NATO, protesters, police coverage, bad behavior, street closures, yes good for the city, no bad for the city.
Hey, it is a beautiful day today in Chicago. Cubs are playing the White Sox. My kid learned to ride his bike today with no training wheels, no Band-Aids have been pulled out yet and I am in the mood for pineapple cocktails. So I am wondering, do you know how to pick a perfectly ripe pineapple? So let' take a break from talkin' NATO and talk pineapples.
Pineapples seem to mislead people. You want to make sure you grab a fresh pineapple, not one that is rotting inside already. I remember when my husband and I went to Hawaii we asked everyone their strategy for picking a good pineapple.
The most common pieces of advise :
1. Color: Do not buy a pineapple that is still green. You want one that is yellow from base to stem which means it will be the sweetest.
2. Smell: Smell the one you are going to buy. It should smell sweet. If there is no smell, then it probably isn't ripe. If it smells fermented, then it is overripe.
3. Touch: When you press your fingers into the pineapple, it should still be firm, but not like a rock. If is it squishy, it is overripe.
1. Pulling a leaf from the top proves ripeness. FALSE, If they come out is it probably rotten.
2. Pineapples will ripen off the tree. - FALSE they do not ripen once picked.
Interesting Facts About Pineapples
1. They been in the Americas for over 1000 years.
2. They were used to prevent scurvy because of their vitamin C in the old days.
3. When pineapple are canned the color changes to a brighter yellow. Rarely is fresh cut as yellow as canned.
3 Best Pineapple Cocktails:
1. My first and foremost is the Pineapple Margarita. Not blended with ice, but shaken and then served over ice.
2. Pineapples blended, then mixed with orange juice, ginger ale and vodka.
3. Sounds strange, but White Sangria with pineapples and oranges chopped in it. I let it sit in the frig for a little bit. To make it a little more refreshing I use a little Le Croix when I serve it in a glass.