Oct 03

TeChef Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan / Egg Pan Review

IMG_9474

TeChef offers non-stick and durable cookware, which makes cooking Healthy Food for a Healthy Family easy, fun and environmentally safe.

IMG_9475

The Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan is a specialty skillet to make Tamagoyaki, a Japanese styled egg dish. This rolled egg dish is easy to make, especially with this pan. You can also use the Tamagoyaki pan to make pancakes, and American omelettes.

IMG_9479

It is basically a Japanese style omelette, which is rolled into a log shaped form composed of thinly cooked layers of egg.

IMG_9481

Recipe:

Instructions

  1. Mix eggs, salt, soy sauce and Mirin in a bowl.
  2. Heat a pan at medium high temperature and add oil.
  3. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan. After the thin egg has set a little, gently roll into a log. Start to roll when the bottom of the egg has set and there is still liquid on top. If you let the egg cook too much, it will not stick as you roll the log. Now you have a log at one end of the pan. Pour some more egg mixture to again cover the bottom of the pan, with the roll of egg at the end. After the new layer has set, roll the log back onto the the cooked thin egg and roll to the other end of the pan.
  4. Repeat adding egg to the pan and rolling back and forth until the egg is used up.
  5. Remove from the pan and cool for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Slice the ends of the log off and then slice the log into 1/2″ pieces. You should see a nice spiral pattern in the cross section of the egg.

Here is a great video from Japanese Cooking 101 to show you how to make it:

Making the omelette was SO EASY. It rolls easily on the nonstick surface. It tastes great and is a fun and different way to eat eggs. Once cut, the Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) makes a beautifully presented dish. It’s sure to please your friends and family.

IMG_9483

And clean up was a breeze. The pan had very little egg left on the pan and to clean it, all you need is hot water and soap. TeChef cookware is also dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended.

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 9.55.37 AM

More Features:

Coated with DuPont Teflon® Select – Colour Collection

Non-stick coating makes it easy to cook and clean. The Aluminum construction and stainless-steel bottom allow for even heat distribution. There is no Cadmium and no lead.

SAFE NEW TEFLON COATING (NO PFOA)
The non-stick coatings without PFOA on TeChef products are affirmed safe for cooking by regulatory agencies worldwide, including the European Food Safety Authority, French Food Safety Agency (ANSES), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SPECIALTY SKILLET
The unique sloped shape allows for easy flipping of omelets, sandwiches, and pancakes

WARRANTY
TeChef cookware is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship under normal household cooking use from the date of original purchase throughout the original purchaser’s lifetime. This limited warranty does not apply to damage caused by accident, misuse, or use not in accordance with the product care instructions.

If you are interested in purchasing a TeChef Tamagoyaki/ Egg pan you can get one on Amazon for $20. This pan usually retails for $29.99 but is available on Amazon for 30% off!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

1 Comment

This entry was posted in Eggs, Product Review and tagged , on 3 October, 2014.

Oct 02

Pala Gluten Free Pizza and Pasta // Lower East Side

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 5.34.28 PMPala offers both gluten free and vegan menu options. From meatballs to pasta to pizza, there are a ton of options for gluten free diners. That is what makes me so torn about Pala…

I’ve known about Pala for about a year now and was excited to try it now that we are living in NYC. When we arrived we were seated right away (we had a reservation) and our serve immediately asked “Have you been here before?” and “Does anyone in your party have a food allergy?” She explained to use how the menu worked and the gluten free options available to us. I was very impressed.

For starters there are ten gluten free appetizers and five salads to choose from. It was a hard choice to make, but ultimately we decided on the caponata ($10). It was very good but a very small portion and not easily shared with more than two or three people at most.

IMG_9416

What I love about Pala is that they offer three types of gluten free pasta; all are organic. Choices include: Spaghetti (corn and quinoa flour), Fusilli (brown rice flour) or Penne (rice, potato and soy flour). This Is great for people who can’t eat soy or corn in addition to gluten.

We ordered the Bolognese beef ragu with sundered tomatoes over fusilli pasta ($17). The Bolognese was very good but the pasta was unevenly cooked. Some bites were chewy while others were excellent. The pasta at the bottom of the dish was great since gluten free pasta cooks more when its sitting in a hot sauce. But again, the portion size was on the small size.

IMG_9418

We also shared the Zucchina pizza ($18) made with marinated zucchini, goat cheese, cherry tomato sauce, mozzarella, and rosemary. The dough was plain and there was no rosemary on the pizza. If there was, we couldn’t taste it. The pizza was ok, but I was expecting something better to be honest.

IMG_9420

The gluten free pizza is served on dedicated gluten free paddles that are labeled “Gluten Free”.

IMG_9419

I was very disappointed that I could not make any modifications to the pizzas. This is the second time in two weeks I’ve run into this; it must be a NYC thing because this never happened in Boston. It’s a shame for people like me who can eat goat and sheep cheese but not cheese made from cow’s milk. I don’t like daiya [vegan] cheese and I like meat so the vegan pizza was not an option, so we ordered the zucchini pizza anyways— our options were limited.

When it came time for the bill we had two gift cards and were told we could not use more than one gift card at one time. That is not stated anywhere on their website or on the gift card, and ultimately after the waitress having called the manager twice, they accepted both cards. Not the best restaurant etiquette I’ve seen.

The food is not bad, but for the quality and size, it is overpriced.

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 5.27.40 PM

Pala on Urbanspoon

No Comments

This entry was posted in Lower East Side, New York City, pasta, pizza, Restaurant Review, Vegan and tagged , , , , , on 2 October, 2014.

Oct 01

MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic Review + Giveaway

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 10.55.25 AM
I know you’ve heard me talk about probiotics many times before, and I also know some people are still unsure what exactly probiotics are and why we need them.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria that perform a very important role in our digestive, metabolic, and immune systems. These ‘good bacteria’ are considered to be live microorganisms and offer an array of health benefit.

Probiotics are believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion – by balancing intestinal microflora. The digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria, and probiotics help keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. Probiotics also produce enzymes that break down the food we eat, regulate vitamins intake, convert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need, among other numerous health benefits (I’m only mentioning on the GI benefits here)

If you suffer from any of the following you may benefit from taking probiotic supplements: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, digestive issues, intestinal discomfort, constipation, burping, heartburn, stomach pains, irregular bowel movements, nausea, yeast infections, bloating, diarrhea, Crohns Disease, chronic fatigue, candida, fungal and bacterial infections.

For me, when buying probitoics its important to look for a few things:

*This number may be different for each person. Consult with your doctor.

MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic is designed to provide premium quality ingredients for maximum daily support. The optimum blend of four highly effective bacteria will help keep your digestive system in prime condition.

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 10.55.35 AM

MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic contains:

MightySupp® Premium Plus Probiotic Supplements are gluten free, soy free, yeast free and wheat free. They have no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, sugar, starch, sodium, milk, or lactose making them the healthiest probiotic supplement for you and your family.

It’s best for the life of the probiotics if they are refrigerated. Also, probiotics in general can be susceptible to moisture so try not to leave them outside the fridge for any length of time. The best thing is to open the bottle, get your probiotics and then put the bottle straight back in the fridge. They will last longer and work better this way.

If you are looking to replenishes good bacteria, maintain your immune system, reduce bloating and gas, improves energy use, and/or reduces yeast infection, MightySupp® Premium Plus Probiotic Supplements may be able to help you and is worth a try. You can purchase this Probiotic supplement on Amazon for $35.95. Suggested retail price is $52.99; this is approximately what you will pay for a good probiotic at any health food store.

Not only did MightySupp send me their Premium Plus Probiotic, but also they were so generous to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a 60-day supply! To enter the giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends on October 13, 2014 at 11:59pm. U.S. residents only.

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


3 Comments

This entry was posted in dairy free, Giveaway, Product Review, Soy free, vitamins and tagged , , , , on 1 October, 2014.

Sep 30

Restaurant.com // Save Money when you dine out.


Restaurant.com 191x60 blue banner

Who doesn’t like to save money when dining out?

Restaurant.com offers a national directory including thousands of restaurants and a number of exclusive online merchants. You can search for restaurants by state, city, neighborhood, zip code, cuisine type, or restaurant name. Restaurant.com also offers Specials by Restaurant.com, the latest in dining bundles, travel, and entertainment deals with top brands.

It’s a great way to try new restaurants at a discounted price. I have discovered new favorite restaurants by using these certificates in different cities around the country.

The $25 Restaurant Gift Certificates for $10 provide value at thousands of restaurants nationwide. They also have multiple promotions a month where you can save even more off the original retail price of dining certificates!

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 4.51.19 PM

Right now you can purchase a $200 restaurant.com gift card for only $40. Yes, that’s 80% off!! (Deal available until October 13, 2014)

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 4.40.35 PM

 

And right now you can get $25 gift cards for only $3!


I love restaurant.com gift cards. It makes dining out more affordable and restaurant.com gift cards make great gifts!

 

 

Have you used restaurant.com? What restaurants have you visited with a restaurant.com gift certificate?


 

No Comments

This entry was posted in Restaurant Review and tagged on 30 September, 2014.

Sep 30

Cevich // Union Square

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.44.49 PM

Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in coastal regions of Central and South America, especially Peru and Ecuador, where it originated. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers.

Ceviche is one of my favorite dishes, we had our favorite spot in Somerville, Machu Picchu, we loved to go to when we were living in Boston. So you can understand my excitement when I heard about Cevich, a restaurant specializing in ceviche.

Cevich, located in Union Square, has a fast food feel. You walk in, order at a counter, and then take it to go or sit at one of the few counter seats looking out onto 15th St.

IMG_9325

Here, ceviche is assembled in one of six styles.  Some are relatively authentic, while others were clearly invented by the owners. These styles are available in two sizes, medium ($12) and large ($14) . Each serving allows you to select one of the three types of seafood—shrimp, salmon, and tilapia—or an exotic mushroom medley, or you can combine two or three for an additional $2. Daily specials are also available, and range from squid to pollock. Add ins, including guacamole, avocado, extra sauce, and bacon (really? Bacon?) are also available for an extra $2.

The seafood here is fresh, and they use local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.

IMG_9329

We tried the Wild Tiger, “Leche de Tigre,” the traditional Peruvian citrus with red onion, red pepper, and cilantro. At first we loved it, but as we got to the bottom it was overly tart. There was an abundance of citrus in the sauce. We were expecting the traditional crisp citrus taste, which we got at first, but then it was just too much.

We also tried the Lime N Da Coconut, made with Caribbean coconut ginger sauce with mango, carrots, red onion and cilantro. Although I’m somewhat of a purist when it comes to ceviche, I really enjoyed the coconut flavors. The sauce was light and refreshing, and the carrots added a nice crunch that you don’t usually find in ceviche.

IMG_9328

Ceviche Bowls are also available for $13.50. The bowl comes with a base of you choice—mesclun greens, coconut rice, or quinoa. Then you select your seafood and pick a style.

The menu also includes three types of tacos, served on gluten free corn tortillas. Burritos are not gluten free, but they are working on a gluten free tortilla.

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 3.59.25 PM

Cevich on Urbanspoon

No Comments

This entry was posted in New York City, Restaurant Review, Seafood, Union Square and tagged , , , on 30 September, 2014.

Sep 29

ENLIGHTENED // The Good For You Ice Cream

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 6.36.41 PM

At last, an ice cream that makes you feel as good as it tastes! ENLIGHTENED offers a healthy, delicious product that will make you rethink ice cream. Packed with protein, fiber and flavor— and light in calories, sugar, and fat— this is a tasty treat you won’t feel guilty indulging in.

ENLIGHTENED is made with all natural gluten free ingredients. ENLIGHTENED contains no artificial flavors or added sugar. ENLIGHTENED ice cream contains milk and is made in a facility that processes nuts and soy.

An ice cream that is low in calories and high in protein and fiber sounds too good to be true right? WRONG!

ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream Fudge, Coffee, Orange Cream, and Toasted Almond bars nutritional information:

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 5.52.11 PM

ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream Peanut Butter bars contain 80 calories, 9 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber. They contain only 3 grams of sugar and 2.5 grams of fat.

So how does it TASTE?

ENLIGHTENED ice cream is actually an ice cream bar on a stick; easy to eat and portion controlled. It is best when you let it temper for 3-5 minutes before eating.

IMG_9386

The fudge flavor was my favorite. Smooth, rich, and decadent, it is a chocolate lovers dream. The fudge had the strongest flavor of the three I tried.

My local grocery stores only carried three flavors— fudge, coffee, and peanut butter. I would love to try the toasted almond, but unfortunately I cannot find it anywhere.

IMG_9427

I didn’t like the peanut butter; I thought the texture was a little chalky. In all fairness, I never eat anything made with peanut butter or peanut butter flavored.

You can find ENLIGHTENED ice cream at Whole Foods, Food Emporium, and food stores throughout NYC. In and around Boston, it’s available at Whole Foods and Shaws.

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 6.36.51 PM

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

1 Comment

This entry was posted in ice cream, Kosher, Product Review and tagged , , on 29 September, 2014.

Sep 28

VoilàVe Dead Sea Mud Mask & Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.16.41 PM

VoilàVe, is a fast growing skincare, beauty, and health care line based in Northville, MI. All of their products are made in the USA using only the finest ingredients.

I recently had the opportunity to try two of VoilàVe’s products: The Dead Sea Mud Mask and the Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 4.43.02 PM

I’ve been seeing Hyaluronic Acid Serum everywhere lately and I’m glad I finally got the chance to check it out.

So, what is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharid found naturally in the human body. It not only helps cushion and lubricate joints, but is also a major component of skin tissue. The skin holds almost fifty percent of your body’s hyaluronic acid in the skin. It is also found in joints connective tissues and eye fluids.

Hyaluronic acid serums plump and moisturize skin, help heal and comfort skin, and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

So what makes this Hyaluronic Serum better?

Most hyaluronic acid serums have a high molecular weight, which means they sit on the surface of your skin. Unlike other hyaluronic acid on the market, VoilàVe’s serum combines both low molecular & high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This allows DEEP penetration into the epidermal layer of the skin where it supplements the water loss and helps restore the skin’s natural cell regenerative qualities at the root level.

Directions:
Apply to skin in a thin layer and allow to dry. Use sparingly at first and work up to the desired amount that works perfectly on your skin type. Use a moisturizer after applying. Apply morning and evening.

The serum is thick and you only need a little. After rubbing it on my face, my skin felt instantly smoother and more hydrated. My skin not only felt this way but it LOOKED smoother and healthier too. I was impressed; I was not excepting this instant result.

Hyaluronic Acid Serums can be very expensive but this serum is available on Amazon for $24.95— 63% off its original price of $67.95!

I have heard so many wonderful things about facials from Dead Sea mud but know that I could never afford to go to a spa to have one. So when VoilàVe sent me their Dead Sea Mud Mask along with the serum I was super excited! I actually tried this product first.

This mask is organic and all natural, which is one of the reasons I really like it, and is made with mud imported from the Dead Sea in Israel.

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.23.16 PM

This mud mask provides a gentle facial exfoliation and deep cleansing. The mask has a slightly earthy smell when you open the jar, but there is no scent or odor when you put it on your face. It dries quickly and easy to remove.

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.33.02 PM

BENEFITS:

This Dead Sea Mask is also available for purchase on Amazon for 50% off!

No Comments

This entry was posted in Product Review, skin care and tagged , on 28 September, 2014.

Sep 27

Day By Day Beauty Vitamin C Serum

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 5.38.04 PM

Day by Day Beauty’s Exclusive Vitamin C Serum provides thirsty skin with antioxidants & rich, hydrating ingredients.

These ingredients naturally brighten skin tone, diminish superficial fine lines and wrinkles, reverse sun damage effects, lighten acne scarring, restore healthy elasticity, clarify skin, shrink pores & retain moisture.

This serum is safe & effective for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Day By Day’s premium formula is plant-based, made without parabens, alcohol, or fillers. And of course made Cruelty-Free in the USA.

Ingredients: Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Carbomer, Arginine, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phenoxy- ethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).

Day by Day Beauty’s unique Vitamin C Serum is:

With every order, you also receive a free eBook download “Sexy Skin Secrets”, a 45 page guide to your most beautiful skin now and for many years to come. This was key because I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with the Vitamin C Serum.Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 5.37.49 PM

 

The overall tone of my skin is more even and brighter, and my pores are smaller. I can wear this all day without feeling greasy by the end of the day. You don’t need much, it goes a long way, and the 1 oz. bottle will last you a while.

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 5.38.31 PM

Day By Day’s Vitamin C Serum is available on Amazon for only $19. This is such a steal as the retail price is $89!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

No Comments

This entry was posted in Product Review, skin care and tagged , on 27 September, 2014.

Sep 26

Wine Club from Uncorked Ventures


Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 3.05.01 PM

Uncorked Ventures is a different kind of wine club. First, they are a family owned and operated startup based just outside of San Francisco. Secondly, instead of buying wine through middle men and distributors, they spend time in wine country getting to know winemakers, vineyard owners, farmers and other directly involved in the creation of wine…how do I get this job?

In any case, if you’re interested in trying a couple of wines rated at 90 points or above by major wine critics then look no further. Uncorked Ventures Wine Club features wines from California, Oregon, and Washington. A great majority of these wines come from small artisan producers whose wines are not widely available.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 3.05.15 PM

Uncorked Ventures offers 3 different wine clubs so you can chose the one that meets your likes and price point.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 3.07.35 PM

Special Selections is prefect for those with discerning taste. Reserve Selections is for those who only the finest will do.

But if you’re like me, and enjoy trying new wines without breaking the bank, then the Exploration Wine Club is for you. Discover the beauty of wine Exploration, knowing that you’re going to receive 90+ point quality in every bottle and top value under $50. From the hidden gems uncovered by Mark and Matt in their journeys through California, Oregon and Washington wine country, Uncorked Ventures’ Exploration wine club brings you a delicious bottle of red and white every month.

IMG_9370

With my wine I received information about the wines, vineyards, and makers. I don’t usually, as in never, drink chardonnay. It was nice to try a wine I would never try on my own. And I actually liked this one. What do you know.

Uncorked Ventures also makes a great gift! You can opt for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, quarterly, or every other month for any length of time.

And, if you decide to re-order any of the wines you tried you can get free shipping by adding your order to your next wine club shipment. I don’t know any other wine club that offers this.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


 

No Comments

This entry was posted in gift, Product Review, subscription, wine and tagged , , , on 26 September, 2014.

Sep 25

Gluten Free Options at Tavola // Hell’s Kitchen

So far I love living in Manhattan. My neighborhood is full of restaurants and I’m so excited to try all of them, eventually. My cousin took us to Travola to celebrate our recent move to NYC. He loves this restaurant, and now I know why.

Tavola means “table” in Italian. The cuisine here is based on regional Italian fare, mainly Puglian, Roman, and Sicilian. Inspired by owner Nick Accardi’s extensive travels to these regions, especially the town of Castelvetrano, the source of Nick’s family roots, Tavola offers quality Italian cuisine made with regional ingredients, including single estate castelvetrano olives and extra virgin olive oil, which he exclusively imports and can be purchased at Tavola.

The menu features a variety of gluten free options from salads, and appetizers, to pasta, fish and filet mignon.

Wood roasted Pimientos de Padrone ($8), a traditional Spanish tapa from the Galician region, is one of Jeremy and my favorite dishes. We just spent a week in Galicia and ate countless Padron Peppers, and we just had to order them.

IMG_9374

This is a great dish for sharing. Although we enjoyed them, we’re not sure if these were not the “real” deal. In Spain, the peppers are drenched in olive oil then grilled. Here, it was very similar, but not nearly as blistered.

The Grilled Local Calamari ($14.50) was by far our favorite. Served on a bed of greens with lemon and capers, the dish was fresh and light.

IMG_9379

For my entrée I tried the Vongole; Manila clams, roasted garlic, Italian parsley, pepperoncino, and olive oil.

IMG_9378

Any pasta dish can be substituted with gluten free penne for an extra $2. While I enjoyed the dish very much, the pasta was great and cooked to perfection; the portion was a bit small for $19.50.

One thing to note, they will not substitute any sauce on any dish. So if you are like me and can also not eat dairy, most of the pasta dishes are off limits. This is too bad because I really wanted to try the wild salmon and pesto dish without the cream sauce.

Over all we all enjoyed our night at Tavola. We loved the ambiance. The vibe is welcoming and not too casual but not too over the top either. Jeremy and Rob loved the pizza (not gluten free L) and I would recommend you try it for brunch, lunch or dinner if you are looking for an authentic Italian meal with plenty of gluten free options.

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 3.51.11 PM

Tavola on Urbanspoon

2 Comments

This entry was posted in Hell's Kitchen, Italian, New York City, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , on 25 September, 2014.