Monthly Archives: November 2013

Try It & Buy It!

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I’m sure everyone is getting excited for all sorts of reasons: the shortened work week, Black Wednesday, Thanksgiving gluttony, Black Friday sales, I could go on I’m sure, however, I will get straight to the point. BOOZE. That is all. Thanks for stopping by.

Just kidding, you’re not getting off that easily. I want to bring up the subject of alcohol to not so subtly remind you that Bob Chinn’s World Famous Mai Tais are now available in your local stores!  Through the holidays, we will be visiting some of these locations to hand out free samples (in case you “forgot” what it tastes like).  Here is a list of select stores you can buy Bob Chinn’s Mai Tais at and when/where we will be doing tastings:

TRY US!

December 2013

Saturday, 7th – Binny’s Beverage Depot, Lake Zurich 1-4 pm

Sam’s Club, Vernon Hills 11:30am-3:30pm

Saturday, 14th – Binny’s Beverage Depot, Arlington Heights 1-4 pm

Binny’s Beverage Depot, Bloomingdale 1-4 pm

Sam’s Club, Wheeling 11:30am-3:30pm

Mariano’s, Elmhurst 1-4 pm

Mariano’s, Frankfort 1-4 pm

Saturday, 21st – Sam’s Club, Vernon Hills 3:30-7:30pm

Binny’s Beverage Depot, Schaumburg 1-4 pm

Binny’s Beverage Depot, Plainfield 1-4 pm

Saturday, 28th – Binny’s Beverage Depot, Algonquin 1-4 pm

Mariano’s, Palatine 1-4 pm

BUY US! Click on the links to find your nearest location!

Binny’s Beverage Depot *also ships to select states

Jewel/Osco (Arlington Heights, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Zurich,

Libertyville, Palatine, Schaumburg & Wilmette ONLY)

Joe Caputo & Sons

Kenwood Liquors Oak

Mariano’s Fresh Market

Sam’s Club (Evanston, Gurnee, Vernon Hills & Wheeling ONLY)

Sunset Foods

visit our website for a complete listing of stores!

OH YEAH, ONE MORE THING! (yes, all caps,  i just yelled that)

Enter to win our Tiki Essentials gift package featuring a souvenir Bob Chinn’s Crab House “I’ve got the best legs in town” T-shirt, our signature print Tyvek (this lightweight paper is used to insulate houses!) jacket, 2 large Tiki mugs, 2 Sea Shellers, our famous Seasoned Salt and an autographed Bob Chinn’s Crab House Cookbook!

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*Contest will run through Wednesday December 11, 2013.  Winner will be selected at random and contacted by email.  Winner has 24 hours to respond, after which another name will be pulled.

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Hammin’ it Up for Turkey Day!

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So, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving and according to me, I don’t care how many turkeys become someone’s meal, I just don’t like them. I have never been a huge fan of the other other other white meat.  Not sure if it’s the taste, preparation or tryptophan coma that ensues but I always preferred eating a whole bunch of sides as my Thanksgiving feast.  This year, our usual 4-person T-day vacay plans got the kibosh and now we are celebrating with the entire family here at home. I’m not complaining…yet. Just kidding, kinda. I thought I could take this opportunity to prove my culinary skills all the while dodging that dreaded bird.

Let me just tell you, I love ham. No explaination necessary. Two genius ideas become one: bake a ham for Thanksgiving! While some might see this as sacreligious –  I see it as innovative.  Throw the proverbial rule book out the window and come join my team.

Now what would a Thanksgiving Ham be without a little Mai Tai? I’m so glad that you asked because that is exactly what we will be making today!

I present to you, the Tale of the Tiki Baked Ham with a Mai Tai Pineapple Glaze (lengthy title but I assure you it tastes delicious)….

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I used a Mini Ham for this recipe because, well, mini hams are just the cutest things I have ever seen…and also, if I completely botched this thing- I wouldn’t have to eat as much failed ham.

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Start with the can of pineapples, drain about half the juice and place the rest of the contents into a cylindrical container.

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Then add about a cup and a half (or more if you’d like) of Bob Chinn’s World Famous Mai Tai to fill up the container. Gently stir, allowing the Mai Tai to mix in well with the pineapples. Put the container off the side and let it marinate while you complete the next steps.

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Using a carving knife, cut the ham lengthwise and widthwise, going about an two inches deep and half inch apart.

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Taking the container of our Mai Tai Pineapple concotion, pour the juice into the slits you just made in the ham. Please note that I am a klutz, so this is where it became a two-person project. * I poured half of the Mai Tai/Pineapple juice into the ham and then poured the other half over the entire thing after I pinned the pineapples.

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Using some toothpicks, pin the pineapples to the ham. *not pictured: this the part where I added the brown sugar. I used about a handful and packed it onto the outside of the ham, be sure to get some into the cuts too

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Wrap the ham with aluminum foil and throw that bad boy (or girl, I guess) in the oven.

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The instructions on the mini ham said cook for 2 hours, so after about an hour and half, I took it out to drizzle the packet of glaze/spices it came equipped with. *this also why I used the mini ham….it came with idiot proof instructions. I covered it up and stuck it back in the oven for another half hour.

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Okay, so is it just me, or does this mini ham bear a striking resemblance to Pinhead of the Hellraiser fame? Hmmmm?

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Okay, getting back on track here…. When the last half hour passes, I remove the ham from the oven and take off the foil to reveal…. TAH DAH… my spectacular Pineapple Mai Tai Glazed Mini Ham!

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Click HERE for a printable version of recipe

Pineapple Mai Tai Glazed Ham Recipe Card

Buy, Drink, Enjoy, Reuse!

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In honor of National Recycling Day, (yes, apparently this is a real thing), we have been brainstorming different ways in which we can reuse the Mai Tai Tetra Pak container. The packaging itself is very durable and has been used to make a multitude of things like wallets and bird feeders. We decided to do double duty and create a convenient holder for all those plastic grocery bags you have stuffed under your sink (or is that just me?)
This is where we start:

1. Duct Tape 2. String or twine 3. (2) pony beads 4. Scissors 5. Hole punch 6. Empty Mai Tai Tetra Pak

1. Duct Tape 2. String or twine 3. (2) pony beads 4. Scissors 5. Hole punch 6. Empty Mai Tai Tetra Pak

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Repeat the bag folding step with however many you would like in your container.  Lay out bags in a line, each one covering about two inches of the previous bag's end.

Repeat the bag folding step with however many you would like in your container. Lay out bags in a line, each one covering about two inches of the previous bag’s end.

flatten bags to be sure all the air has been pushed out. Leaving the first bag's handle out, roll the bags.

flatten bags to be sure all the air has been pushed out. Leaving the first bag’s handle out, roll the bags.

Insert the now rolled up bags into the container, using the loose handles of the first bag, pull through the opening at what is now the bottom end of the Tetra Pak.

Insert the now rolled up bags into the container, using the loose handles of the first bag, pull through the opening at what is now the bottom end of the Tetra Pak.

Et Voila! Recycled bag holder for recycled bags!!

Et Voila! Recycled bag holder for recycled bags!!

We would love to see how you repurpose your Bob Chinnn’s Mai Tai Tetra Pak! Send us your ideas and/or photos info@bcbev.com

Tuesday Tales…

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Hi and welcome to our blog!  We are Bob Chinn’s Premium Beverage – the manufacturer of the one and only Bob Chinn’s World Famous Mai Tai.  If you live in the Chicagoland area, you may recognize the name… the Mai Tai is the signature drink at our restaurant, Bob Chinn’s Crab House in located in Wheeling, IL.  As a fixture on Milwaukee Avenue, also known as Wheeling’s Restaurant Row, Bob Chinn’s has been a family-run business for the past 31 years.

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Before the inception of the Crab House, Bob Chinn (he is a real guy!) specialized in catering luau-themed parties all along the North Shore of Chicago.  Introducing many Mid-Westerners to the food, drink and pastimes of the Hawaiian people, Bob Chinn created a truly unique experience. Although the origin of the Mai Tai itself is still up for debate, Bob Chinn likes to think that he “perfected” this delicious cocktail and the million dollars the Mai Tai brings in yearly, is certainly a testament to that!  A blend of real fruit juices and a premium dark rum, from a craft distillery on the island of Maui, Bob Chinn’s Mai Tai has become one of the best-selling of its kind- making it really World Famous!

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The tradition of the Tiki came in the fall of 2003 and has been hit ever since!  Our World Famous Mai Tai is available in the 27 oz exclusively designed Tiki mug and seems to be a staple in many kitchen cabinets. We have recently added the mini Tiki, a 16 oz version of our Fan Favorite to the Chinn family! While the Mai Tai is indeed an alcoholic beverage, the Tiki can be enjoyed by all ages…. and species!

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So come along with us on our newest adventure, as we explore the Tales of the Tiki!

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