My Favorite Food Blogs

Didja ever look over to the left of your computer screen?

You know, that little bar with a list of the blogs that I like? Well, I don’t just look at other blogs here and there. I don’t just check out the stuff other people write when I am waiting in the airport for a delayed flight. I live off this stuff. I read blogs incessantly. I get ideas from blogs, I get inspired by blogs, I learn about food, and I virtually meet some pretty awesome people.

New blogs pop up all the time, but these ones…these are my favorites.

Why?

Well, I’m glad you asked:

The Amateur Gourmet

I cannot say enough about this blog. When Adam Roberts came on the blogging scene in 2004, food blogs weren’t really a thing. Not like they are now, anyway. Most food sites were run by professional chefs or restrauters. If you didn’t know how to hold a knife like a chef, buy mushrooms at a farmers’ market like a forager, and cook a souffle like Julia Child, you just bought a couple of cookbooks and practiced your craft continuously until you felt like you could kind of…maybe…put together an okay meal.

Adam changed all that.

He flat out said that he was an amateur. That not everything he made turned out well, or even edible. That he was learning as he went, from scandalous cupcake to life-changing broccoli. And, a few books and about a gazillion fans (including many professional chefs)later…well, he has become the patron saint of all of us who just know what we like to eat. He updates continuously and shares his personal and professional life with us. He walks us through complicated recipes and talks about techniques that he has developed himself. He shares his personal joys and triumphs with us. He once wrote a post that was so profound that it moved me – who faints when I even hear about anyone famous – to approach him on a crowded subway train and tell him how much it affected me. Of course, he and his now-fiance Craig couldn’t have been sweeter or more invested in my thoughts on the post. Whether he is writing about “The Sound of Music” plates that he bought second-hand or once-in-a-lifetime meals that he shares in comic strip form, reading his blog is part therapy, part comedy, all delicious.

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Even though Justin has stopped writing his blog, I will never take his blog of my blogroll. This guy eats the way that you want to eat. You know that he does. He cooks juicy burgers and spicy chili. He wraps cold cuts and cheese in phyllo dough and bakes it. He is a fast food connoisseur, with enough condiment packets to make up a museum. He takes drool worthy pictures and was the BEST at answering comments and questions that you posted. He is a cool guy, a major foodie, and his blog is still some of the best reading out there. If I were you, I would start at the beginning and just work my way through. Don’t  be surprised if you start craving hangar steak about 3 pages in.

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Feisty Foodie

Yvo is one of my dear friends, so I really can’t say that my view is unbiased. But she is – absolutely! – the grand dame of NYC-centric food bloggers. She started in 2003 – that’s when Britney was single, Twitter wasn’t even a twinkle in Ashton’s eye, and twerking was just a made up word. She was visiting restaurants right and left and writing about them in a no holds barred way. Yvo doesn’t sugar coat – if she doesn’t like the food or the waitstaff, she will say so. And then – the best part – she will say why. She explains why she doesn’t like the steak or exactly how the server was rude. She puts out controversial opinions and holds her own in her comments. She loves a good debate and will stand up fiercely for her own opinions while taking into account other people’s opinions – I have yet to change her mind, but I have had fun trying! I started reading her because she was simply so prolific, but she is an example of how someone you meet online through a mutual passion can really become a real life friend. Though most of her posts are about restaurants, some are home cooking, and a very few are about her personal life. She writes about some of her most personal moments in a raw, poignant voice, and though those pieces are often hard to read, they are also my favorite. To read her blog is to know Yvo – her funny, witty, sarcastic, and food-loving self – and I can’t recommend more that you take the time!

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Kevin Eats

Food porn. Bada boom. The best, most beautiful pictures of food that I want to eat in LA and beyond. His writing is good, but his choice of restaurants and phototgraphy of the food is excellent. If you are going anywhere he has been, you simply MUST check out the blog and follow his advice. He has never steered me wrong, and is great about responding to comments. His taste in sushi is especially reliable and refined.


Midtown Lunch

I used to live and work right here, and this was everything to me. It was all of the weird little places that I didn’t know existed, the food trucks that looked too crowded, and the restaurants that I loved. It has expanded to different cities now, but to me, it will always be Midtown Lunch. It’s unpretentious, straightforward, and sometimes on the rowdy side of bawdy. It won’t win any literary or photography awards, but it’s just what you need when you are in midtown and can’t handle the thought of one of those dried out turkey paninis from Panera. It’s still useful and I refer to it all the time when people ask me where they can eat dinner before a Broadway show.


Serious Eats

The Bible. I remember reading it when it was Ed Levine’s NY Eats, and it has only gotten better. The best, funniest writers. The coolest taste tests. The best food hacks. The quick answers to questions you may have and the behind the scenes looks and what makes the site work. If you want to learn how to make a complicated lasagna or a super easy grilled cheese, this is your spot. Vegan? Great! Pizza aficionado? They have got ya covered there, too. If you like to eat…you go here. It’s Chowhound with more stories and pictures and fewer threads. It’s da best.

What are some of your favorite blogs? Besides this one, duh.

September – The 4th Month of Summer

Is it actually September? Who cares?! Eat like summer lasts forever!

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The watermelon and feta salad from The Smith

Yes, I know that I go here all the time, but it’s just so delicious. Love the buzzy vibe, the buzzier drinks, and the seasonal and reliable menu. Watermelon season is rapidly coming to a close, so enjoy this salad while you can! Sweet watermelon with freshly cracked pepper and coarse salt is one of life’s great pleasures – sweet and savory defined. Paired with delicate microgreens, juicy tomatoes, and some crumbly, piquant feta, it really hits the spot for a light lunch. Don’t overlook the drizzle of syrupy balsamic vinegar, perfect for swiping with some of the excellent tabletop French bread.

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Guacamole at Rosa Mexicano

Though the dinner fare here was generally overpriced and unimpressive, the guacamole was legitimate! It’s made tableside to your specifications – extra spicy, no cilantro, squeeze of lemon instead of lime…your wish is their command. It’s as fresh as it comes, and once you have had a margarita, the presentation really qualifies as dinner theater. I would come here for some guac and drinks and go elsewhere for a main course.

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Claw Daddy’s

I haven’t eaten here yet, but I had to miss a press event this week and I. Was. BUMMED! Just click over and look at the menu – it’s all shellfish all the time! Louisiana home cookin’ at its finest – crawfish, 2 kinds of crab, lobster, gumbo…come to mama! I can’t wait to try this restaurant soon – have any of y’all been there? (PS, I haven’t been compensated for this post in any way…I just think it looks super awesome and after my trip to New Orleans last year, I am always looking for good N’awlins food!)

Let’s jump into what I am now calling the last month of summer!

Bites to Savor This Weekend and Beyond!

Food I’m enjoying around town:

20140525_195750 Chocolate mint ice cream bar from Treat House

Generally, I find these gourmet Rice Krispy treats overpriced and dry – nothing beats licking the spoon of some still warm, freshly made treats. But this ice cream version does surprisingly well. The ice cream is what kicks it up the notch – it’s really, sharply minty 0 this is a grown up’s treat. It’s coated in a thick layer of crisp chocolate and the “cookies,” which are really Rice Krispy treats, provide a crunchy, chewy counterpart. This is a fun, light ending to a meal out on the UWS.
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SUNGOLD TOMATOES SUNGOLD TOMATOES SUNGOLD TOMATOES. This year, the sungolds are INSANE. Sweet, light, juicy, firm…they are perfect raw and even better slowly roasted. The peaches are just going out of season now, but you can still find some wonderful late season ones - yellow peaches;  the whites have been super mealy. Tiny bell peppers and sheep’s milk cheeses in pungent blue and tangy yellow. This farmer’s market is never too crowded and never too expensive – the vendors are lovely and invite you to try anything that looks delicious and the variety is usually excellent. Give it a go, and say hi if you see me! 20140819_184057 20140819_191126 Mexican food at Dahlia’s

Nothing groundbreaking, but there are strong margaritas, fair prices, and an adorable patio looking over Harrison Street – worth the price of admission! You have to savor this sunlight as long as you can – September is upon us and this lovely weather will be but a memory sooner than we can imagine. The guacamole is plentiful and not crazy expensive and the menu is full of lots of familiar Tex-Mex fare – order up and enjoy!

I Pushed Publish…Right?

Um, no…no, I did not. I clearly THOUGHT that I pushed “publish” until this very moment in time. So sorry about that…I will save it for tomorrow when, more likely than not, y’all will check back!

Creamy Moroccan Carrot Soup

I have been on a carrot streak lately.

Roasting them with hot chile paste. Shredding them into coleslaw mix. Dipping them into blue cheese dressing, au naturel.

And making them into this decidedly un-summery soup. It’s vegetarian and extremely easy to make – in an hour or so, you have a homemade, creamy, comforting soup with zam-pow punch that will knock you off your feet.

Creamy Moroccan Carrot Soup

2011-12-18 tsimis brisket liver hummus latkes Ingredients:

1 lb. peeled and roughly chopped carrots (yes, I used the baby ones…it’s easy, so kill me.)

1 tbsp. veggie oil

1 onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 bunch celery, chopped

2 tsp. grated ginger, fresh or frozen but not dried

2 tsp-1 tbsp. harissa paste (no tomato in the mix)

2 good glugs of ketchup

2 tbsp. ras el hanout

6 cups chicken stock

cream, salt, and pepper to taste

cilantro to garnish

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1. Get those onions, garlic, and celery, in the olive oil over medium heat. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are softened and start to turn translucent.

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2. Add the carrots, the chicken stock, harissa paste, ras el hanout, and ketchup. Yes, ketchup. Trust me, it’s the secret star ingredient. Stir and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes, or until the carrots are soft. Check once, halfway through, to make sure that he veggies aren’t burning to the bottom of the pan.

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3. Using an immersion blender, bend the carrots when they are mushy and falling apart. Add some cream and taste for seasonings. I always add a lot of pepper and just a touch of salt.

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4. Garnish with cilantro and serve

This soup will cure what ails you. It takes ginger carrot soup to the next level. Ras el Hanout is a North African spice mixture that includes ginger, cumin, corinader, and many other spices. It’s floral, earthy, and fragrant. It is flavorful but not at all spicy – that’s where the harissa comes in. Just use a little because it’s quite potent! And the ketchup….oh, that’s the ticket. It provides a totally unidentifiable sweet, bright backnote. It’s sweet, bright, and brings  a whole new flavor dimension to the creamy soup. Don’t skimp on the cilantro at the end – I thought it was optional, but then I added it and was like – oh. Yeah. This is very important. Mhm.

And this soup altogether is very important for making my carrot obsession seem totally legit. Mhm.

Dates, Booze, and Haggis Crisps!

Here are some tasty treats I have enjoyed at home recently – be aware, a couple of them are from the honeymoon and so will have to be ordered online if you want to try them.

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This shop on posh New Bond street in London is a treasure trove for foodies from the USA. It specializes in all things date – at least 5 varieties that I have never even heard of, and they all come from Saudi Arabia. What’s the last time that you had a date from Saudi Arabia? They range from taut and juicy to sticky and sweet, with the thinnest skins I have ever tasted. These dates are unlike any I have had in the USA, and you can get them enrobed in chocolate, laid in marzipan, or baked into cookies. Whatever dates you desire, Bateel can deliver. This is always my first stop in London and I never escape without spending waaay too much money.
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These alcoholic ice cream bars premiered at the Fancy Food show and they have the alcohol equivalent of half a mixed drink. They are also DELICUIOUS…just like your favorite Haagen Dazs bar infused with a slight kick of your favorite alcohol. I loved the vanilla and cognac bar, with its creamy interior and thick, crispy chocolate coating. Check out the site for more flavors and lets all pray together that this comes to stores soon – because happy hour with ice cream is so much happier. 

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Haggis potato chips (photo from website)

Oh. Em. Gee. I love Haggis, the offal and oatmeal mixture boiled in a sheep’s stomach. It tastes like scrapple mixed with stuffed derma, and I could eat it every night for dinner. But, if you are squeamish about things like lungs (weirdo…), get your fix with these awesome chips from Scotland! They are thick cut and very peppery – much more so than American chips, which always seem to go light on the pepper. The haggis flavor comes through in meaty, savory flavors – it’s a potato chip with the aftertaste of steak. But in a good way, not the weird way that it sounds. These are SO fantastic dipped in sour cream or eaten next to a burger.

Or, you know, straight out of the bag

Happy eating weekend!

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That’s right, I turn the big 3-0 today!

That means I’m taking the day off to spend with family, friends, and Geritol.

However, I will see you back Monday, because this eating weekend will be EPIC!!

Have a great weekend!

It’s (Not!) Too Darn Hot!

I grew up in a house that was afraid of the oven. 

My mother never – EVER – puts the oven above 350F. She wholeheartedly believes that the house will spontaneously combust if the oven goes anywhere near 400F.

This could be because that’s what her mother told her or it could be because of my propensity to start greasefires, but let’s not dwell on that.

Let’s dwell on when you absolutely MUST put your oven on the HIGHEST TEMPERATURE you can stand in order to get the most out of your meal. 

Pizza

When I took my pizza making class, it was a revelation. Though I still usually buy premade pizza dough (because no matter how hard I try, my bread products consistently turn out tasting like punishments), I always heat my oven up to 475F with the pizza stone in there. I put my dough on a well floured overturned cookie sheet and top it with sauce, cheese, and accouterments. I then open the oven door lightning fast, shimmy  the pizza onto the hot stone, then slam it shut. I turn the oven light on so I can see inside and don’t open the door at ALL until the crust looks golden and the cheese is bubbly hot. This way, the crust turns out super tender and airy with a crackly exterior. Lower heat just makes the crust soggy and sometimes gummy – you really need that blast of constant heat to get restaurant-worthy pizza. 

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Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans)

This is the only way that I get my husband or dad to eat vegetables. It’s SUCH a cliche, but these are men who would live off of fast food hamburgers and milkshakes for the rest of their lives if they could. They just don’t like the taste of vegetables and don’t feel sick if they don’t eat them for weeks on end. The only way that I get them to eat veggies is if they are super crisp and ideally charred within an inch of disintegrating altogether. Toss your vegetables in a bit of olive oil and some seasonings, then just throw them in an oven cranked to 450F and retrieve them after about 45 minutes, turning once. These should not be made ahead of time – the green beans fare best overnight, but nothing will be as crispy and satisfying as it is the day of. Don’t try this with veggies that are too watery or starchy – stick to the ones listed here. Top them with sesame oil, dip them in ketchup, and give thanks to the high heat heavens.

Steak

Because no one wants to eat shoe leather. The cow is already dead…you don’t need to cook it to death again. Unless we are talking short ribs or stew meat, beef MUST be cooked quickly and over high heat. This allows the outside of meat to get a lovely sear and the inside to remain juicy and tender. Start it in a pan over high heat and then finish it quickly in a very, very hot oven to cook the inside to a beautiful medium rare. Just follow these instructions and you won’t ever be disappointed. 

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Fruit

Sprinkle sliced bananas or stone fruit with brown sugar and put them under the broiler on high. In 5 minutes or less, you have a crunchy, juicy, sweet dessert that is PERFECT with shortbread cookies and mascarpone cheese. 

You’re welcome. 

And if you can’t stand the heat…get out of the kitchen. 

Sorry, mom.

Planning a Wedding in NYC – The Big, Bad Breakdown

BE AWARE…WEDDING POST AHEAD!

I was asked several times on this blog and by email to do a wedding post detailing what I did and did not like about my wedding.

However…due to my overwhelmingly excellent experience, I will really only be posting the positives. If you have questions about vendors you did not see here (Such as my florist), please leave a comment or email me and I will be more than happy to share those experiences with you.

And if you have no interest in weddings whatsoever, I don’t blame you. I absolutely NEVER did until it was my own. I promise to be back with more eats on Monday.

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Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas and Envelopper Ink

Awesome experiences with both. Wedding Paper Divas is both fairly priced and easy to use – you can go pretty inexpensive or way, way pricey, and they will always let you order a few free samples fist to make sure that you like the feel of the paper (yeah, when you plan a wedding, you do things like feel paper. It’s only the beginning of the weird stuff you find yourself thinking about. Breathe into it.). I wanted to do custom envelop liners, so we had them done for a very reasonable price at Enveloppers, who even printed, for a very fair fee, each recipients name and address on each envelope. The little cards were from Vistaprint and had our wedding website information on the back, and my mom and I tied each little gold cord on each invitation and stuffed every envelope.

It took forever and was totally worth it.

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Dress – Annasul Y by Lusan MAndongus. Purchased at Cymbeline and L’fay Bridal

This store was HEAVEN SENT. Little known fact – I hate to shop. HATE to shop. Hate trying on clothes, hate taking them off, hate people saying what they think of me wearing them…I literally despise shopping. More often than not, my clothes are castoffs from friends or my sister buys them for me.

So my mom and sis knew that they had LIMITED time in which to buy me a dress. The first place was a disaster. Too many sequins, too little arm fabric. The second place had a woman who just knew that I would look great in a ballgown.

Pardon me as I gag.

Thank heaven they found L’fay. This tiny flatiron shop is awash in tulle and lace, but they let you choose your own dress here. Grab a bottle of water and ask a consultant for help, or just browse. If you show up a little early or late, don’t worry – they will let you in. They will bend over backwards to let you Skype with your dad so he can see the dress before you buy. They will let you go back multiple times to pair jewelry with you dress. And if you don’t buy that day, they DON’T PRESSURE YOU. You have no idea how rare this is…and it’s SO appreciated.

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I loved my dress. It was modest but not Amish. Feminine but not overly girly. Not too puffy, not too tight, and the seamstress was both a dream and put wonderful sleeves on it. I can’t say enough about my experiences with the incredible staff and beautiful, unique selection of dresses at Cymbeline. Plus, they gave my dad a diet Sprite and a plug for his Ipad so he wouldn’t be bored at the fitting that my mom dragged him to.

Winners, I tell ya. Though my wonderful consultant Serena no longer works there, I worked with 2 or 3 other people who were all professional, kind, and helpful.

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Shoes - Tango shoes by Arika Nerguiz

Another little known fact – I have a horrible, terrible, awful bunion on my right foot (wow, we are really getting personal today). I wanted to wear flats, but my groom BEGGED me to wear heels so he wouldn’t look like the jolly Jewish giant. I can’t wear conventional heels for more than 30 minutes at a time without feeling intense pain and my sister actually hid my favorite nude wedges to prevent me from just reusing those. Enter ballroom dancing shoes. With super flexible heels and a variety of styles and colors, these are the best, awesomest, prettiest, and comfiest fancy shoes I have ever worn …EVER. Not as comfy as my favorite Toms, but I wore them for about 8 hours straight with next to no pain until the final hour. The shoes are so soft and flexible that they stretched to accommodate that big ass bunion. These wouldn’t work for an outdoor wedding, since the shoes are made for dance floors, but for those with bunions or indoor weddings, these are utterly fabulous! I got mine at Worldtone, where many Broadway costumers outfit their casts.

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Jewelry – Tejani

Because I am a drag queen…we all know it. This store sells jewelry fit for a Maharajah’s wedding – bling it ON. The staff here was sweet, the stuff is WAY cheaper than anything else that looks as good, and the quality is excellent.

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Makeup – Christina Amador

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. This girl is red hot. On fire. Amazing. Sweet, talented, professional, and did I mention WONDERFUL to work with? she made my mom look like Anne Bancroft, my sister look like Sophia Loren, and me look like Rita Hayworth. She does airbrush makeup. She does false eyelashes. She does anything and everything that you want. If you decide that your nose looks flat after the trial, just email her and she will call you back in 2 seconds reassuring you that she will do whatever you want to make your nose look good the day of the wedding. Like I said, weird things happen to you when you plan your wedding – you have a fear of flat noses.

This woman is PHENOMENAL and a VERY fair price. Get her asap.

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Choreographer – Shari Polis

It’s hard for me to put into words how I feel about wonderful Shari…here is what I wrote for her site as a review:

Shari Polis is a dream choreographer because she doesn’t do what she want to do – she does what you need to do. I am an actress with many years of dance experience and my husband has never even seen “A Chorus Line,” much less know swhat a waltz is. Sherri managed, in just 2 sessions, to give us a small dance routine, complete with a lift, that was simple enough for us both to remember but really dazzled. The moment when he lifted me and our friends burst out into applause, rising to their feet, was a shining moment of our wedding. Shari listened to what we needed and made us look better than we ever dreamed we could – she really matched up the Odd Couple in a dance that made us look like Fred and Ginger 2.0. She is professional, talented, kind, unassuming, and most of all, made our wedding a cut above the rest. We recommend her without reservation.

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Photographer – Jami Saunders

Love. This. Woman. Timely, friendly, professional, kind…I could go on and on. She is really salt of the earth. Homegirl runs a nonprofit. For heaven’s sake, she rescheduled our photo shoot last minute because we had an emergency and then got us all of our wedding photos within 5 weeks of the wedding…unreal. Plus, you get all of the photos on a disk and you don’t have to buy the album through her.  But the proof is in the pudding.

She got every single shot that we asked for.  Her packages are fairly priced by NYC standards, and she becomes more than a vendor – she becomes a friend.

Videographer – CinemaCake

This was my incredible sister’s wedding gift to us and it was one that I truly cherish. I wouldn’t have gotten a videographer – easy way to trim the budget and who really watches a video anyway? But my sister wanted to get me the video and she wanted to use this vendor. Okay, whatever. The company was super cool to work with, the guys who came were total gems – sweet, fun, unobtrusive – and the whole experience was nice. I didn’t think anything of it.

Then, a month after the wedding, my grandfather passed away.

All of a sudden, I realized why people get videos. Photos are beautiful and conjure great memories – but videos are living, breathing memories all on their own. To see my dad’s face when watches his dad on the video is just…amazing. To see the dance that my husband and I worked on SO HARD makes me laugh until I cry. To be able to show my kids and grandkids what everyone looked and sounded like is something that I will treasure forever. And we didn’t have to rely on an iphone that might run out of battery or a Droid that might not work for the video. Please, if you can, stretch the budget for a video. And if it can stretch as far as CinemaCake, then you will be overjoyed with the result.

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Band – Around Town Entertainment

Hey-yo! The band rocked our SOCKS off! Adam Michaels was attentive, personal, quick with emails, and didn’t try to upsell us on a bigger, more expensive band. I had heard him at my friend’s wedding and just knew that I wanted this band. They are AWESOME! Live music the entire time, some killer singers (they did MIKA for heaven’s sake), and a fantastic mix of slow, fast, old, new, popular, and avant garde songs. We gave them a HUGE list of songs that we wanted and they hit almost all of them. Plus, they let my sister and the groom rock out with them.

Yeah, we are a very musical family. What can I say?

This band was one of the best, easiest, and most joyful vendors with whom we worked. Bravo!

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Venue – JW Marriot Essex House

What can I say that you don’t know? The food was incredible. Their service is personalized, efficient, and over the top. They can get you a last minute stage covering, ensure that your father has a plateful of pigs in blankets so he doesnt get whiny during photos and arrange for your guests to have a large, comfy area in South Gate for the after party. They will bend over backwards to deliver your mother’s welcome bags to guest rooms, make sure that your groom’s guitar is unmolested while it sits with the musicians, and calm you down when one of your vendors is late. The Grand Salon id truly befitting of its names – gold and crystal and pastoral murals all over the place. It’s grand, it’s elegant, and it’s totally old world. Nothing too hip or sharp here – it’s fancy, ornate, and soft. I can’t recommend Essex House and the fantastic team, led by Cecilia DeAngelis, enough.

One wedding is all I will ever have (unless Jon Hamm comes knocking). But if you do it right…one is enough.

The Best British Candies

Okay Americans, it’s time to swallow our pride.

I mean, look…I love being American, really I do.

But we do NOT have the greatest selection of candy.

At it’s best, it satisfies the need for something sugary.

At its worst, it’s subpar, weird and all tastes the same.

What country has the best candy? Not the best high-end heritage single origin chocolate bonbons, but the best buy it in a drugstore, “2 bags for the price of 1″ candy?

That would be the UK.

This isn’t my opinion. This is fact.

Read on for the best candy in the world. All thanks to Her Royal Highness’s kick ass sugar-addicted dominion.

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 Tunnock’s Teacakes

Mallomars, get the hell out of town. These are the BEST MARSHMALLOW COOKIES ON THE PLANET EARTH. Buttery, crumbly, graham cracker. Crackly, creamy milk chocolate. And, in between, a pile of sticky, sugary, soft marshmallow fluff. Not a thin, bouncy layer. But a full, cloudy, finger smudging pillow of marshmallow fluff. I dare you to eat fewer or more than two. Fewer and you will be left wanting, and more and you will immediately vomit from sugar intake.

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2. Wine Gums

So many millions of times more delicious than gummy bears. These round or oblong pastilles are firm with an almost waxy texture. As you suck on them, they start to dissolve and suddenly become chewy and burst with flavor. The flavor is really where they come through. Zesty lime, tart blackcurrant, and sweet orange are my favorite flavors. I can go through a whole box of  these at once – Maynards is a personal favorite. And fyi – no nasty black licorice will ever pass through my mouth. Blech.

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Mr. Kipling Tasty Cakes

Okay, this isn’t really what they are called, but who cares what kinds of treats you get from this line? Petit fours, Battenberg cakes – they are all aweome. It’s all about the moist, light cake inside, the smooth buttercream in the middle, and the thick layer of fondant-y icing. I am one of those people who loves the taste of fondant – the thick, uber sugary, teeth achingly sweet stuff that most people hate on their wedding cakes. The idea of selling bite-sized, shelf stable cakes as candy is such a great idea. It’s so satisfying with coffee or in the morning or alone as you built watch the Real Housewives…you know,whatevs.

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Flake Bar

Oh Flake…the very first British candy bar that I ever enjoyed. Layer upon layer of milk chocolate so creamy and thin that it melts before you have a chance to chew it. It does flake all over the places, so be prepared to be scrape chocolateycrumbs off of your shirt all day. It’s best when served straight up in an ice cream cone or mixed into a McFlurry.

Shut up, foreign McDonald’s is an awesome thing.

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5. Reese’s Cups

Just to make sure that you are really paying attention. Because, yes, we do have one candy that matches that of the superior British Empire. And it’s our very own creamy, nutty, sweet Reese’s cups.

Eaten 2 at a time of course.