NATIONAL WATERMELON MONTH PRIZE #1: A WATERMELON COOLER BAG

July 4th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

Short of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Independence Day ranks pretty high on my personal list of great food holidays. Poised smack dab in the middle of the summer, July 4th brings Americans together to celebrate the land of the free and home of the brave. And, if you’re my family, you also celebrate great food.

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Each year, our friends and family gather together at our house, mostly because we have a pool (okay, maybe that’s the only reason), which keeps the kids busy and the adults happy. Last year, we decided to go with a potluck-style picnic, which prompted me to check our garage for all of our picnic supplies. I looked all around for what I like to call “the coolest cooler ever” (I swear I coulda been a stand-up comic) but couldn’t find it anywhere. As you can tell by the photo of the cooler bag, you wouldn’t think it would be tough to find in the garage.

It took 30 minutes of searching to find that it was tucked away behind the blow-up pool toys and endless mess of soccer balls, basketballs and other sporting equipment.

Anyway, to say that this is the coolest cooler ever ($32 online) would be an understatement. With the water-resistant leatherette design, it will keep your food cool, and you looking even cooler. Just don’t lose it in your garage, which is totally uncool.

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Don’t forget to enter our 2015 Watermelon Carving Contest! We still need plenty of entries in the “Beginner” category, so all you new carvers should definitely enter for a chance to win. The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM on August 3. There are $4,000 in prizes and the first 25 entrants will receive a Dexas watermelon cutting board. Check out the official contest web page for categories, judging criteria and how to enter!

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MY DINNER AT CHILI’S (AND SAMPLING THE CHILI’S WATERMELON DRINK MENU)

May 12th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

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Earlier this month, I wrote about Chili’s new watermelon drink specials and this month’s blog prize, a $50 Chili’s gift card (leave a comment on any May blog entry to be entered to win it!).

As The Watermelon Guy, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try these drinks before they disappear from the menu, so I loaded up The Watermelon Daughter and The Watermelon Wife in the car and headed to Chili’s for dinner and drinks. (NOTE: I’m not really sure if my wife likes being referred to as “The Watermelon Wife,” so let’s keep that nickname between us.)

Once we were seated, it was time to order. We ordered all three drinks to go with our meals – Cajun Pasta for me and Steak Fajitas for The Watermelon Wife. Our daughter opted for chicken fingers with a side of grapes and a tall glass of two percent milk. And, because I can’t pass up a good appetizer, we got things started with an order of the Southwestern Eggrolls.

The drinks arrived in the blink of an eye and looked a heckuva lot better than my usual diet soda order. Here’s what we thought of each:

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WATERMELON MARGARITA (tequila, fresh watermelon puree and house-made sour) – My wife is a huge margarita fan, so she naturally liked this one. I expected it to have a stronger watermelon taste, but it was very subtle. I think that’s a good thing, though.

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WATERMELON COOLER (vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon puree) – This one arrived next, and it packed a little more watermelon flavor, which I liked. True to its name, it was very cool and refreshing.

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WATERMELON LEMONADE – This non-alcoholic drink – a combination of lemonade and watermelon juice – was the perfect way to end our meal. Not too sweet and just the right amount of tartness!

All in all, my favorite was the Watermelon Cooler, while my wife preferred the Watermelon Margarita. All three were fantastic, though, and I’ll definitely be headed back to Chili’s before the watermelon drink specials end. I recommend you do the same. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the Southwestern Eggrolls!

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