Winter Random Bites and I'm NOT the Pita Chip Lady

For the past 5 years I have had a food blog called STACEY SNACKS (in case you thought you were on Smitten Kitchen's blog).

Every few months I receive an email from a disgruntled person who is complaining that they bought a bag of Stacy's Pita Chips and half the bag was broken.

I usually reply with "I will let my quality control dept. know about it, thank you."

But this one, I could not let go by without posting.

I received a photo from a man in Georgia saying that his Boston Terrier named "Vinnie" loves Stacy's gingerbread flavored pita chips so much he can't keep his head out of the bag! (really? gingerbread flavored chips?).

I had to tell this nice man that I was in fact, NOT the pita chip lady, but thank you for making me laugh.

My name is StacEy, her name is StaCy.

Every once in a while someone comes up to me and says "I didn't know you also own the pita chip company?".

I wish.


We ordered our seeds for the Militant Garden.
It seems like such a long way away until planting time.

I have been loving Brenne Whisky.

It's a new single malt whisky aged in French cognac casks and is the hottest thing all over NYC.
It tastes smoothe like honey with a hint of vanilla and is so lovely.

Check out The Whiskey Woman's blog here.

I bought these silicone king cube ice trays so I can drink my cocktails in style.

I found this great big Staub cocotte with the rooster handle at TJ Maxx!

I have been coveting this heavy Dutch oven since I saw it in Paris last year.
It is in a beautiful silver graphite metallic grey and cleanup and cooking in it is a dream......look out Le Creuset!

Another visit to Razza Pizza Artigianale for a farm to fork meal in Jersey City.

I love that I don't have to fight for parking and pay that $20. toll to cross the Hudson into Manhattan for the BEST local, organic food.

Last night:
Kale Caesar Salad
Roasted sunchokes and carrots with bagna cauda. Really?
Shaved fennel salad w/ blood oranges. Really?

A farm pie with Brussels sprouts, Iberico ham, caramelized onions and fresh mozz. Really?

Yes, really. All in my state of NJ.

This is by far the BEST pizza we have ever eaten and Dan & Fred make you feel right at home.

If you live within 30 miles from this place, and you haven't been here yet, what are you waiting for?
I mean it.
It's two stops from lower Manhattan on the PATH train (easy to get to from Brooklyn too).

and they have a liquor license. A rare commodity in the Garden State.

Razza Pizza Artigianale
275 Grove St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Have a nice weekend everybody.


Debby in Seattle said…
Yum..... Cicken in every pot!
mil said…

I love reading your blog. No complaints from me.... but I must find a way to stop my mouth from watering at your pictures and descriptions. YUMMMMMY!!!
Katie C. said…
What do you do with the ice cube because it doesn't seem like it going to fit in that glass?! I like your pot.
SarahB said…
Glad you are enjoying Brenne! Can't wait to try Razza!!
Anonymous said…
Had the same farm pie @Arturo's this week. I like how evenly, how lacily, the toppings are strewn over the pie. Really unusual and delicious. Funny how the ONE dude named "Vinnie" in Georgia ends up emailing you! That doggie photo's hilarious.
Stacey Snacks said…
The cube fits perfectly in a regular rocks glass, the photo is making it look uber size!

The dog's name is "Vinnie".

Dee said…
I want that STAUB pot! I saw it at Williams Sonoma and love it. I am running over to TJ Max now!
Anonymous said…
I've been hearing so much about Razza pizza, I have to get there! Isn't it the same owners at Arturo's in Maplewood?

Hey, I have to confess, I thought you were the pita chip lady too.
Eileen said…
Thanks for the early morning laugh!... I absolutely do not need another cast iron pot in my kitchen (mainly because there is absolutely no place to store one), but I may have to run over to TJ Maxx just to take a loot around ;)
Great post!
there is only one problem with that pizza place for me - I would have to pay the tolls and parking - and I want one of those cookers - time to go to TJ Maxx and Marshalls -
Anonymous said…
Some recipes for the Staub pot please! I got one for Christmas 2 years ago and it's become a kitchen ornament more than anything else.
Lori Lynn said…
Got a kick out of this. I have Bostons.