There's a restaurant in Harlem that's a French gem, Maison Harlem. I went there for the first time on Saturday and it won't be my last.
I loved hearing the people in the restaurant speak French. It made me feel like I was in Montréal. Food was yummy and they had a nice mix of French cocktails/spirits on the menu.
Yesterday I made a boozy hot chocolate with Dutch Chocolate Van Gogh Vodka. I'm at it again. Since I can't go to Italy bringing a touch of Italy to me. Today's hot chocolate situation will include Frangelico Liqueur and a little Nutella. The two will be bring in a hazelnut sensation to my cup.
In case you aren't familiar with Frangelico...the 300 year old libation is made with Tonda Gentile hazelnuts found in the region of Piedmont, Italy mixed with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.
And I can't imagine you don't know about Nutella, the Italian hazelnut cocoa spread that you should put on anything and everything...maybe even yourself.
Even though it's a bit hard to travel right now, your palate can take you and your senses on a journey. Enjoy! Ciao.
Frangelico & Nutella Hot Chocolate
1. In a warm glass pour Frangelico liqueur and Nutella ( as desired)
2. Fill up with hot chocolate such as Jacques Torres.
3. Top up with whipped cream.
4. Garnish with a cherry (optional)
Glasses used for hot beverages should be heated so they are thoroughly warmed before serving.
Allow me to introduce you to my treat of the evening the Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake from Sprinkles. It's like having a holiday wonderland in my mouth.
It's a limited edition for the holiday season, so baby go and get it before it's gone. Happy Holidays!
July officially kicks off BBQ season. Are you ready? That means gatherings with your favorite people as you sip wine and eat your favorite foods from the grill.When you get your squad together for good times and good food, don’t forget to find your summer hit. Thanks to McCormick I will be putting together a few playlists for ambience.
McCormick has been a part of my cooking tradition for as long as I can remember. It all started with my mom who is a fabulous cook. In her kitchen cabinet were some of the well known McCormick spices and seasoning such as: Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Black Pepper, Allspice and Garlic Salt. Then there’s the Yellow Mustard which I know I put on a fair share of burgers when I was growing up. My main go to now is the Old Bay Season. I guess you could say that it’s 50 Shades of McCormick, they always have something for everyone depending on what’s cooking.
I had the pleasure of going to their event in New York City where they had a music and food experience. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Pitmaster Myron Mixon were in the house to give a demo on a had a big BBQ pit build that plays music whenever something is set on the grill. As Jazzy said, “sometimes people forget how important the music is at a BBQ”. Isn’t it the truth?!
As you get your grill on this summer, don’t forget to season your meats and veggies properly. McCormick has a great variety of seasonings to choose from depending on if you are going with meat, chicken, or veggie options. The right spice could be a game changer when it comes to your dish so don’t be shy when seasoning, get it in there.
Last but not least, don’t forget your playlist. I just created a Pompette Playlist for when you want to drink pink. Afterall, rosé is great for a barbecue that goes for still or sparkling. The recommended wines are either Piper-Heidsieck Sauvage Rosé or Chandon Rosé Brut. It all depends on if you are feeling fancy for Champagne or bougie for California Brut. Cheers!
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