Friday, October 9, 2015

Try the World: Japan Soba Noodle Broth Bowl (+ $15 Off)

As you all may know, I am a subscribed to Try The World - a subscription service that sends you curated gourmet products from a selected country or city from around the world every two months. The company collaborates with celebrity chefs to select the items of each box. Each box arrives with a cultural guide that includes information about the selected city/country, recipes, recommended films and music that captures the essence of location and much more. Sign up here and get $15 off your subscription! I highly recommend it if you consider yourself a "foodie" or just love to explore different cultures.

In this post, I'm sharing the recipe for a dish I made using the soba noodles included in my Japan box. this soba noodle broth bowl is delicious and super easy to make. It's a perfect weeknight dish for chilly fall and winter days.

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the soba noodles and cook until tender (about 6 to 8 minutes).

 2. When cooked, drain the noodles and rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking further.

3. Refill the pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce the heat to a simmer.

4. Chop up some scallions, cilantro and any other vegetables you'd like to add to your broth.  I'm keeping this dish vegetarian but you can feel free to add some chicken or whatever protein you prefer.

Domesticated Me Tip: Save time and a few cents by purchasing the Chopped Asian Blend salad mix by Dole. It contains just about every veggie I love in many Asian dishes (cabbage, snap peas, etc.).

5. Add your vegetable mix to the pot and soy sauce. Cook on low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes.

To serve, add some noodles to your soup bowl.

Then add the broth with the vegetable mix over the noodles. 

My family loved this easy, delicious and nutritious meal. I know your family will, too! Try the dish and subscribe to Try The World to have your own worldly adventures!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

September Favorites

Here are my September Favorites! These are the products and items I could not live without throughout the month of September. Let me know if you have any questions or would like any detailed reviews of anything featured in this video.

Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette
Pür Minerals Belle Lip Lure Hydrating Lip Lacquer
Butter LONDON by Allure I'm On The List
Smith & Cult No Poem
Wen Sweet Almond Mint Remoist Intensive Care Treatment
Mary Kay TimeWise Microderm Abrasion Refine
Mary Kay Cityscape Perfume
Soap & Glory Flake Away Scrub
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

Asics GT 1000 Sneakers

DIY Gold Rolling Bar

Try the World [get $15 off your first box!!!]
Mommy & Me Painting Projects
Being a Ballet Mom

Calvin Klein Reversible Tote
Last month's RocksBox [code: DomesticatedMeBlogXoxo for 1st FREE Box]

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Monday, October 5, 2015

And the Winner is...

The winner of the Butter London by Allure Arm Candy Collection is...

Pinterest follower, Tiana B! Congratulations!!!

You have 24 hours to claim your prize. Please send me a direct message through (it can be through email, instagram, etc.) with your full name and shipping address to claim the bLxAllure set. If I don't hear from you by midnight on Tuesday, I'll have to select another winner.

If you were not selected, don't fret! I have some more great giveaways lined up.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pope In NYC Vlog

I had a very unique experience during the Pope's visit to New York City. Check out my story, photos and video from the Papel visit in this blog.

If you're not a fan of the Pope or have no interest in his visit to the Unites States, you're welcome to skip to another post or video. This video is not meant to indoctrinate or persuade you one way or another on the Pope. I'm just sharing my experience. I reserve the right to remove any negative, incendiary comments.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Remembering Greg Giraldo

Me and Greg Giraldo at the Tough Crown with Colin Quinn wrap party after its final episode was filmed

You might know Greg Giraldo as one of the funniest comedians on Comedy Central's Roasts. You might have known him as one of the regulars at the Comedy Cellar in New York City. Some of you may even remember him from being on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. I certainly remember him for those appearances but also as one of the biggest influences in my life.

After a show I booked him for at my university, with Sherrod Small and Steve Byrne
I first saw Greg on TV in his 1st Comedy Central Presents special. As a young comedy geek, I lived for Saturday Night live, In Living Color and standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO (way before I should have been allowed to watch them!). He stood out with his wit and ability to talk about the mundane and political/social climate seamlessly in a single set. I never forgot it. I then became a HUGE fan of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and my admiration for standup comedy and Greg grew exponentially.

Photo I took of Greg and comedian Mark Anthony Ramirez
While my high school classmates were using fake IDs to sneak into dance clubs, I was sneaking into the Comedy Cellar and other stand-up comedy venues in Manhattan. Greg was one of the first comedians I met and it ultimately led me to eventually become a comedy producer for several years.

After a Tough Crowd taping

Everyone knows Greg was funny and had the intellect to out perform and out-argue just about anyone (raise your hand if you remember the infamous argument where he crushed the great Denis Leary!). He was also one of the nicest, best guys you could ever meet. When I started producing shows, it was a huge help to my reputation as a *very* young booker that I could get a name like Greg Giraldo to perform at my shows.

Unfortunately, Greg also battled demons which ultimately caused his overdose and death 5 years ago at the age of 44. What I remember most about those days were the calls. I will never forget the call I received from Liam McEneaney (I was co-prodcing his show, TELL YOUR FRIENDS!, at the time) letting me know about his hospitalization. I vividly remember calling the hospital he was in constantly to get updates on his condition. And then that final call from Liam letting me know that he had passed away.

I was in shock. I couldn't believe we had lost one of the greatest minds and voices in the comedy world. I could't believe I lost a friend and someone so important in my development as a person and in my career in entertainment. Part of me still remains angry that such a brilliant man could go in such a way. I have since learned to forgive and to let go.

I still remember him all the time. I still hear his voice clearly in my head as if we last spoke just yesterday. I think of him often and will miss him forever. The comedy world will never forget him. And as long as I'm around, I'll do my part to make sure the world never forgets him.

Here's how you can help me ensure no one forgets Greg's legacy:

1. His Comedy albums and specials are still available for purchase and sharing online. Click on the images below to purchase his special comedy special and comedy album on Amazon.

2. Support Matt Balaker's Kickstarter campaign to publish a biography on Greg Giraldo's life.

Rest in Peace, Greg Giraldo. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

butter LONDON x Allure Arm Candy Giveaway

It's subscriber giveaway time! I'm giving away 6 nail polishes form the butter LONDON x Allure Magazine Arm Candy Collection. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is for subscribers of You must follow at least one medium to enter. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States only. You must be 18 years old or older to enter or have the permission of a parent or guardian.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Latinas at the Emmys with L'Oréal Paris

I watch the Emmys every single year. Not only do I watch to cheer on my friends and favorite shows, but I also love to watch all the fashion and beauty featured on the red carpet and on the stage. Two Latina beauties that stood out among the chic Hollywood crowd were Gina Rodriguez and Selenis Leyva.

Not only did they look stunning but their looks are totally attainable. You don't have to hire A list celebrity makeup artists. You don't even have to break the bank. Both their looks were created with L'Oréal Paris products you can easily find at your nearest drugstore. 

For Gina's flawless look, make up artist Carissa Ferreri used mainly matte gray and charcoal shades from the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in 01. The outer corners of the eye lids were heightened with shimmery charcoal shadow. Her eyes were finished off with the new L'Oréal Paris Superstar Liner and the new L'Oréal Paris Superstar Mascara. I also loved the way the  L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in 102 She's So Matte and L'Oréal Paris Pro Last Lipcolor looked on her. 

One of my favorite series is Orange is the New Black. I've been fortunate enough to meet several of the show's cast members and have continued to see them throughout New York City. One such person is Selenis Leyva. Not only is she a super talented actress but she's an incredibly lovely person. 

For the Emmy's, Selenis Leyva had a makeup look that was right on trend for the Fall. Makeup artist Mathias Alan used the same L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in 01 and 02 to create a sculpted lid and crease. He also added the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24Hr in Amber Rush all over the lid and added L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24Hr in Glistening Garnet for an ombré effect. Her eye look was also completed with the L'Oréal Paris Superstar Liner and the L'Oréal Paris Superstar Mascara. For the perfect Fall lip, Selenis wore the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in 108 Matte-r of Fact

What was your favorite beauty look from the award show? Let me know in the comment section below. 
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