Esmeralda Santiago @ La Casa Azul Bookstore

Harlem’s own La Casa Azul Bookstore always hosts wonderful events.  Next month the one and only Esmeralda Santiago will host a book signing for Conquistadora.

Esmeralda Santiago                            
Wednesday May 8, 6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Book reading: PS72, 104th Street and Lexington Ave
Book signing: La Casa Azul Bookstore, 103rd Street and Lexington Ave
Esmeralda Santiago reads/discusses Conquistadora
Santiago’s colorful historical saga focuses on Ana Cubillas, the eighteen-year-old daughter of aristocrats, as she makes her way from Spain to Puerto Rico in 1844. Helping her husband run their Hacienda, Ana revels in the new challenges, among them hurricanes, illness, and the tides of history that threaten her exotic, privileged life.
Free event, advanced registration required:

For More information visit their calendar


Volunteer Opportunity!

No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending child hunger, is hosting a bake sale in conjunction with Sandra Lee on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013.  Sign up here to volunteer.

Follow No Kid Hungry on instagram: @nokidhungry and twitter: @nokidhungry

Some info from yelp:

Sandra Lee’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry features co-chairs Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Dylan Lauren, Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri, Wendy Williams, Rosanna Scotto, The Food Network Kitchen and Sears celebrity designer Ty Pennington.

Over 30 popular restaurants from New York City will join Lee as co-host of the event.

Here are the details for those interested in volunteering (more details on the website):

Wednesday, May 1, 2013; event is from 10 am – 7 pm (or when food runs out)
2 Volunteer Shifts: AM 9:00 am – 2:30 pm or PM: 2:30 pm – 8 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, NYC
Volunteers will be helping out the restaurants to restock their tables and other similar activities
Beneficiaries: Share Our Strength & The Food Bank of New York

“Forget Banana Pudding” Parfait

I am not a big fan of banana pudding but I do enjoy a good one every once in a while.  After buying the vanana low fat yogurt at Trader Joe’s my breakfast has been a banana, granola, steel-cut oats parfait.


Mis En Place:


  • Steel Cut oats- not instant
  • 1 Banana
  • Vanilla almond granola
  • Vanana yogurt


In a bowl (or mason jar) put a dab of yogurt on the bottom, then sprinkle oats, sprinkle granola, a layer of banana.  repeat the layers in this order.  The banana lets the granola stay crunchy while the oats soak some of the moisture from the yogurt like overnight oats.

Foodie Freebies on Amazon Kindle

I am always searching the kindle free books section.  Below were some good finds I came across today.  Enjoy!

These books are usually short and a quick read.  I am big on being a walking “google”, I love learning everything about everything.

  1. Paleo Kids’ Snacks
  2. Herbs Gone Wild- Herbal Remedies
  3. College Students’ Guide to Groceries
  4. Toxic Truth About Food you Eat
  5. This one is not about food but oh so cute! How to make your own lipstick!

This week’s Trader Joe’s Item Reviews!


I make my own Honey Dijon Vinaigrette for my salads and saw this today for $1.99 and figured “why not?!”  I tried this out in my vinaigrette and it worked… however this is a bit runny- not as thick as Dijon Mustard.  I left honey out of my vinaigrette and this did well. Click here for the recipe.





A while ago- maybe 4 years now- I tried whole bananas covered in dark chocolate that TJ’s was selling.  I was not a fan.  The banana was way too hard and when you bit it the chocolate would fall off.  Found these cuties today and got them for J (my son).  We put them in the freezer for a bit and then gave them a try.  These slices are the perfect size for one bite eating.  The chocolate is not overly sweet, banana is perfectly ripe (a bit on the green side so perfect in my preference) and NOT HARD on the teeth.  I’m a fan!


J was with me today (which I normally don’t do because a growing boy will easily add $20 to your cart!) and he tried this mix out at the coffee counter. J loves yogurt and especially those danimals cups with the cookie crumbles.  Each item was $2.99 so together $6… those danimals cups are 4 for $6.99.  This is a great cheap and organic alternative.