Thanks for entering another Gracenotes NYC giveaway! The winner of the Ms. Pedicure kit is:
Winner of the funniest comment might be Frank, who likes to have milk curdle in his stomach during the summer time. Richard, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
The Pirate’s Booty giveaway just ended, but I have another great giveaway before the end of the month! Ms. Pedicure sent me a foot spa kit and I have an extra kit to give away to one lucky reader. The kit includes a pumice stone, exfoliating foot scrub, foot lotion, foot and leg rub, a massager, and a cute little tote bag:
The kit is really helpful, especially if you want to do at at home pedicure! My favorite is the exfoliating foot scrub (it smells really good) and David has used the kit, too, so guys, don’t feel left out and enter the contest, too!
To enter the contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post:
What do you love about the summer?
The contest ends on Tuesday, May 26th at 12pm EST and I’ll announce the winner shortly after
Thanks for entering the contest (Latifah, if I had an extra giveaway, you’d win it for most interesting comment). The winner is:
JUSTIN! Justin, please contact me at email@example.com so I can send you the booty! A big thank you to everyone that entered and stay tuned for another giveaway!
There’s exactly a week left before I turn 25! To celebrate, I’ve come up with my birthday wishlist (just for fun…unless you’d like to make my day and buy me something!) My mom already purchased some of the gifts on my wishlist (my wonderful spring jacket that I’ve been lucky enough to wear the past couple of weeks because of the strange NYC weather) and I purchased some on my own (my new Christian Louboutin’s were a gift to myself). Here’s the rest of my wishlist:
1. Fountain Jet Seltzer Maker
I’ve been drinking seltzer since I was 14 (La Croix cans were always in my car). I still drink a crazy amount of seltzer and at one point this year, purchased 84 1-liter bottles of Vintage seltzer through FreshDirect. Seriously – here’s some evidence. This seltzer maker would be perfect for me (and David) because we love drinking seltzer AND we could make cool seltzer blends!
2. Puerto Rico Board Game
So if you’ve ever spent a Wednesday night with me, you know I love playing board games. I’m a huge fan of Ticket-to-Ride and Settlers of Catan (and more recently, Cranium), but after doing some research on boardgamegeek.com, I have decided that I WANT this board game. No, I NEED IT.
3. Dinner at the following places: Minetta Tavern, Sasabune, Daniel, wd-50, DBGB, and Alinea (Alinea would also involve a trip to Chicago…coincidentally, I’m going in September!).
4. Bike, Bike lock, and Helmet
I’m undecided what type of bike I want – either a Hello Kitty type bike with a basket and bell or a racing bike so I can ride with David.
5. Camera case for my Canon 770
I’ve been carrying around my camera (the one that I got for Christmas) in a little makeup bag. The makeup bag isn’t very sturdy and I’d like to take my camera outdoors more often, so this would be the perfect case for my adventures!
6. The following books: Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme, Patisserie of Pierre Herme, Tartine (by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson), Baked: New Frontiers in Baking (by Matt Lewis, Renato Poliafito, and Tina Rupp), The Art of Simple Food (By Alice Waters).
I can’t think of anything else I really want (and if there is anything, I suppose there’s always Christmas!)
A couple of weeks back, my friend from Martha Stewart Living got me two tickets for a taping of The Martha Stewart Show (it airs today!) The episode was actually Martha’s 700th taping of the show and the only people that could be in the audience were people that had May birthdays, so David and I were really lucky (especially since it was the last taping for the season). Since Chase got us the tickets, the employees were super nice to us and sat us in this VIP area in FRONT of the regular seats. Here are some pictures from the episode:
The room on the left hand side is the kitchen where they make all kinds of delicious treats (for our episode, they made lemon meringue cupcakes – too bad David couldn’t eat his because he can’t eat eggs! I stepped up to the plate and ate his for him.)
See that red stand mixer? Well, KitchenAid and Martha gave everyone in the audience one for their May birthday! It was really generous of KitchenAid – David sent his home to North Carolina and I’m getting a red mixer (their anniversary edition) in July!
The kitchen is really well organized. I mean, none of the pots look like they’ve ever been used (although I’m sure they’re just props). I absolutely LOVED her kitchen, especially the large island in the center.
Martha answered some questions after the show – one woman asked how to prevent a cheesecake from cracking and Martha’s best answer was that it happens to every cheesecake and it gives the cheesecake character. I’d like to disagree – I think cheesecakes are usually overbaked (hence the cracking) and if you bake it with a water bath on a different rack for about 10 – 15 minutes less than the suggested cooking time, I’m guessing you won’t have any noticeable cracks. Also, it depends on the cream cheese that you use (low fat stuff usually cracks faster than the full fat cream cheese).
David and I were really excited to be on the show and had so much fun at the taping! They also played a lot of hip hop music before the show started (Usher, Lady Gaga, and similar artists). I wonder if Martha can actually hear the music in her dressing room and if she’s dancing along. Chase, thank you SO MUCH for getting us tickets to the show – David and I had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to use my stand mixer!
PS – don’t forget to enter the Pirate’s Booty contest – it ends this Friday!