Fifth Sunday of Lent

Nothing says Sunday like brunch at Caffe Luna Rosa.  And every time I go to Luna Rosa, I order a side of bacon with my first drink – and it comes out within minutes.  This morning, I think we started with three orders of bacon:

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Caffe Luna Rosa’s famous applewood-smoked bacon

I love this bacon.  I actually drove up from South Beach one morning just for the bacon.  Do you know what else I love at Luna?  Their bloody marys – they come with an antipasto salad on top!

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They always have some great bunch specials at Luna Rosa!  This morning, I opted for the Lobster & Filet Mignon Benedict.  I mean, I don’t know how you can say no to that!  (unless you don’t eat meat)

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The boys must have enjoyed their bacon appetizers, because they ordered more bacon with their meals!

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Thank you Missy for the wonderful brunch!

Twenty-first Day of Lent

Every year, restaurants try to capitalize during Lent by coming up with a fish special for us that don’t eat meat on Lenten Fridays.  The fast-food chains are no exception.  So on this Friday, my girlfriend treated me by dropping off lunch between meetings.  She chose to drive through Burger King and pick up the Big Fish and Spicy Big Fish:

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Got both the Big Fish and Spicy Big Fish for five dollars!

The Big Fish is 100% White Alaskan Pollock, breaded with crispy panko breading and topped with sweet tartar sauce, tangy pickles, all on top of a toasted brioche-style bun.  The Spicy Big Fish replaces the sweet tartar sauce with a creamy spicy sauce.  In my opinion, the Spicy Big Fish wasn’t that spicy – simply a bit spicier than the standard Big Fish.   I actually missed the taste of the tartar sauce – I guess I’m just used to it on these kind of sandwiches.

All-in-all, it was a good lunch – as good as it could be without meat.  And get this – the current Burger King promotion is “2 specialty sandwiches for $5″… can’t beat that!

Thanks Susan!

Seventeenth Day of Lent

For those of you who read yesterday’s post, you probably thought, “Warren, really?  A salad?”  Well, my stomach agreed with you because I was really hungry today!  I let my girlfriend know that, and she decided to make something really substantial for dinner tonight.  And it was an excellent substitute for bacon as well!

First, she cooked up some kielbasa.  You know that Polish sausage with the casing that snaps when you bite into it?  It’s really good stuff – salty, smoky, and delicious… and a great breakfast meat too!  Then she made some red beans & rice, as well a crock of beans on the side.  Finally, she sautéed some spinach in garlic – that stuff was awesome!  Reminded of me being in N’Awlins… must be where Susan learned to cook like that, since she grew up there.  😉

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Let me tell you – this dinner was very filling and satisfying!  Well, maybe I shouldn’t have gone for that second helping… and then part of a third.  Speaking of… why do they call them “helpings”?  Because stuffing my face that much ain’t helping anyone….

3rd Sunday of Lent

Ah, Sunday – another day we can eat sweet, sweet bacon.  But have you ever imagined bacon in a healthy meal?  Well boys and girls, I’ve been on sort of a health kick, running three times a week and working out in days between.  And with the new health kick, I’ve been trying to eat better.  You many not believe it from all the posts and pictures in this blog, but I’ve got a couple health(ier) recipes up my sleeve.

One of my favorites is a Bacon Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad.  As the base, I use spinach, bacon crumbles, and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  Then I start looking in the fridge to see what I can add to it – shrimp, for example, makes a nice protein.

Next comes the cheese.  Usually, I use gorgonzola, but feta or bleu cheese works too.

Today, I found some blackberries that were left over from National Margarita Day, so I threw some of those in along with some bleu cheese crumbles and topped with crushed peanuts.

Bacon Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad with Blackberries and Bleu Cheese

Bacon Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad with Blackberries and Bleu Cheese

Whaddya think?

Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest

from Flickr Creative Commons

from Flickr Creative Commons

Hey South Floridians!  My own city of Delray Beach – which was named 2012 Most Fun Town in America by Rand McNally & USA Today – is hosting its own bacon festival!  From the same people that bring you the Delray Beach Garlic Fest and the Wine & Seafood Festival comes the 1st Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest, March 28 & 29th!  And because March 29th falls on a Sunday, all you people that gave up bacon for Lent need not worry – come and enjoy the bacon!

This event, 3 years in the making, will celebrate our most flavorful food and the quintessential American liquor.  Why bacon & bourbon?  “We just thought it would be a great hook to come up with some creative menus with bacon and bourbon,” said Nancy Stewart, executive director of the festival.

The Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest will be a little more upscale than the city’s other festivals.  No plastic cups here – bourbon will be served in glassware.  Also, there are only a limited number of tickets available.

From their website:

“We bring you a wide ranging menu of bacon and pork related dished from the sublime (Braised Pork Bellies with Tamari, Garlic, Ginger & Chili Peppers) to the insane (Bacon Ice Cream anyone?). Menu items developed by chefs exploring the boundaries of New American Cuisine and the Farm to Table movement to good old fashioned comfort foods, just like Mom used to make!”

“Completing the palate pleasing properties of bacon, we also bring to you an eclectic selection of bourbon and whiskeys. The distiller’s art and patient techniques are shared in a series of seminars and tastings. All intended to enhance your knowledge and pleasure of American made Bourbon and whiskey. Although, we may throw an Irish-made whiskey into the mix for historical purposes.”

For more info and to purchase tickets. visit http://www.delraybaconfest.com/, and check out their Facebook and Instagram pages too!

 

Eleventh Day of Lent

Oh what a day!  First of all, the Honda Classic took place over the weekend.  This event brings the world’s best PGA Tour golfers to (normally) sunny Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – but Saturday’s rains pushed Sunday’s starting times, and the tournament ran over into Monday.  Guess what happens then… free golf!  Monday’s golf was free to all attendees, and even free preferred parking!  I managed to make it up to the PGA National Championship Course to catch Phil Mickelson finish his round, and then the thrilling Harrington-Benson playoff!

PGA rules forbid photography and video recording during tournament play, but I managed to snap a couple photos of the 18th hole – gorgeous day, huh?

18th green at the Honda Classic

18th green at the Honda Classic

Looks like that car is floating!

Looks like that car is floating!

After a wonderful day of golf, Susan and I decided to take advantage of a great happy hour at Morton’s Steakhouse with Meredith & Danielle.  They call it the Power Hour, with discounts on beer, wine, cocktails (Mortinis), and a nice selection of Bar Bites.  First, we had a couple cocktails – a pinot noir for her, a dirty martini with bleu cheese olives for me:

Pinot noir and dirty martini

Pinot noir and dirty martini

And then to the food.  We decided on the Filet Mignon Trio, served with Sauce Au Poivre, Béarnaise and Blue Cheese Butter.  Also the Crab, Spinach, & Artichoke Dip!

Bar Bites

Bar Bites

Bon Appétit!