I’m Smitten With….Thug Kitchen

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It’s Monday night and you know you need to eat, but you’ve worn out your healthy list of options and you’re looking for something new. You Google up “healthy recipes” and gag at the descriptions of “wholesome” or “fit” fare. How many times can you bend over backwards to make brown rice and veggies palatable? Well I have good news for you. I’ve found kick-ass veggie cooking instruction with some major sass. If Martha Stewart, Tony Soprano, and Snoop Dog had a baby that blogged this would be it. Thug Kitchen shocks you into paying attention to what shit goes into your pie hole with a big F-you! Don’t think filthy language and clean eating go together? Think again. This guy (who not Vegan but his girlfriend is) started blogging to inspire the masses to eat like they give a fuck. He writes ah-maz-balls recipes that are simple enough for even well, the laziest MF’s to make. But don’t take my word for it. Get your ass over to Thug Kitchen so you can grub like a fucking champ not a chump.


I’m Smitten With…PadMapper

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There are really only a few things in this world that I just dread. One of them is moving, the other is moving….in NYC. Finding an apartment in the city is like paying thousands of dollars to join a contest to find a rusty needle in a haystack while a million other people are pushing you out of the way. Dramatics aside, let’s just say it’s stressful. So, when I had to move recently I put it off as long as I could, took a shot of tequila and dove in. Well, turns out that looking for apartments is worse than I remembered. With the economy the way it is, it’s a buyer’s market not a renter’s one, and what you end up getting for what you’ll pay is enough to drive anyone to drink. I saw some pretty pricy “gems”: one directly across from the above ground subway, another hovel only a day-long hike from the train. Frustrated, I was starting to think I was going to have to pay $1400 to have commuters view what I was having for breakfast! Lucky for me, a long-time friend and fellow improvisor pointed me towards a new website called PadMapper. The peeps at PadMapper claim to make apartment hunting a little less painful and even fun. Well, I don’t know about fun but they did help me find a cute little place in record time. How you ask? Well, they plot out the available apartments on a groovy map based on your desired location and let you filter for exactly what you want. They show all of the listings from brokers, Craigslist, and other apartment searching sites all in one place. Click on the pin and find out the price, location, and whether or not there’s a fee. PadMapper works for whatever city you’re looking in and is absolutely FREE. Now you can have your shot of tequila for celebration, not medication. Mazel tov!

 

I’m Smitten With Songza

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Music has always been a huge focus in my life. I remember saving my pennies and buying my very first record. Actually, it was TWO records: Boy George and The Culture Club’s Colour By Numbers (in color nonetheless!) and Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical. Then there were the cassettes. The best of which included Micheal Jackson Thriller and Cindi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual. The cassette was my era. We swapped tracks filled with inuendos in the form of mixed tapes, lovingly crafted with the push of FF, Pause, and Play/Record buttons. Next came and went CDs and along with them brick and mortar CD stores. Today everything is digital and starts with an i.  itunes, ipods, and iphones. Still a music junkie, I now get my fill with virtual radio stations like Pandora and Spotify only to be wooed by the newest audio kid on the block, Songza. This local New York company fufills my nostalgia  for a good ‘ole mixed tape, making good on their promise for Good Music making Good Times. Their playlists are curated by music experts to give you specific recommendations based on time of the day you’re listening, mood, and/or activity you’re engaged in. There’s a playlist for everything from commuting to concentrating. I think the folks at Songza know that everyone’s life should have a soundtrack. They helped me find mine. What would be yours?