Saturday, April 18, 2015

IPA Pickles #BeerMonth

Everyone loves some pickles, well now you can make your own at home and make them even better with beer and garlic!!

This post is not just in celebration of #BeerMonth but also #NationalGarlicDay and this recipe definitely celebrates both!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to have a Kick Ass Easter!!

Why was my Easter better than yours? No kids, no need to watch my f'in mouth and an adult Easter Egg Hunt involving liquor... "nuff said.

So you're wondering why is Sophia posting this like 2 weeks after Easter, well I am Greek and celebrate Greek Easter which was just this past Sunday. I fell into hosting it and immediately had some awesome ideas! To have a kick ass Easter!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Triple IPA Chili Verde with Pork #BeerMonth

The totally hoppy flavor of a triple IPA plays nicely against the citrusy taste of fresh tomatillos in this 3x IPA Chile Verde with Pork. This is slow simmered for the most tender pork with a sweet and slightly spicy tomatillo sauce.

 Beer Month is well underway now! Today  I am teaming up with a wholle lotta other bloggers (10 of us omg Yayyyy!!) to bring you our awesome recipes featuring beer! So be sure to scroll down to see what my friends made!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Citrus Hops Gin Fizz #BeerMonth

Who says hops are only good for beer? It's beer month and I am finding a whole new use for hops and their floral flavor. This crisp refreshing cocktail with Gin is made with a syrup steeped with hops, lime and lemon peel.

Well I have quite the creative cocktail for you today! Beer month takes on so many forms! Not just beer recipes- but beer inspired! 

Hops baby- we love 'em in our IPA's, Pale Ales and well every beer!! So why do we only need to enjoy them in beer? Well I don't!

Hops are a cone shaped flower that is one of 4 main ingredients that MUST be in beer. So we are not talking like the hops below:

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I made ice cream with hops and now a crisp and refreshing spring cocktail!

How? Well I made a hop and citrus simple syrup... it was truly simple! Really you will never buy simple syrup again especially when  you can infuse your very own VERY easily!

This is light, refreshing, thirst quenching and perfect for spring sippin'. 

Rum would have been your typical pick, but I went outside the norm and chose Gin.

Gin has a more herbal and floral taste to it that I though would more organically synch with this drink.

PS- Tuesday was National Beer Day, so you need to get this cocktail on STAT!

What you need

For the syrup

2 cups sugar
1 cup water 
5" x 5" square of cheese cloth
1 tablespoon citra hop pellets 
(can be bought at any home brew store)
Zest of 1 small lemon and lime

For the drink

1 tablespoon hop and citrus syrup
1 shot of Gin
3 ice cubes
Club soda to fill short glass 

How to make it

1- Create a simple syrup with 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
2- Stir until sugar is dissolved. Place hop pellets in cheesecloth and tie it up, placing it in the sugar water mixture. Go ahead and also add your lemon and lime zest.
3. When in comes to a boil, let boil for about a minute and then cover the pot and let the flavors infuse further for 10 minutes.
4. Now you got your syrup ready. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of the syrup in 1 shot or jigger of gin. Add three ice cubes and club soda to fill.
5- Stir and serve with a lime garnish!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How to make the perfect oven baked fries #BeerMonth

I tried three methods in search of the perfect oven baked fries- it's all here for you. No trial and error needed!

I'm kicking off beer month with a healthier version of one of the bestest friends to beer- french fries! Don't we all crave some fried food once you start drinking?! Yuuup!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Moroccan Roasted Carrots

I don't like boring vegetables, these Moroccan Roasted Carrots are the cure. A sweet and spicy gluten free side!

I got like all serious a couple days ago about bullying (here) and well now I got carrots. Kinda feels weird to jump right back into food after pouring my heart out and letting you all see my sensitive underbelly.

But alas it's back to food, which is MUCH easier to write about.

I got the cure for your boring sides: it's gluten free, sweet, spicy, colorful and exotic.

It's some seXXXy veggies.

Moroccan Roasted Carrots. Ohhhh yeah! Carrots have never been more sexy!

These are roasted tri color carrots, tossed in olive oil and moroccan spice and then topped with feta, mint and pomegranate seeds! Seriously, how can this NOT be delicious?!

I actually ate these for dinner without anything else, but they would go great with some grilled chicken or streak, dontcha think?

They're seriously easy to make and look all fancy and shit!

Moroccan Roasted Carrots

by Sophia @ NY Foodgasm
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook Time: 20 minutes.
Ingredients (6 servings)
  • 1 pound carrots ( I used Heirloom multi colored carrots), halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Ras en Hanout (moroccan spice blend)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup feta
  • freshly cut mint
  • drizzle of honey
Preheat the oven to 425ยบ
Toss together your carrots with the spices and olive oil.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly golden on the edges
Cover in the rest of the ingredients
Serve and ENJOY!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Then & Now - from bullied to beautiful

Most of us have struggled with being bullied. This is my story and the story of how I moved past that struggle. If I had the courage, this is what I would have said to them.

This is my most personal post to date. It's hard for me to write, yet I come to it with some sense of ease. Everyone has a story about a bully, most of us have been teased at one time or another.

This is my story...

I was overweight since age 10. At first I was blending in well, then middle school hit, and maybe it was the hormones..., we all started changing. That's when it started for me. At first it was more or less innocent, a little teasing about my weight or my teeth but nothing too harsh. (I had bad teeth too!) Not sure when exactly, maybe 7th grade, I realized I was heavier than the other kids and I became a target. A big fat target.

Comments followed as I walked down the hall. Kids yelled "Boom, boom, boom" because I was heavy. Others called me sofa instead of Sophia, referring to my size. One kid threw gum into my hair in English class. I actually yelled at that kid but besides that one time, I usually suffered in silence. I let them get the better of me.

These comments they made- they became my story. They became the person I told myself I was. Not good enough, not pretty, not cool, someone without value.

It reached the most horrific point when I received a letter in the mail. It had a picture of a sexy naked lady from a nudie magazine folded inside. Written over it in black sharpie was something to this effect:

"You wish you looked like this. You're fat, you're ugly and no one will ever love you!"

Just writing these words make me wince in pain and embarrassment. What I've just told you, I've never even told my own parents. I threw that letter out and sobbed alone. I think I was 13.

Now here's the thing, if I was a jerk and made enemies I can understand receiving such a thing in the mail, but I was peaceful. I just wanted to be friends and never made an enemy at school. Someone went out of their way to hurt me. Someone put effort into choosing a picture, writing on it, and mailed it to me. Still don't know who it was.

All through high school I didn't fit it. Guys asked me out as a joke. Popular girls laughed at me. Once I was invited to a sleepover so that the cool girls could do mean things to me when I fell asleep, but a funny thing happened. They realized they liked me when they got to know me.

Now, I've done some shit I'm not proud of. I wanna admit it right here. Prime example; this guy I had a crush on asked me, dared me to pull another girls hair, I'll call her V. I did it and I was disgusted. How could I? I became the kind of person that made me suffer for so long.

(In fact, I took a break from writing to tell her that I was sorry. I think I may have already apologized, but I wanted to be sure. I'm friends with her now on social media.)

For years after I got that letter, the names people called me was what I believed of myself. I was fat, ugly and no one would love me. It haunted me still and I didn't realize it until, as an adult, I was able to see that it was all all just a story I was told. Inside, I believed that I was amazing. With the help of a close group of friends in college, I started to realize that I was cool, people liked me and I was fun to be around.

I never had a boyfriend and I was still a virgin all through college, and even some time afterwards.

I'd like to say it all changed in college, but I didn't. I had a Scarlet O'Hara obsessed roommate Freshman year, she used me to get close to a guy she liked, she pretended to be a guy to ask me out and generally made my first year sorta hellish. But I did meet an awesome group of girls I am still friends with to this day. The liked me the way I was, they encouraged me and made me feel I was the amazing person I thought I could be. (Love you Marie, Jamie and Megan!! XOXO!)

This was where I started to love myself....

After college I met the best dude in the whole fucking world, just when I thought I would never find love. He fell out of the sky and saw the awesome inside me: saw the person I hoped I was, the person I wanted to be and he loved her despite her size. He loved everything about me and no change was needed. It was his love and unconditional support that got me where I am today.

I made the choice to lose weight after we were married. My choice was based on my realization I was becoming physically unhealthy. I tried and failed a couple times at losing weight and then I actually did it. I lost 73 pounds and kept it off. My weight was the one thing I wanted to change. I didn't want to be skinny, just to fit in a straight size, but I never thought I could do it. I heard those voices in my head. You're fat, you're ugly, no one loves you was whispered to me all along. When I realized how horribly I spoke about myself, to myself, I replaced the voices. I replaced them with you're worth it, you want this and you have every right to it!

I was conscious of my thoughts and my inner voice for two weeks and turned it around. That was when I really started dropping the pounds.

By conquering this beast I knew I could do anything! So I started this blog and I feel like I shoulda shared this with you sooner.

So if I ever found out who sent me that horrible note in the mail I would tell them,
"I'm fucking fabulous & loved by many especially myself!"

My calling is to make a contribution, to inspire and to help others be happy.

Through food, through fitness, some encouragement and with a nice pint of beer!

But mostly I want you to know... you are amazing, you are beautiful and you can make a contribution to the world!

By turning your mean girl voice into a supportive friend, you can accomplish ANYTHING!

I would like to hear YOUR stories here in the comments or email them to me if you feel uncomfortable.

What mean things have people said to you in your past & what would you say to them now?

How have you overcome bullying?