Category: Food and Beverage

Girls Night Out

So last night was girls night out. My friends and I along with my roommate decided that we were long overdue for some serious clubbing.  We chose The Green Iguana downtown as it has Tiki feel to it and is partially outdoors. It was extremely busy when we arrived as we were fashionably late of course.  We met up with another group of people and played a little pool in the back before we decided to conquer the dance floor.

After a few drinks we were ready to shake and jive as the old timers say and the music was hopping. One reason I really like this place is that they play a wide range of music for everyone, and not just one genre. So whether you like hip hop, country or rock, they have a little bit of everything for everyone. After about an hour though we had to take a break as it was so hot on the dance floor from the lighting and the press of bodies.

The patio felt amazing with a breeze blowing and it really rejuvenated us so we could continue with our partying. I like the fact that they have a kitchen as well, because we had a little snack of appetizers while we were out there. Snacking while you drink is always smart so you don’t get too intoxicated. I still have a mild hangover and was very happy that we took a cab there as safety is always best. Time take a little nap and recuperate now.

Late Night Snack Foods

What is your favorite late night snack? You know, the nights when you should be heading to bed, but you have a craving for something to eat and just want a quick snack so you can fall asleep easier?

Some people crave sweets just before bed. I remember my dad used want to bowl of ice cream every night while he watched the late night news. My little brother has that same habit. I know he loves ice cream and is very particular about the brand of the ice cream and the flavor that he wants. Most of the time he wants Breyer’s Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean, and then he pours a couple of squirts of Hershey’s chocolate syrup over the top.

I don’t crave sweets – hardly ever. I’m just not a dessert person. I like salty stuff – and don’t ask me why. I have no idea. I would want a small bag of chips or a handful of salted nuts for a snack. Sometimes, I like a cold slice of leftover pizza – but not often. In fact, most of the time I don’t keep leftover pizza around. To me it does not taste as good after the pizza sits in the refrigerator for a day or two. I try to order just enough pizza to feed me or me and a guest, and not go overboard with too much pizza. If there is any leftover, sometimes I throw it out and every once in a while I will put a couple slices into a Ziploc freezer bag and stick it in the freezer.

I used to eat popcorn at night, mostly because it was fast and easy and I though it was a little healthier than other snacks. But I found out that the hard kernels in a handful of popcorn can cause my teeth to crack and I don’t need that kinda of trouble. So I’ve given up on popcorn and sticking with a small bowl of tortilla or potato chips and some salsa or guacamole.

All My Friends Are Doing Gardens

For some reason, this year all my friends seem to be planting gardens or putting container plants on their patios and balconies. I find that really odd. What has got everyone so interested in growing shit?

I grew having to work in the family garden and I will be totally fine if I never have to pull another weed or pick another yellow squash from the vine. I hate working in the hot sun, with all kinds of bugs around – both in the air and in the dirt and on the plants. I hate pulling weeds and getting my fingernails all messed – not to mention the $30 manicure ruined.

I think my friends growing gardens this year are doing it out of curiosity or some kind of nesting instinct. I doubt they have any idea of how much work a real garden entails. And after all is said and done, when they realize how much money they blew on containers, soils, fertilizer, stakes, water, gloves, shovels and rakes and all that other crap and then they compare that cost to how much they supposedly “saved” over buying vegetables from the roadside stand, the farmer’s market or even the frozen food section of the Kroger – they will get a big shock.

I’ll be surprised if any but the most dedicated to organic fresh food even try to do a garden again next year!

Cake or Pie and Why?

Facebook has a fun string going where a friend asked everyone to comment with their choice of cake or pie and to explain why they choose that answer. I have no problem answering immediately, pie. I love all kinds of pies and most of the time don’t like cake at all. I hardly ever eat cake other than on birthdays, and I really do not understand the cupcake craze. That seems like a total waste of money and calories.

Pies have been a standard dessert in my family for generations. We all take great pride in making a great crust and fillings from scratch. I absolutely love apple pie, especially after a big holiday traditional dinner. But to be truthful, my all time favorite kind of pie is key lime pie, followed in a close second place by lemon meringue pie.

Why Has Candy Gotten So Expensive?

At the grocery store last night and I saw the two aisles in the middle of the store for “seasonal” items was full of big bags of candy. So I went over and looked at what they’ve got. I don’t usually get many trick or treaters at my house, but I like to keep a bag or two of candy handy just in case this year we get more goblins than expected.

They have big bags of candy but when you lift up the bag you notice that it doesn’t really have much in it. The bags have more empty air than candy bars, fro chrissake. And the price is crazy high for one bag – they want to charge anywhere from $4 to $9 for one bag of mixed Snickers/Milky Way/ Three Musketeers. I don’t know how many little candy bars are in the bag, but I think it is only about 25-30 pieces. And when they are tiny bite size like that, you can’t just give a goblin one of them 0 you have to give them at least two or three pieces.

I think I would rather just go to Sam’s Club and buy a big box of full size candy bars. The total cost per treat will probably be close to the same as giving out several bite size pieces and I think that the single bar makes more of a statement. I will give each goblin one bar and probably be a hero to the ones who come to my neighborhood this year.

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