Saturday, August 4, 2012

Guest Blogger: Kathy Cinderella Xu "Midnight Brunch"

A college friend of mine, Kathy Cinderella Xu, knows how to have fun and live life. Not a moment goes by that I don't talk to her that she has not tried something new or went to a party the night before. And she lives in the city, too, that does not sleep. You guessed it- New York City.  You can visit her blog "Dress, Dine, Sparkle" to learn more about her!

Midnight Brunch

Living in the city that never sleeps, there’s no surprise that we have events likeMidnight Brunch.  Midnight Brunch is a rogue dinner party that happens in the middle of the night, featuring exotic food and craft cocktails, and hosted by the lovely Emily Cavalier.
Last week’s particular edition was sponsored by KitchenAid for Cooks for the Cure, which is an initiative that brings folks across the country together to host potlucks, in order to raise money to fund breast cancer research.
The Midnight Brunch menu was French-inspired and featured hors d’oeuvres, main course, dessert and specialty cocktails, two of them bright pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. One of the drinks was “Low Tide” which consisted of hibiscus-infused Tito’s Vodka, homemade lemongrass syrup, fresh lime juice and tonic.
As for the hors d’oeuvres, there were cream cheese deviled eggs and pissaladiere nicoises, which I helped make (mini caramelized onion tarts with nicoise olives). Both were savory, tasty and delightful in their own way.

The amuse bouche mini parfaits in shot glasses, full of organic French Vanilla yogurt, granola and strawberry jam. The parfaits were simply delicious and temptingly sweet.
The main course was french toast bread pudding, with spiced pear sauce and a side of spinach salad with strawberry slices. The french toast was so thick and delectable, and the sauce warm, gooey and the perfect companion.
For dessert, we had lemon bars with thyme, which were so yummy! It was perfect for a warm summer day- Light, fresh, full of flavor and just the right amount of sweetness.
The next Midnight Event is Friday, August 10, 2012 in Brooklyn. To join the invitation list, complete the form at the bottom of the page, here or
Below is the recipe for the delightful lemon bars, by Cathy Erway :
 Lemon Thyme Bars
(makes about 24)
for the crust1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
for the custard
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)
finely grated zest from the 3 lemons
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1-2 tablespoons thyme leaves for garnish
To make the crust, combine the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (or cut in butter with a pastry cutter or your fingers). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press mixture into a slightly greased 9 x 13″ casserole. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs and flour and gently beat with a fork until there are no lumps. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Pour mixture on top of the baked crust and return to the oven to bake at 350 degrees for another 15 minutes, or until the top has just set. Let cool completely. For neatest results when cutting, cover and chill at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares. Sprinkle tops with thyme for garnish.


Anonymous said...

Hello. I read what you said about Kathy Cinderella Xu, and I can tell you from my experience around her that she's one of the rudest people I've ever met. That's just me being polite, though. I honestly think she's a ****ing c**t. I knew her a while back, and her flirtatious, party animal personality does nothing but make her look stupid. When she invited me to a party one time, she treated me as if she didn't know I was in the same room as her. She was the only reason I went to that party, and this is how she treats me? All she did there was flirt with guys and sit on their laps. She clearly didn't know me well enough to know how to act around me, thus showing how stupid she is as a person; she made me think we were friends, and she shows nothing but rudeness and ignorance to me, and I've had a grudge against her ever since.

When I learned she was a model, it all came into perspective for me. Models are some of the most self-centered, party-obsessed, stuck-up people on the planet. They know nothing about how to act around people and they only care about themselves. Kathy is all that. Just knowing she calls herself "Cinderella" symbolizes how self-centered she is. In a nutshell, she's just an Asian Kim Kardashian. She should probably stop eating all that food in the blog too. Recent pictures show her getting kinda heavy. Goodbye modelling career.

I'm sure as her friend, you're probably not gonna believe (nor care) about what I'm saying, but believe me, it's only a matter of time until she screws you over too. She's a negative influence, and I guarantee if you stick with her, you'll learn to hate her. Feel free to reply to this. Knowing my luck, you'll probably badmouth everything I said. And that's fine. Learn the hard way on what she's about. Goodbye.

Victoria said...

First, I am not in the position to tell you about your own experiences or that you are wrong. I am not like that.
Second, I am sorry about your experience.
Third, thank you for caring enough to post that experience.

I hope you have a great day :)

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