Author: Cara

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes

Hello, my name is Cara and I am the worst cook ever. I really never cook. Partially because I hate to clean up afterwards and partially because anything good requires too many ingredients. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to cook.

For example, you may be invited to a pot luck, you may not want to spend money on ordering out, or your job may request that you bring in a food form your heritage. For me, it was the last one. Seeing as I don’t recognize with a particular heritage, I decided to go with something American. What can be more American than buffalo wings and cupcakes?

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Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cans of canned shredded chicken
  • Bottle of hot sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of Ranch dressing
  • Pillsbury pie crust
  • Shredded cheese of your choice
  • Cupcake tin
  • Oven

Preheat the over to 400˚.

In a bowl, mix the chicken the hot sauce and the Ranch dressing in a delicious concoction of goodness.

Take the pie crust and cut into squares. Line each square in one of the cupcake tins. Make sure to have a little bit more than the size of the tin so you can have room to cover the cupcake.

Fill the pie crusts with your concoction and then close up the cupcake with the leftover pie crust.

Place the covered cupcakes in the oven for about 15 minutes. Periodically peak to make sure it’s cooking nicely. You should smell the hot sauce!

With about 3 minutes left, take the cupcakes out and sprinkle some shredded cheese on top. Put back in the oven and in a few minutes they are done!

If I can make this taste good, anyone can. Good luck!

Fitness Review: Core RxN

Details: 33 W End Ave, New York, NY 10023 – (212) 561-5435 – pedalnyc.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 4/5

First things first… if you plan to take a class at this studio, make sure you give yourself PLENTY of time to find the place. The address is super confusing and the studio is hidden behind a bunch of stores and a huge building. It was only by miracle and walking into 2 wrong buildings that I was able to find it!

As for the class, it was a lot of fun and very intense. The studio is known for spinning but I tool a core class that seemed more total body to me. You used the TRX, sand weights, kettle bells, and more. The teacher was super fun and motivating and really gave good moderations for people who were new. I had a lot of fun and felt incredibly sore the next couple days!

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes

Fitness Review: Boxing

Details: 47 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 – (646) 684-4912 – bodyspacefitness.com

Studio: 5/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 4/5
Overall class: 4/5

Holy crap, this studio was gorgeous. You ride up this dinky elevator only to be brought to this gorgeous studio. Body Space Fitness has everything. There were treadmills, spin bikes, rowing machines, ropes, TRX, sleds, and more. I was very impressed.

I was there for boxing and the class was very small – just me and two others. It was essentially a private lesson but he worked us hard. I mentioned that I had taking a kick boxing class once before and the teacher took that to mean I knew what I was doing… I did not. Even though he didn’t explain everything as much as I would have liked, I still worked my ass off and got an incredible workout.

You can tell that Body Space Fitness is a place for everyone. While my class was filled with beginners, another class was going on nearby called “Training for Warriors” which made CrossFit look like a walk in the park. You should definitely check this place out.

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes

How Becoming VIP At Just Salad Changes Your Life

In the city there is a lunch spot called Just Salad that is very popular among the employees of NYC. The line is always out the door but the salads are delicious. Not to mention, they sell reusable bowls that get you extra toppings and save the environment.

Every year Just Salad releases a VIP bowl that comes with special privileges. Not only do you get extra toppings, but you also get a free protein and the ability to CUT THE LINE. Sounds good, right? Now how do you get one.

The catch is that they only make 100 per year. This means you have to win a bowl. I entered a Halloween contest and low and behold, I won. The bowl has seriously changed my life.

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I pretty much get salad every day now. The salads are good, the price is right, and I get to be that douchey person who cuts everyone in line. Life. Is. Good. The year of the pink bowl is over but there will be a new one coming soon. I highly recommend following Just Salad on Instagram and Twitter so you can enter and win your own bowl.

Fitness Review: Muay Thai Kickboxing

Details: 500 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018 – (646) 450-8966 – fitnessfightcamp.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 5/5

I absolutely loved this class. Slightly hard to find (there’s an elevator, and stairs, and more stairs… I was confused) but once there it was a blast. As a newbie who has never taken a kickboxing class before I was basically given a private lesson. Laurel, the teacher, walked me through every step of the process from including how to use the equipment and how to do the moves. By the end, I was sweating and had let off a lot of steam. It was an excellent workout and it was a lot of fun!

Would I recommend to a friend? 100%

Tales From Online Dating: OKCreeper Part 6

Another day, another scary online dating message. In case you were concerned, there is no shortage of creepers in the world of online dating. Let’s check up this round-up…

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Some context – In one of my pictures I am holding a dog. Now this message is weird.

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Ah! You’re Jewish! That’s all I needed to know.

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100% not interested.

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This message basically just propositioned me to have casual sex. Men are so charming these days.

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Whoa.. slow down buddy.

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Coming on a bit strong Frank.