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May 22nd, 2014 | in Beer Tasting, Food | Leave a comment

Let’s see, where all did we try some beer? People looked at us funny because we truly only tasted, never stopped and actually had just a beer (unless we were eating). So I will try and list all of the places that we tasted:
 

 

While in Rapid City, SD we had dinner at Independent Ale House. They have hand hand crafted pizza and ours was awesome! They have 40 rotating taps and over 145 different bottled beers to purchase. You need to go here.
 
We also went to Montana Brewing for lunch, I just love their fish & chips!

 


 

Cheers! ~ Kim

January 1st, 2013 | in Food | Leave a comment
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all! We are still alive, still living in the RV, still in Issaquah, WA… It’s been 1 1/2 years since we landed here… at least another 1/2 year to go. We have plans, lots of plans for the New Year, the first on the top of the list is to visit France in May 2013! We had an awesome time last May in Spain and hope to continue the adventures.

Well, until I find the time to start the blog up again… Happy New Year and I hope it brings you lots of Joy and Happiness your way.

XOXO

Jim and Kim

April 16th, 2011 | in Food | Leave a comment

The other reason why we decided on visiting Memphis was to try lots of Memphis style Bar-B-Que. Boy, howdy, did we ever! I put a list together by searching for the best BBQ of Memphis and we got to enjoy 5 of those places.

The styles were similar, we tried everything dry (they all had their own type of rub), tried a little of the BBQ sauce at each place. Our favorites were Central & Cozy Corner. All served pork ribs, but at Neely’s, you had your choice of both pork & beef. Most of them will ship their ribs directly to you at home for a price.

We usually bought a slab and shared the meal, with trying to much BBQ, didn’t want to over do it. At Neely’s though, we each bought a short rack, one of pork & one of beef. At Cozy Corner, I wanted to try the Cornish Game Hen, but they were out. So I tried their pork sandwich instead. It was very good. I did try their ribs too, I stole one of Jim’s :)

 

Blues City Cafe

Blues City Cafe

 

Blues City Cafe Slab

Blues City Cafe Slab

 

Happening Beale Street

Happening Beale Street

 

want to take a ride?

want to take a ride?

 

Central BBQ

Central BBQ

 

Central BBQ: slab & homemade chips

Central BBQ: slab & homemade chips

 

local brewery, Ghost River

local brewery, Ghost River

 

Charles Vargo's Rendezvous

Charles Vargo's Rendezvous

 

Rendezvous slab

Rendezvous slab

 

Neely's Bar-B-Que of Food Network fame

Neely's Bar-B-Que of Food Network fame

 

Neely's beef & pork 1/2 slabs

Neely's beef & pork 1/2 slabs

 

Cozy Corner

Cozy Corner

 

Cozy Corner 1/2 slab & pork sammie

Cozy Corner 1/2 slab & pork sammie

 

None of the restaurants are in fancy digs, actually, most of them are pretty dingy. Rendezvous is in a basement. But, you are there for the food, and the food is worth trying.

 

We had some time after we ate at the Rendezvous, so we quickly went over to The Peabody Memphis to see the famous ducks (click on the link to see their history).

 

 

 

last, but not least, found this at one of the restaurants on Beale Street 😉

Irish Diving Goat

Irish Diving Goat

 

 

January 15th, 2011 | in Food, Friends | 1 comment

Jim and I were invited to Mark’s house to partake of some of his home smoked pulled pork. He has a Bradley smoker that he has digitized. It is awesome and I want one! It looks so easy, even I could make it work. It’s small, compact and does everything for you but put the meat into the smoker. That’s my kind of cookin’!

  

Two of the other couples that were invited couldn’t make it (it was a pretty miserable day), but we did, along with his sister Gail, and enjoyed it all. Mark’s home-brewed IPA and Porter and I brought along a couple of bottles of Lenne. All I can say is another resounding YUM!

   

Here are a few pictures, both of the preperation of what we had for dinner and the 2nd pork butt that was going to be taken with Mark for dinner as he traveled the next few weeks.

   

  

After dinner, I had brought some brownies & ice cream for sundaes and we also enjoyed some of Mark’s home-brewed wildflower honey mead. It was awesome, just like everything else we had for dinner. I can’t wait until Mark gets back, I am going to go help set up his next batch of beer to be brewed. FUN, FUN, FUN!

  

Thanks Mark for inviting us, we had a great dinner and brought home enough of the left-over pulled pork for two more dinners. I like that!

   

December 26th, 2010 | in Food, Friends | Leave a comment

Christmas is over, we can all take a breather and start thinking about New Years’ resolutions and things like that. I know I have a few in mind, now whether I can keep them is an entirely different matter! Are they like wishes, if you tell someone, they don’t come true? Hummmm.

Jim and I got up (had to set my alarm for 7:00am) to have a few quiet moments together, find out what Santa brought us in our stockings, and have a warmed up cinnamon roll with coffee for breakfast. The day would get more hectic as it went along, I had a roast to “fix” and get into the oven, side dishes to schedule, munchies to put out for snacking. It was all very calm, mostly on time, and turned out pretty darn good. Even if I do say so myself.

We had three friends over for dinner, Mark and his sister Gail, he works here in the park and is also a friend from Square Dancing, and Mim, our next door neighbor. Dottie came over for some dessert after she had dinner with friends at the activity center. We really love having friends to enjoy a meal with and this one is always special.

Here’s a picture of the dinner table, more food than you can shake a stick at, but I enjoyed every bite, probably WAY over enjoyed 😛 but will make up for it later (I hope)!

Christmas dinner w/friends

Christmas dinner w/friends



Today is “Boxing Day” celebrated in Canada and England (and a few other places, but not here in the USA). We are not celebrating it, but using it as an excuse to enjoy more friends and food. We are taking our left-overs to Kris & Randy’s home to be added to their left-overs and to have another eating experience. I think it sounds like fun! Any excuse to eat, drink & be merry :)

December 23rd, 2010 | in Food, Friends | Leave a comment

I have been working on my menu for a couple of weeks, trying to find the right combo of flavors, textures and colors. You know, they say eat a rainbow :) but I also have my favorites!

Here is what is currently on the menu and always subject to change, but then, I have done all the shopping but not the cooking yet!

Prime Rib Roast w/
Cabernet Au Jus
Smashed Garlic-Rosemary Red Potatoes
Thyme Sauted Mushrooms
Green Beans w/Bacon Viniagrette
Whiskey-Glazed Carrots
Green Salad
Crescent Rolls


and for the finishing touches:

Coconut Cake
Pumpkin Squares
Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes
Apple Cranberry Cobbler


Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake



I love having dessert options :)

We will be drinking Buty’s Rediviva of the Stones, several Chardonnays and some really great home brewed Ales (being brought by one of the guests!). But to start the day and the cooking, several bottles of bubbly will be opened and flowing. Can’t live without bubbly, it makes any day a holiday!

I had better get going, I want to make some cookies to give to some friends and to put out to munch on during the day…

Have a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!

Kim & Jim