Feastin' with Naureen from Kitchen3N.com!

Hello, The Style Boro readers! My name is Naureen Akhter, owner of Kitchen3N.com I am a blast from your lovely host's past: Aileen and I went to junior high together where our shenanigans ranged from prank calling boys we had crushes on (Allan are you out there? Are you reading this? In case you are, Aileen Olmedo of class 701 officially had a crush on you.), to attempting to perform Wiccan rituals in our friend's home, to having my first sexual encounter at her home (her dog humped my leg!). So when I invited her over for breakfast, I thought, what's something unique and delicious (and photogenic!) I can entertain her with?


Turkish breakfast wins every time. Traditional Turkish breakfast spreads typically include cheese, olives, tomato, cucumbers, eggs, bread and Turkish sausage known as soujuk. The contrasting colors of the tomato, cucumber and olives always wows. The salty cheese and spicy sausage pair well with soft scrambled eggs. Bonus points for fresh squeezed orange juice or apple tea! Breakfast was the last meal I had with my husband during my babymoon to Turkey and one that will stay with me forever. 


Homemade granola and banana bread are not traditional, but they are in our house. Nothing perfumes the house like the smell of coconut toasting up in the oven or banana getting cozy with butter and sugar. 


So try your hand at this spread next time you're entertaining folks for breakfast (think: New Year's Day morning for a fun change up). The best part is - most of these things require little effort beyond buying the ingredients: the tomatoes and cucumbers you just slice and arrange. The sausage you prepare similar to bacon (slice and bake at 350 degrees on a rack over a sheet pan for 15-20 minutes). The bread, warm up in the oven on a sheet pan once the sausage is done. For the eggs, you can slice all the veggies beforehand, and scramble up right before your guests come.


Recipe for Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs) 


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 long green pepper (I used the Basque Fryer, but feel free to use a deseeded jalapeno), sliced thin
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add scallions, tomato, pepper and cook 4-5 minutes, until soft. Add cayenne, paprika and salt and cook for until tomatoes break down and onions get super soft, another 2-3 minutes.

While the veggies cook, crack eggs into a bowl. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and whisk with a fork. Whisk well - until the eggs look like a uniform yellow mixture. Pour into skillet and lower the heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggs just start to set. Turn off the heat and add the parsley. Give it a final stir and serve with warm bread. 


You guys, brunch with Naureen was so delicious and my hunger for more Mediterranean adventures has increased ten-fold.

For more scrumptious recipes head over to Naureen's blog (www.kitchen3n.com), Instagram (@kitchen3n), or if you're in NYC learn about her custom cake creations here.

Gift Guide: The Booklover

I reached out to Diana C. of @bookoffee (a true bibliophile in every way) to help guide us towards great gifts for booklovers!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! And by wonderful I mean, making lists of stuff you need to buy and trying to order everything in due time so that it doesn't ship after the holidays.

If you are buying gifts this season for a book lover, we have just the right stuff for you to buy. Check them out below!


1. This amazing shower curtain to goes with the book. Buy shower curtain here ($68) and book here ($12 hardcover) for a match made in heaven.

2. This tote combining two fandoms for your friend who is a huge Belle fan (the original book lover). Buy it here ($22).

3. This glorious clock to help your friend deal with their buying habits. Buy here ($30).

4. This badass mug to make tea or coffee more enjoyable. Buy here ($15).

5. This very relatable print for every friend that sees staying in with a book as the best way to enjoy a Friday night. Buy here ($18).

6. This adorable bookmark will make your friend want to stop reading so they can admire this cool bookmark. Buy here ($25).

7. For your friend, that keeps track of everything book-related. Buy here ($8.89).

8. For the artsy booklover friend get this Print from JessIllustrator. Buy here ($26).

9. For the friend who loves to read but also dabbles in writing get this adorable Kate Spade Pencil Case. Buy here ($30).

10. For your friend (or just interesting people) that likes to set the mood when reading and immerse themselves get candles that smell like places from books. Buy here ($16).

11. For your friend that is always cold make things warmer and better when they read. This Microwavable Teddy Bear gets warm and the best thing to cuddle with when reading. Buy here ($24.98).

12. Finally, a booklover’s collection of Funko Pop Figures is never complete so get their favorite character(s). Buy here ($8).

13. For friends that are working on their book collection get this funny bookends. Buy here ($14.71).

When in doubt, of course, giftcards and actual books work but I can guarantee that any booklover will appreciate these cool gifts and use them when reading.

Merry bookdragon Christmas!

Also, to see a bunch of these in action feel free to check them @bookoffee.

Postcards from Greece

Karpathos could probably inspire some long winded post about a mystical Greek island hidden away on the Aegean Sea. Dotted with a multitude picture perfect beaches, windswept cliffs, seafood that could literally ruin every restaurant back home and locals who will have you out every night until sunrise. I almost felt guilty when I told Aileen I'd write this post, like I've been let in on a secret that I should try and.....


....yea Karp's just ok, you should probably stick to Athens.