This past week I received the sweetest comment from an anonymous reader who wrote, “You rock! Your blog has become my go-to for Indian recipes. I (basic white American) am married to a Punjabi man. I struggled with lame recipes for years. When I stumbled upon your blog, I finally started getting it right. He frequently requests this Aloo Palak. Bonus – my MIL occasionally compliments my cooking. Thanks!”
Such a sweet comment. Hey, if I can get a white girl to please her Punjabi mother-in-law – who are a tough audience to please, I’m thinking my recipes must really rock! HA! Okay okay, enough self-adulation. Thank you “anonymous,” whoever you are, YOU.MADE.MY.DAY!
Just a reminder, the OSCARS are on this Sunday! Can’t wait to see who is wearing what, and watch all the celebrity gossip on E! It’s the only time of year I am really into celebrities. And I can’t wait to watch Adele perform! It’s all going to be so exciting!
Now onto Friday’s Favorites!
1. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Next weekend I am off to a much needed vacation in Playa del Carmen in the Rivera Maya. If anyone has been to Playa del Carmen, NOT Cancun, Playa del Carmen, I would really really appreciate tips on where to eat along Avenida 5 (5th Avenue), mainly places for great coffee, breakfast, margaritas, and fabulous meals. Ideally, I’d like to stay “on” the beaten path since I am traveling to Mexico, you know, MEXICO! Additionally, any recommendations on touristy things/activities to do, where to shop, go clubbing would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!!!
Ever since my friend, Ameena, mentioned Trader Joe’s 72% Dark Chocolate as one of her “vices,” I had to pick some chocolates up from TJ. To begin with, I didn’t even know TJ sold chocolate bars, let alone “organic” chocolate bars. Woohoo! And since I am going on a beach vacation, I could lose a couple pounds and improvise healthy dark chocolate for my weekly cupcake
Organic Dark Chocolate 73% Cacao Super Dark – just the right amount of sweetness, a good healthy option with a cup of tea. 1/2 a serving = 2 squares => 90 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat. ~ $2 a bar @ Trader Joe’s
Swiss Dark Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts – Swiss chocolate is always a winner, and I’m pretty sure this is a knockoff of
3. The Portofino Shirt @ Express (Fantasia Blue & Color Block True White)
Believe it or not, I haven’t gone shopping since December, shocking init? This is mainly due to the weather being so cold in New York City and when it’s so cold outside I don’t bother walking around the city to shop. Neways, a couple months ago I bought these semi-sheer shirts from Express that look great for work or just a night out. My nieces, Jazz and Rhea, helped me pick out this royal blue color, my new favorite shade of blue. Just FYI, these shirts are still selling at Express in a variety of colors, I seriously want them all. ~ $50 each @ Express
TELL ME: Have you been to Playa del Carmen, Mexico? If so, where do I eat, shop, dance?!?!? Help me!
What is your favorite Trader Joe’s Chocolate Bar?