Moving my website!

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Hi all,

I’m hosting a new show about fashion in the NY/NJ/CT area!! So, I’ve decided to go balls deep and really start a blog.

Please find me at www.michellepark.info

I dont know how to link it to my wordpress so my new blogs will not be ending up here. sorry!!

not so tech-saavy but love you guys.

xoxo
michelle

PSY makes GangNam Style into NY Style

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As you have probably heard, there is currently an extremely viral music video making its way around the internet.

it’s called Gangnam Style – the song is by long-time korean recording artist PSY.

Not only is it utterly hysterical, but its also quite catchy. it’s already at 50 million youtube views and keeps climbing. pretty crazy!!

Anyway, I had the great honor of interviewing PSY at work yesterday.

He is funny, down-to-earth and totally laid back. a wonderful interview.

PSY: I think I’m handsome, but people say I’m not handsome.
Me: Really?
Psy: Yea. do YOU think im handsome?
Me: (looking at him…) sure, I think you’re handsome…
Psy: did you get that on camera?????

doesnt get much humbler than that.

he taught me how to do the famous horse-riding dance on the air, so i will be posting that soon, but until then, enjoy his video!!

Making NYC Street Meat: Chicken and Rice Recipe

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Photo by Jason Lam

If you are a New Yorker… or know a New Yorker… or know someone who knows a New Yorker, you know about the best halal chicken and rice cart in the city. It’s on the corner of 53rd and 6th and on any given Friday or Saturday night, you may be stuck in line for 45 minutes waiting to get your $6 bite of heaven.

After being on my feet all evening, the sight of this line is enough to bring tears to my eyes. I just want my chicken and rice with the white sauce that tastes so good and so bad for you at the same time. This caused me to join forces with my good friend, fellow foodlover, and producer of new PBS documentary show Kimchi Chronicles Eric Rhee to embark on a quest to uncover the recipe for legit halal.

Now, there are a lot of wildcard factors with trying to recreate the ambrosia from that cart. First of all, their ingredients are not exactly high quality; I think they just clear the mark of safe-to-eat. We wanted to use high-quality and fresh ingredients. Secondly, the chicken seems to change day to day, ever so slightly, from the cart. Sometimes there are more spices in the meat, sometimes there are less. And then, there is of course, the question of the white sauce. It was our belief that it was a mixture meant to imitate the flavors of a good Greek yogurt-based sauce, without having to spend the money on the actual good yogurt.

So here is my qualifier: Our chicken recipe is not exactly what you get from that cart. In fact, it’s better. It makes the chicken from the cart seem over-salted, under-flavored and almost uninteresting.

Yes, that is a bold statement, but try this recipe and see. Our chicken was juicier, had more depth of flavor, and paired flawlessly with our fresh and delicious white sauce.

The best part? As long as you marinate a bunch and stick it in your freezer, you can make this in less than 45 minutes.

So we started by eating off the cart for a few days and compiling a list of ingredients we thought may be in the chicken, while also doing extensive googling. After 3 hours of clicking I was convinced that we should just go to Middle East and buy every spice we could find and then calculate all the different permutations of said spices. (Anyone wanna sponsor me on a trip?) Given the impossibility of that scenario, we compiled the following:

Possible Spices:
turmeric
cumin
coriander
cloves
garlic
paprika
curry powder
salt
pepper

We decided to also use Greek yogurt during the marination process. I strongly suggest this.

We did two combinations of these spices. Eaten side by side with the original off-the-cart halal, I can confidently say, our second rendition was the best. The meat was juicy, the flavors were balanced, it paired with the yellow rice and lettuce beautifully.

There were a couple tricks we pulled. First off, we used chicken thigh meat, which has higher fat content and is more flavorful. Secondly, we marinated our chicken for 24 hours. Lastly, Eric came up with a bangin’ white sauce recipe. I wanted to eat that white sauce on everything… from pita chips to cucumbers to off my fingers.

We were able to procure all of the ingredients from a NYC grocery store. If you live in Montana, it may be a little tough to get these, but if you are motivated to try, I suggest spiceplace.com.

So without further ado…

Chicken and Rice NYC Street Meat Style
By Eric Rhee and Michelle Won

6 chicken thighs, fat trimmed, cubed (you can use bone-in, but boneless will be easier to work with)
3/4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup greek yogurt
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
I large onion sliced lengthwise, thinly

Combine all the spices, garlic, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of olive. Generously salt and pepper. Then work in the Greek yogurt. Add the cubed chicken thighs and onions and let it marinate overnight. You have the option of adding saffron as well, if you want your chicken a little more yellow and savory. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a hot skillet. Add the chicken and onion mixture.

Heat and serve over yellow rice.

ER’s White Sauce
8-10 oz. Greek yogurt
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. white or red wine vinegar
1.5 Tbsp. lemon juice (½ lemon)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, pureed
1-2 tsp dill (dry or fresh)
1 tbsp cold water

Mix all together and serve aside chicken and rice.

The perfect thing to watch while eating you new creation? Eric’s show: Kimchi Chronicles, starring celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, his wife Marja Vongerichten, Heather Graham and Hugh Jackman. You think that’s an unexpected group of people to talk about Korean food? You’ve got to watch it to see how genius it really is.

DIY: Put a Cork in it

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Much like most 20-something females, I have far too many photos and doo-dads that I want to hold on to. Letting them sit in a shoebox is fine, but I feel that they do not see their full potential. It’s like putting Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the Jersey Shore house for a season, or making Tim Tebow play waterpolo, or making Thomas Keller cook at McDonalds. Also, much like most 20-something females, I drink a lot of wine. (Confession: I’m a bit of a hoarder so I find it hard to throw away my wine corks.) So, I decided to remedy the photo/doo-dad problem by way of my drinking/hoarding problem.

Shockingly enough, I did not have enough corks to make my 1st board any bigger. This year I will drink more wine, hoard more corks, and make a board about quadruple the size so that it’s actually useful, which means I can finally clear out the shoeboxes and give my photos the attention they deserve.

Directions:
1. Gather many, many corks.
2. Cut out a large piece of posterboard, cardboard, or anything that is pretty solid.
3. Arrange corks in criss-cross fashion as seen in photo.
4. Make sure they fit so you cannot see the base. If you can see the base, cut it down.
5. Use a hot glue gun to attach your corks to the base.
6. Let dry.
7. Poke two holes around 6-8 inches apart. Run ribbon through and knot behind both holes. (This is what your corkboard will hang from)
8. Hang on wall and add all your doo-dads!

Inaugural Issue of Heaven Has Heels!

I’m one of the “Faces of Fashion Week” in the inaugural issue of Heaven Has Heels-

much thanks go to Editor-in-Chief and all around fashionista Angela Gilltrap.

I’m excited to read the magazine, because I LOOOOOVE shoes.

http://issuu.com/heavenhasheels/docs/hhheels_fall2012 <– thats the whole issue there

New York Fashion week is here y'all!!
It's the 2 times of year I work like an investment banker… lots of models (not the excel kind) and bottles (of diet coke).

Can't wait to see the collections :)

Obsessed with the Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff Bracelet

The Hermes CDC is a fave of celebs including Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, and Victoria Beckham.
Also, just about every style editor in New York City has one of these cuffs.
Easy to see why, because you can wear it with EVERYTHING. Whether its to add some edge to a feminine pastel outfit or fully rock out in some black leather, this cuff is perfect. It comes in black and brown – being a wannabe rockstar, I love the way the black one looks. You can tell that it’s also geniusly engineered to fit and stay on your wrist.

Pricey though, at $1025.

Still, love it. Definite must-have for fashionistas in the know.

Recipe: Gochujang Balsamic Viniagrette

So I have recently become a kale fanatic – I love the green leafy crisp texture and the nuttiness of the vegetable – I tend to blanch it before putting it in a salad because it is a little bitter.

I tweeted about the gochujang balsamic vinaigrette I used for my salad today, because, well, I’m Korean. And I love gochujang.

so this recipe is for @marianne2679

oh and for those of you who don’t know, gochujang is a korean red pepper paste that is tangy with a hint of sweetness.

Gochujang Balsamic Viniagrette

3 tbsps gochujang
2 tbsps whole grain dijon (I used Maille)
3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsps grated pecorino romano
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients with a hand blender or fork or whatever is most convenient until it is all well combined.

Top your salad!