lunes, 22 de diciembre de 2014

Exploring New York City #1




Caffe Bene
I've been living in New York City for the past 7 months and I really enjoy what the city has to offer, yesterday I took a vacation from my vacation (I can't wait to go back to work) and decided to explore the city. Me and one of my coworkers went to a little café called "Caffe Bene" located between 36th ST and 7th Ave. I was introduced to it by my coworker who insisted on going there to "get inspiration" to write on her blogs (which she didn't do).



We ordered a red velvet slice of cake which was good, I've never tried red velvet before. and for my first impression I must say it was good, not over the top I wanna eat this every single day of my life good but it was good.


By the time we were finished it was still early and the city was still awake (I mean, it never went to sleep) so we decided to walk around the city until we find something to do.


After a while we went to Macy's to check out some of the decorations that our company did and some others that the store did.


This is one of the decorations that drawn my attention, the craftsmanship that was put up is amazing, from the branches to the rotating ornament, I really loved it.

We ended up going to the movies since there was nothing else on our minds plus we get discount tickets through our job, long story short, we bought 2 3D movie tickets to the Penguins movie for $8 each. I didn't take any pictures after that but I'm going to put some of the ones that I took with my new camera which I didn't tell you, I got the Nikon D3200 bundle (the body, 2 lenses and I camera bag) on cyber monday  for $600 taxes included.

I'm planning on making more of the "Exploring New York City" series on my blog so stay tuned for that.

domingo, 23 de noviembre de 2014

Is it too early for Christmas?

Tree at Atlas Mall, Queens, NY

Hi everyone, I think I don't even deserve to write again, I mean what started as a "regular" blog ended up in two weeks without posting anything. I do have a good excuse... Work, work and more work, I've been so busy at work that I haven't had time to even go shopping (which is clearly the most important thing and the only thing that you should do when you have some time off).

But now that we're talking about my job (whether you like it or not) it actually have to do something about Christmas, I work as a seasonal decorator for a Christmas decorating company where we make the magic as they say, and every time I'm working where there's people walking around one or two comes with the typical "Christmas already?" in which I nicely reply "It's never too early for Christmas" that I then added "...for some people" since I remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas.

So basically I wanted to know if some of you start decorating early or leave everything for the last minute?


Tree at Yale, CT

miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2014

Cooking: Stuffed Mushrooms (Recipe Test)

Mushrooms are one of those vegetables that when I eat them I feel like I'm doing something good for my self plus I feel like I'm eating something fancy and expensive (which is not at all fancy and expensive). I've been following cooking shows on YouTube for quite a long time now and one of those channels is the Laura In The Kitchen show, I really like her cooking and how welcoming she is. I wanted to try one of her recipes and why not start with a super simple recipe?

This is pretty easy to follow, watch the video below so you can make it yourself.


I started with making the bread crumbs which is pretty easy to make, I used whole wheat bread instead of white bread (because that's what we had) and when I mixed the stuffing it tasted amazing.I put it on the oven and it looked just like the video.



 I took them to work the next day with brown rice that my aunt made and to be honest I wasn't impressed, I mean the recipe worked fine I just don't like mushrooms I guess, since I left too much of the meat I tasted a lot of it and it wasn't pleasant for me, if you like mushrooms this is perfect for you and even if I didn't succeed (or did I?) I recommend you to try it.

This was the final result after I put them in the oven, the recipe says to cook them for 20 minutes but after 10 minutes mine were done (in my opinion) so I took them out.


If you try the stuffed mushrooms please let me know how were they. I hope you enjoy this post and don't forget to keep reading the other ones, have a nice one.

miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2014

My thoughts on going to the gym



So today I started going to the gym, something that I've been thinking about for a long time now. Not only because of the "appearance" factor but also the health benefits.

I used to think that gyms were scary places where you can hear the grunts of those who want to get noticed, as it turned out I didn't hear that, I guess that's because I had my headphones on and because the weights were downstairs, anyways, the point is that I actually enjoy it, is gonna take some time to get used to the exercises that's part of it.

There's no much to say on this post, those are my thoughts on going to the gym for the first time, if you want to start exercising  just do it instead of starting tomorrow or next Monday do it TODAY.

That's gonna be it for now, hope you had an amazing day.

domingo, 26 de octubre de 2014

Cooking: Easy Breakfast Wraps

As usual I'm the one in charge of cooking breakfast during the weekends, I don't mind since I'm really into cooking and being in the kitchen, months ago, my cousin (the one that I'm living with now) introduced me to easy breakfast wraps which is basically a quesadilla style with eggs and cheese. I really liked it the first time she made it but after that I've been in charge of making them.


I started with her base (eggs, cheese, ham and something Vienna sausages) and started adding my own ingredients, here's how I make them, feel free to replace any ingredient to whatever you like.

Ingredients:


  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Hot Dogs 
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • 1 handful of Spinach
  • Cheese 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Large tortillas


First you want to start chopping your onion, sausages and spinach, heat up a pan on medium heat, add oil and throw on the onions and the sausages. I like to add the spinach (or any other green) towards the end. The picture below show you how it should look like.



Add your eggs and scramble them with the rest of the ingredients, after that heat up a clean pan and put on your burrito tortilla, we use the whole wheat kind, of course you can use any kind, I like to spray some cooking spray, let it cook for about 30 seconds and flip it, put cheese on the tortillas and start adding your egg mixture, put another layer of cheese and close it, let it cook for like 30 seconds more and flip it. It's really easy to make and you can add whatever you want, I make it different every time.


I would appreciate if you leave me a comment letting me know what do you think about this recipe and if you made it. 

Have a nice one.


sábado, 25 de octubre de 2014

Welcome



Hello everybody, and by everybody I mean me, I hope you are having a great day or night, welcome to my blog Living With Juan, I know the tittle can be really confusing because all the sudden you´re living with me (I'm Juan in case you didn't know) and you are now thinking how did you get here?, how our relationship got that serious? without even know that we had one, anyways, I just wanted to name this blog something related to what it is (a lifestyle blog) and also that would incorporate my name on it.

As I mentioned this is (going to be) a lifestyle blog meaning that I'll post things that I'm interested in and I hope you too, things like food, crafting, the NYC life, maybe one or two tips on how to maintain a clean house or how NOT to do it, depending on how I feel that day. I'm like the perfect housewife, only that a)I'm not married (anyone interested?) and b)that I'm not a natural blonde,

I guess I should start telling you a little bit about myself because let's face it, who wants to know about a 21 year old dominican guy who is living in New York who likes to cook, craft and take pixelated pictures with his phone? well I guess that is who I am, but yeah one of my passions is cooking, the other one is crafting, I like watching TV series and I'm also into video making, I decided to combine all of that in one platform thanks to one of my coworkers that advice me to follow my dreams (every single one of them at the same time) since New York is where people become themselves and no matter who you are and what you want to be this is the place for it, so this is my shot at it.

I won't keep you for much longer, thank you for reading my first post and I hope you stay for what next to come,

Here's a picture of when I came to the US for the first time (May 17th, 2014).To me it means a new beginning in life just like this blog(Remember what I told you about the pixelated pictures?)