THERE’S A NEW ‘MAN-NING’ IN DENVER
Like I predicted months ago, Peyton Manning will be formally announced within minutes as the new Denver Broncos quarterback. Look at my original predictions,…could Tebow end up in Jax?? Definitely could fill those empty seats in the Jags stadium. Could the ex-Gator head back to the swamps of FL??
Parting is such sweet sorrow, as I reported a couple of weeks ago, the chances of Peyton staying in Indy are the same chances as Kim Kardashian admitting her marriage was a fraud.
Fox News reporting that the Indianapolis Colts will release Peyton Manning on Wednesday. The quarterback that really put Indy back on the map is still quite questionable about his return to the field healthy enough for next season.
Where does that put Peyton?? Coaches from Miami to Oakland are saying lots of prayers, with billboards in Miami saying “manning to Miami”.
Where do you think he should go??
STAND BY YOUR MAN. And that is just what supermodel, Gisele Bundchen is doing. Defending her beloved husband and father of her two year old, New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady to the media on Sunday. After a really disappointing loss to the New York Giants, Mrs. Brady was overheard saying, “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times. My husband cannot f—-king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”
A bitter woman? Or is there some truth behind her anger?? Patriots fans saw first hand that Welker missed a key catch that could have definitely changed the outcome of the game for sure. But Hernandez can be blamed too. What about Woodhead? Ochocinco? Could Gronk’s ankle really have been the Patriot’s Achilles heel??
Love it or hate it, the outcome cant be changed. We can play the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve game all the way to kickoff next season, but one thing remains true, the NY Giants are the Super Bowl Champions!
REPEAT!!!!!! You can’t spell ELIte without Eli. NY Giants came to Indy to win! Full team effort led by quarterback, Eli Manning, but supported all the way around the field from Cruz, Manningham, Nicks, Pierre-Paul, and Bradshaw. Beating the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl rematch, 21-17.
To the Coughlin haters, one Chris Brown song comes to mind, “Look at (him) now!” Manning not only celebrates his second Super Bowl win (1 more than his brother Peyton), but also named MVP! Congrats to the Mara and Tisch family!
SIX IN THE CITY of CANTON.
Six football legends are inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Jack Butler who waited over four decades to be inducted, got choked up when he heard the news. Congrats to Class of 2012’s new class:
-Jack Butler CB (Steelers)
-Dermontti Dawson C (Steelers)
-Curtis Martin RB (Jets/Patriots)
-Cortez Kennedy DT (Seahawks)
-Willie Roaf T (Chiefs/Saints)
-Chris Dolman DE/LB (Detroit Lions)
See you this summer in Canton!!
Neighborhood Tastes of Indy
Football fans everywhere are visiting the cityfor the Super Bowl, well here are a few places to eat that the locals visit. Being hungry is easy. But finding exactly what you’re craving can be a bit more difficult. In a city that offers it all, we’re happy to help you find a solution.
South Broad Ripple:
Broad Ripple is known for its bustling nightlife, but what really sets it apart from other areas is its eclectic dining locations. Some of the best chefs in town have set up camp in this up-and-coming, hip area of town. From local, fresh items at Recess to distinctive pantry necessities at Taste, South Broad Ripple — “SoBro” — has it all.
Fletcher Place, just blocks south of the downtown area, is a quaint neighborhood which is home to all things original. It’s also home to some unique restaurants that every visitor would appreciate. From elegant rooftop dining at Dunaway’s to authentic Turkish cuisine at The Bosphorus to fresh brewed coffee and treats at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company, Fletcher Place is a cozy area of town that’s sure to warm you up with its charmâ¦ and its cuisine.
Downtown is known for its variety of attractions, shopping and also its food options. But one area that is particularly special is the Stadium District — just steps from Lucas Oil Stadium. Looking for Kosher style foods? Check out Shapiro’s Delicatessen. Or perhaps it’s a gyro you’re craving? Greek Islands is your place. Or maybe you just need a big platter of authentic spaghetti and meat-ah-balls — Iozzo’s back courtyard is what we suggest. Whatever you’re looking for, this particular hot spot is one of our finest.
Northside dining provides a varied array of dining selections. From fine dining to quick eats, this area offers up a platter of choices. Grab lunch with friends at McAlister’s and guzzle down their famous iced tea. Enjoy a long evening at Sullivan’s steak house where the wine selection is superb. Or just relax and enjoy food and entertainment at Lulu’s. Whatever you’re craving, the northside of Indianapolis has something for all. —Tom Ferrara (Guest Blogger)
NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER SHOOTER
- 2 1/2 pounds small hard-shell clams, such as Manila
- 1 medium yellow onion, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
- 1 medium celery stalk, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
- 1 medium carrot, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3 ounces smoked bacon, small dice (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 3 medium red potatoes, medium dice, reserved in cold water
- 1 cup bottled clam juice
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
- 1 medium bay leaf
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced
- Rinse clams under running water, discarding any that are open or have broken shells. Combine peels and scraps of onion, celery, and carrot with clams in a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid. Add 1/2 cup of the water, cover the pot, and cook over high heat until most of the clams have opened, about 10 minutes.
- Drain clams in a cheesecloth-lined mesh strainer set over a large bowl, reserving the liquid. When the clams are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and reserve it, discarding any clams that did not fully open. Discard the clam shells and vegetable peels and coarsely chop the clam meat (you should have about 1 cup). Measure the reserved clam cooking liquid; you should have about 2 cups. If you have less, add enough water to equal 2 cups. Set aside.
- Rinse out the Dutch oven or large pot, dry it, and return it to the stove over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is beginning to crisp, about 6 minutes. Add diced onion, celery, and carrot and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until just soft, about 2 minutes more.
- Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is no longer raw tasting, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in wine and cook until mixture begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Drain reserved potatoes and add to mixture. Add reserved clam cooking liquid, bottled clam juice, thyme, bay leaf, chopped clam meat, and remaining 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
- Stir in cream and parsley. Let cool slightly.
- Pulse 5-8 times in a food processor so that the soup is minced, but that the potatoes and clam don’t lose their texture completely.
- Pour into shot glasses and top with crispy bacon pieces.
- Serve and enjoy!
THROWING THE PERFECT PARTY
With the SuperBowl only days away, prepping for the perfect party is a very wise decision. How to be a hot hostess with the mostest can actually be easy. Entertaining for a small group or a large group is basically the same—- make a gameplan and it will be easy as the passes that are thrown in the endzone. The result will be one that will have your fans raving for months to come!
It’s important to have finger foods and snacks readily available. Piping hot is the key, so if you don’t want to running back and forth into your kitchen, enlist some of your friends to take a dish to make! Have a signature cocktail per team, as well as, a mix of beers will make your guests not only feel very VIP, but are sure to make your life easier than having an open bar.
*Below are quick and easy recipes that will make any SuperBowl party a success.
For the NY fans: NY ICED TEA (It’s a Long Island Iced Tea and super easy to make ahead of time in a pitcher!)
For those fans from New England: BOSTON BREWSKY SANGRIA (Sure to melt even the coldest Patriots fan!)
SUPERBOWL CHICKEN WINGS
PIGSKINS IN A BLANKET
NY STRIP STEAK CRUSTINI
SUPERBOWL SIGNATURE DRINKS: BOSTON BREW-SKY SANGRIA
- 2 Bartlett pears, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Four 12-ounce bottles lager, chilled
- 1 cup triple sec
- 2 Bosc pears, sliced, for garnish
- In a food processor, combine the Bartlett pears with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and process to a puree.
- Slowly pour the beer into a pitcher. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of lemon juice, the triple sec and the pear puree. Fill pint glasses halfway with ice. Add the sangria and garnish with the Bosc pear slices.