Love Brazilian BBQ? Try Rodizio Grill in Denver!

Tomorrow night I am lucky enough to be part of a blogger meetup at Rodizio Grill in Denver, Colorado. We’re going to talk about the finer points of Dever area dining and how Rodizio measures up to local steakhouses in the area.

I can tell you from past experience of living in heavily Brazilian populated neighborhoods (Sullivan Square, Somerville, Massachusetts) and having a Brazilian brother in-law, the concept of having virtually an endless supply of succulent, perfectly cooked meat delivered to your table at your slighted command is appealing. I come from a family of carnivores!

If you’re in the Denver area tomorrow night (Monday, September 26th) please join me for a one night deal of $19.99 for all you can eat Brazilian BBQ (normally twice as much).

I’ll be live tweeting from the event, so if you’re wondering how the food is, just follow me and keep up on my updates!

Cheers!

    Disclaimer: This was setup from the promotional team with Rodizio Grill. They’re hosting a group of bloggers and providing us with some goodies on the night of Monday, September 26th. I was not paid to do this review and all opinions are my own.

Fresh Findings Friday: First Bite Boulder Restaurant Week

I’ve lived in cities or metro areas for my entire life (except for two years at UMass) and have always heard of restaurant week but never gone. Now that I’m dating a serious foodie I have no excuse for not going to First Bite Boulder Restaurant Week.


Tonight, we try Jax Fish House. A seafood restaurant that has gotten sterling reviews from anyone I’ve ever heard mention it. I’m a coastal boy, so good seafood is near and dear to my heart.

Then this weekend I think we’re trying the Black Cat again, which happened to be the best meal I’ve ever had in Boulder when I went there the first time.

Are you a foodie that marks Restaurant Week off on your calendar like it’s a religious holiday? What are your restaurant week plans where you are?

And The Winner of $40.00 at Cookware.com Is….

Cheryl W is the winner of the $40.00 gift cert to cookware.com! Congrats to her! She posted this awesome recipe for Pumpkin Sausage Soup!

PUMPKIN AND SAUSAGE SOUP

2 c mashed pumpkin (1 15 oz can)
4 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. minced onion
1 c. finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 c half and half mixed with 1/2 c water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 T Italian Seasoning
1/2 pound spicy sausage
Brown sausage, drain, and then add the onion, garlic and herbs. When the sausage is browned, stir in the pumpkin. Stir in the broth and mix well. Simmer 20-30 minutes. Stir in the milk and simmer on low another 10-15 min. Taste and add salt/pepper as needed.

We like to use homeade roasted pumpkin seed on top for a garnish and a little crunch.

My mom makes a great Portuguese spinach,  sausage and cheese tortellini soup that I request every time I visit back home in Worcester. Definitely good for those long, cold New England Winters.

Thanks to everyone who submitted recipes. Feel free to keep leaving comments with cooking ideas too! I’ve got potluck ideas for months go come now!

CSN Cookware.com Giveaway

I love to eat, but I probably like to cook for other people even more, which is why I’m pumped to present a $40.00 giveaway from CSN Stores’ Cookware.com. I personally look forward to Winter months for no other reason than to break out my Dutch oven and cook up something hearty and delicious to keep out the chill. But now I’m learning to appreciate things like cold soups and different types of dips like edamame hummus and I can’t forget my world famous guacamole 😉

Chili Anyone?

A Good Knife Is Essential In The Kitchen

Sometimes You Gotta Fry It –  Try Avocado Frites!

Here’s the deal: leave me a message in the comment section with your favorite recipee for any time of year and you’ll get one entry towards winning the $40.00 CSN Stores gift certificate. I will pick the winner and contact you next Monday, August 9, 2010.

The gift certificate can be used towards anything on the Cookware.com website and baring any international shipping costs you can order anything you’d like with the $40.00 gift certificate.

Good luck and happy cooking!

Open Doors And A Sunday Potluck

Fighting off the drowsiness associated with good food and beer on a hot summer Sunday afternoon, I wanted to write a quick post about how awesome the concept of a Sunday Potluck is. I am offering a lion’s share of the credit to my girlfriend and her roommate for inspiring and pushing along the idea of getting our friends together for a Sunday Potluck.

I’ve written a good amount, on various occasions about the sense of place that I’ve been craving since I lived in Boston in certain apartments where friends would come by, casually and just sit down and eat, talk, drink and yak it up for a bit on any given night of the week. It’s something I feel like I took for granted while I had it and there were entire years when I didn’t have people who’d come by to visit or socialize.

I moved to Boulder a little over a month and a half ago and have been doing lots of different things to get settled in an feel in place in this new city. My girlfriend has been incredibly generous with her time and friends in introducing me to scored of new people almost every week and allowing me to grow my own social structure here. But even having people who I can call at the drop of a hat to get a beer or a bite to eat doesn’t quite equal “home.”

My new house mate, who’s a really cool dude and laid back, was totally fine with me having some folks over for a get together. So, I got up earlier than usual today, went and got ingredients for my idea of what Sangria should taste like, some chicken for grilling and the fixins to mash up some homemade hummus (my first time, used canned beans, don’t judge!). I prepared the Sangria and put it in the fridge to chill, mixed up the ingredients for hummus and slowly people started to show up with plates of uncooked food, ready to start putting heat to raw goodies.

Here was tonight’s menu: Caprese salad, my homemade hummus, these avocado fries, buffalo mozzarella and summer vegetable wraps, chicken and vegetable kebabs, grilled wild turkey chicken and pasta salad. For dessert we had this summer fruit tart and key lime bars.

This is what a “sense of place” is really all about. It can be elusive, it doesn’t just happen and it requires the right people, but when you feel it and recognize it for what it is, it’s easy to be grateful and appreciative for how special it really is.

Here’s to many more potlucks and spontaneous get togethers.

One Hand Washes The Other That Feeds

I cook quite a bit as most of you know. I really like to cook. I really like to eat too.

I don’t clean as often. Definitely don’t do it every day. Would like to do it once a week…

Today I cleaned my apartment after taking a 3 week layoff from a full clean. What a pain in the ass! So many combined activities that my roommates and I have neglected.

Moral of the story, try to clean bits and pieces of the apartment more often during the week. There’s no point in cooking delicious food and enjoying it every day if you need to spend an entire weekend day deep cleaning everything.

Family Heath Rocks

Since moving back to my hometown my sister and I have been cooking dinner together a bit. She still lives at home and my mom never buys fresh food (or food at all really). So, when I go grocery shopping I’ll pick-up for two and she’ll split the bill with me. She’s a fitness freak and measures out her food and counts calories every day. So, now I’m buying lots of high quality ingredients that she’s not used to having around so she’s learning new recipes and trying new things.

Her newest flavor interest is tofu (although it has a distinct lack of flavor on its own). She always attested that it made her gag and that the texture was too gross. So, I marinated some and cooked a vegetable stir fry with it. I made sure to fry the tofu well done so that it wasn’t so mushy. She loved it. Now instead of buying expensive meat all the time, which we both still love, we’re going to eat more soy and tofu products. They’re healthy and MUCH cheaper. A pound of tofu at Trader Joe’s costs about 1.50. You’d need to find a real sale to have chicken or beef at that price!

My cousin who I share an apartment with likes me and my sister’s cooking too and I think he’s trying to learn. He surprised me when he said he tried to go vegetarian. I think it’ll be an interesting journey helping him learn to cook and discover what he likes for recipes.

Now all I need to work on is getting my mother to eat better. That could prove A LOT harder.

I <3 Democracy

So, I got a letter yesterday stating that my voting address has been changed and that I am now registered to vote in at my new address. Sweet! I am so happy that I get to vote!

I am going to bring this piece of paper just in case anything shady happens and some angry Republican starts babbling about ACORN.

Also, The Sole Proprietor gave Caitlin and I the best seafood meal that either of us have had in recent memory. Wow! Dijon horseradish Mako is just delicious. I thought to myself, “I am eating something that could just as easily eat me.” Maple scallops? Forget about it! Not cheap, but absolutely worth it. Especially when you consider that this seafood is so good and we’re in Worcester!

Curry and Computers

I’ve got plenty on the brain today, but what I find most compelling is the absolutely delicious Potato Curry dish Seth’s housemate Rich made at the Sputnik party and the new MacBook Pro that is being blabbered about today.

I always challenge myself to cook new and exciting things that at one point I felt were out of my grasp. In that respect, I feel like cooking is much like life. You get all the right ingredients together one way or another then you start the alchemy with a little bit of heat and hard work. I’m going to purchase a good ol’ cast iron pot and cook a curry one of these coming weekends. I really hope I can get my family to eat it, but if they don’t I’ll have no trouble working the finished product over in a week. Here are some cool links to curry recipes. Not sure which one I’ll use yet. If you want to come over and eat, feel free! I’ll save some for you 😉

http://www.recipezaar.com/61983
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sri-Lanken-Potato-Curry/Detail.aspx
http://www.graspr.com/videos/Potato-Curry-with-Yougart-Gravy

That reminds me, I want to cook with and for friends more. I feel like if I wind up in my own apartment with my cousin Nick I’ll want to make it as homey as possible. Do any of you have interesting recipes I should try to make? Maybe you can make it first and I’ll sample it. I’m very open minded, so bring on all challengers!

On the technology side, I’ve officially sold my old laptop. The beast will serve an immobile person or someone who wants to play bingo online well, but right now I need something lighter. On this live weblog reviewing the new, amazing and expensive Macbook Pro, there is also a section highlighting the best priced laptops on the market. I’ll probably for one of them seeing as I don’t want to spend too much out of pocket compared to what I got for my elephant laptop.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/152230/new_macbook_announcements_from_apple.html

Are there any hardcore Mac heads reading this? Are there any tangible benefits to owning one? Is it the quality, image, processing power, etc? Or just the coolness of owning high priced machinery? Let me in on your secrets!

On a side note, I have two blips I don’t feel like elaborating on too much.

One: why are non-work meetings and conferences scheduled during work hours during work weeks? For someone who doesn’t have clout to pull flextime at will, I wish there would be more evening events or weekend events for those of use who simply have to be in the office.

Secondly: I don’t think I got the Chicago job. I’ve just got a feeling. I haven’t heard anything and I was supposed to know over a week ago. They’re either really torn or so busy with the person they hired that sending my rejection letter is an afterthought. I know I shouldn’t be negative, but waiting for an answer makes me miserable. Like I’ve said before, no matter what happens I’m going to kick, punch and scream my way forward into a career involving sustainability.

That is all for now. Happy Monday on a Tuesday.