Honey Nut Cheerios With Banana

When I was a kid, my mom wouldn’t let us have “sugar” cereal. That means we didn’t get Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks or Honey Smacks. The closest thing we ever bought was Honey Nut Cheerios. I would eat bowl after bowl, but eventually they got pretty boring. So, I decided to mix things up, eating Honey Nut Cheerios with banana.

Honey Nut Cheerios with Banana

Honey Nut Cheerios with banana

I’m not really a cereal guy anymore, so I don’t have Honey Nut Cheerios — or any other type of cereal — very often. But, I was strolling the aisles at the nearby corner market last night, and I spotted that classic brown, yellow  and orange Honey Nut Cheerios box. For some reason I just couldn’t resist. I bought the cereal and some milk, and made my way home.

As I was getting ready to devour my Honey Nut Cheerios (for dinner — yup, I’m all grown up), I saw an aging banana sitting on my counter. I honestly hadn’t even thought about Honey Nut Cheerios with banana for years, but the memories quickly jolted back into my brain. I didn’t hesitate — I snagged the banana, peeled it open, sliced it up and tossed it on my cereal.

I’m happy to report that Honey Nut Cheerios with banana are just as good as I remember. I know it’s not adding much (cutting up one whole banana and throwing it on top), but it brings a whole different element to your “same old” breakfast (or dinner in my case).

Don’t get me wrong — Honey Nut Cheerios do just fine on their own, but Honey Nut Cheerios with banana simply gives you a new option. You should give it a shot and report back. I would love to hear what you think. You can leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out All Around Tim for more great food ideas!

Cheerios with Banana

Honey Nut Cheerios with banana

Hockey Goalie Makes Behind-The-Back Save

If you’re a hockey fan, I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “a glove save and a beauty.” But, have you ever heard someone say “a behind-the-back save and a beauty?” I know it sounds crazy, but it recently happened. Thanks to YouTube you can watch the highlight over and over again. Check out the video below to see Drew MacIntyre pull off the most amazing (and probably the only) behind-the-back save you’ll ever see.

Drew MacIntyre is the goalie for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Marlies are the minor league affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacIntyre made this incredible behind-the-back save in a playoff game against the Rochester Americans on Saturday, and he probably couldn’t make the same stop again if he tried a thousand times.

With the game tied at three late in the second period, Johan Larsson fired a shot on goal. If it wasn’t for the quick reaction by Drew MacIntyre to fling his glove hand behind-his-back, Larsson would have easily made it a 4-3 game. Instead, MacIntyre (looking more like a magician than a hockey goalie) made the unbelievable save, and then guided the Toronto Marlies to a 6-3 win in game one of the series.

Behind-the-back Save

Drew MacIntyre

You’re probably wondering who in the world this Drew MacIntyre guy is. MacIntyre was a fourth round pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, but he’s spent most of his career in the minors. MacIntyre did have two brief stints in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks (2007-08) and the Buffalo Sabres (2011-12). The 29-year-old played a total of four games in the NHL and recorded a 2.29 goals against average. MacIntyre has played for three different teams (Prague Lev (KHL), Reading Royals (ECHL) and the Toronto Marlies) this season, but I guarantee this is the only behind-the-back save he’s made all year (or probably in his career).

Drew MacIntyre clearly hasn’t made a huge name for himself in the world of hockey (had you heard of him before this?), but people won’t forget him now. Being known as “the goalie who made the behind-the-back save” is better than not being remembered at all. I think MacIntyre’s stop is easily the save of the year, and I dare anyone to challenge me on that. Fire away!

What do you think of Drew MacIntyre’s behind-the-back save? Have you seen a better stop this season? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below (and link a video if you think there’s a better save this season) or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out All Around Tim for more on the world of sports, food and music!

Behind The Back Save

Drew MacIntyre makes an incredible behind-the-back save

Traditional Full English Breakfast

Until I went to Great Britain last summer, I didn’t even realize there was a traditional full English breakfast. I always just assumed the British, Irish and Scottish all ate exactly what we do — bacon, eggs, waffles, pancakes, etc. Apparently, that was just me being a stupid tourist.

I was first introduced to a traditional full English breakfast in Kilkenny, Ireland. My mom and I walked into this restaurant and aside from a case full of pastries, there was just one thing on the menu – a full breakfast. Since I was hungry, there were no other options, and I wanted to eat like the Irish — I dove right in (not knowing what was included).

Traditional Full English Breakfast

Traditional full English breakfast

A traditional full English breakfast consists of poached or fried eggs, bacon (which is more like a thin slice of ham — not the bacon we’re used to in America), sausage, baked beans, a fried or grilled tomato, and white and black pudding. Depending on where you are, there are also sautéed mushrooms (my breakfast in Kilkenny didn’t include them, but my breakfast in London did). It’s a massive amount of food.

I didn’t know what white and black pudding were all about, I was just going to eat them no matter what. A few minutes into breakfast, one of the workers came up to our table and asked me, “How come you haven’t tried the blood pudding?” I wasn’t exactly sure what she was talking about, so I gave her a quizzical look. She pointed down to the black pudding and said, “That’s blood pudding.” That was the last thing I ever wanted to know. After that, I was hesitant to give it a try (I have a weird thing about eating blood). I finally gave it a try though, and I wound up eating the whole thing of black pudding (although I’m pretty sure I held my breath for the last few bites). It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever tasted, but I honestly wonder if I would have liked it if I didn’t know it was blood pudding? I guess I’ll never know the answer to that.

The traditional full English breakfast I had (in Kilkenny and London) was a little bland, but it was still good. I just remember being really, really full when I was done. There’s quite a bit of food to consume. I’m heading back to London this summer and I won’t hesitate to have another traditional full English breakfast when I’m there. In fact, I might do some research to find out who serves the best in the city. When in Rome (or London), right?

The really cool part is, you can make a traditional full English breakfast at home. Aside from the white and black pudding (which I’m not sure are easily found in America), you can get all the ingredients you need at your local store. If you really want to make it traditional, buy back bacon (aka Irish or Canadian bacon) instead the bacon you typically have for breakfast. Don’t forget the baked beans! That’s one of the things that makes a full English breakfast unique.

You have to eat a traditional full English breakfast when you’re in Great Britain. If you don’t have plans to travel abroad, then you should cook one at home. It’s always fun to step outside of what you know and try something different. In this case, it’s not that much different than what we normally have in the States, but it still gives you a feel for how other people eat around the world.

Have you ever tried a traditional full English breakfast? What did you think of it? I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more on the world of food, sports and music!

Full English Breakfast

Traditional full English breakfast

Danny Hultzen | Mariners Prospect One Step Away

Seattle Mariners fans have heard the name Danny Hultzen for years, but they’ve never seen him in the big leagues. It’s all been hearsay and hype up to this point. That could all change soon for one of the organization’s top pitching prospects.

Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners

Danny Hultzen

Hultzen is among a talented crew playing for the AAA Tacoma Rainiers this season. He’s on the roster with catcher Mike Zunino, second baseman Nick Franklin and starting pitcher James Paxton. They’re ranked as four of the Mariners top five prospects by Baseball America.

“There’s a ton of talented guys, but the best part is that everybody works together,” Hultzen told me. “No one is trying to be flashy. No one plays for themselves, which is always a good thing.”

Not only is Hultzen a prized Mariners prospect (currently ranked No. 3 in the organization behind Zunino and pitcher Taijuan Walker), he’s also considered one of the top prospects in all of the minor leagues. Baseball America‘s Jim Callis ranked Hultzen as the No. 22 best prospect to start the 2013 season.

Hultzen is a former first round draft pick out of the University of Virginia. He was nabbed by the Seattle Mariners with the No. 2 overall selection in 2011. He skyrocketed through the system after signing an $8.5 million big league contract, which included a club-record $6.35 million bonus.

Hultzen started his professional career in the 2011 Arizona Fall League, and then pitched his first minor league game for AA Jackson last season. After recording eight wins and a 1.19 ERA in 13 starts for the Generals, Hultzen was promoted to AAA Tacoma — just one step away from the big leagues.

Danny Hultzen

Danny Hultzen pitching for the Tacoma Rainiers

“You can’t get ahead of yourself,” Hultzen said. “There were times I did that a little bit last year and it didn’t work well for me.”

Hultzen’s numbers spiraled out of control once he was promoted to AAA last June. He won only one game over his next 12 starts, and his ERA shot through the roof to 5.92. That was simply a result of allowing too many baserunners. Hultzen walked 43 batters (compared to 57 strike outs) over 48.2 innings with the Rainiers.

“You don’t make it to the big leagues by thinking about it,” said Hultzen. “You do it by taking care of business, and going out there and playing hard. That’s how I look at it now. I’m just trying to keep a level head and put [the Major Leagues] way back in my mind”

That appears to be working for Hultzen. The 23-year-old is on a roll to start the 2013 season. He’s 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA, and most importantly he’s regained his control. Hultzen has only walked six while striking out 25 in his first 22.2 innings with Tacoma this year.

Danny Hultzen

Danny Hultzen

“Everyone’s goal is to obviously make it to the Major Leagues,” Hultzen said to me. ”But, I’m a firm believer that if you’re helping the team win, then you’re personally going to perform the best you can. I think that’s the mentality we all have. We help the team win, and in doing so we can all hopefully move up.”

Hultzen has a deceptive delivery and the Mariners rave about his maturity (he was extremely polite to me — almost hinging on a little shy). Baseball America projects him as a No. 2 starter in the big leagues thanks to his 90-92 mph fastball (which touches 95 mph), “above-average” change-up and 80-84 mph slider.

The long wait to hear Danny Hultzen’s name announced at Safeco Field is almost over. If he can stay healthy (which has never been an issue with him), his Major League debut should happen at some point in 2013. I’m sure M’s fans are hoping it happens sooner rather than later.

Have you ever watched Danny Hultzen pitch? What do you think of the Seattle Mariners prospect? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for all the latest in the world of sports, food and music!

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Raw Onion Sandwich | A Trip Back In Time

My grandpa is easily one of my favorite people on the planet. The man is 83-years-old, and he’s lived a good, full life. I honestly learned more about him recently than I’ve ever known before. He’s visiting from out-of-town, and my brother, sister and I fired question after question toward him about his past. He didn’t hold anything back when he answered; the stories just flowed out of him. I could have listened to him tell stories for days.

Born in 1929, my grandpa lived through the Great Depression. The funny thing is — he didn’t even realize there was a depression at the time. His family was poor, but he honestly didn’t know the difference. He was just a kid growing up like he thought everyone else did. We asked him more and more questions about the Great Depression, and it was very clear that one of the things he remembered most was the food they ate back then.

Raw Onion Sandwich Recipe

Raw onion sandwich

Even though they were poor, my grandpa says he never went hungry. He told us that his family would walk three-miles to the welfare office every week to get food. They were usually given potatoes, cabbage and onions. That means most of their meals were very simple. One of his favorite treats was a raw onion sandwich. His mom would simply take two pieces of rye bread, lather on some lard, add a thick cut of raw onion and turn it all into a sandwich. He says that’s why he still loves onions today.

I’m a fan of onions too, so the idea of a raw onion sandwich peaked my interest. Not only would it be good to try, it would also give me a quick glimpse into my grandpa’s past. It would allow me to taste something similar to what he tasted more than 70 years ago as a little boy in during the Great Depression. So, I decided to give a raw onion sandwich a shot.

This is what you need…

Great Depression Raw Onion Sandwich Recipe

Raw onion sandwich

Raw Onion Sandwich Recipe

Two slices of rye bread
Butter or mayonnaise (I’m not sure lard is readily available anymore)
One sliced onion

Like I mentioned, coat the rye bread with butter or mayonnaise, throw the sliced onion between the two slices of bread and consume. That’s the simplest form of raw onion sandwiches, and the way my grandpa ate them as a kid. You can easily get more creative than that. I’ve seen other recipes call for salt and pepper, and one recipe that uses peanut butter instead of mayonnaise or regular butter. I might need to give that a shot sometime.

As you can imagine, my grandpa’s raw onion sandwich recipe tastes like raw onions, butter and rye bread. It’s pretty darn simple, but it tasted much better than I thought it would. I liked it enough that I made another raw onion sandwich after I finished the first one. With that said, I probably won’t be making one again anytime soon. There are too many options nowadays with much more flavor, and I don’t really eat much bread. Not to mention, I’m still trying to get the onion taste out of my mouth.

Tim Lewis | Raw Onion Sandwich

Me biting into a raw onion sandwich

I’m so thankful my grandpa was willing to take us back in time with his stories of the Great Depression. You could see the light on his face as he reflected back to his younger days, speaking of his parents and the community he grew up in near Chicago. His stories encouraged me to step out of my box to try something different, and it might sound weird, but a raw onion sandwich allowed me to connect with my grandpa on a different level. And although I didn’t share the experience with him personally, it’s a moment I can hold on to forever (and relive again and again in the future).

Have you ever tried a raw onion sandwich? What did you think? Have your parents or grandparents shared their stories from the Great Depression? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more fun recipes!

P.S. I want to tell you a few other stories that my grandpa shared about food during the Great Depression.

He told us about how his mother would go to the creek every Sunday. She would stand in the water, dig her hands under the rocks and pull up crawfish after crawfish. He said she would do it for hours; so long that her fingers were bleeding by the end of the day. They would take the crawfish home, boil them up (he can remember the sound of them fighting to stay alive in the hot water) and eat them once they turned red.

My grandpa also shared a story of how the men in the community would put large nets in the trees. They would then sprinkle bird seed in the trees to lure in the sparrows. Once there were enough birds over the net, the men would pull a string and capture all the sparrows. They’d take them home, pluck the feathers and boil the birds for dinner.

There was one other memory my grandpa shared. He can remember people digging through the dirt to find dandelion stems. Instead of lettuce, they would use dandelion stems for salad. I’ve never tasted a dandelion stem, so that might be next on my list.

It’s amazing to hear what a hunting and gathering society it was during the Great Depression. I should have assumed that (you need to do whatever you can to stay alive), but I never really thought about it. My grandpa says after everyone collected their food, they would have community dinners. If you worked to get the food, then you and your family got to eat that night.

My grandpa’s stories make me feel fortunate that I’ve never had to go hungry. I’ve always been able to afford a snack when I want one. I’m also thankful I had an opportunity to hear my grandpa’s stories about the Great Depression. It helped me learn about him and a period of history I’ve always been interested in. I hope you enjoyed the stories, too.

Raw Onion Sandwich

Raw onion sandwich

Heroes | A Bright Light In Dark Times

I woke up this morning and went to the gym. As I always do, I hopped on a cardio machine, cranked up my music and watched the television in front of me. ESPN was showing replay after replay of the Boston Marathon bombings. I had seen the clips hundreds of times, but I couldn’t get the video out of my head. When I came home, I just kept digging for more information. I hopped online and looked at hundreds of pictures from the scene of the crime. I didn’t do this because I’m sick and twisted – I did it because I noticed something.

Yes, I saw lots of carnage, tears and blood, but through all the horror I also saw heroes. Hundreds — if not thousands — of them. People rushed to the scene seconds after the first bomb exploded. What if there’s another explosion? Is this safe? Am I going to die? Those questions never went through their mind, and if they did, they didn’t care about the answers. Putting their own existence on the line, they helped the people affected by the blast.

There were police officers, firefighters, spectators, marathon volunteers and even marathon runners — people who just ran 26.2 miles — rushing to the scene. More than likely, we’ll never know any of their names or hear their stories. They’ll return to work as they normally do, and life will continue as it always does. Most will probably never consider themselves heroes, but that’s exactly what they are. An extraordinary situation called for extraordinary people, and they came to the rescue.

It’s a strange thought, but the worst in society often brings out the best in society. For every crazy person there are hundreds of heroes. People who are willing to risk everything to help others in need. They aren’t summoned by a light in the sky, they don’t wear capes and they don’t have super powers, they’re folks just like you and me who do whatever it takes to lend a hand. They use their jacket as a tourniquet, they push wounded civilians in wheelchairs, they comfort those who need comforting. That’s what real heroes do, and that’s exactly what we saw in Boston yesterday.

You can argue that there’s a lot wrong with our world right now, but there’s also a lot right with our world. Instead of focusing on the lunatic (or lunatics) that carried out the Boston Marathon bombings, I choose to focus on the heroes — the people who save lives; not take them.

Three people died in the tragic events yesterday, but I’m convinced the number could have been much higher if it wasn’t for the heroes who stepped into action. I’m a stranger from thousands of miles away, but I want to send my sincerest thank you to all the heroes in Boston. You gave us a bright glimpse of light in a very dark time.

New Music Discovery | Cold War Kids

I wish my memory worked better than it does. In other words, I’m really forgetful. If I don’t write things down – they go away forever. That includes the names of awesome new bands. My sister introduced me to the Cold War Kids years ago. I fell in love with one of their songs, but then they dropped off my radar. Luckily, I they became a blip again when I heard their new single ‘Miracle Mile’ on the radio.

I was driving home from work a couple nights ago, and I was stuck listening to the same songs they normally play. I parked my car, texted a friend and was just about to shut off my ride, when all of a sudden I heard a new song. It didn’t take long for me to be sucked in. I quickly whipped out my cell phone and Shazam’d the jam. The result — ‘Miracle Mile’ by the Cold War Kids. Take a listen!

Like I mentioned before, my sister introduced me to the Cold War Kids a few years ago. I didn’t do my due diligence when she told me about them back then though. I bought their song ‘Hang Me Out To Dry‘ and listened to it over and over again, but I didn’t really dig into them. After a while I found other new tunes, and the Cold War Kids mixed in with all the other jams I have on iTunes.

Cold War Kids | Miracle Mile

Cold War Kids

That’s not going to happen this time around. I’ve already put some serious time into the Cold War Kids. On top of ‘Miracle Mile‘, I also like ’Lost That Easy‘ and ‘Bottled Affection‘ on their recently released Dear Miss Lonelyhearts album. I’m a big fan of their older stuff, too. I’ve downloaded ‘Audience‘ (my favorite Cold War Kids song so far) from their Behave Yourself EP, and their entire Mine Is Yours album (with my favorite tracks being: ’Mine Is Yours‘, ‘Louder Than Ever‘, and ‘Skip The Charades‘).

The band clearly took a different approach (some call it the “evolution” of the group) on their Dear Miss Lonelyhearts album, and according to several reviews I’ve read, many of their loyal fans aren’t happy about it. They liked the Cold War Kids just fine before, so they’re not pouncing on the new tunes. I guess that’s where I’m at an advantage. Since I didn’t really listen to the Cold War Kids before, I didn’t fall in love with one sound or the other. Instead, I like everything they’ve put together.

I feel like I’m just scratching the surface with the Cold War Kids. ‘Miracle Mile’ is just the start for me. I’m honestly thinking about dropping $50 on iTunes to snatch up everything the Cold War Kids have released over the years (their first release was in 2005). I really can’t wait to dig into them more. I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed.

Have you ever listened to the Cold War Kids? What do you think of ‘Miracle Mile’? How about the new album as a whole? I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out more of my new music discoveries right now on http://allaroundtim.com!

Cold War Kids | Miracle Mile

Cold War Kids lead singer Nathan Willett

Masters Golf Tournament Challenge

The Masters is easily one of the best sporting events on the planet. There’s Augusta National, the green jacket, amazing golfers past and present — everything about the tournament is amazing. I’ve paid attention to the Masters every year for as long as I can remember, and now thanks to a fantasy-style game my friend calls the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge, I can be more involved than ever before. The best part is — you can try this same idea with your friends, coworkers and family.

Here are the rules we use for the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge (with my bonus comments written in italics):

1)  Buy in is $20 per person and the limit is one entry per person.

You can make the buy in as much as you want. In fact, you can still play this for free (with only bragging rights on the line) and it will still be fun.

2)  Each participant picks ONE golfer. Once that golfer is selected, he is taken off the board.

In other words, no participants can have the same golfer playing in the tournament. Once Keegan Bradley is taken, no one else can choose him. It works like that for every golfer picked during the draft.

3) This is the fun twist — you can NOT pick a golfer in the World Golf Rankings top 10 at the time of the Masters.

I know this is easy to understand, but here’s an example anyway: this year’s Masters begins on Thursday, April 11th and the latest World Golf Rankings came out on Monday, April 8th (they’re released weekly). A golfer in the top 10 on the 8th can’t be selected for the Masters starting on the 11th.

4)  The participant whose golfer finishes the tournament highest on the leaderboard (with the lowest score) wins the entire pot.

You can change the payout to include more people if you want (maybe a 70%, 20, 10 for the top three participants), but I personally like the “all or nothing” part of our Masters Tournament Challenge.

5)  In the event of a tie, the participant whose player had the lower final round score wins all the money.

If you need an extra tiebreaker, you can go with the lower score in the third round or maybe even really single it down to the golfer who scored the best on No. 10 ”Camelia” (historically the toughest hole at Augusta National) in the final round. It’s totally up to you.

Those are the five rules we use for our Masters Golf Tournament Challenge. It’s really simple, and it’s easy for the person running the contest as well. There’s very little work for them to do, because you can find the Masters leaderboard all over the internet throughout the tournament.

If you’re wondering how we select a draft order, my friend literally throws our names into a hat and pulls them out randomly. We hold our draft the Tuesday before the Masters begins (again, the first round of the tournament is on Thursday every year).

I don’t have a favorite golfer, so the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge finally gives me someone to hang my hat on. We haven’t held our draft yet, but I’ll be rooting for my golfer like crazy. We usually get around 30 people playing, so our field of golfers runs pretty deep. That means I might be pulling for a guy like John Merrick. Again, your golfer doesn’t have to win the Masters, they just need to score better than the rest of the golfers picked in your Masters Golf Tournament Challenge pool.

It’s called the Masters Golf Tournament Challenge, but you can obviously use these rules for any tournament throughout the season. Feel free to alter the rules however you want. I just encourage you to have fun with your friends, coworkers and family. Let me know if you have any questions — or if you have a fun rule that you use that we don’t. You can simply leave a comment below, or you can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more on the world of sports!

Masters Golf Tournament Challenge

Incredible Grilled Oysters Recipe

I love oysters. I’m not afraid to admit it. I enjoy them raw, but I’m especially fond of grilled oysters. I remember the first grilled oysters I ever had. I couldn’t get enough of them. I literally at 30 all by myself. My passion for grilled oysters hasn’t died since. Anytime I can get my hands on them — I do. The best part is: you can make grilled oysters tonight, and it’s fun and easy!

Incredible Grilled Oyster Recipe

A bucket full of raw oysters ready to be grilled

All you really need for grilled oysters is a barbecue, oysters and an oyster shucker. Yup, it’s that simple. My friend Kyle (who I look at as the master of grilled oysters) advises against using a really nice grill for grilling oysters. Apparently, the salt water can damage your grill, so he suggests using an older grill or a cheaper hibachi instead. Unless you’re grilling oysters every night, I can’t imagine there being a problem with using your normal/nice grill. But, I just wanted to give fair warning.

Here’s how it works:

In the world of oysters, they always tell you the smaller the better, but I suggest using the larger Pacific oysters for grilling. The oysters tend to shrink when they’re grilled, so a gerthy oyster works best.

Kyle and I typically trek the beach behind his house when the tide is down to find a few oysters (nothing beats free oysters), but you can also simply buy oysters at your local market, which is probably easier said than done when you live away from a coastal city. However you need to get your hands on oysters — do it.

After you have your oysters — fire up the grill. I suggest using medium to high heat. Place the full oysters (shell and all) directly on the grill grates. Close the grill and let the oysters cook. Once they open up a little, that means they’re ready to rock.

NOTE: I recommend using sturdy yard gloves or an oven mitt for this next step, because the oysters are hot (and the juices inside are even hotter). Plus, you’re protecting yourself from an arrant shucker.

Take the opened oyster off the grill and use the oyster shucker to remove half the shell (simply slide the point of the shucker into the back of the oyster and twist — it should come off easily). Try to keep those juices in with the oyster while you’re shucking. They’re full of flavor, so you want to keep them around as much as possible.

Grilled Oysters Recipe

Oysters on the grill

You can choose to slug the oyster right off the grill (I highly suggest letting it cool a little bit first), or you can have a little fun with it (this is my favorite part). Feel free to top grilled oysters with anything you want. I’ve used soy sauce, cocktail sauce (usually mixed with a little horseradish for some kick), lemon juice, Tabasco sauce — the list goes on and on. You can honestly use anything. There are some really “classy” grilled oyster recipes available (with all sorts of herbs, cheeses and butters), but I personally like my grilled oysters simple (because I actually enjoy tasting the oyster).

NOTE: This next part fits into that ‘Incredible Grilled Oysters Recipe’ title that I have for this post.

Kyle (again, the master of grilled oysters) enjoys using Tiger Sauce and Parmesan cheese (the shredded stuff; not the powder you put on pizza). Once he peels off half the shell, he coats the oyster in Tiger Sauce and Parmesan and then places it back on the grill. He lets the oyster (now just on the half shell) heat long enough until the cheese melts, and then it’s time to take them down. Trust me, it’s an incredible grilled oysters recipe.

If you don’t have access to a grill, you don’t have to be left out. That’s because you can easily bake oysters in the oven. I usually wrap the inside of a long casserole dish with aluminum foil and place the oysters in the dish. I preheat the oven to 425 degrees and then let the oysters sit in there until they open. From my experience, it takes a little longer for oysters to open in the oven than it does on the grill. Just like on the grill, once the oysters open, they’re ready to be eaten.

I personally think everyone can enjoy grilled oysters. I’ve known plenty of people who won’t eat raw oysters (because of their texture), but they’ll eat a dozen grilled oysters in a sitting. That’s because the heat toughens the oysters up and takes away all of the raw oyster “slime” that many people don’t like.

Grilled Oysters Recipe

Where Kyle and I usually get our oysters

Half of the fun of grilling oysters is the grilling part (at least the way we do it). We usually just gather around the barbecue, swill a few beers and eat the oysters as they come off the grill. There’s no plates, silverware or dinner table — you just grab the oysters, choose your ingredients and eat around the grill. Although shellfish is considered better in the colder months, grilling oysters is an awesome summertime activity (even though I’m all about grilling oysters year-round).

If you haven’t tried grilled oysters before — I suggest giving them a shot as soon as possible. If you’ve had raw oysters before, and you’re trying to find a new way to eat them – give the Tiger Sauce and Parmesan cheese recipe a try (you won’t regret it).

I’d love to hear what you think once you’ve tried grilled oysters (especially if you try to special recipe). I would also love to know how you choose to devour grilled oysters. You can simply share your recipe in the comment below, or you can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and . Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more on the world of food, sports and travel!

New Music Discovery | Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley has one of the most unusual stories you’ll find in the world of music. The guy hitchhiked across the country, worked odd jobs and played small shows for more than 20 years before he finally caught his break. Oddly, Bradley was discovered by his record label while performing as a James Brown impersonator named “Black Velvet.” Bradley, who is 64-years-old, now performs under his real name, and he just released a new album called Victim of Love.

Bradley is referred to as ”The Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Take one listen to his music and you’ll see exactly where the nickname comes from. Bradley’s incredible pipes quickly take you back to the heyday of 1960s soul music. He turned out several singles starting in 2002, but Charles Bradley didn’t release his debut album (entitled No Time For Dreaming) until 2011 (when he was 62). This is Bradley’s song ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’:

Now, Charles Bradley is revealing his new material on Victim of Love. His song ‘Hurricane’ is currently the Single of the Week on iTunes (download it here). Bradley’s second studio album (recorded with the Menahan Street Band) is already receiving rave reviews. The Boston Globe calls Victim of Love “powerful,” while Billboard says the album is ”intense.” ’Strictly Reserved For You’, ‘Victim of Love’ and ‘Dusty Blue’ are sure to be the most popular jams on Bradley’s new release.

Even if you don’t dig his music, I encourage you to read about Bradley’s past (click here to check out the bio on his website). His story is so incredible that it’s been turned into a documentary called Charles Bradley: Soul of America. The film debuted at SXSW last year. Luckily, someone took notice of Charles Bradley when they did — otherwise he would have wallowed away in a small club impersonating someone else. We would have never heard his voice. ”The Screaming Eagle of Soul” arrived on the scene late in life, but as they say, it’s better late than never.

Have you ever listened to Charles Bradley? What do you think of his music? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and . Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for the latest in the world of music, sports and travel!

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