Franklin BBQ, Austin Texas

There’s BBQ, then there’s GREAT BBQ.  Franklin BBQ at 900 E 11th Street in Austin Texas is legendary for it’s famous smoked BBQ Brisket and Ribs and they are in the list of top 50 best BBQ’s in the world. Click below for short clip filmed at the counter. Aaron Franklin and his mastery of BBQ…

Steak n Shake Restaurant

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…

Fish Central, London UK

On my first night in London, I was beat. After a long 25 hour day of traveling (from the time I left my house until I arrived at my hotel in London), I was beat and ready for dinner. I knew of a couple of nice restaurants a few miles away but after the long…

Beers and Pubs in Amsterdam

I recently traveled to Amsterdam for work during June and again in July and found the food and dining there to be absolutely outstanding!  So many choices of great food and beverages were to be found everywhere all within walking distance while staying at the city center in Amsterdam. This is the beginning of a…

Water Grill in Los Angeles

I had the extreme pleasure of dining at the Water Grill in Los Angeles on company business while in Southern California this past week. The ambiance, service and food were absolutely fantastic.  The best way to describe this restaurant is to refer to their website which offers the following  definition and industry reviews. Water Grill is…

Blue Nami in Folsom

My wife and I enjoy good sushi and we’ve been many times to a variety of the local sushi restaurants in Folsom. Recently a new sushi place opened in the new Palladio Mall in Folsom, called Blue Nami. I hadn’t had a chance to try them out yet when recently my good friend Tom told…

Cooking with Spices

Spices for taste Spices are what make our food preparations better tasting – the mixtures and results are the science of culinary art. There are so many flavors, hot, sweet, salty and more. The mixtures and concoctions of spice blends are endless. Wikipedia has a great description of spices: A spice is a dried seed, fruit,root,  bark, leaf, or vegetative substance used…

Best Burgers in the U.S.

According to Fine & Wine magazine these are the best burger places in the USA.  I am not at all surprised to see the first place on the list…. California’s own In-N-Out! Congrats! The burger, America’s quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at…

Purple Place Burger

The Purple Place Went to the Purple Place last week to try their burger that has won a few “best of” contests. I’d been here years ago, but since then its changed ownership and the entire place upgraded. There’s a really nice menu now that consists not only of bar food basics such as hot…

Filleting Salmon

While at Costco yesterday we were looking to buy some salmon.  They have farm fillets, wild fillets and to our surprise they had whole salmon for $4.99 a pound.  We decided to get the whole salmon and I would fillet it myself. This is about the biggest fish I’ve purchased and I figured I would…

Food as Art – Photography

I like to take random photos of food that looks good, I like the vibrant colors, the appeal factor, etc. Sometimes food just makes for a very good photography subject,  just as I wrote about in yesterday’s article – food is art. This section of the blog titled “Food Photography” is where I’ll be posting photos…

Manderes Re-Visited

Manderes Re-visited Manderes has relocated! New Address is 1004 E. Bidwell (near Bidwell Street Bistro, Target Center) One of my favorite beer joints / restaurants in Folsom is a small (now larger) pub and grill at 1004 E. Bidwell, Suite 600 called Manderes. They have a motto that says “No Crap on Tap” and they…