Where I Really Want to Eat

There was a Saturday a few weeks back where I woke up knowing that I wanted to take some photos at a restaurant to share with you what I love about it.

The first place I had in mine went by the wayside because I looked at their menu again online that morning and realised there was only one thing on the menu that I actually liked, and it didn’t even sound that good. Clearly my memories of that restaurant were based on how much fun I had that day, and not actually on the food.

Then we thought we’d go to one of Geoff’s favorite places, but it was 2:00 on a Saturday afternoon, and we couldn’t get a table. It’s still on my list, but it didn’t work out that day.

We headed to a third place but both realised that we weren’t actually that excited about eating there and only liked it as the best of a bad choice for that type of food. We didn’t want to spend out time and money, or my energy telling you about it here, on a place that we didn’t truly think was awesome.

After all that wandering and indecision, we were hungry and wanted to eat something we knew would make us happy. We looked down the street and decided to go to Five Guys, and I’ll be honest, most of the time that’s secretly where I wish I was eating.

If we were back home in America, I don’t know if I’d crave it as much, but there are not a lot of restaurants that I really love in Glasgow, and Five Guys has, hands down, the best burgers and shakes in the city.

A Five Guys burger is juicy, the bacon is crisp and chopped into pieces so you don’t end up pulling out an entire slice of bacon on your first bite, the buns are soft, and you’re in control of the toppings, so you can get it exactly the way you want it.

The shakes are made with actual ice cream. They’re thick and impossible to get through the straw for about a minute, which is the way a milkshake should be. You can combine flavors to makes dozens of combinations. They don’t mess around.

I usually skip the fries because I’m plenty full and happy without them, but their fries are also great. You can tell just by looking at them that they were actual potatoes not long before they went in your mouth. They didn’t arrive frozen from a factory. They’re also generously seasoned which makes them difficult to stop eating.

Five Guys might not be glamorous or sophisticated, but neither am I. This is what I most want to eat when I go out, and I’m constantly having to talk myself out of going there. But let’s not stand in the way of our own happiness, friends. Embrace great burgers and shakes. Get on board.

White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

White Russian Milkshake

White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

The Olympics are here!!!! Most days, I couldn’t care less about sports, but there’s something about the Olympics that just draws me in. I love all the stories of triumph, the drama of the competition, the young kids working their asses off for something they truly love. Other people’s passion is contagious and I’m highly susceptible.

Actually watching can be a bit difficult since we’ve cut the cord and only have Netflix. We don’t even have an antenna to get network channels. C’est la vie. It’s worth the rest of the time. I was able to “borrow” the necessary information to watch the live stream, which isn’t ideal, but it’s definitely better than paying for cable.

White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

To celebrate, we decided to make White Russian Milkshakes. Even though it’s been a bit chilly here in paradise, it’s never too cold for ice cream, and the high alcohol content helps to keep you warm anyway. This milkshake tastes exactly like a white russian, which probably isn’t Russian at all, but I certainly didn’t want to eat boiled cabbage to celebrate the opening ceremonies. Cocktails are always better.

You can certainly adjust the alcohol content to your desired level. I let my husband make these, and he can be a bit heavy handed. But unless you’re actually training for the luge or something, I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a potent cocktail while watching all those skinny kids march past. It will make the whole thing extra awesome.

White Russian Milkshake from Awesome on 20

Do you go nuts for the Olympics, too? What’s your favorite sport? What’s your favorite Olympic cocktail? When are we gonna have a party? Let’s do it now!

White Russian Milkshake
Serves 4
A potent boozy milkshake to get you in the mood for Sochi!
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 quart vanilla bean ice cream
  2. 1 cup vodka
  3. 1 cup Kahlua
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. It's a milkshake. Don't freak out.
  2. Pour into four glasses and prepare for your lips to go numb.
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Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

I was very naughty this weekend. I spent four days worth of money on liquor and bacon. But I did it all for you so you could have this bacon mudslide milkshake.

I went to Costco and ended up coming home with a liter of Kahlua, a liter of Bailey’s, 1.75 liters of vodka, and four pounds of bacon. I’m telling myself that I just have to make it last. It’s an investment in my future. My very delicious and slightly tipsy future. So maybe if you buy all the booze all at once, it’s not that cheap, but if you consider how much it would cost to get a cocktail milkshake in a bar, well you’re really making your money stretch.

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

My husband asked a friend to bring him some bacon vodka back from the mainland. He was going through a serious bacon phase and thought it would be a great idea to have a bottle in the house. On it’s own, this particular bacon vodka was fairly awful, but mix it with something creamy and it’s pretty dang tasty. 

Of course, you could just use regular vodka, and have regular mudslide milkshakes and it will still be awesome, but if you’ve somehow found yourself with a bottle of bacon vodka on your bar and you don’t know what to do with it, give this a try. It’s chocolaty, creamy, boozy, and potent. And so extremely fantastic when it seems like your living room might actually be the hottest place on Earth.

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake from Awesome on 20

And guess what else! Tomorrow is chocolate milkshake day! You had no idea. I know. That’s what you keep me around for. Make sure you get yourself a boozy bacon mudslide milkshake to celebrate. I know things. You should trust me.

Bacon Mudslide Milkshake
Serves 1
A creamy boozy chocolate shake with a hint of bacon flavor
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 shots bacon vodka
  2. 3 shots Bailey's
  3. 2 shots Kahlua
  4. 2 cups chocolate ice cream
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. A crisp bacon stir stick never hurt anybody.
Notes
  1. This will make one large milkshake or two small ones, just in case overindulging isn't your thing.
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Cookie & Cream & Mint Milkshake from Awesome on 20

Cookies and Cream and Mint Milkshake

Cookie & Cream & Mint Milkshake from Awesome on 20

Two of the things we love most in this house are animals and ice cream. They’re connected. Just give me a second.

My almost teenage daughter is with us for the month, and I’ve sort of let her take over the blog a bit, at least when it comes to picking recipes. Loco moco? Yeah, that was her idea. And today she wanted cookies and cream milkshakes with mint chocolate chip ice cream. She’s my baby. She can have whatever she wants. Sort of.

Here’s the catch. We’ve been trying to reduce our use of palm oil in this house. Like with most things, I’m not puritanical about it. I try to take a balanced approach, and I do my best to avoid it. 

See, palm oil is grown and harvested in delicate ecosystems in the tropics, like Indonesia and Malaysia. The fields that are cleared to grow palm oil are home to many endangered species including orangutans and Sumatran tigers. Palm oil production threatens their habitats and makes them vulnerable to poachers. Every time we buy products with palm oil, we are contributing to that destruction. 

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Okay, that was kind of a bummer, but there’s a touch more bad news. Most commercial cookies found in your grocery store aisles, including Oreos, which I love, are made with palm oil. So, we set out on a mission to find palm oil-free cookies. This took us to whole foods, where after reading a few labels we were successful in finding cookies at a reasonable price, about four dollars. What a relief!

We tossed about five cookies in the food processor with some milk, crushed them to smithereens, and then let them hang out for a couple of minutes to soften up. Then we threw some minty green ice cream into the mix, gave it a buzz, topped it with fresh, sweetened whipped cream, and of course, sprinkles. Almost teenage girls don’t eat anything without sprinkles.

Cookie & Cream & Mint Milkshake from Awesome on 20

We struggle to make ends meet in this house, which means that organic sustainable food can sometimes seem out of reach. But a bit of extra effort can sometimes lead to pleasant surprises. I love it when ethics come in the form of cookies.  Cookies which turn into milkshakes that taste awesome and save cute animals are the awesomest!

Cookies and Cream and Mint Milkshake
Serves 1
A milkshake loaded with cookies, chocolate chips, and a cool mint punch
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 chocolate sandwich cookies
  2. 1/4 cup milk
  3. 2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream (Trust your eyes and make it as thick as you like)
  4. Whipped cream
  5. Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Put five cookies into your food processor or blender with the milk and pulse until the cookies are smashed up.
  2. Leave the cookie mixture to soak up the milk for a few minutes. This might be a good time to whip your own cream by hand, if you're into that sort of thing.
  3. Add the ice cream and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the milkshake into a tall glass and top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cookie.
  5. Put a straw in that baby and try not to implode your face. Or just eat it with a spoon. That's what I'd do.
Notes
  1. This would also be totally awesome with a shot of creme de menthe liqueur and maybe some Bailey's or Kahlua. Whatever you have on hand. Obviously, not for almost teenagers.
Adapted from Food Network
Adapted from Food Network
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