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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day

Let me start of with this - this isn't bad.

Mixed drinks can be tricky. Especially when they are warm, and call for ingredients like... butter.

Alcoholic butter coffee anyone

I'm not sure how true to the recipe this drink was, but when I saw you could use either water OR cider I was all in. This drink was hot cider, spiced rum, butter and spices. And guess what... tasted like a hot apple cider. So very drinkable.

Compared to the hot apple cider in made weeks before with Fireball and vanilla vodka, I'd go with the fireball version.

The Flexibility of Ramen

When your pots are dirty, a frying pan will work in a pinch. I ended up making this more of a stir fry than soup. Great for clearing out leftovers. Almost done with the New Year's leftovers.

Also, I'm slowly working through all the unfinished posts in my drafts folder. Most I'm sure I will have no idea why I wanted to post it, but whatever... improvise.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 16: International Hot & Spicy Food Day

In honor of this international food holiday, I decided to make a popular spicy Filipino dish, Bicol Express.

Bicol express is a stew made with pork, sauteed shrimp paste, coconut milk, the usual aromatics (garlic and ginger) and chilies. Normally pork belly is used, but I picked up one of those stir fry packs that had pork strips. Paid a little bit more, but all I had to do was chop up the onion and pepper strips into small dice. I only used jalapenos for my heat, but I don't want to kill my stomach. Keep it on the light side.

I roughly followed the bicol express recipe from Yasmin Newman's 7000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines. When I say roughly, I mean I glanced at the page to make sure I got the right ingredient in at the right time. Measurements I didn't really follow.

I'm a little worried about tomorrow's food holiday - hot buttered rum. What is that?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Day 15: National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

I practiced some self restraint here - only ate half of it. I'll save the rest for tomorrow.

Today is also national fresh squeezed juice day, but screw that. Give me ice cream.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Day 14: National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Today was not a very good day. For a number of reasons (craziness at work, Steelers losing). The only thing that got me through the day was knowing I would be partaking in today's holiday.

Best hot pastrami sandwich I ever had was in Baltimore. But then again, I ate a lot of good food when I was working down there. In New York? Eh... maybe Katz? Never really searched out for it. 

Couldn't find many places up here that serve hot pastrami sandwiches at 7pm on a Sunday. Ended up grabbing this one from Market Bistro in Latham. Marbled rye, mustard, sliced onion. Mushroom barley soup. Black cherry soda. I would have enjoyed this more if the bread didn't fall apart. Chips tasted fishy. Soup wasn't seasoned very well. 

Makes me wonder if I should try the other places in their food court. And do people eat in that restaurant? I saw a sign for prime rib on the weekends.