Hey guys, salut, this is Alex. So, happy New Year! I hope you are all well. Welcome to this two-part episode of the New York Flog. I thought, “What could be better than starting the year with a challenge?” [music: Last Time by Professor Xv] You know what guys, uh, tonight I don’t wanna go out. I really don’t wanna go out. I just wanna spend quality time with you, cooking. There’s a place for cooking, but the thing is, the last time I went out to buy some grocery store it was at Whole Foods, and I’ve been horrified by the prices, I mean, so expensive! So much, in fact, that I did some searching online. Check this out. So I’ve been looking for cheap super market and I found this one, Trader’s Joe and they say, “Why is Trader’s Joe so cheap? A bag of quinoa is $9.99 at Whole Food, $4.99 at Trader’s Joe.” So I said basically, we have a deal. I’m gonna go there, I’m gonna get some food, and we’re gonna cook something nice. I hope I can make it under $10, but if not, I will definitely try to make it under $20, and if it doesn’t work, I’m gonna keep it under $50. And if it doesn’t work, I’ll just… No no no no no, seriously, I’m gonna keep it as cheap as possible. The problem is that [opens empty cabinets] emptiness! There is no cooking utensil, no pans, no saucepan, no spatulas, nothing! So luckily for us, I asked the guy downstairs if we could get some proper cooking stuff. And he says yes. Wait He literally just gave me that! Lid, second lid, saucepan, pot, spatulas, tweezers, oh it’s gonna be some fine dining experience! Maybe not. More spatulas, I don’t know how many fish we’re gonna flip, but yeah. Oooh, at least one knife, two knobs, ‘cuz without them, we’re basically f****d up. [clears throat] So I guess we are all set to cook tonight, all we need is a few ingredients. It’s easy. [music: Don’t Worry by Professor Xv] Just so you know, I don’t build recipes ahead. I try to make flavor combination when I’m in the shop, and then the recipes, or I mean rough versions, start building themselves. [music: Last Time by Professor Xv] Thanks, but no thanks.
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[music: Last Time by Professor Xv] [music: Last Time by Professor Xv] Right guys, there’s a change of plan, so, it’s way too late to start cooking, it’s now 10:30 PM. But still, I can reveal everything that is in my bag now and do some kind of a Trader’s Joe food haul. Good. One apple, a banana, some nacho cheese tortilla, a sweet onion, a pear, a green squash, shredded cabbage and carrots, green onions, chicken broth, whole wheat pizza dough, butter, mozzarella cheese sticks, ginger cider, coconut milk, cinnamon stuff, dark chocolate covered almonds, dried cranberry. Ahem, and now I have a challenge for you guys. Two questions, the first one: What is the total budget? and the second one, do you have any ideas of uh, my menu? I’m gonna cook something stunning, so that is my promise for the next part of this vlog. Catch you next time guys, bye bye, salut! [music: Don’t Worry by Professor Xv]