Summit Up 8-20-11: Digging into some mango cheeks
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that says sayonara to the King. The Burger King king, that is – that kinda creepy, big-headed weirdo who appeared in so many commercials in the last year or so. Apparently BK decided this guy was too much, but we have to say, we liked him. He was weird, he was unnerving, and he was the kind of guy you could imagine could drink, say, Ronald McDonald under the table – especially if mead was on the menu.Burger King, BTW, is focusing on burnishing its image as a healthy sorta place to eat. And while we’re not sure any amount of advertising dollars could truly accomplish that, we will say that the new “California Burger” they’re rolling out sounds OK. It’s got guacamole on it, and in our book almost anything can be improved upon with a dollop of guac.All that aside, you should really only eat freshly picked organic kale washed in pure mountain spring water and served with a side of optimism and team spirit.***Speaking of healthy living, if you’ve got kids, you should definitely haul their skinny little butts over to the Free Family Fun Fest in Frisco, which, as the title implies, is free, fun, family-oriented and taking place in Frisco. This, of course, is fulfillinginly fabulous – an event fated to fete the fair-minded fest-goers in fine fashion. Finally! Actually, this has been going on for several years now, and it’s a welcome relief to the many other diversions that target families with outrageous prices for everything from parking to food to stupid trinkets the kids are brainwashed into believing they need (yes, we’re talkin’ to you, theme parks!). This event, which we’ve dubbed F5, features bouncy castles, bungee jumpers, train rides, face painting, games, a climbing wall, giveaways and live music. Go check it out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the peninsula in Frisco.***Here’s a quick Angel Alert! Angel Alert! going out from Bob and Nan, who write thusly:”THANKS to all the very nice folks at the PICKLEBALL court in Frisco that helped us learn to play a great game, share their paddles and their techniques!!!”Soon, we look forward to other relish-tray-themed diversions such as Black Olive Badminton, Cocktail Onion Golf, Miniature Corn Cob Billiards and Cherry Tomato Bocce Ball.We can’t wait.***So in City Market the other day, we were looking at pile of mangos on sale and we passed them by – not because we don’t love mangos, but because they’re such a pain in the ass to deal with. As luck would have it, we received an email just today from Kristen Stevens, senior vice president at the Produce for Better Health Foundation with some tips on how to do it more easily. See what you think:”Some consumers shy away from buying a whole mango because they are unsure how to cut it.”SU: Hey! That’s us!”Don’t let this cutting mystery stop you. There are three different ways to cut a mango, but all are easy-to-do. A mango has one long, flat seed in the middle. Once you learn to cut around that, the rest is easy!* Slice and Scoop Method – Stand the mango on a cutting board stem end down and hold. Place the cutting knife about 1/4″ from the widest center line and cut down through the mango. Flip the mango around and repeat on the other side. The resulting ovals of mango are known as the ‘cheeks.” What’s left in the middle is mostly mango seed. Cut parallel slices into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin. Scoop out the mango slices using a large spoon.Oops, outta room. See below for a video on mango cutting and enjoy! We out.
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