Sunday, March 22, 2015

Train Wreck Bar- Bloody Mary & Breakfast Skewers in a Jar

The first time I saw this place was from a train.
Not a wreck though, thankfully.
Just heading up to Vancouver on the Amtrak and noticed a cute place right by the tracks, The Train Wreck Bar
Later on, I heard about the place from a friend, who posted a picture of her bloody Mary one weekend morning. Except it wasn't a typical bloody Mary that you might get with your breakfast to recuperate after a particularly fun night before. THIS bloody Mary included the breakfast on the skewers and they served it all at once.

So we grabbed some friends and headed to this 21yr/older bar for breakfast.  The line was out the door, always a good sign.

Ordering was easy, we all wanted The Train Wreck Breakfast Bloody Mary with Sricacha vodka please!

You'd think the quality might not be great, but it WAS!  Food was hot, and very tasty.  I especially like the bacon wrapped potatoes, but the mini biscuit breakfast sandwich with egg and ham were the bomb too!

Now, this little gem comes at a big price tag, however, if you think of a price of a normal breakfast out ($10-$12 entrees) plus a bloody Mary on the side, you're still looking at a combined price of about the $18.99 shown below.  And the FUN factor?  Well, that is priceless.
We were like kids in a candy store when our "breakfast" arrived.

Kids... in a candy store. Hahaha.

Here's a picture of another table's order of 4.  Isn't that fun?
...It sort of looks like that bartender is naked here, but I promise she wasn't.

When we were finished, we waddled to the door and hit the tracks outta town.  A very fun time. My advice?  Get there early because when they run out "skewers" pre-made for this dish/drink, then they are done serving for the day.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sauteed Kale with Garlic & Cherry Tomatoes

I make this one quite a lot.
It's easy, it's tasty, it's satisfying and it's healthy.
A perfect little side dish for a week night dinner, grill up some meat and you are ready to go.

I've left the garlic pretty large in this recipe as I wanted to be able to remove it.  I like garlic, but I don't like to eat too much.  I saute it in the olive oil with the onions to release the flavors. This technique gives you the option of getting the flavor, but not the heartburn later. I leave it in and serve it like that, as some people want to eat it, but others can easily push it to the side.

Makes enough for 2-4

1 bunch of kale, stems removed and rough chopped
12-15 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half, or quarters
1/2 onion, minced
3-4 garlic cloves, sliced in half
1-2 Tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp Red Pepper flakes
1/2 Lemon, juiced
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until the onions start to soften.

Add the chopped tomatoes and the red pepper flakes and stir for another 2-3 minutes, until the tomatoes start to soften, release their juices and start to lose their shape.  

Here it is when that happens.

Add the chopped kale and the lemon juice.  Stir some more to soften the kale.  I cook it for another 2-3 minutes only as I like my kale on the firmer side.  I also like the kale to keep it's bright green color.

Serve at once!

Here's what I was making on this date on past years...
One year ago Lazy Girl Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Two years ago Spicy Mama Summer Salad- Tossed Corn, Tomatoes and Avocados
Three years ago Maui Cookies
Four years ago Reese Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing