My Weekly Recommendation (#14)

My Weekly Recommendation (#14) – Wrigley Field Ivy Tour

Welcome back! On this weeks recommendation, I will be discussing something I did on vacation in Chicago last weekend… a tour of Wrigley Field!

For starters, Wrigley has always been a field I knew I had to visit at some point in my life. It falls second to Fenway but still lands before Oracle, which are both fields I haven’t had the chance to travel to yet. I am a Red Sox fan, but my girlfriend is a massive Cubs fan (and by massive I mean we watch almost every single game). So naturally they have grown on me quite a bit over the last year. I knew we would be in Chicago about four months ago, so I went ahead and bought some Ivy Tour tickets for the little bit of free time we still had left in our schedule.

I had only been to Chicago once before my trip last weekend. While there, I spent almost a full day near Wrigley. It was late December though, so they were in the middle of renovation season. With that being said, I was still in awe being near such an incredible piece of MLB history. So this time around, getting to experience almost all of the stadium was mesmerizing. So much has happened within its walls, much of which I would’ve never even thought was true, and it was such a spectacular experience to finally see it in all of its glory.

After standing around outside the stadium for 15 minutes or so, we were finally allowed in with a group of about 40 or so other people before being walked through the concession area and out to the stands. It was magnificent. Everything I could’ve ever imagined and more as my eyes shot around to every corner of the stadium. After getting some background information/fun facts about the origin of the stadium, we made our way over to the Budweiser Bleachers. From there we went down to the ivy (which was hands down the best part) before visiting the visiting teams locker room, the Press Box, and finally the Cubs Dugout. They even let us stand on one of the on deck circles that the Cubs themselves use! It was probably one of the coolest tours I have EVER done while on a vacation, and I would highly recommend doing it if ever in Chicago.

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My Weekly Recommendation (#11)

My Weekly Recommendation (#11) – The Boys

Welcome back! On this weekly recommendation I will be discussing Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys, which was a show my dad literally got me into yesterday. Just as a warning, this show is very graphic. I’ll also do my best to give no spoilers but read at your own risk!

So for starters, the story of the show so far is extremely intriguing. It’s basically a modern day superhero show shown from a few different perspectives: 1) A normal guy who recently underwent a tragedy and makes friends with some deadly people, 2) a sup (pronounced “soup, what people with powers are called in the show) who is finally living her dream in the big leagues if you will, and 3) Other sup’s/people working with sup’s views on everything going on in the world.

They also don’t use ANY of the typical hero’s you would expect to see in the superhero genre. A lot of the characters may be knockoffs in certain ways, but it’s refreshing to see a new take on someone with say, the ability to talk to fish underwater. This show also does an incredible job showing the human nature side of things for the sup’s and that is what leads to a bunch of drama within what I have watched so far.

Along with the story’s freshness and the comedic relief that comes along with a few of the characters comes some very dark and disturbing things. I almost feel like a terrible person at times while i’m watching because something absolutely heinous will happen and I find myself getting drawn in even more because of it. And as I mentioned earlier, it is unimaginably graphic. Whether it be the sex, death, or blood, this show is one you will need to watch once the kids are asleep.

I’ve only made it about halfway through the first season so far, but I would rate this show a nine out of ten every day of the week. I strongly recommend giving it a shot even if you aren’t into shows like this typically, but for those of you who are I would guarantee you will find yourself just as sucked into the show as I am.

P.S. Keep an eye out on Summary.org for my review of season one and anticipation guide for season two! It will be released as soon as I finish the show over the next few days.

My Weekly Recommendation (#10)

My Weekly Recommendation (#10) – Avocado Bombs

Welcome back to another rendition of my weekly recommendation! This week I will be discussing avocado bombs, which I just recently tried for the first time. These green balls of heaven are typically something you will find at a Japanese or sushi restaurant. Im sure they have different names depending on where exactly you go, but no matter what you must try one the next time you decide to eat sushi.

So these avocado bombs are essentially a rolled up ball of shredded crab that is encased in avocado slices. I’m not even sure how one would get an avocado to stay in a circular shape, but I do know that the combination of flavors this brings to the table is insane. They also will typically glaze the top part of the avocado ball with some eel sauce, spicy mayo, and crunchy flakes for additional flavor. It is somewhat challenging to eat with chopsticks, even for people who usually don’t have any problems using them, but it is well worth the struggle. So get up and head to your nearest sushi joint to see if they have these bad boys because they will literally change your life forever!

P.S. if you google these images you’ll see the exact reason you need to go try them ASAP. I myself just found out that some places also will wrap the avocado in bacon… so I will be searching for a place near me that does soon. It can also be done without crab meat for those of you who aren’t seafood fans!

My Weekly Recommendation (#9)

My Weekly Recommendation (#9) – My Jambalaya Recipe

Good Morning Everyone! In this week’s recommendation I will be walking you through how I make one of my favorite meals, Jambalaya. If you go alllll the way back to week two (<– Hyperlink) of my recommendations, you can see that I am a huge fan of New Orleans/Cajun based foods. Upon returning from my first NOLA trip, I decided that I was going to start making my own Cajun inspired meals because I simply could not wait until my next trip to eat the delicacies of New Orleans. And with that came my first attempt at Jambalaya. It was pretty good, but over the last six months I have nearly perfected the recipe and decided that I would share with you all. I hope you enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • One Cajun Style Andouille Smoked Sausage (Preferably Hillshire Farms)
  • One to two pounds of chicken (breast or thighs, your preference)
  • One 32 oz. container of chicken broth
  • One 24 oz. container of diced tomatoes
  • One large onion
  • One pound of shrimp (preferably fresh)
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder or garlic salt (Can be substituted with fresh garlic as well)
  • Cajun/Creole Seasoning (preferably Tony Chachere’s)
  • One to four cups rice (depending on how many you will be feeding)

Process

  • Dice the Andouille sausage and brown in a pan until one side is slightly black/crisp.
  • Cut chicken to your desired size and brown in a similar fashion to the sausage. As its cooking, add in the oregano and garlic salt/powder to flavor the chicken.
  • Once both meats are finished, dump them into a large pot (should be at least 20 Qt’s, this recipe makes quite a bit of food!)
  • Turn your stove to a low-medium heat and add the onions and shrimp to the meat.
  • Place a lid on the pot and let steam for 15-20 minutes (This allows the onions to soften as well as the shrimp soaking up some of the flavors of both the chicken and the sausage).
  • Now the tomatoes and chicken broth can be added in.
  • Depending on how you like your Jambalaya, you will either use roughly one cup of broth or two to three cups.
  • For a thicker, more hearty Jambalaya, use only one cup.
  • For a more soupy, pour over Jambalaya, use two to three cups.
  • You may also begin cooking your rice now if you haven’t already!
  • After letting sit for roughly another 25 to 30 minutes on low-medium, you can remove from heat to let cool before you make a bowl.
  • This is typically where I add my creole seasoning as well. I will sprinkle just a touch over the rice right before the jambalaya is added.

And voila, you’re now in one of the many fine dining establishments located within the French Quarter! Thanks, and while you’re enjoying your scrumptious jambalaya be sure to let me know how it came out!

My Weekly Recommendation (#1) (5/23/19)

[Originally published on 5/23/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

My Weekly Recommendation (#1) – The CW’s Supernatural

Good afternoon all and welcome to my first weekly rec post! Going forward I will be posting a weekly recommendation every Tuesday/Wednesday afternoon. It will simply be a brief paragraph on one of my favorite shows, books, or recipes that I think you should give a shot over the next few weeks. So let’s jump right in. My first recommendation for everyone this week is the show Supernatural. Now, this show and its 14 seasons may represent quite the burden to take on but I promise if you give it a shot you will love it. Supernatural is in my top three list of shows (to see the other two, LINK) and I have watched with my dad since I was twelve or thirteen years old. The show is about two brothers who are “Hunters” and save people from evil beings/creatures. Whether it be an angered spirit or Lucifer himself, Sam and Dean do their damndest to defend the citizens of Earth. I personally think the writing in this show is incredible. It can be somewhat cheesy at times, but it always ties back to something and leaves that feeling of nostalgia on your brain. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are incredible as well, and they’re presumably the key reason this fanbase is so crazy in love with the show. It has been running since 2005, so some of the scenes/effects from the earlier seasons may not be the greatest. However, If you stick with it and watch through you will be amazed at how far this show has come. Regrettably, Supernatural will be ending after this upcoming season. But if you start binging now you can be a part of the final one with me when it airs later this year!

Thanks again for the read. Be sure to watch out for my second weekly rec next Tuesday, Have great weekend everyone!