How regal! Nala looks like she’s ready to be bowed down to.

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4 months ago

Hit or Pass? I dread turning on the TV to see Dairy Queen commercials. Why? Because in New York, there AREN’T any Dairy Queen restaurants (unless you count the tiny one at the Staten Island Ferry that people only go to if they’re heading to/from the island). It’s absolute torture!

Well, guess what? Manhattan has finally introduced the first official Dairy Queen in New York! And it just so happens to be down the block from my office! How awesome is that?

People from all over New York camped out overnight in front of the restaurant for it’s grand opening on May 29th to receive gift cards and t-shirts. Unfortunately, I was not in the country (nor dedicated enough) to be a part of this event.

I did, however, check this DQ out as soon as I was back to work. Though extremely crowded (since it IS the only one of its kind in NYC), it was worth it. The classic burgers combined with a thick Blizzard is something out of a junk-food lovers’ dreams!

I don’t think this is something magnificent for travelers, but if you’re a native New Yorker and you just happen to be near Union Square, I’d say check it out. Find out what the commercials are really talkin’ about and grab some ice cream on a hot, summer day. But you’ve been warned, it gets PACKED… aaaand, it is just a fast-food joint. Nothing extraordinary. But certainly something to cross off a New Yorkers’ bucket list.

So, will you hit or pass?

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4 months ago

Okay, everyone. I have to say that I was ridiculously proud of these divine Pork BBQ Ribs I made a couple of weeks ago. Summer has finally approached us, and there’s nothing that goes better with a calm Sunday afternoon than a tall glass of lemonade (or limeade!), bright vegetables, and sticky, sweet ribs.

As some of you may have come to believe, rib makin’ ain’t so easy. I am here to tell you today, that there IS a way to make amazing, fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs in a quick, simple way.

What you need: 

  • 1 lb ribs (I used pork, and 1 lb can serve 2 people)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • BBQ sauce
  • Olive oil

How to make:

  • Season the ribs with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder. Make sure the ribs are evenly covered.
  • Fill a pot with enough water to cover the ribs. Add a small amount of salt into the water. Add an even amount of pepper, onion, and garlic powder to the water (depending on how flavorful you like your ribs).
  • Add the ribs into the water, and bring to a boil. Allow the meat to cook for a few more minutes until tender.
  • Line a pan with foil and preheat oven to 375°.
  • Drain water from the ribs.
  • Place ribs on lined pan. Pour BBQ sauce over the ribs. Be sure to cover ribs COMPLETELY with sauce. It’s perfect if the sauce starts to pool around it, because it will later thicken and be used for a glaze.
  • Cover ribs with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours. If you were always wondering why it is necessary to cook your ribs longer than you usually cook meats, it is because the meat needs to cook enough so that it can be tender and soft as possible for that fall-off-the-bone effect.

And that is ALL! Once you take the ribs out of the oven and lift the foil up, you will see that the BBQ sauce that was pooled around your ribs has thickened into a glaze. Take a glazing brush, or spoon, and top the ribs with the sauce.

That is all there is to it, seriously. Very simple, and no crazy preparation is needed! You’ll be begging for more (I know my fiance is!).

Stay tuned for more recipes, tricks, and tips!

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4 months ago

Back in Action!

Hey all,

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you guys! It has been hectic, busy, crazy— you get the picture. BUT! Since I’ve been keeping myself occupied with all of life’s little moments, I am able to share EVERYTHING with you!

Stay tuned to the great posts I have set up for you. You will not want to miss it!


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4 months ago

I made this hearty, delicious dinner a week ago and my fiance loved it so much. We’re meat lovers, but we’re trying not to indulge too much on it. I made these simple Honey Glazed Beef and Pineapple Skewers with a wonderful side of Baked Quinoa Mac & Cheese. I have recipes for both of ‘em right below!

What you need:

(For the Skewers)

  • 1 lb. chunks of beef, about 1” in length
  • 1/2 can of cubed pineapple
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbs. black pepper
  • 4 tbs. olive oil
  • *Optional: 1 tbs. steak seasoning
  • 4 tbs. honey
  • 16 toothpicks, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes

(For the Quinoa)

  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • *Optional: 1/4 c. bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c. milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 c. grated cheese of choice (I used pepper jack)

How to make:

(For the Skewers)

  • In a large bowl, toss the beef chunks with 2 tbs. of olive oil, 1 tsp. of salt, 2 tbs. of black pepper, and a sprinkle of steak seasoning if you wish to use it. Set aside in room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  • In another bowl, toss pineapple chunks with the remaining salt, black pepper, and another sprinkle of the steak seasoning if you choose to use it.
  • String the beef and pineapple chunks interchangeably on each of the toothpicks.
  • Coat a skillet with the remaining olive oil and put it on medium-high heat. Allow the skillet to get very hot.
  • Put a few skewers on the skillet at a time, cooking through one side of them for a few minutes, then flipping them over to cook the other side. This should be about 5 minutes for each side.
  • Take them off heat after they’re done, and set aside for 5 minutes. Drizzle honey over the skewers evenly.

(For the Quinoa)

  • Put 2 c. water in a pot on high heat. Add the c. of quinoa, minced garlic, bell peppers if you choose to use it, black pepper and salt. Stir occasionally.
  • Once the water begins to boil, lower heat and cover pot. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a dish big enough to fit the quinoa (about a 13 x 9”)
  • Once the quinoa absorbs all of the water, the quinoa should look transparent with little white dots in them. Turn off heat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together milk and egg.
  • Add quinoa and cheese to the mixture and fold in. Mix until everything has been combined. It’s okay for the mixture to look a little watery— it will thicken in the oven.
  • Pour mixture into pan and sprinkle the top with more cheese, if you want.
  • Bake for about 25-45 minutes,or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Top with ketchup or hot sauce!

And you’re all set! Here you have a hearty, healthy dinner with fabulous flavors. Enjoy!

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5 months ago

Health Tip: So you’re in a rush to get to your 1:00 meeting, but your tummy is sounding a lot like a something out of The Exorcist? Here’s a really quick and simple on-the-go lunch tip! This fix is also great for those who are watching their budgets or waistlines— it’s healthy, and you can find all these ingredients in your pantry!

Just spread some almond butter on a whole grain bagel thin, and sprinkle your favorite cereal on top! You’re all set to head out!

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5 months ago

Hello, everyone! I was watching one of those food competition shows the other day, and I decided to get a little creative with dinner last night. I wanted to have a filling meal after my workout, without filling myself up with junk.

Using the things I had in my kitchen, I made Salmon Cakes sided with a Spicy Yogurt Sauce and Monterrey Jack Rigatoni. Mmmm— and it was super simple! Here’s the recipe (serving size is for 2):

What you need:

(For the Salmon Cakes)

  • Canned salmon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c. breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • Optional: 1 tbs. oregano

(For the Yogurt Sauce)

  • 1/2 c. plain yogurt
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

(For the pasta)

  • 2 c. rigatoni
  • 1 c. monterrey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 c. milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tbs. butter

How to make:

(For the Salmon Cakes)

  • Saute onions in 1 tbs. olive oil until they’re golden brown
  • Drain all liquid from the salmon
  • Combine salmon, sauteed onion, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt, pepper, and oregano if you choose to use it
  • Mix until it’s evenly combined, and form into patties
  • I suggest refrigerating the patties for about 30 minutes
  • Put butter to melt in frying pan
  • Add patties into pan and brown them on each side. This takes about 3-5 minutes for each side
  • Take patties off heat and place on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb any excess oils

(For the Yogurt Sauce)

  • Combine all of the ingredients and keep chilled until ready to serve

(For the pasta)

  • Fill a large pot with water, about halfway, and heat to a boil
  • Add rigatoni to boiling water and stir occasionally for 7-10 minutes, until tender
  • Drain water, and empty rigatoni back into the pot
  • Add butter and milk to rigatoni, with heat on medium-low
  • Slowly add cheese, stirring constantly as the cheese melts
  • Once all of the cheese has melted and mixed with rigatoni, remove from heat and serve

This recipe was a LOT simpler than it initially sounded, right? It’s also delicious, full of flavor, and a better choice for a healthy lifestyle.

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5 months ago

PetiteStreetNYC Adding & Updating!

Hey all,

After some brainstorming, I’ve decided to add some new compartments to the blog. I will be removing some pages, such as City-Style Hitch, and Words of Wisdom (until further notice), in order to spend some more time on these new additions! Here’s what you should expect in the upcoming days:

  • Health & Fitness Living: If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you’ll notice that I try to share my personal health-conscious tips and recipes. I’m going to move forward with this, and keep it coming. Expect non-guilty (but delicious) products and recipes for meals, snacks, and yes— even desserts! 
  • What’s Happenin’, NYC?: This section will be about the many different events and places I’ve checked out around New York. From the bustling Big Apple, to the busy streets of Astoria, Queens, you won’t want to miss what fantastic place you should check out while staying/living in New York.
  • Hit or Pass: Are you tired of reading Shakespeare for class? Is your most recent music download from when Limewire still existed? Last time you went to the movies was to see Breaking Dawn (we’re sorry for the loss of your money)? You need to get updated. Soon. This section will refresh your cultural mind with fantastic novels (don’t be afraid of words), worthwhile tunes, and incredible movies/TV shows from the older decades to now. Will you hit or pass ‘em. Only one way to find out.

Stay tuned to these GREAT additions to PetiteStreetNYC!

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5 months ago

Living with a hectic schedule means that there is little to absolute NO time in your mornings to have a balanced breakfast. I would grab a sugary granola bar and latte at my local coffee shop every morning on the way to class or work. As you can probably guess, that led to my wallet being ever-so-empty. Not to mention I was merely filling my stomach with sugar and caffeine.

Here’s a tip: Don’t do this. It will take a toll on your body, physically and mentally. It will also start your day on an unhealthy note, which will only force your body to crave more fatty foods throughout the day.

You need natural, sustainable energy that isn’t solely dependent on a shot of espresso. I admit that having a large breakfast is the way to go, but like I said before: Busy, busy, busy!

I have replaced my unhealthy quick-fix with a delicious, satisfying breakfast shake! It’s a perfectly sweet, healthy, and quick way to get a burst of energy to start your day of right.

Here’s my recipe for the current shake I’ve been totally obsessed with— A Chocolate-Banana Shake! I’ll definitely keep you updated on new shakes I concoct!

What you need:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 3/4 c. milk (I use almond milk)
  • 3/4 c. ice (about 4-5 ice cubes)
  • 1 tbl. cocoa powder
  • *Optional: 5 tbs. plain yogurt for a bit more creaminess

How to make:

  • Combine all ingredients together in a blender
  • Blend on high until all ingredients are well-blended together

All done! This take about 5 minutes to make, at most. Perfect for on-the-go, energizing breakfasts!

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5 months ago

I am a huge fan of bananas (the fruit, of course!). They are packed with potassium, which helps you learn more by keeping you alert. They’re also high in antioxidants, and they taste GREAT in so many varieties! What’s not to love?

I usually have a banana a day (you should, too!) in my super simple breakfast smoothie (will post a recipe for that tomorrow). Today, I felt like having something a tad sweeter (while still being health-conscious). I also tossed in some oats and almonds for a more nutritional value, and a slight crunch to this moist loaf.

Here’s a recipe for my Moist Banana-Cocoa Loaf! The serving size is for a SMALL loaf (just enough to curb your cravings).

What you need:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 7/8 c. flour (for easier measuring, scoop out 3/4 c. flour + 1/8 c. flour)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/8 c. milk (I used almond milk—healthier and still yummy!)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda (or 1 tsp. baking powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 tbl. cocoa powder
  • 1/8 c. nuts (optional— I used silvered almonds)
  • 1/8 c. oats (optional)

How to make:

  • Combine oil, egg, sugar, milk, vanilla, and mashed banana.
  • Add baking soda (or powder), flour, and cocoa powder.
  • Combine well for 2-3 minutes.
  • *Optional: Add the nuts and oats. Stir evenly.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 325 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes.

Alas! A moist, healthy banana-cocoa loaf! Go ahead, indulge! (Psst, try spreading some almond butter on your slice!)

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5 months ago