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!

Let’s talk about it…

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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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My Oh My… He love the Pad Thai!!

peanut sauce with shredded carrots, lettuce, and shredded cabbage

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The Royal Thai Cuisine or “Aharn Chao Wang” or “Kapkhao Chao Nai”, the original recipes were prepared in the Royal Palaces. The royal Thai cuisine became well-known in the beginning of the Rattanakosin Era when some royal members prepared meals or “Phra Khrueang Ton” for the royal families..(amazingthaifood)

Today’s Restaurant

Pad Thai – 500 Lawrence Expy., Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Average Cost

Around $8- $13 per plate depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes:

Spicy Catfish Plate, Tom Kha Soup with chicken

Flavor upon flavor upon flavor!! I should begin and end this blog post with just the pictures alone and in my Forest Gump voice state, “and that’s all I have to say about that.”

Thai food is awesome, Thai food is scrumptious, Thai food is a 4th of July in Las Vegas in your mouth! It is a craving that I must hold in the grasp of my gums at multiple times in a month.

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