Monday, August 1, 2016

How to Make a delicious Boozy Float

Kavin Austin Blake says there's nothing better during hot summer than indulging in an ice cold boozy float. If you’re craving a delicious ice cream float, follow Kavin Austin Blake's recipe below and you won't be let down. Using a mixing glass, start by adding half and ounce of your favorite spiced dark rum. Next, Kavin Austin Blake says to add a half ounce of Kahlua and Rose Cocoa. Add in 1 ounce of coconut cream, and 1 ounce of Brown Jug Bourbon Cream, ice, and shake vigorously. Kavin Austin Blake suggests drizzling the inside of a glass with chocolate syrup letting it drip down the sides. Using a strainer, Kavin Austin Blake says to pour the contents from the mixing glass into the chocolate drizzled glass. Then top with 1.5 ounces of Not Your Father's Root Beer, and a couple scoops your favorite vanilla ice cream. Finally Kavin Austin Blake says to mix it up and you're good to go!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

5 Reasons you Should Drink Coffee

1 -  Coffee boosts your physical performance. Kavin Austin Blake suggests drinking a a cup of coffee an hour before workout which can improve your performance by 10%. Consuming caffeine raises adrenaline levels in your blood says Kavin Austin Blake.

2 -  Kavin Austin Blake says coffee helps you burn fat. It helps break down body fat.

3 - Coffee helps you focus and stay alert. Kavin Austin Blake says that 1-3 cups per day will improve your mental alertness.

4  - Coffee also lowers your risk of death. Kavin Austin Blake says that many studies have shown that coffee drinker's overall risk of premature death lower than of those who don't drink coffee.

5 -  Coffee protects your body. Coffee contains many types of antioxidants.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween Health

With Halloween only a few weeks away, Kavin Austin Blake says it's almost time to start seeing chocolate-coated candies and sugary treats flooding the shelves of our local supermarket. Kavin Austin Blake says that similar to other holidays, Halloween tempts us with super high calorie foods. This candy-filled holiday doesn’t have to be a nutritional nightmare claims Kavin Austin Blake.

Here are some ways you can keep the calories down while at Halloween parties or events according to Kavin Austin Blake.

  • Kavin Austin Blake says that before arriving to a party, be sure to eat a healthy snack or dinner. Doing so will cause you to be less hungry and make you less likely to fill up on the bad stuff.
  • Drink water throughout the day says Kavin Austin Blake, it helps you feel fuller.
  • Kavin Austin Blakes suggests you always be the last in line for buffet foods or appetizers. Foods usually appears less appetizing once most people have picked through them.
  • Pay attention to what you're eating. The average person will eat 50% more calories than normal in a group setting.   
Follow some of Kavin Austin Blake's suggestions to a healthy Halloween to stay fit through the holiday. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Big Green Egg Cooking Tips

Kavin Austin Blake says always start with a full load of natural lump charcoal. Use a firestarter and nd never use lighter fluid says Kavin Austin Blake.

When lighting the charcoal, Kavin Austin Blake says to make sure all the vents are fully open and keep the lid open the first 5 to 10 minutes. Then close it to bring the Egg to the desired temperature. This will take 15 to 20 minutes according to Kavin Austin Blake.

Kavin Austin Blake says always "burp" the Big Green Egg before opening. Raise the lid slightly release some of the heat, then lower it. This will keep you from getting burned by a back flash says Kavin Austin Blake.

Kavin Austin Blake says to get a stronger smoke flavor, toss a few chunks of hickory or other hardwood on top of the unlit coals.

For indirect grilling and smoking, Kavin Austin Blake says to install a plate setter, a three-legged ceramic plate that fits in the top of the bottom section of the Big Green Egg. You can get these at BGE accessory stores suggests Kavin Austin Blake.

For grilling of steaks, chops, and burgers, make sure all the coals are lit, open the bottom and top iron vent fully wide, and preheat the Egg to around 600 degrees says Kavin Austin Blake. Sear the steaks on the grill for about 2 minutes per side, then close the lid. Kavin Austin Blake says the juices will drip down onto the coals, sending thick smoke up to the steak. The closed lid traps the smoke and seals in the moisture. It will also speed up the cooking time says Kavin Austin Blake, roughly 7 - 8 minutes should do it.

Kavin Austin Blake says that if you follow these tips you'll end up with perfectly delicious food!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kavin Austin Blake says the taste smell of watermelon is when you know it's summer. Here in Florida, when it feels like 100 degrees, nothing beats a cool watermelon cocktail. Kavin Austin Blake says to really make the flavor pop, you have to muddle. Kavin Austin Blake says to next put the watermelon and the mint leaves in a large pitcher and use a large wooden spoon to muddle. Do this until the melon is as chunky or juicy as you like. Kavin Austin Blake suggests if you don’t want much watermelon pulp at all, run the fruit through a food processor and then muddle with the mint separately. Add your favorite rum, lime juice, and some simple syrup to a large pitcher says Kavin Austin Blake. Mix it all together and enjoy an absolutely delicious Florida summer cocktail!


15 mint leaves
2 cups watermelon
12 oz. white rum
1/4 c. simple syrup
1 lime, juiced
1 cup club soda


1. Add watermelon and mint to a pitcher and use a wooden spoon to muddle
2. Make the simple syrup, set aside. Juice the lime, set aside.
3. Add the rum, syrup, club soda, and lime juice to the pitcher. Mix well.
4. Rim the glasses in lime juice and salt or sugar. Fill with ice, then pour in the mojito.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gasparilla in Tampa

Kavin Austin Blake says Gas­par­illa is a Mardi Gras meets pirates fes­tival that is cel­e­brated annually at the end of January. Gasparilla is named after the leg­endary pirate, Jose Gaspar who was a Royal Spanish Navy lieu­tenant turned pirate that ter­rorized the coastal waters of West Florida. Tampa has been cel­e­brating Gas­par­illa since 1904 says Kavin Austin Blake. The original cel­e­bra­tion was known as “Ye Mystic Krewe” according to Kavin Austin Blake. With marauders arriving via horse back to take over the city. In 1954 the Krewe com­mis­sioned the building of the world’s only new fully rigged pirate ship says Kavin Austin Blake. Named the Jose Gas­par­illa, the ship is a exact replica of a West Indiaman used back in the 18th cen­tury. The Jose Gasparilla is 165′ long by 35′ across the beam, with masts standing over 100′ tall. Kavin Austin Blake says the ship is usu­ally docked along the coast on Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa.

According to Kavin Austin Blake, there are over 50 dif­ferent Krewes that par­tic­i­pate in the Gas­par­illa parades and cel­e­bra­tion. Each of them raise money throughout the year for var­ious char­i­ties. There is a smaller, qui­eter and alcohol free kids parade on Bayshore Boule­vard the weekend before the big pirate inva­sion. Kavin Austin Blake says the actual “pirate inva­sion” begins with hun­dreds of boats following the Jose Gas­par­illa packed to the brim with pirates as it enters Tampa Bay and heads towards down­town. The pirates then demand the key to the city and when the Mayor hands it over, the party begins. The main Gas­par­illa parade starts with an air inva­sion along Bayshore Boule­vard. In the week or two after the main parade there is a Mardi Gras style night parade hosted by the Krewe of Sant ‘Yago in Ybor City says Kavin Austin Blake. On top of all of that, there is the Gas­par­illa Music Fes­tival and Film Festival. The main attraction during the event is throwing and catching beads! Kavin Austin Blake says thousands of people come out to share and collect their beads during the celebration.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Free Exercise Programs Around Tampa Bay

Kavin Austin Blake asks is the reason you're not working out because of finances? Here are some fantastic options throughout the Tampa Bay area that Kavin Austin Blake recommends for people on a tight budget. Here are some of the places in the Tampa Bay area that Kavin Austin Blake says offer free or donation-only classes on a regular basis. Bella Prana: Kavin Austin Blake says this is an excellent stress relief yoga class from 6 to 7:15 p.m on Sundays. 1000 E Kennedy Blvd.;; (813) 407-2140. Lotus Pond: Kavin Austin Blake also recommends this for stress relief yoga as well on Mondays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. 6201 Lynn Road, Tampa;; (813) 961-3160. St. Pete Boot Camp: Kavin Austin Blake says this is a great intense boot camp style work out program on Saturdays, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. North Shore Park, 1120 N Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg;; (727) 320-7952. Tampa Bay Fit Club: Kavin Austin Blake highly recommends this Cardio and resistance training class led by coaches from the Beachbody home fitness program on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Stars Athletics, 4543 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa; Yoga Downtown Tampa: Kavin Austin Blake recommends this outdoor program of Yoga in the park on Sundays at 6 to 7 p.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa;; Lululemon: Rise and Shine yoga is a great program according to Kavin Austin Blake. Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. in Hyde Park Village, 727 S Dakota Ave., Tampa;; (813) 251-2640. St. Pete Boot Camp: Kavin Austin Blake also highly recommends this boot camp class from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Saturdays; North Shore Park, 1120 N Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 320-7952.


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