Bumbleberry Flats

I was in Laughlin with my family, and I wanted to try a new place to eat. I looked online and found great reviews on Bumbleberry Flats at The Pioneer Casino.

They have a Sunday Brunch Buffett that offers an omelet station, chilled crab legs, and much more. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Sunday when I dropped in. That was okay, it gave me a chance to order of their menu that was filled with unique blends of southern cuisine flavors. The first thing that caught my eye was a sign for their “Wreckless Bloody Mary.” This Bloody Mary was topped with a food sampler! These toppings consisted of a Fried Green Tomato Bacon Slider, Chicken & Waffle, Jumbo Shrimp, Hard Boiled Egg, Pickle Spear, and olives. Oh yes, and a glass of beer ūüôā this seemed like a great food adventure to take up…next time. I had my eye set on their Crab Cake Benedict. I will be back for the Bloody Mary!

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This was my Crab Cake Benedict:

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I actually enjoyed the biscuit underneath the crab cake more with the egg than the crab cake. My usual concern with crab cakes is more cake than crab ūüė¶

The Country Ham and Eggs was really tasty. The bone-in ham steak was huge and nicely grilled. The eggs were cooked perfectly (whites hard, yolk runny).

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Chicken and Waffles:

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This is served with a Louisiana Honey Hot Sauce that is spicy and sweet tasting! The skin was really crispy on the chicken which is always a plus.

What added to our dining experience was our view of the river from window side table.

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If you feel like pouring your own glass of beer from the tap, you can request a table with a wall that gives you two types of beer on tap for you to handle yourself

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Other menu items that caught my eye-

Sweet Tea Pork Chop- 12 oz bone in center cut pork chop marinated in sweet tea, seared and served with two eggs and creamy grits

Cheddar Bacon Waffle- Apple wood smoked bacon and aged cheddar cheese in a light crispy waffle covered in whiskey bacon jam and served with sweet cream butter

Pulled Pork Pancakes- Four apple wood smoked bacon and sweet corn pancakes stuffed with succulent pulled pork shoulder, and drizzled with Jack Daniel’s maple syrup

Check out the rest on these menu pages-

 

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Oregon!

We left the house at 3:45am and made it to The State Line at 2pm!

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We made it to Sunset Bay Park at 4:45pm. That’s 14 hours flat! It was worth it! The drive was gorgeous and our yurt was adorable and had some electricity and a little wall heater. It has a picnic table out front with a bench on your covered porch.

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We got up early to walk the ocean side trail and take lots of photos. We got back in the car and went to the Portland Bagel Co. This was the best bagel I have had in a long time. Unique bagels with variety of flavored cream cheeses.

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Our order:
2 garlic cheesy bagels
1 with smoked salmon cream cheese (chunks of smoked salmon)
1 basil pesto cream cheese
1 bacon cheddar bagel with plain cream cheese

Going to Portland for my Birthday!

The planning has started for my birthday road trip. ¬†The plan has taken quite a turn from its original destination, New York. ¬†Yet, people who have been to Portland have shown more excitement for my ¬†visit there. ¬†Between Michael telling me all of his favorite things about Oregon during his residency ¬†and my online research, I am now truly amped to taste the food and see the nature. ¬†How did I not go sooner?! We are also driving there! ¬†Our plan is stop along the way and stay in a state park the first night and then take the coast drive up to Tillamook, that’s right, home of Tillamook cheese ūüôā ¬†I found out that there were TIPIS in some of these state parks! ¬†Unfortunately the only campgrounds that had them were in a very flattened parks that were away from the more secluded nature parts. ¬†I did find an alternative…a yurt. ¬†What is a yurt? ¬†According to wikipedia-¬†A¬†yurt¬†is a portable, bent¬†dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads¬†in the steppes¬†of Central Asia. The structure comprises a crown or compression wheel, usually steam bent, supported by roof ribs which are bent down at the end where they meet the lattice¬†wall (again, steam bent). ¬†The structure is usually covered by layers of fabric and sheep’s wool felt¬†for insulation and weatherproofing.¬† Pacific Yurts, a Oregon-based company, became the first to manufacture the western yurts that we can see today in the US. ¬†We are heading into Sunset Bay State Park where we will meet our yurt.

Yurts in Oregon state parks
Yurts in Oregon state parks

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Tipi in Oregon
Tipi in Oregon

Nacho Daddy, NV

My sister raved about this nacho place. If you go after 3, the nacho plates are $5! They have every type of nachos, from spicy shrimp nachos to Thai Chicken nachos.
Check out just their appetizer section…

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We started with bacon wrapped jalape√Īos that were stuffed with cheese, which were good for the most part. I was so hungry that I quickly dove into the first jalapeno, and burned the tip of my tongue ūüė¶

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Let’s move on to nachos.

I had the combination combo that came with cheese, jalapenos, guacamole, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and meat!

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I was told about the Thai chicken nachos and that they are one of the best plates on the menu. I was a little skeptical about having any kind of Thai food mixed in with corn chips, and played it safe by ordering the nacho plate that had the more common ingredients. Also, I figured I can still try it since my sister and Michael were ordering it.

I ordered the wrong dish!!!!

The Thai Chicken nachos was soooooo yummy!! The gooey, silky white queso sauce adds such a good flavor and creamy texture. The creamy flavor is a great mix with the sticky and salty chili sauce. I found myself scraping the remainder of the cheese off of Michael’s plate.

Thai Chicken Nachos:
Thai Spiced Chicken, Asian vegetables, sweet chili sauce, queso sauce over jalape√Īo corn chips

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They have a pretty cool deal with the drinks for regulars. You can have your name etched on a beer mug where it will be kept chilled for your next visit. My brother-n-law got to try out his glass for the first time…

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I may not have my own beer mug, BUT I did have a tasty michelada :-))))

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Birthday at Vodvil- Game Show Dining in West Hollywood

So this where my casual birthday with friends took place.  Vodvil is an intimate retro chick looking restaurant with an eclectic collection of music video playing on surround screens and game shows every 10 minutes or so.  This was perfect for friends who are a mix of competitiveness, movie buffs, and music lovers.  The game show is mostly of pop culture and has an entertaining host that gets you into the spirit of games.

Our table divided into four groups and were always shy of winning a game ūüė¶ ¬†The game show host was sweet about it and came over to our table after the games were over and gave me one movie question to answer. ¬†I won our first token! ¬†Which I exchanged for “Sorry” candy…

I gave everyone 1 "Sorry" piece of candy...

You have to expect that the prizes are more about bragging rights.

PHOTOBOOTHS!!

We did the appetizers and drinks all night

Fried Pickles

Falafel Sliders

BBQ Pork Sliders

Onion Rings

Homemade Chips with Onion Dip

The food was decent for snacking, I was more thirsty than hungry that night and had more of the sweet Brand New Car (Black Tea, Organic Vodka, and lemonade). ¬†It’s the entertainment and atmosphere that would bring me back to this place!

Vodvil

Weidmann’s in Meridian, Mississippi

Beautiful restaurant with the problem of deciding which delicious dish to choose from the dozens of beautifully described plates.  This restaurant also comes with a tasty tradition of serving peanut butter as a starting snack.

The Peanut Butter Crocks

Each table at Weidmann’s is set with a handmade peanut buter crock and an assortment of crackers.  This tradition dates back to the 1940′s, when legend has it there was a shortage of butter due to the war.  A guest mentioned to Henry Weidmann that peanut butter would be a good replacement to accompany the crackers. Henry embraced the concept and eventually found a potter in Louiseville, Mississippi to make the crocks.  There is now a local potter in Meridian making the crocks by hand.

THE ENTREE

The Group: The Cains and Harpers

 

Website for Weidmann’s

Cracker Barrel- Old Country Restaurant & Store

Everyone in the South seemed shocked whenever they heard I had never been to this old school establishment.¬† I saw these scattered around the south like IHOPS back in the west.¬† It does feel country when you walk up to Cracker Barrel and see old chairs and tables on their very long porch.¬† You have to walk in through the gift shop to get to the restaurant (clever).¬† In the store, there’s charming country items for the garden, kitchen, and belly.¬† This includes some of their food items on the menu.

Grandpa's Country Fried Breakfast¬ģ Two Eggs* cooked to order with Grits, Sawmill Gravy and Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits along with real Butter and the best Preserves, Jam n' Apple Butter available. Served with your choice of Fried Apples or Hashbrown Casserole and Chicken Fried Chicken or Country Fried Steak.

 

Eggs cooked perfect and the chicken was as tender as could be.¬†I entertained myself with the old peg game (top right corner of picture) while I waited for my food.¬†I bought a jar of apple butter for a friend back home and treated myself to a tin box of their barrel mints ūüôā

I definitely need to go back for lunch and try their other specialties that consist of Catfish and Chicken N’ Dumplings.

Cracker Barrel

Rendezvous Ribs- Memphis Must

This is Charles Vergos’ Rendzvous Charcoal Ribs.¬† It’s been said all over food shows and carnivorous mouths, that this is the best place for ribs.¬† Vergos started this restuarant in 1948 when he discovered a coal chute in his diner’s basement, and soon the world would know his amazing charcoal ribs.

These are dry rub ribs, Original and Hot BBQ Sauce are available at the table for your pleasure.

They also serve this well seasoned gumbo before your meal, and it was sooooo tasty

Michael, Myself, Courtney

You can also buy the ribs, sauce, and apparel on their website

Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous Ribs

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken- Memphis Hidden Gem

This off-the-beaten-path gem in downtown Memphis holds one of the best chicken flavors I’ve ever tasted.¬† I probably wouldn’t think to go down this street and probably not into the restaurant if it wasn’t for the word-of-mouth raves about their poultry masterpieces.¬† Be expected to wait as they are indeed famous and don’t take reservations.

I love the very casual atmosphere of the place; Memphis memorabilia on the walls, ripped pieces of paper taped to the register stating the name of the restaurant, and our waitress with pigtails and a flower dress.

Hot N’ Spicy Fried Chicken

Two Dark Meat Pieces on Bread, with coleslaw, baked beans, and of course...Sweet Tea