Over Spring Break I went to New York City. I’ve wanted to go there for a very long time and I finally got the chance. I went to see Spiderman on Broadway, which was surprisingly good, and see the Artemis Quartet perform at Carnegie Hall. I got a bus tour of the city just to explore the different regions and see landmark buildings. When the bus got to Chelsea, we stopped for to get some lunch. Me and two others girls went to a place called The Hummus and Pita Co. When we got off the bus we looked around to see what restaurants were around and decided that one looked interesting to try. We walked into the building and the aroma was great. I can’t remember what it was but I can tell you it was nice and made me curious as to what this place was all about. The restaurant is set up like a Subway where you walk in and they make your food the way you want it right in front of you. You choose the type of meat you want to put in it and the type of wrap you want, such as a pita or a laffa. Then you get to fill it with the different things they have like Israeli cous cous, Mediterranean rice, or Moroccan beans. As the name of the restaurant implies, you can choose a type of hummus to add as well. You finish off your order by adding sauces and lettuce, tomato, etc. I ordered a pita with chicken, Moroccan beans, the original hummus (which is a family recipe), and feta cheese. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. I didn’t recall ever having feta cheese and the hummus I tried in the past wasn’t anything I cared for. After I paid and sat down I was very hungry and ready to give my creation a try. To my surprise, it was amazing. I mean AMAZING. It was the best thing I had tasted in a while and it was by far the best thing I ate while I was in New York City. When we decided to go there I was not expecting anything really great. I don’t really eat the type of food they serve so I didn’t know what to expect. When I saw the name I thought, “Well, I really like pita, but not hummus so much.” I never really expected that it would delicious, but oh my gosh it was. My friend and I googled the place after we left in hopes that it was a chain. It turned out that it was the only one. We were heart-broken but then we came to the conclusion that we had another reason to come back to New York. If you’re ever in New York City you need to stop in Chelsea and eat at The Hummus and Pita Co. You won’t regret it!
Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t really like nuts. Hey now, get your mind out of the gutter! We are talking about food here. This is not that kind of blog. Anyway……I mainly like peanuts and cashews, otherwise I don’t like nuts. I’m the type of person who doesn’t care for nuts in her cookies or brownies. I just don’t like the added crunch that nuts give to my cookies or brownies. I like them smooth. There happens to be one exception and it goes by the name of Pecan Pie Bars. I don’t understand how these bars taste so good because they are made of nuts but man they are delicious! Like OH MY GOODNESS! I could have eaten the whole pan but I had to hold back the urge. They are very easy to prepare and the recipe is provided below so I encourage you to make them. The crust is soft, buttery, and a little crumbly but not too crumbly that it makes a huge mess. The corn syrup mixture seeps into the crust and kind of makes this gooey middle layer that is wonderful and then the pecans sit on top. I think everyone would like this dessert, even if you don’t like nuts. I don’t really like nuts and I LOVE these bars. So what are you waiting for?! Go make them already!
2 + 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup of margarine
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 + 1/2 cups of Karo light or dark (I use light)
1 + 1/2 cups of sugar
1 + 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 Tablespoons of melted margarine
2 + 1/2 cups of chopped pecans (small pieces)
Grease bottom and sides of a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Prepare crust in a large bowl by mixing together flour, sugar, margarine, and salt until it resembles course crumbs. Press the mixture into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. For the filling, mix the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, margarine, and vanilla. Stir in the pecans and spread over the hot crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until set. It makes about 48 bars.
Spring has arrived! Well, sort of. It’s still pretty chilly where I live but it is warming up ever so slightly each day. Hopefully the warmth will show up soon. With the new warmth of Spring comes the outdoor activities and Spring time clothing. It also brings the opportunity for a new hair style to rock during the Spring and Summer months. You may own a sweater with the ombre effect, but now you can have it in your hair. For those of you who do not know what the means let me explain. Ombre is colors fading into each other for example dark blue fading into light blue. The effect can go the other direction as well by going from light to dark. It all depends on what you want. You can even do it with two different colors like pink fading into purple. The possibilities are pretty much endless.
I see these pictures of people on Google or on other websites that have crazy colored ombre hair and it looks super cool. Blue, pink, purple, a combination of the three, you name it. I don’t have the guts to do it to my hair though. Personally, I don’t think that I can pull it off. Also, lots of people have told me that they like the color of my hair and I like it as well so I’ll probably never dye it. I take that back. I won’t dye it until it starts turning grey. No one wants to look old.
In this photo (which I got from The Vainest Rose) shows a girl with pink, orange, and purple ombre hair. I think it looks really good on her. I think one of the things that makes it look so good is the fact that her hair is wavy and messy looking. This makes the ombre seem more blended together. If her hair was straight it wouldn’t look as natural as it does in this picture.
The above website also provides a video of the stylist applying a washable hair dye that I think is great for this type of hair style. You can make your hair all these crazy colors and rinse it out at the end of the day. You won’t have to commit to the colors you choose for very long.
If I can get my hands on the washable hair dye I might just have the courage to try a hair style similar to these.