Honey Roasted Walnuts

Guys, I’m having a love affair. With honey roasted nuts. I don’t know if it’s the countless times I’ve smelled them in NYC or because every one of my Blue Apron orders has them, I’m loving them right now. And the fact that they’re easy to make and relatively healthy is a total bonus. Whip them up right before company comes so the house smells good and you have something to snack on.

  • 9 oz container Aurora walnuts (I mean, you know us a little by now. Use whatever brand you’d like!)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • Dash of cinnamon for some spiciness, or a dash of salt for some sweet and salty action

Set your oven to broil and grease a medium sized cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mix together the walnuts and honey until fully coated. Spread the coated walnuts on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon, salt, or whatever your creative mind comes up with! Roast the walnuts for approximately 15 minutes or until they begin to brown. Serve hot for a little NYC flavor, or they can be wrapped and stored for a couple of weeks.

Honey Roasted Walnuts

Happy Eating, XO.

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Iguana NYC – Ole!

A little while back a few friends and I went to see the Flamenco Ballet Festival that comes to NYC every year. (If you live in the area and haven’t seen it yet, you MUST get tix next year!) To keep with the Latin theme of the night I booked us reservations at a place nearby called Iguana, “the most spectacular Mexican Restaurant in New York”! Let me tell you, it really is.

I was skeptical of the place because it’s in a pretty touristy area. However when we first set foot in the restaurant I was 1. in awe of the size of it (it’s  massive for NYC) and 2. the ambiance (hellloooo Spain). We got there before the bar and dinner rush so we had time to soak it all in. We started off with their signature tequilas – if you’re in to margaritas, you’ll feel like you hit the jackpot at this place. They have an entire page in the menu dedicated to margarita flavors, and the back of it is a complete list of their tequilas. Since we were going to the show right after we had to keep ourselves under control (i.e. no tequila flight tastings) but we did each have a delicious margarita – grapefruit, skinny Iguana, and kiwi.

True to form, we also started off with their guacamole. They made it fresh right in front of us, and it was some of the best guac I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my taste buds) we filled up on the stuff. Because after that, we decided to keep to tapas and each ordered small plates to share.

I ordered the coconut shrimp that was fried and lightly brushed with honey. The shrimp were massive and felt like a meal in and of themselves. The mix of the sweet and salty was a perfect compliment to my margarita. Next up was the calamari (side note: my husband is so not in to latin food so he played it safe with the calamari, but even he admitted how tasty it all was). Lastly, we ordered something a little more hearty, empanadas, and they were melt in your mouth.

Aside from the delicious food and spot on ambiance, the staff was friendly without being overbearing and, yes, even the bathrooms were pretty amazing. (Guys, they had authentic hand painted Spanish sinks. For real!) If you couldn’t tell already, I highly recommend this place. It really is the most spectacular Mexican Restaurant in New York!

Iguana NYC

Happy Eating, XO.