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Recipe Monday: Roasted Seasoned Vegetables

Over the weekend, as you can see in my Instagram photos, I had a day of BIG cooking, where a friend taught me how to roast potatoes and vegetables, and perfectly mix seasoning.

This Monday I tried out what I learned on my parents! It came out great, and is fairly simple! I should really start to learn more intricate cooking though, soon…

Ingredients you will need:

Fresh or frozen, unseasoned vegetables

Olive Oil


Garlic powder

Sea salt




Red pepper flakes

Lemon pepper

and any other seasonings you would like to use and think would flow well with the rest of the flavors.

First, empty the vegetables into a casserole pan. Then, get out a small mixing bowl or measuring cup and pour in about 3/4 cup of olive oil. Then, add the seasonings by layer, to taste. I put quite a thick layer of garlic powder, salt and lemon pepper, and smaller layers of the rest, and the tiniest touch of paprika.

Mix with a fork.

Grab a pastry brush, or spatula, and carefully and evenly coat each vegetable in the pan, then flip the vegetables and evenly coat the opposite sides. Drizzle the last bits across your vegetables!

Now, throw in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take the pan out and flip the vegetables over, so they can cook evenly.

Cook for another 15 minutes or so, then take out of the oven. Let cool before serving and enjoy!

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La Bernadin

Saturday evening began at my friend Mahsa’s where three girls attempted to assemble into dinner attire in one studio apartment. After that lengthy process my friends Mahsa, Eliza and I headed to the Bowery Hotel to meet up with some other friends for some pre dinner drinks. The hotel had just switched to their spring cocktail menu so three of us enjoyed the new “governor” which is a fresh, cucumber and mint infused gin cocktail which I highly suggest for a hot summer evening.

Next stop was uptown for an exceptional dinner…

La Bernadin is an acclaimed midtown restaurant with tasting menus based upon fish and eclectic wine pairings. As most of you know, I’m not a fish or meat eater, but thankfully my friend Mahsa convinced the restaurant to do a special vegetarian tasting menu for my Saturday night trip there, complete with specially paired wines.

My first course (of 7) was some lightly roasted fresh vegetables, followed up by a mushroom and greens salad in truffle oil; YUM.

Next came some more roasted vegetables along with some fried vegetables, all over seasoned cous cous. Somewhere in between there was white asparagus in an egg cream glaze…I’d never even known white asparagus existed but was so pumped and pleased I didn’t get a picture!

This was then followed by spinach handmade ravioli with mushrooms and seasoned spinach in an egg and oil sauce.

After these courses came the desserts; yes, dessertS.

Pre-Dessert #1 was a Greek panna cota with apple dices, apple gelatin, and a sliver of jalapeno, which was undetectable in the grand scheme of the slice.

Pre Dessert #2 was a La Bernadin specialy called “the egg”. It’s paired with an ale instead of wine and is heavily instructed to be consumed from the bottom up, strictly NO MIXING. It was….indescribable.  All I can say is go and be sure to ask for the egg, you can not be let down by this!

This was then followed by an intricate, heavy mouse of mixed dark and milk chocolates topped with a liquidized pear and crystalized ginger. As the waiter explained it I was already in heaven, though upon diving in, the mouse proved too heavy for me. This was then followed by a sampler of mini desserts; a mini creme brulee, mini macaroons, mini puff pastries, etc. I had been craving macaroons all week so I ate about three of the minis as the ender to this exquisite meal.

My roommate, Eliza, also live tweeted her entire meal of meat and fish, so here are a few images and descriptions for her tasting menu (desserts were the same):

monkfish with egg cream and other glaze

Blue fin tuna carpaccio over foie gras on toast

Octopus with miso vinegar and black beans

Black bass with riceless bean rissotto

Tuna tartare with seaweed and watermelon

Irish coffee!

And now, for actually fashion/people:

I wore a Forever21 dress borrowed from Mahsa along with my favorable Aldo wedges and H&M jacket.  As you can tell, we all had a wonderful time.