Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Real Co Spicy White Basmati Rice Bowl with Chicken & Veggies

 I recently got a few products from The Real Co. and fell absolutely in love with this dish (could be because I've been on an Asian cuisine kick lately). All of their products are
USDA Organic certified, non-gmo, gluten-free, vegan & Single Origin certified. I usually don't go our of my way to buy organic and I'm sure you've read my post about my feelings towards gluten free. But these ingredients really are delicious! Even if you're not the most health conscious you should cook with great ingredients. And if you are looking for a vegan company like this, well you've found the perfect one.
Impress your Valentine's date by making them dinner.


    2 Cups  The Real Co White Basmati Rice
    1  Tablespoon  olive oil
    1 1/2  Cup  organic, fresh vegetables cut into similar sizes
    1  Cup  chopped celery
    2  grilled chicken breasts cut into similar sizes as vegetables.
After cooking all ingredients, toss with Spicy Sauce, below.

 For the Spicy Sauce 

    1   Cup  low salt teriyaki sauce
    2  Teaspoons  soy sauce
    1  Tablespoon  Fresh ginger (grated)
    1/2  Cup  any organic BBQ sauce
    1/4  Teaspoon  The Real Co Organic Raw Cane Sugar
    1  Tablespoon  whole wheat flour
    1  Tablespoon  water

Bring all ingredients, above, to a rolling boil then reduce heat to low. Mix the flour and water well, then add to the simmering sauce a little at a time. Cook for 5 minutes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Best Restaurants for Valentine's Day

It has become a tradition to celebrate love over food, but finding the perfect place to eat can be hectic. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, so it’s nearly impossible to find a venue that isn’t featuring a prix fixe menu for lovers. Aphrodisiacs, flowers, and wine are just a few ways these restaurants are stepping up their game. From these fifteen menus you are bound to find the perfect fit for your special night; decadent seafood dishes and complimentary Veuve Clicquot make these the most romantic spots to hit.  From California to New York, I’ve rounded up some of the best Valentine’s Day menus for you to celebrate with your special someone. 

New York
72 W. 69th St.
New York, NY 10023
This upper west side jewel features bold New American cuisine and is situated just a few steps from Central Park. They’ll be showcasing a four course meal for $110; with options such as fresh pasta, lobster Bolognese, and gulf shrimp and sea urchin stew.
55 East 54th St.
New York, NY 10022
Are you in the mood for Greek food? Nerai serves up contemporary Greek classics and fresh seafood flown in daily. A five course menu— for $135— is sure to impress your date. Chef Chris Christou made sure to include aphrodisiacs in each dish on this prix fixe menu, making this a must for your Valentine’s Day celebration.
380 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003
If you’re in downtown New York City you’ll want to drop in Lafayette. A wide variety of hors d’oeuvres to choose from, pasta and entrees like lamb chop ‘tagine’ will leave you full. But the mention of their fruity, decadent desserts will seduce you into ordering something sweet to finish the meal. The four course meal for Valentine’s Day is priced at $95, $7 extra for sides.
18 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
Right by the business district is Acanto, an approachable Italian eatery. For the most romantic of occasions the restaurant will be featuring a special a la carte selection including seared sea scallops and black truffle tagliatelle.
400 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
If you’re looking to impress your significant other, look no further. The chop house offers complimentary champagne and homemade chocolates! Well, only if you book your reservation far enough in advance. They also offer a four course ‘sweetheart menu’ for $140 per couple. Menu options like walnut crusted halibut and peanut butter Oreo pie are sure to delight.
2610 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL
 All of the food featured on this menu has clear origins in the local market. Dishes like the bass kabocha and the chocolate mango chai parfait are sure to entice foodies everywhere. North Pond will be serving a five course tasting menu for $125, wine pairings are available for $60.
Los Angeles
1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Birsch in Los Angeles will be featuring a three course prix fixe menu for $70. Here you can indulge in rich polenta and classic chocolate covered strawberries. But this chef has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to make this a memorable evening; dishes like the fois gras with blood orange jelly will leave you only wanting more.
300 South Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Culina is an Italian restaurant with a modern twist. Here you and your special someone can start your meal with appetizers featuring seasonal citrus. End the evening with an unconventional dessert like the spicy chocolate fondue.
927 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
This restaurant may offer your standard prix fix 3 course dinner—for $60—but there are some surprises on the menu as well. On February 14th you’ll want to try their Love Potion No. 929 ($13), it’s a gin based cocktail sure to put anyone in the mood.
San Francisco
415 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Here at The Barrel Room the menu change every three months, showcasing a different region. So even if you’ve dined here in the past, there is always something new on the menu. Enjoy the perfect romantic evening during a five course menu complete with two wine pairings per course.
648 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
If you’re a vegetarian it can be hard to find a place to eat on holidays, most restaurants offer set menus without substitutions. All Spice made our list of Valentine’s Day menus because they offer a vegetarian option of their six course menu ($145). Don’t fret, wine pairings are also available.
398 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar won’t just be offering a three course prix fixe menu for $62, they will also have their full menu to offer. Dine on entrees like crab stuffed prawns with chili spiced hollandaise and desserts like pistachio ice cream with a mascarpone mousse. This menu can only be described as sinfully decadent.
1685 Collins Ave
Miami, FL 33139
If you’re spending Valentine’s Day in warmer parts of the country like Miami, you’ll want to try restaurant Bianca. Their menu for this February 14th includes tuna pizza with truffle oil, risotto all’aragosto and hazelnut espresso cake to end a fabulous meal. And if you’re looking to impress your date or just make this an extra special night, the restaurant will have a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast. All of this is just $100.
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Looking to splurge for your romantic holiday? The Betsy may have the perfect menu for you; for $1200 you’ll have a poolside candlelight dinner for two that includes a customized three course dinner. The menu can include dishes such as oysters, baked goat cheese, and crepe soufflĂ©.
2395 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
If you and your significant other are a fan of Top Chef you’ll want to spend Valentine’s Day at Tom Colicchios restaurant Beachcraft. Other than the breathtaking view, you’ll also have a three course dinner for $95. A la carte will also be available, but what’s better than eating oysters on the half shell with a view of the beach?