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Best Restaurants on Wall Street

There are so many delectable restaurants to try when exploring the fine cuisine on Wall Street, in New York City. Financial literacy professionals, like Ken Kurson, enjoy supporting local restaurants. Many other professionals eat at these restaurants and cafes on a daily basis because of their five-star reviews and delicious food. Next time you find yourself hungry on Wall Street, here is what you should try.  

Westville

This American style restaurant is great for those looking to support small businesses. They buy directly from locally sourced meats and always purchase the fresh produce. They have Truffle Parm Fries, Smoky Mac & Cheese, and salads that are sure to rock your world.

Neapolitan Express

This pizzeria is very famous to native Wall Street-er’s. They offer top-rated sandwiches, Neapolitan pies, and salads that make the locals return all the time. If you’re ever in town the pepperoni pizza is a must. 

Luke’s Lobster FiDi

This seafood joint is one of the best in Manhattan. It serves Maine-style lobster and the best sides all round. You can pick from warm clam chowder, savory buns, and Cap Cod chips to complete your amazing meal. They have other options, but the lobster always is recommended. 
Overall, trying Wall STreet cuisine is a great way to explore the city. Ken Kurson and many other professionals recommend supporting small businesses in any way possible. The pandemic has affected everyone, especially restaurants.

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Fun Ways to Spice Up Taco Tuesday

It’s that time of the week again. Taco Tuesday! What are you going to make this time?

If you’re out of ideas, read on. Here are ten simple ways you can spice up Taco Tuesday so that everyone enjoys their tacos, including you!

#1 Switch up your salsa

Bored with making the same old tomato salsa? Try these alternatives:

  • Mango salsa! Cubed mango, japaleño peppers, diced red pepper, fresh cilantro, chopped red onion, a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lime, and it’s ready.
  • Strawberry salsa! This salsa uses similar ingredients as above, but with strawberries instead of mango. Try it and see!
  • Salsa verde. Grab some chilies and tomatillos, and make this delicious salsa. A recipe is here.
  • Pineapple salsa. Sweet and delicious, with pineapple, japaleño peppers, and red onion.

#2 Take your filling up a notch

You’re probably already using either beef, chicken, fish, or pork for your tacos. Try changing either the cut or the type of meat you’re using for one of these:

  • Al Pastor: Sauteed pork marinated in pineapple and lemon juice
  • Barbacoa: Beef brisket, shredded
  • Carne Asada: Grilled steak pieces that have been marinated in lime, cumin, and other spices
  • Carnitas: Shredded pieces of slow-cooked pork shoulder
  • Pollo: Marinated then shredded chicken
  • Pavo: Marinated then shredded turkey
  • Chorizo: Spicy sausage 
  • Camarones: Marinated and grilled shrimp
  • Pescado: Marinated and chopped pieces of whitefish
  • Coliflor: Crispy cauliflower
  • Nopales: Cactus
  • Huevos revueltos: Scrambled egg ‘breakfast’ tacos!
  • Camotes: Cubed sweet potatoes

#3 Splash out on new toppings

Here are some toppings you may or may not be using:

  • Black beans, corn, diced cucumber, asparagus tips, any vegetable goes in a taco
  • Coleslaw, kimchi, or another favorite slaw
  • Sour cream, heavy cream, or oat cream
  • Ranch dressing, avocado dressing, jalapeño sauce
  • Guacamole (I do hope you’re using guacamole already! Or at the very least, sliced avocado)
  • Pomegranate seeds, currants, apricots, roasted cranberries
  • Different cheeses (feta, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, Gouda, cheddar, blue cheese, or if you’re lucky to have it, queso blanco!)
  • Chipotle sauce (spicy but delicious!)

#4 Max out on marinades

Marinades make all the difference when preparing your filling. Try these combos for delicious marinades:

  • Caribbean: garlic, chili, lime, orange juice
  • Onion: onion, garlic, olive oil, water
  • Garlic Yogurt: garlic, yogurt, vinegar, hot sauce, garam masala
  • Chimichurri: red wine vinegar, garlic, shallots, cilantro, parsley
  • Asian Citrus: garlic, ginger, lime, vinegar, soy sauce
  • Chermoula: paprika, lemon, cilantro, mint, coriander, cumin, garlic
  • Maple Cardamom: olive oil, maple syrup, cardamom, salt
  • Sweet Lemongrass: sugar, fish sauce, lemongrass, garlic, shallot, chili

#5 Sweeten up the side dishes

Try some new side dishes with your tacos, such as:

  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Refried beans (this is a must! Crumble some cheese on the top)
  • Spicy corn salad
  • Cucumber or tomato gazpacho
  • Cheese dip. You can’t have too much cheese with tacos. You just can’t.
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Marinated kale salad
  • Corn on the cob

#6 Stray from the beaten corn tortilla path

Rather than have the ubiquitous El Paso-style fried corn tortillas, try making your tacos with some of these alternatives:

  • Soft tortillas (for soft tacos): white, wholewheat, blue corn, gluten-free: there are many different kinds. Fill them and wrap them up. Dollop the toppings on top of your rolled wrap, and enjoy!
  • Dosa, or another savory crepe recipe: these will get people talking!
  • Parathas, chapattis, or rotis: Indian bread and Mexican filling, what’s not to love!
  • Potato skins: you can cook the potatoes, scoop out the inside to make puree later, and use the skins for your tacos.
  • Pita bread: toast them first, if you like. Delicious!
  • Cauliflower pizza crust: perfect for open-faced tacos.
  • Large lettuce or cabbage leaves: these are good if you want to eat lots of taco filling without feeling too full.

#7 Don’t forget the margaritas

Want to get away from the classic margarita? Try one of these:

  • Watermelon margaritas
  • Strawberry margaritas
  • Blackberry grapefruit margaritas
  • Cranberry margaritas
  • Pineapple margaritas
  • Mango orange margaritas

#8 Scale up your presentation

We also eat with our eyes, so present your tacos on colorful plates or cookware, like the stuff you can find at unocasa.com. Tacos look great on any colorful dish!

Garnish your tacos with fresh cilantro, and remember to include a variety of colors in your food. Mexico is a country that is full of color: the houses, the clothes, and the food.

Add the following to your plate of tacos to up the color scheme:

  • Slices of lemon or lime
  • Star fruit
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Sliced red chilies
  • Sliced red onion

You’re now ready to take Tuesday taco night up a notch! Have fun, and enjoy your tacos!

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Top 5 Kosher Restaurants to Try: Fall 2020

About fifteen million people are Jewish worldwide. Do you know what that means? It means that for thousands of years, timeless traditions have developed. With traditions comes divine food. Jewish cuisine comes of the most popular categories of food known to date. Millions of Americans each bagel each and every day. In addition to lox, potato pancakes, kugel, and challah, which can be commonly found all over the world. In New York City’s population is about thirteen percent Jewish. Shalom Lamm, a native New Yorker, has certified that all these restaurants are with his highest recommendation. With so many restaurants serving unforgettable flavors, let’s take a took at some of the most popular places to ‘Nosh’ (to snack)

Holy Schnitzel

This deli-style restaurant offers an immense menu. Although the Schnitzel is popular, there are so many other delicious offerings as well. If it’s chilly outside, the Stuffed Cabbage is a must-have. It’ll definitely warm up any frosty toes and leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

Talia’s Steakhouse

This restaurant has been pushing out flavors since 1920. They’ve been known for their specialty Kosher steaks and outstanding meats. With having over one hundred sandwiches to choose from, it makes it really hard to not find something for everyone on the menu. The soups are definitely a local favorite. On the way home from a long day of work, this soup is bound to put a smile on anyone’s face. And the meat, is par excellence!

Amsterdam Burger

Now, this is for the burger lovers. On the Upper West Side, the restaurant has expanded well beyond a burger joint, as its owners initially envisioned. It shares the business’s hundred-year-old history and allows customers to enjoy learning about their Jewish heritage while snacking on delicious meats. The menu includes burgers and all sorts of delicious spices and herbs.

Eighteen

This fine-dining restaurant is now taking orders for Rosh Hashanah. They have several Shabbat Packages which include Ireasli salads, challah rolls, and choice of meat. It’s definitely more pricy because of the location and setting. Unlike the deli’s, this is a sit-down style restaurant. Because of the pandemic, they now offer to go packages but it was very rare to order take out from such a pristine restaurant prior to March 2020. They now offer sushi! It’s very uncommon for kosher restaurants to carry seafood rolls.

Reserve Cut

This cozy, luxurious restaurant is known for being run by 29-year-old Albert Allaham. He opened New York City’s largest kosher steakhouse to really enhance is community flavors. Reserve Cut has everything from Wagyu Beef, Steaks, Seafood, and more all available year-round. Executive Chef, Michael Sullivan, runs the restaurant with poise and represents the Allaham’s Jewish heritage in every dish. They also introduced a rooftop lounge, private dining, and of course, take out. 
Shalom Lamm, highly recommend supporting small businesses during this time. Many people are looking for a cultural escape. Being stuck at home is never the ideal situation for many Americans. Please consider giving these restaurants a try and let us know in the comments how the experience was!

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Shalom Lamm on the Future for Brick and Mortar Restaurants

For decades, Shalom Lamm has been a pioneer and a leader in the real estate industry. But the Coronavirus health pandemic has shattered the conventional norms of the industry (as it has for so many small business owners on an international scale). The exodus that we are witnessing from major metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles is a natural outgrowth of the frustration people have being confined to small spaces during the pandemic.

Of course, nobody reasonable would argue against social distancing, as everything that can, needs to be done in order to ensure the physical safety and good health of members of the public. But at the same time, there are natural implications to imposing strict guidelines that don’t allow city residents freedom to explore and take advantage of the amenities, sites and attractions that these major locales were always able to offer the public.

City dwellers are former city residents are realizing that the premium prices they are paying can no longer be justified under the current circumstances and conditions. It’s obvious why. As Shalom has written on his blog, the conditions surrounding the coronavirus are simply not conducive to living in a cluttered environment. Unfortunately for the political leadership in many of these cities, it has resulted in people fleeing en masse.

We’ve witnessed this sort of mass exodus across the major metropolitan areas, and it has been universal. Irrespective of one’s social status, it seems that people have become growingly disenchanted with the current environment in major city locales. The burdensome tax structure certainly has also not been helpful to the situation.

Many real estate professionals have been lending commentary in recent weeks and months about the effects this exodus will have in the short-term and the long term. Ambit Success and other major consultancies have been analyzing the situation and the effects that are bound to materialize in terms of the depreciation in real estate values across the spectrum.

The question is whether this city metropolitan areas will be able to come back once the situation with the Coronavirus health pandemic dissipates. At the moment, the future certainly seems grim and not bright at all. Let’s hope and pray that the situation improves and by extension, the real estate values and business climates in these major metropolitan cities are restored and stabilized.

The members of the public and the city residents don’t deserve what’s happening to them. Too many small businesses have closed; with bodegas shutting down at an exponential rate in recent weeks and months. But the fervor, strength and courage of city residents has showed no signs of weakening. As Shalom and other real estate investors continue watching the situation carefully, our collective prayers are with those that have been adversely affected by this situation.

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5 Different Ways to Cook Chicken

You’re looking for different ways to cook chicken? Start here first.

In the United States, more than 50 billion chickens are eaten every single year. With so much chicken as part of our diet, it can be challenging to keep flavors fresh and original when you cook.

For those looking for the best, check out these top five different ways to cook chicken you need to know.

Read on to learn more.

1. Try Roasted Chicken

One of the best ways to prepare chicken is a classy roasted chicken. Most known for its appearance on traditional holidays like Thanksgiving, this delicacy can easily become part of your weekly food regimen. 

For those cooking for several people, a roasted chicken is one of the easiest types of cooked chicken to feed lots of family and friends. A standard sized roast chicken serves six people and takes less than two hours to prepare. 

Add black pepper, salt, onion powder, margarine, and leafless celery for additional flavor. Check out more roasted chicken recipes here!

2. Give Baked Chicken a Go

For those looking for one of the healthier ways to cook chicken, consider a baked chicken. Baked chicken differs from a roasted chicken in that it is prepared in individual parts, such as the:

  • Drumsticks
  • Thighs
  • Breasts
  • Wings

Use skinless, boneless chicken pieces and add olive oil, salt, and seasonings like paprika and garlic powder. Don’t forget to brine and brush the chicken before baking it.

3. Consider Poached Chicken

Poached chicken is one of the lesser-known ways to make chicken. A poached chicken starts with four cups of cold water and two large, raw chicken breasts placed in a saucepan.

Add 3 1/2 tsp of salt and continuously stir the water as you bring the chicken to a boil. Remember to flip your chicken with tongs halfway through. The chicken breasts should be poached for a total of 10 minutes, then remove them from the water and enjoy!

4. Make Some Fried Chicken

Classic fried chicken is one of the best home-cooked meals a person can have. Combine one whole chicken with buttermilk, paprika, all-purpose flour, salt, and vegetable oil for frying. 

Make sure the chicken is well coated before frying so you get optimal flavors! Cook it for about thirty minutes. The chicken should be crispy. 

5. Test Out Grilled Chicken

Test out grilled chicken for an excellent source of protein. It’s also an easy item to add to a salad! First, pound the chicken until it is about a half-an-inch thick. Consider adding lemon zest of juice for flavor. Let the mixture marinate for at least four hours.

Since it’s so thin, grilled chicken typically only needs to be cooked for a few minutes on each side before it can be enjoyed.

Different Ways to Cook Chicken

Chicken is always a good addition to any meal, but if you don’t know all the ways to cook chicken, you’ll miss out on some of the best dishes out there. Get started with these different ways to cook chicken.

What are you waiting for? Your next meal awaits!

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