Saturday, February 20, 2010

Making Friends with the Liver Punisher!

A co-worker and I have been discussing the prospect of a "friendship potion." A concoction the consumption of which would bind the drinkers together forever in the bonds of friendship. But what magical elixer has such powers? Chocolate milk? Coffee? Poison? Good ideas for sure, but nothing that really captured the essence of friendship or would unite two or more people in hallowed halls of friendliness. I was stuck.

And then it dawned on me: booze. Drink bonds people together like social superglue, so our proposed Friendship Potion had to be massively alcoholic. There's no drink I can think of that renders drinkers as instantly stupified as the Long Island Iced Tea, but that's old hat. Our Friendship Potion had to be epic, something of an ordeal. A drink that would bond its consumers in drunkeness and experience.

This is what I've come up with:

In a shaker with ice combine:

  • 1 part 151 proof vodka

  • 1 part 151 proof rum, preferably white

  • 1 part gin, highest proof available

  • 1 part tequila, silver or white, highest proof available

  • 1/2 part red Gatorade

  • 1/2 part blue Gatorade

  • Splash raspberry schnapps

  • Dash each of lemon and lime juices

To drink this as a shot pour into shot glasses with a dash of Cherry 7up. As a cocktail serve this in a tall glass with ice and top with Cherry 7up. If you have access to dry ice garnish with a small sliver of dry ice for that erie, smokey potion effect!

Next time you have a gathering with friends, old or new, collect everyone's keys, mix up a batch. Real friends will help out and each bring a portion of the potion! Enjoy and be safe!

Coming soon from Liver Punisher: the Liver Punisher Cocktail!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

There Might Be a Cure for the Wintertime Blues

According to a recent article from MSN, certain dietary changes might help you fight off the wintertime blues and keep you healthy during cold and flu season.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ridiculous Eats XII and the Mountain of Meat!

After a holiday hiatus our ongoing look into the world of extreme foods is back!

Welcome to Ridiculous Eats XII: The Meta Meat Cake!

Bear witness to the glory of this mighty mountain and its unholy union of components! The mightily meaty monstrosity is a mounded mass of man’s meatiest meats. Build if you dare and eat at your own risk the following laundry list of butcher’s counter fodder:

- Bratwurst
- Chorizo
- Ground Beef
- Ground Pork
- Diced Ham
- Canadian Bacon
- Pepperoni
- Hickory Smoked Bacon
- Hot Cappy
- Queso Blanco
- Provolone
- Sharp Cheddar

But that’s not all! The above list is merely the filling in this meat monolith. After the stacking, the meat is then coated in a sausage/bacon/cheese ball dough and baked. And of course this is a cake so it needs to be decorated. Decorated with American and Cheddar Squeeze cheese and bacon!

Feel your pulse quicken and your arteries harden! Tremble before the mega Meta Meat Cake!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Souper Market? I'll Take the Soup, Thanks!

With two west-side locations, Cleveland's Souper Market is an occasional treat enjoyed on the odd early trip to Lakewood or Ohio City.

At least it was until about two weeks ago!

As I was driving into work a few weeks back I noticed this sign in a window along Carnegie Avenue:
(OK, not this one exactly. This is one of the west-side locations, but the east-side shop is too new to have Internet pictures up yet)

I was so souprised I nearly wrecked my car rubbernecking!

It was about two days, though, before I was able to actually make it in, but it's safe to say that the new east-side Souper Market is every bit as good as its cross-town counterparts.

One of the great aspects of Souper Market is their willingness to give you samples before you make a decision, so my first trip in I tried a few spoonfuls before selecting their special for the week: Potato-Havarti-Bacon! This creamy potato-based soup has the cheese cooked into it so it's velvety smooth and luxuriantly rich. The goodness is ratcheted up a dozen notches or so by the addition of a generous handful of bacon added to the top. Veggie readers take comfort, though, many of Souper Market's offerings are meat optional so you could enjoy this, too! Vegan soup enthusiasts take heart! Souper Market regularly offers several vegan options, too!

My second trip earlier this week found me spoon deep in one of my favorite Souper Market offerings: Jambalaya! This thick, spicy concoction is loaded with tender pulled chicken, spicy chicken sausage and few shrimp. It's hearty, spicy, and filling; the perfect foil to Cleveland's often brutal winter days, but thankfully not so spicy as to be unpalatable.

The east-side installation of Souper Market is great news indeed as there are precious few places to get a quick delicious lunch in East Cleveland, I'm just going to have to make sure I don't eat there more than once a week!
Plus, Souper Market is more than great soup, they also offer a variety of healthy salads, delicious artisanal breads, and a rotating cast of sides. My first few west-side visits were accompanied by delicious pierogies. It seems that Souper Market is now proffering homemade Crab Cakes!

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