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Happy Hour: Tropics Tap House

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Happy Hour: Tropics Tap House

We enjoyed a lovely little happy hour recently with plenty of great food and three pints between us, all while sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine. We did all this within walking distance from our house and for around $30 with tax and tip. Tropics Tap House is a place I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of.

 They have about a bajillion beers that change regularly. You can find all sorts of craft and seasonal beers, if that’s your thing, or they have Angry Orchard on tap. They also have some really creative cocktails, but I was trying not to spend all my money this time around.

Happy Hour: Tropics Tap House

Their happy hour is daily from 3:00 to 6:00 with a different beer on special every day. They also have discounted well drinks and house wine. The best part of happy hour, though, is the food. They do fancy pub food here, with a variety of sliders and pizzas, along with daily specials. At happy hour, classic sliders, cheese pizza, and enormous potato wedges are all discounted. Um. . . we tried them all.

Happy Hour: Tropics Tap House

Seriously, these potato wedges are huge. They’re crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and get served with some fancy gourmet ketchup. I didn’t know a potato wedge could have so much flavor.

Happy Hour: Tropics Tap House

The cheese pizza was tasty, and the crust was buttery and light. It’s perfect with a cold cider. I wish I could have eaten a whole lot more, but I don’t think Geoff wanted to bring me home in a wheelbarrow.

Happy Hour: Tropics Tap House

The sliders are where it’s at, kids. At $2 a piece, you could easily make a feast of them. They’re juicy and delicious. I’m sort of in love with this place.

The service was great, and early in the evening on a weekday, it’s pretty quiet in there. Stop by on a Friday night, and you will probably get to hear some outstanding live music. 

Happy Hour: Tropics Tap House

Happy hour at Tropics Tap House is definitely the way to go if money is tight. Regular price can get a little out of hand. But if money is no object, then go and try everything. It’s a great place to experiment and try something new. Since this is only a fifteen minute walk from our house, you can bet we’ll be there often. Maybe we’ll see you there.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Awesome on 20

I love bread. It may be one of the most excellent things ever created in all the universe. Tearing off a hunk of bread, slathering it with salted butter, putting it in your mouth, closing your eyes and chewing slowly. . . It’s a beautiful moment. Bread is a wonderful thing, and should never be wasted.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Awesome on 20

I love recipes that can use up stale bread, and chocolate chip bread pudding is one of my favorites. I used sourdough bread this time, but you should use up whatever you have hanging around. If you’re bread isn’t stale yet, break it up into chunks and spread it out on a baking sheet for a while. The bread then gets soaked in a sweet custard mixture, baked until puffy and golden, and consumed warm with choirs of angels in the background.

My husband doesn’t like bread pudding, and I think he’s completely insane. It’s sweet and chewy and infinitely adaptable. This one is made with chocolate chips, but you can take it in nearly any direction. I’ve made a tropical version, and savoury bread pudding is pretty awesome, also. Not as good as chocolate, though.  It’s really a shame that I’ll have to eat all this by myself.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Awesome on 20

If you’ve never met a bread basket you didn’t love, you should definitely make this bread pudding for your next dessert. The smell alone is enough to drive you crazy. It’s gonna be awesome!

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
Serves 6
Puffy, chewy, sweet, and chocolaty bread pudding makes me outrageously happy.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 250 grams of stale bread, cut or torn into chunks
  2. 100 grams chocolate chips
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 40 grams (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  5. 2 tablespoon Kahlua
  6. 125 ml (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  7. 500 ml (2 cups) whole milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray a 9-inch pie pan with non-stick spray. I'd choose a deeper pie pan if the option is available.
  2. Put your stale bread chunks in the pie pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, Kahlua, heavy cream, and whole milk. Pour this mixture over the bread and press the bread down to help it absorb the liquid. Leave this to soak for about 20 minutes.
  4. Bake bread pudding for about 40 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool for a few minutes so you don't burn yourself. It will be nearly impossible to resist.
  5. You can cover this and keep it in the fridge for a few days. I suggest warming it in the microwave for about a minute before serving.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
How to be awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/
So, what’s your favorite way to love bread?

Lemon Couscous with Arugula

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Lemon Couscous with Arugula from Awesome on 20

This crazy idea I had to learn to like vegetables is pretty much a miserable failure. Every time someone suggests their favorite veggie dish, it just sounds sorta gross. I can’t get into it. Veggies, in my opinion, are not awesome. I’m a terrible person.

Lemon Couscous with Arugula from Awesome on 20

This month, I tried adding some fresh arugula to some bright, lemony couscous. It was actually Nigella’s idea. If you’re into leafy greens, this is an excellent, super simple side dish that would probably go great with any of those lean proteins skinny people are always talking about. The peppery arugula contrasts quite nicely with the bright lemon, and couscous is always awesome. If I didn’t feel like I was chewing on grass, I probably would have really loved this dish.

I hate being a picky eater. I also hate how disappointing most healthy food is. And then I hate myself for being so spoiled and always demanding instant gratification. Being human is tricky. All these feelings. . . I think I need a doughnut. 

Lemon Couscous with Arugula from Awesome on 20

Anyway, you should totally make this lemon couscous with arugula because it’s quick, easy, tasty, and doesn’t contain bacon, which I guess is sometimes a good thing. I made mine with chicken stock, but if you use vegetable stock, it’s vegetarian friendly. Go. Eat. Love.

Lemon Couscous with Arugula
Serves 4
A quick and light side dish that goes with everything.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 400 ml (1-1/2 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
  2. 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 250 grams couscous
  4. Zest and juice of half a lemon
  5. 1 green onion, sliced thin
  6. 50 grams arugula leaves
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, bring stock to a boil
  2. While the stock is heating, put olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the couscous and stir it in the oil for about two minutes to get it a bit toasty.
  3. Pour the boiling stock into the couscous and stir to combine. Once the liquid is mostly absorbed, turn the heat off and put a lid on the pan. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer the couscous to a mixing bowl and stir and scrape with a fork to break up the lumps. Add lemon zest and juice, green onion, and salt and pepper. Finally, stir in the arugula. Serve with your favorite skinny people food.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
How to be awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/
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