Friday, February 20, 2009

Better Than Your Average Shiatsu

Rub liberally into tough muscles and hard knots.

I'm talking about the Bilardo Brothers Peppercorn Steak Rub. Originally intended as a gift for my dad that I picked up at a farmers' market while in LA, this steak rub isn't an award winner for nothing. (In case you were wondering, it won 1st place in national cooking competitions, like the '99 American Royal International Sauce Competition, '98 Barbecue Showdown and countless other meat championships.)

Bilardo perfected its blend of high quality white and black peppercorns, rosemary, garlic and a host of other fine spices. Just a tiny sprinkling of the peppercorn concoction really makes the flavor pop. It's also ideal for seasoning marinades, combining with sour cream to create a tangy dip, or tossed over salad.

L-R: Dad's bean sprouts & oysters, steak sauce, steak rub with parsley.

Dad's quite a food experimenter in his own right. He's conquered Caribbean Fish Stew (Pisca Stoba), among other dishes he whips up with whatever ingredients are in the house. Unfortunately, the next day, Mom, bro and I found our faces flush with red patches. Must've been the oysters. Oysters may be commonly thought of as an aphrodisiac, but I'm betting my flushed cheeks aren't from swooning over a handsome catch. (It's a myth, by the way -- oysters don't at all enhance sex drive). In any case, overdosing on shellfish is not advised.

The best part is, this steak rub is made of all natural ingredients. Absolutely no preservatives, additives or MSG included! For all the meat lovers out there, Bilardo also sells personalized rubs for chicken, fish, pork and BBQ meat.

NOTE: I will write a vegan-friendly entry soon, I promise.