Home With Sherelle: Hungry & in a Hurry!

Hungry & in a hurry… I think maybe this is a NYC thing! Hungry, in a hurry, & in need of home cooked food… Maybe that’s just a me thing!

I wonder “Pasta?…I’ve already had that this week…What else can be prepared quickly & taste amazing?” ZUCCHINI FRITTERS WITH A SPRING MIX/ARGULA SALAD!!!

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Want to try what I ate? Here are the recipes!

Zucchini Fritter Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 Cup of Sunflower Oil
1 2/3 All-Purpose Unbleached Flour
2 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg (lightly beaten)
1 Cup of Milk (Carnation Milk is a good choice also)
1-2 Zucchini shredded
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Step 1 – Sift Flour, Baking Powder, Salt & Pepper into a large bowl & make well in centre
Step 2 – Mix together the beaten Egg, Milk, pour into Flour, & mix in the shredded Zucchini
Step 3 – Heat the Sunflower Oil in wide, deep saucepan, & drop in teaspoons of the batter (ensure that each batter serving does not touch the other(s)) Cook until golden brown on each side only turning once
**Use a paper towel to drain the oil from fritters

Spring Mix/Mixed Arugula Salad Recipe:
Ingredients:
Box/Packet of Spring Mix or Mixed Arugula
Baby Carrots (sliced moderately)
Grape Tomatoes (sliced moderately)
Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives (sliced moderately)
Cucumber (sliced moderately)
Balsamic Vinegar (note this is vastly different than balsamic Vinaigrette)

Step 1 – Wash your Spring Mix or Mixed Arugula & place in fridge
Step 2 – Remove Spring Mix or Arugula Mix from fridge add Sliced Carrots, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, & Olives
Step 3 – Dress lightly with Balsamic Vinegar

Sherrise 1/2 of Sherelle
We Review: Food & That!
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Cheap Eats: Five Guys

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Where we ate?
Five Guys

What we ordered there?
Little Bacon Cheeseburger (with Mayo, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomatoes, Grilled Onions, Ketchup, Mustard & BBQ)($6.79)
Regular Fries ($3.59)
Fountain Drink ($2.49)
TOTAL: About $13

$$?
Reasonable!

Do they take forever?
I wouldn’t say so. Actually, timing is great considering all the people on line putting in their orders before and after you!

How’s the ambiance?
Always clean (thanks to the staff), Never Empty (because it’s so good)

The only thing that can get a bit frustrating is the cramped seating (but hey, once you’re eating you’ll forget all about how close you are to the next person)

How can you pay?
Cash, Credit & Gift Cards

Care to see what they offer?
http://www.fiveguys.com/menu.aspx

Things to remember:

  • Complimentary self-serve peanuts while you wait
  • Regular burger (2 patties)
  • Little burger (1 patty)
  • Choose as many toppings as you want (they’re free)
  • You might want to share an order of fries (it can be too much for one person)
  • The Cajun fries are worth a try!

Want to know what we think/thought?

If you’re looking for a simple burger joint, look no further! Five Guys has all your basic burger needs. Come downtown and give it a try, you wont be disappointed :)

Michelle ½ of Sherelle
We Review: Food & That!
@Sherellesfoodandthat (Instagram)

Home with Sherelle : Dinner & Dessert

I didn’t get the opportunity to meet up with Elle at Miss Lily’s for lunch earlier :( ! Who can resist that place?

So instead, Chef Sherrise came to town (that’s me incase you missed the self exposure…) I cooked a Tomato Penne with a side of Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives

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With a side of …

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After dinner quite naturally I dreamt of dessert & this Chef had a full pantry, so what did i do?

I conjured up a dessert plan!

This is what I came up with…

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What’s Tofutti? I’m sure that’s what you’re thinking…!

I’ll be happy to explain… “Premium Tofutti is the first non-dairy frozen dessert to be marketed and sold to the general public through supermarkets. Tofutti Premium Pints come in seven delicious flavors: Almond Bark, Better Pecan, Chocolate Cookie Crunch, Chocolate, Vanilla Fudge, Vanilla, and Wild Berry Supreme.” – via Tofutti

Want to try what I ate? I’ll be so kind as to supply you with the recipes :)

Penne Recipe:
Ingredients:
•Half a box of Penne (Any brand of your choice, I used Barilla)
•1/2 a jar of tomato/pasta sauce (Again of your choice I’m not here to dictate)
•Herb de Provence (To taste)
•Sea Salt & Pepper (To taste)
•Greek Kalamata Olives
•1 Tbl Spoon of Olive Oil
•2 Garlic Cloves

Step 1 - Fill a large pot with hot water
Step 2 - Place pot of water on a high fire add the Olive Oil, Garlic Cloves, Two Pinches of Sea Salt
Step 3 – Once water has come to a boil (you should see it bubbling) add your Penne, boil for approximately 15 minutes -20 minutes
Step 4 - Once your Penne are cooked & boiled, strain them (separate them from the water in a sieve) reduce your stove fire from a high fire to a low/medium flame place the pot back on the stove top, add your strained Penne back into the pot, add two pinches of Herb de Provence, Sea Salt (yes again) & Pepper stir well for approximately 3 minutes
Step 5 - Add the tomato sauce stir well, add lid on pot & let the sauce simmer for 7 minutes, stir again ensuring all Penne has an equal amount of sauce
Step 6 - Switch your fire off, You’re almost done! Get your fancy plates pour/dish out your desired portion of your Penne onto your plate
Step 7 – Add your favoured amount of Greek Kalamata Olives to your plate or in a saucer & you’re done!
Well after you demolish your plate :)

Dessert Recipe:
Ingredients:
•Premium Tofutti Wild Berry Supreme
•Walker’s Scottie Dogs (Short bread biscuits)
•Dessert Glass (I prefer a martini glass)

Step 1 - Remove the Wild Berry Supreme from the freezer approximately 2 minutes before you scoop
Step 2 – Get your dessert glass ready & scoop your desired amount of tofutti into the dessert glass
Step 3 – Grab your Scottie Dog, sit him at the side of your glass, & indulge
**It tastes better when your first scoop is indulged whilst your eyes are closed! A great tip also is to dip/dunk your Scottie!!!!

Sherrise 1/2 of Sherelle
We Review: Food & That!
@Sherellesfoodandthat (Instagram)

New Food: Wild Ginger

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Where we ate?
Wild Ginger

What we ordered there?
Curried Samosas ($7.00)
General Tso’s Soy Protein ($15.00)
Freshly Squeezed Lemonade ($3.00)
TOTAL: $26.65 (Including tax) (Something doesn’t add up! Interesting…)

$$?
Moderately Priced

Do they take forever?
No, they bring your meal over within good timing between each course

How’s the ambiance?
Dimly lit, with soft/gentle music (You could definitely have a date here)

How can you pay?
Cash & Credit

Care to see what they offer?
Wild Ginger Menu

Want to know what we think/thought?
This was my first time visiting Wild Ginger, being vegetarian many have tried introducing me to eat here

As I opened the door to the restaurant I saw that inside was dimly lit with traditional decor. I felt as if I were at a retreat (an escape, yet within the city).

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The waiter greeted me (not the most welcoming yet not completely drab either), he allowed me to seat myself wherever I choose to be exact.

I made the executive decision to seat myself by the window. Meanwhile he gently placed the menu onto my table & I began to glance through it. I made my selection & noticed they offered LEMONADE!!! Obviously I was going to order that not only was it Lemonade it was “freshly squeezed”.

As I patiently waited for my samosas the lemonade was placed onto the table!!! :) LEMONADE (it’s my thing). This wasn’t an amateur lemonade it was extremely balanced! Not too tart nor too sweet & it came in a tall glass! I would have loved pulp though, this would have verified it being freshly squeezed, so quite naturally I’m dubious!!!!

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My samosas came served with a chutney sauce! I’m also a fan of samosas :) They were good especially paired with the chutney sauce!

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My General Tso medley came next on a bed of broccoli & an interesting brown rice which was accompanied by soy beans.

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So here’s the exciting part! As I sat fighting with my chopsticks (which usually I don’t have an issue with) I looked up & noticed that my waiter was sitting diagonally across from me. I saw him doodling as he looked directly at me. At first I didn’t make complete sense of this & once he did it again (glanced at me & began doodling in sequence) I realized he was sketching a picture of me.

At first I figured it was something the restaurant did as their customers ate (a cute courtesy gift)! Yet I calculated that that would be awfully weird so I cancelled that thought & began to think maybe this is a one off!

So I discreetly lingered around after paying my bill fiddling around in my bag etc to see if I’d receive a signed/autograph portrait of myself from Picasso himself!… and nothing! I was confused at least if you’re going to be creepy enough to sketch a photo of me give me the opportunity to photograph your sketch, if not the best thing is to get permission.

All in all I enjoyed my lemonade the most :)

Yes I would return here because I have the option of trying EVERYTHING ON THE MENU (being that it’s a vegetarian restaurant) & when I return I’ll definitely be asking for my sketch lol

Sherelle’s Additional note: it is a bit weird seeing multiple people going in & out of the kitchen, people you know are not chefs…hmm a little off putting!

Sherrise 1/2 of Sherelle
We Review: Food & That!
@sherellesfoodandthat (Instagram)
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Two Thumbs Down: Chop’t (Spring Street)

Where we ate?
Chop’t (Spring Street – Soho)

What we ordered there?
Spinach “self made” Salad (with: Carrots, Corn, Avocado, Kalamata Olives, Pickled Beetroots, etc.) (Approximately $11)

$$?
Not too expensive for a salad, considerably cheaper than a meat salad in this location

Do they take forever?
No, they are actually impatient whilst waiting for you to select your next ingredient

How’s the ambiance?
Extremely relaxing & spacious. They have a great music selection, usually vintage reggae

How can you pay?
Cash, Credit, & Gift Card

Care to see what they offer?
Chop’t Menu

Want to know what we think/thought?
Where do I begin?

On June 28th 2014, I was rushing to Grand central with little time to eat. So I thought let me go to Chop’t!

Not my first pick for lunch! But it’s healthy I guess, quick, convenient, & hasn’t got a food stench, which allows me to scoff my face in public with some discretion!

As I began to give the server my “self made” salad selection she had major attitude & seemed perturbed by my indecision (you don’t always know what you want – when such variety is offered!). I ignored her poor manners until I asked for chickpeas! Whereupon I noticed a Blue Ink Bic pen laying amongst the chickpeas, I was disgusted & looked at her as she attempted to remove the pen without me seeing (luckily I had my eyes on the ball…point pen!) I said “excuse me I don’t want that (chickpeas) anymore” she cut her eyes at me, as if it were sanitary to eat penned chickpeas!

I proceeded to the register, paid & left!

In rushing I didn’t even think about the severity of my experience.

Also, Elle is extremely uncomfortable here because one of the staff members continuously flirts with her, what’s beneficial though is that she receives a discount on her salads (not that she wants it discounted & not that we’d be returning).

There are only one or two staff members who are genuine the rest are clearly just picking up a cheque & going home!

Sherrise 1/2 of Sherelle
We Review: Food & That!
@sherellesfoodandthat (Instagram)

CHEAP EATS: TAIM NOLITA

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Where we ate?
TAIM (NoLita)

What we ordered there?
A Falafel Sandwich (which includes: Harissa Falafel, Hummus, Pickled Cabbage, Israeli Salad, & Tahini Sauce – served on Whole Wheat Pita Bread) ($6.25)
Homemade Fries (Seasoned with Saffron) ($4.00)
Fresh Ginger-Mint Lemonade ($3.75)
TOTAL: $14.00

$$?
Inexpensive

Do they take forever?
No way Jose

How’s the ambiance?
Chilled environment, it can fill quickly yet seating becomes available quite quickly also. Open space, very airy & clean.

How can you pay?
Cash & Credit

Care to see what they offer?
TAIM NoLita Menu

Want to know what we think/thought?
“Meet me at TAIM it’s going down, catch me eating Falafel it’s going down!”

If you’re ever in NOLITA & want to grab a Snack, Lunch, Dinner, Smoothie, and/or a Fresh Lemonade stop by TAIM!

Or… You could be greedy just like me & purchase the following:

A Whole Wheat Pita Falafel Sandwich (which includes: Harissa Falafel, Hummus, Pickled Cabbage, Israeli Salad, & Tahini Sauce) with Fries & to top this all off a FRESH Ginger-Mint Lemonade! (For the record I don’t feel embarrassed that my lunch sounds like a grocery list worth of food!)

TAIM is reasonably priced, great for vegetarians, & also good if you want something quick healthy yet hearty!

**They know me by name & order here! :) A nice touch may I add!

I’ll be sure to get Elle to post about what she eats at TAIM! We never get the opportunity to eat here together! However her TAIM sounds much more exciting than mine (nudge Elle) -> it’s your turn!

 

Thanks Sher! I got it from here :) Okay guys, here’s what you must try at Taim..

If you’re not into the whole ‘everything being stuffed in between pita bread’ idea (like me!) or if you’re giving this place a try for the first time, I recommend you have the (Green or) Mixed Falafel Platter. Let me just say .. yes, I know it is a bit pricey ($12) but look at it this way, your getting more bang for your buck! Here’s what you’ll recieve:

  • Bigger portions
  • Two sides of your liking (I go for the cabbage and israeli salad)
  • What seems like endless hummus *mmm
  • Three types of falafels (if you’re getting the Mixed Platter)
  • Three sauces to dip your falafels
  • Pita bread
  • The ability to make your own sandwich… or not!

I don’t know about you all, but i’m a sucker for dipping sauces and customizing my own sandwiches. So, if you’re one for variety, you must try the Platters at Taim!

P.S. I have to acknowledge how neatly that the staff packages everything! Every side stays intact- without mixing into another, the falafels are packaged separately, the sauces are bagged separate and the pita bread is wrapped separate too! Yes.. it’s pretty incredible!

 

 

 

Sherrise + Michelle = Sherelle
We Review: Food & That!
@sherellesfoodandthat (Instagram)

Two Thumbs Down: Market Diner

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Where we ate?
Market Diner

What we ordered there?
Sparkling water ($2.75)
Chocolate Milk ($3.50)
Root Beer ($3.00)
Side of Fries ($5.00)
Mozzarella Sticks ($8.00)
Jalapeño Poppers ($8.00)
Waffle Fries ($6.50)
Caesar Salad ($9.00)
Chicken Gyro ($9.00) + Platter ($3.00)
TOTAL: $62.87 (Including Tax)

$$?
Moderately priced

Do they take forever?
No!

How’s the ambiance?
Not your typical diner in any way! The only thing that’s reminiscent of a diner are their booths.

How can you pay?
Cash & Credit

Care to see what they offer?
Market Diner Menu (they do not have pizza!) Nor are they extremely child friendly with their menu selection!

Want to know what we think/thought?
I SHALL NOT DWELL ON THIS ISSUE FOR TOO LONG!

1) THE FOOD WAS FAR FROM TASTEFUL (BLAND & FLAVOURLESS)
2) FOOD TASTES FROZEN!!!
3) MY MUM’S GYRO WAS LIKE A SLATE OF CHICKEN WITH PRE-BURNT GRILL LINES!!! FAR FROM A GYRO, I WAS DISGUSTED FOR HER! (She couldn’t complete her meal!)
4) FAKE CHEESE
5) OUR SERVER WAS PUSHY
6) THE HOST THREW OUR CHEQUE ON THE TABLE
7) NOT GOOD ALTOGETHER

WHAT A SHAME!

**Note I visited here with a child & I don’t think this place is child friendly at all. In fairness they weren’t friendly to the adults either!

I did notice more of a positive reaction towards those whom appeared to be their regular customers/diners!

Sherrise 1/2 of Sherelle
We Review: Food & That!
@sherellesfoodandthat (Instagram)

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