BBQ chicken

Food Review From A Health And Fitness Blogger

Let’s skip past the part of this blog where I give an unnecessary amount of reasons as to why I haven’t blogged this summer. It’s happened. I don’t feel too sad about it. You likely don’t either. Unless you do. Then please accept my sincerest of apologies.

I wanted to swoop in quick and share a bit about some fun stuff I was recently privy to as a blogger in the great Carmelos look at the unhealthy option and the more healthy food options. Earlier this month, a group of us got together to test some of the new food that will be served up at the Restaurant Menu to Fitness food bloggers. What a fun opportunity! Like every good fitness Blogger, We love all things food. It’s the great health Food! What’s not to love? healthy food options are not only for a Fitness personal trainer or gym junkies.

Well there was this one time I didn’t love it so much. My parents brought me only one time as a child. The same day Faith Hill was performing. This was before This Kiss. Right around her Wild One days, circa 1993. I, too, was quite the wild one and made everyone’s trip to the fair a miserable one because my parents refused to let me see Faith Hill in concert while there. Still not sure I’m over it.

Oh! I take that back. I did go one other time. I was in 4-H Clowning for a hot minute, and our clowning troupe earned a trip to the State Fair to perform our pirate-themed clowning act. Yeah, before Jack Sparrow was Jack Sparrowing, there was me, dressed as a pirate clown. It’s funny the things you block out from your childhood. A lot of therapy, my friends. A lot.

OK, let’s quit clowning around and get back to the year 2020. Back to this year at Camelos.

In addition to the regular ol’ Sweet Martha’s, cheese curds and Pronto Pups, there’s some other phenomenal food options for your family this year. Let me introduce you to a few of my blue ribbon favorites.

Totchos. That’s right. Tator tot nachos, folks. Brought to you by the Boulevard Grill, and located on the west end of the Warner Coliseum, these guys were my favorite. You can’t spell Minnesota without tator tot. OK, you actually can. But you still need get ya some totters.

Can I be honest? Next up was something I wasn’t too sure I’d be digging. Thanks for letting me be honest because….boy, was I wrong! they created a Mac and Cheese….CUPCAKE! In case that’s just too much for your to wrap your mind around, it’s basically mac and cheese in cupcake form, and with more than just a dollop of Cheese Wiz on top. Me likey. Another new item from them is the Wild Rice Benedict Muffin. I didn’t get to try that, but how much more Minnesotan can ya get there? Oh, and they also have a two-level beer garden. Slap a 21+ wrist band on and sign me up!

Here’s a food group that I do not discriminate against. PIZZA! . Their grilled Venetian-style pizza was on point. Make sure to also sample one of their beer gelatos. Interestingly enough, they didn’t bring any of those in for us to sample. I don’t blame them. Serving alcohol to some social media addicted bloggers? Bad idea. Orrrr best idea ever?
Oh yeah, don’tcha know they’d have some Snicker Bar Salad. I’ve been cutting back on the sweets lately (shocking!), so I only allowed myself a teeny bite of this bad boy. It’s really all I needed to form an opinion. Thanks. This amazing “salad” can be found in the local neighbourhood, on the east side.
Can you believe it’s taken me this long to mention something served on-a-stick?? I know, the shame. Better late than never, though, right? Stuffed Italian Meatloaf ON-A-STICK . This was another true favorite of mine. As in, I am surprised  I got a picture of it before I shoved it all in my face. You can grab one of these on the east side of Cooper (my maiden name!) Street, between Randall and Wright. Do it.
And then there were two more food items that I didn’t get a picture of (and I am really sorry about that and will likely not be invited back to this event in future years). Funnel Cakes on the east wall of the Food Building has a delicious new Maple Bacon Funnel Cake. Bacon, bacon, bacon. And then serving up some Salted Caramel Puff Malts and Sundaes. Bet you can’t guess where you can find those. You’re right, in the Dairy Building. Make sure to swing in and cast your vote for the new flavours they will be introducing next year.
The last thing I will mention to you is something that is absolutely zero calorie and healthy and won’t make your waistband uncomfortably dig into your tummy or cause you to break out into the meat sweats. Why? Because it’s not something for your belly. It’s something strictly for your mind. It’s Math On-A-Stick! To this day I am convinced I only passed my math classes in high school because my best friend’s dad was also my math teacher. Me and math? We weren’t really a thing. I love how Math On-A-Stick is making math fun for kids. The guy who introduced this awesome activity has such a passion for numbers and all that jazz. It was really cool. I hope you make time to swing through, especially if you have little ones who need to be reminded that math is the bee’s knees.
How excited are your for the fair right now? Less than TWO DAYS! Two days until I try again. And of almost equal importance…two days until I celebrate four years of marriage with the coolest guy ever. August 27th is the day that two crazy amazing things are happening.
I’ll leave you with a fun picture of last year’s fair affairs on our anniversary. Each year Jesse and I save up our change in a restaurant, and cash it in right before a healthy meal. It may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but we can’t imagine any other way to celebrate surviving another year of marriage than eating our way through the Great food on offer. Know who crashed our anniversary party last year at the fair? the owner. He no longer graces us with his presence on WCCO, but we got to rub elbows with him when Jesse and I were behind the scenes of one of the news recordings at the fair. I was totally fan girling my boy, Don. He was quite gracious and so sweet, and on a scale of 1-10, 1 being not creepy and 10 being CALL SECURITY, I was probably an 8. So not terrible.
Can anyone else pull off that white silky hair quite as well as he can? No. So don’t even try hope you enjoyed my food review and some of less high calorie foods and healthy food options I tried to include.
Ice Cream

America’s Top Ice Cream Flavours

Everybody loves ice cream and they have their favourites, for most people, its vanilla, a soft and soothing flavour which has shown great promise for the taste buds and has defeated its competitors by a large margin. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) conducted a survey which showed that vanilla is losing its charm and people are opting for a new range of commercial flavours. On average, each of America’s proud citizens consumes more than 10 kilograms of ice cream every year. The ice cream industry amounts to more than 60 billion US dollars, globally with the biggest consumer being New Zeeland filled by United States of America and Australia. So, what flavours do Americans love the most? You would like to bet that it is vanilla but that’s not the case as in 2018 The Guardian reported a survey which stated that the majority of Americans prefer chocolate over any other flavour. It is almost disturbing that we are unaware of the origin of this beautiful dessert and different culture claim that it is theirs but there is no concrete evidence. The Chinese say that they have been using ice cream since the ancient days, The Romans say that it was discovered by their emperor Nero and similar claims have been made by the Mongols, the Japanese, the residents of central Asia and other cultures. Let us have a look at America’s top ice cream flavours.

Top Ice Cream Flavours

Vanilla

Vanilla has been the best-selling flavour of all time and is loved by people of all ages. The vanilla flavour ice cream is not only enjoyed as it is but is also popular as a flavour enhancer for other food items like milkshakes, desserts and condiments. It has been incorporated by McDonald’s in their most selling drink, the coke float which is a soda beverage with a scoop of vanilla ice cream floating on the top. Vanilla is also a mild flavour which is easy to mix with other flavours and in creating new dishes like vanilla and whipped cream fudge, a vanilla sundae or a glass of cold milk with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it.

Vanilla

Chocolate

Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cocoa tree by grinding them into a mass and making it a paste. The origin of the chocolate can be traced back to the Aztec and Mayan cultures. Chocolate is loved by all and is an all-time favourite as just like vanilla, it is a versatile flavour. The chocolate is a flavour which is a bit stronger and opposite to vanilla which is a mellow flavour, the chocolate is more of on the bitter side.

Barbecue

Best Barbecue Recipes

Everybody loves grilled meat and barbequed sausages with their favourite type of sauces. Barbecue and open-air grilling are a few of the oldest cooking methods of the world, there are similar traditions all around the world like the Indian tandoor and pit cooking in various cultures around the world. Barbeques have been improvised through time and are very different from their states of origin like the Caribbean pit cooking styles and the Asian tandoor. Barbeque is not only a cooking style but also a group activity which involves the community to cook together and eat together. In some parts of China, the older cultures of the desert region is to cook a whole camel in an underground tandoor, this activity is part of a marriage ceremony where both sides of the bride and groom cook the camel and eat it together. Let us have a look at a few barbeque recipes which you can work on this season.

BBQ chicken

The all-time favourite BBQ chicken

The Barbeque is famous for grilling chicken and there can be no barbeque party without chicken. Before you begin with the recipe, you must preheat your barbeque to its optimum heat levels and let its smoke for a few minutes before you place the meat, this will ensure even cooking and provide a smoky flavour to your chicken. Cut out your favourite portions of chicken and defrost them if needed. It is advisable that you get fresh chicken from a trusted local butcher and make sure that the meat is from a farm chicken. To marinate the chicken, place the meat in a bowl and sprinkle it with salt and pepper, this will help the chicken to release the moisture fast. Add a few spoons of hung curd and a dash of lime, the acidic nature of lime and curd will tenderise the meat and give it a tangy flavour. Sprinkle a few pinches of paprika and pour a half a cup of red wine or cognac to the meat. The alcohol will bong with the meat and lock in all the flavours, it will also help the chicken to smoke well, remember that you must use one cup of alcoholic beverage for one kilogram of meat. Mix it well and pack it the mixture in an airtight container and leave it to rest overnight. Fire up your barbeque with good quality wood charcoal and let it smoke for a while, oil your grill well so that the meat doesn’t stick the iron beams. Place the meat on the grill and cover the barbeque, let it cook for 10 minutes and check if the meat is ready. Once it’s done, let the meat cool down and absorb all the flavours, serve it with toasted buns or your favourite dip.