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Travels in the South

Oh my friends.  Is it hot enough for you outside?  It’s so blistery hot that you just can’t do anything.  It’s all mom can do sometimes just to waddle to the mailbox and back.  Yes, it’s that hot here in the south.  In fact, it’s so hot here that I saw a yellow jacket taking off his jacket due to the heat.  It’s so hot that when mom buys bread at the grocery toast, by the time she gets it home it’s toast.  The chickens are laying hard boiled eggs.  The cows are giving evaporated milk.  Okay I’ll stop.  you get it.  It’s H.O.T.

Well with everyone having such a heat wave, I thought I would share a picture of you that mom took last Christmas.  Her and dad went and stayed in a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains.  They arrived one night and it was cold – shivers.  They woke up the next morning to a blanket of white.  Now doesn’t that feel cooling?  Close your eyes and think of it with me.  Better?

 

 
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Posted by on 08/03/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Hello my friends.  Today we are continuing our travels in the south with the visit from our friends Shoko and Kali’s mom/dad from Canadian Cats.  Last week we found Bill and Jean arriving here in the south – you can read all about that posting here.

On their second day here in the south, mom/dad wanted to take them downtown to a restaurant that is one of their all time favorites.  This restaurant is called Fogo de Chao and it’s a Brazilian restaurant.  This is an upscale all you can eat restaurant where they carve meat at your table side.  Mom had been talking to Bill and Jean about this place but regardless of how you describe it, you just don’t get the full experience of it until you are actually there in this beautiful place.

The first thing we need to discuss about the restaurant’s food are these devilish little rolls called PÃO DE QUEIJO.  Oh my southern heavens.  These things are totally awesome – they are warm, soft cheesy bread rolls that mysteriously come to your table throughout your entire meal in bowls.  It’s like the bowl just refills itself over and over and before you know it – three bowls are gone… not that mom would know from experience or anything like that.

The second thing we need to talk about at the restaurant is their HUGE market table salad bar.  This is a picture of Jean’s plate from the salad bar – look at all of the goodies!  Huge green olives, beef steak tomatoes, cucumber salads, imported cheeses, prosciutto, kale, chick peas, artichoke hearts, apple salad – that’s just a start of the goodies.

And just think – this is *just* the salad bar to get your appetite going a bit.  Doesn’t all of the food luck superb?  We all dug in like there was no tomorrow and Lord forbid like we didn’t eat just last night.

Then when you are ready for the real party to begin, you turn this disc over to green on your table.  That tells the gaucho’s that you are ready for MEAT. And then when you want a break you turn your disc back over which is RED for stop I need a break.  So are you ready for some meat my friends?  This is where they bring the spears of meat to your table and carve what you want.  They have top sirloin, bottom sirloin, filet mignon, beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken, lamb and pork.

Here’s a picture of daddy getting some house special.  See how they carve it at the table.  Then you have a special tong that you pull the meat off after the gaucho cuts the meat.  It is delicious.  And you can get whatever temperature you want – medium, well done, rare, whatever – they are there for you and your experience.

In fact, mommy kept telling the house special guy that he was her favorite.  What a suck up huh?

We all ate and ate and ate until our bellies were nice, round and full – overflowing with food and laughter.

Finally the discs were turned to red, the white napkins were waved in defeat.

All of us could barely move… so why not order dessert then huh?  Snorts with piggy laughter.

There was the matter of celebrating a late birthday in the crowd – Jean.  So we all choose strawberry cheesecake where the restaurant wrote around the plate Happy Birthday.  And Jean was a trooper blowing out her candle and we all jumped in one last time before ending another great meal with great company.

And you know there has to be that *one* picture that is taken to always look back on to remember what a great date this was.. and here it is.

 
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Posted by on 03/09/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Bacon’s Show and Tell

Welcome my friends to November’s Bacon’s Show and Tell.

For November – we are sharing party pictures focusing on Thanksgiving. What did you and your family do for Thanksgiving – or any other big holiday where you are.  Did your family get together?  Did you go out to eat?  Did you cook out?

Since mom and dad were married 11 years ago, they started a yearly tradition of eating out at a special place on Thanksgiving.  They go downtown to a restaurant called Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in Atlanta, Georgia.

   When you get to the table, there is a disc on the table.  One side is green for go – as in bring the food to my belly – snorts.  The other side is red – as in I’m so full I’m going to blow!  This is one of daddy’s all time favorite restaurants in the entire world.  Talk about a meat bonanza.  They have a huge salad bar with everything you can imagine and then you flip your disc to green and all of these wonderful gauchos come to your table with meat in spears cutting it table side.  Can you lick your lips and say yummy?

  But mom, she loves these little rolls called PÃO DE QUEIJO that are served at the tables in baskets.  Mom calls them heaven on earth and saved herself for these all week long.  They are warm, soft cheesy bread rolls that are brought to your table in baskets throughout your entire meal.  It’s like magic.  As soon as the basket is empty, it is quickly replenished.  Mom/dad wouldn’t admit to how many baskets they went through.  The only thing they would say is that they are back to no bread now.  Makes you wonder huh?  They are made with sweet and sour yucca flour and Parmesan cheese and are gluten-free.

   One of the meats that the serve that are mom/dad’s favorite is called PICANHA which is the prime part of the top sirloin.  Who needs turkey on thanksgiving huh?  Which mom says they do have but this picanha is worth saving one’s self for.  It is also the restaurants signature steak.  They lightly seasoned it with rock salt and slice it thin to whatever degree you want it – medium, well or rare.  As you can see in this picture, dad is jumping head first and asking questions later.  Yes it it that good.

So this is our part of blast from the past in 2004 when mom/dad started this tradition of going out for their holiday.  We hope that you enjoyed it my friends!

 

 
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Posted by on 11/30/2015 in Bacon, Bacon's Show and Tell

 

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Mom’s Birthday Lunch – WOW!

Today was a great and wonderful day for mom with her birthday.  Daddy took her to one of their favorite restaurants called Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dèe shoun) for lunch downtown Atlanta, Georgia.  This place is superdelicious even from this oinker’s point of view… not that *I* would know first hand.  For some reason, I don’t think they would be too accommodating for me to walk in and order lunch.  Then again.. they might if *I* was lunch but that’s not going to happen okay! Snorts – I’ll just live vicariously through mom and dad with their fantastic lunch date.

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When you first get seated at your table, there is this round disc that is next to each plate.  Just like a stop light – flip it to green for “Come on Gauchos bring me some meat” or flip it to red for “Hold back cowboys – I need a moment” – snort. 

But, I’m getting way ahead of myself.

 

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After you get settled and order your drinks, you can go visit their magnificent salad bar.  And trust me, I say salad bar but mom and dad said it was a culinary experience.  There’s everything on that bar!  Aged parmesan, aged manchego cheese, artichokes, fresh mozzarella, smoked salmon, shiitake mushrooms, all kinds of different breads, potato salad, apple salad, tomato/cucumber salad and huge green and black olives.  Mom said they even had fried bacon strips on the salad bar. I admit that this scared me for just a few minutes and had me shaking in my hooves.  Fried bacon – that would be me?!  But, mom calmed me down and explained that it wasn’t this type of piggy.  You know, the loveable, snuggable, huggable miniature pot bellied pig.  I’m not for eating – just loving 🙂 winks

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After you get your fill of the ‘salad bar’, the wonderful gauchos will bring some awesome side dishes to your table.  They include crispy polenta, garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized bananas.  They also bring these delectable little cheesy rolls they call pão de queijo to the table in little baskets.  Mom says they are heavenly.  She and dad went through THREE baskets of them.  I was shocked!  But, I told mom that it was her birthday and we *all* know that there are absolutely no calories on one’s birthday, right?!  And I must admit, these rolls are out of this world.  Someone – looking around – brought this oinker back one.  Now I understand why they had three baskets – oohh yummy!

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Now it’s time to flip that little card to green and bring on the meat!  Gauchos start flocking to your table to carve meat right in front of you.  It’s amazing!  This is daddy getting one of his favorites called Picanha (pronounced pea-CAN-ya).  Picanha is top sirloin, so juicy that it literally almost melts in your mouth!  Daddy says it’s even better when there is a some ‘fat’ on the edges that are caramelized from the heat of cooking over the fire.  They have all kinds of meat that are served.  They are:

  • Filet Mignon which dad says is THUD delicious – either bacon wrapped or without bacon
  • Beef Ancho (pronounced beef AN-cho) which is rib eye
  • Alcatra (pronounced al-CAT-ra) which is top sirloin
  • Fraldinha (pronounced fral-DIN-ya) which is bottom sirloin
  • Cordeiro (pronounced cor-DAY-roo) which is lamb.  You can get lamb chops or leg of lamb  Either way is succulent with a little bit of mint marinade on the side!
  • Frango (pronounced FRAHN-go) which is chicken.  You can get chicken legs or bacon wrapped chicken breasts.
  • Costela de Porco (pronounced co-STELL-a gee PO-co) which is pork ribs.
  • Lombo (pronounced LOM-bo) which is pork loin.  This is encrusted with parmesan cheese coating before roasting over an open flame.
  • Linguica (pronounced lin-GWEE-sa) which is sausage.

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And mom’s favorite is Costela (pronounced co-STELL-a) which is beef ribs.  Mommy says this gaucho has the hardest job of all of the gauchos at the restaurant.  Not only does he have to carve the meat, he has to hold the cutting board as well.  That is some job – right?!  But mommy says it’s all worth it because the meat just melts in your mouth.  And, she loves the beef ribs with a side of horseradish sauce.  Yummy!

 

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And then to top off the meal – they brought mommy birthday flan with happy birthday written on the plate.  So sweet, huh?  Mommy and daddy said it was so great – not too sweet.

So you see, mommy had a terrific birthday lunch.  I’m glad I could share the pictures and fun with you.  Mommy would be for some reason she is sleeping.  She said she ate too much – snorts.  The amateur – double snorts.

 
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Posted by on 07/03/2013 in Bacon

 

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