I’ll Travel Near or Far to find me an Elephant Bar!!

St. Louis-style full or half rack · double basted with tropical Kona BBQ sauce · caramelized apples choice of two sides

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Did you know….

In 1980, the first Elephant Bar Restaurant opened to the delight of David Nancarrow, and his son Chris. The idea was simple; provide a comfortable and unique place to escape from the stress of everyday life, to relax and enjoy a fun, casual dining experience.

Over the years, the food offering has become the star of the restaurant, with bold Pan Asian flavor experiences and popular recipes from around the world (elephantbar.com/aboutus)

Today’s Restaurant

Elephant Bar – Campbell, Ca 

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Cajun Chicken, Kona BBQ Pork Ribs, SHRIMP & CHICKEN JAMBALAYA

Whether it’s lunch time, dinner time or time for a drink and appetizers Elephant Bar has a great atmosphere and tasty vittles to enlighten your palate.

My fiance and I have been here multiple times over the years and they have never let us down so we keep coming back.

We used to come strictly for the Shrimp and Chicken Jambalaya but today we wanted to try something different so time to take a journey to dive into the abyss of exciting tasty creations.

Grilled chicken breast · Cajun spice · Bourbon street rice with Andouille sausage · sautéed spinach

Since we have dined at the Elephant Bar for many years off and on we have noticed changes in the menu here and there but today we saw an entirely new menu.

There were so many choices it blew my mind and it actually made it difficult to order. My mind was on a roller coaster ride and I needed to settle it down. I hope they tone the menu down to what they are experts in so we can get the best of the best only on the list.

Anywhooo… I figured what better way to enjoy a sunny afternoon than to have a rack of ribs winking at me! You can never go wrong with that choice!

So I go with the St. Louis-style half rack, double basted ribs with tropical Kona BBQ sauce and caramelized apples with a choice of two sides. The sides list was huge so I just stuck with fries and a salad but keep in mind you have many items that will fit your fancy.

Once I received the plate, the aroma of delicacy and sweetness fill the air. I take a bite and the meat is almost falling off the bone. The pork is so tender it shredded in my mouth before I could even start chewing.

Every bite gave me a sensation of elegance and happiness! True live action eating!

Now to jump into my fiance’s dish which I had to taste to make sure I can tell you guys about it.  🙂

She ordered the Cajun Chicken dish which was a grilled chicken breast with Cajun spice, Bourbon street rice with Andouille sausage and sautéed spinach.

The flavor took me on a Creole ride to satisfaction and bliss! The combination of Bourbon street rice and Andouille sausage was borderline jambalaya then stepping into the bite of the savory spinach brought a calm to this wonderful light tasty inferno in your mouth. Good job Elephant Bar!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to speaking with you on the next run! Keep hope alive!

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

Trevis Dampier Sr.


elephantbar.com/aboutus (2015) Founding Of The Concept Retrieved from http://www.elephantbar.com/aboutus

I’ll have a Tantrum like Conniption Fit over some Barbecue Tidbits!!

Barbecue Tidbits - Sausage, Hotlink, Chicken, Steak, Pork

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Tidbit #1:  In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered… barbecue?  Well, his love for it anyways.  In his log, he noted that a giant “serpent” (speculatively an iguana) was prepared by natives using an outdoor wooden fire device. The Spanish word for these devices, “barbacoa,” was actually the Europeans’ interpretation of the original Taino name.  Oh, and Columbus’ reaction to this crunchy amphibian treat? It simply “taste like chicken.”

Tidbit #2:  George Washington’s barbecue parties were better than yours.  We’re talking 48 bottles of fancy French wine better.  We know, it’s shocking, but Mr. Washington did in fact go hard.  In a diary entry from 1769 (don’t worry, that’s before he was President), he writes that he “Went in to Alexandria to a Barbecue and stayed all Night.”  Translation:  George partied too hard and passed out on the couch.  It’s ok, George, we’ve all been there.

Tidbit #3:  Forget cars and lightbulbs– in the 1920s, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison popularized charcoal. Along with EB Kingsford, they teamed up to create the first wide-spread, commercially manufactured charcoal briquettes the world had ever seen.  Scrapped wood and sawdust from Henry Ford’s auto plants in Detroit were recycled and transformed into easily lit charcoal, which popularized the barbecue for everyone from flappers to rag-a-muffins. It might sound like we’re razzing you, but we swear we’re on the level.(myglassrule.com)

Today’s Restaurant

My Big Brother’s House – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

A whole lot of brotherly love 🙂

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes to BBQ with family: 

Fried Chicken, Pork and Beef Ribs, Hotlinks, Tidbits, Collard Greens, Potato Salad, and Corn!

Favorite Food Celebration Dance:


In my Morpheus from the Matrix voice:

“What if I told you that you can eat all of your favorite barbecue meats in one bite without using more than 1 hand?”

“Trev, If you told me this I would definitely listen! My ears are percolating!! What type of sorcery would make this happen?”

“My dear friend living in the unknown, let me display this glorious magnificence upon you..”

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I’ll Sing and Dance like P-Diddy for some Heavenly Tacos at Speedy!!

Carne Asada, Pork and Chicken Tacos

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Did you know….

It is believed that the origin of the taco started in Mexican silver mines. Mr. Pilcher believes that they came about some time in the 19th century. This hypothesis about the taco comes from the fact that the first type of taco was “taco de minero,” which translates to mean miner’s tacos. Also, have you ever realized that taquitos look similar to a stick of dynamite? Taquito is a Spanish word that translates to small taco. It is believed that the word taco originally referred to pieces of paper that miners would wrap around gunpowder and use in holes that were carved into the face of the rock(casablancamexican.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Speedy Tacos – Sunnyvale,Ca

Average Cost

About $3 per taco

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

THE TACOS!! The meat was so tasty I would say anything on the menu!

Now everyone claims they have great tacos but everyone can’t stand up to the test.

I’ve eaten tacos from taco trucks, I’ve had them in front of dance clubs on the street, I’ve had them at home and even bought them on a corner from a lady named Tatiyana with a side order of homemade tamales.

There are some core differences in a great taco that I have grown to know. That is the flavor and tenderness in the meat, the salsa and the toppings.

A great taco will not be over saturated with all kinds of toppings but contain delicious flavor bursting meats including some onion, a little lime, a little cilantro and a tasty salsa sitting on top of a corn tortilla.

Every item needs to stand on its own, from the tortilla, to the meat, to the onion and lime.

If all are not in the realm of perfection then the entire taco could be ruined.

I’ve had tacos where the meat was juicy and flavorful but the tortilla was hard and crumbling , or the tortilla and meat were tasty but the salsa was bland or way to spicy.

Speedy Tacos deserves the award of perfection, the salute of a general, the worship of Mexican food in this land of the Bay Area! Let’s talk about it…

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Holy Mole!!


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Did you know….

A common legend of its creation takes place at the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla early in the colonial period. Upon hearing that the archbishop was going to visit, the convent nuns went into a panic because they were poor and had almost nothing to prepare.

The nuns prayed and brought together the little bits of what they did have, including chili peppers, spices, day-old bread, nuts, and a little chocolate. They killed an old turkey, cooked it and put the sauce on top; the archbishop loved it.

When the nun was asked the name of the dish, she replied, “I made a mole.” Mole was the ancient word for mix; now this word mostly refers to the dish, and rarely is used to signify other kinds of mixes in Spanish. (wikipedia)

Today’s Restaurant

Cascal Restaurant – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes an drinks: 

Beef Short Rib Adobo, Mexican Gorditas,Peruvian Ceviche, The House Margarita, Raspberry Caipirinha

It’s Friday night and time to end the week with a bang! One of my favorite places to go for drinks and ridiculous tasty Spanish food is Cascal Restaurant in Mountain View, Ca.

I am one of those foodie types where I need a variety of different foods throughout the week. Journeying to the same part of the world of food two to three times a week is not my style so I’m always experimenting and dining on something new. I’ve learned in the past that when you want Mexican food you should find a good hole in the wall restaurant to go get it because that is where the best tasting food will be.

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Top-Tier Food Truck Tuesday’s!!!

Movable Feast - Food Truck Event Santa Clara, California

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Did you know….

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, food trucks were “invaluable” for feeding the “clean-up crews and construction workers who couldn’t leave their sites to dine out at the few reopened restaurants,” according to The Atlantic. After Hurricane Sandy, food trucks served over 100,000 meals to hungry New Yorkers, even offering 11,000 free hot lunches in just one day..(buzzfeed.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Movable Feast – 2151 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA

Average Cost

Depends on which truck you choose but about $10-15 per meal

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Trucks(Dishes): 

Tastee Bytes – Pulled Pork Sandwich, Hill Country BBQ – Beef Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Hot Link, Mac n Cheese

Ever since I engulfed myself in the wonderful world of Food Network Television, I have found myself lusting over the great tasting sensations that I see during the shows and envision those fantasy imaged meals in my mouth that those wonderful chefs portray. One of the shows I like to watch on the Food Network is The Great Food Truck Race.

Really cool show if you haven’t seen it and it introduces you to the world of the Food Truck Extravaganza! This world is a realm of divergent creations of foods that you may be used to eating but it involves a twist to what you do not commonly order on a regular menu. Well actually, those are the illustrious ones; you will find some trucks that offer a menu familiar to the eye but those I tend to pass up since I can eat that type of food anywhere.

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