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A few weeks ago, my wife and I were watching TV when a commercial for Lobsterfest came on. Her mouth was watering as they panned across all of those succulent lobster dishes, and she immediately decided that she wanted to go to Red Lobster for her birthday.
Red Lobster is one of my favorite restaurants, and over the years we’ve celebrated many special occasions here (my college graduation, my wife’s first job, getting a raise at work, etc). The food is always great here, and we couldn’t wait to try out some of their new, limited-time Lobsterfest dishes.
This past weekend, we got all dressed up for our big night out and headed over to our local Red Lobster in Cherry Hill, NJ. The restaurant was PACKED (clearly those commercials got other people hungry for lobster too), but we managed to get seated without too much of a wait. Our waitress Allie was a total rock star, and she went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience!
The hardest part was deciding on which dishes to get, as the Lobster Mix and Match, Lobsterfest Surf & Turf, and Lobster Lover’s Dream all sounded amazing. While we pondered over which dishes to order, we decides to get some drinks. I ordered the new Island Lobster Punch, a blend of rum and elderflower liqueur with strawberry and tropical fruit juices topped off with a splash of sour mix. My wife doesn’t really drink, but she tried a few sips of my drink and really liked it.
As you can see in the photo below, the new Lobsterfest drinks come in these collectible Coastal glassware (available only for a limited time) that you can take home with you. I love the lobster drawing on the glass, and anytime I pick it up, I’ll be reminded of our special birthday celebration.
For our entrees, I decided to go with the Lobster Lover’s Dream, which comes with a succulent, roasted rock lobster tail, a sweet, steamed split Maine lobster tail, and creamy lobster-and-shrimp linguini Alfredo. My wife went with the Lobsterfest Surf & Turf, which comes with a split Maine lobster tail baked with Red Lobster’s signature seafood stuffing AND wood-grilled sirloin topped with shrimp in a lobster cream sauce.
The Lobster Lover’s Dream was perfect for me, as it gave me the chance to try two different types of lobster tails prepared in two different ways. Both lobster tails were delicious in their own right (I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite), and the creamy lobster-and-shrimp linguini Alfredo was so rich and decadent.. I ate so much, I thought they were going to have to roll me out afterwards!
My wife’s dish was pretty great as well, offers a flavorful combination of lobster, steak and shrimp on a single plate. Her steak was perfectly cooked, and the lobster cream sauce and shrimp really took it up a notch. She let me sneak in a few bites of the steak, and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I might have to order this on our next visit.
As for the lobster tail, it was cooked to perfection, and she devoured that in no time flat.
When our waitress came back and asked us if we saved room for dessert, we both look at each other with a knowing smile. Because despite how stuffed we were, we weren’t leaving without trying the Bananas Foster Cheesecake. And I’m so glad that we ordered it.
Two slices of rich caramel cheesecake topped with sliced bananas and crunchy candied pecans, served with vanilla ice cream that’s topped with warm spiced-rum caramel sauce. It’s as amazing as it sounds, and it was the perfect way to end our birthday celebration!
Lobsterfest will only be around for limited time, so if you’ve been thinking about getting your lobster on, head down to Red Lobster and get ready for a delicious lobster feast. And when you go, make sure to share your own #lobsterworthy celebration on social media!
Starbucks Just Took Two Of Their Classic Frappuccinos And Made Them Way Better
Get excited people, because Starbucks just took two of your favorite Frappuccino varieties and took them to the next level, with “extra texture, beautiful layers, and tons of flavor!”
The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino and Triple Mocha Frappuccino are essentially upgrades to Starbucks’ classic Caramel Frappuccino and Mocha Frappuccino, hence the addition of the “Ultra” and “Triple” monikers.
The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino is made by layering dark caramel sauce and whipped cream in a dark caramel-flavored coffee Frappuccino. The Triple Mocha Frappuccino sports ribbons of dark mocha sauce and whipped cream layered into a mocha-flavored Frappuccino.
Both of the Frappuccinos feature Starbucks’ all-new sweet cold brew whipped cream, infused with cold brew, dark caramel sauce and white chocolate mocha sauce. The new delicious cold brew whipped cream topping can also be added to any Starbucks beverage for 50 cents.
“Right away, you taste something different with the sweet cold brew whipped cream. Sip after sip, you get the blended coffee and the lighter whip with the dark caramel threaded all the way through,” Debbie Antonio, senior manager for Starbucks R&D, said in a press release.
Sounds pretty good, don’t you think? The new Frappuccinos are now available for purchase at Starbucks, so give ’em a try and let us know what you think!
From Cocktails To Mocktails: 3 Boozy Drinks With Non-Alcoholic Variations
The summer season is fast approaching, and many people choose to enjoy it by drinking nice, cool cocktails under the warm, summer sun. Of course, there will be days when an alcoholic drink won’t work for any number of reasons. Maybe you want to enjoy the taste of a mimosa but not the late-afternoon hangover or drowsiness. Perhaps you really want that screwdriver at your favorite cocktail house, but you already volunteered to be the designated driver. Or maybe you could choose to avoid alcohol altogether as part of a sober lifestyle.
Even if consuming alcohol is a no-go, the idea of a delicious, mixed drink on a relaxing day or energetic night out still could sound appealing to you or someone else. Mocktails are a safe and healthy alternative to the original concoction.
The term “mocktails” originated during the 1970s and ever since has been a savior for people who want the delightful taste of a mixed drink but with one specific ingredient missing.
A few classic alcoholic recipes can be tinkered with to create non-alcoholic masterpieces. These variations of popular cocktails either replace alcohol with the ideal replacement ingredient or drop the booze altogether. Vodka becomes ginger ale. Champagne becomes grape juice.
In the end, the alcohol might be missing but the taste is nearly identical to, if not better than, the original.
The Recovery Village has a useful summary of how to craft the non-alcoholic version of this brunch-time favorite. They also offer treatment for anyone struggling with substance abuse like the Ohio drug rehab. Mimosas are usually created by combining orange juice with champagne or sparkling wine.
This Mockmosa recipe trades the champagne out for some sparkling white grape juice, which makes a perfect non-alcoholic replacement. Look for grape juice brands that are dry in flavor, with little or no sugar or corn syrup, to replicate the champagne taste. Combine them in a champagne flute and, if you want to add a unique touch, garnish the drink with a mint sprig.
Usually, screwdrivers are made by combining vodka and orange juice. Replacing the alcoholic ingredient with ginger ale doesn’t drop the tastiness level at all. Leaf.Tv shows how to prepare this variation of the simple two-ingredient mixture.
Start with ice cubes, fill half the glass with ginger ale, and then top it off with a pulpy orange juice brand of your choice. Finish the process with a swizzle stick to combine the two liquid ingredients until the colors have swirled together to mimic a screwdriver. Before the ice melts, sit back and drink up.
Virgin Cucumber Mojito
This smooth-tasting drink is a favorite when temperatures rise and the summer season hits its peak. The alcoholic version includes rum, but it’s not really necessary to create the drink’s refreshing taste. A Frugal Chick has a great alternative to this classic, and the only change is dropping the alcoholic ingredient. Combine one lime, some mint leaves, white sugar, two cucumber slices, ice cubes and soda together for another version of perfection.
Cocktails are a staple of American drinking culture, especially at restaurants or bars with a group of friends or on a date. In the summer, they become staples for days spent by the pool or on the beach. But don’t give up — or give in to temptation — if you originally hoped to spend your day or night without any alcohol. These mocktails not only flatter the originals with their imitation, but they sometimes raise the bar even higher.
Space Beer Is The Final Frontier Of Beer
If you’ve ever seen people drink those little travel bottles of booze on an airplane because they are nervous about flying, imagine what you’re going to need when you are flying toward outer space to stay in one of those fancy space hotels.
Space Beer, that’s what you need. It will help you to blast off while you’re blasting off. Hailed as the world’s first beer for space, Vostok Space beer is specially designed to be drunken in space. Is that proper English? You’ll get drunken in space alright.
Anyway, 4 Pines Brewing Company and Saber Astronautics have teamed up to not only create a space beer but also a space beer bottle so people can drink it in space. Why? Because, beer.
These guys know that space travel is our destiny and they want to be ready with the necessary beverages. As they point out on their Indiegogo page, there is now more recreational space flights that have been booked than there have been astronauts in space in the last 57 years.
Space tourism is happening, and soon. Do you want to take your trip without beer? Of course not. Whether it’s a suborbital flight or a trip to Mars, a beer would be great. You need a space beer bottle because physics are different in space. There’s no gravity for the liquid to pour. They equate it to making a fuel tank for beer.
This is a noble cause. When you are that first tourist on the moon, you’ll stop and say, *BURP* “That’s one small burp for man, one giant burp for mankind.”