This Catfish Po’Boy will make you lose your mind; Happy 4th of July from Steins!

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Poor boy sandwiches represent bedrock New Orleans. The shotgun house of New Orleans cuisine, Po-boys are familiar but satisfying. The sandwich is as diverse as the city it symbolizes. The crisp loaves have served as a culinary crossroads, encasing the most pedestrian and exotic of foods: shrimp, oyster, catfish, soft-shell crabs as well as French fries and ham and cheese. Comfort food in other cities seldom reaches such heights.

As with many culinary innovations, the poor boy has attracted many legends regarding its origins. However, documentary evidence confirms that your grandparents’ stories about one particular restaurant were right.

Bennie and Clovis Martin left their Raceland, Louisiana, home in the Acadiana region in the mid-1910s for New Orleans. Both worked as streetcar conductors until they opened Martin Brothers’ Coffee Stand and Restaurant in the French Market in 1922. The years they had spent working as streetcar operators and members of the street railway employees’ union would eventually lead to their hole-in-the-wall coffee stand becoming the birthplace of the poor boy sandwich.(poboyfest.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Steins Beer Garden – Mountain View, California

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Catfish Po Boy, The Steins Burger

Happy hour is one of my favorite dining sensations.

It is a specific time of the day where bars, restaurants or any other type of food serving facility that serves alcohol, offers delicious reduced price delights with your favorite drink to do cheers with a lover or friend.

It is the 4th of July, 2016 and my wife and I are ready to kick it off with a bang!

That bang is with 2 shots of Don Julio over at Steins!

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Happy Easter Everyone!

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Happy Easter Everyone!

Before I got to know Jesus, I didn’t know what Easter meant so I thought I’d share that with you.

So Good Friday was when Jesus was hung on the cross to take our sins upon Himself that man wouldn’t have to receive the punishment of sin through God’s judgement.

(Picture if your Dad was a Supreme Court Judge and you broke the law. Your own Father rigged the system to save you from punishment while still being a Just Judge.)

It’s a free gift that God gave us to declare His love for mankind. All you have to do is believe that Jesus did this for you and accept who He is and you can claim this ‘Get out if Jail’ free card.

He was in the grave for 3 days taking our punishment in Hell until God the Father rose Him up from the grave.

Today, represents Jesus rising from the grave that He foretold before His death.

This answered man’s hardest question:

Is there life after death?
Is there a God?
Who is this God?
Is there Heaven?
How do I get there?

This event was more powerful than every miracle Jesus ever did because it seals the deal that eternal life is real and everything He stated while alive was true.

◄ Matthew 28 ►

New Living Translation

The Resurrection

1Early on Sunday morning,a as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

2Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.3His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

5Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. 7And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

8The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. 9And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive! God Bless you and yours!

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

Trevis Dampier Sr.

References

biblegateway.com (2015)
Matthew 28 New International Version (NIV) Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28&version=NIV 

We Welcome Good Friday in Remembrance of Him!

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Today is a sad but Glorious Day..This day we remember and celebrate God’s Great Love that He has for mankind of His donation of Blood for our sins of Jesus Christ!

With true testimony, I am a different person from who I was. Changed completely for the good! Good in my own life, my families lives and the lives of others around me.

I don’t know where I would be without Jesus in my life. Most likely dead since I have had so many close calls in my life that God held back for my destiny and purposes today.

If you have not released your pride yet to accept Jesus as Lord then I suggest you give Him a try.

At the worst case, if you pray to an imaginary God then nothing will happen and you can continue to live your life as you please.

If He is real, and He begins to work in your life, I promise you that everything in your life will work to the good.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive! God Bless you and yours!

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

Trevis Dampier Sr.

References

biblegateway.com (2015)
John 3New International Version (NIV) Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3&version=NIV 

Happy Holidays!! Dining at it’s best!

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Giving thanks for the Creator’s gifts had always been a part of Wampanoag daily life. From ancient times, Native People of North America have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a good growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child. Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations.

As with Native traditions in America, celebrations – complete with merrymaking and feasting – in England and throughout Europe after a successful crop are as ancient as the harvest-time itself. In 1621, when their labors were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God and celebrated His bounty in the Harvest Home tradition with feasting and sport (recreation). To these people of strong Christian faith, this was not merely a revel; it was also a joyous outpouring of gratitude.

The arrival of the Pilgrims and Puritans brought new Thanksgiving traditions to the American scene. Today’s national Thanksgiving celebration is a blend of two traditions: the New England custom of rejoicing after a successful harvest, based on ancient English harvest festivals; and the Puritan Thanksgiving, a solemn religious observance combining prayer and feasting.

Florida, Texas, Maine and Virginia each declare itself the site of the First Thanksgiving and historical documents support the various claims. Spanish explorers and other English Colonists celebrated religious services of thanksgiving years before Mayflower arrived. However, few people knew about these events until the 20th century. They were isolated celebrations, forgotten long before the establishment of the American holiday, and they played no role in the evolution of Thanksgiving. But as James W. Baker states in his book,Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday, “despite disagreements over the details” the 3-day event in Plymouth in the fall of 1621 was “the historical birth of the American Thanksgiving holiday.”(plimoth.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House

Average Cost

It’s free besides the grocery bill..

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

All of my Mama’s cooking.. Recipes Found Here

I wanted to take the time to say Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all of my readers out there!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving with much more eating to come when Christmas comes around.

I’ve added my Mom’s Delicious Southern Recipes that will make your dishes the success of the party; so make sure you take a look at them.

Outside of that, I had a great Thankgiving with all of my family coming together, with a super duper delicious meal that you see in the picture and another celebration of thanking our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ & Jehovah for all of the wonderful blessings we have had this year!

Our meal consisted of a mystical honey ham, succulent turkey, whimsical macaroni and cheese, unprecedented potato salad, dangerously flavorful cabbage, historical tidbits, flavor exploding corn, with soothing jasmine rice and mouth watering biscuits.

In one word I can say that would sum it all up..

Fulfillment!!

In one letter..

A

In a single number..

#1

In a single sentence..

True live action eating!!

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

Cheers from my family to yours!!! God bless you all!

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

Trevis Dampier Sr.

References

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation: S.E. Morison, ed. Knopf. N.Y., 1952. p 90 (2015 ) Thanksgiving History Retrieved from http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history

Happy Barbecue Labor Day!

barbecue pork chops, brown sugar bacon wrapped asparagus, pork riblets, macaroni salad, hotlinks, salad

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Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. (dol.gov)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Free! It’s mom’s house!

Rating (1-10)

10

Mom’s Recipes: 

Frances Dampier’s TasteBook Recipe 

So it is Labor Day weekend and time to relax with family and friends and enjoy your day off at work.

I know some of you still had to work today but I hope it was more laid back for you and you found a way to eat some barbecue!

Something about barbecue is the foundation for love and gatherings here in America..

We barbecue for graduations..

We barbecue for birthdays..

We barbecue for holidays..

Heck..We may even barbecue for a funeral..

I know what I’m going to do for this Labor Day weekend..

Barbecue!!!

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Fillmore San Francisco Jazz with Pizzazz!

BBQ Oysters, Seafood Gumbo

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Though jazz and classic blues are really early twentieth-century black music innovations, certain characteristics found in jazz do have their roots in much earlier musical traditions. Call and response, improvisation, the appropriation and reinvention of elements from Western art music: black music in the twentieth-century has never held a monopoly on these musical practices. For instance, the era American historians call “antebellum” (roughly 1815-1861) holds much of interest to researchers looking for the deep roots of jazz.

There was one condition that had to be met for a black tradition unique to North America to develop. There had to be a creole population in place, i.e. a population of blacks born not in Africa but in America. Historically, and for various complicated reasons, slaves in the United States began reproducing their numbers after the closing of the African slave trade in 1808. The creole birthrate actually climbed in the United States, as opposed to most Latin and Caribbean American colonies. Unlike in Brazil or Cuba direct African infusions into black American culture were much less pronounced in the early and middle nineteenth-century. After 1808, blacks in North America began remembering–as well as forgetting–African musical traditions, reinventing them to fit their needs in an entirely different American context. This is an important thing to remember, especially if you hold with Amiri Baraka that “Blues People” have always been curiously American “Negroes.”(allaboutjazz.com)

Today’s Vendors

New Orleans Catering – Seafood Gumbo

Aroma Concessions – BBQ Oysters

Fillmore Jazz Festival – San Francisco, Ca

Average Cost

Free for the Festival. Beer $8 and food venues vary but around $10-$12

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

There will be different food vendors every year so go with taste buds and enjoy the shows!

Sunny weekends are great for barbecue and festivals!

This 4th of July weekend is one of the best festivals in the Bay Area held off Fillmore street in San Francisco..

What festival? The Fillmore Jazz Festival with all types of live Jazz music with great food and alcoholic beverages galore!

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The Music goes Boom Boom Boom at the Redwood Room!

Pastor Tacos

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The English translation of al pastor is “in the style of the shepherd.” Mexican shepherds adapted the Lebanese style of spit-roasting lamb, using pork instead, and al pastor tacos became a beloved Mexican food the world over.

Tacos al pastor are made from thin strips of pork that have been marinated in spices and chiles and then stacked onto a long spit called a trompo. In many — but not all — cases, a pineapple and onion are placed on top of the spit. As the meat cooks, the outside layer gets crispy from exposure to the heat. The taco-maker shaves off the outer layers straight into tortillas, and might top the pork with sliced pineapple, onion, cilantro and salsa.(huffingtonpost.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Redwood Room – Clift Hotel – SF

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Tacos, Any Appetizers

Happy 4th of July everyone!

We just spent the day at the Fillmore Jazz Festival here in San Francisco and boy was that a blast!

Now after taking a nap in our room at the Clift Hotel

I decided to come down for a drink and a small appetizer at the Redwood Room while my wife is sound asleep upstairs.

She’s light weight when it comes to alcohol and boy did we get our fill at the Festival.

I’ll write more about the festival in my next blog.For now, let’s talk about the Redwood Room

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A Tribute to the Militia of the Past and Today; Wishing you a Memorable Memorial Day!

Bacon Burger

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As opposed to Veterans Day, which honors living veterans, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have died while in military service. The holiday originally started as Decoration Day, where the graves of soldiers were decorated with flowers and flags. Though President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY the official birthplace of Memorial Day the wake of the Civil War, dozens of towns continue to claim that they, in fact, were the originators of the holiday.

It’s ancestry is so hard to trace — particularly through to some of our current iterations — because the custom of decorating tombstones precedes organized holidays. What is certain is that on May 5, 1868 national commander General John Logan declared May 30 Decoration Day, “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

At the first ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, 5,000 people participated in decorating the graves of fallen soldiers from the Civil War. By the late 1800s, all the northern states recognized Decoration Day. It wasn’t until after World War I, when the holiday changed from recognizing Civil War soldiers to honoring all dead military, that the whole of the country participated on May 30 every year.(ww2.kqed.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Free! It’s mom’s house!

Rating (1-10)

10

Mom’s Recipes: 

Frances Dampier’s TasteBook Recipe – Easy Hamburgers

First things first…

I would like to give tribute to all of the militia in the past, present and future who have died or that have given service to achieving the freedoms that we have here in America today! Without you we wouldn’t be able to live freely in speech as we do, to be able to have free interests like we do, or to be able to worship the One True Living God (Jesus Christ) without having the fear to be a martyr. Bottom line to be free to choose!

Jesus said” There is No Greater Love than someone who will die for a friend!”

And trust me; that sacrifice that our Father in Heaven made by giving us Jesus Christ to die for us was one of the most non selfish things anyone could ever have done for humanity! So I want to make sure that He is definitely included in this! Thank you Jesus!

I salute these people that died for us within the militia without knowing us which is a love that needs to be saluted! Thank you all for your great service to this country!

Now let’s talk celebration!!!

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Happy Mother’s Day! Celebrate Mom ‘Extra Lavish’ with this Pecan Crusted Catfish!!

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The population of the Southern United States is made up of many different peoples who came to the region in a variety of ways, each contributing to what is now called “Southern cooking.” American Indians, native to the region, taught European settlers to grow and cook corn, a grain unknown in Europe at the time. Spanish explorers in the 1500s brought pigs with them, introducing pork to the region. West Africans carried some of their traditional foods with them, such as watermelon, eggplant, collard greens, and okra, when they were brought to the United States by force as slaves beginning in the 1600s. Creoles, known for their unique use of spices, are descended from French and Haitian immigrants who later mingled with Spanish settlers in the New Orleans area. “Cajuns,”also recognized for their unique style of cooking, were originally Acadians, French settlers in Nova Scotia who were driven out by the British in 1755 and made their way to New Orleans. In Louisiana, crawfish (resemble miniature lobsters) and catfish are popular, prepared in dozens of different ways. Fried catfish is popular all across the South. Texas’s spicy and flavorful “Tex-Mex” cuisine reflects the state’s close proximity to the spicy cuisine of Mexico.

The American Civil War (1861–1865) had a major impact on the South and its food. Many plantations and farms were destroyed during the conflict. To survive, Southerners ate whatever they could grow or find, and nothing went to waste. When the economy began to recover, most African Americans were not allowed to share in the newfound wealth and continued to eat the simple foods that were available during the war. This type of simple and inexpensive food became known later as “soul food.” The first African American, and the only ex-slave, known to have written a cookbook was Abby Fisher. Her book, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking , was published in 1881 and includes many recipes that would now be considered soul food.(foodbycountry.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Free! It’s mom’s house!

Rating (1-10)

10

Mom’s Recipes: 

Frances Dampier’s TasteBook Recipe – Cabbage Greens

Pecan Crusted Catfish Recipe:

The Mr. B’s Bistro Cookbook

Pecan Crusted Catfish

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there and to all you father’s out there raising your kids on your own as well!

On this special day we give tribute to the wombs that enabled us to be present on this earth this day and the sacrifices they have made for us!

What better way to celebrate than a table full of soul food and every humans wish; Pecan Crusted Catfish!

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Happy Cinco De Mayo! I’ll Toss my Tupe for a Tasty Dish at Casa Lupe!

Chicken Tostada with Rice and Beans

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Cinco de Mayo, ( Spanish: “Fifth of May”) , also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla,  national holiday in Mexico in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America. On May 5, 1862, a poorly equipped mestizo and Zapotec force under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French troops at the Battle of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City; about 1,000 French troops were killed. Although the fighting continued and the French were not driven out for another five years, the victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. The city, which was later renamed Puebla de Zaragoza, is the site of a museum devoted to the battle, and the battlefield itself is maintained as a park.(britannica.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Casa Lupe – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

Around $13-$15 per plate

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Tostada, Tacos, Burritos, Margaritas!

Cadillac Margarita

Its’ Cinco De Mayo Mi Amigos and I am happy to celebrate with my Mexican brothers and sisters to do cheers in celebration on this great day!

What better way to celebrate than some delicious Mexican cuisine with an ice cold margarita. Nothing to it but to do it!

During this day every year, I make sure to stop by  the nearest Mexican restaurant and indulge in some Mexican heritage cuisine. I won’t be caught dead eating anything other types of food to make sure I take part in the celebration.

None the less, Mexican food is fantastic any day you choose it! So I am glad to oblige!

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