Monday, March 28, 2016

DO YOU LIKE IT HOT, AND WHAT ABOUT HUGGING??


Nope, I'm not talking about sex at the moment or the weather. (lol) We'll leave that to our good buddy Kitt Crescendo over at https://theinnerwildkat.wordpress.com/author/theinnerwildkat/,
and your local news channel.

Yep.  Once again my mind is on food! Most of what I eat has to have some heat.  So I'll add cayenne pepper or hot sauce to just about anything. Green beans, cheeseburgers, rice, noodles, nachos, steak - you name it, and I'll find a reason to spice things up.

Speaking of spice, Carolinians rejoice!  Not only do we have a pepper to call our own, but the Carolina Reaper is so hot at 1.569 million Scoville Heat Units,(SHU) that it made it into the World's Guinness Book of Records. Even better, it was created by a regular guy like you and me from South Carolina.  Determined to make the hottest pepper, Ed Currie worked diligently to keep crossbreeding peppers until he came up with this treat that will truly test your tastebuds.


Everyone talks about the Ghost Pepper, aka the Bhut Jolokia, but with a mere SHU of 1,041,427, it has nothing on the Reaper! http://carolinareaper.org   Feel free to order some at this site.


If you don't mind igniting your palate with 5 alarm spices, here are 2 restaurants to visit, which just happen to have been raved about on the Travel Channel.  In case you're wondering - I had to include a place that sells burgers. (lol)


The 4 Horsemen Burger at Chunky's Burgers in San Antonio Texas may bring fear into your heart. This phenomenal burger has the audacity to be topped with not 1, but 4 hot peppers:  jalapeno, serrano, habanero, and the infamous bhut jolokia, better known as the ghost chile. If you've got the stomach, tongue and courage, 25 minutes is all the time you'll get to finish in one piece.


If Texas isn't hot enough for you, head up to Manhattan(did you know Manhattan was the most expensive city to get married in 2014?) in New York for their famous Phaal Curry at The Brick Lane Curry House.  This fire inducing meal can't be eaten unless you sign a waiver to not hold the restaurant liable for any physical or mental damage.  If you eat it all in a challenge, you get a FREE beer and your picture on the wall.  Just for the record, drinking beer after all that heat doesn't do a dang thing to heal all the pain. (lol) Best to try real whipped cream, or any type of other dairy items.
This is an actual scene from the Travel Channel when
this meal was being prepared. Yikes!
Phaal Curry




What about you?  Are you willing to experiment with some spice to your life?

4th Annual New York City Hot Sauce ExpoApril 23, 2016 –
April 24, 2016
Brooklyn EXPO Center, 79 Franklin St Brooklyn, NY 11222
One of the most buzzed about food festivals in the country this year’s Expo will feature 45 different award winning hot sauce companies from various parts of the word. Complimented with free hot sauce tastings, craft beer, eating challenges, spicy food vendors, cooking demos, this year’s Expo will provide plenty of odd ball entertainment fun for the whole family. Plus, the second year of inducting 5 industry folks into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame.

United States National Hot Sauce FestivalJun 18, 2016 –
Jun 19, 2016
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
In between DC and Baltimore comes this 1st year festival. Details will unfold as the event grows near. Contact: cassidy@spefoody.com Phone: (240) 479-5400 OR alank@spefoody.com (240) 401-0973/    http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/

ICE CREAM YUMMINESS
After eating all that fiery fare, don't forget to get your icy treat at Baskin Robbins on March 31 for "Celebrate 31".  They're offering all  regular and kid scoops in one of your favorite flavors for just $1.31. Get the classics or try something new at participating locations. 

HUGS
When I was a kid, I don't remember any of my friends doing any excessive hugging, and it's not something I did much of either.  Fast forward to 2016 and
I'm now a certified hugger.  I think of every reason possible to give out cards and hugs, but I am often rebuffed in my amourous advances. (lol)  People aren't as touchy feely as they used to be, and I'm not sure why.  Still, if I can get away with it, new friends and old, family or strangers get bearhugs.*heh*




ROMANCE READERS
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44 comments:

  1. i love spicy foods too... im unsure if i can take the heat of some of these peppers! whooo!

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    1. Something about spiciness just makes my heart sing. I know it's going to be hot, but just want to try a quick, tiny taste to see what happens! (lol) Hugs...

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  2. Nope, no, not me. I can eat a mild spicy foods but you start talking ghost peppers or anything hotter than that and I'm packing up my lunch and moving somewhere that has snow to lessen the burn.

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    1. LOL! Too funny, Mary!!! Hugs...

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  3. I dont anything spicy,tangy,hot or mild.lol. Can't any of that stuff, it just makes me sick.

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    1. I hate that it makes you sick, Lanie, but I'm still on for having lunch or dinner with you any day withOUT the spice! (lol) Hugs...

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  4. I love spicy and my son loves Ghost peppers so we need to introduce him to the Reaper!

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    1. Yes!!!! Would love to hang out with your son, and hear what he thinks about the Reaper. What an adventurous guy! Glad to hear that you like it hot, too Kim! Hugs...

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  5. Oh nope. So much nope! I am a total wuss when it comes to spicy food even though I'm half Mexican. I can't do heat at all. If I can get it extra mild...I'm in! My mom though LOVES spicy food. It's so weird.

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    1. Wow! That is interesting, Anna,huh? Just throw all your spicy stuff over my way, when we do lunch! Hugs...

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  6. Sure. But not too hot that it literally melts away my taste buds. lol.

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    1. I know, right? I often wonder about people who eat super, super spicy stuff and if it affects their taste buds over the years. That would totally be the pits. Hugs...

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  7. As an Indian girl - and not only Indian, but TRINIDADIAN Indian... yes, yes I like it hot. Spicy, hot, peppery, those adjectives don't even cover the amount of heat I like on my food. Trinidad is home to one of the hottest peppers in the world, so you KNOW Trinidadians are all about their pepper sauce! My mom makes a very, very hot pepper sauce, and I can't eat my food without it ;) Spoiled child, I am.

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm all for spoiling you with the heat! (lol) I have a close friend from Trinidad who absolutely will NOT eat any type of spicy food, but his wife loves it! Interesting life in the kitchen for sure. Isn't it just hard to imagine life without spice? Hugs...Ro

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  8. It was so cool to learn than Carolina has their own pepper and has won the world record, wow! I love a little heat in my food, but my stomach just can't handle it, so I have to spread the heat out a little bit. One or twice a month doesn't have too bad an effect on my IBS, but I sure do miss it as apart of my diet :)

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    1. I know, right? Cool to find out that anyone can create neat stuff if time is taken to do the research, like this guy did. I've heard that spiciness and seeds create havoc, so totally understand you keeping to a minimum so you don't have discomfort.

      Hugs and hope you're doing well.

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  9. I love spicy food and eat it occasionally but uhm thos extremely hot peppers I pass on lols...nope not for me :)

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    1. I just can't imagine life without spice, but Ghost Pepper and The Reaper every single day would probably kill me! (lol) Hugs...

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  10. I always have hot peppers in my food, for I cannot seem to do without them.

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    1. Hey There Lon! So glad we're kindred spirits when it comes to spiciness! Hugs...

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  11. My husband loves the spicy food, but my mouth burns just with barbecue potato chips! Thanks for the reminder about the ice cream. Mmmm...

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    1. Hey There Christine! YIKES on those barbeque chips, girl! (lol) I've heard that happening a lot these days where one spouse doesn't care for spicy food. All I can say is thank goodness for ice cream, right? (lol) Hugs...

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  12. The Ice Cream is right up my alley. Thanks for the post.

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    1. We all scream for ice cream! (lol)

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  13. I used to like spicy food but not now, I guess my taste has changed.

    strangely, I've never eaten any Baskin Robbins ice cream even though I could. what's the fuss? I kind of think all ice cream taste good so...

    have a lovely day.

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    1. That's interesting Lissa, I wonder what happened to change your taste buds? I'm definitely a fan of ice cream and took advantage of the deal. Hugs...

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  14. No...on hot & spicy foods!!! Can't remember on the sex :))
    YES!!! I am a "hugger" and I love being hugged~

    HUGS ;)

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    1. Hope all is well Jan, and thanks for popping over. Isn't hugging just fun?

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    2. Better now, RO...survival is an instinct and thankfully I go by my instincts :)

      Hugs

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  15. I like very little spice. The only hot thing I like are hot wings. But I really only like my own because I use Frank's Hot sauce and that stuff is not only spicy but has a great taste.

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    1. Yes, yes, yes to spicy wings, but i don't have them that often, but I do like Frank's Hot Sauce, too!

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  16. I find it interesting that you've noticed people don't hug as much as they used to. I always feel awkward about it and I don't know why. Especially those "are we close enough friends to hug" people in our lives! My father-in-law is from New York and he's a cheek kisser. Nothing worse than an old man's slimy lips on your cheek. I don't think I'd want to move up North if cheek kissing is the thing!

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    1. Stephanie, you are so funny! Slimy lips, huh? (lol) I think we're all so busy now that people may not have time to hug, so when someone tries to do it, I can imagine the discomfort. I'm getting better at reading those who may not want to be touched or to have their space invaded, and totally respect that. I know not to hug you when I meet you! (lol) Hugs...

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  17. Roo!! I'm SO not a fan of spicy food. My mom is though, and I've actually started drinking cayenne pepper in three cups of water in the mornings to help speed up my metabolism and all that fun stuff. But I can not imagine eating peppers and stuff on burgers for the fun of it. I can barely tolerate the cayenne pepper so I know I'd be a total fail whale at eating that burger! teehee! I know it has to be good though! <3

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    1. Sorry for this late response! I need to find a better way to check my comments. I drink cayenne pepper, mixed with lemon juice and ginger, and the pounds came off. Thought I admit that the first 2 days, my tongue was on fire! (lol)Spicy food definitely revs everything up. Hope all is well!

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  18. blessings...
    am from the Caribbean so hot is a staple.

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    1. I've been meeting quite a few people from the Caribbean who are not fans of spice! Glad you like it as much as I do. Hugs...

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  19. And after reading that, I'm thinking I'm a medium heat kinda gal. LOL! I enjoyed spice in anything too. It's gotten to where people don't trust me and always ask 'what's in it?' even though I swear that with guests I add the spice on the side.

    Oh yes, it is indeed ice cream season again. ;) I don't crave it in the winter like I do as we cruise into summer.

    I'm not a hugger, but I tolerate it from people that do. I really don't know why I am not since my big Italian family are very touchy feely types. But maybe it goes with my issue with crowds and loud noise since I don't like anything close about me even inanimate objects. Huh, something to ponder.

    Have a good week, Ro!

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    1. Sophia, that sounds totally fun that friends want to know if you managed to sneak in some heat. Makes me wanna come visit! That's interesting that your family are huggers, but you're not. Like you, I'm pondering that right now. (lol) Loud noises can be a little rough to deal with, and I'm with you on that! Hope your week is fab!

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  20. Didn't know about The Brick Lane Curry House - will try it! Thank you.

    I don't remember friend hugs starting until I was in my 20s...also it's a very NYC thing I think.

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    1. Hey There Rachel! Isn't it fun to learn new things? I love expanding my knowledge. It's interesting to see so many views on hugging, right? Hugs...RO

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  21. Damn, that is one hot pepper! I like a little spice but with IBS, I can't have too much of it or I'm in for a rough night LOL. That pepper looks so weird, though o.O

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    1. Yikes! I've heard that can be super uncomfortable and painful. You're right! It does sort of look crazy, right? (lol)

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