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Mom/Dad Went to Court!

The Olde Courthouse Tavern that is – snorts with piggy laughter.  This is Wednesday so welcome to Travels in the South my friends.  Mom/dad heard about this fabulous restaurant that is a couple of towns over from us called the Olde Courthouse Tavern.  They met some friends and visited it a while back and I’ll tell you something, their food porn pictures made my little tummy rumble with excitement.  I’m actually going to have to break up this restaurant in a couple of weeks – there was way too many yum yum’s to share.  So today, we are going to start with some appetizers.

Dad is a sucker for fried cauliflower.  At this point in his life, if this is the only way that mom can get dad to eat his veggies, so be it – snorts with piggy laughter.  The restaurant cuts up cauliflower, batters it (of course here in the south you should learn by now we batter and fry anything and everything) and fry until golden brown.  They serve the fried cauliflower with a creamy horseradish sauce on the side.  Of course, mom/dad asked for extra sauce.  Now again, dad has had his share of fried cauliflower over the years so the question is how did this rank with him?  Between grunts of yum and rumblings of I can’t get enough, dad said that the restaurant scored BIG time on this appetizer.  Dad said it was some of the best fried cauliflower that he has had in some time.  Mom was surprised as well.  The bites were cut small enough for one bite and the horseradish sauce had just enough kick to say hello without setting your mouth on fire.  Both mom/dad loved it!

Anywhere that mom goes and sees pretzels, she has to try them.  This restaurant has traditional salt pretzels served with beer cheese sauce, one of mom’s favorites.  Mom is pretty picky when it comes to her pretzels.  If she is going to indulge in any bread product, it better be good.  What did mom say about these?  She loved them!  The pretzels had just enough salt – they weren’t overpowered like some can be that you immediately need water and they had enough salt where you could taste the salt.  The beer cheese was creamy and really added to the pretzels.  Even dad couldn’t keep his hands off these pretzels.  So score two out of three so far.

Now for the onion rings.  Out of the three appetizers, everyone agreed that the onion rings were the least favorite.  Don’t get them wrong.  They were tasty and crunchy.  They looked as fantastic as they tasted.  However, they just didn’t have the same pizazz that the other two appetizers had.  Yes they would get them again but they wouldn’t be at the top of mom/dad’s list.  Now join us next week to check out some entrees that everyone enjoyed – you don’t want to miss it!

 

 

 

 

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Travels in the South

Friends, this is a great one today.  I know – I know.  I say that every week on my Travels in the South.  But listen – every week I think there is absolutely no way that mom/dad can top the week’s prior Travels in the South.  And every week, this little oinker is wrong.  Right after mom’s accident (4 weeks ago today), she was feeling really icky and low.  So dad treated her to this masterpiece.  What is it you ask?

Daddy was speaking with the owner of a local restaurant that we go to a lot and was telling him that mom needed something to pick her up.  The manager sent over this creation on the house.  This is called Goo Goo Crunch pie.  It has layers of chocolate fudge, peanut butter mousse and a nougat cream topped with caramel, chocolate sauce, fresh whipped cream and oh yeah – chopped up Goo Goo Clusters.  Can you say insanely wicked good?! Daddy said that he could tell it was good.  Not by the smile on mom’s face.  Nope.  Daddy said he could tell by the groans coming from mom.  Oh my piggy heavens.  Watch out Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.  Daddy said mom had you beat on this day – snorts with piggy laughter!

 

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And He’s Off Again

Guess what friends?  Bashful is off on another journey.  We heard this weekend that he has arrived at his host family’s home.

Where could it be in the world?  Who has him now?  Stay tuned to find out more.

 
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Posted by on 04/10/2017 in Pet Rocks

 

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Travels in the South

Hello friends and welcome to another edition of Travels in the South.  Today we are making a twist in a regular food posting.  Today mom wants to share something she found at our local market over the weekend – so you know it’s gotta be good, right?  Every now and then, mom likes to partake in the grapes and by that I mean the spirits… no not that kind of spirits – the alcohol spirits. Snorts with piggy laughter.  The downside is that if she opens a bottle of wine, it usually goes bad before she finishes it.  She doesn’t drink very often and we all know mom who likes to save money.

So this weekend, she found these little jewels in the wine aisle.  They are new to our area.  They are individual one serving little ‘glasses’ of wine.  The bottles are actually plastic.  You pop the plastic top, take off the safety covering and there you go – drink on up my friend.  If you can’t finish it, put the plastic top back on and put it back in the fridge.  Now aren’t those the cutest things you’ve ever seen?  They come in four flavors right now:  cabernet sauvignon, red sangria, chardonnay and moscato.  AND they cost about $3.00 a glass.

Mom had to buy one of every flavor for the new fridge.   You know just in case the desire hits her and she needs some vino.  What do you think?  Have you seen these in your area?

 
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Posted by on 02/01/2017 in Travels Around the World

 

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And He Is Off Again!

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The other night, mom/dad took Bashful out for some Mexican food.  They like to call that his “Going Away” Party.  He gobbled down his two hard shelled beef taco’s and then flirted with all of the staff talking about his adventures.  The places my rock has been!  The restaurant even told hi Bon Voyage to his next trip.  Heck, I wished we had signed Bashful up for Skymiles.  Just think of the miles we could have accumulated over the years.

But at last, mom took him to the ‘airport’ this morning and sent him off on his next adventure.  Where will he land?  What will he do?  What will he eat?  Where will he roll?  And the most important question – Who will he be visiting?

 
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Posted by on 01/11/2017 in Bacon, Bashful Field Trip, Pet Rocks

 

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Travels in the South

Hello sweet friends to the first Travels in the South for 2017!  Today I want to show you something that comes from the kitchen of the Hotel Thompson.  You are going to love this!

When my pet rock was visiting Miss Harper Lee and Tallulah Bee in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bashful got hooked on a specialty there named Red Beans and Rice.  If you look here, you will find the recipe and pictures from that trip.

Well when Bashful came home, there were some of those amazing Camellia beans in his package.  So you know mom had to try them.  So this past Monday, mom put on a huge pot just like Miss Harper Lee’s mom does on Mondays.

When it was ready to serve, mom whipped up some rice and of course her homemade cornbread to go with dinner.  And let me tell you, it is an awesome recipe.  Dad had two bowls!  Does that tell you anything?

So friends – there you go.  A dish from mom’s kitchen!  Thanks Miss Harper for the recipe and wonderful beans.  This just might be our weekly dinner on Monday’s now.  ❤

 

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Travels in the South

For obvious reasons today – snorts/oinks/coughs – I’m giving todays Travels in the South edition over to mom.  TAKE IT AWAY MOM!

Bacon – You might want to cover your ears and eyes for today’s edition.

Friends – we have found a really unique sandwich at our local Sonny’s Barbeque Restaurant.  What is it you ask?  They call this The Smokin’ Gun.  Look at that deliciousness.  Here is what is in it:  Jalapeno cheddar hot links, chopped brisket, banana peppers and red onions topped with a sweet mustard sauce on a bun.  It’s really not that hot – mom/dad both loved it for it’s uniqueness and taste.  And of course for obvious reasons we can’t eat it at home.  But it is way yummy!

If you have a Sonny’s Barbeque Restaurant in your area, you may want to check it out.

 

 

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Travels in the South

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Over the weekend while shopping, we decided to eat Mexican for lunch.  Now mom loves Taco Salads but she eats them weird.  Weird how you ask?  Let’s look at exhibit 1.  This taco salad has the following:  tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream and beef tips.  Do you see what is missing?  Yep, nods head.  Lettuce.  She does not like lettuce in her taco salads.  I told you she’s weird.  Yet, mom says that this was probably one of the best taco salads she has ever had.  The beef tips were simmered in beer and simply fell apart with your fork.  They were tender and juicy – not that I would know – hint hint mom.

So, do you like taco salads and if so what do you like in them?

 

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Travels in the South

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Welcome friends to another awesome Travels in the South.  Today we thought we would share with you one of dad’s favorite dishes from a local restaurant called Chili’s Bar and Grill.  This delicious looking dish is called a beef chipotle bowl.  It has almost everything in it that you could ask for – rice, lettuce, corn, black beans, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, shredded beef, sour cream, great little tortilla strips on top and an awesome spicy chipotle sauce.  It’s served with a slice of lime that you spritz all over.  This helps with the chipotle because it has a little zing in the taste.  You can bet that nine times out of ten, dad will order this delicious meal when he goes to Chili’s.  If you haven’t tried it and you have a Chili’s close by, dad highly recommends it my friends.

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome my friends to another edition of Travels in the South.  This weeks find is something sinful.  It is something so delicious that you and your spouse will fight over the last bite.  Heck, you might even want to get your own slice of this heaven so you don’t have to share.

This week’s find is called Sogno Di Cioccolata –  translation “Chocolate Dream”  Now look at that picture.  Isn’t that the best way to describe it?  Chocolate Dream.  Are you asking yourself what is in this masterpiece?  It’s a rich fudge brownie covered with a chocolate mousse and topped with fresh whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.  Oh, did I mention that it’s also sitting in a puddle of rich chocolate?  Mom/dad always share one of these delicious creations because it is so rich and heavenly.  But they do fight over the last bite… or should I say they play paper – rock – scissors.  Snorts with piggy laughter.

So my friends, if you have a Carrabba’s Italian restaurant near you, make some plans to try this delicious creation.  It’s on their dessert menu ❤

 

 

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