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FOOD: Dominican Style Hot Chocolate

Monday, November 25, 2013

Is there anything more comforting than something out of your grandma's kitchen?
(check out this link of grandmas around the world and their favorite cultural dishes: Happiness Here!)

With the weather dipping below November appropriate temperatures, I can't help but reminisce over mornings when I'd wake up to the smell of my grandma's hot chocolate and a toasty breakfast sandwich!~ (ay! I had it good)

Lucky for me a few weeks ago when I visited my abuelita, she sent me home with a nice little bundle of cocoa balls - fresh from the campos of DR! <3

I've whipped up a few cups since then and every time is better than the last (I'm anxiously counting down my stash!!) Besides the 100% Dominican cocoa, what makes Dominican hot chocolate different? Well in my opinion, if you want to make yourself a good cup of chocolate caliente you gotta add two things - salt and cinnamon sticks.

Although this isn't exactly a recipe, here's how I throwdown in the kitchen when it comes to hot chocolate:

  • Measure 2 cups of milk and pour into a small pot.
  • Add two cinnamon sticks BEFORE boiling. 
  • Start off with medium low heat and add your chocolate.
  • Stir until chocolate is dissolved and then add a pinch of salt (taste and add more if needed)
  • Serve and allow the cinnamon sticks to sit in your drink :} 
Not everyone has a stash of Dominican chocolate at home, so if you don't already have a favorite cocoa, I'd suggest using Nestle's Abuelita brand hot chocolate! - I suggest the brick chocolate over the powdered form. And just like that you've got yourself a good ol' taza de felicidad!~

And since we're on the topic of chocolate, check out these pancakes I made a few weeks ago! That chocolate layer is actually Trader Joe's Speculoos - the recipe for the pancakes themselves can be found HERE. If you try them out, let me know how it turns out! :}

MUSIC: Choklate & Kwabs

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fall is here, and if these mustard colored leaves outside my window aren't enough to convince you, the icy breeze will! ~ Sometime in the last two weeks we hit the low 30's and that officially marked the beginning of "cuffing season," and with it comes the cute layered outfits and the cuddle-worthy sexy time music :}

If you haven't already, check out these artists below and make sure to add them to your "in the groove" mixes!~ ;} You'll be glad you did.

First up, Choklate's "Carbon Copy." (via SoulBounce)
I've checked out the rest of her 2012 Fly EP and it's definitely worth the iTunes splurge.

Next is Kwabs (short for Kwabena Adejpong) :} "Perfect Ruin." (via okayafrica)
Another amazing British artist to add to my rapidly growing list!

LIFE: Halloween Photo Dump

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Must have partied too hard on Halloween, cause I was sick with some kind of ick for a good week and half after! I've got some coughs and sniffles left in me, but I'm finally well enough to get out a post or two, so here goes! Figured I'd kick things off with photos from my Dia De Los Muertos inspired Halloween getup :} 
Found this wine at Trader Joe's Wine Shop on 14th st. (NYC)
Anyone who knows me personally knows I often use "Dearly Beloved" the name of my favorite 
Kingdom Hearts song as a User ID, so I had to take a pic! 

At the local bar - NoBar on Nostrand Ave. 

My partner in crime dressed up as a sexy wild cat! Our makeup and outfits are SO on point :} 

Outfit details: 
Dress: Jimmy's, Bangles: H&M, Shoes: F21 Japan, Tights: UNIQLO HeatTech Tights

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