Alert: Souen Union Square open for lunch starting tomorrow!

November 28, 2010

I waited with bated breath for Souen to open after their renovation, and I’m pleased to report that I’m very happy with what they’ve done.  (Where are the chick pea croquettes, though?!)  However, they’ve only been open for dinner.  Well, tomorrow, November 29th, they will start serving lunch again!

Update:  Souen is closed again.


Gluten free pancake mix?

November 22, 2010

Sometimes in life, all you need is a formidable opponent.  I choose gluten!  Gluten is evil and wrong and even moreso, Republican.  Here’s my gluten free pancake mix recipe for all of you who want to fight the good fight with me.  (And yes, I consider oat flour gluten free.  Not everyone does.)

5 heaping tablespoons of buckwheat flour

3 heaping tablespoons of oat flour

2 heaping tablespoons of almond flour

1 heaping tablespoon of coconut flour (better sift it, or it will be lumpy!)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbs cinnamon

2 eggs

1/4 cup yogurt or buttermilk

1 – 1.5 cups liquid (milk, almond milk, whey, hemp milk, etc.)

1/4 cup maple syrup or raw agave

Mix wet ingredients, beat well.  Mix in dry ingredients.  Cook in hot oiled skillet (only need to oil for first batch).

Gluten free pancake mix - ratio of flour

Gluten free pancake mix - ratio of flour


What would you serve at a math party?

November 20, 2010


Alert: Whole Foods Sale

November 19, 2010

On sale until 11/30/10:

  • Stonyfield farms 6 oz yogurts – 10 for $6!  Great price!
  • Jovial Pasta – 2 for $5 (reg 3.99 ea, I think) – see my notes on Jovial here
  • Some Arrowhead Mills wheat flours
  • Seasonal (i.e., cold and flu) Traditional Medicinals tea 2 for $7 (I highly recommend Gypsy Cold Care and Throat Coat!)
  • Preserve 16 oz cups (10 pack) – 3.99 (reg 4.99) – see my note on Preserve
  • If You Care aluminum foil, baking cups and wax paper (I will buy their aluminum foil over the cheaper stuff because it’s 100% recycled, but the wax paper isn’t differentiated enough from the regular WF unbleached wax paper)


Alert: Petit Bateau Sample Sale through 11/29/10

November 18, 2010

You’ll hit the mother lode at 105 Chambers Street (just east of Church) 2nd floor.  It’s not a store and you have to be buzzed in.  Huge empty loft selling tons of Petit Bateau 50-60% off.  They’ll be there through 11/29/10.  They have a good selection of women’s tops, and a great selection of children’s clothes. Great stuff.  Sure, all of our kids will be dressed exactly alike, but with Petit Bateau, that’s not such a horrible thing!

Leather cleaner?

November 14, 2010

Natasha, I’ve been thinking about your water-stained purse all week, and I finally figured it out!  I’m sorry I forgot all about this stuff when you originally asked me about it.  Lexol is the stuff you should try.  You can buy it at any shoe repair place.  It’s about $6-8 a bottle.  Lexol has a leather cleaner (in the orange little jug) and leather conditioner (in the little brown jug).  I have used the leather conditioner many times and it does clean the leather as well.  I would think the conditioner will do the trick on your purse.  Just shake very, very well before opening and apply LIBERALLY.  I practically pour this stuff on my leather, but you should try a little bit at first, like a sensible person would.  Ignore my leather conditioning abandon!  Rub it in a ton and then buff it.  It’s great stuff.  Plus, it doesn’t smell toxic to me.  Many other leather conditioners do.

I must thank you for asking me about a leather cleaner, because your question made me buy a new jug of Lexol and condition my boots and jacket. I don’t ride anymore, but because of Lexol, they still look good even after 20+ years.

These days are over.

These days are over.

Granted, I’ve never taken a spill in them, but they did survive a particularly brutal late-80s Jane’s Addiction show, the Metallica AJFA Tour, Monsters of Rock (at least 2 shows), that legendary Faith No More / Voivod / Soundgarden show at the Ritz, Rollins Band stagediving, a few CMJ Marathons, a mosh pit that included members of Biohazard and Last Crack and working in the music industry.  I’m just saying.

When will Souen re-open?

November 10, 2010

I called Souen today and they were OPEN!!!!  Just 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  I asked about when they would be open for lunch, and they said “within a week or two.”  But, they are OPEN!!!!  Natasha!  Do you hear me, woman!  BoJoJo!  Judith!  Lunches at Souen!  Now, in the foreseeable future!

(I am talking about the one on 13th St. between University and 5th, BTW, for those five or so mystery SYNTK readers that aren’t my BFITWWWs – Best Friends in the Whole Wide World – and therefore haven’t weathered this crisis with me.)


UPDATE:  Souen is closed again.

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