Round 2: The Big Easy Travel Guide

Round 2: A Big Easy Travel Guide

As I returned home from what is now my annual trip to New Orleans, I couldn’t help but miss everything that I was leaving behind. It’s a place I wish I could visit every day, but my body thanks me for choosing not to. For those of you who have never been, I highly suggest visiting. Whether you’re there to drink, eat, or simply enjoy the company you’re with, the Big Easy has a spot or two for you. If you take any suggestions from one of my prior NOLA posts or follow even one of my suggestions below, I guarantee that you will have an exceptional time while in the Cajun capital.

#1 – Any Big Easy Ghost Tour

When I say any ghost tour, I literally mean any ghost tour. Walking through the dimly lit back streets of the Big Easy while listening to a tour guide story out all of the sadistic things that have happened there over the years makes for quite the spooky experience. You can learn anything from the zombie rumors that surfaced during the plague of the 1700’s to the possibilities of what happened to Delphine LaLaurie after the slave fire of 1834. The history and architecture of New Orleans is absolutely spectacular and it amounts to loads of great ghost stories for your vacation.

#2 – A Drink from Pat O’Brien’s

Pat O’Brien’s is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, drinking destinations within the Big Easy. They’re known for their Hurricanes yet their cocktail menu is endless. Whether you decide upon a Hurricane, a Cyclone, or a Cat-5 Margarita, you absolutely must try one of their drinks. Besides the taste, all drinks have their own unique, exotic color scheme, and the Rainbow even contains every color of… you guessed it, the rainbow! I highly suggest going on a football Sunday when the Saints are playing at home too. You’ll experience a little of the local flare along with your tasty drink and I doubt you will lack amusement.

#3 – Johnny’s Po-Boys Fried Chicken Biscuits and Gravy

If you’re familiar with any of my other New Orleans pieces, you know how much I love Johnny’s Po-Boys. Every time I’ve eaten there its always been slammed packed full of patrons but it is well worth the wait. This time around while visiting my favorite Big Easy dining establishment I branched out from my typical Surf-n-Turf Po-Boy to try Johnny’s fried chicken biscuit and gravy. If I thought their Po-Boys were good, there wasn’t a word to describe how I felt while eating this masterpiece. It was probably the best fried chicken I’ve had in my entire life. The gravy was loaded with sausage and was the perfect consistency for the warm, buttery biscuit underneath. Plus they give you a massive portion so you know you’ll be full by the time you’re done!

#4 – Willie’s Chicken Shack

Many may disagree, but Willie’s is one of the greatest quick chicken spots to eat at in the Big Easy. They’re sprinkled all over the French Quarter and its surrounding streets, so if one is busy just head to the next one down the block. They also have an entire wall of frozen drinks that are a perfect pairing for that basket of chicken. Be sure to try their special sauces while you’re there as well, they’re very tasty!

Many people associate New Orleans with partying and absurd drunken conduct at all times of the day. While that may be true during Mardi Gras, anytime LSU has a big game coming up, or random weeknights, there is so much more to the city than that. Exquisite cuisine, great historical stories, and beautiful architecture are just a few things that envelop this magnificent city, and those are the real reasons why one should visit the Big Easy.


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Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

My Proprietary Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Do you have a hard time waking up early to cook breakfast before heading in to work? Is that cup of coffee you’re clutching the only thing making your morning tolerable? What if I told you that there was a way to enjoy a breakfast and that lifesaving coffee at the same time… all while only drinking between 250-450 calories? That’s right, I’m talking about a healthy breakfast smoothie that will satiate that morning hunger and get you that much-needed caffeine your body has become reliant on. Not to mention, you only need three to five minutes to prep the entire thing! If that sounds like a savior to your morning, then continue down the page for a simple healthy breakfast smoothie recipe that will change your life forever.

Ingredients

  • A blender or magic bullet (magic bullet preferred)
  • Two tablespoons of peanut butter
  • One cup water or cold brew coffee
  • A splash of milk or your favorite coffee creamer
  • One cup of Ice (preferably crushed)
  • Protein powder of your choice (Vanilla, Banana, or Snicker doodle tastes best!)

Instructions

  • Add ice, your choice of water or cold brew, and protein powder to your blender
  • Blend for 15-20 seconds and remove the lid
  • Add two tablespoons of peanut butter and a splash of milk or your favorite creamer
  • Place the lid back on the blender and blend for another 20-30 seconds (This can be done longer if you do not have a great blender or crushed ice. The last thing you want is chunks of ice in your smoothie!)
  • Remove lid once again, pour, and enjoy as you head off to work, practice, or whatever you may have going on that day!
  • NOTE: If you want to make enough for the entire week and freeze it, all you need to do is multiply the ingredients by however many days of smoothie you need. Then, pour an even amount into whatever drinking containers you own that can be place din the freezer. Simply pull out and thaw when needed!

There you have it, an easy and healthy breakfast smoothie recipe that will satisfy and simplify your daily breakfast routine. One of my favorite things about this smoothie is that it can be made so many ways too. If you don’t want that milkshake type smoothie for breakfast, remove the ice and simply shake in a protein shaker. Want some additional coffee flavoring… use a mocha flavored protein powder. Not a fan of peanut butter? Replace with any other form of nut butter that you enjoy! Looking for a fruity flavor? Switch the cold brew to a refrigerated blonde coffee and add fresh fruit. This healthy breakfast smoothie recipe is extremely versatile and will 100% change your breakfast game for the better. So change that alarm from 6:00 AM to 5:55 AM and test out this awesome smoothie for yourself!


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InstantPot Chicken Noodle Soup

InstantPot Chicken Noodle Soup

So far, cooking while under quarantine has been very intriguing. Most dishes that I want to make, I can’t, simply because I’m missing one or two things. I’ve really been trying to avoid the grocery stores as well unless its an absolutely dire necessity. Luckily for me however, when digging through my pantry yesterday I realized that I had all the ingredients for chicken noodle soup. Thus, my InstantPot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe was born.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) of chicken
  • 1 Bag of carrots (Your preferred carrot will work, but I enjoy crinkle cut carrots in my soup)
  • 1 Bag of Egg noodles (or whatever noodle you prefer)
  • 1 Diced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 Cups Water
  • A few pinches of oregano and garlic salt
  • A sprinkle of Cajun seasoning (optional)

InstantPot Chicken Noodle Soup Process

  • This first step ultimately has two options – 1) Dice chicken to cook, or 2) Leave chicken whole and shred later on after the lid has been removed and the quick release has been performed. I personally enjoy diced chicken more than shredded chicken in soup, so that is how I will be explaining the rest of these instructions.
  • After chicken is diced, turn the InstantPot on to high sauté and let it warm up
  • Once warmed, melt the butter in the InstantPot and then drop your diced chicken in to cook for roughly 10-15 minutes (or until done)
  • Add the bag of carrots, the onion, the few pinches of oregano and garlic salt, and the optional dash of Cajun seasoning
  • Stir all ingredients together, then let sauté for another 8-10 minutes
  • Pour in the chicken broth and water now, then cover the InstantPot
  • Switch from sauté to high pressure and let cook for another 10-12 minutes
  • Once the high pressure-cooking timer has rung, let your soup natural release for 10 minutes
  • Quick release any remaining pressure and remove the InstantPot lid (HERE is where you would shred your chicken if you chose not to dice)
  • Add the egg noodles (or whatever noodles you purchased) into the soup and cook until they’re complete (another 8-10 minutes)

And that’s that, a deliciously simple InstantPot chicken noodle soup recipe that will be sure to leave your stomach rumbling for seconds. Pro-tip, this chicken noodle soup pairs extremely well with some homemade garlic toast (recipe on the way) or even Ritz crackers (crazy, I know). As always, be sure to visit DustyPosts to see all the other recipes I’ve thrown together throughout my life, and leave some comments below with how it turns out. Enjoy!

InstantPot Rib Recipes: Sweet Thai Chili Edition

InstantPot Rib Recipes: Sweet Thai Chili Edition

Welcome back to another installment of DustyPosts recipes! Today, I’ll be teaching you one of my favorite InstantPot rib recipes, which you should have plenty of time to make with all the COVID-19 quarantining as of late. To cook, you’re looking at anywhere from 25-40 minutes (depending on style and size of ribs), and with prep you’re looking at maybe another 15-20. I know, you’re probably thinking Sweet Thai Chili shouldn’t be a rib flavor, but if you give me that hour of your time, I’m 100% positive I can change your mind.

Ingredients & Kitchen Requirements

  • One rack of ribs (Baby back or short ribs both work)
  • One bottle of your favorite sweet thai chili sauce (my favorite is Mae Ploy, which I typically get from Publix)
  • Garlic salt and Oregano
  • Liquid smoke or any smokey seasoning you can dump into the water
  • A splash of soy sauce
  • 1 cup (0.24 l) of water
  • An InstantPot
  • An InstantPot Trivet Stand
  • A sharp knife or kitchen shears
  • An oven with the option to broil
  • A baking sheet large enough for your ribs
  • A basting brush
  • One small to midsize mixing bowl

Instructions for Perfect InstantPot Ribs

  • Grab your ribs and separate them into quarters (if possible) with your sharp knife or kitchen shears
  • Pour one cup of water into your InstantPot and add your liquid smoke or smoky seasoning (it totally up to you how much you add).
  • Place trivet stand into InstantPot, and then set quartered ribs onto trivet stand (it’s ok for them to be stacked here, that won’t change anything).
  • Turn InstantPot on to High Pressure cooking and set timer based on following: Baby back ribs should cook for 26 minutes on high, whereas short ribs should cook for 35-40 minutes on high.
  • While ribs are in the InstantPot, pour the entire bottle of sweet thai chili sauce into a mixing bowl and add a splash of soy sauce, some garlic salt, and a dash of oregano.
  • You can also get your oven preheated here if, like me, you have an oven that takes forever to warm up.
  • Once the ribs are done cooking, you will also need to follow one of these for venting: Baby back ribs should naturally release for about five minutes, and the short ribs should naturally release for ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Remove the ribs and place on your baking sheet, then proceed to completely slather in the sweet thai chili concoction you mixed earlier.
  • Place ribs into your broiling oven until they have a perfect crisp along the top and outer edges of the ribs. This time varies for all ovens, but for me it typically takes anywhere from eight to 12 minutes to be crisped the way I like.
  • Carefully remove from oven, let cool, and enjoy!

In less than an hour, you could have a heaping stack of warm, caramelized sweet thai chili ribs on a plate in front of you. I know it still may sound out of the ordinary, but I guarantee you that these ribs will forever change the way you think of rib flavors.

Keto Chili Instant Pot Recipe

How to Make Keto Chili in your Instant Pot

As the temperature dipped down into the low 50s this weekend I decided to bust out my old keto chili recipe. There’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of chili when its chilly, am I right!? This recipe is extremely simple and only requires about 45 minutes until you’re enjoying that satiating bowl of chili. So go turn your favorite playlist on, get your Instant Pot preheated, and get to cooking!

The Tasty Ingredients

chili ingredients
  • Two 12 oz (ca. 454 g) cans of diced tomatoes (basil, garlic, and oregano flavored preferably)
  • One 12 oz (ca. 454 g) can plain tomato paste
  • 1.5 lbs of a ground beef/ground pork mixture (you could substitute with whatever meat you prefer here)
  • One yellow onion, diced
  • Two fresh garlic gloves, minced
  • Three-fourths cup of beef broth
  • One-third cup of water
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Cumin, Chili Powder, and Smoked Paprika to taste
  • Additional Items: Avocado, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and sour cream

How to Make Delicious Keto Chili

instant pot
  • Turn your instant pot on to sauté mode and drizzle a little EVOO into the pan
  • Once preheated, add the ground beef/pork and brown for 10-15 minutes
  • This step is optional: If you aren’t a massive fan of all the grease produced here, simply grab a ladle and an old cup and scoop some grease out!
  • Add onion and garlic in with the meat and cook until onions are nearly see through
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, water, and seasonings (totally your preference on how much you add here) and stir
  • Place your instant pot lid on and switch from sauté mode to pressure-cook (high)
  • Let cook for 25 minutes, and then let it sit on “keep warm” for an additional 10 minutes (this will allow some pressure to naturally release)
  • Switch your release valve to “vent” and let remaining pressure out
  • Stir, scoop into bowl, add cheese, avocado, bacon bits, and sour cream, then enjoy!

Be sure to take an aesthetically pleasing picture of this hearty chili before you eat it, because it will look good! This keto chili is full of flavor, protein, and healthy fats, plus it essentially has no carbs (depending on what additional items you add) so you will be more than full once you’re done with your first bowl. Be sure to let me know how your chili turns out, and if you have other tasty keto chili recipes leave some links in the comment section for me to try!

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How To Make Keto Friendly Chicken Alfredo

How To Make Keto Friendly Chicken Alfredo

Are you avoiding chicken alfredo while on your keto diet because of all those carbs that are in pasta? Well I have just the meal plan hack for you then. This simple recipe will satiate your craving for delicious alfredo all while keeping carbs low and fats high. The trick, replacing that deliciously unhealthy pasta with one of my favorite sides, carrots! You may be wondering, “how exactly do carrots replace pasta?” And to that I would say, you use matchstick carrots my friend. This keto friendly chicken alfredo recipe hack will have you enjoying your favorite meal again in no time.

Keto Friendly Ingredients

Note: This recipe will feed two to three people.

  • Two chicken breasts
  • One bag of matchstick carrots
  • A bag of your favorite cheese (I recommend Gouda or mozzarella)
  • One large carton of heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh, minced garlic
  • A pinch of garlic Salt and oregano

Making the Keto Friendly Chicken Alfredo

  • Step 1: Cook your chicken. I leave this step extremely basic because not everyone likes their chicken cooked the same way. Typically, I throw mine in the oven the second I get home from work. It saves me time and I don’t have to worry about using two pans for later steps, but I know a lot of people don’t enjoy oven broiled chicken breast!
  • Step 2: When your chicken is almost cooked, throw the bag of matchstick carrots into a medium to large sauce pan and cover on medium heat. This will allow the carrots to soften a bit and get that spaghetti like texture.
  • Step 3: Pull the chicken from the oven and dice, slice, or prep your chicken however you prefer.
  • Step 4: Drop your chicken in with the softened carrots and add a pinch of garlic salt, another pinch of oregano, and some freshly minced garlic.
  • Step 5: Cover this mixture and let sit for five to ten minutes, allowing the chicken flavor to settle in with the carrots.
  • Step 6: Pour in the heavy whipping cream until almost all the carrot/chicken mix is covered.
  • Step 7: Immediately dump your favorite cheese on top and cover one final time.
  • Step 8: After another five or so minutes, remove the lid, drop the heat to low, and stir. Your alfredo should start to thicken now and will more than likely be to the appropriate thickness in another five minutes.
  • Step 9: Enjoy your keto friendly chicken alfredo!

Bon Appétit

I know it isn’t the exact same thing as a heart bowl of chicken alfredo, but its about as close to it as you’ll ever get while being on a keto diet! It really is quite delicious and more filling than you would think too. The taste and simplicity of preparation make it a staple in my weekly dinners, and I would strongly recommend you adding it to yours as well. Thanks again for visiting DustyPosts to check out my content! For more recipes and how to guides, be sure to follow this link. Be sure to comment how your keto friendly chicken alfredo turned out, and if you have any of your own recipes drop a link for me to give them a try!

How to Make Oven Brisket

How to Make Oven Brisket

Are you craving a tender, juicy brisket but don’t own a grill or a smoker? Don’t fret, I have just the recipe for you! This recipe’s is technically from my significant other’s grandmother, but over the last year or so I’ve added my own flair to this incredible oven brisket.

Required items

  • Brisket, duh. This recipe tends to turn out better with corned-beef brisket, but a normal beef brisket will work just fine.
  • eight to twelve ounces of ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce (to your taste)
  • Soy Sauce (to your taste)
  • One Container Beef Broth
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano
  • Liquid Smoke or Smokey Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Tin Foil
  • A Roasting Pan, preferably four to five inches deep (for the oven)
  • A Mixing Bowl
  • A Basting Brush

Oven Brisket Steps

  • 1 – Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  • 2 – Open your brisket and place in whatever your roasting pan.
  • 3 – Season both sides of the brisket with a mixture of oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder. No need to rub the seasoning into the meat, but I always try to!
  • 4 – Place the roasting pan into the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes (don’t forget to set a timer here!).
  • 5 – While the brisket is cooking, mix the ketchup, a splash of Worcestershire, and two splashes soy sauce in your mixing bowl. Remember, this is all to your tasting! Feel free to adjust these amounts here.
  • 6 – Once 45 minutes have passed, remove the brisket from the oven and carefully place on your counter.
  • 7 – Pour some beef broth into the roasting pan. This will create steam and is crucial to creating that tender brisket your heart is patiently waiting for.
  • 8 – With your basting brush, paint the complete top of the brisket with the ketchup concoction from step 5.
  • 9 – Pour liquid smoke or Smokey seasoning into the beef broth. If you have the seasoning, you could simply season the meat, but I prefer to allow it to smoke with the broth rather than actually adding more seasoning to the meat.
  • 10 – Cover the pan with tin foil two to three times to ensure optimal levels of steam/moisture remain within.
  • 11 – Poke a few small holes into the four corners of the tin foil for safety.
  • 12 – Place the roasting pan back in oven for four to five more hours. Be sure to check periodically and add more beef broth if it evaporates.
  • 13 – Remove from oven, cut against the grain, and enjoy!

Voila, a masterfully crafted brisket straight from the comfort of your own home’s oven. To really bring out the flavors from this brisket, pair with some mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, or green beans. It also pairs quite nice with dressing (or stuffing) around the holidays. So don’t be afraid to whip out this recipe next thanksgiving, friends-giving, or Christmas. This is one of my favorite recipes, so be sure to let me know how it turns out!


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How to Make Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Tacos

For those of you in search of a luau/Hawaiian themed meal, look no further, I have a pineapple teriyaki pork taco meal just for you! This was something I experimented with earlier this year and it is now hands down one of the top three meals that I make. It’s also an extremely simple recipe, so head below to learn how to make some delicious pork tacos!

Ingredients & Necessary Items

  • Pork Tenderloin (Teriyaki Flavored preferably, but you can also just soak a plain chunk of meat in your own teriyaki sauce)
  • Pineapple
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Taco Shells
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Other Optional Items: Sour Cream, Salsa, Additional Teriyaki Sauce, Hot Sauce, or whatever you may prefer to have on top of your tacos.
  • Non-Food Items: Cutting Board, Sharp Knife, Non-stick Pan/Skillet or Griddle

Steps

  • Remove the pork tenderloin from its packaging and place it on the cutting board
  • Turn stove or griddle onto medium heat
  • Begin dicing the pork into tiny chunks (think about the size of a quartered cherry tomato) or shredding if you have the ability too.
  • Once the pork is diced, place in a pan or skillet to begin browning
  • Begin dicing the pineapple up into similarly sized chunks as the pork
  • Once the pork is almost finished cooking (10-20 minutes depending on your temperature), turn the heat to high, drop the pineapple into the pan, and add a spoonful of garlic to the pork
  • Let both the pork and the pineapple crisp in the pan (5-10 minutes, completely your preference) and sprinkle in a touch of oregano as they do.
  • Warm-up your shells (if you went with soft shell) and enjoy!

It’s as easy as that. I personally prefer my pineapple teriyaki pork tacos with a touch of shredded lettuce and a small amount of sour cream. The sour cream works wonders with the sweetness of the teriyaki and the lettuce adds an extra crunch to the taco. I also would recommend soft shell tacos here as it can become messy depending on how much extra teriyaki you may have added, but hard shells would still pair incredibly with this meal. These delicious tacos prepare in just about 30 minutes and I 10 out of 10 recommend you make them as soon as possible!


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How to Griddle French Toast

How to Griddle French Toast

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly crisped piece of French Toast to begin a relaxing Sunday morning. I recently re-discovered my love for French Toast after acquiring a griddle for my new house, and boy did I forget how much I loved it. However, I’m very much a minimalist when it comes to this breakfast delicacy. I don’t need mass amounts of sugary fruits or a half a bottle of syrup. I keep it quick and easy when making my French Toast, and below you’ll learn just how I do that.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

This list is extremely small, yet your French Toast will still be exploding with flavor!

  • One loaf of bread (Your choice, but I prefer a medium sliced Brioche).
  • Eggs (I typically use 5-6 for an entire loaf of bread).
  • A splash of milk or half and half (again your preference, but I’ve found that the half and half produces a tastier French Toast).
  • Powdered/Confectionate sugar.
  • Cinnamon Sugar.
  • Syrup of your choice (My favorite is a small batch blueberry syrup that only needs a half spoonful on each piece of French Toast).
  • Butter.
Step 2: Turn on Griddle

The griddle should be on medium-high heat for the perfectly cooked French Toast, but don’t be afraid to heat it up to high for 10-15 minutes before lowering back down to the recommended temp. Be careful to not have the griddle too hot as it will quickly burn the underside of your bread!

Step 3: Preparation

As the griddle is warming to its desired temperature you may begin the prep on the bread.

  • You will crack however many eggs you require into some sort of container that easily allows for the dipping of bread (I recommend something square/rectangular rather than circular).
  • Next, add your splash of milk or half and half and whisk the concoction until most of the egg yolks have broke and are mixed evenly throughout.
  • Sprinkle in some cinnamon sugar and whisk some more.
Step 4: Griddlin’
  • By now your griddle should be at its ideal temp, so open your bread and begin dipping it into the milk/egg concoction.
  • After each piece has been dipped on both sides, gently place it on the griddle and listen to that sizzle that will make your stomach rumble!
  • By the time you have all of your bread on the griddle, it will probably be time to start flipping. So rotate back to your first piece and start to flip over your perfectly bronzed bread.
  • Let the other side cook for 1-2 minutes (maybe more if you’re more on the medium side rather than the high side of heat) before flipping one final time.
  • This last step is crucial, yet also all based on personal preference. In my opinion, the perfect French Toast is almost burnt on one side and perfectly golden on the other. So I typically let the toast sit another minute or two before taking it off.
Step 5: Final Touches

Once the French Toast has been crisped to absolute perfection, you will add the final touch of a minimal amount of powdered sugar that is topped off with your syrup of choice (I’m telling you, gotta try that blueberry one from above). ANd from here, plate your delectable French Toast and enjoy!


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My Dream Dinner – Remixed

My Dream Dinner – Remixed

“If you could have dinner with any three people (whether dead, alive, or fictional) who would you choose and why?”

So I’ve been seeing this question around a lot lately and decided that I wanted to go ahead and answer it myself. I figured I would add my own spin to this though, so I will also include what I want my meal at said party to be as well as the location I want the meal to be eaten. On top of that, I would also like to take a stab at what I think each of my guests would want to eat while we are dining in said location of choice, so with that let’s jump right in!

The Dream Dinner

In my mind steak is the pinnacle of dinner meats, so it goes without saying that I will be using that as my source of protein for this meal. I’d prefer it to be an extremely expensive cut of Japanese Wagyu, mainly for the fact that I am still a young adult who has no idea if/when I’ll be able to afford such an exorbitant slab of meat. Along with the Wagyu, I think I’d like some truffle mac n’ cheese from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Maine. I don’t remember where or when I stumbled across the article I read, but what I do remember was this lobster mac basically being described as heaven on earth. I’d love to add some thick cut chunks of bacon into the mac as well, simply because bacon makes everything better. Add some pan-seared green beans to pair with the steak and mac and now my plate is complete. But I will need something to wash my meal down with so I would probably want a glass of scotch (preferably a double of Glenmorangie Bacalta).

The Ideal Location

Greece is number one on my traveling bucket list, so that is where my three guests and I will be heading for the evening. I can just picture us sitting on a cliffside balcony in Santorini or Mykonos overlooking the deep blues of the Aegean Sea as the sun sets out over the water. That view would be breathtaking, and I think my guests would love it just as much as I would.

Guest #1 – LeBron James

LeBron has been redefining the game of basketball since I was in fifth or sixth grade, which is essentially when I really started getting into sports. He is easily one of the most talented athletes of my generation, so why wouldn’t I want to enjoy a meal with him!? He also seems like he would be an absolute electric dinner guest. I would have to get all the details on coming back from that 3-1 deficit to beat the Warriors in 2016 too. And who knows, maybe he likes me so much that he gives me a spot working for his show or something.

For food, LeBron is definitely going Surf and Turf. Maybe a cedar plank salmon paired with one of his favorite cuts of meat. He will most likely avoid the deliciously unhealthy mac n cheese that I will be consuming, which means he will probably pair his meal with some sort of mixed greens or salad. I know for a fact he will be washing down his meal with wine… everyone knows how much of a wine guy LeBron is!

Guest #2 – Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd is probably the greatest actor (and all around human being) of all time, so it would be hard for me to not include him in a hypothetical dinner party. One of my favorite movies of his is I Love You, Man so you already know without a doubt we will be slapping da bass before dinner. He actually seems like the nicest guy of all time too, so I think I would get along great with him.

For Paul, I see him going with some type of Italian dish. I’m mainly making this decision off another article I read a while back where Paul claimed how much he loved chicken Parmesan. His favorite spot was back in his hometown, I think, and he and his mom used to go all the time when he was growing up. He even still takes her every year if i’m not mistaken! So I could see him ordering some sort of veal or chicken parm dish and pairing it with some sort of IPA. Not sure why, but he definitely looks like a beer guy (when he isn’t filming for Ant-Man of course).

Guest #3 – Tyrion Lannister

For those of you who haven’t read any of my prior work, I am a massive Game of Thrones fan. So yes, I said Tyrion Lannister, and no I do not mean Peter Dinklage! I’m in no way saying Peter wouldn’t be a fantastic dinner guest, but I would just prefer Tyrion to be the one who shows up in my hypothetical Greek feast. The witty banter he provides would have LeBron, Paul, and I rolling on the floor clutching our stomachs in pain from laughter. Not to mention, he and Paul Rudd’s dynamic would probably be to die for. Maybe I would even finally get to hear Tyrion’s “honeycomb and jackass” joke! And while Tyrion tells it Paul can goofily act out everything he says. That would be something I would pay to watch! 

Tyrion is 100% going to order some sort of fresh game hot off the spit for dinner. I’m sure he will start with some appetizers too, maybe some grapes or a fresh loaf of bread with some assortment of cheeses from across the lands. He obviously will have a glass, or twelve, of the finest vintage of Arbor Gold that is available. Maybe he will even save a taste of Westeros’s sweet and delicious wine for LeBron, or maybe he will just give us all a cask to take home!

Unfortunately this something I will more than likely never get to experience, but it is nice to think how crazy it would be if it did. I hope you all enjoyed my take on this question and if you have an idea of who you would want at your dream dinner party I’d love to hear. Be sure to go check out the rest of my posts and explore my site a little too, I’d greatly appreciate some feedback!