Vodka Gimlet and French Toast for the Mad Men Series Finale & Giveaway

Tripping back to the 60s with French Toast à la rum and Vodka Gimlet, a retro breakfast spread – cocktail included, for the Mad Men Series Finale!

What does it mean if you’re a man and you wear a hat in Mad Men? What concert is obliquely responsible for Peggy’s haircut? How many secretaries has Don had over the course of the show? Bert Cooper has a giant painting from which renowned artist hanging in his office? And why does Betty hate her neighbour? If you know the answers to any of the questions, you are for sure a hard core Mad Men fan.

I am going to finish season 5 tonight on Netflix. I am a bit late jumping on the bandwagon but I am loving the show. So I was thrilled to be asked to join the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party and host a Giveaway where you could win your own copy of the The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

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Two unexpect-egg cocktails: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours

You will crack in love for these two sour egg cocktails which are topped with a frothy egg white foam: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours.

The concept of using eggs in a cocktail may sound odd but you will love for the frothy white topping and the protein you will get from a boozy treat. Egg cocktails are nothing new, the most classic one being the Pisco Sour. Here are 2 modern drinks; a nice refreshing one with the taste of green tea and another with crisp notes of fall with apples.

Looking for a bit to eat with these luscious drinks? Here is an unusual quick recipe that will please the taste buds: Banana Cheddar and Cinnamon Pinwheels. Find it at the end of the post.

Green Tea Sour and Apple Harvest Sour

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Gong Fu Chinese Tea Tasting 2 part

Welcome to part 2 of the special Gongfu tea Chinese Tea Tasting 2 ceremony I hosted for a few friends.

It was the perfect way to enjoy the 5 tea samples I received from Teavivre. Make sure to check Gong Fu Chinese Tea Tasting 2 part 1 to learn more about all the teas we tried and about the Gong Fu tea way!

I thought I would start of this post with a silly shot…perhaps I will regret it lol. But this my readers is what happens when you drink too much good tea and introduce a Tibetan Singing Bowl to the mix. I recently took a Tibetan Singing Bowl workshop and basically ran out to buy one that following week. This is us being silly with the said bowl, left to right top, and then bottom: Sandra, Melanie, Evelyne, Michele and (discreet) Rebecca.

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Gong Fu Chinese Tea Tasting part 1

I had an incredible eye opening experience. And I have to admit I never thought I would say this following a Chinese Tea Tasting, but I was left in awe after trying 5 very high grade tea samples from Teavivre. A high quality tea is so much more refined, pure and crisp. An excellent tea is like enjoying a top vintage wine. I will never be able to look at the boxed stuff or tea chain stores the same way again.

Since this tea tasting was a rather unique opportunity, I decided to host my bastardized version of a Gongfu tea ceremony with the tools I had and a few friends. You can read more about the real traditional Gong Fu ceremony here but I will give you a quick resume here as well.

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Café Santo Domingo

Are you an avid coffee drinker? Do you carry a warning sign in the morning to not approached till you have had a cup-a-joe? Thanks fully I am not but I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. I have two in the morning at work but the coffee is so-so. At home on the weekend it depends. I can do without but if I do have brew coffee you can bet it will be better than the stuff we get at work.

I am always on the lookout for a new coffee to try. And I was thrilled to be offered a sample package of coffee from the Dominican Republic. Café Santo Domingo is the favorite coffee brand in that country and the company has recently made their coffee available in Canada, with coffee shops included.

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Peachy Matcha Smoothie

So are you a Matcha convert or have you yet to discover this wonderful tea? If you have not tried it yet then run out and get some. I have a great one to show you today that you may want to try out. I am not new to green tea powder by far. I have several recipes on the blog with Matcha, from sweet to savory.  Sure I like the health benefits but, you know me, I love trying the unusual and less common ingredients.

But for today I will start you off with something more basic if you are new to Matcha Powder. It has been way to hot to turn on the oven lately and smoothies are still king in my kitchen. Using up some fruit in the fridge I made a Peachy Matcha Smoothie with the new green tea.

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Ultimate Coffee Smoothie and a guide

I have joined the smoothie craze this summer. I got a personal blender on my birthday in May and I have been drinking these down like there is no tomorrow. In fact on very hot summer evenings a well balanced smoothie is my dinner. There are many blogs out there with smoothie tutorials this summer. Well here is mine with a few twists that I have learned.

I have included 8 smoothie recipes below that cover a wide variety of tastes, exotic included. Try them and then go wild and change them up to suit your tastes. It’s all about experimenting. My favorite is the one I drink now every Saturday and Sunday morning, my Ultimate Coffee Smoothie. But first let’s look at my tried and true smoothie advice list.

Smoothie Turorial

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