Archive for November, 2010

Breakfast or sleep? It’s not easy for me to be health conscious.

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, usually consumed in the morning.  The word is a compound of “break” and “fast”, referring to the conclusion of fasting since the previous day’s last meal.  Breakfast meals vary widely in different cultures around the world, but often include a carbohydrate such as cereal or rice, fruit and/or vegetable, protein, sometimes dairy, and beverage.  Breakfast buffets and new fast food breakfast items are very popular in the U.S.

I am not a morning person and breakfast is probably the most skipped meal of the day for me.  When I get the opportunity to have a good breakfast I usually do not pass. I have expressed my love for pancakes in a previous blog, but I also enjoy many other breakfast items.  Until my mid 30′s I would have a large bowl of some of the sweetest cereals that i could find.  Crunch Berries was on the top of the list.  One day, I decided that I preferred the extra sleep over the morning bowl of sugar filled cereal.  I actually lost weight and saved money on groceries. Upon further research of this topic, I have found that skipping the first meal may not be the healthiest thing to do.

Breakfast from Burgess B&B

Studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in school.  It doesn’t take much further thought to realize adults will feel better and perform better at work as well.  Whether you work at home, on the farm, at the office, at school, or on the road, it is not a good idea to skip breakfast.  Eating a good breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Most people give a variety of reasons for not eating breakfast. A common reason is that they are not hungry in the morning, which is a result of eating a full meal late in the evening or late snacking. When they go to bed, the body is still busy digesting all that food. Digestion then goes into a slower gear during the hours of sleep and there is still food in the stomach in the morning. The stomach needs a rest too. A tired stomach does not feel like digesting a big breakfast. When you get up in the morning, your glucose or blood sugar level is at its lowest point in the day. Glucose is the basic fuel for the brain and central nervous system. A good breakfast will keep you from being tired and irritable by mid-morning.

Maybe I can, one day, take this advice and wake up an extra 30 minutes to participate in the most important meal of the day.  Until then, I feel pretty good knowing that I had that extra time in bed.

Source – Wikipedia, About.com, beyondthebend.com

I am thankful for the turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Rotisserie cooked turkey

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I look forward to turkey and football during a nice day off.  I also enjoy turkey sandwiches on the days following thanksgiving.

This thanksgiving season provided the opportunity for me to have lots and lots of turkey.   Of course, I had the conventional oven roasted prepared bird.  I also sampled a grilled and a rotisserie cooked turkeys this week.  Although all forms were very delicious without any complaints, the grilled turkey was my favorite.  The grilled turkey was slow cooked and injected during the cooking process.  The meat was very moist and has the best flavor that I have tasted in a turkey.

Besides not being dried out and having a delicious taste of smoke flavor, the biggest advantage of grilling a turkey is it frees up your oven for all those other side dishes so important for your Thanksgiving meal.

Grilled turkey

An advantage to rotisserie cooking is the juices remain in the bird and basting or injecting is not necessary.   Although rotisserie grilling is very similar to oven roasting, the process does not heat the interior of the turkey as quickly as oven roasting.   A longer cooking time is needed to make sure that turkey is cooked thoroughly.

Another popular method is deep frying.  This is a quicker and more dangerous way to prepare your turkey.  The required oil may cost as much as the turkey, but the flavor is excellent.  Deep-frying makes the turkey crispy on the outside and very juicy on the inside.

Henry’s Uptown Cafe – Rockingham NC

Henry's Chicken Salad on Croissant with fries.

There’s a new chef in town and word is spreading about a small restaurant in Rockingham, N.C.   Henry’s Uptown Cafe is the name of this popular establishment and some would be surprised at the menu offered.  This is not your ordinary small town dining room.  The main difference is the food being prepared in the kitchen.  You can get the usual Burger and fries as expected at a small town cafe, but other items on the menu may be surprising.  Beef Caprese Salad, Henry’s Chicken Salad on Croissant, Mahi-Mahi and the daily gourmet desserts are just a few items that make this cafe menu unique.  The random desserts, made daily, are alone worth a visit to Henry’s.  Each item has a special touch that make Henry’s a place unlike any other in the area.

The daily lunch specials range from Penne Pasta with Italian sausage to Sautéed Shrimp with Tricolor tortellini in a tomato cream sauce.  These are gourmet items at affordable cafe prices are too good to pass.  One visit to Henry’s should convince any patron that Henry is in the kitchen enjoying a passion of preparing delicious meals.

A complete breakfast menu is available for the early risers and dinner is now provided Thursday through Saturday until 9:00pm.

Gourmet desserts prepared daily.

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Henry’s Uptown Cafe
118 S Hancock St

Rockingham, NC 28379

Phone:(910) 895-6600

I got burned in a good way at Mellow Mushroom.

Upon a recent visit to Columbia S.C. I found a wonderful area located downtown that was full of restaurants.  I drove around several blocks checking out the signs and trying to figure out where I wanted to eat.  Unfortunately I had time for just one meal and wanted to make a good choice for dinner.  I saw many places that I wanted to try, but due to limited parking on this evening I didn’t stop as soon as I had wanted to.  When I finally decided that I would pay $5.00 at a Vista parking lot, my selection was easy.  The nearest place was the Mellow Mushroom located on Gervais Street.  I grabbed a camera bag from the trunk and rushed through the parking lot to the front door.  I had a late breakfast and skipped lunch knowing that I would probably have a good dinner.  Being later than planned, I was starving and needed food in a hurry.

Within five minutes of entering I was sitting at a table sipping on some good sweet tea.   I had glanced at a menu online prior to venturing out and had an idea of what I wanted to eat. Since I am a fan of hot and spicy food I ordered a Jalapeno Kicker pizza with ground beef added to the toppings.   The ingredients consist of minced Garlic into their Tomato base, top it with Sausage, White Onion, Feta, Mozzarella and lots of JALAPENOS!!   WOW!!! It lived up to it’s name.  It kicked me for three entire pieces before I had to stop.  I do not usually eat pizza crust (the bones) but I did during this meal.  Garlic was everywhere and everything was very fresh.

I probably drank a gallon of tea in an attempt to cool my mouth down.  “Hotlicious!” was how I described this when my waitress asked my if I was enjoying my meal.  She smiled and poured more tea.  A couple of hours later my lips were still tingling from the peppers.  I have already decided what my choice will be during my next trip to the Mellow Mushroom.  The Hawaiian pizza is what I want to sample when I get a chance.

The Jalapeno Kicker Pizza kicked me and I liked it!

The Jalapeno Kicker Pizza kicked me and I liked it!

The Mellow story:

Mellow Mushroom opened in 1974 when three college students founded a business that reflected their eccentric philosophies. They saw pizza baking as an art form, and wanted to bring joy to others by exercising their art. The first store was created out of an old liquor store on Spring Street near Georgia Tech. To accommodate the long lines and gaining popularity, more Mellow Mushrooms sprung up around Atlanta. By the late 80′s, we began opening our first franchises. The idea wasn’t to get big, but nothing succeeds like a great idea as our reputation for the very best pizza grew, so did we, and it continues to this day.

future

The Mellow Mushroom family has grown over the last 35 years to encompass 100 stores in 16 states. In 2008-09, over 25 new stores have opened in ten states. We have projects under development in Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, and North Carolina. By year end, there will be over 105 Mellows open.

Mellow Mushroom

1009 Gervais Street

Columbia, SC 29201

You can view the menu here. (.pdf file)