I’m a sucker for butter! I know it’s terrible for you, but it brings so much flavor to a dish. My fav? Kerrygold. They have a garlic herb stick that is to die for.
Like Paula would say, “Everything is better with butter!” BUT she has trimmed down quite a bit. Luckily I have to.
Martha Stewart Weddings — Darcy’s Weddings Idea of the Day.
Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals May Expand to Five Events
Going to Coachella this year? Eater LA made a list of “Where to Drink in the Desert“
They also have a food line up list that will make your mouth water. “Within the centrally located F&B area known as The Terrace one will find a beer garden and offerings from area restaurants like Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Las Casuelas Quinta, Baohaus (known for Huang’s Taiwanese Chicken), Pink’s Hotdogs plus Jamaican Vegetarian, Wood Fired Pizza, Just Tossed Organic Salads and Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches.” Read more
Here are a couple that are happening in Oklahoma:
Bands like Guns & Roses, Bush, and Alice & Chains will be performing in Pryor, Oklahoma.
NORMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
-Free to the public. To my understanding it sounds like stages will be set up throughout Downtown Norman. This festival focuses on local bands. Nothing mainstream it seems.
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD TOUR (sold out kiddies, sorry!)
-One of 5 stops! Here is a list of things to do in Guthrie
I love to eat out and try new things. A testament to this is my yelp profile.
When I think of good eats, I think of successful restaurant groups. When you try to google “restaurant groups” the wikipedia definition describes a leading British Chain. That is not exactly what i was looking for! So, what exactly is a good description that I can use? How about a collection of restaurants grouped under one single proprietor? That makes sense right?
Here are a couple restaurant groups that are on my radar now.
- Founded in 1995, Stephen Starr’s restaurant group is one of the fastest growing multi-concept restaurant companies in the country. STARR is the genius behind Buddakan, Morimoto, and Butcher and Singer. Washington DC can look forward to Le Diplomate which is set to open next month. Man, all of their websites are really really neat! I suggest you go to the STARR main page and have a field day with all of his properties. You’ll be impressed I think!
- A Good Egg- I recently moved to Oklahoma and was quite impressed with A Good Egg. Kitchen No 324 is a great addition to the downtown OKC area and is always packed during the lunch hour. Tucker’s Onion Burgers is known for sourcing locally grown product- bread, vegetables, milk, meat (think farm to table). I still need to try Republic, Cheevers and Red Prime.
from Kitchen 324
- Thomas Keller- How can I talk about restaurant groups and fail to include Thomas Keller? From the New York Mag, “The food is beautifully conceived, elegantly presented, and as varied as the colors of the rainbow.” He is simply the best of the best. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed myself at Bouchon in Vegas. I am dying to try French Laundry, Ad Hoc and per se.
- DMG Group- The Dave Magrogan Group is actually a full service consulting, marketing and management company. They own Kildare’s Irish Pub chain, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House and Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar. I spent some time in Dublin and really fell in love with Irish culture. Though I have never stepped into any of DMG’s restaurants, I recently started following Harvest because of their seasonal menu and use of saffron on mussels. It just sounds good!
- Fox Restaurant Concepts- Last but not least! The creators of True Food Kitchen. Love! It’s crazy to think they only started in 1998. They are more well known in Arizona for places like The Arrogant Butcher, Modern Steak, Culinary Dropout and The Green House. Each restaurantis themed and priced just right.
Now that I’ve given you 100 ways to indulge in probably 5+ states across the country, let me know what you think. I’ll be reading your reviews on Yelp!
Last night I made fried rice. The meat of choice for me has always been Spam- my mom taught me this way, and I will continue to hold this tradition and pass it down to my family. People call it Hawaiian Fried Rice. Naturally I had leftover Spam.
Today’s lunch consisted of a cup and a half of steamed white rice, 3 medium sized Butter Lettuce leaves, a can of low sodium V8 and two slices of SPAM. Yes, SPICED HAM, the other canned lunch meat! To my dismay, one of my co-workers walked by and asked what I was eating. She was shocked, appalled even. My boss was right there and said it’s really good- as I agree. There is nothing wrong with eating canned meat, especially Spam. I thank the great state of Hawaii for developing this “portable snack.”
Why does Spam freak people out? During recession fueled times, this meat was affordable for everyone! If you eat Tuna, then why not try Spam? The Food Network even has a recipe for Spam Musubi! My boyfriend dislikes it because it smells and looks like wet catfood. I actually beg to differ on that one.
Articles for your amusement:
SlashFood- Spam: Love it or hate it?
History of Spam Musubi
Great Way to Make Musubi From Momofukufor2
Let’s face it… October, November and December are the holiday months that get us to over indulge. Halloween at the end of October has us overloading on sugary sweet substances. November we feast on turkey (this year I had a BACON wrapped turkey!), mashed potatoes and all the fix-ins. Christmas…. Ahhh Christmas! That’s a mix of all sweets plus proteins enriched with sauces and such. I wonder what this Xmas has in store for my belly, hmm… But really, I found some good tips on how to keep your tummy in check:
Holiday Feasts: Go for the gusto without the guilt.
Holiday Feasts, minus the gluten and dairy
Thankfully, I took a big break between Thanksgiving to re-evaluate the way I eat and cope with living in a new city. One major thing had to change- my consumption of fried foods. I can’t begin to explain how much I love french fries especially Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steak burgers. There’s something about McDonald’s that brings me back to my childhood. On weekends my mom would send me to Mc-E-Dees to get their $0.99 Big Mac. Happy Meals were also a big deal for me growing up too. I still have all the Hoops Bball cards and a bunch of old Disney toys. Anyhow, my mild obsession with trying new things and hunting for the next big thing in Oklahoma sent me in a downward spiral. I can honestly say that this is the first time in my life that I had a true muffin top while wearing my favorite pair of skinny jeans. Truly embarrassing, but hey… My co-workers call it the first year 15! Instead of promising myself that I’d shape up at the beginning of 2013, I decided to start this new found me diet a try now.
When I go to Gold’s Gym Express I make sure to stay on a cardio machine for at least 35 minutes. Yesterday I stayed in Cardio Cinema for an hour because the Batman Trilogy was playing (tee hee!) Then if I have time I’ll hit up the shoulder press machine, ab ripper and leg press for a few reps. I just got the Turbo Jam DVDs in and intend to use them 4x’s a week until I get bored. Maybe even mix it up with some Jillian Michael’s in between. Next is what I eat on a day to day basis. The BF and I made a trip to Sam’s Club to make sure we stock up on V8′s, yogurt, fresh veggies and chicken. For the past week I’ve been eatting one baked potato with toppings of my choice (usually cheese, sour cream and a little butter for fat) and a salad. The last 2 days I’ve steered clear from eating red meat due to the obscene amount of rare prime rib I ate at my work Christmas Party at Remington Park. So far I’ve lost 4 lbs!!! Success (finally)!