Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you are still stumped on what to get Dad your worrying stops now! This morning Michelle went on PIX11 Morning News to discuss her last minute Father’s Day gift ideas.

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Bring Dad breakfast in bed after his amazing slumber on his new Bed Gear pillow Bed Gear-Dusk & Dawn Pillows available at Bedgear.com

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Bvlgari “Man in Black” cologne set available at Sephora

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“Beau Ties” Bow Ties available at beautiesltd.com

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Gran Patron Platinum gift set available at PatronSpirits.com or on Spiritedgifts.com where there is an option to personalize the bottle with an engraved message.

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Show Dad that he is your Super Hero with a Jack of all Trades Geeky t-shirt available at Jackofalltradesclothing.com

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iWatch for the high-tech Dad available at apple.com

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Michelle’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide on NBC Charlotte!

Mother's Day

This morning, Michelle made an appearance on NBC Charlotte’s Charlotte Today showcasing her Mother’s Day Gift Guide, from DIY to what-to-buy.   We had ideas for every kind of mom! Whether your mom is a breakfast lover mom, coffee lover mom, … Continue reading 

Upcoming Segment on The Better Show!

As you all know, as an Asian woman, I am obsessed with my skin. But it’s not just about what you apply to the outside, it’s what you eat that nourishes the inside that really allows your skin to glow. That’s why I love this idea for my upcoming segment on the Better Show. How to eat, then treat.

I will be making a recipe that will be great for your skin, then making 3 masks (those recipes to come) that you can use for face, body and hair.

The dish is a Zucchini Fettucine Pesto that is inspired by Urban Remedy; they make all sorts of great dishes and juices and juice cleanses. The nutritionist there helped me come up with some good ideas, so thank you so much to Urban Remedy!!

Here you go!

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ZUCCHINI FETTUCINE PESTO
1 medium sized zucchini
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves (from about 1 large bunch)
1/4 cup packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Use a vegetable peeler to cut the zucchini into thin strips. Cut into fettucine noodles with knife.

In a food processor, combine hemp seeds, sea salt, garlic, basil and parsley and pulse until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.

Then, with the processor on, slowly add thin stream of olive oil until incorporated.

Top the zucchini noodles with your sauce and serve

Bacon Scallion Hummus Recipe for Fox & Friends

I’ll be on Fox and Friends chatting about tailgating recipes this Sunday!

I mean football plus bacon plus beer? COUNT ME IN.

 

Here is the recipe for Bacon & Chive hummus that I’ll be whipping up!

 

Bacon & Chive Hummus

Yield: 2 cups Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 10 min
Ingredients:

4 slices bacon
1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons chopped chives
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Set oven to 400 degrees and bake bacon for 15-18 minutes or until crispy.

In food processor, pulse together chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and chopped garlic until smooth.

Add the water, 3 slices of chopped bacon and 2 tablespoons chives. Pulse it a few more times until combined, and then season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and garnish with remaining chopped bacon and additional chives.

Tailgate Bruschetta Recipe

I had such a great time traveling from TX to AZ to CO!

I promised viewers this recipe on the air at NBC Arizona on Arizona Midday.

Here are Destry and me pulling a Kathie Lee and Hoda!
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ANd without further ado, the recipe!

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped arugula
  • 1 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 loaf Italian bread, dut diagonally into 1-inch slices & lightly toasted
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Pompeian White Balsamic Vinegar
PREPARATION

Brush bread slices with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle half over arugula and toss well; set aside remaining dressing for another use.  Stir walnuts into arugula mixture.

Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon ricotta, then top with 1 tablespoon arugula mixture.  Serve immediately.

Headed to the Birthplace of Chili to talk Tailgating!

If you ask me, chili is one of my MAIN dishes for tailgating, but Im pretty sure San Antonioans are sick of hearing about chili, so I headed to KABB here in Texas to talk tailgates.

One of the first things I noticed about San Antonio is that everyone is so friendly! Southern hospitality really does exist, ladies and gents. And also, I went to the local Wal-Mart and realized I have never ever seen a grocery store that large in my life. Man, the offerings made me consider leaving me tiny 1 bedroom apartment in Manhattan.

Anyway, lets get to the good stuff. Here is a preview of what I will be talking about on the air tomorrow morning in the 9AM hour, so please tune in if you are in the area!

Touchdown Worthy Tailgating Parties
Football season has officially arrived and fans are firing up grills for game day tailgating. So how can you make sure you throw a touchdown worthy party? Here are some fun tailgating ideas that will have everyone ready for kick-off.

Take your tailgating party to the next level by changing up your beverage menu. Instead of only serving beer, put together a Bloody Mary bar and throw some single serve wine into the cooler too. Or have fun with sodas by letting guests create their own with a soda machine.
Powell & Mahoney Chipotle Bloody Mary Mix $7.99 at Whole Foods and powellandmahoney.com
Zipz Wine $39.99 12pk at zipzwine.com
SodaStream Play $89.99 at Bed, bath & Beyond and Target

So you obviously need chips, right? But all the flavor, with half the fat? That sounds like… Popchips!
While I was at my lovely, gigantic neighborhood Wal-Mart, I saw some amazing flavors, there is a chipotle lime one that I have never seen in NYC, So yea, I am definitely bringing this one home.
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Wings are a tailgating staple, but spice things up with different sauces. Buffalo is always a favorite, but go for some non-traditional flavors as well. As a Korean gal, I have to suggest a Korean mainstay.
Annie Chun’s Gochujang Korean Sweet & Spicy Sauce $4.19 at Whole Foods

A good olive oil is a tailgating must-have because it can be used with almost anything. Use it for salad dressing or even a marinade for grilling meats. I like Pompeian because they are the onlybrand to have the USDA quality monitored seal.
Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil $5.49 at supermarkets

Game day tailgating can make for a long day, sometimes from morning until night. Have some snack bars on hand for your guests to munch on between meals or to take with them for the drive home. I was kind of surprised by the very “bench-press-y” flavor of the first ever savory snacks by KIND. You have to try em to understand.
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STRONG + KIND Bars $1.79 per bar at Target and kindsnacks.com

Fun Fact: I will be in Phoenix on Wednesday and Denver on Thursday also talking tailgate so please tune in!

Remedies on Steve Harvey Today (And where to buy them)

Hi guys! I was back on Steve Harvey today and we talked about some common Eastern remedies! I always get lots of questions about where to find these items, so here you go!

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Eastern Remedies to replace almost everything in your medicine cabinet.

MINOR BURNS
In the West, everyone reaches for the Neosporin but in the East we use Soy Sauce! If you don’t have this at home already you need to get it. It is applied on the burn immediately and left on for a half an hour. It soothes and relieves the pain and prevents blisters. We’re not really sure what in the soy sauce makes it healing for burns, but it’s been working for us for thousands of years.
WHERE TO BUY: Soy sauce is in most grocery stores in the Asian food aisle. You can also order off of large online marketplaces like Amazon. Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 33.8 oz

UPSET STOMACH
We’ve all had to reach for the pink stuff one time or another but in the East, Kimchi is the go-to for an upset stomach! Some of you have probably eaten or heard of it before but didn’t know the powers it has to cure indigestion. It is cabbage seasoned with ingredients like scallions, spices, radish, garlic, shrimp sauce and fish sauce, then allowed to ferment underground in jars for months. It’s crawling with good bacteria & probiotics, which protect the intestines from bacteria & pushes them out.
WHERE TO BUY: Kimchi is a Korean staple so you will have to head to a Korean grocery store. Some larger cities also carry kimchi in their American grocery stores. Again, I always use Amazon, haha, they have everything! (Please make sure you are buying korean kimchi, NOT chinese-made kimchi) Kimchi – Authentic Korean Pickled Cabbage – Fresh (1 LB)

INSOMNIA
Most of us usually take something like Melatonin or Z-Quil, but in the East, Jujube Dates treats insomnia and anxiety. It contains compounds that have a sedative effect that will help you sleep better. All you have to do is brew these dates as a tea.
WHERE TO BUY: Jujube dates are easy to find in an Asian grocery store. If you dont have one nearby, here is a link to where you can buy online. I always buy organic, but feel free to buy regular as well. ORGANIC SUN-DRIED HUNZA JUJUBE (RED DATE BERRIES) 4 OZ

HEAD AND MUSCLE ACHES
Instead of using aspirin for a headache or Icy Hot for a muscle ache, we use White flower oil & red flower oil! They both contain some of the same ingredients like wintergreen, eucalyptus, camphor and lavender. When combined it soothes and cools/warms the skin that melts the tension away. Applying these oils is easy. To relieve a headache, massages a few drops of White Oil to your temples. For muscle aches, rub Red flower oil directly on the affected area.
WHERE TO BUY: Red and white flower oil are both available in your Chinatown/Koreatown Asian medicine shops. Also they will sometimes be in Asian grocery stores. Again, online link is at WHITE FLOWER White Flower Analgesic Balm 0.67 OZ OR Axe brand Red Flower Oil – 1.08oz – 32 ml

Back on Steve Harvey today!

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Steve laughing at me because I’m about to eat some… interesting stuff.

I am back on the Steve Harvey Show today! Please make sure to watch the segment.
I’m sure I’ll be getting many more questions from you guys about where to buy ingredients. I love hearing from you all so please ask away! I’m at @michellewpark or fb.com/michellewpark.

I wanted to post some answers here to the most frequently asked questions.

WHERE AND WHAT KIND OF GINSENG SHOULD I GET?
First of all, I buy all the ginseng that we eat at home from my Korean herbal market in K-Town here in NYC. If you can find a korean or chinese herbal market in your area, this is the best way to find ginseng because the owners there can help you pick out which ginseng is right for you! I prefer red ginseng with very long roots, but it does tend to get pricey.
Now, if you do not have a Chinatown or Koreatown near by, the ginseng extract we drank on Steve’s show was this one:RED PANAX GINSENG EXTRACT 6 BOXES 180 BOTTLES 6000MG(30 BOTTLES IN EACH BOX) but really you can try your luck with any of the bottled ones because they tend to be safe.
Full-Spectrum Korean Red Ginseng Root 400 mg 90 Caps – Swanson Premium

WHERE CAN I BUY BIRD’S NEST AND HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IS GOOD?
For bird’s nest, its a bit of a complex answer. Good bird’s nest is VERY hard to find. You want the kind that actually has a little bit of debris to show that it was really in the wild. However, you can find bird’s nest pre-bottled and easily available. The actual amount of BN that goes into these is less than you would have if you made it at home, BUT it is MUCH easier than sitting there and making the soup
Amazon has a couple different options:
Golden Nest Swallow Nest Soup Sugar Free Collagen – 6 bottles x 75 ml (2.5 fl oz)

I WANT TO TRY DEER PENIS! WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
An answer for all of you looking for the male virility booster known as deer penis in strong alcohol (baiju)
First of all, i admire everyone’s courage!
But deer penis liquor is a tough one to source. I buy mine on my way back from Asia whenever I go. They do carry it in Chinatowns around the country, so head to an Asian herbal store and if they don’t have it, they will know who does. But if you are not close by a China/Koreatown, this isn’t one that is sold online because of liquor import/export laws etc.

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See you guys next time!