Food Review – Homemade Jambalaya

Alright, alright, alright:

We have ourselves a homemade recipe of Jambalaya to blog about. Every Jambalaya dish is a little different so here are the ingredients to this particular dish:

Shrimp

Shredded Chicken

Andouille Sausage

White Rice

Cajun seasoning

Louisiana hot sauce

Garlic

Green Peppers

Green Onions

Diced Tomatoes

Tomato Sauce

A great dish of Jambalaya has to blend perfectly. If it’s too spicy, then you will scare most eaters away. If it isn’t spicy enough, you will scare eaters away too. No single ingredient should dominate a Jambalaya dish. In this dish, that I tried, no ingredient stands out. They all mesh to perfection. I personally can handle spicy foods, but I keep a very open mind for blogging purposes. The non spicy eater would definitely love this recipe, as well as the spicy eater; perfect amount of spice!

So, the ingredients go very well together. You don’t need any type of bread to go with it. The dish is very fine on it’s own. 8.5/10

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Food Review – Dog Haus 9-29-2017

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  This will mark the 2nd edition of my on location experience.  So let’s go!
On Friday I visited “Dog Haus” in North Hollywood, CA.  This restaurant is known for specialty hot dogs, specialty burgers and sides.  They are not just another hot dog place, which is very cool.  I love a little mystery when I am trying a place for the first time.
I am more old school when it comes to finding out what I want to order.  I am not one to look up a menu online ahead of time.  I like that “struggling” feeling on trying to decide what I want to get.  I ended up choosing the “Cowboy” hot dog and an order of the chili cheese tater tots.
Ladies and gentleman, this is not your ordinary hot dog and tater tots, that you cook up at your house.  I am talking about gourmet, high restaurant quality food.  A great sign of a great dish is; how quickly do I eat the food?  For those who know me best, the quicker I eat, the more I enjoy it.  Well folks, I devoured this meal like it was my last meal I would ever had.  The great thing about a hot dog is, in one bite, you get to taste all the ingredients; which in this case (other than the hot dog), nacho cheese sauce, bacon, diced up onion straws and barbecue sauce all on a King’s Hawaiian bun.  One bad ingredient can ruin a hot dog, which is definitely not the case here.
That is my intake on the “Cowboy” hot dog.  Now the chili cheese tater tots are next.  What can you say, they were to die for!  Crispy, golden to perfection, tater tots, homeade chili, green onions and nacho cheese sauce all mixed into a savory delicious bite.
Overall, well done, Dog Haus, well done.  10/10
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Food Review – Mel’s Drive-In Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

Alright guys,

Here we go! This is my 1st blog during my visit in Southern California. I decided to blog on my latest food adventure. I went to Mel’s Drive-In in West Hollywood, CA this afternoon. As seen in the beginning of HBO’s “Entourage”, I never thought I would ever eat here.

I have a friend, who I met in Wausau, and now lives in Los Angeles, made the suggestion of going to Mel’s. I am very glad she did. I knocked off another iconic Los Angeles establishment. The best part, is the food was very delicious!

Atmosphere – It was all there; hot and humid Southern California weather, eating outside basking in the sun. As a Wisconsin resident, I was a little kid who got the candy in the candy store. Plus I am not working, and neither was my friend.

Attitude – I was very excited to eat here. I was ready to go! On the other hand, are the employees ready to give me a great customer service experience? They sure were! They were on their game, checking in on us frequently. I was even asked if I wanted a refill of Diet Coke to go. I have never witnessed this before, and I wish other restaurants followed this.

Food – I ordered a short-rib grilled cheese sandwich with onion rings. The rib meat decides the fate of the sandwich. I do not like any type of meat that I have to chew extensively in order to swallow it (ask my immediate family anytime). This is definitely not the case here; it was made and cooked to perfection! It melted right in my mouth, and I felt I could have eaten the sandwich in 5 bites! The onion rings were a thicker breading version, and when you have an onion ring like this:

A: There could be too much breading

B: The actual onion can be undercooked

Both A & B passed with flying colors. Well done!

So, Mel’s passed all three of my phases of a solid food review. It is very difficult to achieve perfection. Trust me, I am a perfectionist. This is as close to a perfect comfortable experience as you can get.

9.5/10

Food Review – Opening Sunday NFL 9/10/2017

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  This week I will be discussing my annual opening Sunday NFL Feedbag Extravaganza!  This is my 9th year doing this, and I want to do this another 9 years at least.  It really should be a holiday.  That’s how popular the National Football League (NFL) is.  The NFL makes me forget about any other sport.  The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour is even contemplating moving their Fed Ex Cup Playoffs to August, so it does not interfere with the NFL.

Anyway, let’s get to the food.  On the menu this year was:

  • Screwdrivers with Ocean Spray orange juice and Svedka vodka
  • Scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon
  • Pizza dip with italian herb flatbread crackers
  • Mini brownies with Kemps vanilla custard ice cream
  • Buffalo chicken dip
  • Meatballs with barbecue sauce

Here is what I had to say about each item:

A screwdriver is not a fancy cocktail, but it is a great way to start your NFL Sunday Morning.  Three of these, and I am good to go!  Wink, wink… 7/10

The scrambled eggs with cheese and a side of bacon was a great start to the feedbag, but again, it was nothing out of the ordinary.  6/10

The pizza dip, on the other hand, is unique, and I eat it twice a year (the other time being the Super Bowl).  The dish was discovered by my mother in 2015, and it is on the menu every year.  The ingredients consist of cream cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese.  The presentation and quality is just to die for.  Every ingredient in this dish as a combination works to absolute perfection.  10/10

Mini Brownies with vanilla custard ice cream was our dessert this year.  We did not want to fancy this up.  Simple, a lot of times, is good.  This dish worked.  Add a little bit of caramel topping, and it works even better.  7/10

The buffalo chicken dip is the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few at various restaurants.  What makes it great is the hot buffalo sauce.  If I don’t get a little red in the face, after a bite, it is not true buffalo chicken dip.  This recipe does the job extremely well.  The main ingredients are sharp cheddar cheese, diced chicken, ranch sauce and Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce.  The buffalo chicken dip is the favorite every year we for 8 years, but not this year.  I feel terrible saying this, and I apologize to the buffalo chicken dip, but the pizza dip tasted better this year.  I still am giving this amazing dip a 9/10!

Last is the meatballs.  There’s no sugarcoating here; these are bought from the frozen section at the grocery store.  But you still have to put the right amount of sauce (in this case we used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce), and you have to master the correct Crock Pot setting.  These meatballs are fantastic, and the beauty is, they are not from scratch.  Who would have thought a frozen meatball could taste this amazing?  I am a believer now.  8/10

This is the end to another blog from Matthew D. Kring.  A new blog to arrive on the internet soon.  Take it easy!

Food Review – Good Ole Fashioned Grill Out Good Mood Food

Hello Everyone,

I am back for another edition of food reviews.  This time, I am reviewing some food that we ate at home.  I’m talking some classic Summer grill out food!

On the menu was some hot dogs stuffed with colby cheese, that we purchased at a meet market in Wausau, WI, called “Country Fresh Meats”.  Second was corn on the cob drizzled with butter.  Last was a classic Summer favorite, watermelon!

The trick with grilling these cheese dogs, is you cannot get them charred, otherwise you will lose most of the cheese.  Once you have this down pat, then you are golden!  Then get your butter put on the corn, as soon as you can, while the temperature on the corn is hot, so you can get that maximum amazing flavor.  For the watermelon, no trick, just indulge, and enjoy the heck out of it.

Now, let’s rate!  Atmosphere – very decent, nice hot Summer day eating outside in my backyard.  Attitude – very good, no complaints.  Food – very good, comforting.  Overall, it won’t top an experience like Kroll’s West, but it does the job well.  8/10

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Awards – 2016 Best Pictures Review, Matt Kring Style

Where do I begin?  I was absolutely not planning on watching all the best picture nominations, but an impromptu weekend getaway to Chicago (thanks to working in Rockford this past Wed-Fri and only being an hour away from Chicago) allowed me the opportunity to get it done.  I took last year off, and back at again this year.  So my brother came up with a plan to knock off all the best picture noms, so I said lets do it.

I only saw La La Land, Hidden Figures and Manchester By The Sea prior to Friday, SO I saw 6 films this weekend, a major, major, major binge fest.  It was a blast man!

So here are my rankings for this year:

Moonlight – I did not know what this movie was about, all I knew was that it was a best picture nominee, and Ali was up for best supporting actor.  I really liked the transformation and growth of the main character once I saw the entire movie.  At first I was getting a little irritated with how much he was getting picked on, until the scene in the classroom, where he had enough, went APESHIT, and unloaded on the bully!  Great scene changer, and I pumped my right fist after it happened.  I did not expect Ali to be in the film for a brief period.  Janelle Monae  gave another solid performance as Ali’s girlfriend.

Arrival – This is a movie that you need to be locked into, a movie that you to bring your watching movie “A” game to.  This is a well made film that brings together the brilliant mind of Dr. Louise Parks (Amy Adams) and her ability to see the future.  This film does bring the stereotypical hard ass military leader (Forest Whitaker) and the building love story between Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.  Still, well made film, and I liked it.

Hell or High Water – This is the adventure of two brothers from Texas doing what it takes to fight for their Mom’s ranch.  So let’s rob a few small town banks.  Chris Pine’s character is definitely underrated.  He beats the system, gets away with crime, and the sheriff (Jeff Bridges) knows it, but there is nothing he can do about it.  I definitely did not think this should have been a best picture nominee, but I liked the film.

Hacksaw Ridge – I knew that there were going to be some war battles, but they dragged on for more than they should have.  What a great story about Desmond Doss; he proved that one can make a difference without using a firearm, in a WAR.  Even though the battles dragged on for a little bit, the makers of this film did a great job showing the transformation of the respect the other soldiers had for Doss.  Good movie.

Fences – I will not deny the great acting, but I felt like I have seen a movie or two with a similar plot.  Do we feel sorry for Denzel, or don’t we?  Again, I commend the acting of Denzel and Viola Davis; both I would be fine if they won best actor and best supporting actress.

Manchester by the Sea – Casey Affleck warned us on Saturday Night Live (SNL) that this movie would be depressing, and it was, but that is what the story is about.  The everyday life of a man doing his best with what he has, to make it in today’s society.  He does his best to hold it together, but the struggle to make ends meet is what is the strength of this film.  It makes it more real and the possibility of it happening in the real world.  Great story.

Hidden Figures – This is the most feel good best picture nominee of all of them.  Great combination of humor, drama and overall plot.  I wasn’t sure about this film being a January release, but I forget a lot of distinguished films come out in January (The Revenant).  High Rotten Tomatoes score and a best picture nominee; it’s gotta be good, right?  I’m kind of a math geek, but I’m trying not to be biased on my opinions.  Three African-American mathematicians in the 60’s staying strong, not letting the color of their skin stop them from following their dreams.  Plus I didn’t know Janelle Monae was an actress.  If you haven’t seen this film, and you want a feel good historic story, go see Hidden Figures.

La La Land – I’ll start off by saying I’m not the greatest fan of musicals, but the team behind this film pulled it off.  What better way to start off introducing LA by showing us a typical trafffic day on the interstate- by the way the opening song was well done, and it introduced us to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.  The struggles of Stone’s and Gosling’s character lead them to being an item.  Everything is going well; both of them  are heading in the right direction towards success.  Their communication and chemistry gets stronger and stronger.  So I asked myself, will this be a Scooby Doo ending where they fall in love forever and forever and have made their dreams come true?  NO SIR!  And I liked it, something different.  In a different twist, the ending was Scooby Doo, that is all I will say.  I enjoyed this film a lot.

Lion – This was the last best picture I saw.  Now I’ve seen them all.  This is a very good movie to see for my last.  A young 5 year old boy named Saroo just wanted to be like his older brother, Guddu; he wanted to do everything like him, but Saroo’s life changed when he went with Guddu to find work.  That is when the purpose of the film kicked into high gear.  You began to see Saroo develop into the person he is (when Dev Patel takes over the character), especially when he gets involved with a woman he met at school (played by Rooney Mara).  You want a feel good, warm hearted story, go see this, on my request.

My rankings from worst to first:

9.  Hacksaw Ridge

8.  Hell or High Water

7.  Fences

6.  Arrival

5.  Manchester By The Sea

4.  Moonlight

3.  Lion

2.  La La Land

and #1…

HIDDEN FIGURES!

Virtual Studio Simulator Reviews – Revisit Plus Bonus Gift

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