Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

by Meghann on May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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My work place is always looking for a good reason to celebrate and what better way to celebrate then Cinco de Mayo?

Just as the work day was winding down a couple of co-workers and I decorated our main conference room with fiesta favors.

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We also set out some Tortilla Chips with Guacamole and Salsa.

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And these was the mandatory assortment of Mexican Beers.

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But the main attraction was what was in store for these babies.

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The kind people at Breville loaned me a Breville Die-Cast Hemisphere Blender to test out and review for the next week. As soon as the package arrived last Thursday, my co-workers instantly started making comments how all I needed was some Tequilla and Margarita Mix to get a party started. Ironically enough today I was supplied with the Tequilla and Margarita Mix to put their theories to the test.

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I was put in charge in making the Margaritas for the party and I hate to admit it, but I’m not sure I’ve made a margarita since sophomore year of college. So, I kept it nice and simple and merely followed the directions on the back of the Bacardi can.

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In the Blender went

  • 1 can of Bacardi Mix
  • 1 can full of Tequilla
  • Lots of Ice

The blender was AMAZING! It took SECONDS for the blender to produce perfect margaritas! Everyone was raving about the margaritas and very impressed there weren’t large pieces of ice floating around, they were the perfect texture.

I can’t wait to use the Hemisphere Blender for my smoothie tomorrow!

I had a spoonful of a margarita to test and I have to pat myself on the back for a job well done.

I almost reached for a beer to celebrate, but decided it wasn’t worth it. Instead I just had a small plate of dip and chips.

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I knew I wasn’t going to make it to 4:30 to snack on the chips so around 2:30 I had a piece of Dried Pineapple and Mango to hold me over.

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For dinner I considered sticking with the Cinco de Mayo theme, but I was craving some roasted veggies and stuck with my original meal plan.

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On the bottom of the bowl is about 1/4 package of this Rice Pilaf I picked up from Trader Joes in Long Beach.

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I love these prepackaged pilafs and this one was particularly tasty and filled with lots of great nuts and grains.

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On top of the pilaf is a mix of roasted veggies that includes

  • Sweet Potato
  • Parsnip
  • Onion
  • Apple
  • Brussel Sprouts

Lastly, some BBQ Tempeh.

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The BBQ Tempeh was some plain Tempeh I heated up on the stove top with Annie’s BBQ Sauce.

THe whole dish had the potential to be really good, but it had an odd earthy flavor to it. It was just ok and something I need to look at improving on. Maybe some more BBQ Sauce next time? Who knows.

Luckily dessert made up for the lackluster dinner thanks to this little beauty.

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Why Hello, Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream. Where have you been all my life?

I had 1/2 cup serving with a sprinkle of Chocolate is For Lovers Granola on top.

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I AM IN LOVE!!! This Ice Cream was rich, it was decadent and it was wonderful. All the flavors were there, tantalizing my tastebuds with their yumminess. This might have to be a ice cream I am forced to hide from myself. It’s just too good for my own good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I must distract myself from not going back into the kitchen and digging in the freezer. I am full, I am satisfied and ice cream does not control my life. Who am I kidding? One more spoonful isn’t going to hurt anybody. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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