Thursday, June 4, 2009

Housing Works Street Fair This Saturday

Even if you're cutting back on spending, you still need to buy clothes sometimes. And if you've been really good, you deserve to treat yourself to some books and music. Head down to SoHo for Housing Works's bi-annual Open Air Street Fair extravaganza this Saturday, June 6th (rain date June 7th).

This festive, all-day shopping bazaars take place on the quaint (closed to traffic) cobblestone Crosby Street outside of the Bookstore Café and features tens of thousands of $1 books, CDs, and - perhaps the biggest bargain of all - $20 bags of all-you-can-stuff clothing from Housing Works Thrift Shops.

And there's food! Sliders and sweets from The Works. and beer from Puck Fair will be served!

Best of all, all profits from the Open Air Street Fair pay for Housing Works’ services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. In 2007/2008, the two street fairs attracted more than 50,000 people and generated more than $45,000 for those services.

Check out the Housing Works website for full details.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Free Software

We've told you about free PhotoShop alternatives before, and suggested you check out all the options they find on Lifehacker. Well, now there's yet another source for free software: AlternativeTo. [via VeryShortList]

Currently in beta, AlternativeTo allows you to search by platform as well as the specific gajillion-dollar software title you are trying to approximate with a free app.

[Photo by marblegravy]

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fish Tacos

What a delicious summer dish! Here's a quick, cheap, & easy recipe from Martha Stewart's "Great Food Fast". (You probably already have a lot of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinet.)

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons lime juice
salt and pepper
1/4 small red cabbage thinly shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
4 scallions thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 jalapeno chile, halved lenghtwise, one half minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound tilapia fillets (or other firm white fish) cut into 16 equal strips
8 flour or whole wheat tortillas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream and lime juice; season with salt & pepper. Transfer half the mixture to a container; set aside for serving. Toss the cabbage, minced jalapeno, and scallions with the remaining sour cream mixture. Season again with salt & pepper.

2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil and remaining jalapeno half over medium-high heat; swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper. In two batches (starting with any larger pieces), cook the fish until golden brown on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes. Discard the jalapeno.

3. Warm the tortillas.

4. Fill the tortillas with slaw, fish, and cilantro leaves. Drizzle with reserved sour cream mixture.

Image pulled from the Food Network website.