GIVEAWAY: T-fal OptiGrill

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Hello again! I wish I’d warned you all about my mini-hiatus before it happened, but with finishing up yoga teacher training and then driving across country, from Rhode Island to Washington state, I just didn’t get around to it.

To celebrate returning to the blog, I’m hosting a giveaway for all you loyal eyechow readers! :)

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The T-fal OptiGrill is a revolutionary indoor grill that features a cooking sensor so the grill’s “brain” does the cooking for you. It ensures a perfectly cooked meal every time by automatically adapting to the thickness of your food and delivering perfect done-ness, from rare to well-done, for a delicious meal. How easy and awesome does that sound?!

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My friends Emma and Mike tried the grill out to let me know how it was, and they loved it! They were super excited to permanently add it to their collection of appliances. They served their dinner for two (grilled steak and broccoli-cheddar rice pilaf) beautifully! I am definitely impressed.

If you’d like to win your very own T-fal OptiGrill leave a comment below or follow me and send me a Tweet (@ValerieBrett) or Instagram comment (@eyechow) about what you’d make on this indoor grill.

Especially with the colder months coming on soon, I think this would be a great way to grill veggies indoors, or you could even use it like a panini press to make grilled cheeses! I know Kiyo would be making a whole lot of steaks.

Winner will be chosen by September 7. Good luck!

Strange Food Saturday: Westerly

Lays cappuccino chips

I saw these while running through the grocery store in Rhode Island, buying food for the road trip. There’s no way I’d buy this huge a bag of such a strange, artificial and dubious flavor of chips; I mean cappuccino, really? How could / would this taste good? I would like to taste one just to know… has anyone tried them?

[see my other post about Lays' strange flavors here]

Chimi Butter, Astoria

Pirate's Booty Mac & Cheese with chimi butter


Before leaving Astoria this summer, Kiyo and I used up two whole sticks of ChimiButter, a 100% organic rBGH*-free butter, made with Samba Flavor’s Chimichurri signature blend of herbs and spices.

Pirate's Booty Mac & Cheese with chimi butter


We quickly found it to be fantastic mixed into those boxed mac & cheeses that come with powdered cheese (such as Annie’s and the new Pirate’s Booty mac & cheese). These boxes recommend using milk and/or butter, but using just CimiButter was perfect because it added an extra kick of flavor.


It was even good just smeared on some hot pita bread. The spices and herbs really elevates whatever food you add the butter to.

Chimi Butter ideas

The butter comes in two flavors (it was unfortunately beginning to melt when I took the unattractive picture above) and you can conveniently order it online.



White Wine – Artisanal herbed butter infused with white wine exhibits a sophisticated and balanced flavor that is reminiscent of delicate Italian sauces but with a distinct Latin burst of flavor that can only come from Chimichurri. It is great paired with seafood, pasta and poultry.

Red Wine – Artisanal herbed butter infused with red wine displays a richness and smoky depth of flavor imparted by an expertly chosen varietal of red wine. It is the perfect accompaniment of red meat, and is absolutely delicious when spread over crusty hearth-baked bread.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Guest post from my sister Lana:

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Well Val is busy learning how to do amazing yoga things so I’m filling in this week (yay!). My stuff tends to be less healthy than hers, embarrassing, but here it goes! Due to the fact I just got a tooth operation I’m going to use one of my older Wednesdays, a day I had a barbecue with my friend Astra and her family!



This year our mango tree seems to be working overtime; despite giving some to all my coworkers, my mom’s coworkers, friends, and even random construction guys, we are drowning in mangoes. As a result I had fresh mango for breakfast – not hardly that I’m complaining.


Midday Deliciousness:

I was trying not to stuff myself so I could stay hungry for the barbecue; as a result I had a lollipop for lunch. It was a li hing mui lolly, which anyone from Hawaii knows is a delicious orange powder. Some guy on the beach was selling these (sounds sketchy, I know, but it’s been a while and so far nothing suspicious has happened).

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When we got home my mom made little lilikoi cocktails and we had those to chill out.

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