - Instant/All in one cookers are all the rage. And T-fal was kind enough to send me their Electric Pressure cooker to try out! I'm still figuring out how it works, but so far it's a great way to make a quick meal! Expect a how-to video, coming shortly.

Charcoal Toothpaste - (not food) I was not paid to write this. I am not one of those viral videos you're seeing in your feeds. This is just a true, honest-to-goodness personal review: this stuff is MAGICAL. I can't speak to any other brand, as this is the one I bought, but in ONE DAY my teeth were three shades whiter AT LEAST. My toothbrush's blue bristles are even turning white, so you KNOW it's effective. It's a gray powder, with a light spearmint flavor, that you sprinkle on your toothbrush. Brush your teeth normally, and rinse. It looks a little strange (the powder is BLACK and it looks like you're brushing with mud) but TRUST ME. The first week I used it every day, but I have sensitive teeth and I started to feel a bit more sensitive. This week I've been using it every couple of days, while using my old toothpaste in between, and my teeth are still sparkly white. Try it, it's amazing.

Better than Sex Mascara/Ipsy - (not food, but still a rec) I've been getting Ipsy for about four years now, and I absolutely love it. For $10 a month, I get a curated bag of makeup goodies in generous sample to full sizes. I've come across many different brands that I love this way. My current favorite is Better Than Sex Mascara. It's a cult product, but one that has a full size with a price point a bit more than I like to spend... if it weren't for Ipsy, I wouldn't know how worth it that price tag is! I have big, thick lashes to begin with, but the extra oomph from Better Than Sex makes them look legit fake. It's definitely earned its cult status!

Things I find on the internet and stuff.

Pokemon Go's Gen 2 - The original Pokemon was at peak popularity when I was about 12 (that age when you're still a kid but about to dive headfirst into teenagerdom), so Pokemon Go is incredibly nostalgic for me. The game has been out for a year, but they recently released about 80 NEW Pokemon from the second generation. These aren't the Pokemon I grew up with, but the giddy little-kid-feeling of exploring the outdoors and stumbling upon little monsters to catch is so much fun. It's been a happy little light in a world that is confusing and at times dark right now.

The Skimm - My new favorite part of the morning? Reading The Skimm while I drink my coffee. There's so many news outlets out there, it's hard to keep on top of everything. The Skimm is just what it sounds like--a skimmable digest of what's going on in the world.  It's informative, while still being detailed and brief. It's definitely left-leaning (as am I), but facts-forward. Great backup for civil discourse in this harsh political climate.

BoxMac - I've probably mentioned my friends' YouTube show here before (Frankie and Junt are on a mission to find the best boxed mac and cheese!), but this past January I was honored to visit and tape a show with them. My episode is still a month out--Frankie is an expert at content creation and plans MONTHS in advance--but in the meantime you should check out everything Red Cow Entertainment has to offer. Trust me, watching two dudes cook boxed mac and cheese doesn't sound like a ton of fun, but something about their chemistry and silly banter while they taste-test a childhood favorite is extremely addicting.

Spotlight on Other Food Bloggers!
Bourbon soaked cherries tiramisu from Bread Booze Bacon
Banana Split Granola Kabobs from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Each week I’m going to highlight a different thing I love in ATX. Might be a list, might be one highlight, who knows! This week it’s…

Central Market Cooking School *- Guys. It's BACON TIME. I was lucky enough to snag a media spot to their Bacon and Beer menu last year, and I highly recommend any class that Cindy is teaching. The upcoming class list is chock full of awesome Bacon and St. Patrick's Day favorites. If you want to get your hands dirty, take a cooking class. If you want to just watch and eat, sign up for a demonstration. Either way, you get to learn a bit while enjoying some tasty bites. The perfect date night!

Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge - I am OBSESSED with Dollar Tuesdays. $1 per piece of high-quality sushi? Count me the eff IN. Don't let the low cost fool you, this stuff is fresh and delicious. Plus, the drink specials are bomb (the Sake Bloody Mary is SO good), and my sushi-hating fiance can eat his fill of chicken and shrimp skewers when I drag him here to fulfill my sushi craving. This is also one of the few places where happy hour starts at 3 and runs UNTIL CLOSE, and on those days single sushi pieces average just $2. Extra extra points, it's five minutes from my apartment, and there's never a wait for a seat at the bar. I think I've found my new hangout.

Did I mention MY BOOK is available for pre-order? Check it out!

How to Eat a Lobster and Other Culinary Enigmas Explained is now available via pre-order! My lovely publisher, Quirk Books lists all the various places you can place an order for my book, so you can be first in line when it comes out April 4th.

Question of the week: How do you get your news?

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