Thursday, September 6, 2018

4 States To Visit On Your US Foodie Road Trip


If you’re someone who loves to eat, then you might want to consider going on a US foodie road trip for your next vacation. There are a few states specifically you’ll want to make sure you travel through so you can have the best experience possible.

Indulging in all of the local foods is a great way to get a taste for the local culture and better understand why people enjoy living in these areas so much. Be sure to expand your horizons when on your foodie tour and give certain cuisines a try you might not otherwise dabble in at home. 

Nevada
Not only Nevada, but Las Vegas, in particular, will have anything you’re in the mood for and is known for having celebrity chefs and some of the best restaurants in the world. You’ll be glad to know there’s more to do than gamble, which includes hitting up all of the different food spots. There’s pretty much an option for everyone and many over-the-top buffets to choose from if you can’t decide what to order. 

New York
New York is a great location to book a room for a few nights through Vacation Rentals and go exploring. If you’re on the hunt for a delicious slice of pizza, then look no further than this state. It’s also one of the main stages for chefs to show off their skills and showcase new and impressive restaurants. If you’re not up for a sit-down experience, then you can check out one of the many different food trucks that are parked along the roads in the city. There are also plenty of dessert shops if you have a sweet tooth to satisfy.

Texas
Another place to visit on your US foodie road trip is the great state of Texas. Here you’ll find plenty of BBQ and southern options you can’t get up north. There are a lot of casual dining spots so don’t feel like you need to show up in your best attire. In addition, you can choose from a variety of Tex-Mex restaurants and flavors that will have you very glad you stopped at this location on your trip.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin is known for its cheese and beer because it’s some of the best around. There’s no shortage of fried food options as well that will blow you away. Combine it all together, and you have yourself a true feast of some of the most delicious comfort foods in the country. You can even take it a step further and sign up for a tour that will allow you to taste some of the most famous cheeses and wines the state has to offer.

Conclusion
Be sure to count these states in when planning out your next US foodie road trip. As you might already realize, you won’t be disappointed with the wide variety of selections and food groups you’ll be introduced to when traveling from place to place. What you can’t be is afraid to branch out and try new foods while you’re on the tour or you may regret it later on.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Roadtrip Snacks

We are going on a road trip this coming  three-day weekend so I am thinking of  making some road trip snacks that we can enjoy while on the road.  The photos  below are usually what I prepare when we go.
These were from three years ago when we  had our road trip to Hershey, PA.  It was a  spontaneous  trip but we had a lot of fun.
Fruits are my kids favorite, especially different kinds of berries.
Some non-perishable pick-me-ups are also a great option.  When they get tired of the  fruits, they  eat some chips or crackers.
Beverages is very important, we always pack a lot of water  and tea.
Most of the times, we don't eat everything we take but it's good to have it and not need it  than needing it and not have it.
Aside from fruits and other snacks, we also love  bring trail mix or nuts.  Nuts are my favorites because it is not heavy on your tummy but fills you up.  
When you are traveling with kids, it is a must to have  food and drinks.  It is  less expensive and it makes  the trip a lot faster as you don't have to stop at a fastfood chain to buy food.
How about you, what do you normally  pack when you go on a road trip?  I need more ideas so please share yours, thank you.

3 Activities Parents Should Try with Their Kids


Quality time with kids can be moments that most parents look forward to, especially after a long, busy week at work. If you have one or more kids of your own, it’s likely that you can relate. However, finding the free time in between the many responsibilities that you’re sometimes saddled with can often be a challenge. There are many ways that you can create this necessary quality time for the kids which include taking work breaks from time to time and giving up the house chores for the day so that you have a few spare moments. If you’re reading this because you need some ideas regarding activities that you can get up to in the process, there are three that you can try with your kids below.


 

Visiting the Circus
If you’ve never been to the circus before, going with your kids for the first time may be a worthwhile adventure. A circus is a place filled with lights, cameras, and action as well as magic tricks capable of impressing both kids and adults alike. In case you don’t know much about the circus, some of the things you’re likely to see include animal acts, clowns, high-flying acrobats, and of course, lots of cotton candy as well as popcorn. Although the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Baileys Circus may have closed, there is still the option of Cirque de Soleil which frequently tours around the world with different shows in various cities.

Going to an NFL Game
In addition to going to see an exciting circus show, another idea of something parents should try with kids is going to an NFL game. Kids often enjoy high-energy and vibrant environments, so a football stadium would be the perfect place to take them for a fun day out. In case you’re worried about the cost of ticket prices, you should know that it’s possible to get affordable ones for you and the family if you check ticketsales.com. For the most part, you should find that attending a live NFL game with the kids is something they should cherish and remember in years to come.

Fishing
If you want to do something out of the ordinary as well as connect with nature, going on a fishing trip with the kids may be a lot of fun. It’s a chance for them to take a boat ride and see how to catch fish. It is also a relaxing idea for family bonding time as you’ll be out sailing the seas. In case you want to turn it into a mini vacation, some of the best places in the world to go fishing include Brazil, Australia, Brainers in the USA and Mongolia.

Keeping your kids busy and spending time with them in the process can be a good feeling. It’s an opportunity to watch your kids grow, evolve and blossom which is something that parents look forward to most. By choosing to engage in some of the activities mentioned above, you should be able to create new memories that you’ll cherish in times to come.

Friday, July 13, 2018

#BaconWrappedAsparagus + New #GrillPan from Cavetools

 For some reason, I was craving some asparagus so I asked my husband to buy me a bunch  when he went the other day.  I have a new  grill pan  here that I have to review so I thought of  grilling these babies.  I normally bake it but since it is summer, mine as well cook it outside.

I was a little worried that the asparagus will  dry out in the grill but it was still  very juicy and  the smokiness flavor really rock this  dish.
 I am glad there is still an abundant supply of asparagus from the store.  I can't wait to start harvesting  mine from the backyard, few more years and I will have some.
I was gonna make mashed potatoes but since I  am grilling outside, I decided to make potato wedges sand grilled them too.  I seasoned them with brown sugar bourbon Grillmate spices mix.  
 I normally  do single  asparagus when I bake it but since I am grilling, I put three, it was perfect.  Just a little  tip for flavoring the asparagus, before you roll the bacon, add some  dill, it made the asparagus so flavorfull.
 I was worried that I cut the potatoes a little thicker so I pan-fried them  for few minutes before putting it on the grill.
 Both the potatoes and the asparagus  turn out delicious. A lot of fat from the bacon was rendered and it almost burn  it even on a very low  heat setting.  I had to turn it off and  put foil under the  grill pan  to  stop the flame.
 I really underestimated the  fats that will come out from the bacon.  I initially thought of laying aluminum foil under the grill pan but though I could clean it easy.   WRONG!!  So my new grill pan  has a burned  part  that I am trying to  remove.   I use to be able to remove burn  stuff like this with vinegar but it did not work this time.    Any  tips on how to efficiently  remove it  with  using an abrasive cleaning  material?
Anyway, I like this grill pan because it is heavy duty, you can really  utilize it  in grilling. You can buy this  grill pan directly at Cavetools website or via Amazon.  You can use this Cave Tools Coupon Code GRILLPAN15 for a  15% Off savings.  For grilling master out there, this is a must have.  You can use it in preparing bacon and eggs for breakfast which reminds me  that this would be great when  camping.  You can use it to grill your veggies, steaks, chicken, and pork.  Aside from the burning issue which is a mistake on my part, I really  love this  pan.  

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tips for Buying Spices

Are you planning on having some of your friends and family members over to your house for a summer cookout? If this is the case, you will need to start thinking about how all of your food will be prepared. There are many different ways that this can be done. You might want to consider using some spices to liven up the flavor of various things like steak. You might have never used spices during your cooking. Therefore, you will need to find out some good places where spices can be purchased. Here are a few tips that will help you to acquire the spices you need to make delicious food for your guests.

1.  Go to restaurants in your area to find out which spices they are using
It would be in your best interests to seek out the advice of people in the restaurant industry. These people use spices every day of their lives. Therefore, they should be able to tell you about which spice brands are considered to be the best. You should be able to get some good ideas. Go to a variety of restaurants that serve different cuisines. You should do this because people from different cultures will not use spices the same way.

2. Talk to some of your friends and family members who like to prepare food.  
You will most likely have some people in your life who enjoy cooking. Seek out these people and get their opinions about the spices they think you should use for the meals you are going to be preparing. However, you should not simply write down the names of the spices they recommend to you. You should also find out the reason why they are recommending them. They might also be able to tell you where to buy a grilling spices gift set.

3.  Go online and see which spices are getting the best reviews.  

There are many cooking blogs and other sites you can use to read reviews of spices. These reviews will expose you to spices that you might have never heard of before. You will be able to get some advice about how to use these spices when cooking specific dishes.

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