I’m on my Knees..Begging for more Public School 213!

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Did you know….

That there is a highly-sophisticated, multi-billion-dollar campaign underway designed to teach your children about food? There is. In fact, experts agree that this campaign is wildly successful. Unfortunately, the massive instructional campaign to which I refer is the $2 billion effort by the food industry to teach children and teens to want candy, sugar drinks, sugary cereals, and other highly-processed junk foods. Mostly, these lessons are delivered through your television set. Increasingly though, these messages reach kids through mobile devices, so-called “advergames” on the web, and shockingly, even junk-food marketing within the four walls of their classrooms.

When one-third of American kids are overweight or obese, and are on track to have shorter lives than their parents, it’s clear that food education is too important to leave to Big Food. That’s why Jamie Oliver’s Food Foundation and the organizers behind Food Day (Oct. 24) are collaborating on a new national initiative to put food education in every school.(huffingtonpost.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Public School 213 – Los Angeles, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Bacon Cheddar Tots, Fiery Calamari, Speck & Eggs, Fried Jidori CHICKEN & WAFFLES!!

Man oh man! Time to talk about some drinks and snacks..

Makes me feel like that dog on the Kibble and Bits commercial..

Drinks n snacks..

n Drinks n snacks..

n Drinks n snacks..

Woohoooo, I got some drinks and snacks!!

and not just any snacks..

Snacks from a gastropub with a soul food twist in the heart of downtown Los Angeles called Public School 213.

Let’s talk about it…

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Tender Sweet Love to your Belly when you’re Dining at Kelsey’s!

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Did you know….

The first barbecue sauces were mostly butter. In “Nouveaux Voyages aux Isles d’Amerique” by Frenchman Jean B. Labot in 1693, there is a description of a barbecued whole hog that is stuffed with aromatic herbs and spices, roasted belly up, and basted with a sauce of melted butter, cayenne pepper, and sage, a popular technique from back home that probably came to the new world via the French West Indies by slaves and Creoles. The French are incapable of making anything without butter. The French also were big on meat juices in their sauces, an ingredient still found in some homebrewed Texas barbecue sauces and more recently in Adam Perry Lang’s Board Sauces.

The German fondness of pork with mustard resulted in the wonderful yellow barbecue sauces still popular in a band of South Carolina from Charleston to Columbia.

In 1867, just after the end of the Civil War, after all the slave cooks were freed, the Georgia widow Mrs. A.P. Hill published Mrs. Hill’s New Cook Book dedicated “to young and inexperienced Southern housekeepers… in this peculiar crisis of our domestic as well as national affairs”. It contains the first reference I have found for a sauce for barbecue. It is mostly butter and vinegar: “Sauce for Barbecues. – Melt half a pound of butter; stir into it a large tablespoon of mustard, half a teaspoon of red pepper, one of black, salt to taste; add vinegar until the sauce has a strong acid taste. The quantity of vinegar will depend upon the strength of it. As soon as the meat becomes hot, begin to baste, and continue basting frequently until it is done; pour over the meat any sauce that remains.” Interestingly, Mrs. Hill shares many “catsup” recipes, among them two for tomato catsup that are pretty close to what we know today. Originally ketchup was probably made from fermented fish.(amazingribs.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Kelsey’s Food & Drink – Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Everything!!!! Ribs..Collard Greens, Pork Belly Baked Beans

Something about tender rich meat smothered with barbecue sauce just gets me excited in every way.

Arousal in my eyes, my sense of touch, my palate, my stomach, even my sexual parts.

Then you take that and mix it with collard greens, baked beans and corn bread and I’m liable to explode.

I had an awesome, memorable breathtaking experience at one of the best barbecue joints I have been to in my life and that was at Kelsey’s in the Pechanga Resort & Casino.

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Grab My Bib and I’m on My Way to Seafood Heaven at Crab and Cray!

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Did you know….

Escaping the incoming Communist regime at the end of the Vietnam War, many Vietnamese fled to America in the mid-1970s, and quite a large number settled in Louisiana. Recent figures put the New Orleans Vietnamese population at 14,000, making our city host to the largest, most vibrant Vietnamese community in the state.

Why New Orleans of all places? For one, the sub-tropical climate and proximity to water appealed many Vietnamese immigrants. Also, many newcomers after the Vietman War were Catholic, and both New Orleans and national Catholic charities were spearheading efforts to help new residents find jobs and housing in the city.

Many Vietnamese settled in the newer, suburban parts of the city, particularly in New Orleans East but also in parts of Algiers, Avondale, and other places on the West Bank. As their local population grew, the Vietnamese community spread to other neighborhoods and began to revitalize these areas.(neworleansonline.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Crab & Cray – San Jose, Ca 

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Lobster Roll, Gumbo, Fish Tacos

Something about seafood just gets me all riled up..

From cracking crab..

To sucking life out of a crawdad..

To sinking your teeth into some succulent plump shrimp…

Whatever your fancy, you haven’t had nothing yet until you try your seafood Cajun style.

When you think Cajun, the first thing that comes into your mind is New Orleans style; but did you know that Vietnamese Americans have cook Cajun New Orleans style as well…

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Your Bourbon ‘Thrilla in Manila’ with a Touch of Vanilla..

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Michael Veach is Louisville’s unofficial bourbon ambassador.If there’s just one thing I take away from my conversation with Louisville, Kentucky, historian Michael Veach, it’s that there is no wrong way to drink bourbon. Dilute it with water, mix it with ginger ale, or stir in a liqueur or two and call it something fancy like “The Revolver.” According to Veach, makers of America’s native spirit are just as pleased to see their product served up with a maraschino cherry as they are watching it poured straight into a shot glass. And you know? I believe him. Because when it comes to all things bourbon, Veach is Louisville’s go-to source.

Filson Historical Society is home to bourbon labels printed as early as the 1850s, he says, “the story that the name ‘bourbon’ comes from Bourbon County doesn’t even start appearing in print until the 1870s.” Instead, Veach believes the name evolved in New Orleans after two men known as the Tarascon brothers arrived to Louisville from south of Cognac, France, and began shipping local whiskey down the Ohio River to Louisiana’s bustling port city. “They knew that if Kentuckians put their whiskey into charred barrels they could sell it to New Orleans’ residents, who would like it because it tastes more like cognac or ‘French brandy’,” says Veach.

In the 19th century, New Orleans entertainment district was Bourbon Street, as it is today. “People starting asking for ‘that whiskey they sell on Bourbon Street,’” he says, “which eventually became ‘that bourbon whiskey.’” Still, Veach concedes, “We may never know who actually invented bourbon, or even who the first Kentucky distiller was.”(smithsonianmag.com)

Today’s Drink

Tailgate Sipper

Average Cost

$40 to buy all ingredients, about $10 per drink at a bar

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Events: 

Best during the summer or a gathering with friends/family. A definite party drink

Recipe found at Southern Living

Not everyone loves Bourbon, but I surely do.

The drink mixes usually have a sweet embrace to them and work great with sugar on the brim.

From Manhattan’s to Derby’s to Old Fashion’s; I just can’t get enough.

This drink that Southern Living calls the Tailgate Sipper is one of those drinks that will make you the hit of the party.

The recipe consists of:

4 cups cubed fresh pineapple

1 cup bourbon

1 cup chilled lemon sparkling water (such as Perrier)

1/2 cup Southern Comfort

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

If you are looking at the vanilla extract and saying to yourself, “What?! Vanilla Extract?! How? When? Why?”

Yes, my simple bourbon sipping friend. This drink is filled with exotic ingredients to make it pack a super punch at your next gathering.

I made it home to test it out and let me say that I have tasted nothing like it at a bar.

It was so refreshing and light enough that everyone could enjoy it, including the light drinkers.

It also packed a punch with alcohol in it so that the heavy drinkers would be graceful and ecstatic from their flourishing buzz.

Pineapple and vanilla touch your palate, with the sweet twinge from the Southern Comfort and then a slight jab from the Bourbon.

Tastes so good you just want to swish it around your mouth, and I guarantee after your first drink you will feel pretty sensational as you dance around with a soothing bourbon buzz.

Definitely something you should try if you are looking for the next refreshing drink in your life. True live action living! Thanks for the recipe Southern Living!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.

References

 Laura Kiniry (JUNE 13, 2013) Where Bourbon Really Got Its Name and More Tips on America’s Native Spirit Retrieved from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-bourbon-really-got-its-name-and-more-tips-on-americas-native-spirit-145879/?no-ist