New Music Monday: June 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: June 2014 Playlist

I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a really great album last week. Hotel Cabana, the debut album from a British producer known as Naughty Boy, plays out as compilation of some major talent. Wiz Khalifa, Emeli Sandé, and Sam Smith are just a few of the powerful voices that bring their vocals to this album. Hotel Cabana is an upbeat, sultry, catchy album. It’s a fun listen for the summer!   1) Pools- Glass Animals 2) Hunger Of The Pine- alt-J 3) Valentine- Jessie Ware & Sampha 4) Tin Foiled- Andrew Bird 5) Ojai- Ray LaMontagne 6) Home- Naughty Boy, Sam Romans 7) One Way- Naughty Boy, Mic Righteous, Maiday 8) Wonder- Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé 9) Think About It- Naughty Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Ella Eyre 10) Stupid- Bobby Womack 11) Won’t Get Away- Phil Beaudreau   Follow me on...
Arugula Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Pomegranate

Arugula Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Pomegranate

Given that eggplant is one of my favorite foods, it really was about time for me to create my first ‘ode to eggplant’ post! The versatility of eggplant is why I love it so much- it easily soaks up the flavors of a unique dish. It is no wonder that eggplant has managed to become a staple dish in such a wide variety of ethnic cuisines.     With the summer solstice marking the beginning of the season this past weekend, it was quite perfect that I happened to prepare this quintessential summer salad for a festive gathering of friends.   A well-known trick to avoid that bitter eggplant taste is to salt the slices well before cooking them. I lay out the slices on a large baking sheet and then sprinkle them with coarse sea salt along with a splash of lemon juice before popping them into the oven.   These roasted cherry tomatoes are SO amazingly tasty and simple to make that I could create a separate post dedicated entirely to them! My roommate and I have gotten into the habit of roasting up a whole bunch of them for the week to add to anything from salads to open-faced sandwiches.   I found this salad on Epicurious.com as an excerpted recipe from Modern Flavors of Arabia: Recipes and Memories from My Middle Eastern Kitchen. The original recipe didn’t call for the roasted tomatoes and the pomegranate dressing was a bit too sweet for me. With a few simple tweaks, I was able to arrive at a version of this salad to my exact liking.   Prep Time: 30 mins...
New Music Monday: May 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: May 2014 Playlist

With the latest round of new album releases this month, there was finally a definitive summer vibe in the mix. You’ll find no shortage of upbeat, electrofunk tracks on Chromeo’s latest album, White Women. It is on their duet with Solange, “Lost on the Way Home,” that the pair manages to add some depth and soul to an otherwise dance-heavy album. Lykke Li also came out swinging with her latest album release this month. I Never Learn is full of lyrically strong tracks, with her typically expansive instrumentals to boot.   1) Jealous ( I Ain’t With It) – Chromeo 2) Honey Sun-  Elbow 3) I Can’t Keep Up (feat Will Heard) – Tourist 4) Head On – The Jesus And Mary Chain 5) A House Is A Home – Ben Harper, Ellen Harper 6) Sexy Socialite – Chromeo 7) Goddess – Banks 8) Pretty Girls – Little Dragon 9) The Struggle (RAC Remix)- Grizfolk 10) Lost On The Way Home (feat Solange) – Chromeo, Solange 11) Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix) – Coldplay 12) Sweet November – SZA 13) Gunshot – Lykke Li   Follow me on...