Adriana Velez


I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.


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    "Talk dirty to me!" We've all seen people do it in the movies. But have you ever tried to do it in real life? Awkward! What do you say? How do you say it? And how do you avoid sounding completely ridiculous? What if you try it and he just cracks up and laughs at you? Is this even worth trying at all?

    Relax, we've tapped some sexperts to give us their best advice on whispering sweet nothings. We'll have you talking dirty -- in the best way possible, of course -- in no time!

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    You've heard composting will save the world -- or will save us all from our garbage and feed our gardens, anyway. But isn't it smelly? Doesn't it attract pests? Isn't it just a complicated hassle for hippies? Well, maybe I'm kind of a hippie, but I've been composting for over a decade. And if a flake like me can do it right, anyone can. It's actually easier than you think.

    Here are 7 tips for turning your kitchen scraps into a rich, nutrient-dense fertilizer your garden will love.

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    If you're feeling like your marriage is in a rut, here's one option for shaking things up: Try it 1950s-style. 

    Mandy and Gary Jones say living a 1950s lifestyle saved their marriage. They dress in vintage clothes, decorate their house with kitschy mid-century antiques, drive a 1949 Chevrolet, listen to rockabilly records on a jukebox, and yes, have even reverted to 1950s-style gender roles. "It may seem strange and we get the odd nasty comment," Mandy Jones says, "but this way of life works for us and has saved our marriage."

    In fact, the Joneses think we should all "take advice from our grandparents" and live the '50s way. "1950s marriages definitely work better than marriages these days," Mandy says. She'll have to forgive my skepticism, but that's not what my divorced-in-the-1950s grandmother says. But let's give these two the benefit of the doubt, because they really do seem happy. What is it about their marriage that's working, and what can we learn from it?

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    Can you believe? Allure magazine called Lauren Conrad a "basic" bitch! They're not saying she's cranky or mean. "Basic" is a label for a certain kind of girl who, as they put it, wears blowout sausage curls, skinny jeans, and a ballet-slipper-pink manicure. Oh, and she smells like vanilla cupcake body milk, whatever that is. But wait, that sounds like a lot of girls? What the heck does this label really mean?!?

    Friends, basic bitch isn't just a label -- it's a lifestyle. Are you basic? Take our quiz and find out!

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    I look over the Brooklyn Bridge nearly every day on my commute into the city, but somehow I failed to notice this amazing stunt in person. Yesterday two white flags went up on the Brooklyn Bridge in place of the American flags that usually fly there. No violent acts were committed, just this strange swap -- like something out of a movie. The bridge is guarded by police cars, surveillance cameras, and even a police boat in the waters below. Police still don't know who pulled it off or why. It's definitely made people feel uneasy.

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