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  • “…Of Course We Have Scampi!” Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant New York City
    American Recipes
    “…Of Course We Have Scampi!” Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant New York City
    Warning! Warning! Touristy restaurant review ahead Proceed with caution Warning! Warning! Forrest Gump is one of my favourite films. I jumped with unabashed joy when we walked past the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant in Times Square, New York. I had no idea that the restaurant existed and I was determined to dine there. Just to give it a go. Bubba's dream is alive! I usually try and stay away from tourist-driven places when on holidays but I couldn't help but giggle like a japanese school girl when I enter the premises. The restaurant looks like the Hard Rock Cafe for Forrest Gump paraphernalia. Downstairs is filled with merchandise from the film. T-shirts, shorts, caps, mugs, pens, photo frames are printed with tacky sayings and logos mostly taken from the film. This is my sister, Bunnifer The restaurant was a little more tasteful and was themed more accurately to the film than the merchandise downstairs. There is a bar area and some semi-private rooms that are decorated like pergolas. There is a sign on the table with "Run Forrest Run" and "Stop Forrest Stop" when you flip it. It is used to let the waiter know that you need something. We ate our way through New York City. We gobbled down NY-style pizzas, bought freshly made bagels from food vans, snacked on NY hot dogs, dined at posh restaurants, devoured cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery and visited touristy restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. The "...Of Course We Have Scampi!"…
  • White Velvet Cake with Real Buttercream Frosting
    American Recipes
    White Velvet Cake with Real Buttercream Frosting
    I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to children. I've never grown up with a burning desire to become a wife and a mother. My parents spent more time pressuring me to go to university and study than teach me how to keep a house and tend to babies. Please don't get me wrong. I am not a hater of children. I want to have children of my own in the future. I'm just not the first person in the room to leap out of their seat when a baby enters the room. In fact, the desire to have children of my own only sprung up when I met Pizzaboy. He was so cute and wonderful. I decided that I would one day need to produce more little joys like him. (My apologies if that sounds a bit too gross). I become really confused when I receive Baby Shower invitations. Firstly, I don't have any clue as to what a new born would need. Secondly, I am deeply surprised that I am invited, being an obvious non-baby person. Lastly, I was brought up not to expect gifts from people, throwing parties to specifically receive gifts seems obnoxious to me. When my beautiful friend from high school invited me to her newborns party I was left twiddling my fingers as to what I should bring. What do you give people who seem to have everything? So, I did what I only knew how to do. I baked them a cake. I made…
  • Ham in Coca Cola by Nigella Lawson
    American Recipes
    Ham in Coca Cola by Nigella Lawson
    I have a quiet obsession with all things retro-kitsch-trashy. You wouldn't know it if you saw me. I mostly keep it to myself as I fear the sideways glance when people realise that I collect some of the stuff they tried to get rid of in their garage sale. I am not hardcore when it comes to going through vintage markets, I simply pick up items whenever I spot them. My obsession with cookbooks takes precedence. Here are some retro-kitsch-trashy things in my kitchen or on my mind * I have a timer in the shape of a hen with little chicks as the time guide * Two chicken-shaped egg holders live next to two owl salt'n'pepper shakers that sit on a celery green soap dish. * I have an ice cream scoop in the shape of an ice cream * Most of the items in my kitchen do not match... and that's deliberate. * I like to make faces out of stuffed olives on hamburgers * I dream of throwing a dinner party and presenting a 4-tier cold meat fake-cake decorated with proscuitto flowers * Dial phones are still the fashion in my eyes * I own and love kitsch cookbooks like Joy of Liberace, Elvis Presleys "Fit for a King' and Amy Sedaris's I Like You. * Any sort of pie baked in a fancy pie dish sounds marvellous to me * Pineapple upside down cake appeals to me more than a cupcake *gasp* * I hate dolls...…