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Metro Pursuit is merging with Bachelor on the Cheap - domain name metropursuit.com is for sale

By Mike Thayer

Metro Pursuit 2You'll soon be seeing the Wichita Dining Scene Directory from MetroPursuit.com on BachelorontheCheap.com.

I first started posting on MetroPursuit.com back in 2015 and it's been fun posting news, current events and announcements for the Wichita area.  But with the growth of BachelorontheCheap.com as a shopping, service and restaurant information resource, it's time to merge the great content from both sites into one resource.

As a result of this merge, the domain name www.metropursuit.com is for sale

You can find additional information on Afternic.

Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to providing you a greater one-stop resource for shopping, dining, lifestyle and leisure!

 


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The Wichita Dining Scene featured on BachelorontheCheap.com

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Whether you're a lifelong resident of the Metro area, a Wichita State student, or just visiting the area, you've come to the right place if you're looking for information about restaurants, dining, drinking and food shopping in the Wichita metro area!  Where to go and yes, where NOT to go is listed here in Metro Pursuit. Serving the food and drink community of the Metro area, Wichita, Haysville, Derby, Andover, Bel Aire, Park City, Valley Center, Kechi, Maize - PLUS!


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Being a bachelor and living life well but with a budget in mind, I review Wichita Metro Area businesses, find the great deals and report on the best product and/or services available. I post my shopping experiences online, benefiting customers and businesses alike.

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The Bachelor on the Cheap guide to making wine selection and food pairing easier - Grenache

Wine FunBy Mike Thayer

This is the ninth of an ongoing series of wines and food pairings

Wine, it's the perfect beverage for a romantic dinner, a go-to for a casual get-together/party and a holiday meal is complimented by it.  Whether it's a meal for two, a small party for friends or a gathering of family, having the right wine elevates the occasion. 

And while most people follow the basic rule of thumb - red wine for beef and white wine for chicken - selecting the right wine can still be challenging.  What KIND of red for that roast beef?  Or, What KIND of white for that lemon chicken dish?  Does dessert call for a different wine?

The choices are many and can be intimidating, with the reds there's Merlot; Cabernet Sauvignon; Zinfandel; Syrah/Shiraz; Malbec; Pinot Noir; Nebbiolo; Sangiovese; Grenache and all kinds of red blends to choose from.

With the whites there's Chardonnay; Sauvignon Blanc; Moscato; Pinot Grigio; Riesling; Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Torrontes, Albarino and yes, white wine has it's share of blends as well.

So you walk into the liquor store in need of a bottle of wine for a dinner date or special occasion... 

Sure, you can rely on the store attendant to help you with a selection but that can be hit or miss.  A good attendant will ask you if you prefer wines on the sweeter or dryer side and what you might be pairing it with.  But keep in mind the attendant's palate is different than yours, their sweet and dry preferences are different than yours and they might try to push a particular brand on you that's in the store's best interest, not yours.  So why not walk in the store knowing what you need?  That's what this guide is for, to help you with food pairings, what is sweet, what is dry and getting a good wine for under $15 a bottle.  That's the Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly thing to do, get something nice, without paying too much for it.

For previous reviews, click on the link below:

Today's featured wine:  Grenache

Originally cultivated in Spain, the Grenache grape is now common in wine valleys around the world.  The Grenache is sold as a single varietal but it's most popular by producers as a blending grape due to its medium to low acidity, medium tannins and high alcohol.   This wine has fruity notes of black cherry, raspberry and strawberry balanced with some spice such as star anise, cinnamon and black pepper.  Grenache pairs really well with slow cooked meats, hearty stews and chili.  For meatless options think oven baked pasta dishes with cheese and veggies to include mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini.  The cheeses you'll want on your charcuterie board should include pepper jack, brie and mild cheddar.  For dessert be sure to select a sweet Grenache (the longer its aged, the drier it gets), this is a good red wine for a classic pairing with chocolate, pretty much chocolate anything.  Serve it slightly chilled, at 60 - 65 degrees, refrigerate about 30 minutes before serving and after popping the cork, let it breathe for about 10 minutes. 

Vega-Sindoa-El-Chaparral-GrenacheBachelor on the Cheap Recomendation:  Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Grenache - $15.  Hailing from Spain, this is a critically acclaimed wine by the Wine Advocate.  Winemaker notes:  Bright red. Suave raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are compelling and sexy. Musky herbal and floral qualities add complexity to the nose but fade into the red berry aromas, which continue on the palate.persistent.

Next Up in the series:  White wines are up next!

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Product Review: Kingsford Onion, Garlic & Paprika Flavored Charcoal - Bachelor on the Cheap

Kingsford Garlic Onion Paprika flavored charcoal
How much garlic, onion & paprika flavor will this deliver?

By Mike Thayer

Make no mistake, I am a charcoal enthusiast.  In my humble opinion, for a grilled meal, you can't beat charcoal and a Weber Kettle. 

I do like to throw some added flavor through wood in combination with the charcoal, chunks of pecan wood to do up some brats, chunks of a fruit wood for pork or chunks of oak for beef.  It all depends on what you're grilling or smoking.  The key is creating layers of flavor.

I recently did a review of Kingsford's Cumin Chili Flavored Charcoal and I really like it. I have to admit that I was initially skeptical of 'spice flavored smoke,' thinking, "How much spice flavor will that actually crank out?" and "Isn't that what spices, rubs and marinades are for?  Talk about lazy grilling...." 

I lost all skepticism I had for 'spice flavored smoke' when I dumped the chimney of that Cumin Chili charcoal.  You can smell all those spice notes, it's like I was already grilling something and I hadn't even put any food on the grill yet!  The aroma of the cumin and chili was enticing and it did indeed help create depth of flavor in the chicken I fired up that day.

So today, I'm reviewing Kingsford Onion, Garlic & Paprika Flavored Charcoal.

Here is the description pulled from the Kingsford website:

Garlic Onion Paprika:  "Savory, caramelized flavor featuring an earthy base of garlic paired with the mildly sweet notes of onion and warmth of paprika."  The flavored briquettes are hickory based.

Bacon cheddar brats, bacon wrapped hot dogs, bacon wrapped Kielbasa
It's a celebration of bacon!

In testing how much flavor this charcoal delivers, I did a "Celebration of Bacon," grilling up bacon cheddar brats, bacon wrapped hot dogs and bacon wrapped Kielbasa.  You can't beat a brat done right on the grill and everything is better with bacon!  I used to do beer brats, then I experimented with wine and doing brats in those ways are tasty, but my favorite way to do brats is to just let them pick up the smoke flavor over indirect heat and my go-to wood for brats is pecan.

How did the Garlic Onion & Paprika charcoal do?

I continue to be a fan of the Kingsford line of 'spice flavored smoke.'  All of the meats I prepared on the Weber were delicious, complimented with those notes of garlic, onion and paprika.  And complimented is a key word, it's not overpowering smoke, it lets the deliciousness of the meat shine!  The brats had that nice crisp, snap of a bite when puncturing the skin, the sausage inside was juicy and there was that nice smoky spice flavor throughout.   The dawgs, Kielbasa and bacon was all good too, but those brats were the best.

Kingsford Flavored Charcoal
In the bag, traditional Kingsford briquettes and 'Signature Flavor' briquettes

Costing me $13.99 for an 12 pound bag, I'm giving Kingsford Onion, Garlic & Paprika Flavored Charcoal 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's reasonably priced and most definitely delivers another layer of flavor on whatever you're grilling!  This charcoal is certainly a repeat buy and I can't wait to try the Basil, Sage & Thyme flavor!  Marinade and/or dry rub (on this day it was bacon & black pepper)+ Kingsford Flavored Charcoal = Another Dose of YUM!

5 stars

 

I take great pleasure in grilling good eats!

~ Mike Thayer

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Related:  Product Review: Kingsford Cumin Chili Flavored Charcoal - Grillinggoodeats.com

A bacon cheddar brat
The brats really picked up the flavored smoke
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A juicy brat, with a nice smoky bite

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have some egg salad for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Carb-Check Diet_smallEgg salad, I used to eat a lot of egg salad sandwiches when I was in the military and stationed in Korea.  The base Mess Hall there served up a warm egg salad sandwich, piled high on toast with a slice of American cheese.  That and a huge cup of java with cream and sugar was breakfast for me on many a work day.

Egg salad is actually an excellent diet food, minus the toast of course......   And it's easy to prepare, especially if you know how to boil water.

This salad only contains about 3 grams of carbs and is an excellent change of pace breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh, sweet red onion, minced (sweet Vidalia is a nice alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • A generous pinch of green onion, chopped
  • A splash of pickle juice

Directions:

This isn't rocket science, in a small bowl, mix all ingredients together.   The key here is to make this salad while the boiled eggs are still warm.  Don't get me wrong, egg salad tastes great cold, but it's just that much better when it's warm!

Packing some great protein, this quick egg salad is fantastic all by itself, or you can slap it on a leaf of romaine lettuce.  You can change things up by adding a slice of American cheese to it.  Enjoy!   And enjoy the fact that all ingredients together costs about $1 - a savings bonus!  That's Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly.

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If your family enjoys Cheerios, Sam's Club has the best price - Bachelor on the Cheap

Cheerios
Two large boxes for a low price

By Mike Thayer

Shopping Tip Alert

You'll be hard pressed to find a better deal on cereal than Sam's Club.

I'm trying to reduce the sodium in my diet and get a little more heart healthy, so when in Sam's today I picked up a "2 pack" of Cheerios.  It was almost a "2 pack" of Honey Nut Cheerios until I read the label and its 12 grams of sugar per serving vs. just 2 grams for regular Cheerios.

And about that serving size...  One cup?  Who eats just a cup of cereal?!  A regular size bowl, the typical vessel used to enjoy cereal holds about 2-1/2 to 3 cups of cereal and so unless you're the kind of person that goes to a paint store because you heard you could get thinner...  You're filling that bowl with cereal right up to the point where pouring in enough milk won't cause an overflow...

And did you see what I did there...  Paint store...  Thinner...

C'mon, that was funny...

Cheerios
Just $5.58 for all this cereal

So anyway, Sam's Club has a nice selection of cereals and great prices.  I picked up the "2 pack" of Cheerios for just $5.58.  And the boxes are large, each containing 1 pound, 4.35 ounces of toasted oats goodness.  That breaks down to just 11.5¢ per ounce!  I challenge you to find Cheerios that cheap at Kroger, HyVee, Albertsons, Food Lion, etc., each of those outlets averaging about $4.99 for a single, 20 ounce box.  You'll find that most of the Cereals carried by Sam's Club are cheaper in price than those sold by the mainstream grocery stores.

I'm giving Sam's Club 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars for their cereal selection and great prices.

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Cheerios with blackberries
Cheerios w/blackberries for dessert!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Bachelor on the Cheap Shopping Tip Alert: Father's Day Gift Shopping Deal at Sam's Club

BBQ Grilling Gift Set
Available at Sam's Club

By Mike Thayer

SHOPPING TIP ALERT!

I wrote earlier today about Father's Day coming up and recommended gifting something with a grilling theme. 

Ladies and gents, Father's Day is approaching. If you're considering getting a husband/dad/boyfriend a grilled themed gift (a VERY wise choice by the way) then consider the following: Grilling Tip #9: Do NOT use a fork of any kind to grill! Forks pierce the meat, letting those juices sizzle down into the charcoal and once those juices are gone, they’re gone, leaving you with the same situation as tip #8 - eating a dry piece of meat lacking great flavor. Avoid grill crime.
 
Do NOT buy a grilling tool set that has a fork in it. And stay away from wooden handled ones, the varnish eventually wears off and can flake off on the food. Go with silicone handle sets. https://www.grillinggoodeats.com/grilling-tips-tools/

Here's a perfect deal with that in mind!

Sam's Club has a BBQ Grilling Gift Set that normally retails for $39.98, for just $9.91!   Fork NOT included, which is a very smart thing.

This is a steal of a deal that includes BBQ sauce, a veggie roaster seasoning blend, pink Himalayan salt with grinder, two spice rubs, a basting brush, meat claws (pulled pork anyone?), metal tongs and a cutting board!  This is a PHENOMENAL  DEAL.  You're not going to find a better one, all this stuff for just $9.91?

BBQ Grilling Gift Set
All that for just $9.91!

And who doesn't love a cutting board in the shape of a pig?

This is available at Sam's Club and I'm sure it's a limited time offer kind of thing, available for as long as supplies last.  Don't wait too long, they're going to be gone before you know it.  These kits just went on sale and when I went in to pick one up today just after the lunch hour, the display as you entered the store was nearly picked through.  I'm sure there are more kits stashed in the back, but that's how fast these things are going.

This is a winner of a gift made available by Sam's Club, it's a deal you just can't pass up - it's only $9.91!.

Dad, husband, boyfriend will have a VERY Happy Father's Day receiving this great gift.

This deal gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars!

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BBQ Grilling Gift Set
Also available online for shipment to/pickup at your favorite Sam's Club

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Product Review: Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker

Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker
This countertop appliance ROCKS!

By Mike Thayer

In my childhood years and one of four kids (3 sisters and "No, I don't want to play Barbie dolls with you and NO, the Ken doll will NOT work as a GI Joe!") we didn't eat a whole lot of rice in the Thayer household.  When we did, it was usually the Minute Rice stuff with Chunky beef soup poured over the top for a quick meal. 

In my early adult years and marriage #1, I still didn't eat much rice, it wasn't really a staple in the Mike Thayer household and if rice was consumed, it was usually at a Chinese restaurant.

But as I got into cooking, my appreciation for rice grew and we're talking real rice, not the Minute Rice stuff.  It was old school white rice, the 2-1 water/rice ratio in a pan with a little butter, salt and pepper on the stove for 20 minutes.  Mastering that, my appreciation for rice grew tenfold through marriage #2 and three boys, with rice becoming a big time staple in the pantry, as in 20 pound bags staple.  White rice, brown rice, Basmati rice, Arborio rice, Jasmine rice and graduating from cooking simply with water, butter, salt and pepper to using beef, chicken or vegetable stock, aromatics, and/or a variety of spices.  But the cooking for the most part was still old school, sautee for a bit in butter or olive oil and the 2-1 liquid/rice ratio in a pan on the stove top.  I do like to cook rice on the grill using a cast iron skillet with a glass lid and that cast iron does a nice job giving the rice a nice crispy edge to it.

Kicking rice up another level with the Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker

Kudos to Cindy C in getting me a rice cooker (she's so good to me!).  I've never had one before and wow does it make a HUGE difference in what goes on the plate or in a bowl!  Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I would have invested in a rice cooker long ago.  Rice comes out perfect every time and the one pot meal capability - AWESOME.  You can "set it and forget it" until the timer goes off, dinner is ready!

Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker
Steam basket, measuring cup, rice paddle

Here's the promo piece on the Cuisinart website:  Cuisinart® gives home chefs so many ways to cook – and so many different foods to cook – in one pot! The Cuisinart® Rice and Grains Multicooker redefines versatility. With 18 pre-programmed settings, perfect results are guaranteed whatever is in the pot, and Cuisinart® includes lots of recipes that demonstrate the full range of functions. This multicooker even has a preset for Pre-wash, making cleanup exceptionally quick and easy. With its family-sized, removable pot and easy-to-navigate Selector knob and LCD screen, this is sure to become every cook’s favorite countertop cooking appliance.

This thing is indeed a multicooker!  It sautees, steams, keeps items warm.  You can do rice, oatmeal, beans, all kinds of grains, risotto, pasta, it's great for one pot meals or just a bunch of rice for a side and yes, I can even get that nice crispy edge if desired like I do from the cast iron.  This appliance is seeing regular use.  I don't store 20 pound bags of rice anymore just being a household of one, but I do have a variety of rices and grains to choose from in the one to two pound bag range.  I've steamed eggs for a perfect 'boil' in making egg salad and I'm looking forward to doing a sausage and shrimp Jambalaya.

The Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker is available for about $140 and you can find it at Walmart, Kohl's and other retailers.  With it's versatility, consistency and ease of use - punching up a one pot meal on this appliance is easy peasy - I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's also easy to clean, even after doing a pot of baked beans with bacon.  It's worthy of a place on your countertop.

5 stars

Related: Product Review: Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 Food Processor

Related: Product Review: Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker

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Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker
Large capacity bowl

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