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#Winning | Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea (Tis the season)

Get Sweet & Warm Me Up

As the temperatures are rapidly dropping here in the DMV, it is officially time to swap out the ice lattes for seasonal favorites: hot cocoa, pumpkin spiced coffee, hot apple cider, and hot tea.

Now, while tea might not seem like such a “seasonal” drink (most people tend to drink it year-round/daily),) I must say that Trader Joe’s has found a way to add their seasonal touch to tea.

Say hello to Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea

photo by Jasmine McGee

If you took a candy cane and dipped it into a simmering pot of green tea, then you’d have a crazy blend of sweetness infused with herbs. Sounds far-fetched, but Trader Joe’s has found a way to blend the flavors together…resulting in my new favorite seasonal tea.  Continue reading

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When Starbucks’ Facebook Page Say’s “It’s On The House,” It Really Is

StarbuckshouseblendCoffee, coffee, coffee. Give it to me dark, give it to me light, just whatever you do, make sure it’s right!

Haha, I love my daily cup of joe and today, before leaving the house to do some grocery shopping with my mom, I noticed on FB that Starbucks status update read, “House Blend is on the house. Come by and enjoy your free cup before noon today.” At first I wasn’t sure if it actually would apply to all locations, but I still decided to make it my mission; left the house at 11am in pursuit of coffee.

By the time I got to Safeway, I was just in time to ask the guys at the Starbucks if the house blend was actually free. Guess what, it really was! So I got my cup of joe and walked away with a big smile on my face. Today I was truly happy to be a loyal Starbucks customer. :)

Oh, and if you’re wondering, the House Blend is on point! They are celebrating more than 40 years of brewing their House Blend, so I was happy they decided to give it to us, on the house.

Thanks Starbucks, you rock!

 

 

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Ramen Swag | How To Cook Noodles x Make It Look Epic [Awesomesauce]

Screen shot at 2012-12-20 8.28.48 PMAt some point in your life, you’ve eaten Ramen noodles. As a broke college student or struggling artist, which I’m all too familar with, Ramen noodles or any type of similar noodles is the cheap approach to food x surviving. But did you know that there are so many different ways to truly hook up a bowl of noodles?  I personally like to add an egg and curry in my noodles, but there is much more you can do. There are different ways, and this Korean commercial for Paldo noodles shows us how you can make cooking noodles look epic!

The commercial sort of reminds of the Dos Equis commercials in which the guy tries to be so cool and is the “most interesting man in the world.” Well in this noodle commercial, this Korean guy surely has Top Ramen Swag that could make him the most interesting man who makes umm…noodles. Haha it’s quite funny, especially with him showing up on a motorcycle. I’m telling y’all, making noodles can be an ultimate experience if you’ve got an HD camera, the right soundtrack, and a industrial looking warehouse that could easily be the scene for a cooking reality show. :)

KING KONG, picture I took and edited with Befunky

Next Time You’re in Nebraska, Stop By King Kong for Gyros, Phillies, and Huge Burgers!

Whew, it feels so good to finally lay down, put my headphones on, and blog away. You may have noticed a lack of posts the past few days, and the reason being is I’ve been driving across the country; long four day drive from Maryland to Denver, Colorado.

I wasn’t alone on my journey. My mom and dad drove the truck with all our furniture in it, and I followed behind them in the car. So basically every single day I drove about 8-10 hours, with only a few short stops for rest. Yeah, sounds exhausting…and it really was. In the midst of the trip, so much stuff happened, including the headlights going out on the car. Even when we replaced the bulbs at Walmart, they still couldn’t figure out what was wrong. So at night time, I had to hold the brights on (switch wouldn’t stay on by itself) for about 2-3 hours. I drove with one hand, and boy I was so over it!

This wasn’t my first time going across the country on a massive road trip. Most of my life has been spent driving/moving back and forth from Colorado to Maryland, with short stays in Virginia and my birthplace, Columbus, Ohio.

So it wasn’t my first cross-country roadtrip, but it was my first time eating at King Kong in Lincoln, Nebraska. You heard that correct, a restaurant named King Kong. Awesome, right? So here is the situation, basically right off of i-80 you’ll spot this huge gorilla in the air and below it is a sign that says it all. Yup, the sign lets you know that not only can you get gyros, but they have phillies, steaks, and burgers! And not just a small burger, nope, you get a KING KONG BURGER. Seriously, the burger is massive!

Sadly, I didn’t take a picture of the burger my dad ate, but I did take a picture of my gyro. And I must say, it was absolutely delish! The last good gyro I had was from this cool food truck in Manhattan, and since then I haven’t had a pretty good one. Hey, some of them food trucks can really throw down and the food taste better than restaurants. Sometimes, not all. Some food trucks suck!

Anyways, so was it worth driving through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illionois, Iowa, and Nebraska just to stop by King Kong for some delicious food? HELL YES! It’s so worth the drive. King Kong is awesome! And the decor of the restaurant has vintage King Kong posters, stuff apes hanging from the ceiling, and in front of the restaurant are mini King Kong statues. The entire restaurant is truly an experience!

So next time you’re in Nebraska, stop by King Kong for some good mood food!

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Go Hard or Go Home: Chef Roblé & Co.

There are so many different television shows on Bravo, but it’s nice to finally see a brand new show that brings forth some redeeming qualities amongst the other filth on the network. Bravo has some good shows, but the Housewives franchises are just a complete waste of time. Half of those women are actually ex-housewives, or on their way to some type of impending separation or divorce.Then you’ve got the women who are housewives, but their personalities are just so boogie and uninteresting to me.

When it comes to reality television, I prefer to watch shows that have substance. The type of shows I enjoy watching tend to be ambition based shows. You know, the shows that involve fashion designers, aspiring chefs, interior designers, art, and businesses. Shows of that nature catch my interests, but I will also admit that I’m loving T.I. & Tiny’s Family Hustle. I watched it last night and I loved it so much! I normally hate shows that follow a celebrity and their life, but it’s so fascinating watching T.I, Tiny, and all them light skinned kids. It’s always amazed that out all the groupies and women T.I. could have, he chose Tiny. It’s just interesting….

I’m totally going on an entirely different tangent, so let me refocus. My point is that a lot of shows on Bravo don’t interest me, but their new show Chef Roblé & Co. is a show totally worth checking out. I’m not going to lie, but yeah, I’m a foodie. I enjoy cooking with a passion, especially getting lost in the wonderful world of baking. All things food interest me, which is why I make sure I work out 5 to 7 days a week to keep a decent figure. There are so many different cuisines to explore, and on his new show Chef Roblé does it all. He doesn’t just limit himself to being a Black chef that only cooks soul food, but instead he dabbles in a wide variety of international cuisines ranging from the gourmet dishes to traditional finger foods.

He’s made a name for himself in the culinary industry and has had the pleasure for cooking for Michael Jackson, Sting, and so many other celebrities. Now, this Brooklyn based chef is doing his own thing and venturing off into the industry of catering and event planning. With the help of his sister Jasmine and his team of chefs, Roblé is making major moves for himself and reminding everyone that it’s either “Go Hard or Go Home.” His overall swag and approach to the business is one that makes for some great camera moments. This isn’t just a dull show that follows a chef and his team, it’s a refreshing show that deals with family, business, catering, event planning, and starting your own business.

Chef Roblé & Co. is a new show that I won’t be missing an episode of. It’s great to see an ambitious Black man on television living his dream and bringing a unique voice to the culinary world. Chef Roblé & Co. is probably one of the best shows that Bravo has introduced this season, and I look forward to seeing more reality shows that break the mold of the typical Basketball Wives and negative drama. True reality television is all about seeing people living out their dreams, running their businesses, and making their talents known to the world. That’s what I want to see more of. More success, less drama.

Catch new episodes of Chef Roblé & Co. on Sundays @10pm EST on BRAVO.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com


Frosty Fresh

You ever just have a craving for something specific and nothing else will satisfy? Whether it be to go out dancing, play a certain videogame, buying some new clothes, or eating something specific, we all get faced with these random cravings. I’ve had raging cravings so bad before that I can’t do anything else until I get what I want, especially when it comes to food.

I’m not big on eating obsessively and over indulging in a certain food, but I do have a pecular taste and like what I like. A few weeks ago I had this random urge to eat sushi and couldn’t get it off my mind.No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the thought of delicious sushi out of my head! My mind likes to play games with me sometimes and push me to do something random. It’s like I will be sitting somewhere daydreaming and then get this desire to go fulfill a part of my daydream. The past few days I’ve had this urge to fly a kite and I need to buy one!

I used to love flying kites with my mom and dad when I was younger. We go out to this huge open field, run around for awhile, and then let the kite soar in the sky…of course until it got caught in this one random tree in the middle of the field. I would be so disappointed when we couldn’t retrive the kite and would have so sulk back home. Luckily we never invested in any expensive kites, my parents liked to keep it cheap since it would probably end up getting destroyed anyways. haha gotta love parents!

Hanging out with my mom always results in some hilarious noteworthy story. Last night happened to be one of those hilarious noteworthy stories and it all began with a Frosty.

Frosty #1

My mom had went to Trader Joes earlier in the day and then went to Wendy’s to pick up some lunch for us. I hadn’t had Wendy’s since Colorado and wasn’t really thinking about it. However, I did have a craving for a milkshake of some sort but a Frosty puts the milkshame milkshake to shame. The chocolate Frosty is so tasty and delicious! I hadn’t had one in over 6 months and I had forgotten how it can mess up your food palette.

After eating part of my Frosty and putting the rest in the freezer, the Frosty madness had begun to spread throughout the house. Later on that evening my mom and my sister (my sister n law, but she is like the sister I’ve never had) decided to watch some movies. We went into the kitchen to begin the routine. Get our snacks, fill up our huge water bottles (we are like camels!), and make sure we don’t get crumbs on our blackberry’s.

After filling up my water and texting a friend back, I reached in the freezer and got my Frosty. Angie (my sis) eyes immediately got wide and she exclaimed "Oh man, a Frosty!" She hadn’t had one in a long time either and mine was frozen solid, so my mom suggested we go to Wendy’s and get her one, my dad one, and another one for me since the other one wasn’t Frosty fresh. I mean the Frosty still would have tasted good but the idea of having a fresh one that wasn’t frozen and still had the frosty fresh quality had me running up the steps, putting on some leggings, a shirt, hoodie, and slipping on some flip-flops.

Our 95′ astro van (what scooby and the gang know about that!) has been having problems lately and breathes really loud as if it’s going to cut off. So we decided to just walk through our neighborhood over to the shopping center and get some Wendy’s. Angie and me had our flip-flops and legging outfit on,while my mom had on some sweats and Adidas jacket….we looked so cute and comfy! It only took about five minutes to walk through the parking lot past Marshalls and some other shops.

Frosty #2

Once we had finally gotten to Wendy’s and pulled on the door, it was locked! We didn’t know that the inside of the Wendy’s closed early and the drive thru was the only thing open till like 2am. We were so upset and we looked sort of crazy. I was saying "oh man, this sucks!" and Angie was adding in her "boy, this isn’t cool, I want a Frosty!". We had the look on our faces we get when breakfast closes at McDonald’s and you show up 2 minutes before the cut off…it wasn’t a good look!

Now my mom is a go getter and she was like "I’ll just go through the drive thru and you can make car noises." Hahaha I was like "really mom? Yea I can imitate the astro van" and then I started making these loud humming noises. To be honest, we looked like we were on some type of drug and really high, but that is just our personalities. Across the street were some people sitting at the bus stop, a white girl in a halter top and some black guys pulled up and were upset Wendy’s was closed, and two black guys came across the parking lot and were standing in front of Wendy’s. A lot was going on at 11pm on a Friday night near an elementary school. Everyone wanted Wendy’s!

My mom and Angie waited for this nice silver car to finish their order and pull around. Angie and her walked up to the drive thru speaker and my mom said in a ghetto voice "Can I order through here?!". LOL I was cracking up! I remained posted at the drive thru entrance and fiddled with my blackberry. To make things even more hilarious, cute little Angie (she’s like so short compared to my mom and me) walked over and yelled in the speaker "Can I order here, we just want Frosty’s!"

While I was cracking up and had my hand on my hip, the guy who ordered in the silver car pulled up in front of me. He said "Do you want me to order for you guys?". At first I was caught off guard. He was this handsome Puerto Rican guy and reminded me of this married guy back in Colorado I liked but then found out he had a wife  (he was very sexy though lol). I was laughing and explaining to him that we walked over and didn’t know the drive thru had closed. I asked him why he had driven back around and he said "I had to! I heard you guys talking and was cracking up so much that I had to help." My mom and Angie had finally walked backed over and my mom told him he was so kind. She told him "You better not drive off with my ten bucks, I got your license number!" She was kidding of course and he began blushing and laughing, then he replied "Well I don’t have anything else better to do and oh boy 10 bucks would change my life. Just kidding, but seriously I don’t mind helping you out at all."

So this Puerto Rican hero drove through the drive thru, ordered our Frosty’s, and came back with our exact change. But while he was waiting, this random white guy came across the parking lot and tried to open the door to Wendy’s. He then said "man what the fuck!?" and looked as us. My mom was like "It’s sucks right? Can’t even get your late night Wendy’s fix." He then made up some story( he seemed so sneaky, doubt he even had a wife) about his wife and how she wanted Wendy’s, but he was kind of creepy and hitting on my mom. He asked us if that guy would get us Frosty’s but my mom was like "I don’t think he would."

The white guy walked off somewhere and then the Puerto Rican guy pulled up towards us and we began clapping and cheering him on. We all thanked him and I thanked him once again for being so nice. I told him "Your such a charming man, thank you so much for being a sweetheart. Awww you’re so nice!" He began laughing and blushing, said it was no problem at all and my mom decided to let him keep the change. She told him if he wanted to make more money the white guy was wanting Wendy’s and he said "Nah, sounds like too much work.I did it just for you guys." He smiled at us and we wished him a good evening. I told him "This will make a great story for you to post on Facebook" and he replied "haha yea I’m so going to post this". Then he drove off and the three of us cracked up as we held our Frosty’s and walked back towards our house.

But before we left, the white guy came out of nowhere and was like "You got to be fucking kidding me, you guys got Wendy’s." My mom looked at him and laughed, "Yea that guy was so nice, he just left. Oh well, hope you figure it out." We began walking off and then he tried to chat my mom up, talking about his wife was going to be upset if he didn’t come back with Wendy’s and then he wanted to know what we were getting into. I guess he wanted to hang out with us and some other stuff with my mom (ewww!) but my mom wasn’t having it. He said he needed a new set of friends and my mom was like "What, did you hang out with crackheads?" Then he actually said "No not crackheads, well something like that but never mind!" HAHAHAHA what a weirdo!

So we walked back to the house and kept talking about the story. My mom said the Puerto Rican guy was trying to holla at me…and yea he was. He was so sexy! Man, wished that story had a different ending.

But In the end it was a hilarious story and one that we won’t forget. All that madness just because we wanted a Frosty and I wanted a new Frosty…one that was Frosty Fresh!

©Jasmine McGee

ThinkSoul25

http://thinksoul25.com