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Valentine Gift Ideas That Don’t Suck

Forget the lame flowers and the red heart shaped box of chocolates. Your loved one will feel special with any of these gifts. Nothing says “I love you” like a creative hand made gift. All of my picks are from Etsy one of my favorite places for anything. These people are seriously talented and creative.

1. Pink Cinnamon Vanilla marshmallows – Just place one on your tongue and share πŸ˜‰ 2. Caramel Of The Month club 12 months – Seriously? Different creative flavors each month? Count me in! 3. Any flavor of your choice marshmallow by HaveitConfections

4. French Macaroon Overdose ring by Divine Sweetness – As if you can wear this ring without every person in the world wanting one. 5. Red Hot Cinnamon Caramel by Calabasas Candy Co – Salty, spicy and sweet. What else do you want? 6. Caramel Apple Soap by KCSoapsNMore

7. Watermelon Pink Peppercorn Lollipop by Mihow – Handmade lollipops in some very creative flavors. 8. French Macaroon Almond scented goats milk soap by KCSoapsNMore 9. Lavender Fleur d’ Sel by Calabasas Candy Co

10. Polymer Candy M&M’s bobby pin Divine Sweetness – I can’t tell you how much I love these. How cute are they? 11. Ceramic Travel mug with hand painted mustache LennyMud 12. Whisk and Baking Pan necklace Freshy Fig – For the baker in your life πŸ™‚

13. Crab Claw Cufflinks by RedSofa – Love eating crab legs? How about these sweet cufflinks? 14. Fruit Rings by Ash Hilton 15. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream Cone candle by Kokocandles

Plymouth Ice Festival – 2011

Ice Fest

It was my first time at the Plymouth Ice Festival and it was awesome! Not even below freezing temperatures could keep me away from Kellogg Park. There were so many beautiful sculptures with so many details to take in. They really sparkled like pieces of crystal. The best part was watching the dueling chainsaw exhibitions. I took some pics of my favorite pieces… Can you believe all the feather detail on the rooster?
Ice Fest

Everyone was mesmerized by the fairy. I had to elbow people out of the way to get a shot.

Ice Fest

Some organizations sponsored some of the sculptures. My favorite was one from a group promoting the adoption of dogs from the animal shelter and not from inhumane puppy mills.
Ice Fest

There was also a super cute teddy bear that was just begging to come home with me. I’m not sure if I would enjoy cuddling with him so much. I would wake up feeling like I peed myself every night.

Ice Fest

Look at the stinger on this scorpion. It’s deadly!

Ice Fest

Then there was Lady Liberty. Her robes were so beautiful. The detail of the scales mesmerizing.

Ice Fest

I never expected to see hammer head sharks on land. They were swimming among some seaweed. And there there was the cutest piranha with the cutest teeth ever. Cute being very relative of course.

Ice Fest

Ice Fest

A gorgeous Native American was present with an eagle. Look at his pecks and 6 pack. Wawaweewah!

Ice Fest

And the best way to propose in winter is below πŸ˜‰ It was in front of a house close to where we parked. Must have been a great surprise for Amber. Congrats!

Ice Fest

You can follow the Plymouth Ice fest on twitter or on Facebook.

My favorites were Lady Liberty, the hammerheads and the piranha. Were you there? What was your favorite and why?

Cafe Habana – Royal Oak

Cafe Habana

Tucked away into the side of the building that houses Bastone & Vinnotecca, is Cafe Habana. It has a little sized dining room compared to its sister restaurants. I liked the dark feel of the place. From the rustic brick style walls to the wood tables to the crystal and iron wrought chandeliers.Cafe Habana

Cafe Habana

Their menu is big enough to want to try several things, and they entice you with these little plate appetizer dishes that you just want to try.

Started off with some Tostones – twice fried green plantains, with mojo ($3). I always enjoy plantains at home. If you have never had them, they are closer to a potato than a banana. These were really crunchy and I enjoyed that.Cafe Habana

Pan Cubano – grilled Cuban bread with chimichurri ($3)

The bread was just like any normal bread. BUT, the chimichurri made it knock your socks off good.Cafe Habana

Calamare Fritos – fried calamari strips with sweet & spicy citrus sauce ($9)Cafe Habana

Hubby had the Quesadilla – grilled vegetables and herbed goat cheese ($8) . It’s technically listed as an appetizer but that didn’t make it too small.

Cafe Habana

It was really generous on the goat cheese too.

Cafe Habana

I was craving something more and hearty. What satisfied that itch was the Fricas de Cameron – seared shrimp and bell peppers in a spicy tomato sauce over saffron rice ($13). The shrimp was surprisingly sumptuous. The bell peppers and chunky tomato sauce the are perfect merger between the rice and shrimp. My one qualm with the whole dish was there. was. not. enough.rice! When I asked for more, the waitress brought me a teeny tiny ramekin. The rice to sauce ratio was really off.

Cafe Habana

Cafe Habana

Ahhh..the piece d’irrestance.Β  A tres leches cake with chocolate covered hazelnuts. The hazelnuts didn’t have to be on this plate. That cake was perfection. A very generous portion, perfect to share. Its simple, moist, rich and light at the same time, and just mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Thats all I can say about this. mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Cafe Habana

Cafe Habana

A neat thing in the decor of the place was the real Cuban pictures which are part of an art display or competition I think.

Cafe Habana

There was one thing that I found very very disappointing. Our waitress was terrible. I’m not over exaggerating. She barely checked up on us. Mind you, its a very small room, and there are not many tables. And the worst part is it took her 15 min to charge my card, of which she swiped like 3 times on 3 different computers because she couldn’t figure out something or other.

The bad service we experienced aside, Cafe Habana is definitely worth a try! Food is fresh and alot of little plates to try. don’t forget, the Tres Leches cake is a MUST! Also, check out the Commune (literally an underground club), if your there on a Friday or Saturday night.

always uncut,

mira.
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Molecular Gastronomy – Banana Jelly Jello – Agar Agar

Molecular Banana Nutella

My last Molecular Gastronomy post I made nutella powder using tapioca maltodextrin as part one of this dessert. I wanted to create a sort of deconstructed banana nutella crepe.

So to start you just need the nutella powder, a medium banana, teaspoon sugar (or more if you want it more sweet), 1/3 cup milk (or more if you like it creamy) and 1g agar agar.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Puree the banana.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Put it on the stove. Add the agar agar, milk, sugar and bring to a simmer.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Make sure to keep whisking since the agar can tend to clump.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Pour it into a mold or bowl or plate or whatever. I wanted to make cylinders so I poured it into a paper cup that I cut after to remove the block. Then I used a small cookie cutter to cut out a cylinder.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Best way to present these are in a spoon, so you just end up putting everything

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

I had my hubby taste it without knowing what it is. He was a little worried at first, but after it was in his mouth he let out an “mmmmm..” which is always a good thing. He said it tastes like a banana split! Have people try it without telling them what it is and watch their reactions. Its so much fun!

P.S. My NIKON CAMERA GIVEAWAY is still going on here.

January Giveaway – Nikon Coolpix L20 Camera

Happy New Year to all my AH-MAZING readers πŸ™‚ I appreciate all of you tremendously, for the support and laughter in 2010. This year will be crazier than the last!

Lets kick it off with something red and shiny. Red and shiny things are always a great way to start things don’t you think?

To enter, just comment below with what your goal is for this year. Or, if you don’t want to tell me, you can talk about your aunt Gertrude instead πŸ™‚ Giveaway ends on Jan/31/2011 11:59pm EST. Only open to US and Canada residents. Also, please be patient if your comment doesn’t appear right away. I may have to approve it.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

2) Retweet this on twitter: @MiraUncut is giving away a Nikon L20 Camera on http://www.mirauncut.com #giveaway

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If you do the extra stuff for additional entries, be sure to enter a new comment for each saying for example : β€œI tweeted this and here is the tweet url ….” Also, if you already follow me on Twitter and Facebook, just add an extra comment for each and say β€œI already follow you” or whatever. Basically, you need to make a different comment for each additional entry so you can get credit when a random comment number is picked. You can only do one extra entry per each type.

p.s. Nikon has no clue who I am and has nothing to do with this giveaway. If you win you also agree to email me a picture of you with the camera to be used on the blog.

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