Saturday, February 27, 2010
A quick search online for “the best cannoli in Milan”, deemed the Princi bakery on Via Ponte Vetero the winner, so off I went. (Princi has several locations throughout Milan.)
Upon realizing that this was an event to be photographed, I snapped an underhanded, pretending-to-text photo with the blackberry, hoping not to draw sneers from fellow diners.
The crunchy, not too sweet shell contrasted perfectly with the smooth and sweet filling that was speckled with chocolate flakes, and a candied orange peel added just the right amount of tartness.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Instead of throwing away all that produce that you “forgot” to eat, throw together a batch of this soup. Freeze the leftovers, and you’ve got a ton of delicious meals that are healthy and ready in minutes!
It’s simple- just throw in your (uncooked) leftovers, maybe some frozen veggies, and a couple of cans that have just been sitting in your pantry for awhile (you know you have them).
There are a couple of things that help make this soup better, so here goes:
Start by sautéing any onions, potatoes, peppers that you might want to add.
Add a can of tomatoes (whole, crushed, pureed, whatever) for color and flavor.
Bring the soup to a boil once you’ve added everything, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
I like to add hot sauce and/ or cayenne pepper for some extra kick, but salt and pepper will do. Be careful adding salt before you taste it!
This is great topped with toasted bread or grated parmesan cheese. Usually I’ll just get day-old baguette, slice it really thin, brush it with olive oil, and bake at 400 until golden brown and crispy, and top the soup with homemade croutons.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
It was a great day- I got to see the town of Brindisi on the drive from the airport, the people were nice, the food was delicious (pastry! pastas!) and, at the end of the day, they gave me two pairs of jeans!
My friend Eamon and I visited Chocolat this weekend. The gelato was amazing- I had a scoop of chocolate with chili pepper sprinkled in and a scoop of Nutella. For those of you that aren’t crazy about chocolate, Eamon was loving the pistachio gelato.
I was sad when my gelato was gone… until I tasted the cone. Honestly, it was one of the best cones I’ve ever had (which is a lot).
Chocolat also has 5 flavors “hot chocolate”- a.k.a. a mug of thick melted chocolate. With white, chili, dark, milk, and cinnamon.
The cakes also looked AMAZING.
I can’t wait to go back!
Via Boccaccio 9, Milano
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Well kids, the Cupcake Challenge is BACK! This is an event where you can go and sample basically every kind of cupcake imaginable. I went to a small-scale cupcake challenge last year in Berkeley, and it was unbelievable!
Tomorrow, Feb. 20, from 4-7 at the Renaissance Hotel.
The tickets are already sold out, but I can't wait to see the pics and be inspired!
Here is the link in case you live in the area and want to try and pull some strings. :-)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
So what's a busy model (student, person) to do?
Here are some options for fast, healthy, and filling breakfast shakes, followed by a recipe for healthy "pancakes." I usually do one or the other, but depending on my workouts, I'll add a couple of slices of turkey bacon or a handful of almonds on the side of the shakes.
1 Cup Chocolate Soy Milk, 1/2 Banana and Berries Blended with Ice.
Skim Milk, 1 Banana, 1 TBSP Almond Butter Blended with Ice.
Low Fat Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, and 1 tsp Honey; Blend Until Smooth.
Recipe Care of Lorraine Lopez
2 egg whites
1 serving of quick cooking oatmeal
Mix together, heat up a nonstick skillet, spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Put the mixture on the skillet, cook like you would a pancake, flipping when the sides start to pull up.
“Pancake” will turn golden brown when done.
This is really good if you spread low-fat or Greek yogurt and blueberries, but you can also use syrup.
Now you have no excuse to skip breakfast!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Between my minor obsession with Jillian's crafted bitching at contestants and burning desire to befriend Bob, I got off the couch and tried the workouts. They really do work- I swear by the 30 Day Shred and Power Sculpt videos. Of course consistency is key and you can't eat like crap all the time, but they're short, relatively simple, and hardly put a dent in your day... all the more time to watch the show!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
My favorite gelato in Milan comes from a shop called Bianco Latte, or white milk. They have all kinds of wonderful things to eat and drink, and have special treats in honor of Valentine's Day.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Buy thin cut pork chops (.5 inch or less)
Heat oven to 350 F
Mix 2 egg whites with a splash of skim milk, add a couple of dashes of Tabasco
Dip pork chops in peppered all purpose flour, then dip them in the egg white mix, then into Italian bread crumbs
Bake for 30-35 min, or until the coating browns.
I serve these gems with no-sugar added applesauce and sauteed spinach.
Talk about Southern Comfort! Yum!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Ahh… coffee. If you don’t love it, you haven’t had the right stuff. If you absolutely hate coffee, this is your opportunity to give it one last shot.
During a break from a fashion show, I wandered into the Blue Bottle Café… a little place, so small that you might just miss it.
The Tokyo iced coffee, brewed through a drip machine that looks like something from Wonka’s factory, is sure to please. They also have New Orleans iced coffee sweetened with chicory root. This stuff is unbelievable.
The sweets are delicious- I sampled the organic gingerbread cookies and the sesame absinthe shortbread, which were perfect when dunked.
Tokyo Style coffee brewing in the café, The New Orleans Iced, and Latte with Gingerbread Cookie
66 Mint Street, San Francisco. Cash only.