Steak n Shake Restaurant

30 Nov

While in Las Vegas on a recent vacation, my family and I dined in our casino/resort at a restaurant called Steak n Shake.  I hear they are famous?  This was the first time we had heard of the place and since we were in the mood for burgers we decided to try out them out.

For our orders we went with what they were famous for, steak burgers and shakes.  The ambiance was retro 50’s diner and the service was fast, but best of all the food was delicious! The burgers were nice and juicy and full of flavor. Topping it all off with a vanilla shake was perfection.  It’s not exactly good for you food but it is food that is really good!

If you ever see a Steak n Shake restaurant during your travels, stop and give the a try.  http://www.steaknshake.com/

Airport breakfast

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Traveling all the time I find myself having breakfast or lunch at airports very often.

For breakfast I found I tend to like panini sandwiches best.

Today at the Sacramento airport I had a egg and cheese panini and it was good.

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Tap Folsom Craft Beer Fest

17 Aug

Tap Folsom Craft Beer Fest in Historic Old Town Folsom California

My home town threw a great beer festival this past week and I attended both the first day VIP Beer Brewing with the Brewer Sessions and the second day VIP Access to the Beer Tasting event showcasing 25 craft beer vendors from all over the country.

Tap Folsom

Tap Folsom

In addition to the great beers there were some really good food trucks representing, and some really good bands that played all night long.

Some of the breweries attending were 21st Amendment, Deschutes, Ballast Point, Ninkasi, Dogfish Head, Avery, Knee Deep, Mraz, Lockdown, Anchor, Anderson Valley and many more.  A good time was had by all.

Here’s a little film I made showcasing the brewers and their beers, some really good local bands, the local scenery and more.

Folsom Tap House

31 Jul

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There’s a new beer place in Folsom.

Brought to you by a local restaurant owner who we already know knows how to build and run a great place – Jeff Back of Back Wine Bar & Bistro.

Folsom Tap House is located in the old Sports Bar building is in the same business area as Back Wine Bar & Bistro. The site of the new Tap House had also housed several other restaurants before including an old French Bistro run by a couple from England.

Needless to say, Jeff has done it again.  It took a few weeks to iron out the new opening bugs but the place is running very well and we have enjoyed visiting, dining and enjoy some very good beers at Folsom Tap House.

To summarize, Folsom Tap House is a very nice place. The ambiance was good, the service outstanding and the food and beer were excellent.

As soon as we walked in, we were immediately greeted and seated. Waters arrived right away and beers were ordered and served quickly. It took us a while to pick what we wanted to eat (great selections) and every few minutes someone would stop by and ask if we needed help or were ready to order – I could not ask for better service then that.

We tried a couple of the beer samplers which happened to be 50% off that day – nice! The beers were great, we enjoyed them all and it was nice how all the styles and brands were explained in detail.

The draft beer list AND the bottled beer list are fantastic! This place has a lot of great beers available.

For food we ordered the salmon sliders and chicken wings and wow they were good!
I’m not even a fan of chicken wings but theirs were great and I already looking forward to going back and having them again.

Through out our evening we were checked in on often by staff which was great. The beers we ordered never sat empty and overall we had a very enjoyable time at Folsom Tap House. We plan to be frequent flyers at this place – it’s that good! and well worth it.

Folsom Tap House
http://folsomtaphouse.com/
25005 Blue Ravine Rd #140
Folsom, CA  95630

Beer Flavors

17 Jun

When you drink a beer you do it mainly for taste. Nobody likes tasting a crappy beer, but each of us enjoy certain beer types with flavors that appeal to our taste buds the most while also quenching our thirsts.  Beer types can vary from IPA, Wheat, Pale Ale, Brown Ale and so on.

It’s often difficult to describe the flavors you are tasting, or know their origins and how it all fully impacts the taste and quality of the beer you are drinking.

Here’s something that should hopefully help you better determine the flavors of the beer(s) you are tasting.

This is a Beer Flavor Wheel taken from the book Craft Beer World by Mark Dredge

Beer Flavor Wheel

Cheese Puffs

18 Mar

They look funky
and taste like they are made from Styrofoam
that’s been painted orange.

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Cheese puff factoids from Wikipedia:

Cheese puffscheese curlscheese ballscheesy puffscorn curlscorn cheese are a puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese-flavored powders. Common brands include Cheetos (U.S.), Cheez Doodles(Northeastern U.S., Sweden), Chee-Wees (New Orleans, South Central U.S.), Chizitos (Perú), Boliquesos (Perú),Cheezies (Canada), Twisties (Australia), Kurkure (India and Pakistan), Utz (U.S.) Wotsits (U.K.),[1] Curl (Japan) andChee.Toz (Iran).

They are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape. They may be ball-shaped, curly (“cheese curls”), straight, or irregularly shaped. Some are even shaped as animals or other objects. Some cheese puffs are puffy while others are crunchy.

Cheese puffs were invented in the United States of America in the 1930s; there are two competing accounts. According to one account, Edward Wilson and/or Clarence J. Schwebke of the Flakall Corporation of Beloit, Wisconsin (a producer of flaked, partially cooked animal feed) deep-fried and salted the puffed corn produced by their machines, and later added cheese.[2] He applied for a patent in 1939 and the product, named Korn Kurls, was commercialized in 1946 by the Adams Corporation, formed by one of the founders of Flakall and his sons.[3] Adams was later bought byBeatrice Foods.

Sandwich Goodness

2 Aug

A simple sandwich with few ingredients, which must be fresh, makes for a great lunch both at home and when traveling.

Had this sandwich below at an Italian deli in London.
Fresh sourdough baguette, parma ham, fresh tomato and lettuce – very tasty!

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