Month: April 2014

Zorbaz on the Lakes

Zorbaz is a popular restaurant in several locations around the lakes country of Minnesota. The first Zorbaz opened in 1969 in Detroit Lakes, MN, and named after Zorba the Greek, a fun-loving, free-spirited character, the theme of all Zorbaz that currently exist, 11 in all. They serve pizzas, Mexican dinnerz, zpaghetti, zalad, zpecialties, exzeterra. They also have fun using Z in their adz and menuz. Zummer Dayz are ezpecially fun at Zorbaz with outdoor evenz, live muzic, and fun. Families can hang out there on a Sunday afternoon, or most weekdays. Night life, though, is for the adults, often the younger set where mingling in swim wear and wet t-shirt contests are encouraged. Some of the locationz are open year-round, while others are seasonal. All of them have great food, energetic staff, and fun events that go along with living and vacationing in lakes country. Zorbaz is a fun hangout in the central lakes area of Minnesota. Do you have a place in your are that celebrates fun? Well, folks this post concludes the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for 2014. I made it. Posted nearly every day. Was late only once with W, and basically ate my way through the month, with the Chef’s assistance. We’re doing a Reflections Post next week, so I’ll stop here with my ranting. Time for some zzz’s then a zumba class...

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Yuengling Beer

Yuengling is America’s Oldest Brewery. In 1829, David G. Yuengling, immigrant from Wurrttemberg, Germany, established the Eagle Brewery on Centre Street in Pottsville, PA. In 1973, David’s son Frederick joins the business and the name is changed to D.G. Yuengling and Son. During prohibition, the brewery switched to near beer brands to survive. In 1933, the brewery celebrates the end of prohibition with “Winner Beer” and ships a truckload to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It grew and passed from generation to generation. In 1996, demand for the brew actually exceeded the brewery’s capacity, so they made the decision to withdraw from markets outside the immediate area. In 2014, Yuengling Brewery is still going strong! The Lager is on the sweeter side and flavorful. I’d call it a smooth taste, not too strong. In fact, The Biker Chef and I really like it. When we were in Pittsburgh, PA this past winter we bought a couple cases to bring home, since we can’t buy it here in Minnesota. In Pennsylvania, you don’t buy beer in a liquor store, that’s where you buy liquor and wine. You buy your beer at a beer warehouse, what looks like a big garage. You pull up, a guy comes out of the office, helps you load your beer, takes your money, and off you go. Just like that! Famous beer quote attributed to Benjamin...

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Review of Shrek the Musical at CTC

Quote of the Day:  You’re beautiful…no matter what! The first part of the line comes from Shrek in the play, the second part came from a girl in the audience. It melted my heart.  What time is it? The girls asked their mom when they got to my house. Two of my piano students, sisters Parker and Peyton, and their mom accompanied me to The Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, MN for Shrek the Musical! We were all excited. On the way down, Parker and I talked about the plays we’re writing. Peyton interjected with ideas, and their mom was encouraging. We started our Big Theatre Day with a workshop at CTC, led by Chris, using one of William Steig’s other stories, The Jabajaba Jungle, which is really fun to say. Go ahead, try it! She’s fantastic. First, she read the story, then had the kids act out their own story based on the book. She had a nice range of kids, too, from crawlers and preschoolers to 2nd and 3rd graders! They had a blast. The room was bursting with laughter and imagination! Then, we were invited to watch a bit of the rehearsal. Although, Shrek started preview audiences already, they had a bit of tweaking to do for the official opening night/press night. The kids, and grown-ups, had a few questions for Michael. He told us that when he thinks about choreography for...

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X Out Bad Food

I have a guest on my blog today, the publicist extraordinaire Krista Rolfzen Soukup. She works with several clients on book promotion and publicity and offers consultations with authors on ways to get the word out about their books and who they are as authors. She’s also a dear friend, a great mom, and a wonderful cook. Thanks for taking the time to write this post, Krista!   As a single mother of four children, time is a commodity that gets depleted faster than a batch of hot cookies sitting on my counter.  I have always loved baking and cooking, but most of all I LOVE to eat fresh homemade food.  Even in the midst of a busy schedule of family and work, I take the time to cook meals and have a sit down family dinner. As more and more studies surface on the health risks of corporate cooked food, I find it increasingly important to continue home cooked meals for my family. I recently watched this video of Michael Pollan (Michael Pollan Video ), author, activist, journalist and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He emphasizes how cooking at home is one of the simplest and most important steps people can make to improve their family’s health, build communities, help fix our broken food system and perhaps most importantly, break our growing dependence...

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Wild Rice

Wild rice grows naturally in Minnesota and other north central locations. It is high in protein, fiber, the amino acid lysine, and low in fat. It grows in wetlands and traditionally harvested by the Native Americans using canoes and long sticks called knockers. They canoe through the long grass, pulling it into the canoe and knocking the grains into the bottom. It is a long and tedious process. Then, they prepare it, use it, or sell it. Some farmers have created a plant that can grow on firmer ground with less fragile seeds and harvest them with machinery. There is a difference between the wild rice you buy from the natives to what you will find on the store shelves. Here’s a video of Wild Rice Harvest on the White Earth Reservation.   We have many delicious ways to use wild rice: soup, salad, hotdish, wild rice burgers and sausage, and bread. It gives an earthy flavor and texture to the dish. It’s a wonderful accompaniment to wild game, fish, especially Minnesota Walleye! MMM. I wish I had a bowl of the Biker Chef’s wild rice soup right...

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