CORONAVIRUS! Part 29 – Happy Cinco de Mayo!

CORONAVIRUS! Part 29 – Happy Cinco de Mayo!
And it’s also “Giving Tuesday” (so give it away now)

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – It’s Cinco de Mayo! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

2:30am: We ate the chili dogs and fell asleep for a bit.
And when we woke up it was Tuesday morning around 1:00am!
We took the dogs out again and we are back in the Home Office.

11:30am: No one told me the gardeners were coming on Tuesday at 8:00am!
Of course, we were already awake, the dogs had already been outside and were fed.
So we got the newspapers and said “Good Morning” to the guys in the driveway.
They will be working in the backyard most of the day doing the hard labor stuff.
We had juice, an espresso, and a toasted bagel with cream cheese this morning.
We got the mail and we took the dogs out again a
nd now they’re asleep here in the Home Office.
Yeah, we’re hungry, and we could takea nap.
It’s a beautiful day today and it’s going to get HOT later.

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2:15pm: Well, we didn’t eat, but we did take a nap for a little while.
And now it’s HOT and there’s a Hot Wind blowing. (Earthquake weather?)


And the day went by. So, we fed the dogs and we were outside in the sun.
The gardeners did a nice job clearing the backyard of stuff
and they pruned one tree all the way down to the sticks.

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Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday at Home. (dinner at 11:30pm)
On the Menu: Chili and cheese soft taco with fresh guacamole and salsa verde, salad with Caesar dressing, tortilla chips, red grapes, two tequila shots, and an iced espresso.


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Olé! Salud! CHEERS!

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The 4 stages of Tequila:
2 shots = I’m rich
4 shots = I’m good looking
6 shots = I’m invisible
8 shots = I’m bulletproof

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Good (Tuesday) morning!
Two years now. Miss my father.
Rough weekend for me.

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Super Bowl Sunday 2020

Super Bowl Sunday!
February 2, 2020 – Kickoff 3:30pm PST

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Groundhog Day is also February 2nd.
Punxsutawny Phil, the Groundhog and
The Punxsutawny Groundhog Club est. 1887
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“A popular tradition in the United States, Groundhog Day is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.”

“Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostications have drawn the attention and praise of thousands of his faithful followers who now flock to Gobblers Knob each year from around the world.”
– from The Punxsutawny Groundhog Club website

UPDATE: Sunday, February 2, 2020, 0730am PST – Groundhog Day!
Punxatawny Phil did not see his shadow. Early Spring predicted!

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Punxsutawney Phil is betting on Kansas City!

SUPER BOWL 54
San Francisco 49ers – National Football Conference (NFC)
@ Kansas City Chiefs – American Football Conference (AFC)

The winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, created by Tiffany & Company, and made of sterling silver. The trophy is a regulation-size silver football mounted in a kicking position on a pyramid-like stand of three concave sides.
Height: 20.75 inches – Weight: 107.3 ounces – Value: In excess of $10,000

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The Halftime Show: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira

Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Capacity: 65326
Parking: 26718

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Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

And now a quick message for the NFL (and all the closet racists out there):

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The Chiefs are slight favorites over the 49ers KC -1.5
The Chiefs Money Line: Kansas City -122, San Francisco +101
The Over/Under is currently 54.5

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“Football is like life it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority. “
– Vince Lombardi

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“NED!”

Jeep Wins the Commercials!
Bill Murray and Groundhog Day!
(with Stephen Tobolovsky and Brian Doyle Murray)
Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhYVhnydQWg
Here it is! www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnhzGUcENWo
(released to the world at 6am on 02-02-2020)

The Halftime Show: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
(we don’t think J-Lo likes Shakira….)
and it will probably SUCK. Wait for the reviews.

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“Her hips don’t lie and her lips don’t sing.” – Dave Siegel

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PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!

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NOTE: Face it, you don’t care about either team this year, so it’s all about
THE SUPER BOWL PARTY, the food, drink, and the Commercials, right?

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Drinking Rules for Super Bowl 54:
Take a sip of beer every time the broadcasters mention the Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 50 years and every time they show Chiefs fans doing a tomahawk chop.
Take a sip every time they mention Colin Kaepernick, the controversial former San Francisco Quarterback.
Take a sip of beer. whenever the broadcasters mention that Chiefs Quarterback Mahomes’ dad, Pat Mahomes, once pitched for the New York Mets and every time the broadcasters mention Coach Andy Reid’s poor clock management.
Take a sip every time a well known celebrity or Jerry Rice appears on camera.
Take a sip anytime they show Joe Montana, or mention him playing for both teams.
Take a sip when Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce does his signature “Magic Mike” dance when he scores a touchdown.
Take a sip every time the broadcast shows an aerial view of South Beach.
Do a shot when Pitbull does his “surprise” cameo during the halftime show.
STOP DRINKING IF YOU FEEL DRUNK!

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POSTING THIS ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st at 12:05am.
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Our predictions for the Big Game:
(we are not liable for any gambling losses,
this is not an actual “tip” or “tout” site. For amusement only!)
*Kansas City will win. Final score 27-20, so take the Under.*
And always take “HEADS” in the coin toss.
Most of all just have fun and be safe!

UPDATE: February 2, 2020 1730pm (Halftime)
Well, the Over/Under shifted to my final score prediction!
And we’re tied at 10-10 at the Half.
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UPDATE: February 2, 2020 2010pm (Game Over!)
Final Score: San Francisco 20 – Kansas City 31
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NOTE: At the time we predicted the Under score the Over/Under line was 53.5
We would have won the Under Bet and our prediction KC 27 – SF 20 was pretty close!

“El Zono Finale.”

NOTE: “Where The Buffalo Roam” with Bill Murray and Peter Boyle is a classic film and a Super Bowl viewing must! Try to find it with the original music soundtrack.

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NOTE: We will continue to add and update this Blog Post
before, during and after the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday!

On The Menu:
Friday evening, we made a big pot of thick and extra spicy chili for Sunday.
(we are also defrosting chicken wings, but we won’t cook them until Gameday)

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Start with a big pot of thick and extra spicy chili

Saturday evening, we cut up a pineapple and a watermelon, and we made a fruit infused lemonade (used fresh lemons right off the tree). We went to the market and bought food and supplies for the party: chips, hummus, dill pickles, celery, Persian cucumbers, raspberries, “beverages” and mixers, peanut M&Ms, ice cream and more.

Sunday morning we cut up the veggies, made some fresh guacamole (our recipe is in a previous Blog Post) and then we cooked up the hot wings.

Buffalo Hot Wings!
Ingredients:
Chicken wings (trimmed and cut)
1 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 stick of Butter
1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
dash(es) Tabasco
dash(es) Worcestershire sauce
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat 2″- 3″ of vegetable oil to 400 degrees in heavy pot.
Whisk flour, eggs, 6 oz of Frank’s Red Hot sauce, a couple dashes of Tabasco and Worchestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper in a large bowl until it makes a batter.
Salt the chicken wings and add them to the bowl, Coat them thoroughly with batter.
Fry the chicken wings in hot oil for 5-7 minutes until cooked golden brown.
Remove the chicken wings from oil and drain on paper towels.
Melt butter in a saucepan on the stove, then add 6 oz of Frank’s Red Hot sauce, a dash of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce and simmer quickly.
Place chicken wings in oven safe dish (PYREX or a metal pan) and cover them with sauce.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove and coat with heated sauce again.
Garnish with celery & carrot sticks
Serve with Blue Cheese and Ranch dressing

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Thick and Extra Spicy Chili (w/cheese, onion and crushed tortilla chips)

Words of Wisdom:

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

“Ain’t no Hunter here! This is a party! Not a safari!”

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“Tickets, passes, and a key?”

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“Still not weird enough for me.”

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“Everybody is going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl. When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that. I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can’t produce, if I can’t help a team, that’s when I will stop playing.” – Peyton Manning

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Super Bowl 50, February 7, 2016, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

The Pregame Show was a NFL Football masterpiece!

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Marino, Montana, Brady, Manning, Staubach, Favre and Elway!

THE GAME!

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KC scores the first TD!

First Half: pretty even.
Both teams score a touchdown and a field goal.
San Francisco threw an interception.
Lots of good commercials!

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SF scores the second TD and ties the game at 10!

Third Quarter: All 49ers.
San Francisco kicks a field goal, then intercepts and drives for a TD! Score is 20 – 10

Fourth Quarter: All Chiefs!
Big Play! Touchdown! Interception! Touchdown! Chiefs Win!

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Touchdown Kansas City! San Francisco leads 20-17

After further review the play stands as called. Touchdown Chiefs! KC leads 20 – 24!

BIG KC DEFENSE! San Francisco turns it over on downs with 1:30 left on the clock.

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Game Over! Touchdown Kansas City! Chiefs now lead 20-31! Then they intercept the ball again with less than a minute left to play! Game Over Man!

The Kansas City CHIEFS WIN!
Final Score: San Francisco 20 – Chiefs 31

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PREMATURE CELEBRATION

A short RANT about the PREMATURE CELEBRATION:
This just needs to stop. The End Zone Exhibitionism should be penalized!
No TD dances! No group selfies! None of this “Jerk-Off” behavior!
How is this not “TAUNTING” the other team? It’s just Poor Sportsmanship!

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“I’m going to Walt Disney World!” Super Bowl and NFL League MVP!

Big Congratulation to 24 year old Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes! He’s the Super Bowl MVP and the NFL League MVP (and the youngest player to ever win those awards) along with being the holder of a bunch of other new football records. He made some “rookie mistakes” during the game, but he played like a Champion and made the BIG PLAYS when he had to and led Kansas City to victory.

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Ok now its playtime.

 

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DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
CALL A RIDE AND GET HOME ALIVE!



We had a weird. thought today (Friday) as the GOP Senate voted against witnesses and documents (i.e. evidence) in the Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump.
What if there’s a “false flag” event at the Super Bowl? Hmmm. Conspiracy theory much?

And don’t forget who controls what you see, hear and read:

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or just Watch the Puppy Bowl on the AnimalPlanet channel!
Team Fluff vs. Team Ruff: 96 puppies from 61 animal shelters and rescue organizations across the United States will compete, the highest number of puppies ever, making it the “biggest and most epic game in Puppy Bowl history,”
And all the puppies are available for adoption at www.animalplanet.com

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“Happiness is a warm puppy” – Charles M. Schultz

UPDATE: February 4, 2020 – Best Story of the Super Bowl!
Kelly Kay Green, 27, a Los Angeles Instagram model, who has more than 275,000 followers on her “Kelly Kay” Instagram page, tried to get on the field during Super Bowl LIV in Miami and was arrested on a trespassing charge and taken into custody. Green jumped over the northwest rail and onto the field in a restricted area. “Social media showed security and police taking her into custody near one of the end zones and leading her off the field. At one point, she appeared to lift off the back of her dress as she walked with her hands handcuffed behind her.” She was booked and later released on a $1000 bond.

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UPDATE: February 3, 2020
THIS IS A REAL TRUMP TWEET!
The Chiefs play in Missouri!
HE DOESN’T KNOW AND HE DOESN’T CARE!

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THIS IS A REAL TRUMP TWEET! The Chiefs play in Missouri!

SHARING THIS FROM OUR FRIEND:
“President Numbnuts strikes again!!!
Yes, he posted this then deleted it.
The Chiefs play in Kansas City MISSOURI!
Millions of people feel he should’ve been impeached, removed from office (and squished like a bug) for simply being an absolutely wretched human being with zero interest in:
-geography
-history,
-truth,
-leadership,
-honor,
-people,
-pets,
-veterans,
-veterinarians,
-women,
-men,
-children,
-Armenians,
-Americans,
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – !!!
Fuck This World Class Asshole and get him out of the white house.
Oh, and Happy Groundhog’s Day.”
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Super Bowl Sunday! Super Bowl 51 Party!

Super Bowl Sunday!
Super Bowl 51 Party!
February 5, 2017 – Houston, Texas

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Super Bowl 51

WHO DO YOU LIKE?

PREGAME:

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Super Bowl 50 – LEVI Stadium in San Jose, California

We don’t care who wins,
but we would like the New England Patriots to lose today.

We procrastinated and waited until this morning to do our party shopping.
So, we made an early Supermarket run for groceries and party supplies:

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Groceries and Super Bowl Party Supplies!

We weren’t sure what we were going to serve.
We planned on hot dogs (defrosted from the freezer).
We also thought wings and meatballs. So, that’s what we did.
Guacamole (had 2 ripe avocados), check. Chips, pretzels, etc., check.
We also did some of our shopping for the week.

We prepped the food, cooked the meatballs and then the wings,
made hotdogs for lunch and settled in for the Pre-Game Show.

Superbowl Sunday! Let’s get this party started!

LUNCH!

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GAME TIME FOOD!

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ON THE MENU: 2 hotdogs with mustard, onions and cheese on Hawaiian bread buns! Watermelon! Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi fruit and red & green grapes. Hot Wings! Crudité: celery, carrots, persian cucumber with ranch dressing and dill pickles. Meatballs with marinara sauce! Fresh made guacamole! Tortilla chips, pretzel sticks, pistachio nuts, cool ranch Doritos, BBQ kettle potato chips, teriyaki beef jerky, milk chocolate Milano cookies and peanut M&Ms. Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, cran-raspberry-orange-pineapple juice and iced espresso.

ITALIAN MEATBALLS (with Marinara Sauce):

Mix 1/2 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb pork sausage (we used links and removed the casings), chopped onion, bread crumbs and spices: black pepper, salt, garlic powder, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Roll into golf ball sized meatballs.
Heat a large pan with a little olive oil to medium heat and brown the meatballs turning so all of the outside is seared but the inside is still slightly uncooked. Remove from pan and let sit for 5-10 mins. Warm marinara sauce in a pan and add meatballs, rolling them in the sauce until they are completely coated. Remove from pan and let sit for 5-10 mins.
Add cornstarch to the marinara sauce and drippings and stir until it thickens.
Pour sauce over meatballs.
Bake meatballs in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 mins before serving.

HOT WINGS (with celery, carrots and ranch dressing):

10 wings (cut up with the ends trimmed off)
Mix 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp cayenne powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Coat wings completely and place in the refrigerator for an hour.
Heat oil and deep fry the wings. Place on paper towels to drain.
In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (or other hot sauce), a dash of black pepper, a dash of garlic powder. Dip each wing in sauce and place on baking sheet. Bake in oven at low heat for 15 mins on each side, then broil for 2 mins on each side. Serve with ranch dressing, extra sauce, celery and carrots.


Let the Commercials and FOX Promos begin! The “Pre-Kick” Show!
National Anthem and Who is Luke Bryant?
Coin toss with ex-President George H.W. (Senior) and Barbara Bush.
The Atlanta Falcons win the coin toss and defer to receive in the Second Half.
New England will receive and gets the football first.

NOTE: To be honest, we watched the game and commercials while enjoying the food and the Super Bowl party. We did LIVE POST all the scoring plays on our personal facebook timeline as they happened, but it was so we could get the pics for this blog, which we are writing at Midnight long after the game is over.
We recorded it, so we are watching it again as we write this Blog.

SPOILER ALERT:
The New England Patriots Won Super Bowl 51 in Overtime 34-28.

KICKOFF TIME! First Half

Nobody scored in the 1st Quarter!
First Score!
2nd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!
(following a stripped ball fumble by the New England Patriots)

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 7-0

Second Score: 2nd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 14-0

Third Score: Interception! Pick Six! Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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PICK SIX! TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 21-0

Fourth Score: End of 2nd Quarter Field Goal NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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FIELD GOAL NEW ENGLAND! 21-3

The First Half was ALL ATLANTA.

THE HALFTIME SHOW!
Lady Gaga flies in from the roof as advertised!
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No Wardrobe Malfunctions.
Flying “Poker Face” on wires. Dance number. Crowd work.
Lighting effects and fireworks. Boring.
Who likes her music? (yes, some people like her music…)
And why is she the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl?

KICKOFF! Second Half

First Score: 3rd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 28-3

Second Score: 3rd Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! Missed Extra Point! 28-9

Third Score: 4th Quarter Field Goal NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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FIELD GOAL NEW ENGLAND! 28-12

Fourth Score: 4th Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!
(following a forced fumble by the Atlanta Falcons)

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! 2 POINT CONVERSION! 28-20

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Edelman’s Miracle Catch!

“After further review, the ruling on the field stands.” Completed pass!

Fifth Score: 4th Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! 2 POINT CONVERSION! 28-28

The Second Half was ALL NEW ENGLAND!
New England scores 25 unanswered points to TIE the game 28-28!

OVERTIME! (First time in Super Bowl history)
Overtime Coin Toss will decide the game.
New England wins the toss and will receive.

First Score: SUDDEN DEATH! Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!
PATRIOTS WIN!

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OVERTIME! TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! PATRIOTS WIN! 34-28

THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL…..

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“Say What?”

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over!”

The Atlanta Falcons choked and lost the game in the Second Half. The New England Patriots beat them by a touchdown in Overtime making what looked like a complete “blowout” in the First Half into an exciting game in the Second Half. Tom Brady led his team to the WIN and Atlanta was unable to respond after the early 3rd Quarter touchdown.

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Here are collected recipes from my hard drive.

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Gazpacho (makes 6 servings – about 1 1/4 cups each)

Ingredients:
1 cup finely chopped unpared cucumber
1 avocado, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
2 tblsp red wine vinegar
1 quart tomato juice
2 tblsp olive oil
Sour Cream

Directions:
1. Place cucumber, avocado, onion, salt, oregano and vinegar in large pitcher or serving bowl. Pour tomato juice over vegetable mixture; stir gently. Cover; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
2. Stir olive oil into juice mixture just before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream.

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Chipotle’s Guacamole Recipe:

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JoshWillTravel’s Easy Fresh Made Guacamole

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JoshWillTravel’s Easy Fresh Made Guacamole

Ingredients:
1 large or 2 small ripe avocados. Skined and deseeded. (Save the pit!)
finely chopped onion (white, yellow or red, a thin slice diced)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or 2 chrushed/chopped garlic cloves)
1/2 tsp ground cumin (adjust amount to taste)
1/2 tsp cayenne power (adjust amount to taste)
dash of red pepper flakes (to taste)
2 dashes of lime juice (fresh or bottled, to taste)

Optional Ingredients:
small amount of finely chopped jalapeño pepper (fresh or canned, to taste)
small amount of finely chopped fresh cilantro or dried cilantro flakes (to taste)

NOTE: Adjust the amount of spices depending on the size/ripeness of the avocado, the amount of “HEAT” you like in your guacamole and the food you are serving it with.
Don’t hide the flavor of the avocado! And if you over-spice, just add more avocado.
We do not like a lot of cilantro! (and sometimes we don’t want any at all)
Use other spices to add “Heat” instead of cilantro if you agree.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small-medium size bowl.
Use the back side of a fork to crush and mix the avocado, onion and spices.
DO NOT OVER MIX! Guacamole should be slightly lumpy.
Chill in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes, serve in small bowls or as a garnish.
(to prevent “browning” place the unwashed pit in the bowl with the guacamole)

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JoshWillTravel’s Easy Fresh Made Guacamole (ingredients)

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Manny’s Artichoke Recipe

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Manny’s Artichoke Recipe (from Manny’s Bistro in Westwood and the Renaissance Faire)

Manny’s Churros (makes 18-20)

Ingredients:
Vegetable Oil
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
2 tblsp butter (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Heat oil (1-1/2 to 2 inches) to 375 degrees in a 12-inch skillet or fry pan
2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat eggs until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes. Beat in granulated sugar gradually. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Stir in butter and vanilla.
3. Fit a pastry tube with a large star tip.* Fill with dough. Squeeze dough into hot oil in 6-8 inch lengths, cutting off ends with a knife. Fry until golden brown, about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; keep war. Repeat with remaining dough. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
*Tip: A cookie press with the star plate can be used in place of the pastry tube.


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Steak-On-A-Stake (makes 6 servings)
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Steak-On-A-Stake (makes 6 servings)

Ingredients:
1-1/2 pounds of beef loin sirloin steak, boneless, 3/4″ thick
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tblsp honey
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp sesame or vegetable oil
2 tblsp dry sherry
Pineapple chunks
Black olives

Directions:
1.  Cut meat into strips about 3/4 inch wide and 2 inches long; place in shallow baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients except pineapple and olives; pour over meat. Cover; refrigerate  and marinade 1 to 2 hours, (turn meat over in marinade at the 1/2 way point).

2. Remove beef strips from marinade. Thread on a 9 or 10 inch bamboo (or metal) skewers, using about 5 pieces of meat for each. Grill 4 inches from medium-hot coals until meat is browned, 3 to 5 minutes on each side (or broil in oven 3-4 minutes on each side)

If desired, baste with separate marinade mix (do not use marinade used for raw beef). Garnish with pineapple chunks and black olives.

TIP: Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before prepping the meat to prevent them from burning.

NOTE: We used a London Broil, cut it into chunks and broiled the meat 3-4 mins on each side instead of grilling for these pics.


Sylvia’s BBQ Ribs

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Lilian Disney’s Home Fried Finger Lickin Chicken

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“Sticky Chicken” Dry Rub and Directions for Baked Chicken
(add flour and egg wash for a Baked “Fried Chicken”):

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Citrus Cuban Garlic Chicken (just like Versailles Restaurant’s)

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Baked Buffalo Wings
Bake at 400 degrees for 45 mins, dip in butter & sauce, bake another 45 mins
(use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or your preferred brand):

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Orange Fruit Ice (makes about 3 pints before freezing)
or Strawberry, Lemon or any fruit flavor you wish!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup boiling water (CAUTION!)
3 cups orange juice (fresh squeezed is recommended)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp grated orange peel
Mint sprigs

Directions:
Dissolve sugar in water; cool. Stir in juices and grated peel. Pour mixture into freezer container or ice cream maker. Freeze until firm, stirring frequently. Serve in hollowed-out orange shell if desired.* Garnish with mint sprigs.
*Tip: The juice from the fresh oranges can be used as the juice in the recipe.
NOTE: For other fruits, use a blender/juicer/food processor and adjust the amount of sugar as necessary (less for berries, more for lemon).

Lemon Fruit Ice (makes about 3 pints before freezing)

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 cups boiling water (CAUTION)
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon peel
Mint sprigs

Directions:
As above, use hollowed-out lemon shells if desired.


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“Fiesta” Ice Pops (makes 4 popsicles)

Ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice
2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated
Zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup honey-ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to combine.
Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and freeze.

Honey-Ginger Simple Syrup (makes about 2 cups)

Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 cup honey (or agave syrup)
6-inch knob of ginger, chopped

Directions:
In a small saucepan, combine water and honey (or agave syrup) on medium heat until the honey dissolves.  Add chopped ginger and simmer on very low heat for 20 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool slightly.  Strain and let cool completely to room temperature.
There will be usually be some syrup leftover. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week.

Homemade Ginger Ale

Ingredients:
1 cup club soda
3 Tbsp honey-ginger syrup
Ice

Directions:
Combine ingredients. Squeeze a lime over the top and enjoy!


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Marge’s CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE
(my friend Mark Teich’s Mom, pics below by Mark)

1. mix 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup flour
2. add 1 stick butter (melted and cooled a bit), 2 slightly beaten eggs,
1 cup semi -sweet chocolate chips and 1 tsp vanilla
3. pour into a unbaked pie shell
4. bake 1 hour at 325 (test with toothpick when done)
5. serve with whipped cream or cool whip (my fave)


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Margaret’s Green Goddess Dressing:

Use equal parts of mayo and light sour cream, (about 1/3 cup each), add a few tablespoons of buttermilk, a TBLSP of lemon, 2 anchovies, 2 small garlic cloves, salt, pepper, about a TBLSP of parsley, it calls for a tsp of tarragon but Margaret prefers a tsp of dill. Mix it all in a food processor or blender, refrigerate and let chill for a couple of hrs to let flavors marry.


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Chipotlé Burrito Test!

Chipotlé Burrito Test!

Believe it or not, I’ve never had Chipotlé. There are so many good Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley that chain restaurant “fast-food” from Chipotlé was never a “go-to” option.

We had a Coupon (and it was about to expire on May 1) for a FREE Burrito, Burrito Bowl or Order of Tacos at any Chipotlé Mexican Grill. And there’s one that opened up relatively recently in Encino on Ventura Blvd and we’ve wanted to try it for awhile now.

NOTE: We’ve been hesitant to eat at Chipotlé because of the recent “food-borne” illness news reports centered on the restaurant chain, which is why we call this a test.

So, Wednesday evening at 7pm we stopped and picked up an order “TO GO” for dinner on our way to our friend’s place in North Hollywood.

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There’s metered street parking on Ventura Blvd (8am-8pm) but you can’t park on the street between 4-7pm because it’s an ANTI-GRIDLOCK ZONE during “rush hour”, so there’s drive-in underground parking (which we can’t tell you about because we parked on the street just after 7pm).

The restaurant was clean and bright with a big letter “A” health rating on the front window which was good. It wasn’t very busy and there wasn’t any wait to order, which is always of concern at fast service restaurants where the food sits and waits for a customer.

The young guy behind the register said hello from across the empty front area as we entered. The young woman who prepared the order was very business-like and efficient, but not very friendly (and she shorted us on the steak…yes we noticed that sneaky move!) as she quickly made our Burrito Bowl.

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On The Menu: A Burrito Bowl with 1/2 chicken, 1/2 steak, 1/2 black beans, 1/2 pinto beans, 1/2 brown rice, 1/2 white rice, hot sauce, guacamole, lettuce and a large flour tortilla

NOTE: We read a food article about “How to get the best value at Chipotlé” which said that if you order the Burrito Bowl with 1/2 of each ingredient, you will get more food than if you order a Burrito or a Burrito Bowl with single ingredients. And of course you have to get the guacamole (on the side) for a “small additional charge”.

We exchanged the food for the coupon and took it “TO GO” We drove over to our friend’s place and ate after we arrived, so the food traveled in the car for about 15 minutes. We removed the lettuce from the bowl and heated the meat, rice and beans in the microwave for a minute to get it hot again. We emptied the contents of the bowl onto the tortilla, added the guacamole, took a few pics, rolled it up into a very large burrito and promptly ate the whole thing (except the lettuce, which we didn’t eat at all) and it was okay. Not great, but we were very hungry so it was good. And the price was right, it was FREE.

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“Rub-A-Dub-Dub Thanks For The Grub!”

We would eat there again, but it still wouldn’t be a first choice for “fast casual” Mexican food, It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great. It was okay and it was an okay value. There was a lot of food in that large burrito and we don’t feel sick the next day.

Chipotlé Mexican Grill16350 A Ventura Blvd., Encino CA 91436
818-808-0816 chipotle.com

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NOTE: My own homemade steak soft tacos the previous night were much better!

Taco Tuesday! Steak soft tacos with 2 kinds of cheese, grilled red onion, flour tortillas, brown rice, refried beans, lettuce, fresh guacamole, salsa verde, tortilla chips and a coke

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We like to cook fresh Mexican at home. We enjoy Cuban food from Versailles and casual Mexican food from El Torito and Poquito Mas. And every once in awhile we’ll eat at Taco Bell or Del Taco, although that doesn’t really count as Mexican or real food.

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We like to eat at Mucho Mas in NoHo. And we also like to call, order and pick up a very large and tasty Chicken Burrito with rice and beans “Gringo Style” (with melted cheese and red sauce on top) from Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant on Vanowen just east of Reseda Blvd in Reseda for about the same price as Chipotlé:

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We got recently got one “TO GO” with fresh made chips, a large avocado salsa, and a variety of different salsas from the salsa bar and we made the fresh guacamole at home before going to pick up the order.

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Friday Night Dinner – Good Shabbos!

Friday Night Dinner! Good Shabbos!

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I did a little happy cooking in the kitchen today! ON THE MENU: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber, radish) with ranch dressing, tortilla chips with fresh guacamole, fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso.

Starter course: Crudite' (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Crudite’ (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

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Roasted Sticky Chicken (cooking)

Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken with carrots and onions (cooking)

Sticky Chicken (done)

Roasted Sticky Chicken (done) with carrots and onions

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

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Potato Course: Roasted Garlic Red Potato

Dinner Plate

Dinner Plate: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber) with ranch dressing

Fresh made raspberry lemonade

Drink: Fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso

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Dessert Course: Mixed Berry Tart

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Dinner at El Torito in Woodland Hills

Mexican Food! El Torito (near Warner Center) in Woodland Hills has been at this location for many, many years. Casual dining, good Americanized Mexican food, and cocktails have been the foundation for this restaurant’s success.

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ON THE MENU: Chips and salsa, Caesar salad, Mex Fix Platter: chicken & avocado roll, steak nachos, buffalo wings, quesadilla, beef taquitos with sour cream, guacamole, ranch dressing, & sweet sauce. Here’s the “food porn”:

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Dinner at El Torito – Chips & Salsa (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Dinner at El Torito – Strawberry Margarita (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Dinner at El Torito – Mexican Caesar Salad (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Dinner at El Torito – Mex Fix Appetizer Platter (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

and Deep Fried Ice Cream for dessert! Sorry, no picture because it got “inhaled”….

El Torito Restaurant 6040 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 http://www.eltorito.com

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