Monday, July 26, 2010

Look of the Week: Blake Lively

Gossip Girl has been shooting their fourth season in Paris and there is no shortage of unbelievable couture. Blake Lively was seen on the set in a pair of of Suno wideleg pants which are magnifique. She is toting the Fendi Peekaboo Leather Tote and wearing Dries Van Norten booties. Can't wait to season what amazing looks the next season will bring. In the meantime, bravo Blake!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Cold Curried Pea Soup

Cold soup in the summer is like hot chocolate in the winter. It just works. For those of us that are not as into gazpacho, there is a wide world of chilled vegetable alternatives out there. I recently had the pleasure of tasting cold curried pea soup and I was sold!

Cold Curried Green Pea Soup
Makes about 4 1/2 cups

1 cup frozen green peas (baby ones are best)
1 med. onion, diced
1 carrot, sliced thin
1 sm. potato, sliced thin or cubed
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
12 oz. tasty chicken stock
1 1/2 cup milk

Combine onion, carrot, potato, celery, garlic, curry and salt. Saute in a little olive oil until wilted. Add chicken stock. Simmer 15 minutes. Add green peas. Puree in blender or leave soup as is. Add milk and refrigerate.

Perfect for outdoor dining!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Love at the Frying Pan

There is nothing I love more than summer in New York. The heat is sweltering, hair is frizzy, and everyone wants to dine and drink outdoors. The city feels like a new and exciting playground and several outdoor restaurants and rooftop bars open fling open their doors.

The Frying Pan is by far one of my favorite divey spots. It is a restored lightship that dates back to 1929 and is now docked as hangout haven on the Hudson River. Whether you are in the market for a romantic dinner or casual group gathering, the Frying Pan is the ultimate summer spot. The menu is not extensive but the new-American dishes are bursting with flavor. The Culturistas recommend the citrus glazed salmon served with lentils, preserved lemons, and mixed greens. Just be weary that once you board the boat will rock.

The Frying Pan
Pier 66, New York, NY 10001
at 26th St. and the West Side Highway

Monday, July 12, 2010

Look of the Week: Carrie Underwood

Newleywed singer Carrie Underwood was spotted at LAX July 11st en route to her honeymoon with new hubbie Mike Fischer. Carrie is glowing and is ready for Bora Bora in denim cutoffs, a light jersey cardigan, and ballet flats. She looks effortlessly put together and is showing off some great summer airport style.