Korean Marinated BBQ Ribs on a Sunday in the Bay!

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Barbecue varies by region, with the four main styles named after their place of origin: Memphis, Tenn.; North Carolina; Kansas City; and Texas. Memphis is renowned for pulled pork-shoulder doused in sweet tomato-based sauce (eaten on its own or as a sandwich). North Carolina smokes the whole hog in a vinegar-based sauce. Kansas City natives prefers ribs cooked in a dry rub, and Texans … well, Texans dig beef. Eastern Texas’ relative proximity to Tennessee puts it in the pulled-pork camp, but in the western segment of the Lone Star State, you’re likely to find mesquite-grilled “cowboy-style” brisket. Locals defend their region’s cooking style with the sort of fierce loyalty usually reserved for die-hard sports fans. Just as you’re better off not mentioning the Yankees to a Red Sox fan, it’s probably best not to proclaim your love for Texas beef to anyone from Tennessee.

Other countries barbecue in their own style. Korean barbecue features thin slices of beef or pork cooked and served with rice. Argentina has asado, or marinade-free meat cooked in a smokeless pit. And of course, there’s Mongolian barbecue, which is neither barbecue nor of Mongolian origin but rather a type of stir-fry recently invented in Taiwan. But true barbecue is distinctly American. So this Fourth of July, when the parades have ended and the sun starts to go down, throw some meat on the grill and cook yourself a true American classic. Patriotism never tasted so delicious.(time.com)

Today’s Restaurant

My place – San Jose , Ca

Average Cost

$20 for ribs, $4 Korean Marinade, $3 for corn $3 for yams – Prices vary for your market

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Korean Ribs with Korean Bulgogi Marinade, Candied Yams, Corn Jasmine Rice

So my wife was gone on a business trip for just about a week and we’re looking to celebrate her return.

What better way to celebrate any important event than to barbecue!

But not just a typical barbecue…

How about Korean marinated BBQ Ribs?!

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Mazarati Pizza Quality over at Piatti!

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The word “pizza” is thought to have come from the Latin word pinsa, meaning flatbread (although there is much debate about the origin of the word).

A legend suggests that Roman soldiers gained a taste for Jewish Matzoth while stationed in Roman occupied Palestine and developed a similar food after returning home. However a recent archeological discovery has found a preserved Bronze Age pizza in the Veneto region. By the Middle Ages, these early pizzas started to take on a more modern look and taste. The peasantry of the time used what few ingredients they could get their hands on to produce the modern pizza dough and topped it with olive oil and herbs. The introduction of the Indian Water Buffalo gave pizza another dimension with the production of mozzarella cheese. Even today, the use of fresh mozzarella di buffalo in Italian pizza cannot be substituted. While other cheeses have made their way onto pizza (usually in conjunction with fresh mozzarella), no Italian Pizzeria would ever use the dried shredded type used on so many American pizzas. (lifeinitaly.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Piatti – San Jose, Ca – Rivermark Plaza

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Pizza

I have that itch right now…

That ooey gooey cheese leaking craving for some pizza itch.

Where can I satisfy this beast within me?

How about an Italian restaurant packed with glamor and pizazz?

Why not Piatti’s!

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Tasty Grub that will Tickle your Tonsil when your Dining at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles!

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The earliest American chicken and waffle combination appears in Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1600’s, when home cooks made waffles and topped them with pulled chicken and gravy. A different, decidedly soul food-inspired approach to the pairing worked its way into popular culture much later with the opening of Wells Supper Club in Harlem, New York. The restaurant, known simply as “Wells” to regulars, opened in 1938. Wells became a late night hotspot for jazz musicians, who would stop by late at night after their various gigs. The musicians, arriving too late for dinner but too early for breakfast, enjoyed the appetizing compromise of fried chicken and waffles. Before long, Wells was frequented by the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole (who held his wedding reception there).

Wells managed to inspire a nationwide trend. In 1976, a Harlem native named Herb Hudson opened a Los Angeles restaurant dedicated exclusively to the pairing: Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Hudson’s Motown connections helped to launch the restaurant, making it a popular destination for music industry professionals and performers in the Los Angeles area. Over the years, the restaurant has become an established part of the Hollywood food landscape. Roscoe’s is so well known, in fact, that President Obama took time out of his busy schedule in 2011 to make an unscheduled stop there. In case you’re curious, he ordered the “Country Boy,” Number 9– three wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries. Here’s hoping he chose the waffle.

Gladys Knight, a patron of the original Wells, started her own chain with gospel singer Ron Winan in 1996—Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles. Other soul food restaurants feature chicken and waffles on the menu, including Lo-Lo’s in Arizona and Lucky J’s in Texas. Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant Ad Hoc in Napa has been known, on occasion, to serve lemony fried chicken with crispy and delicate waffles. And in Harlem, Melba’s Restaurant serves up eggnog waffles with strawberry butter and buttermilk fried chicken. While it may sound strange, Melba’s combination is so tasty that she beat out celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a chicken and waffles “Throwdown” on Food Network.(pbs.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles – Southern California

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken & Waffles of Course!! and the sides of your liking..

There is is a new American staple that has hit the taste waves and it’s not your normal breakfast.

We’ve heard of the Grand Slam Breakfast with pancakes, eggs and your choice of bacon,sausage or ham.

We’ve heard of Waffles and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham.

How about something different added to the waffle?

Time to invite someone else to the table..

That’s fried chicken for breakfast paired up with a glistening golden crisp waffle.

No place pairs them up better than Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles!

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Get your Taste Buds on Guard for a Lashing of Flavor at Back a Yard!

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Caribbean cuisine echoes the culinary influences of Africa, France, Spain, India, Holland and Asia; in these water-soaked, tropical locales, fresh fruits and vegetables make up a large portion of the Caribbean diet. Caribbean food includes all of your favorites; seafood, chicken and steak, prepared with the flavorful and colorful ingredients of the Islands.

The Arawak, Carib, and Taino “Indians” were the first inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands. Their daily diet consisted of vegetables and fruits such as papaya, yams, guavas, and cassava. The Taino started the process of cooking meat and fish in large clay pots. The Carib Indians introduced spices and lemon juice to their meat and fish recipes. The Caribbean Sea was named after this tribe, who are said to have prepared the first pepper pot stew.

Once the Europeans brought African slaves into the region, the Caribbean became the crossroads to the world. The slaves’ diet consisted mostly of food the slave owners did not want to eat. So the slaves had to be inventive, and they blended their traditional African foods with staples found on the islands. The Africans introduced okra, callaloo, fish cakes, saltfish, ackee, pudding and mangos, to name a few. Presently, most Caribbean Island natives eat a diet that is reflective of these main ingredients found in original African dishes.

After slavery was abolished, the Europeans went to India and China for labor, and more cooking styles were introduced. The Chinese introduced rice and mustard, and the early Portuguese sailors introduced the popular codfish. Spain introduced fruit trees such as orange, ginger, plantains, figs, date palms, sugar cane, grapes, tamarinds and coconuts, and The Americas are responsible for introducing beans, corn, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, and chili pepper. Foods served in the Caribbean islands have been influenced by the cultures of the world, but each island adds its own special flavor and cooking technique.(phillyreef.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Back a Yard – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

Absolute 10!

Recommended Dishes: 

OxTails, Fried Chicken Wings, Collard Greens

If you like Jamaican, Caribbean or Soul Food then you need to buckle your seats and be prepared to witness a phenomenon of utmost satisfaction..

Cuisine that will fulfill every nasty and disgusting desire you may have.

The Cream of the Crop..

The Mona Lisa..

Excalibur!!!

I’m talking a restaurant that has a menu pleasing to the eye and such great flavor that it is also pleasing to the soul.

I’m talking about a restaurant sitting in the heart of downtown San Jose called Back a Yard!

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Grilling at its Best for Whatever you Choose at GEN Korean BBQ…

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Bulgogi literally means fire meat — bul is fire and gogi is meat in Korean. This savory dish, typically thinly sliced beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, sugar (or honey), sesame oil and black pepper, is grilled in front of you at the table, with sliced leeks and mushrooms. It’s served with side dishes of cooked or pickled vegetables that range from crunchy and cool to sharp, tangy and spicy.

Until recently, bulgogi was considered a celebration dish, eaten on birthdays and at weddings or served to guests. Only a couple of decades ago, in fact, a bulgogi meal was worth bragging about to friends, at least for kids.

But with South Korea’s rising fortunes, the dish has become an everyday staple, found in practically every Korean food venue, from fast-food joints to fancy four-star restaurants. “Bulgogi is easy to make and everyone can enjoy” it, says Kim Hyun-sik, a chef at Samwon Garden restaurant in Seoul. (wsj.com)

Today’s Restaurant

GEN Korean BBQ – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

8.5 because it is a little pricey for the food.

Recommended Dishes: 

GEN BEEF BULGOGI,SPICY CHICKEN,GEN CAJUN SHRIMP

We Americans love barbecue!

If it’s raining, let’s barbecue..

Looks like a storm coming, let’s barbecue..

I just heard an alarm that a hurricane is coming, let’s barbecue..

Not only Americans love barbecue but also my Korean brothers as well..

I found a great place to sizzle up some delicious fiddles over at GEN Korean BBQ.

Let’s talk about it. ..

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