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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Fat Casual BBQ is located on E. Highland Rd just off Rt 8. It's not much to look at on the outside, but worth going in to check out. The inside is set up like a barn party, large tables where everyone sits together. The menu isn't large, but includes all the nessecary BBQ foods. I got the plain pulled pork sandwich which comes on a pretzel bun. I was not crazy about the bun, it fell apart and I really didn't want to taste anything other than the smokey, vinegar pork goodness. With that being said, I loved the pork. It wasn't actually pulled, it was chopped which resulted in a little more fat than I like, but it tasted great. I loved the vinegar mop they used, the pork wasn't dry and had a wonderful Carolina BBQ taste to it. My sandwich was big enough for me, but if TBG got it he would have needed a side to go with it. TBG got the Highlander. It was also on a pretzel bun, which he said he could have done without. The huge sandwich had smoked turkey, corned beef, cheese sauce and coleslaw. He liked it but said mine was better. The Highlander came with homemade cajun chips which were actually kinda hot. They weren't chewy, but cooked and seasoned well. The coleslaw I thought was a little mayonasie-y for a Carolina style place, but it wasn't bad. I would like to try some of their other sides. The service was fast and friendly. This would be a great place to get food to-go and bring it home. They also sell their meat by the pound if you want to have your own backyard BBQ. The prices seem pretty reasonable for what you get.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
There are a couple recipes I make when I don't know what else to make. One is fried rice, TBG's fave. I am not Asian, and have never taken a cooking class or anything else so this is just my version. I love to have leftovers for work so I make a lot when I make it. I also have a really big skillet which helps. I have never tried to make this in a wok or anything else. I have tried to make this healthier with brown rice but it's just not as good. I have also used low sodium soy sauce, but ended up just using more.
2 tbls canola oil
1 tbs sesame oil (optional)
3 cloves garlic (I use more, but we really like garlic!)
1-2 tbls grated ginger depending on your taste
1 large chicken breast
1-2 c of whatever veggies I have around; peas, baby corn, carrots, zucchini, mung bean sprouts...
soy sauce (I use almost a whole bottle every time)
Heat the canola oil, add garlic and ginger. Tip: freeze the ginger to make grating easier. Saute for 1-2 min then add chicken. While the chicken is browning add the sesame oil if using, and about a tablespoon of soy sauce. If using a veggie that needs cooked longer like carrots or zucchini add now too. I usually add the peas or bean sprouts right before the rice. When everything is cooked add the rice and stir well. If the rice looks dry you can add more oil or a couple slabs of butter. There are two ways to do the eggs, you can scramble them then pour them into the rice, or break them into the pan then scramble. I do not like to dirty extra dishes so I move the rice to the side then break and scramble the eggs right there. Really up to you. Add enough soy sauce to make the whole thing wet, stir well. Let cook another 1-2 min then serve with more soy sauce. TBG also adds Sriacha if you like it spicy.
Monday, April 2, 2012
The Beer Haus is located in the Merriman Valley in the old Coopers building. There is plenty of parking, and the resturant is pretty big. There are pool tables, arcade games, and lots of TVs. The menu is nice and small with burgers and german style food. We started with the prezel sticks and sourkraut bites. The pretzels were good, but needed a cheese sauce. They came with butter and mustard. The mustard was pretty good, it was whole grain, not the yellow stadium mustard. The sourkraut bites also came with the mustard. They were fried and had bits of corned beef inside. The bites were pretty good but didn't taste freshly made. I ordered the Beer BBQ Burger. It has provolone cheese, beer BBQ sauce, and fried onions. It was ok, not great, just ok. I probably wouldn't order it again. Nothing stood out as especially flavorful. The onion rings gave it a good crunch, but made it hard to eat. The fries were too thick, which made them too soft, but I like mine crispy. TBG got the Atomic Bratwurst which is jalapeno stuffed, and bacon wrapped with a sriacha aioli. He said it was also just ok. He expected more. The beer list was pretty good. TBG loves the large mugs for the draft beers. The service was average. I would reccommed this place only if you want to play games and drink beer. The food wasn't really worth going for.