If you ask me, chili is one of my MAIN dishes for tailgating, but Im pretty sure San Antonioans are sick of hearing about chili, so I headed to KABB here in Texas to talk tailgates.
One of the first things I noticed about San Antonio is that everyone is so friendly! Southern hospitality really does exist, ladies and gents. And also, I went to the local Wal-Mart and realized I have never ever seen a grocery store that large in my life. Man, the offerings made me consider leaving me tiny 1 bedroom apartment in Manhattan.
Anyway, lets get to the good stuff. Here is a preview of what I will be talking about on the air tomorrow morning in the 9AM hour, so please tune in if you are in the area!
Touchdown Worthy Tailgating Parties
Football season has officially arrived and fans are firing up grills for game day tailgating. So how can you make sure you throw a touchdown worthy party? Here are some fun tailgating ideas that will have everyone ready for kick-off.
Take your tailgating party to the next level by changing up your beverage menu. Instead of only serving beer, put together a Bloody Mary bar and throw some single serve wine into the cooler too. Or have fun with sodas by letting guests create their own with a soda machine.
Powell & Mahoney Chipotle Bloody Mary Mix $7.99 at Whole Foods and powellandmahoney.com
Zipz Wine $39.99 12pk at zipzwine.com
SodaStream Play $89.99 at Bed, bath & Beyond and Target
So you obviously need chips, right? But all the flavor, with half the fat? That sounds like… Popchips!
While I was at my lovely, gigantic neighborhood Wal-Mart, I saw some amazing flavors, there is a chipotle lime one that I have never seen in NYC, So yea, I am definitely bringing this one home.
Wings are a tailgating staple, but spice things up with different sauces. Buffalo is always a favorite, but go for some non-traditional flavors as well. As a Korean gal, I have to suggest a Korean mainstay.
Annie Chun’s Gochujang Korean Sweet & Spicy Sauce $4.19 at Whole Foods
A good olive oil is a tailgating must-have because it can be used with almost anything. Use it for salad dressing or even a marinade for grilling meats. I like Pompeian because they are the onlybrand to have the USDA quality monitored seal.
Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil $5.49 at supermarkets
Game day tailgating can make for a long day, sometimes from morning until night. Have some snack bars on hand for your guests to munch on between meals or to take with them for the drive home. I was kind of surprised by the very “bench-press-y” flavor of the first ever savory snacks by KIND. You have to try em to understand.
STRONG + KIND Bars $1.79 per bar at Target and kindsnacks.com
Fun Fact: I will be in Phoenix on Wednesday and Denver on Thursday also talking tailgate so please tune in!
Hi guys! I was back on Steve Harvey today and we talked about some common Eastern remedies! I always get lots of questions about where to find these items, so here you go!
In the West, everyone reaches for the Neosporin but in the East we use Soy Sauce! If you don’t have this at home already you need to get it. It is applied on the burn immediately and left on for a half an hour. It soothes and relieves the pain and prevents blisters. We’re not really sure what in the soy sauce makes it healing for burns, but it’s been working for us for thousands of years.
WHERE TO BUY: Soy sauce is in most grocery stores in the Asian food aisle. You can also order off of large online marketplaces like Amazon. Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 33.8 oz
We’ve all had to reach for the pink stuff one time or another but in the East, Kimchi is the go-to for an upset stomach! Some of you have probably eaten or heard of it before but didn’t know the powers it has to cure indigestion. It is cabbage seasoned with ingredients like scallions, spices, radish, garlic, shrimp sauce and fish sauce, then allowed to ferment underground in jars for months. It’s crawling with good bacteria & probiotics, which protect the intestines from bacteria & pushes them out.
WHERE TO BUY: Kimchi is a Korean staple so you will have to head to a Korean grocery store. Some larger cities also carry kimchi in their American grocery stores. Again, I always use Amazon, haha, they have everything! (Please make sure you are buying korean kimchi, NOT chinese-made kimchi) Kimchi – Authentic Korean Pickled Cabbage – Fresh (1 LB)
Most of us usually take something like Melatonin or Z-Quil, but in the East, Jujube Dates treats insomnia and anxiety. It contains compounds that have a sedative effect that will help you sleep better. All you have to do is brew these dates as a tea.
WHERE TO BUY: Jujube dates are easy to find in an Asian grocery store. If you dont have one nearby, here is a link to where you can buy online. I always buy organic, but feel free to buy regular as well. ORGANIC SUN-DRIED HUNZA JUJUBE (RED DATE BERRIES) 4 OZ
HEAD AND MUSCLE ACHES
Instead of using aspirin for a headache or Icy Hot for a muscle ache, we use White flower oil & red flower oil! They both contain some of the same ingredients like wintergreen, eucalyptus, camphor and lavender. When combined it soothes and cools/warms the skin that melts the tension away. Applying these oils is easy. To relieve a headache, massages a few drops of White Oil to your temples. For muscle aches, rub Red flower oil directly on the affected area.
WHERE TO BUY: Red and white flower oil are both available in your Chinatown/Koreatown Asian medicine shops. Also they will sometimes be in Asian grocery stores. Again, online link is at WHITE FLOWER White Flower Analgesic Balm 0.67 OZ OR Axe brand Red Flower Oil – 1.08oz – 32 ml
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