I was a little nervous about how we were going to make this week’s recipe work—we’ve been on the road (and air and water) the last two weeks, traveling to Northern Minnesota and Montreal, Quebec. Adam’s favorite memory of Montreal is when I repeatedly said ‘Bonsoir!’ in the style of ‘Anyong’ from Arrested Development: 0% annoying and 100% funny.
After Leg 1 of our summer vacation, we met our lovely friends Derek and Jenny Springer in Minneapolis, and they took us to this great place called Betty Danger’s Country Club (think: miniature golf plus Ferris wheel plus kitsch plus a prominent bear statue in the courtyard). I ordered The Harvard Margarita, and Adam gave me a side-eye / “Are you sure?” because I ALWAYS want to order a margarita when I see it on the menu, and I am almost always disappointed. Betty Danger’s marg, though? Fantastic! Loved it. It wasn’t too syrupy, they didn’t use a whack as hell mix, and most importantly, they didn’t try to serve it to me in a pint glass half full of ice cubes. Jenny suggested that I keep riding this margarita train all the way to Game of Thrones Town and make Margaery-tas this week. And that’s when I first realized that Jenny Springer is a dang genius.
As if Margaery-tas wasn’t already a done deal, we stopped by a bar in Montreal called The Sparrow (!!!) and they had a delicious margarita on the menu, too. Shoutout to the High Sparrow for having such a dope bar!
Not only does Jenny have great recipe ideas, but she is also going to kick off our Bold Predictions for the evening. Today is Father’s Day, so there has to be a major dad moment tonight. Maybe it will be revealed that Ramsay is going to be a proud papa-to-be? Maybe Bran is going to communicate with Ned Stark again, who will either help one of the Stark kids OR reveal who Jon’s ‘real’ father is.
Julie Cusack: I was wandering the Old Port neighborhood in Montreal, and I walked past a historical building called Chateau Ramezay. This is a sign from one of the 7 Gods that Ramsay Bolton is going to go to battle tonight vs. the Starks. Ramsay will be severely wounded, but will escape the city. Still think Rickon is gonna die.
Adam Holt: First, I want to say that I am very upset that my recipe suggestion of making a Bobby Flay recipe in honor of all the flayed men got shot down. It was a good idea.
My bold prediction is that either Davos or Brienne are going to die tonight.
Jillian Sievel: Jon finds that his war tactics of heavy breathing and staring aren’t very successful. Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale show up in time to help Jon and Sansa take back Winterfell. Sansa’s embroidered direwolf dress gets dirty, and she pouts about it.
Erin Seidler: There are going to be two epic battles tonight. Cersei will use all of the wildfire beneath on the faith militant, which screws them when Dany / White Walkers take King’s Landing. Also, Lebron will score 40 plus, lose the game, and still not get Finals MVP.
Tim Paluch: Ramsay gets eaten by dogs. Dany gets on a boat. Davos dies.
Of course, I would like it best if the predictions were swapped: Davos gets on a boat, Dany gets eaten by dogs, Ramsay dies in battle.
The hot character prediction of the night seems to be that Ramsay Bolton gets axed (I am actively ignoring everyone’s Davos comments). In his honor, I am making Burrito Bowl-tons to go with my Margaery-tas. After the weeks she’s been having, she’s going to need one or five.
1.5 oz silver tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 lime, squeezed
San Pellagrino Limonata (3 oz.)
Directions: Shake tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a glass over ice. Top with Limonata and garnish with fresh cilantro.
Burrito Bowl-tons with Fresh Pico and Homemade Refried Beans
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp + cumin
1 tbsp seasoned salt
½ tbsp.. chili powder
½ tsbp. Garlic powder
½ tbsp. oregano
2+ hours before cooking, mix together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate. Cook thoroughly over medium heat.
Holt’s Pico de Gallo:
1 small white onion, finely dieced
2 heirloom tomatoes, chopped
½ bunch chopped fresh cilantro
½ lime, squeezed
Sprinkle of cumin
¼ tsp. Cayenne
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Cilantro Lime Rice
2 cups Jasmin Rice
3 cups chicken broth
2 limes, squeezed
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp butter
salt, to taste
Directions: Put rice, chicken broth, and butter in a large sauce pan. Bring to a soft boil. Turn down heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minute. Remove from heat, keeping covered. Add lime, cilantro, and salt to rice. Fluff with fork
1 can pinto beans, rinsed
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup chicken broth
1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Directions: Heat oil and cook onions until soft and fragrant (5 minutes). Add garlic and chili powder, cooking for a few more minutes. Add pinto beans and broth, cooking until heated through. Put mixture through food processor, until smooth.
Serve burrito bowl-tons with fresh avocado, grated cheese, lettuce, and sour cream
Montreal was great and chock-full of Game of Thrones nods. Check out Holt with a tiny member of the Night’s Guard and a statue lady who looks like the Sons of the Harpy, only way scarier.