Cuban Black Bean and Rice Mojo Burgers with Slaw + Garlic Tostones.
Complete with a fun little video too.
It was kind of a spur of the moment thing.
Please excuse the odd music and not so perfectness of this whole video idea.
Alright, but here is thing, I am turning over a new leaf.
Before a few days ago, I kind of thought drinks where a little lame.
Maybe it’s because I do not actually drink alcohol straight up (I prefer it in my chocolate or even in my tacos) or maybe it is because I was just never introduced to these fruity drinks.
Growing up I was mostly a water drinker. Well actually, a sparkling water drinker. There is this grocery store back in Ohio called Marc’s and it carried some of the cheapest, best tasting, sparkling water around, Mendota Springs. I swear it’s was Ohio’s best kept little secret because it was so good. The carbonation was insanely intense.
The most awesome part was that it really was just carbonated water, nothing else. No sugar and no weird ingredients.
Marc’s is a store for people who want to shop CHEAP. It’s not anything like Whole Foods (just opened up here last week!), Heinen’s, Giant Eagle, Safeway, Von’s, Fred Meyers, Albertson’s, City Market (my usual store – also called King Sooper’s in Denver), Publix, Piggly Wiggly, Ralph’s (could I possibly have missed any?) or any other normal grocery store.
Really, it is just kind of something you have to see. Some people are down right disgusted by Marc’s and will not even set foot in the store. Personally, I miss Marc’s. I am pretty sure it’s an Ohio only store, but every time we visit we always hit up Marc’s.
FYI, if you are in the area they have the best produce around.
Nothing beats it if you ask me.
Anyway, sparkling water was my drink. I was never a soda girl, all though I did love lemonade, but what kid in their right mind doesn’t?
As for the rest of my family, my brothers drank a little pop (soda) here and there, but nothing too exciting. Mom and dad have always been beer drinkers, nothing mixed other than the occasional margarita for my mom. So pretty boring.
The other day though, I got the urge to create a drink. I am pretty sure it was because of all the berries on sale in the store. Basically berries just make me happy, and apparently they bring on fun ideas too because I have way too many fruity things heading your way the next month.
I am going heavy on the tropical flavors because little old me will soon be breaking out of Summit County and heading to Florida in June for a girl’s trip with my grandma. So now, all my mind can think of is fun, colorful foods.
Nothing wrong with that though.
So these drinks, or smoothies, or whatever you’re calling them, are super easy, super fruity and perfect for Mother’s Day brunch. Which is kind of the idea I had going with all the colors.
You know, it is funny because I have so much fun creating foods for certain holidays and celebrations, but the thing about my family is that since we moved to Colorado we almost never really celebrate anything other than Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Although, Easter this year was pretty pathetic since half the family was MIA.
Oh well, oh well, guess I’ll just have to celebrate holidays my own way.
For the drinkers in my family I added the booze, and for me I kept it virgin. Tried both versions and both are extra delicious.
If for no other reason, make them just to stare at them. I mean, could a drink be any prettier? I got exited just looking at these.
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But don’t just stare. No, no, no, no, no (as Asher would say), they are just too delicious for that.
How would you recommend making this smoothie without sugar (or the simple syrup)? It looks so yummy; def want to try a virgin version!!
I would just use some honey in place of the simple syrup. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan
Ditto on the comments about the great pics. The blueberries on the straw is a great idea. I need to eat more rhubard, such an amazing food for health (but messy to work with).
Thanks so much Anna! Rhubarb is a mess but your so right about it being good for you!