Saturday, June 14, 2008

Smoothie Time!



When the weather's warm (and sometimes when it's not), one of my favorite things to do is make smoothies. I actually burnt out two blenders last year make them so much, so I ended up buying this turbo Oster with one speed and half a horsepower. I'm convinced it will blend anything, although maybe not an iPod.







Smoothies are the easiest things in the world to make. It's incredibly difficult to screw them up, and what I throw in varies wildly based on what I feel like and what I have on hand. I generally use frozen fruit because you can keep it for a long time and it's a lot cheaper. I always use fresh bananas, though.





Today I made a pretty basic one with strawberries, blueberries, peaches, non-fat yogurt, orange juice, and a banana. Sometimes I'll use apple or cranberry instead of orange juice, and I'm always trying different combinations of fruit. Frozen mangos make great smoothies, but I seem to have a hard time finding them. I also usually get the giant bags of frozen strawberries at Costco - they're cheap and ridiculously huge. These are from Stop and Shop since i haven't been to Costco in a little while. They're smaller, but still good.



I usually use non-fat yogurt just to keep the amount of fat to a minimum. There's already plenty of calories in all the fruit and juice.



Throw it all in a blender and turn it on. If you're feeling saucy, fire some vodka in there and get sloshed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Very Bloody Battle



Saw this over at Myrtle Minutes and I needed to pass it along. There will be a battle of the Bloody Marys (Maries?) this Saturday at Rope.

Max Power's Bloody Mary Battle at Rope (415 Myrtle) this Saturday, June 14th. Okay, for the Bloody Mary connoisseurs and closet critics out there, here is a chance to vote for your favorite Avenue Bloody Mary.

Max Power, one of Rope's bartender extraordinaires (or "iron chef" for the night if you will) is going toe-to-toe in a battle of the Bloody Marys against many of the other Avenue faves.

Max takes on Maggie Brown, Chez Lola, Pillow Cafe and Luz.

Aaah, come out and vote (or forever hold your peace!) ;-)

Bloody Mary Contest kick-off at 1pm. Winner announced at 5pm.


My personal favorite Bloody Mary is at Olea. We'll see how these stack up.

Information:

Rope
415 Myrtle Ave
718.522.2899

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Kinara II and Other Shenanigans

Things have been quiet in CHF land, with not much interesting eating or cooking going on as of late. We did quite a bit of grilling over Memorial Day weekend, but that was accompanied by quite a bit of drinking and not a lot of picture taking, so there's not much for me to really write about. I'm hoping to post some good grill recipes going into the summer, but I haven't had the chance to sit down and create a post about them yet.

We did get a chance to order from Kinara last night, and it was excellent as before. The deal they have for one appetizer and one entree along with nan for $11.95 is a pretty good value. Last night we had the chicken curry, chicken masala entrees with the chicken mali kebab and pekoras appetizers. Pekoras are described as "assorted fried fritters," but they all tasted pretty much the same and I was a little disappointed. They were great for making use of the various dipping sauces, though.

Neither the curry or tikka masala disappointed, however. I can now heartily recommend both along with the vindaloo I ordered last time.

I haven't tried Amin yet - does anyone have any opinions on how they compare? I'm really an Indian food novice and I'd love to learn more.

Information:

Kinara II Indian Restaurant
368 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY
718.237.4008

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