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Bringing Pot To The Potluck: Inside A Weed Infused Thanksgiving Dinner

Take a second to envision your ideal thanksgiving dinner. For me, it’s a table surrounded by my closest friends and family. The tabletop is packed with every potato dish imaginable, stuffing, cranberry sauce and drinks. The kitchen echoes with laughter and the rhythmic clanking of dishes. In the center of the table, a large carved turkey sits, steaming, oozing the luscious, seasoned juices the night’s appointed chef prepared for us to enjoy. And the two most important things, a few homemade pumpkin pies — and my bong.

While most of us who partake in cannabis might not be able to bring our favorite party favor to a family thanksgiving, I had a chance to experience the next best thing at Blüm’s 1st Annual Blüm THCsgiving POTluck.

I was stoked for the festivities to begin, long before dinner started. I got word that some heavy weights from the Orange County food scene would be catering our potluck. Heritage Barbecue, was an awesome surprise, due to the buzz they’ve created around the OC brewery scene. For some context, Heritage has been a pop-up barbecue spot, drawing tremendous early morning crowds at breweries from Fullerton to Huntington Beach and beyond. And just based on my general curiosity surrounding the non-dairy ice cream trend, I heard Hug Life Anti-Dairy Ice Cream was on dessert duty, so my interest was definitely piqued.

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It’s been a few years since California voters decided recreational cannabis should be a God-given right to anyone over the age of 21, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. That was the vibe Blüm delivered at a private residence tucked in the Laguna Beach foothills on a foggy November evening, as strangers and new friends gathered to celebrate one of the longest unspoken practices in the history of Thanksgiving — getting high before dinner.

With the help of a few High Style THC-infused beers, a sip or two of some Kikoko Teas tasty cannabis-infused sangria, a variety of Henry’s Original pre-rolled joints and a unique Thanksgiving turkey-shaped glass pipe, I was ready to give thanks with everyone I came in contact with. Most of all, I was ready to eat! Still, nothing could have prepared me for the Turkey Day miracle I experienced at the dinner table.

Four words: Heritage. Barbecue. Smoked. Turkey. That’s the only thing I can think about since that night. This was masterful turkey, the best turkey I’ve ever eaten. It was the best turkey you’ve ever eaten. In fact, that turkey inspired me so much, my dad and I are going to smoke a turkey on Thanksgiving. I’m going to smoke other things too, but smoking a turkey for the first time ever will be a great father/son bonding experience. Even if it’s not Heritage standards.

I spoke with Danny Castillo, owner and pit master of Heritage, about what made his turkey so damn delicious. The magic happens after a five-day brine, which consists of salt, sugar, rosemary, thyme, garlic, sage and lemons. After, he uses a mixture of paprika, salt and pepper as a dry rub to coat the outside of the bird. The rest is pretty straightforward with temperature and just watching it to achieve the desired color you’re after. Thanks for the tips, Danny. If we’re lucky maybe Danny will add his artisan smoked turkey to Heritage’s menu when their first brick and mortar opens in San Juan Capistrano in 2020.

So, there I was, glassy-eyed, stuffed to the brim with a combination of the best smoked turkey ever, Social’s delicious brussels sprouts, countless dinner rolls and High Style — when the dessert tray rolled out. My eyes grew bigger with every available item, colorful Rice Krispies treats, cookies, cakes, brownies, the list went on.

If you know me, dessert isn’t always a walk in the park — when it comes to my dairy allergy. Hug Life hit the spot, but my craving for munchies was still peaking, after two cups of Reese’s Peaces I still wanted more.

When it comes to sweets, it’s pretty easy to pick what I want to eat — but not always the best choice considering my dairy allergy. Yet, I was surprised to see a THC-infused, dairy-free treat screaming my name. Kiva Camino Gummy topped No Bake Cheesecake Bites — made with dairy-free cream cheese, graham crackers and reduced Kiva Camino Gummies. I probably a dozen, at least.

As the night came to an end, I began to reflect on the evening, my body & mind vibrating with highness, my mouth stuck in a blissfully permanent grin. As we hopped in our Uber, I couldn’t wait to share this experience with my friends. Then it hit me, a few years ago, something like this might have been impossible to talk about, yet it felt so natural.

While it might take a few years before I can clear space for my bong at Thanksgiving dinner table, it was a pleasure to attend Blüm’s 1st Annual THCsgiving Dinner to enjoy some quality time with like-minded folks celebrating life as they see fit. Hopefully, my experience can illustrate that just a simple evening with friends can be accomplished anytime, with some good food, and some open minds. I think that’s enough to be thankful for all year.

So, same time next year?

 

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  • This content was created in partnership with Blüm.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so.
  • Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana, and do so responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair your judgment and the ability to operate kitchen appliances and engage in sports or other physical activities.
  • Consuming marijuana in food can lead to intoxication; users should be careful to not engage in risky behavior, dangerous or complicated activities if under the intoxicating effects of marijuana.
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Make These Korova Medicated Milkshakes to Bring Everyone to Your Yard

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There are few things that can be done to improve upon the milkshake, AKA the unsung hero of the dessert world. Part drink, part ice cream and all delicious, it seems like any attempts would be messing with perfection, right? WRONG. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Korova Milkshake.

Using Korova’s  Double Chocolate Cannabis Infused Mini Cookies and CBD Vanilla Bean Mini Cookies respectively, each of these recipes pack a solid wallop of flavor and a healthy hit of medicinal cannabis and CBD, respectively, making it the perfect end of day indulgence.

Check out the recipes below to whip up your own mellowing milkshakes that are sure to hit the spot, whether they’re just for you or for everyone in your yard.

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MEDICATED MINT CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE

This mint chocolate juggernaut pairs perfectly with a side of Gorilla Cookies, a powerful, Sativa-dominant Hybrid strain whose reported effects include euphoric body relaxation and an earthy, minty aroma.

SHAKE
9 scoops mint chip ice cream
4 Korova Double Chocolate Cannabis Infused Mini Cookies (10 mg THC each)
1 ½ cups milk
Whipped cream

RIM
Chocolate syrup

  • In a blender, combine cookies, 8 scoops ice cream and milk.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Rim your chosen milkshake glass in chocolate syrup.
  • Pour the milkshake into the rimmed glass and top with the remaining scoop of ice cream and whipped cream to taste.

 

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CBD Lemon Cheesecake Milkshake

An inexplicably creamy, citrus hybrid deserves another in the form of Ghost OG, an Indica-Dominant strain with notes of lemon and pine whose predecessor (the legendary OG Kush) makes it a potent, comforting ride.

SHAKE
9 scoops vanilla ice cream
4 Korova CBD Vanilla Bean Mini Cookies (15 mg CBD each)
¾ cup lemonade
¾ cup milk
2 tbs lemon zest
1 cup mascarpone

RIM
Vanilla frosting
1 cup graham crackers, crushed

  • Using a straight edge or butter knife, spread vanilla frosting along the outside rim of your chosen milkshake glass.
  • Roll the frosted rim in crushed graham cracker.
  • In a blender, combine 8 scoops ice cream, cookies, lemonade, milk, lemon zest and mascarpone.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour your milkshake into the rimmed glass and top with the remaining scoop of ice cream.

As always, enjoy responsibly and remember to lock the gate to your yard. These milkshakes are so good, you won’t want to share.

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  • This content was created in partnership with Blüm.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so.
  • Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana, and do so responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair your judgment and the ability to operate kitchen appliances and engage in sports or other physical activities.
  • Consuming marijuana in food can lead to intoxication; users should be careful to not engage in risky behavior, dangerous or complicated activities if under the intoxicating effects of marijuana.
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How Cannabis Can Enhance Wellness and Mindfulness

Yoga has been in my life for as long as I can remember, but the relationship I’ve had with my practice has changed drastically over the last couple years. The biggest change was in my outlook. Yoga once was just a form of exercise for me, but has become an integral part of my self-care routine, and necessary for remaining sane among the craziness of life.

If one were to look at a timeline, they’d notice this change coincidentally occurred when I moved from DC to California, transitioning from a land with strict limitations surrounding cannabis to the new frontier in the industry – I said goodbye to the days of having to text an unreliable “dealer” to replenish my stash, and hello to the concept of a med card and plenty of dispensaries within a 2-mile vicinity.

I would be lying if I said the ease of acquiring cannabis didn’t impact the frequency with which I consumed it. Who’d blame me? But I found these moments becoming less about “indulging” and the East Coast guilt surrounding it (yeah, I’m making that a thing), and more about mental health and getting in tune with myself.

I initiated a little case study as I first started out in the land of legal cannabis. Some days I’d take a hit or two before my yoga class, and some days I’d go without. I noticed a stark difference between the two: on days I’d consume, I got far deeper into my practice, was more regulated with my breathing, and less inhibited to try poses, even if they were typically out of my comfort zone. I felt alive during my practice instead of counting down the minutes until my workout was over.

Experiencing yoga in this way, without the barriers of hyper awareness and self doubt, gave me such a different experience that it was worth noting – and repeating. And now that recreational cannabis is legalized in the state of California for adults, there are tons of product options to incorporate into your routine. One of the most interesting brands I’ve come across is Dosist, which I found at Blüm Dispensary.

 

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Dosist calls themselves “the first complete solution in cannabis,” and I agree that they’ve made a revolutionary product. The brand has created a vape of sorts that gives out consistent “doses” each time. To be specific, the user inhales for about 4-5 seconds and then will feel a vibration from the pen, noting the completion of a dose. They have six different pens, with each eliciting a different vibe or feeling: bliss, sleep, calm, relief, arouse, and passion.

Dosist uses varying ratios of THC to CBD, along with culinary grade terpenes to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) inside each of us to achieve the “mood” associated with each pen. For example, the “Calm” pen is a 1:10 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like limonene, known to relieve stress and anxiety, and myrcene, known for its muscle relaxing properties. The “Relief” pen is a 10:1 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like terpinolene, known for its relaxing properties, and beta-caryophyllene, which is said to lower inflammation and reduce pain.

These effects are just a couple examples of the benefits cannabis has had on my yoga practice. Let’s be real – yoga is deeply rooted in flow and movement and some positions seem like part of a contortionist act, so it’s important for the body to be in a malleable state to achieve certain postures. Relieving the body of stress or inflammation can loosen your muscles, allowing you to get deeper into poses with less discomfort.

The usage of terpenes is also beneficial to us when in food, not just with cannabis. At a recent wellness event with Dosist at ESO Live Well, a nutritionist-curated menu featured build-your-own avocado toast, fresh berries, and egg frittatas. Avocados contain the terpene myrcene, and raspberries contain the terpene limonene, two terpenes also found in the Dosist “Calm” pen. Consuming terpene-rich foods can nourish the body and accentuate your practice, too, especially when in tandem with their counterparts found in cannabis.

Products like Dosist that blend together the plant medicine of cannabis with terpene “therapy” take the guesswork out of self care, and empower users seeking to control their mood and outlook. When trying a new product, consistency is key to understanding its effects and properly managing your dosing for next time. Keep track of how you feel in a journal to decide what the perfect dose for you might be and most importantly, have fun while doing it!

 

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  • This content was created in partnership with Blüm.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so. Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana, and do so responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair your judgment and the ability to operate kitchen appliances and engage in sports or other physical activities.
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How To Throw A Sophisticated Cannabis Dinner

It’s 2019 — having a dope ‘cannabis dinner’ is about to become the new fancy ‘wine dinner.’

Remember the moment you realized Friendsgiving was a more relaxed, delicious and creative version of Thanksgiving? That’s what’s going on here.

Both Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving are celebrated in the same window of time every year. The throughline of both is that you share food with the people you love — but the periphery, the soul, the fun, is an entirely different beast.

Food at a traditional Thanksgiving often comes from a singular source, preferably your mom’s lauded recipes from generations past, while Friendsgiving is more akin to a gourmand’s potluck. Picture a hodgepodge of stolen Whole Foods hot plates, your boy’s fresh baked slider casserole, and fighting over whoever made the best Korean BBQ-inspired turkey stuffing (real talk).

But we’re not talking Thanksgiving, nor Friendsgiving here — instead, we’re talking about throwing a dinner where weed is your wine. Where the green is your red. Where the buzz can make your head feel like a balloon instead of a bowling ball.

If you’re indulging in edibles, your limbs might have a certain feathery je ne sais quoi (yeah we’re saying that now). Your hangover will be hazy, and not pounding. Regardless of your buzz, I’ve put together a few core ingredients for you to throw your own cannabis dinner at home.

Sure, some of my friends reading might be thinking, “Weed dinner? Bruh, you rip the bong, fire up some Taco Bell on Postmates, keep it pushing.” But truly, cannabis dinners are anything but the sort.

You might as well be having more of these nights so you can say you’ve been doing it before you read about it in Home & Gardening. And frankly, I was so inspired by Blüm Cannabazaar Dinner that Blüm dispensaries curated a few weeks back that I had to show off a little of what makes a proper cannabis dinner work!

MAKE IT LEGIT

It goes without saying, but we’re talking about legal activity here. So, make sure you throw your dinner party in a state where it is legal to purchase and consume cannabis, and that you and all your guests are at least 21 years old. Check out the cannabis regulations in your state (and local jurisdiction – because you might need a permit under certain circumstances), and follow the rules of the road. And, of course, purchase all “product” from a licensed dispensary, like Blüm dispensaries.

GET YOUR GUEST LIST RIGHT

If we’re still thinking Friendsgiving tropes, the party’s only as fun as the mix of friends that show up. It doesn’t mean you have to invite just your closest friends, sometimes you want to find the perfect mix of people who know each other, the friends who are good at welcoming newcomers, and those who either want to get a little giggly, or are open to being around those who are.

At the Blüm Cannabazaar dinner, for every face that I knew, there was one that I didn’t. Where I sat at dinner happened to be around two friends of mine, and three people I had never met before. Two hits of a floating pre-roll going around the room, and I was fast friends with these folks. A few giggles and an ice breaker of, “You ever been to a dinner like this?” was all it took.

ONE PIECE OF DIY DECOR CAN REALLY ELEVATE THE MOOD

You don’t need to be a Pinterest slueth to have some fun with the look of your home — and while this step is totally optional (the guest list is not optional… we all know how quick vibes can turn when Keith from accounting refuses to interact with the group; don’t invite Keith), I highly recommend it.

At the Blüm Cannabazaar dinner (which I will shorten to BC from here on out), they built this awesome chandelier entirely of loose branches and good smells:

PROVIDE INFUSED AND NON-INFUSED MENU ITEMS, FIND A UNIQUE BUT CLEAR WAY TO LABEL THEM!

Not everyone wants to eat their weed, even when they’re properly dosed (I’ll talk about that next!). Some guests will just want to drag a pre-roll, and enjoy a high that might come and go a bit faster than the edible experience. Serving infused items on different colored plates is a solid way to explain to your guests how things are coming out, and one they can remember easily, even as the night progresses. If you’re not feeling creative, green plates for infused, white plates for the virgin dishes is an easy way to go!

LOW DOSES FOR INFUSED FOODS ARE KEY. DON’T BE A HERO!

Cooking with cannabis is getting easier and easier. With infused olive oils, pre-packaged and professionally labeled edibles, we’re in an era where you can know exactly how much more altitude each course will give you. And it wouldn’t hurt to consult with the bud-tenders at Blüm Dispensaries about how much might be too much.

For example, say you want your dessert course to have 2.5 mg of THC. That’s a nice little entry level dose, even for the timid. Next, say you want individual fondue cups for each guest (baller move, so much fun). Well, grab one of these Individual Fondue Mugs off Amazon, drop a 2.5 mg THC KIVA chocolate into the mug with whatever other non-infused melting chocolate you like, stir, and voila!

Regardless of how much in the mug you eat, the most your dosage from that course will be is 2.5mg THC.

For example, at the BC, two of the courses put out by chef Luke Reyes had a max infusion of 5mg of THC. So even if you put down every bite of each dish, you know you’re only gonna get max 10mg of THC.

My favorite dish was his Infused Pesto Pasta. By using infused olive oil, it allowed chef a lot of flexibility and streamlined his ability to make one dish, but plate one as infused, the other as virgin. Go ahead, melt your taste buds a bit:

BRING OUT SOME NEW “PRODUCT” FOR THE GUESTS

Whether it’s a dope new pre-roll brand, a glass piece shaped like a donut, or a new cannabis-infused beer, even a couple items you think even your high tolerance friends might not  know about is always a cool vibe. Kind of like pulling out that random bottle of wine you picked up from an Orlando liquor store on your last trip to the Florida Keys, it’s something new to try together.

HAVE FUN, IT’S NOT THAT SERIOUS

At the end of it all, you’re getting a little lifted and enjoying delicious food with your friends.

There’s something magical that happens about 2 – 3 hours in to one of these dinners, where you might be on your 3rd course, look at your table mate who’s telling a story and wonder if they’re as high as you are. Do you say something? Do you keep nodding in appreciation of their fine storytelling? Do I look high? I sneak a laugh. They stop talking. Their story wasn’t a funny story. They laugh anyways.

This is one of those dinners neither of you has ever done before — and that’s now something you guys have in common.

MAJOR KEY: Don’t forget to arrange for a ride home for all your guests, or perhaps work in an apres-dinner period where everyone can “level out” before heading home. Dinner should be lit, but as a host, always take seriously the health and safety of your guests, including getting home safely.

Enjoy your next cannabis dinner!

 

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  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement, promotion or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found in significant proportion. Marijuana should never be consumed by, or provided to, anyone under the age of 21 under any circumstances.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California, Nevada and several other states, it is illegal to purchase or sell marijuana in many states without a prescription, and under any circumstances in other states. Know what the law is in your state and follow it. Even in states where marijuana may be legally purchased, sold and consumed, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume marijuana products of any kind.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Chef’s Buffalo Fried Cornish Hen Showcases The Culinary Potential Of Terpenes

Cannabis and CBD-infused foods are becoming more popular as legalization spreads across the nation. Companies like Coca-Cola are even taking the edible trend into consideration as fervor continues to spike, having been in reported talks with Aurora Cannabis to develop potential products.

As a result, other compounds derived from cannabis are also getting attention for their benefits and potential usage in food. A particular category coming into the spotlight more frequently are terpenes, which are aromatic oils found in foods and plants. Terpene extracts have no psychoactive effects and can be derived from either the cannabis plant itself or extracted from foods and sold in concentrated form.

While terpenes are found in a variety of plants other than cannabis, their effects on mental health and the psychoactive experience have made them part of the conversation. Lagunitas has already collaborated on a sparkling beverage combining hops with several terpene profiles to put a new spin on the adult-beverage category.

This usage of terpenes has continued in the pop-up dinner scene, where these extracts are often used to elevate the experience through an approach similar to wine pairings with coursed dishes. A recent Foodbeast x Blüm Cannabazaar dinner was a strong example of how the two pair together for a heightened culinary affair.

The meal was prepared by Chef Luke Reyes, known for his low-dose and infused meal experiences put on by cannabis catering and events firm La Hoja. Reyes sourced a “Lemon Haze” terpene extract to pair with the limonene and myrcene profiles found in Canndescent’s “Connect” flower. Reyes added this terpene extract as a part of a unique take on ranch dressing.

Chef Reyes’s dish was an elevated version of buffalo wings, with buttermilk fried Cornish game hen playing the role of chicken. Those wings were tossed in a fermented chili hot sauce and garnished with the terpene-infused ranch and garnished with a salad featuring pickled celery, carrots, and fresh cannabis leaves.

The “Lemon Haze” terpene was paired with the dish because of its citrus notes and calming effects. It’s an interesting ingredient to add, since the compound has been reported to be beneficial, even if it’s not taken alongside cannabis.

One could describe this as “culinary aromatherapy,” since inhaling those scents during the meal enhance the overall experience. Limonene, for example, which is found in lemons, has been shown to elevate a person’s mood.

In the case of the Cornish Game Hen wings, the aromas from the “Lemon Haze” terpene combined with the fried chicken was a pairing of comfort food and heightened relaxation, making folks feel content and chill at the focal point of the meal.

Moments that incorporate this type of aromatic experience are starting to gain some traction in the world of food, and rightfully so, considering fine dining is an all-encompassing sensory experience. Regardless of whether it be with cannabis or not, we may start seeing more terpene dishes and drinks in the future.

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We Got Three FOODBEASTs Together For The Ultimate Junk Food Cooking Competition

In the spirit of the recent gridiron fervor, we here at Foodbeast decided to create some competition of our own all in the name of cooking and a blown mindstate. The willing advocates of both, who within our ranks stepped up as players in one aptly titled Gridiron Green Games, were myself, Elie Ayrouth, and Analiese Trimber. For particulars, this was going to be a Chopped-style cooking competition between the three of us, with the winner awarded rightful bragging rights and having the best reason to celebrate with a big fatty.

To help us in this journey to a culinary Kumite was blüm Dispensaries, who provided some of that loud from Korova called “Gelato,” known for its fruity, dessert-like aroma.

Now before we get right into the heat of the competition, let’s talk rules and other details.

Rules:

  • Contestants must finish a recipe of their choosing that incorporates all mandatory ingredients within the allotted time of 1 hour and 30 minutes — all while on an elevated plane.
  • The mandatory ingredients are: Eggs, popcorn, McDonald’s French fries, and OREOs.
  • Contestants’ dishes will be judged on a 10 point system based on: Completeness, Creativity, Secret Ingredients, Taste, Presentation.
  • Judging will consist of contestants scoring each other’s dishes, but not their own, and fellow Foodbeasts Evan Lancaster and Peter Pham.
  • The contestant with the most points total is the winner.

Contestants:

Analiese Trimber: The Bacon Princess, thinks Tom Brady is a bitch.

Dish: Stoner Breakfast Tacos with OREO mole sauce and handmade popcorn-infused corn tortillas.

 

Elie Ayrouth: Fearless and fierce in pushing the envelope, mastered the art of the one-eyed wink.

Dish: A trifecta of a meal that consists of Stoner Popcorn, a massive Big Mac Burrito and an OREO “Dunkaroos” dessert.



Reach Guinto: 
Fried chicken connoisseur, G-Eazy probably hates him.

Dish: Double-panko breaded Fried Chicken & Savory Potato Waffle w/ OREO Butter.

The following will be a time-stamped account of the events during the competition leading up to the announcement of the winner of Foodbeast’s Gridiron Green Games.

1:00pm — Evan begins rolling the fatty with the aid of the Otto by Banana Bros., an automatic joint roller, courtesy of blüm. It’s a nifty machine, really, fast-tracking rolling with ease and efficiency via a built-in grinder and apparatus that capably packs with Gelato flower.

1:20pm — After we all are done with setting up our designated cooking areas, the session begins. Elie is really hitting it extra hard. I hope he gets so blown that he won’t be able to finish his dish.

1:30pm — Let the Gridiron Green Games begin!

1:33pm — Elie, the tallest of the contestants: “I don’t understand how I get this little baby table and Analiese and Reach get tables that go up to their elbows. They’re playin’ me!”

1:40pm — At this point we’re all starting to appreciate the Gelato, which had its benefits and setbacks. Its benefits being a greater feeling of singular focus and drive. Setbacks coming in the form of me forgetting where I left my phone and searching for it for a solid two minutes.

1:50pm — Evan: “So far we know Analiese is incorporating chipotle pepper paste into what looks like a sauce of some sort, while Elie and Reach are both still cutting onions. Clearly, Annie is in the lead.”

1:51pm — I see Elie finishing up the chopping of his onions, then hear Evan warning anybody within earshot, “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.”

2:00pm — We’re at the peak levels of determination. Evidenced by a sudden hush in the kitchen as the Gelato-induced laser focus hits all of us, putting us in an elevated work mode. Analiese’s re-worked her mole sauce after she asked for feedback from other fellow Foodbeast and on-set photographer, Peter Pham, and I. Elie’s ready to work the stove after forming his burger patties. I’ve just completed my OREO butter by running OREOs and coconut oil in the food processor for approximately three to four minutes (tbh it seemed like an hour).

2:15pm — I command Siri to set a timer for three minutes. The remedial machine somehow doesn’t understand this so I am forced to set the timer manually. Evan walks by: “Um, it looks like you’ve set your timer for four hours right there.” Well damn.

2:31pm — Evan: “About an hour in and I feel like Reach has got a really good groove going on, Analiese does, too. Elie, I dunno, I caught him dancing for a little bit, then he chopped an onion for like 20 minutes.” At this point we all decide to re-up on some floral inspiration.

2:35pm — I’m hit with a sudden forgetfulness that leads me to suddenly have a brain fart about how to correctly input and attach the receptacle of the food processor. Analiese tries to help me with that. No dice. Eventually I figure it out after having lost some dignity and start working on my potato waffle, which becomes an ordeal after forgetting to put some key ingredients in it and almost having to start that over. At this point Analiese and I feel like we’ve fallen behind. Elie, on the other hand, is feeling confident: “Thirty minutes is all I need, baby!”

2:43pm — Elie’s trio of dishes are starting to come together: the OREO Dunkaroos are done, Stoner Popcorn’s on deck, and he’s ready to start putting together his Big Mac Burrito. Analiese is impressing the room with her OREO mole sauce and made-from-scratch tortillas.

2:50pm — It’s a mad dash as everyone is trying to plate their dishes. Our blown selves were laser focused on the task at hand: Don’t run into each other and fuck up any dishes in the last moments. Did we incorporate every mandatory ingredient? Will we finish on time? Burning questions, like a cinder of lit flower, bore through our inner thoughts. Shit, that’s just me being stuck.

3:00pm — Done and done. I survey the scorched battlefield of what used to be a kitchen and nodded proudly. Analiese’s Stoner Breakfast Tacos were complete, presented immaculately on a marble cutting board. Pinterest would approve. Elie’s full spread was on glorious display, showcasing his deft touch with multi-tasking and prioritizing. And me? I’m just relieved to get everything on a plate. But hey, we did the damn thing.

But before we get into the results, here are the completed dishes:

Analiese’s Stoner Breakfast Tacos

Elie’s Stoner Popcorn, OREO “Dunkaroos,” and a Big Mac Burrito

Reach’s Double-Panko Breaded Fried Chicken & Savory Potato Waffle w/ OREO Butter

3:02pm — Elie: “I forgot an ingredient, but I’m hoping none of y’all notice!” Duly noted my guy.

3:10pm — After Pete’s finished taking photos of all the dishes, tasting begins. Knowing Elie’s missing something, I’m keen on finding it until I exclaim, “YOOO YOU FORGOT THE FRIES!”

3:25pm — Everyone’s turned in their scores for each dish and Evan begins to tally up the results. To celebrate our accomplishment, Analiese, Elie, and I all revisit the Gelato, which at this point has created a fixated state that’s just right, not too heady, with just the appropriate amount of creative juices unlocked within us.

3:40pm — What’s taking Evan so long? Is he disarming a bomb over there?

3:45pm — After what seemed like an eternity and a half, Evan reveals the results. Looks like the Gelato’s gotten to him, too. It’s a two-way tie for the winner, between me and Analiese. Elie caught that L for not including the McDonald’s French fries. But to be honest, I thought he had the tastiest item in that Big Mac Burrito. Flavor was straight up phenomenal and comforting. About the results, Analiese and I are feeling equal parts relief and shock. What are the odds? Yet, the total tally of scores seemed off to us. Following a meticulous survey of Evan’s math, it was determined that it all didn’t add up.

3:51pm — RECOUNT!

3:55pm — The new results, done with correct math, are revealed. Analiese and her Stoner Breakfast Tacos win! I knew it, though. Tortillas and mole made from scratch? Yeah I can’t compete with that.

WINNER: Analiese “The Bacon Princess” Trimber

But hey, shout out to our HIGH-ly focused selves, though. I mean, just look at these winners:

Photos: Peter Pham

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  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so. Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana, and do so responsibly.
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A Foodie’s Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide For California’s First Legalized-Holiday

The following Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide content is intended for persons over the age of 21 in California. If that is not you, please go find other delicious content.

With marijuana now recreationally legal in California, ‘tis the season to consider greenery as a gift for your friends and loved ones. What better way to celebrate the first legalized-holiday here in Cali, than with a cannabis holiday gift guide, amiright?

Admittedly, I’m just as curious as you all might be when it comes to what products would make the best cannabis holiday gift guide. Especially considering that the normalization of their use is still very new to the majority of legal cannabis consumers. But trust, walk with me, and we’ll navigate these murky bong waters together.

Forward-thinking dispensaries, such as Blüm in Santa Ana, CA, are great spots for both the pot-loving and pot-curious, with their knowledgeable staff and wide selection of premium quality cannabis products.

Whether you’re giving for the connoisseur, the foodie or the health conscious in your life, this Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide is here to guide you through the holi-daze of gift giving in the name of wellness or even if you’re just curious. We got you:

Dosist Pens

cannabis holiday gift guide

Dosist was thinking higher when they created cannabis vape pens that ensure accurate dosing with each puff. These pens are great gifts for beginners who are still building up their tolerance for THC, because you’re getting exact dosing with each hit. Dosist has pens available in various specific formulas like bliss, passion, and more.

Henry’s Original Smokes

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Pre-rolls are always clutch when you’re looking to take some flower on the go but don’t have the time to roll up one. Or if you’re like most of us, we’ve yet to perfect our joint rolling technique. With Henry’s Original Smokes, you’re covered and have the peace of mind knowing you’re puffing on heirloom cannabis grown by expert cultivators.

Double Barrel Vape

cannabis holiday gift guide

Should you have that special someone in your life who simply enjoys the finer things, perhaps this Double Barrel Vape would be of interest. The Double Barrel Vape grants you the power to mix and match different oil and concentrate blends in unlimited combinations. It’s equipped with two separate barrels intended to house different oil blends. Have it your way and puff away, friends.

Canndescent Pre-Rolls

cannabis holiday gift guide

Ultra-premium pre-rolls are Canndescent’s thing. These pre-rolls ensure you’re lighting up with only the best, even when you’re on-the-go. Perfect for the connoisseur you know.

 

Kiva Confections Terra Bites Blueberries

cannabis holiday gift guide

Foodies and relief-seekers alike appreciate the pleasant duo of tasty blueberries and luscious chocolate in Kiva Confections’ Terra Bites Blueberries. These medicated blueberries are a manageable 5mg each. That makes it easy to monitor your high, which is extremely advised the way these things are so addictive. If I’m going to a theme park, I usually have a few of these on deck. The Magic Kingdom is much more magical on these berries.

Kiva Confections Holiday Bars

cannabis holiday gift guide

Kiva’s penchant for tasty THC-laced treats is known far and wide to discerning consumers. It’s only natural that the highly regarded brand of edibles gets in on the holiday spirit with their new themed chocolate bars.

Plus Blueberry Gummies

cannabis holiday gift guide

Looking for some elevation ASAP? Try Plus’ dosed cannabis blueberry gummies. At just 5mg a piece, they’re a convenient and controllable snacking option for the THC-lovers in your life.

Kiva Camino Gummies: Pineapple Habanero

cannabis holiday gift guide

Each flavor of Kiva’s Camino gummies are designed to transport you to your own happy place, with a Cali-specific vibe, of course. The fruity stimulation is enhanced with only the finest terpenes, ensuring maximum arousal of the senses. For example, the Pineapple Habanero flavor is an uplifting trio of fresh pineapples, kickin’ habanero, and inspiring sativa terpenes. These gummies are the perfect invigoration to put you in that “California State of Mind.”

Mellows Marshmallows

cannabis holiday gift guide

These low-dose, artisanal gourmet marshmallows are an indulgent treat for the astute sweet tooth you know. Mellows are a unique, medicated treat that ditches the old notion of low-grade edibles as the only way for foodies to get lifted. Plus, they’re small batch and singular in quality, making it super easy to dose.

 

Breez Cannabis Sprays

cannabis holiday gift guide

Like getting blown on Binaca, Breez cannabis sprays have got your back if you’re looking to get medicated and minty fresh breath. Or, if you have that one homie whose breath is kickin’ harder than Conor McGregor.

Kush Queen Bath Bombs

cannabis holiday gift guide

If you want your loved one to take relaxation to the next level, shower them with Kush Queen Bath Bombs this Christmas. These lush bath treats use lab tested cannabis oil and premium oil blends. They’ll make you feel all kinds of ways — namely rejuvenated, soothed, and energized, without all the psychoactive effects.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm

cannabis holiday gift guide

For those looking for alternative pain relief, without the spacey results, look no further than the CBD cannabis balm from Papa & Barkley. Their highly regarded balms provide “releaf” to applied areas sans any psychoactive properties.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Body Oil

cannabis holiday gift guide

Papa & Barkley definitely know how to bring the “releaf,” this time in their body oils. Perfect for enhanced massage experiences or simply easy application in hard to reach spots, this body oil is a great way to relax the senses and distribute crucial cannabinoids into problem areas.

We were able to find all items highlighted in this Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide at Blüm. Find your nearest location here.

 

Disclaimers:

  • This content was created in partnership with Blüm. 
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.