Food Wine and Spirits Urban Aristocrats



Plan a romantic dinner with you and your mate or a birthday brunch with the girls.  You don’t have to be a chef.  You can do Chinese take-out (as seen in the photo to the left) or pull frozen foods right out of the freezer.  Taste is important, but presentation is key.  Present a plate that makes you feel like you are out at a fancy restaurant.  If you can’t make it to Starbucks for your favorite hot chocolate, feel free to use a packet of powdered hot cocoa.  A can of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg will make you feel like your sipping in style. 


In the above photo, I went to a local Latin restaurant and Chinese restaurant to create this surf and turf platter.  The plate was purchased at a 99 cents store.  With the white rice I purchased at the Chinese restaurant, I used a measuring cup to mold the shape of the rice.  I turned the measuring cup over and carefully used a spoon to pull the rice out of the mold.  Keeping the shape of the mold, I drizzled some of the sauce from the shrimp over the rice.  The beef and broccoli were carefully placed on the plate to give the dish a 5 star appearance. 

I enjoyed this meal with a fabulous mocktail Mimosa consisting of parts ginger-ale and orange juice.  Remember, you don’t have to be rich to be wealthy.  Think Rich, Live Wealthy, Be Happy!  You are a Metropolitan Junkie.

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