New Music Monday: April 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: April 2014 Playlist

There were so many fantastic full-length album releases this month, it was hard to keep up as they continued to roll out. I was very tempted to add RAC, Chet Faker, and Band of Skulls’ entire albums to this playlist. Each were masterfully constructed from start to finish. If you only listen to one song on this list, do your ears a favor and take a listen to Glass Animal’s “Gooey.” This rhythmic track is drenched in a smooth-flowing wave of sexiness, with simply brilliant lyrics to boot.   1) Under The Pressure- The War on Drugs 2) Toreador- Band of Skulls 3) My Silver Lining- First Aid Kit 4) Words I Don’t Remember- How To Dress Well 5) Cheap Sunglasses- RAC, Matthew Koma 6) Hard To Hold- RAC, Teagan And Sara 7) Paris- Little Dragon 8) Gooey- Glass Animals 9) To Me- Chet Faker 10) 1998- Chet Faker   Follow me on...
Shrimp and Tilapia Ceviche with Mango

Shrimp and Tilapia Ceviche with Mango

Ceviche is the perfect dish to whip up for a  dinner party or backyard grill-out. Packed full of fresh seafood and heaped with chopped veggies, it makes for the appearance of a great deal of effort and inventive cooking. In fact, it’s one of the easiest appetizers to throw together to be enjoyed later in the day.   After preparing this recipe at a Hipcooks class in West LA, I learned that the preparation of raw seafood is far from daunting. The raw fish and shrimp is simply marinated and cooked in lime juice. Just be sure to use the absolute freshest ingredients!     The majority of the prep for this dish involves dicing up the mango, scallions, red pepper, and jalapeño, along with finely chopping the fresh cilantro. If you have a food processor on hand, this will make the process even more quick and simple.     I picked up two different varieties of mangoes from Whole Foods – the popular red/ green skin variety known as the Hayden mango, as well as the yellow-skinned Francique variety from Haiti. Next time I prepare this dish, I’ll be sure to stick with the latter variety as the sweet, rich flavor provided the perfect contrast to the spice of the cilantro and jalapeño.     The ceviche can be served either with tortilla chips or atop tostadas with a few slices of avocado. Don’t forget the ice-cold Mexican beer to wash it down!     Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 4 hrs (Fish will cook in the lime juice marinade) Serves: 6 Ingredients 1/2 lb Tilapia, thinly sliced 6...
New Music Monday: March 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: March 2014 Playlist

Clearly festival season is upon us as the new releases continue to flood through the gates. Foster the People and Future Islands have both released full albums in time to gain traction among Coachella-goers, while the likes of Little Dragon, Sam Smith, Kelis, and Banks have their albums slated for a post-festival debut. Singles, the latest album to drop by Future Islands has firmly solidified my anticipation to see their live performance. While staying true to their moody, abstract ambiance, they have found a far more upbeat sound, adding to the theatrical value of this album from start to finish. 1) Jerk Ribs- Kelis 2) Feels Like Coming Home- Jetta 3) Well It’s Fine- Nick Waterhouse 4) The Young and the Old- Midlake 5) Spectre- Tycho 6) See- Tycho 7) An Ocean In Between The Waves- The War on Drugs 8) Coming of Age- Foster the People 9) Balance- Future Islands 10) Everyday Robots- Damon Albarn 11) Retreat!- Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 12) Fever- The Black Keys 13) Sun in the Morning- Future Islands 14) A Dream of You and Me- Future Islands 15) Good Mistake- Mr Little Jeans Follow me on...
Chana Masala

Chana Masala

This recipe marks my first foray towards a traditional Indian dish. The  health benefits of the aromatic spices and powerful herbs which comprise this dish are astounding. Ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cumin are all considered to be potent antioxidants with tremendous anti-inflammatory benefits.     Wave after wave of intoxicating, exotic smells hit my nostrils as this dish came together over my stovetop. From the freshly chopped ginger, to the minced garlic cloves, the smells and flavors continue to build and grow more complex.     This recipe was surprisingly simple to make. Now that my kitchen is stocked with cumin seeds, ground coriander, and tandoori masala, this dish can be thrown together easily to make a nutritious, hearty, and flavorful meal.     Prep Time: 30 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 Yellow Onion, chopped 2 Cans Chickpeas, rinsed 1 Can Peeled Tomatoes, whole 1 tbsp, Fresh Minced Garlic (4-5 cloves) 1 tbsp, Fresh Minced Ginger 1 Serrano Pepper, finely chopped (keep all seeds to increase the spiciness) 1 1/2 tbsp, Olive Oil 1 1/2 tsp, Tandoori Masala 1 1/2 tsp, Ground Turmeric 1 1/2 tsp, Ground Coriander 1 1/2 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp, Cayenne Pepper (optional) Sea Salt to taste Fresh Cilantro, chopped (to garnish) Lemon, sliced (to garnish) Preparation In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil before reducing the heat to medium-low. Add the cumin seeds and toast until golden-brown for less than two minutes. Bring the heat back up to medium, then add the ginger, garlic, onion, and Serrano pepper. Stir often, cooking the onions down for approximately 5-6 minutes. Next, add the tandoori masala,...