Personal Note from Sora

The other week, I met a friend on the Lower East Side and we decided to have dinner at a place called Mezetto which is located at the corner of East Houston and 2nd Avenue right down the block from The Sunshine Landmark Movie Theater.
So here’s what the bar area looks like…

And here’s what the inside of the restaurant while looking onto 2nd Ave looked like…

So the menu was largely Mediterranean, Spanish or Middle Eastern and everything looked so intriguing that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to try.

But yes, I absolutely love Brussel Sprouts and so I ordered the Brussel Sprouts and Figs appetizer and added a side of chicken to it.

Let me tell you that the dish was fantabulous.  The sweetness of the figs coupled with the honey and the crunchiness of the brussel sprouts, pine nuts, almonds and apples with the combination of chicken was so good!  I definitely want to have this dish again.

And then for dessert, I had what I hadn’t had “forever” which was halva.  The dessert was called Halva Parfait and yes, it was perfect!

The dessert had two types of Halva (both solid and shredded) and then to the right was the Toffee-Coffee Syrup with finely chopped pistachios.

So yes, it was a sublime culinary experience because of the mixture of textures and the combination of flavors which were just outstanding.

So if you find yourself on East Houston near The Landmark Sunshine Movie Theater then check out Mezetto, it won’t disappoint!

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 April 12th is National Licorice Day

So my sister really loves Licorice and when I saw that April 12th was National Licorice Day I decided to do some research on my own-to find out more about this fun confectionary treat.

What I found out was:

l. Licorice is a confection flavored with the extract from the root (who knewLol!) of the licorice plant.

2. That it’s combined with sugar or other sweetener and a binder (gelatin, gum arabic or starch) but that the big American brands use corn syrup.

3. That additional ingredients used for making licorice are beeswax for that shiny looking surface, molasses to provide the familiar black color and ammonium chloride (Ugh) and also that some brands substitute anise oil instead of using licorice root extract.

4. That these ingredients are then dissolved in water and heated to 275 degrees F and then poured into molds and then those pieces are sprayed with beeswax to make their surface look shiny. (Again, who knew…).

5.  In addition, original licorice was black and later red licorice was made with strawberry flavoring.  Today you can find licorice in a lot of different flavors including apple, blackcurrant, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, grape, mango, raspberry and watermelon.

So the next time you have a yearning for something different there’s usually a package of Twizzlers at your local candy counter and as Andrew Zimmern would say, “If it looks good, eat it!”

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April 25th is National Zucchini Bread Day

So when I noticed that April 25th was National Zucchini Bread Day, I started thinking, “Hmm, have I ever eaten Zucchini Bread and why is it so special???

So in doing some research about Zucchini I find out that:

l. A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.

2. The word zucchini comes from “zucca” the Italian word for squash.

3. That the most flavorful zucchinis are not large but are small to medium sized.

4. That according to the World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition info that the nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease.

5.  That the flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.

So if you’d like to check out a lot !!! more types of Zucchini Bread combinations then go over to Pinterest where you’ll find 1,000 + ideas on yes—Zucchini Bread!!!

So if all this talk about Licorice and Zucchini Bread is something that you’d like to try and not gain any weight while experimenting and maybe even lose some weight at the “same” time then click HERE to find out more.

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