Saturday, June 27, 2009
121 East Ivinson Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82070
With easy truck parking and on the CB radio the rumor is that this restaurant serves home-cooked style food, so we headed on over. Each table had funny, little joke books one could read while waiting for their order. The meal we ordered was not quite what we expected, but being an eternal optimist, I am sure that there are many items on their menu that they do very well and feel that perhaps it was just an off day. Although there may be room for some improvement, I feel that the Randazzle is worth a second shot.
Walking into the Trail's End Restaurant, one is immediately struck by the beauty of a stained glass window and the early prairie decor. Woodwork and interesting antiques add to the wonderful character. The waitresses are worth their weight in gold and very attentive. Often coming by to refill your coffee mug faster than you can drink it. They have an extensive menu featuring Americana fare and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had the luxury of dining there twice and tried the "Everything Omelet" consisting of three fluffy eggs wrapped around sauteed onions, green peppers, mushrooms, ham, sausage, bacon and oozing with cheddar, white and yellow American cheese. The meal comes with hash browns and toast or a half order of biscuits and country gravy for $7.29. The omelet was just wonderful and perfectly seasoned. So tasty that I finished every bite. The second time, I tried a Hot Roast Beef Sandwich and was very pleased with the thin slices of tender Roast Beef piled high upon a thick slice of bread that resembled Texas Toast. The Beef gravy was wonderful and very silky. The meal came with whipped Mashed Potatoes for $7.29.
From the outside it looks like an everyday truck stop, but inside you will find an array of wind chimes, whimsical collectors items, homemade fudge encased in glass and even a porcelain doll shop.
1303 West US HWY 136
Rockport, MO 64482
Hours: Open 7 days a week 6:00 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Lotty's Sports Bar & Grill
1925 Harrison Dr.
Lotty’s Sports Bar and Grill is right next to The Comfort Inn in Evanston, Wyoming. Complete with at least five flat screen televisions, a full bar, pool table and jukebox, it's pretty obvious this is a great local pub. What's not so obvious is the truly wonderful food that they serve up. They have a full menu from hamburgers, steaks and nachos, although their nightly dinner specials are out of this world. On Monday nights their special is Barbecue Pork Ribs for $6.49. For that price one can get a hamburger, fries and soda through any major chain's drive through. So as I ordered, I wondered about the quality and quantity of the dinner. Boy, was I surprised when a half rack of perfectly cooked Pork Ribs came out along with a big pile of hand cut, fresh french fries and corn on the cob. The ribs were so good! I also absolutely love their Onion Rings. The batter is perfect and the onions are sweet and juicy. Their dinner specials start at 5:00 p.m., so if your in the area, check them out and go early. They have been know to sell out of the ribs by 8:30 p.m. I really want to get back there to try their other specials.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"What's Up With The Paint Job Truck"-Nebraska
To Be Continued.....
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
1/2 (13 ounce) bottle of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
1/3 Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Crushed Garlic
A sprinkle of Ginger
A dash of Black Pepper
I think what makes this Steak/Chicken/Hamburger sauce so unique is that it is made with all natural ingredients. One of the ingredients is Tamarind, a tangy fruit that when combined with savory ingredients; provides a taste that goes just perfect with grilling.
They have several products that would make an awesome Father's Day present!
Check them out at:
Country Bob, Inc.
211 South Lincoln Blvd./ P.O. Box 706
Centralia, IL 62801
Places To Visit:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
243 Overland Avenue, Burley
Hours: Mon.-Thurs 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.,
Fri.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m.
I did not make things as simple as believed by ordering all three, after all. By visiting the nutrition guide at KFC’s website, I discovered that by caloric comparison the three choices vary greatly. A piece of Original Chicken Breast has 370 calories, Extra Crispy a whopping 490, while the Grilled chicken breast has 180 calories. The kids and I did a taste test and thankfully, the Extra Crispy came in last. Opinions soon divided as the children went “old school” and preferred the Original, while my preference was the Grilled. A ten piece meal with three sides runs $17.99. Speaking of sides, my favorite at KFC is the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. I think its really yummy and in my book competes with the chicken itself. Never one to let a tiny, little calorie get in the way of flavor- I almost decided ignorance is bliss and did not want to know how many calories it had. Only for the greater good did I look it up and there were a few surprises… Between Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Macaroni and Cheese or Potato Wedges, which do you think had the most calories? If you chose the Potato Wedges you were right! An individual serving of the wedges has 260 calories, the Mac and Cheese has 180, while the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy had the least at 130. This gives new meaning to “one piece or two piece”, and now the subject matter is not about chicken- I’m talking about bathing suits!
Sacramento State Aquatic Center
1901 Hazel Avenue
Gold River, California 95670
(916) Aquatic or 278-2842
Fax (916) 278-1105
What a blast! Rent sit atop kayaks for $10 per hour. Take your time touring beautiful Lake Natomas, as the current is very light and there is plenty of cool places to dock your kayak. Have a picnic along the way or view the Nature Reserve that houses many a bird species. The Aquatic center does not round up to the nearest hour when you turn in your kayak so if you run an hour and a half, that's all they charge you! The Aquatic Center is in it's 25th year of operation and offers canoe, kayak, hydro bike, and beach cruiser bicycle rentals to the general public. For the pre-qualified individual they also have sailboats, windsurfers, and rowing shells. There is also an awesome beach area with picnic tables, barbeques, docks, classrooms, and convenient parking.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
- Place steak into a medium sized Tupperware container and add all of the above ingredients and mix well.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Prior to cooking, remove the Flank Steak from the fridge and weave the meat lengthwise onto a skewer. Drizzle more Olive Oil onto the meat and let it rest on the counter for 30 minutes. Preheat your grill to high.
- Lay kabobs across your grill and allow to cook 3-4 minutes on each side.
For a gift, or for yourself, if your are looking for something unique and wonderful, look no further than From The Heart Production!
Walking along the Farmer's Market at Gossner's it is not hard to miss From The Heart Production's booth. Okay, it's not edible, but what they provide is so stunning, quirky and creative that whether or not it's edible doesn't seem to matter. It feeds more than the ole' bottomless pit (that they call my belly)...what they create feeds the "right" side of my brain- with art!
Mr. and Mrs. Olsen are a tight pair and semi-retired to dedicate the better part of their time creating fun garden and home decor. Mr. Olsen seems to see a vision in his head, from gargoyles to sparkly lady bugs, to dragon flies, and has the mechanical know-how, as well as creativity to put his vision into reality.