Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We're getting closer and closer to Halloween- one of our favorite holidays of the year. Don't have your costume yet? Don't fret. The following costumes are all free free free if you can find some staples in your closet.
-Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's is always a classic. All you need is a little black dress and some fab oversized sunglasses.
-Rachel Zoe. Pick out your fiercest outfit, toss on some fur and jewelry, and it's bananas how much you'll resemble our favorite fashionista.
-Think Quentin Tarantino, and every Uma Thurman role that's ever been cast. Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, the jilted bride in Kill Bill- chances are, you've got a men's white button-up or a yellow zip-up hoodies floating around.
-Scour your closets for everything pink, stick a stuffed Chihuahua in your purse, and bam- you're Elle Woods.
-Wednesday Adams. Long sleeved black dress, white collared shirt, black belt, pigtails. Done.
-Miss Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. High waisted skirt? Check. Floppy hat? Check. Badass scowl? Double check.
Planning to go in a group? Some of the best combinations we've seen include:
-Saved by the Bell
-The always classic (but well-executed) Wizard of Oz
-Team Zissou, a la The Life Aquatic
-Gilligan's Island is a fabulous group costume, as long as you don't get stuck playing the Professor!
-Scooby Doo's Mystery Crew. You don't have to hit American Apparel if you have some basic color staples, and a couple friends. Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Freddie are quite easy to do.
-Jack and Meg White. Grab your bestie guy friend, don't comb your hair, and comb your closet for black, red, and white.
Got any more suggestions? Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet us @bbonabudget.
Tricks and Treats,
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
If you’re like us, you’ve been taking advantage of fun-sized Halloween candy bags for the past two weeks. Our personal favorite, the Reese’s variety pack, has provided us with many filling dinners (dairy in chocolate + protein from that creamy peanut butter), and M&M’s count for the best breakfast around.
If you’re starting to crave a little variety, you can always make cookies with the floaters left in your candy bowl. Here is one of our Mama Bitch’s favorites.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 12-ounce package small peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
1. Heat oven to 375.
2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. Beat the butter and sugars until creamy.
4. Add egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
5. Add flour mixture.
6. Add peanut butter cups.
7. Drop tablespoon-size mounds of dough onto baking sheet and bake until light brown around the edges (12-15 min).
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
The key to a successful stir-fry is keeping it interesting with a variety of flavors, textures, and colors. While M and I scarcely have the funds to make a truly beautiful, Top-Chef-worthy dish, our basic recipe for stir fry is always a hit with a group of hungry boys.
Teryaki sauce (if desired)
Nuts (we adore peanuts and cashews, which are easy to cut and absorb the flavor of the dish while providing a satisfying crunch)
Vegetables (you can use anything from bell peppers, carrots, onions, corn, edamamme, broccoli-anything you may have frozen and forgotten about in the freezer)
- Boil desired amount of water for rice (usually ½ cup of rice = 1 cup of water).
- Add rice to boiled water. Cover, and let simmer. Check every five minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Marinate chicken in teryaki sauce mixture, if desired. If not, skip to step four.
- In a skillet, cook chicken.
- Cut all vegetables into bite-sized pieces, and defrost if necessary.
- Add vegetables to non-stick pan. Keep in mind that certain vegetables (like carrots) take longer to cook than others (mushrooms). Add nuts.
- Combine chicken and vegetables and let flavors marinade together.
- Serve chicken and vegetable over brown rice, with soy sauce.
Perfect for a rainy day when you’re starving and you think you have nothing to eat.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Getting free stuff at Starbucks is easier than you’d think. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a friend that works behind the counter (we wish!), here are a few ways you can charm your way to free things.
1. (Our favorite, and always a crowd pleaser) Smile. Don’t tap your feet or complain about how long the line is. Simply put? They know you want your coffee, and that you want it now. Just be friendly. The more they get to know you and like you, the better things could be. Just don’t be an asshole, even if you are in a rush.
2. Ask for samples. You might feel lame, but it usually works. There is a specific quota each Starbucks has to make a day for free samples. Help them fill it. Seasonal drinks are usually your best bet- ask for a short size.
3. Look at the drink hand-off counter for forgotten drinks. Sometimes people grab the wrong ones. Sometimes the barista goofs- and if so, she usually doesn’t want to waste the drink by pouring it in the sink. Sometimes people get impatient and walk away. If you’re really sneaky, grab whatever is being handed over and run for the hills.
4. Apparently, Starbucks has a “yes” policy where they can refill an empty water bottle with water. Any bottle, liter sized or smaller, should be fine to fill for free. If it’s much bigger than a liter, you’re being greedy and are going to take up too much of their time.
5. If you are in need of cardboard boxes, Starbucks usually has a stash in the back. Keep this in mind if you’re moving or just feel like doing some arts-and-crafts.
6. For free food, hit Starbucks (or any other chain establishment, like Dunkin Donuts, The Bagel Store, etc) minutes before closing. They usually begin to mark out everything that they can’t sell tomorrow or put it in a bin for a homeless shelter. Be sure to be polite when you ask- they can get in huge trouble if their boss catches them giving handouts.
7. If you are going to buy a coffee machine from Starbucks, they will usually throw in a free pound of coffee with purchase. Only if you ask! We’ve seen people get up to five free pounds with purchase of a really expensive espresso machine.
8. The magical Starbucks card, even a $5 one, comes with free wi-fi, a free drink, and more. The only catch is you have to register it online, and use the card about every 30 days to keep the free Internet. Other benefits include free syrups, free refills, and free food (on specified dates for particular items) when you pay with the card.
9. Starbucks doesn’t charge for whipped cream. Just ask for it before they make your drink.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Craving a taco? Cheaper than pizza or a $5 foot-long, we often forget just how amazing a simple taco can be. Perfect for feasting after a night of dancing or a long day in the office, we’ve found that tacos are hunger’s answer to just about anything.
Not in Manhattan or Brooklyn? No worries! We’ve rounded up the five cheapest, most delicious taco places in all five boroughs. Do us a favor and try the guacamole!
Here are some of your yummiest tacos for Taco-Bell prices.
Ziggiz, 333 3rd Ave
Suggested taco: Spicy BBQ Chicken Taco
Pinche Taqueria, 227 Mott St
Suggested taco: Taco de Carne Asada
Downtown Bakery, 69 1st Ave and 4th St
Suggested taco: Chorizo Tacos
Price: $7 (a worthy investment)
Tehuitzingo Deli and Grocery, 695 10th Ave at 47th St
Suggested taco: Simple tacos w/ red and green sauce
El Diablo Taco Truck, 484 Union Ave
Suggested taco: Pork Taco
Brooklyn Pita Palace, 243 Bushwick Ave
Suggested taco: Three grilled vegetable tacos
Matamoros Puebla Grocery, 193 Bedford Ave
Suggested taco: Sloppy taco with radishes
Tacos el Ray, 3168 Coney Island Ave at Brighton Beach Ave
Suggested taco: Fish taco
Yola’s Café Mexican Food, 524 Metropolitan Ave
Suggested taco: Carne enchilada taco
San Loco, 160 N 4th St (between Bedford Ave & Driggs Ave)
Suggested taco: Taco Loco
De Mole, 45-02 48th Ave, Woodside
Suggested taco: Fresh Chicken Taco
Tacos Mexico, 8812 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing
Suggested taco: Rajas Taco
Taquerias Los Portales, 2508 Broadway, Long Island City
Suggested taco: Al Pastor taco
Guacamole ‘X, 455 Morris Park
Suggested taco: Chicken taco
El Taco Loco, 283 E Kingsbridge Rd
Suggested taco: Beef taco
La Esquina, 1282 Southern Blvd, Claremont Village
Suggested taco: Steak tacos
Fresh Taco Take Out, 1041 Morris Park Ave
Suggested taco: Cheese and beans taco
Santa Clarita, 237 Willis Ave
Suggested taco: Beef taco
First Tortillas 304 New Dorp Ln
Suggested taco: Tofu (yep, tofu!) soft-shelled tacos
Fresh Tortillas & Taco, 78 Victory Blvd
Suggested taco: Spicy Chicken taco
La Candela Espanola, 3921 Amboy Rd
Suggested taco: Tacos al Pastor
Venga Mexican Grill, 1903 Victory Blvd
Suggested taco: Anything with guacamole. It’s seriously THAT good.
We love cheap tacos! Send us your favorites at email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Over at Brooklyn Bitches on a Budget, we love music and movies- especially when both are happening at the same time! We’re also huge fans of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival, from Oct 20- 24th. The festival draws over 120,000 fans from across the world annually to celebrate the best of music and movies.
For those of you not up on your music festivals, CMJ Network prides itself on introducing new music, first, to all of us hip and fabulous people, in New York and beyond. Their festival actually starts today, October 20th, in New York City. By using interactive media and live events, CMJ connects music fans with music industry professionals across the world. Their festival, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind, is renowned for being one of the coolest tours in the area- if you’re lucky enough to score a ticket.
Movies being screened include The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Messenger, The Fourth Kind (which looks absolutely terrifying), Searching for Elliott Smith and Cuba 1961: A Love Story. The music portion is famously ahead of the times, previously showcasing bands such as REM, Green Day, U2 and The Killers before they were famous. This year, we highly recommend catching Tribute Wars, an all-metal tribute to Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees.
CMJ will even be sponsoring a discussion and performance of Hair on October 23rd at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
Worried that you don’t have enough bank to experience the festival? Not to worry. Our favorite photog, Nicky Digital, is hosting a showcase at Ella Lounge, featuring Adam Tensta, Sigmund Droid, Kap10Kurt and Bad Brilliance, as well we DJ sets by Gavin Royce, Cobra Krames, and the Boogie Brothers. An open bar of PBR is sure to keep the party going late, and NickyDigital will be on hand to personally capture all of your steamy, sweaty, drunken adventures and show them to the world, at www.nickydigital.com. Best part? Totally free with RSVP, RSVP@nickydigital.com. Be sure to take a break from your dancing and drinking, and shower our guy with kisses.
Break out your fiercest rockstar-girlfriend approved ensemble (we suggest skinnies and your fiercest cowboy boots), as there will be plenty of high rollers and big shots to meet. Take notes on how to best impress that indie hipster you’ve been eyeing in your existentialism class- when his band makes it big, you’ll know what his next step should be!