Common Foods Video with Danielle Fontus

If certain words such as chipotle, espresso and acai make you nervous, you are not alone. Some foods are admittedly easier to pronounce than others. And some make you pause every time you read them. But we are here to tell you that there is no shame in needing to take a minute and sound a word out before ordering. You shouldn’t let anything, let alone pronunciation, stop you from enjoying what otherwise could be an unforgettable dining experience filled with good food and laughter.

Have you ever decided to be fancy and hit up a restaurant you’ve never been to? You dress up, fully willing to broaden your food horizons. But the minute you get the menu and eyeball a few of the dishes, you regret it all. You don’t know how to say any of the selections or if you even want to eat any of them. All of a sudden you’re back in elementary school with beads of sweat on your forehead as you sound out syllables at the table. It’s not a good look, but it is a common dilemma we’ve all faced. However, it doesn’t have to be. Ordering delicious meals should truly be the time of your life.

And that’s why we’re here: to help guide you through those awkward restaurant encounters. There’s no better time than the present to improve your food vocabulary by learning the real way to pronounce common dishes. We continue our handy guide with the help of our friend Danielle, Creator of the She Dares community. The next time you see one of these items on a menu, you’ll impress your friends and bae by sounding like an expert.

  • Edamame – A boiled soy bean, which can be a snack or appetizer before the main dish

  • Lychee – A white fleshy fruit

  • Chipotle – A smoke-dried jalapeño

  • Espresso – A coffee brewed by boiling water under pressure

  • Acai – A reddish-purple fruit.

     

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Common Foods Video
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Believe it or not, there are tons of common (and not so common) foods that you have probably been pronouncing incorrectly for years. Is it see-tan or say-tan? Is the ‘g’ in gnocchi silent? Do you pronounce caipirinha like piranha? These are just a few questions you’ve probably had while out dining. Spelling can be a bit deceiving, so it makes sense that we have all fallen victim to butchering our food orders.

Let’s set the scene. You head out for a night on the town with your girls. You take a quick glance at the menu, feeling pretty confident as you ask the waiter for pho. Pronouncing it like a childhood enemy, he or she stares at you in confusion because they haven’t the slightest clue what you are talking about. We have all been there.

Mispronouncing the names of your favorite dishes is one of the biggest food faux pas a blossoming foodie can make. But you shouldn’t feel ashamed. And that shouldn’t stop you from experimenting with new menu items. You never want to be too timid to ask for a platter just because you don’t want to say the wrong thing. Life is all about giving anything a try at least once.

That’s why we have taken the guesswork out for you and tracked down a couple of those tricky foods you just can’t seem to say right. With the help of our friend Malandra, the Vegan Diva, you’ll be able to order any item off of the menu and not feel intimidated. Our common foods guide is setting the record straight once and for all.

Four Foods You’re Pronouncing Incorrectly:

  • Pho – A delicious Vietnamese soup with noodles, cilantro and meat

  • Seitan – A soy-bean based meat for vegetarians and vegans

  • Gnocchi – Soft balls of dough

  • Caipirinha – A sweet Brazilian drink you can order right along with your mojitos and margaritas.

     

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Miami Finga Licking Stuffed Lobster
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In my first attempt to make it to Miami Finga Licking, I failed miserable by driving 25 more minutes out of Miami to Finger Licking Caribbean restaurant. Hello disappointment. Many of you who are avid readers of my travels, know how much I love going to Miami to eat. So if I’m not at my favorite Miami brunch spot or frolicking on the beach, I’m looking for quick eats that can keep the party going.

Determined to eat at the real Miami Finga Licking, I made it my business with the help of my boyfriend, to stop by as soon as I landed. The sun had already set and it was technically on the way to South Beach so it made sense. But let me warn you that when I pulled up, the security gaurds were wearing your latest bullet proof vest which made the place look even more eery and shady than it did. I’m known to risk my life over some chicken so there was no real cause for concern but seriously? Vest? I needed to see what the hype was about.

Miami Finga Licking Mystery Drink

I was also hoping I would run into DJ Khaled since he’s one of the owners but maybe you’ll be luckier than I was on your visit. Though I could use a cocktail, I quickly ordered the mystery drink that was suggested at my table. I really wish it came with vodka but it was delicious and fun to have. It reminded me of my childhood, as the drink is colorful and fruity but didn’t have the loads of sugar I was probably drinking back then, that or I couldn’t tell. Somehow, it lasted through the entire meal and it was refreshing takeaway from the food party my tastebuds like to have.

Miami Finga Licking Wings

Previously, I had heard the chicken here was going to be majestic and although they were, I was upset no one told me how good the sides were going to be. For me, it was about having it all back to back that really made the meal. I love wings that are covered in sauce so, win. It had the perfect crunch you’re always hoping for before the bite and leaves you wanting for more but the fact that you can get two sides is what makes Miami Finga Licking the bomb. I had corn on the side, as well as, macaroni and cheese. May the church say, Amen. Everything was just right and one spoonful after the other, it all started to disappear. We also ordered the shrimp stuffed lobster which they didn’t hold back on portion wise. It’s safe to say everyone was satisfied and I can’t wait to visit Miami Finga Licking again.

Miami Finga Licking Stuffed Lobster

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10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

With an overload of summer food trends and a serious addiction to ice cream, I wasn’t sure how I was gonna go into the Fall trying to live a healthy lifestyle. When I’m in the gym, I often think about the food I regret having over the weekend no matter how great they were. How could you not when you’re melting under your trainers orders?

I’m a huge believer in eating the things that you want, when you want them. When I came across this rant about the five things Sanaa wished she ate this summer, I couldn’t help but think of all the things I did eat. There’s still a few things left on my to eat list before Fall is really here but here are the few things I ate with no regrets.

Don’t mind my new obsession of hands shots. All the cool kids are doing it. 

Morgenstern Buttermilk Balsamic Strawberry ice cream

1. Buttermilk Basil Strawberry Ice cream from Morgenstern’s

I was suppose to be at a speak easy but the sun was blaring! I decided to take a stroll down Bowery to cool off at Morgenstern’s. Well known for their coconut ash ice cream, I was overwhelmed by the other delicious sounding options on their menu. Being the strawberry ice cream lover that I am, I couldn’t resist the words buttermilk and the cashier even let me do a taste test. It was better than the bourbon vanilla so I went for it. Little did I know, that the balsamic wasn’t included in the taste I had and I was in for a treat. This was the best ice cream I had all summer. I ordered it on a cake cone, and they dripped the balsamic liquid over it before serving. This made it tart but sweet and also perfect. Morgenstien’s is worth the line and the ice cream there is more than a summer food trend.

Wowfulls

2. Wowfulls at Smorgasburg

If you haven’t had a egg waffle yet, you should. They’re  fun to look at and you can stuff it with anything! Must be why Wowfulls has the one of the longest lines at Smorgasburg because this is what instagram post are made of. I tried the chocolate Wowfull stuffed with vanilla ice cream, topped with Orea cookie crumbs and banana pocky. Pocky doesn’t taste like much but it’s all for show. Powdered sugar is also sprinkled on top but note that this sweet treat is made for two. The best part of it all is that you can customize your Wowfull and then dig in!

Maven Cocktails

3. Maven Cocktails

Now it’s definitely been on trend this summer to have wine in a box – to go style. I’m not talking about the cheap box wine that your friend decided to bring to the housewarming either. Maven Cocktails has a similar to go style because it’s wine, without the wine glass, and instead, inside a frosted single serve glass bottle. Yes, make it classy. The delight about this wine, is that they add vodka and it’s only offered in a few places around NYC currently. Find out where. Don’t be fooled, you probably can’t walk out of those places with this drink but I was at a special event so I did. The bottle is super resusable and just a stylish new way to get your drink

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

4. Mo’ Money Mo’ Mango from 10 Below Ice cream

Perhaps I only cared about ice cream and it was my personal summer trend but 10 below is also making the list. I had already tried rolled ice cream at Vendy Plaza so I wasn’t too crazy about the experience of seeing them make it but I was here for the flavors. The Mo’ Money, Mo’ Mango also has strawberries in the mix, then I topped it with more strawberries and fruity pebbles. Gluttony at it’s finest for my sweet tooth. The entire thing tasted like breakfast cereal. I tried my friend’s who ordered something completely different, with no cereal toppings and felt the same way about his. It was nostalgic and fun to bite into. They were also generous with the toppings and it didn’t take as long as I heard it would.

Sounds like I want to eat ice cream and cocktails forever and I’m okay with that but at least I have no summer food regrets! What did you eat this summer that you don’t regret? Leave me a comment below!

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batters and berries chicken
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It is too good for words. Though Harold’s still stands as my favorite chicken spot in the Chi, Batter’s and Berries really had me thinking what do they really put in the chicken in Chicago? Seriously.

Batter’s and Berries was an hour wait, BYOB, popular brunch spot that was worth every second I stood in line. The 7-eleven a few blocks away is easily accessible and ready to make your champagne wishes come true. The restaurant doesn’t have a corkage fee but they will charge for flutes if you want to get fancy with it. Aside from their menu, sounding simply mouth watering, they run a number of specials every weekend. Not being able to decide between the rumchatta French toast and the ones on the menu, I opted for a super flight. The flight, gives you EACH of the french toast on the menu, in addition to the special. Yes, this is my kind of party.

batters and berriesBlueberry, Strawberry, Rumchatta, and the lemon French toast all graced my plate to my anticipation. Each piece was infused with the flavor it called for and I must admit, that strawberry French toast was like nothing I ever tasted before. I could sit here and have flights all day, which I recommend for those who just can’t help themselves to everything. It would be a disservice to your tastebuds, to just try one.

batters and berries

But then I reached across the table and had the chicken. Again, what do they put in the chicken in Chicago!? Sweet Potato waffles and a beautiful piece of chicken breast sat across from me with the batter & berries in-house hot sauce  on the side. I meant to only have a piece, but this was an amazing thing – I had to go on and order my own. When was the last time you had something so good off someone else’s plate that you had to go and order your own? It was THAT good. The meat peeled right off my fork, evenly crisp on the outside and succulent on the inside. With the appropriate amount of sauce on the top, I knew they were onto something here.

Batters and Berries

Not only was my server a doll, but the food was also amazing and the vibe at batter’s and berries was busy but not congested. It’s definitely not a brunch you want to pass up in Chicago

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Swine cocktail
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Fall is perfect for romance and romance is always better done over Food. With summer soon behind us, and spiked lemonades being replaced by pumpkin hot chocolates, it’s time to replace that roof top brunch for a great indoor restaurant with your beau. Where you should take those new boots over to should always depend on your mood. We hope you can “Fall in Love” with our favorite picks…

 

When you’re Feeling Fancy

Calle Ocho: Perfect for any occasion and a wide variety of Sangria that will keep you coming back for more. They do Cuban food really well and even their bread to start is to die for.

 

Swine: Be sure to sit in the lower level for the true intimate experience and be sure to grab their bourbon whipped cream and bread pudding. Pork lovers aren’t the only ones that will find love on the menu, as they have plenty of delicious options for all.

 

Haru: Multiple locations all over NYC make this Japanese hot spot a go-to for a great happy hour, quick urge for sushi or even an anniversary dinner for two. Keep warm with the Sake once the sun is up.

Swine cocktail

When you need to be Low Key

La Bodega 47: Who doesn’t love a good speakeasy? A truly hidden gem, pun intended with an array of rums and some amazing curry chicken with rice, this cannot go unnoticed but it’s perfect for when you want to be. (this location is now Sexy Taco & under new management – June 2016)

 

Agua Fresca: Tucked away in East Harlem, this spot is a favorite for their mouth-watering brunch. The huge windows allow you to watch the leaves fall and you won’t miss summer too much with all of their “hot” options.(This location is now closed as of 2015)

 

KiraKuya Sake Bar: Sneak away from the hustle and bustle of NYC for bites of kimchi paired with sake in seductive corners of this 2nd pleasant service you’ll find in town.

elberta

When you’re feeling like kicking it

Elberta’s: Fun and upbeat with a menu that will make your taste buds dance. Their tomato soup is a favorite you cannot pass up and there’s always a great deal going on. (this location is now closed as of 2016)

 

Fette Sau: One of the few locations you can get pork shoulder by the pound and a good fall beer to match. The lines here are long and the appetites are huge so come hungry and be patient.

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