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Cooking with a Big Green Egg

Kavin Austin Blake recently purchased a Big Green Egg. The Big Green Egg is an amazing grill, cooker, and smoker all-in-one.  Big Green Eggs originated in Japan, a number of centuries ago, and at that time they were called Kamado cookers according to Kavin Austin Blake. They were large, jar-like ceramic “ovens”. The original Kamados were subject eventually to breakage says Kavin Austin Blake, a problem solved by good old-fashioned American engineering, and in this particular case – space shuttle technology. Big Green Egg worked on the ceramics until they nailed it.

How a Big Green Egg Works

Kavin Austin Blake says if you can operate a woodstove, you can cook on a Big Green Egg. Kaving Austin Blake says it’s easy enough to get the hang of fairly quickly. It works best with lump charcoal according to Kavin Austin Blake. You don’t use charcoal lighting fluid to light it. Instead you need to use little fire starters or a charcoal chimney to get it started says Kavin Austin Blake. Usually I get it started in about 15 minutes.

Kavin Austin Blake says to be prepared for serious heat, and if you do not watch your Egg, it can easily shoot up to 700 degrees F. Kavin Austin Blake runs his Big Green Egg at around 350-450 degrees, depending on what he’s cooking.

Cooking with a Big Green Egg

Kavin Austin Blake says the grill produces some of the best grilled food he’s tasted. Using a grill plate within the Egg, Kavin Austin Blake places vegetables such as corn and peppers around hot italian sausages while cooking. It turns out amazing. The sheer temperature pf the Egg contained within the ceramic produces thoroughly cooked food, all perfectly juicy, tender and flavorful says Kavin Austin Blake. You can also bake on it as well suggests Kavin Austin Blake, who also bakes pizzas on it using a pizza stone. It is the best tasting home made pizza I’ve made says Kavin Austin Blake. I still haven’t smoked anything with it yet, but it is highly recommended so far!

Summertime Julep Recipe

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It’s hot and it’s almost Summer time. That means Kavin Austin Blake shares some tasty cocktail recipes! Today, it’s a Julep. Kaving Austin Blake feels a julep has everything he looks for in a summertime cocktail. The crushed ice keeps the drink colder, longer and the mint’s cooling and refreshing, especially in the Florida heat. Kavin Austin Blake says to make the Summertime Julep, first make sure you get a decent bourbon. Fresh mint is also important according to Kavin Austin Blake, and you may find the best at a local market. Kavin Austin Blake recommends you get hold of a steel or brass julep cup if possible as it really finishes the drink off.

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Here is Kavin Austin Blake’s recipe:

The Summertime Julep

1 ounce bourbon 

1 teaspoon sweetener of simple syrup, or mint-steeped simple syrup

1 splash of two lemon-seltzer 

About 8 large mint leaves

Crushed ice

Mint sprig and lemon wheel, to garnish

Kavin Austin Blake says first to slap the mint leaves, and then place in the bottom of a rocks glass. Pour the simple syrup on top of the leaves and muddle the mint says Kavin Austin Blake, which will result in a strong mint flavor. Fill glass with tiny crushed ice. Pour in bourbon, and top off with seltzer. Kavin Austin Blake says to give the drink a gentle stir, then add a mint sprig garnish. Enjoy the summer cocktail!

Running with Kavin Austin Blake

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Everyone wants to relieve stress after a hard day at the office. Kavin Austin Blake recommends running as it is an excellent way to do so.

In Kavin Austin Blake’s experience, most adults run to lose weight. While this isn’t true for everyone, it is hard to deny that running, along with a healthy diet, can seriously shed those pounds.

Does Running Burn Fat?

People burn roughly 100 calories per mile of running. Kavin Austin Blake  says it becomes clear that running can be considered the most efficient method weight loss.

As far as diet goes, Kavin Austin Blake believes that people generally know how to eat well. However, because of time constraints Kavin Austin Blake says we tend to eat quite poorly. If your goal is to lose weight be prepared to spend the same amount of effort on exercise as your diet.

Stay Motivated!

Kavin Austin Blake feels that like anything else in life, the motivation to run can sometimes start to dissipate. Bad weather, work hours, etc all contribute to the lack of motivation to run. Kavin Austin Blake says there’s many ways to combat the lack of motivation however. Be sure to set goals says Kavin Austin Blake. Plan for a race, or plan to shed a specific amount of pounds. Enter a 5K with friends, and prepare for it together. All these things help keep you motivated to run according to Kavin Austin Blake.

Kavin Austin Blake and some of healthiest Tampa Bay Restaurants

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Trying to find a healthy place to eat is difficult sometimes. Kavin Austin Blake is here to help the people of the Tampa Bay area on where to go to find that healthy delicious meal.

Bamboozle Café 

This is Kavin Austin Blake’s favorite Vietnamese restaurant that stands out with its super fresh food. Pick your favorites as they create an order of Bamboozle rolls for you. Prawns, grilled lemongrass beef, jackfruit, bean sprouts and more are available. Kavin Austin Blake says they have great gluten-free meal options as well.

FitLife Foods 

FitLife has healthy pre-made meals for people who don’t have much time to cook healthy meals. Kavin Austin Blake says they offer the FitLife Challenge, which provides you breakfast, lunch and dinner and a free consultation with a fitness coach.

Evos

Evos creates healthy fast food with an emphasis on low-fat, organic and naturally raised ingredients. The food is free of dirty brown grease, and it’s all Airbaked. This means 50-70% less fat. Kavin Austin Blake recommends their Original Steakburger which is absolutely delicious.

Byblos Cafe

Kavin Austin Blake highly recommends this cafe! They offer Grilled fresh vegetables, grilled chicken, and steaks. The homemade hummus is out of this world!

Kavin Austin Blake’s visit to Siesta Key

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Sarasota, located on the west coast of Florida, is home to several beautiful beaches. Today, Kavin Austin Blake decided to visit Siesta Key. Kavin Austin Blake enjoyed the incredible view and amazing soft white sand. Kavin Austin Blake thought what a nice change of pace to finally enjoy a beach without hoards of crowds like Clearwater Beach! In Florida, Kavin Austin Blake feels that any day you visit the beach, whether a weekday morning or weekend afternoon, it is always crowded! Siesta Key was void of the wild crowd and perfect for Kavin Austin Blake to kick back and relax all day long.

Kavin Austin Blake says from now on, he will choose to drive to Siesta Key over any other beach! Kavin Austin Blake stayed for the evening and witnessed the most beautiful sunset Kavin Austin Blake has ever seen. You just have to be there to witness it.

Kavin Austin Blake says Siesta Key is known for being #1 beach in US and in top 10 in the world, and you will definitely agree if you ever visit.

The Lobster Pot Restaurant

Kavin Austin Blake says this is located in Siesta Key Village right on Ocean Blvd. It was Kavin Austin Blake’s first time eating here. Kavin Austin Blake says the drinks were amazing and the Lobster was out of this world. Kavin Austin Blake highly recommends it if you ever visit the area.

Overall, Kavin Austin Blake feels the trip to Siesta Key was totally awesome. The sand is amazing, and so is the rest of little beach community. Kavin Austin Blake suggests you go there as soon as you can.

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Q&A:  Kavin Blake Gives a Quick Tour of Destin, Florida

Kavin Austin BlakeDestin is located along the emerald teal waters of Florida’s gulf coast. The area offers a plethora of family activities, shopping, and restaurants. But what are some specific tidbits of information to know about Destin? Let’s take a quick tour with Destin native, Kavin Blake.

Q: Tell us,what are some fun things to do in Destin?

Kavin Blake: Destin offers relaxation and adventure. Catch a big fish on a charter fishing boat; swim or snorkel in the Gulf of Mexico. Rent a pontoon boat or just relax and soak up some sun on the fantastic beaches.

Q: Where are the best places to eat in Destin?

Kavin Blake: Destin features an incredible variety of cuisine: seafood, steaks, American, Italian, and everything in between. Enjoy a dinner in one of the restaurants on the Destin Harbor.  Copper Grill, The Lucky Snapper, and AJ’s are just a few fabulous places to choose from. Continue reading

Kavin Austin Blake Says Boating Is a Great Family Activity

Kavin Austin BlakeBoating can offer an afternoon full of entertainment for the whole family, according to Kavin Austin Blake. However, a few precautions should be taken before spending time on the open water.

Children in particular must be extremely cautious when riding on a boat. Their parents or guardians are required to a life jacket at all times. The life jacket should fit tight and snug, notes Kavin Austin Blake.

According to the Office of Boating Safety (part of the U.S. Coast Guard), children should never travel on any boat – sailboats, motorboats, kayaks, rowboats – until they have reached the appropriate weight to wear a personal flotation device. The Office of Boating Safety website contains information on selecting a life jacket. Continue reading