Tuesday, January 31, 2012

OPUS Prime Steakhouse

OPUS Prime Steakhouse is of the Old World decor style, large oversized rod iron doors, dark wood furniture, amber glass lighting. It's over-the-top yet beautiful in its own big way. OPUS is definitely a special occasion restaurant, the food is fantastic, but its pricey.  So file OPUS on your list of places to try when you have something great to celebrate - like say your anniversary...   

First up: Crispy Calamari
I do not say this lightly when I say hands down, the best calamari I can remember eating. The breading was light and crispy, the calamari was cooked perfectly and somehow it wasn't heavy or greasy at all. The dipping sauce was OPUS' take on a traditional marinara-style sauce. It was fresh, flavorful and delicious!
The Calamari earns: 10/10 Stars!

Salad Course: Opus Prime Signature Salad
The "Signature" Salad definitely missed the mark. Mixed Greens, Red Pepper, Olives, Grape Tomatoes, Bacon, Croutons, and Blue Cheese with your choice of house made dressing. First of all, when I'm at a restaurant of this caliber, when I see olives, I assume I'm getting good Kalamata, Spanish or other "good" olives not what the "Signature" contained...canned black olives. Don't get me wrong, I like olives but those olives don't belong on any "Signature" salad. On top of bad olives, the bacon was mushy and flavorless, and the house made dressing was thick and bland. I absolutely would not recommend this salad.
The Signature Salad earns 1/10 Stars

The Main Course: Colorado Rack of Lamb, Atlantic Salmon and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
The Rack of Lamb was served with a peppercorn demi-glaze. The Lamb was a beautiful Medium-Rare+ absolute perfection, tender, juicy perfection and the demi-glaze was just right - which is saying a lot for me, a no sauce kind of girl.
The Rack of Lamb Earns  9/10 Stars
(please forgive the phone quality photo - it was much prettier than it looks)
The Atlantic Salmon was served with Jumbo Lump Crab and a Burre Blanc Sauce. The Salmon was flakey, the Crab was jumbo and succulent and the Burre Blanc was nice. This dish was everything that makes a good Salmon dish.
The Salmon Earns 8/10 Stars
And of course we can't forget the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes...Skin on, extra creamy, just the way I like them. 
The Mashed Potatoes Earn 9/10 Stars

The Report Card for Opus Prime Steakhouse:
Service       7/10
Ambiance   8/10
Food          8/10
Overall        8/10

If you have a special occasion to celebrate I'd recommend OPUS Prime if your willing to splurge for said special occasion. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rainbow Smoothie

What starts out looking like a Rainbow and ends up looking like a delicious Mudpuddle? A Rainbow Smoothie of course!

The Deets
2 Stalks Rainbow Chard
1 Banana
1 Cup Blueberries
4-5 Strawberries
3/4 Cup Low Fat Plain Yogurt (you can use Vanilla - but omit the Honey)
1 Cup Ice
1 tsp Creamed Honey

The How To
Clean & Prep your Fruits & Veggies (remember everything that you toss in the blender gets blended - things don't get filtered out like the juicer)
Roughly Chop Chard, and Banana
Add Ice to Blender
Add all other Ingredients
Blend Away!
Enjoy your delicious, nutritious smoothie!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nutrition and Childhood Obesity

Infograph found at here (along with other great stories, stats, and tips on healthy eating - especially for kids)

Scary isn't it! While I don't believe in scare tactics, I do believe in facing the truth and changing our situations for the better. I hope this little blippit will be a wake up call for all of us to eat a little better.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Apple Plum Beet Juice

We're kicking off the new year in line with our New Food Resolution of Juicing more! The goal is to juice at least once a week. So far so good, two weeks in... Today's juice is bright on color and bold in flavor, apples for sweetness, plums for tang and beets for ultra vitamins. Here's the scoop on this Ruby Drink.

The Deets
2 Apples
4 Plums
1 Beet peeled

The How To
Wash the fruit
Peel beet
Take out pits
Cut to fit juicer (usually this means cut in half or quarter)
 Juice Away!
Isn't that a beautiful color?
*I recommend mixing this juice 2/3 juice to 1/3 water*
Drink up Antioxidant!

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Food Resolutions

It's that time again! Time to renounce all things on the not-so-healthy food list and vow to eat only dark greens, lean proteins, and drink gallons of water a day. All kidding aside, I hope that you are making a least a small goal to eat a little healthier. I also hope that you aren't trying any crazy fad diets or going on a hunger strike.

Here are a few of my Food Resolutions for this year:

1. Juice more. I've been letting work and all the business of life make me "too busy to juice". Really? Too busy to juice? it takes a total of 20 minutes from start to clean up. No more excuses. Juicing more means more vitamins and veggies in my diet and less wasted fruits and veggies in my fridge.

2. Cook more veggies. I'm great at eating salad, but when it comes to cooking up an extra serving of veggies I've really been slacking.

3. Get more creative with whole grains. I have about a dozen standard recipes and I have been really bad at spicing things up lately.

Those are my 3 Food Resolutions. What are yours?

For a little more food-inspiration here are a few great tips I found on my new favorite website pintrest
First a little truth in humor.
I LOVE this one!
Such simple advice.
If you buy good food, you will eat good food. If you buy junk, you'll eat junk. Simple enough.
Happy Healthy New Year!