Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's BBQ Time !

Nice weather has arrived [for now] and with that, starts the season of the BBQ. We finally finished the deck and no deck is complete without a natural gas powered grill to satisfy your carnivorous cravings !

Since our summer [or lack there of] is brief, we intend to use the new toy as much as possible. And we're off to a good start. There is nothing like sitting outside, having a tasty beverage and letting your mouth water to the smells of the food being prepared.
The maiden voyage was the duo of burgers and smokies. The burgers were a combination of lean ground beef and ground pork, with shredded onion garlic and seasoning. Grilled to perfection they were placed on whole wheat buns, a generous slice of old cheddar and the usual suspects (green leaf lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mayo, mustard, ketchup et al).
The next night we enjoyed a BBQ'd Pork Loin. Simply seasoned and grilled for about 15-20 minutes, with a side dish of sliced potatoes with onion and red pepper (these were on the BBQ first since they took longer than the pork).
As the days go on, I'm sure we'll become much more adventurous and we'll let you know about our successes....and failures (hoping there aren't too many of those)....

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sharing the Blog Love

A big shout out and thanks to blogger
who has given us the One Lovely Blog Award !

This is the first acknowledgement we've received and it makes us feel great that people out there in the interwebs are reading our musings. We'll continue to try and entertain !

As per the previous, it's time for us to share the love. Here are the rules:
  1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted the award, and his or her blog link
  2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for the award.

and here are the chosen ones:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


If there's one thing for me that brings breakfast home, it has to be toast. I can deal with many things being mediocre, but if the toast shows up crappy, my day can be ruined. OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. It's not like I'm going to yell at a customer, or flip the bird to an unsuspecting pedestrian because I received a bit of thin dry toast, but it sure brings me down a notch.

I have very simple tastes with toast. Butter. That's it. I'm not a jam person, I only apply peanut butter if it's a toasted sandwich (and never for breakfast), I don't cut it into strips and dunk in a soft boiled egg, I'm not a cream cheese person, I don't add cinnamon, and I certainly do not spread Nuttela. NOT that there's anything wrong with the above. I'm just purist. Even if it's French toast, I stay away from icing sugar and/or maple syrup (again, absolutely nothing wrong with those options).

Now, getting back to what can go wrong with toast. You would think that this should be the easiest breakfast side dish. However, I have seen many a side dish go sideways. From burnt, to soggy. Thin and stale, to cold and tasteless.

It's very simple. Toast should be hot, crisp and ready for the application of which ever condiment one believes accents their toast the best (in my case, butter....nothing more). The style of bread brings on a whole new discussion we won't get into, mostly due to the fact that if you;re having toast at your favourite breakfast joint, you are at the whim of whatever they are serving. At home, I like a hearty multi-grain or sourdough, thickly cut.

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I'd say that toast is the most important side dish of the most important meal of the day. Enjoy your toast !

Monday, May 11, 2009

Vietnamese Subs - Thai Tai - Calgary

When you're craving a sub/sandwich, bypass the usual stops (Subway, Mr. Sub, etc) and head over to one of the 4 Calgary locations of Thai Tai. This place serves up tasty Vietnamese subs and other dishes. (Soup, Rice Bowls, Rolls & Salads) They're quick, inexpensive and most of all - taste great. Our favourite is #17, Sate Beef Onion ($6.15), with all the fixin's. They never disappoint.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Guinness - the beer that's good for you

Since I'm heading to Dublin in july I was very happy to read the following [taken from the BBC news]

Guinness good for you - official

The long-running ad campaign is well-knownThe old advertising slogan "Guinness is Good for You" may be true after all, according to researchers.
A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.
Drinking lager does not yield the same benefits, experts from University of Wisconsin told a conference in the US.
Guinness were told to stop using the slogan decades ago - and the firm still makes no health claims for the drink.
The Wisconsin team tested the health-giving properties of stout against lager by giving it to dogs who had narrowed arteries similar to those in heart disease.
They found that those given the Guinness had reduced clotting activity in their blood, but not those given lager.
Heart trigger
Clotting is important for patients who are at risk of a heart attack because they have hardened arteries.
A heart attack is triggered when a clot lodges in one of these arteries supplying the heart.
Many patients are prescribed low-dose aspirin as this cuts the ability of the blood to form these dangerous clots.
The researchers told a meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, that the most benefit they saw was from 24 fluid ounces of Guinness - just over a pint - taken at mealtimes.
We already know that most of the clotting effects are due to the alcohol itself, rather than any other ingredients
Spokesman, Brewing Research InternationalThey believe that "antioxidant compounds" in the Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for the health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.
However, Diageo, the company that now manufactures Guinness, said: "We never make any medical claims for our drinks."
The company now runs advertisements that call for "responsible drinking".
A spokesman for Brewing Research International, which conducts research for the industry, said she would be "wary" of placing the health benefits of any alcohol brand above another.
She said: "We already know that most of the clotting effects are due to the alcohol itself, rather than any other ingredients.
"It is possible that there is an extra effect due to the antioxidants in Guinness - but I would like to see this research repeated."
She said that reviving the old adverts for Guinness might be problematic - at least in the EU.
Draft legislation could outlaw any health claims in adverts for alcohol in Europe, she said.
Feelgood factor
The original campaign in the 1920s stemmed from market research - when people told the company that they felt good after their pint, the slogan was born.
In England, post-operative patients used to be given Guinness, as were blood donors, based on the belief that it was high in iron.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers were at one stage advised to drink Guinness - the present advice is against this.
The UK is still the largest market in the world for Guinness, although the drink does not feature in the UK's top ten beer brands according to the latest research