Showing posts from October, 2013

A Peek at Peru

South America is a diverse continent with much to offer. Lately all eyes have been on PERU because it has a multitude of treasures; the Amazon River, Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Machu Picchu, Mancora, Puno, Uras Islands.....

The Peruvians have some of the best cuisine in the world and eating meals in Peru is an experience in itself. The national drink "Pisco Sour" is something you just have to try. Check out my recipe below.

Follow me on my next post as I share the treasures of Peru and provide recipes for delicious dishes like the famous "Ceviche."

Coming soon: PERU (The country of adventures and treasures)

Pisco Sour

3 ounces pisco
1 ounce syrup (recipe below)
1 ounce lime juice
1 egg white
Angostura BItters (2 dashes)

Mix the pisco, syrup, lime juice and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake.
Strain in a drinking glass and sprinkle two dashes of bitters on top.

Pisco Sours are great to drink anytime of year!

How to make the syrup:

Boil 1 cup of water in a small pot. Dis…

The Finger Lakes of New York State

New Yorkers are very lucky people for many reasons 1) they have New York City 2) they have Niagara Falls 3) they have the Catskills and the Hudson Valley 4) they have Long Island with the famous Hampton's not to mention Fire Island National Seashore and Montauk 5) they have 6 million acres of unspoiled Adirondack Mountains 6) they have the Thousand Islands 7) they have awesome pizza......and they have The Finger Lakes!

When I first arrived in Ithaca to take a two week course at Cornell University I fell in love with this gorgeous town. In fact you'll see plenty of bumper stickers and t-shirts with the logo "Ithaca is Gorges" because the area is home to gorges. A gorge is a deep narrow passage with a rocky side and it really is gorgeous to look at. Living in this college town is a dream come true because:

1)   Cornell University and Ithaca College are here.
2)   It's a pedestrian friendly town with great biking too.
3)   The restaurants are crowd pleasers like the…

"The Bronx Medley" A Legendary New York Borough

If you have two days to spare follow this "Bronx Medley."

Day One:

Take a bus, subway, or taxi to the Bronx Zoo and enjoy one of the largest zoos in America. Afterwards visit the New York Botanical Garden and connect with horticulture. Head over to Wave Hill and relax on the grounds of the public gardens and cultural center. Craving pizza? Little Italy on Arthur Avenue is the answer. Giovanni makes delicious pizza that has been enjoyed by such famous folks as the New York governor and the late Mother Teresa.

Day Two:

Chances are that you've been so smitten by the old fashioned Italian neighborhood of "Little Italy" that you want to return. No worries there's plenty to do in the Belmont section of the Bronx known as Arthur Avenue's Little Italy. The Arthur Avenue Retail Market sells everything from hand rolled cigars to fresh pasta. Over at De Lillo's Pastry Shop you can fix your sugar cravings with marvelous desserts. (The cannoli's here are some …

Brooklyn (Rocks) as a New York Borough!

Brooklyn, the most populated borough in New York City really rocks.

There are more famous Americans born in Brooklyn than anywhere else:

Woody Allen, actor and filmmaker
Paul Auster, author
Lauren Bacall, actress
Mel Brooks, director & writer
Tony Danza, entertainer
Harvy Eisenstat, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher
George Gershwin, composer
Mos Def, rapper
Alyssa Milano, actress
Willie Randolph Jr, New York Mets manager
Joan River, comedienne
Jerry Seinfeld, comedian
Barbra Streisand, singer
Joe Torre, New York Yankees manager
Mae West, actress

and a whole LOT more!

PLUS these are just a handful of things to love about B R O O K L Y N..................

Bay Ridge
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Brighton Beach
Carroll Gardens Historic District
Coney Island & Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Greenwood Cemetery
Junior's Cheesecake
Manhattan Beach
Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
New York Aquarium
New York Transit Museum
Park Slope
Prospect Park
Red …

Manhattan's Upper West Side (Adrianna's To Do List for the UWS)

The Upper West Side (UWS) for short, is a terrific neighborhood. I arrived her one January day to audition for the American Musical & Dramatic Academy all the way from Michigan. I didn't really plan on staying for long but as luck turns out I got accepted into the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and my first apartment was on the Upper West Side. Since than I've lived in quite a few neighborhoods but the Upper West Side is where my heart will always belong.

With Central Park on one side and Riverside Park on the other, the Upper West Side is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Manhattan. It's not unusual to see a celebrity dining in one of the area restaurants or to hear the sounds of "Juilliard"students displaying their musical talents from their apartment.  This terrific neighborhood has ever…