Sunday, June 16, 2019

White Sulphur Springs Edition: In-Fusion at The Greenbrier

In Fusion

I recently tried In-Fusion at The Greenbrier for the first time.

In FusionThe Asian-themed restaurant has small plates from various parts of China, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

In FusionI started with an order of Crab Rangoon - Crab and Cream Cheese, Sriracha Mayonnaise

In FusionThe General Tso’s Chicken was my choice.

In FusionIt's Orange Marinated Fried Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Steamed Rice. Have you been?

Saturday, June 15, 2019

White Sulphur Springs Edition: The Pizza Shoppe at The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is full of delicious dining options, but when you're tired, there's one that hits the spot: The Pizza Shoppe.

"The coal-fired oven featured in The Pizza Shoppe is one of only two in the state with average temperatures of 590-680 degrees Fahrenheit. Anthracite coal, known to hold temperatures longer than any other type, is supplemented by heat from the solid granite slab to combine that signature smokey flavor with more even cooking of your freshly prepared pizza."

LOBSTER, BASIL & GARLIC OIL (Aragosta, Basilico E Agilo) House Tomato Sauce, Sautéed Lobster, Grilled and Pickled Peppers, Tomatoes Mozzarella, Arugula.

Pizza Shoppe

Friday, June 14, 2019

Worldwide Favorites at McDonalds

McDonald’sMcDonald's has released a new menu line: Worldwide Favorites.

McDonald’s worldwide menuThe four new menu items represent different countries and are available for a limited time in America.

Here are the four:
  • Stroopwafel McFlurry (The Netherlands): Our creamy vanilla soft serve, mixed with a rich caramel swirl, featuring authentic chopped Dutch Daelmans Stroopwafel caramel waffle cookie pieces. Cookies and soft serve? Yes please.
  • Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger (Spain): A quarter pound* of 100 percent fresh beef** topped with thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, smoky McBacon Sauce, real Gouda cheese and slivered onions served on a freshly toasted sesame seed bun.
  • Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich (Canada): Made with a grilled or crispy all white meat, juicy and tender chicken, the Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich is topped with tomato & herb sauce, creamy mozzarella cheese, slivered onions, fresh lettuce and sliced Roma tomatoes served on a freshly toasted artisan roll.
  • Cheesy Bacon Fries (Australia): Look familiar? That’s right, Cheesy Bacon Fries are back! After such a positive customer reaction to Australia’s Cheesy Bacon Fries in the U.S., they’re taking a victory lap. Don’t miss our World Famous Fries topped with real cheddar cheese sauce and chopped Applewood Smoked bacon.
McDonald’s worldwide menu

McDonald’s worldwide menu

The stroopwafel mcflurry is my favorite - because ice cream always wins. But I also really enjoyed the tomato mozzarella chicken sandwich!

Beaver Edition: Tudor's Biscuit World

Tudors - Beaver

Another day, another Tudor's Biscuit World.

Tudors - BeaverThis time, in Beaver. I went for my usual: sausage biscuit, add grape jelly.

Tudors - Beaver

AND taters with cheese.

Tudors - BeaverWhich biscuit is your favorite?

Tudor's Biscuit World Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Point Pleasant Edition: Bikes, BBQ & Bluegrass + Dairy Queen

Bikes bbq bluegrassI have a few tidbits left from a recent Point Pleasant trip that I wanted to wrap up. I went during the Bikes, BBQ and Bluegrass Festival - where there was music playing down by the river and a few BBQ tents and food vendors downtown.

Point Pleasant DQ
One of the coolest things I saw while down there was this mural of the Silver Bridge.

Point Pleasant DQAlso, I finally marked off "seeing a bunker" on my WV bucket list in the TNT Area.

Point Pleasant DQFinally, the local DQ has their own special spin on hot dogs. I got one with chili, slaw, mustard and onions. But the sauce is one of the more unique - and favorite - ones I've had. It's more tomato-based and kinda sweet. Almost reminiscent of a housemade ketchup. I loved it!

Petra Market

Petra Market

Petra Market has halal meat, vegetables, breads and more.

Petra MarketThis Charleston market has international spices, and I love perusing unique ingredients to incorporate into my cooking.

Petra MarketWhat's the best thing to order here?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Almost Heaven BBQ Bash

Almost heaven bbq festThe Almost Heaven BBQ Bash was held recently at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke.

Almost heaven bbq festThis festival has previously been held at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Almost heaven bbq festBut this was the first time I've had a chance to go, so I ran up after work on Friday.

Almost heaven bbq fest

Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and by Proclamation of the Governor of WV, this event serves as the WV State BBQ Championship qualifying our WV Grand Champion for an entry into the prestigious Jack Daniels Worldwide Invitational BBQ Tournament - referred to as the "Super Bowl of BBQ". In addition, the WV Grand Champion also receives an entry to the American Royal BBQ Competition. With over $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, the 2019 WV State BBQ Championship is the place to be in June.
Almost heaven bbq fest
This Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned BBQ competition in WV hosted over 70 of the best BBQ teams from 20 states in our 2018 KCBS sanctioned 4-meat competition and Backyard BBQ Contest. The event also offers a variety of activities including a variety of Fun inflatables, face painting, & balloon sculptures for the kids, Artists and Crafters offering unique hand-crafted items with many providing demonstrations of their work during the event. Adults will enjoy sipping a variety of craft and domestic ales at our WV Craft Beer Garden, and the 2019 event also partners with a local wine festival with a variety of great wineries. Attendees can also enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the event, several Food vendors serving delicious award-winning BBQ, homemade ice cream, kettle corn, deep-fried calzones, freshly made pizza, frozen lemonade (Zul's), funnel cake, cinnamon rolls, mini donuts made to order, WV Pepperoni rolls, along with some unique items including Steamed Blue crabs, Crabcakes, Shark Bites, Gater Dogs (yep, alligator too), and more! There's definitely something delicious for everyone! Voted one of the top 25 BBQ Events in the US by Travelocity,
Almost heaven bbq festI tried BBQ from two places: Gil's Pit Beef, which had a more shaved pork.

Almost heaven bbq festAnd then there was Big Girls BBQ, where I got mac & cheese and a pulled pork sandwich.

Almost heaven bbq festThis sandwich was more traditional pulled pork.

Almost heaven bbq festThey had a variety of sauces.

Almost heaven bbq fest

South Charleston Edition: Sumthin' Good Soul Food

Something Good Soul Food

Sumthin' Good Soul Food opened about two years ago, but they recently moved locations.

Something Good Soul FoodAnd, soul food is one of my favorites so I'll take any excuse to get some.

Something Good Soul FoodI went for the "Chunky Butt Combo" - pork butt deliciousness; our owner created this deletable dish for you to enjoy served over rice or on a bun.

Something Good Soul FoodI got that with Momma Fran's Mac N Cheese and Momma Fran's Candied Yams. Clearly I'm a fan of Momma Fran.

Something Good Soul FoodThey scooped out my choices and gave me a plate full of deliciousness.

Something Good Soul FoodWhat's your favorite thing here?

Something Good Soul Food

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Heirloom seeds keep us rooted to our heritage


Appalachia has planted the seeds of history.

Heirloom seeds, which have been carefully cultivated and passed down through many generations, are often found in smaller, isolated communities and adapted to local growing conditions.

One of Appalachia’s colorful heirloom seeds has seen a resurgence in recent years: bloody butcher corn. It has made appearances in dishes by world-renowned chefs in cities around the country.

The kernels are colored shades of red and white — reminiscent of a butcher’s apron. Legend claims the colorful kernels are the product of mixing the white settlers’ white corn with Native Americans’ red corn in the 1800s.

According to West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “On the Trail To Preserve Appalachia’s Bounty of Heirloom Crops,” many varieties of white corn don’t tend to grow well in West Virginia’s climate. But bloody butcher does: It matures in about 90 days and is suited for early frosts and a short season.

Bloody butcher corn can be used to make a variety of cornmeal dishes: corn pone, Johnny cakes, hoe cakes, cornbread.

The preparation of each is often dictated by family history and recipes — but the dividing characteristic is whether or not to add sugar, namely in cornbread. Historically, some communities tend to add sugar to their cornbread, while other cooks forgo the sweetener. Of course, areas of the country don’t dictate a hard and fast rule, but the sweetener often divides camps.

The reasoning behind this focuses on a few different theories, according to Kathleen Purvis at The Charlotte Observer.

The most common one is that the cornmeal changed. When industrial milling came onto the scene, farmers began harvesting yellow corn before it was ripe so it would last longer and was cheaper. But, that meant less flavor, so it needed sugar. Those with less disposable income may have gravitated toward the cheaper option, according to Purvis.

Impassioned savory proponents often say that if cornbread were meant to be sweet, it would be cake, while die-hard sweet proponents say a touch of sweetness brings out the true flavor.

Whatever your preference, it’s likely rooted in your upbringing. Whether your grandmother sprinkled sugar in her cornbread likely plays a role in your opinion on the use of sweetener in the south’s favorite bread.

There’s no right or wrong cornbread recipe. What’s most important is the one that resonates with you. Maybe it’s the one you grew up eating or the one you developed for your family. Maybe it’s one that’s been passed down through generations or one that a friend shared with you.

West Virginia’s mountains and streams tell stories — of history, of culture and of community. And so do its seeds.

Vienna Edition: Tampico Mexican Restaurant


My coworkers and I can always agree on one thing: queso.

TampicoWe stopped at Tampico in Vienna to get our fix.

TampicoFor my main meal, I went with Burrito Grande - which is a hearty meal of two burritos stuffed with your choice of chicken or steak fajitas, grilled onions, tomatoes, and green peppers, topped with red tomato sauce and melted cheese.

TampicoMy favorite dish is any tortillas covered in more queso.

TampicoWhat's your favorite dish here?

Tampico MEX Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato