Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Grilling Ideas - Keto Friendly

I prefer grilling than cooking indoors ANYTIME. The weather in Texas is finally getting cooler so that means fire up the GRILL! The easiest thing to make is bacon wrapped asparagus. The presentation alone can turn your meal into a Julia Child cuisine. Bon Appetit!   

Depending on the size of your asparagus, if they are big I use 3 asparagus then wrap a thin slice of bacon tightly. If the asparagus is thin I use 4 or 5 and wrap a thin slice of bacon tightly.

As protein goes I use Chicken Breast that I butterfly cut, Steak, Fajita, or Chicken Thighs. I lightly use any chose of BBQ Sauce. I like the taste of BBQ Sauce yet hate the texture of it... to sticky. 

The chicken that I grill, I use for my salads. Suhhh Good! You can visit my salad post here.

Fore my Skewer recipe please visit my post here: Keto Friendly Skewer Dinner

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Ultimate Travel Itinerary: Two Nights In San Francisco

Hi Everyone! I hope this blog helps you to plan your next adventure to San Francisco. It was a unforgettable experience. This is just a itinerary to guide you on historical or scenic spots that I found. 

Once we exited the airport we hailed a Uber pickup to travel to our hotel. They're all lined up so it took us no time to get a ride. Just driving and admiring the wavy roads was fascinating. Really is a beautiful city. Every uber driver had a different answer every time I asked them "Do you get tired of this view". San Francisco is 46 miles long. You have to be careful because there is a dangerous area. Be cautious and aware when walking and ask advice on areas to stay away from. 

Day One: 

Sir Francis Drake Hotel

We checked in to our hotel located in the middle of Union Square. There are tales this hotel is "haunted". The story goes, TV star Paul Lynde (Actor who played Uncle Arthur in the hit series Bewitched) was involved in a terrible accident that took place at this hotel back in 1965. A man, who was said to be his lover Bing Davidson known for The film "Move Over, Darling" took a fall from the 8th story window after the pair spent the night drinking. Since then guests report windows opening by themselves, curtains moving, strange shadows or disembodied voices. During my 2 night visit I did not see or hear anything. However I did get this chill down my spine in the elevator but I'm blaming my over active imagination because in reality I watch way to many scary films.  "The power of Christ compels you!!".

Walk a couple blocks and visit the heart sculptured sign "Heart in San Francisco".

Pier 43 

You can grab a train a couple blocks from the hotel, uber or tour bus. 

We wanted the full experience so we decided to take a tour bus that was about 500 feet from the hotel. They take you all around San Francisco and you can get off at any stops marked on the tour map. Once you see the same tour bus (they arrive every 30 minutes at the marked stops) you can get back on and continue the route. 

We decided to stop at  Pier 43 because all the excitement is there. You can see Alcotraz Prison from the dock and walk your way down shops and restaurants. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Grill

We had an appetizer with a glass of wine following the breadcrumbs of adventure down the stripe.  They had a fantastic seafood menu that is a must try!

Wattle Creek Winery

Walking distance from the pier, you can grab a variety of wines from Sonoma Valley tasting room at Wattle Creek Winery. No reserves needed! You can taste any wine before purchasing and have a glass or two on the patio overlooking Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop... enticing right?

ZK Gallery

Get your art on and visit this gallery holding many local or international contemporary artist's work. This is where we stopped in to view Philippe Pasqua, a French artist known for his piece Vanité aux papillons, 2016 collection.

Top of The Mark
Located on the top floor of the Fairmount Hotel you can get a 360 degree scenic view of the city. Be entertained by a live music performer playing the piano enjoying the ambiance with cocktail or wine. Top of The Mark is a high end penthouse level bar & restaurant located on the 9th floor. 

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Located also at the Fairmount Hotel, is a live entertainment tiki themed lounge, dancing, restaurant, and bar. This place was approved and documented by the late American Chef, Travel Documentarian and Television Personality Anthony Bourdain.

You can visit his video's here:

Day Two:

I love coffee when I wake up so nothing is wrong with ordering a pot of coffee at sunrise admiring the view from the comfort of your suite. Have breakfast down stairs at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

Golden Gate Bridge

McCormick & Kuleto Seafood

Reserve a table and enjoy a delicious specially prepared meal in the dinning room featuring expansive views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, Aquatic Park, Angle Island and the Marina.

Starlight Room

Is located at the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel where you can have a beautiful 360 degree scenic city view.  Here you can enjoy live music, a light menu with a variety of specialty cocktails. The dress code is strictly enforced so dress to impress and have fun!

The most amazing trip to take! It was a dream trip! Really the right amount of time. Only Advise I can give you is always ALWAYS arrive to the airport 3 hours early. I always travel with this advice. When we arrived at the SFO Airport it was completely packed to the door. It was insane! Because I always follow my 3 hour rule we were not affected "badly" because we had about 45 minuets till my flight back to Houston. However I did run into the cutters who were "late for their flight".  Always travel with this rule and have fun! I hope this posts helps you in planning your next ultimate trip!

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Deep Sea Fishing (Red Snapper) - Galveston, Texas

Deep sea fishing is definitely a adventure! We went the last weekend of the Season located in Galveston, Texas. When deep sea fishing you can get a 1 day Salt Water Fishing License for $11 at Academy Sports/Outdoors. We used Fish Park Avenue and they provided the food and drinks (water, soda, beer) on the boat. Departure from the dock is at 6:30AM and will take about an hour or 2 to get to the fishing destination - about 60 miles out.

Fish Park Avenue provided everything - Tackle, Bait, fishing rods...The only thing we needed to bring is a ice chest for your fish, sunscreen and if you get sick bring Dramamine.

The boat is a 50 Bertram yacht that offers an air-conditioned comfort including staterooms, restrooms, and a social salon. Outdoor areas feature multiple walk around decks. The evening cruise will embark at the dock of the Galveston Yacht Basin. 

This can be an adventure anyone can enjoy: A fathers day gift, guys trip, work gathering, family fishing trip..etc. 

Here is the link to setup your next deep sea fishing trip! 

Below is our experience fishing Red Snapper!

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Meal Prep Ideas - Low Carb Diet

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Ghoulish Halloween Dinner

Halloween! The most Spooktacular day of the year! Conjuring up a meal where even the adults will get a kick out of! Kindly leave your brooms and wands at the door please! Foster's Rule! 

What do you mean you don't eat no MEAT! Its okay, I make feet! Haha, such fun.

Dig in to FEETLOAF! Easy and fun recipe. Setup took about 45 minutes to do..

Cooking time took about 1.5 hours at 350 Degrees.

Here is what you will need:

2 pounds of ground beef  - 1 pound per foot
Foil Sheets
Large tomato
Garlic & Herb Seasoning
Crushed Pepper
Shredded Cheese
4 Eggs -  2 for each foot (Egg Whites Only) 
King's Hawaiian Smoked Bacon Barbecues Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Macaroni & Cheese
Red Food Coloring
Medium Spoon
Butter Knife
Sharp Knife 
Small Glass or Coffee Cup
Turkey Pan

Medium Spoon is what I used to round the toes perfectly

Butter Knife - The fatter end of the knife is what I used to indent between the toes. 

Sharp Knife to cut each toes. I tried using a butter knife at first because just like you I like washing less dishes but it didn't work so thus the sharp knife had to be used. It just had to!

Where the tomatoes are laying I indented a hole using the bottom of a thin glass cup. I inserted cheese into the hole and placed the tomatoes to give it more of theatrical look. The more detail the better! I always put a cheese filling in my meatloaf but because this was a heavy project I ended up just putting cheese there. 

Once my toes where finally sculpted I cut each and every celery piece to resemble a toe nail. Remember detail is key! Make sure each celery is the perfect size depending on the size of your "toe". It can get tiring towards the end don't rush and cut them all the same size! Making stuff like this is fun but also tedious! It's the final result that makes it all worth it. To motivate you sing these words "This is Halloween, This is Halloween ...Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.." lol.

After that I got my spoon and smeared King's Hawaiian Smoked Bacon Barbecues Sauce all around it. The flavor brought the meal to the next level! Ahhhhhmazing! 

For the Sides I used Macaroni & Cheese. Few drops of red food coloring and you get BRAINS!  

This entire meal was fun and delicious. Everyone had 2 serving each.

Nothing really to this meals just make sure you cut the celery to fit each toe size! The best reason for the celery is it does not shrink! Little tip for you.

Below is my Ghoulish Halloween Dinner! 

 My Candy bags I passed out to the kids

"This is Halloween, This is Halloween … Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.."

Because I am half Lycan (Werewolf) No Halloween is complete without a crystal ball!

Ever Danced With The Devil In A Pale Moonlight? 
I Do Every Full Moon On Hallows Eve! 

Happy Anniversary My Handsome Husband ! 10/30/2014

Visit My DIY Halloween Wedding: DIY Halloween Wedding

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