Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Episode 99 - Samba Time

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Ok internet, I need to tell you about our weekend getaway because:
It.  Was.  Awesome.
First of all, we checked into what was quite possibly the nicest hotel room I have ever stayed in.  I'm pretty sure the square-footage rivaled the first floor of our house!  There was a sitting room with double french doors leading to the bedroom with a huge king-sized bed with a leather headboard!  The bathroom had a stone accent wall and a huge tub and there was a Keurig coffee machine!  It was amazing.  Really, props to you Chateau Cartier - that hotel room rocked! After marveling at the incredible room for about an hour we set out for dinner.
Is this not insane?!

I wanted to steal the headboard for home...

We took advantage of a really awesome Groupon to a restaurant called "Ekko de Brasil", which included dinner, 2 Brazilian caipirinha cocktails, a bottle of wine and 2 Brazilian coffees all for the ridiculous price of $80!  That deal would be awesome at any ol' restaurant but let me tell you, this isn't just any ol' restaurant!  There are live samba dancers, music, a huge salad/side dish bar and gauchos serving you all-you-can-eat meat off of swords.  Swords! We had steak, bacon wrapped-chicken, beer-basted chicken legs, Parmesan pork, and the most ridiculously awesome leg of lamb ever!  Honestly, it was to die for! We made a very firm decision to go back with friends and family at the first available opportunity!  If you're ever in the Ottawa-Gatineau region you should definitely check it out!

Switching gears a little, I also want to tell you about the bacon roll-ups I made for the annual Canada Day BBQ we went to.  This recipe is not my own creation, but is awesome and you should definitely make it.  Comments from our friends about these little gems included:

"These are the best food I have ever eaten"
"Ever since I ate those bacon things, all I can think about is those bacon things" you know they're kinda good!

Bacon Roll-Ups 

2 lbs bacon
1 loaf brown bread
1 can sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup prepared mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups Colby or medium cheese

     Preheat the oven to 375 F. Start the prep work by cutting the crust off bread and then rolling each slice flat with a rolling pin.  Next, cut your packages of bacon in half.  Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside - don't be freaked out by the randomness of these ingredients, they will taste awesome together, I promise.  
    To assemble the rolls, lay three pieces of the halved bacon on the counter overlapping slightly.  Top this with one slice of the flattened bread and about a tbsp of the crazy mixture spread evenly over the top.  Grab the edge of the bacon and roll the whole thing into a log.  Secure the log with 3 evenly spaced toothpicks and then slice into 3 pieces.  Repeat with more bacon bread and crazy mix until all your ingredients are used up.  Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes then switch on the broiler and broil for 5 minutes or until the bacon gets nice and crispy.  Stick 'em on a platter, serve them to your friends and prepare yourself to receive at least one marriage proposal.  Seriously - people like these that much. 

   Overall, I'd say it was a pretty spectacular long weekend!  How did you spend your holiday this year?

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