Included in the knowledge of my own personal body and the frustration of wanting to really cut loose but not being able to is finding the right fit within my personal budget with all the options I am looking for. Not an easy task unless I am willing to research and research is essential. This is not an endeavor to be rushed and yet I have no idea how much longer I can fight myself out of frustration. Right now, my biking pace is between 16 and 18 m.p.h., hills not included. I am competitive and the road is an extensive one for learning what gear I want to carry with me. So today we start the search!
The Fuji bike at the top is a Carbon Team bike, meant for speed and performance. I want my bike to look the look. Sleek, racy and tough. The bikers around me would know I could kick ass flying by if you saw me coming. The Fuji has 20 speeds, weighs less then 8.5 pounds, has a frame size to meet my height requirements and looks hot!
The second pic is a 2006 Mercier Serpens LTD 20. 20 speed, super light carbon and aluminum frame, with the same geometry as the Fuji carbon race bike. The hunt is on!
Below, is what I do best, play in the kitchen. Chai's Big Bite Cocktail was created by Food Network's Guy Fieri but I felt the drink needed tweaking. First of all, Guy calls for a full blender of ice. The drink ends up tasting watered down. The vanilla vodka is completely lost at only 1 shot, and yes, I like to have a frozen drink that still says you may not taste the alcohol but I am coming to get you! I do not want to drink a ton of beverage to finally feel the edge melt away.
So with a few alterations, here is the new and improved recipe:
3 ounces coffee liquor
2 ounces Irish Cream
3 ounces Vanilla Vodka
8 ounces Chai-tea concentrate (I used the Pacific Chai concentrate)
6 ounces milk or half-and-half
Shaved chocolate, for garnish
Directions: Fill blender 3/4 full with ice, pour in all ingredients, and blend thoroughly. We want NO ice chunks so do not get impatient. REV THAT BLENDER!Pour into a tall iced tea glass - will fill 4, and garnish with shaved chocolate if you like. I do not because the shaved chocolate seems to me that it would just roll off the top during the first sip.