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USA, Nevada, Henderson – Hot n Juicy Crawfish

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(Read my other Food related posts) – We recently drove through Henderson, NV on our 2019 Road Trip. My wife and her brother love Hot n Juicy Crawfish. I have been there three times now and I enjoy their fried shrimp. My wife and her brother prefer ordering mildly cajun season boiled shrimp by the pound and digging in with both hands.

While they operate several different locations (13 at the time I write this post), I have only visited the Henderson, NV site at 9560 S. Eastern Ave. Henderson, NV 89123.

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As I mentioned before, I like their fried shrimp and their cajun fries.

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My wife and her brother also tried the regular Calamari and enjoyed that as an appetizer.

We have all enjoyed being a Hot n Juicy customer. If you like seafood, particularly spicy seafood, you will want to give Hot n Juicy a try.


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How Chocolate Helped To Win The War

I thought that this article was worth sharing. If you find it interesting, you might also like the article Chocolate Went to War I published a while back.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.


 

Pacific Paratrooper

Seventy-five years ago, more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion.  And while we all know that day served as a huge turning point for the Allied cause, you probably haven’t thought much about what those soldiers carried with them to eat during and after the invasion.

Food had to be lightweight, nutritious and very high in energy; after all, these men were about to invade Nazi-occupied land.  As it so happens, the one substance that could fulfill all those requirements was a very unlikely it — a Hershey’s chocolate bar.

D ration chocolate bar

The Hershey Chocolate company was approached back in 1937 about creating a specially designed bar just for U.S. Army emergency rations.  According to Hershey’s chief chemist, Sam Hinkle, the U.S. government had just four requests about their new chocolate bars: (1) they had to weigh 4 ounces; (2)…

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USA, Texas, Georgetown – Galaxy Bakery & CoffeeHouse

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(See my other dessert related posts) – A few days ago, friends, Michelle and Addy came to visit and they brought my wife and I each a Boston Cream Croissant. That taste of Galaxy Bakery was enough to send us up to Georgetown this morning.

The Galaxy Bakery & CoffeeHouse is located at 107 E 7th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626 – just east of the square. The Galaxy is housed in one of the older buildings and you might just go past it. If you do though, you will be making a mistake.

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So what does the Galaxy have? Per their menu:

  • Full size and Mini CUPCAKES
  • GLUTEN FREE CUPCAKES  Available Fridays & Saturdays (or by the dozen upon request)
  • Full size and Mini CANNOLI – Chocolate, Confectioners Sugar, and Pistachio.
    CHEESECAKE – New York, Tuxedo, Chocolate, Raspberry White Chocolate, Peanut Butter
    Full size and mini CINNAMON ROLLS
  • COOKIES – Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Chunk, Cranberry Oatmeal Walnut, Peanut Butter, and Sugar.
  • CROISSANTS – Almond, Dutch Apple, Peach Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate, Ham & Swiss, Jalapeño Sausage & Cheddar, Raspberry, Sausage & Cheddar, Spinach & Feta, Jalapeño Popper, Boston Cream, Turkey Gouda, and Almond Joy.

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  • Full size and mini MUFFINS – Blueberry, Lemon Crunch, Maple Walnut, Raspberry.
  • Full size and mini PIES – Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate, Coconut, Galaxy-Pie, Key Lime, Lemon Meringue, Pecan, Pumpkin, Peach
  • Full size and mini SCONES – Almond, Blueberry, Cranberry Orange, Raspberry.

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The Galaxy also has a selection of coffees and bottled soft drinks. There are a few tables inside and more outside on their patio for when the weather is better. We sat inside and enjoyed Turkey Gouda Croissants, then shared a cupcake. Of course, we had to stop at the counter and order a few other items to take home with to enjoy later.

So far I have only tasted the Boston Cream and Turkey Gouda Croissants, along with one of their cupcakes (their website lists 47 different flavors – they rotate through them every two weeks) and one of their cookies. Everything I have tried so far has been very good.

Now that I have visited Galaxy Bakery, I am sure I will be back many times! If you are near the Williamson County Courthouse on the square in Georgetown, I recommend you take a few minutes to visit the Galaxy Bakery.


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Coffee: Which type of filter do you use? There is a difference!

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(See my other Coffee and Food  related posts) – The University of California, Davis Coffee Center has been investigating the best ways to brew coffee. In March of 2019 the article “Flat vs. Cone: Basket Shape is as Important as Grind Size in Drip Brew Coffee” was published in 25 Magazine.

A very well designed [see the article for details] experiment was designed to evaluate flat versus cone shaped filters. The quick take from the article:

  1. filter shape does affect the taste of coffee
  2. grind size does not affect the taste of coffee
  3. there is a taste difference between light and dark roasts

With light roast:

  1. flat bottom filters “yielded flavor attributes with more dried fruit, sweet, and floral flavor intensities
  2. cone filters “yielded more citrus, berry, and sour

With dark roast:

  1. flat bottom filters “yield more pronounced chocolate, cocoa, and woody flavors
  2. cone filters “yield much more intense bitterness

Which filter type is best? That is really up to the consumer because we each have our own taste preferences.

Are​ 8 Glasses of Water Per Day Needed?

(See my other Health and Food related posts) – I came across the article “How Much Water Do I Really Need to Drink?” today and thought it was worth sharing.

We have been told for a while now that we should all drink 8 glasses of water every day. First to consider is what dehydration is:

  1. exercise- and heat-induced mild dehydration  – loss of 1-3% of body weight – impact brain function and reduce endurance
  2. further loss – memory and attention are impaired
  3. If you feel thirsty, your body is telling you to drink
  4. headaches, muscle cramping, a dry or sticky mouth, or infrequent urination – approaching dangerous levels of dehydration

These are warning signs those of us in Central Texas have to be aware of. The high temperatures we endure in the summer months (June through September) can easily cause dehydration if outside.

Water consumption guide:

  1. In 1945 84 ounces of water per day recommended, but there appears to be no scientific basis in that number
  2. The Institute of Medicine provides more guidance and recommends women to drink a total of 91-oz (10 glasses) of fluids a day and men a total of 125-oz (15 glasses).
  3. research findings have estimated an increase in energy expenditure by approximately 96 calories a day with the consumption of 68-oz of room-temperature water
  4. Those daily recommendations include fluid from ALL sources including coffee and tea (without sugar or milk)
  5. staying hydrated improves health
  6. staying hydrated can help with weight loss

The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors: age, sex, body mass, environment conditions, level of activity, health status, and pregnancy status. And how do you tell when you are well-hydrated? The best way, according to the Mayo Clinic, is to check your urine. If it’s pale yellow, you’re hydrated. If it’s darker yellow, you’re not. And if it’s crystal clear, you’re probably overhydrated.

If this has been of interest to you I suggest you read the article for yourself.

 

USA, Texas, Round Rock – Fogueira Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse

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(See my other posts related to Round Rock  and Food ) – I had dinner this evening at the Fogueira Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse located at 2000 South IH-35, Suite D1, Round Rock, Texas 78681. This is the third Brazilian Steakhouse I have dined at this year, though the first in Texas. I have to say that the food was excellent!

You first get to go to their salad bar. There are many selections to choose from. It is self serve and you can return as often as you like, but you really need to leave plenty of room for the meat!

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As soon as you are ready for the main course, you flip over a small card at your seat at the table. When the waiters see you have a ‘green’ card they stop at your table to see if you want a portion of the meat they are serving. You have several choices. Per their website:

Our 15 cuts of meat, consisting of beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and sausage, will be carved and served to guest’s desired temperature by a gaucho – trained Brazilian chef, on a large skewer. The service and carving of the meats are initiated by each individual guest using a red and green sided card.

Their meat selections include:

  • Picanha – their signature cut, prime part of top sirloin. Comes with 2 additional flavors of Spicy and Garlic.
  • Filet Mignon- Tasty cut of tenderloin. Also served wrapped in bacon.
  • Rib Eye- Richly marbled steak seasoned with fajita.
  • Costela – Juicy beef ribs, rubbed with rock salt, slow roasted to bring forward natural flavors
  • Fraldinha – Flavorful cut of bottom sirloin.
  • Cordeiro- Succulent lamb chops and tender leg of lamb.
  • Frango – Beer-marinated chicken legs and juicy chicken breasts wrapped in bacon.
  • Costela de Porco – Pork ribs, seasoned and cooked to perfection.
  • Lombo de Porco – Pork tenderloin coated with parmesan cheese.
  • Linguica – Savory pork sausage.

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Tables are also served with bowls of garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, hot cheese breads, farofa, crispy polentas, and rice and beans. Waiters keep coming by with meats until you give up and turn your card over to red. If you need a short break, just turn your card over to red for a while, then back to green when you are ready for more.

Prices are $34.95 for weekday lunch and $49.95 for dinner any night. A salad bar only option is available for $26.95 and $31.50 for lunch and dinner respectively as well.

A number of very tasty desserts ($8 – $12) are available, though they are not included in the dinner meal price.

I can say with certainty that I will be going back!


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[Photos are from the Fogueira Gaúcha website and Facebook page]

Want a Perfect Cup of Coffee?

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – Are you a coffee lover and keep searching for how to make that “perfect” cup of brew at home? If so, you might be interested in the article “How To Make The Best Coffee at Home – According to 6 Experts” I came across today.

In a nutshell, what they say is:

  • start with quality of the water
  • recommended water to coffee ratio 16 (plus or minus 1) to 1 (by weight)
  • use fresh ground coffee
  • a Keurig is NOT recommended

Disneyland​ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Open

(See my other DisneyStar Wars posts) – Well, we have been waiting for this for a while now. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland is now open. This 14-acre expansion has been watched by many with anticipation.

I can’t wait to go myself, but it will be a few years. Regardless of when I go, Galaxy’s Edge will never look as empty as in the video above.

USA, Nevada, Henderson – Rodizio Grill

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(See my other Food posts) – I recently went with a group of the family to the Rodizio Grill in Henderson, NV. This is one location in a chain and it is a Brazilian Steakhouse or Churrascaria. The first restaurant in the chain opened in 1995. There are currently 21 locations in the chain, with a 22nd in development. Unfortunately, there are none in the Austin, TX area yet. The location we visited is located at 1300 W Sunset Rd, #2950, Henderson, NV 89014.

 

 

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Like most Brazilian Steakhouses, the Rodizio Grill has an extensive salad bar, in addition, there are over a dozen rotisserie-grille meats & signature items served right at your table by ‘Rodizio gauchos’. You can view the extent of their selections with their online menu.

We all thought the food very good. TripAdvisor rates this restaurant as 4.5/5, while Yelp rates it at 4.5/5 also. You can choose to just eat at the salad bar ($19.99 for lunch, $21.99 for dinner) or have the full meat selection along with the salad bar ($26.99 for lunch, $36.99 for dinner). We chose the full selection at dinner and it was well worth it. After your meal is over, you get to pick (if you have any room left) from their selection of desserts. A desert comes with your meal.

This is a restaurant I would recommend, but make sure you that you arrive hungry! With all of the food at the salad bar, then the ‘gauchos’ coming by your table every few minutes you will certainly leave stuffed.


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USA, Utah, St. George – Black Bear Diner

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(See my other Food posts) – We went this morning to the Black Bear Diner in St. George, Utah for breakfast. This location is only one of the 124 diners that the chain has across 12 states. The first location opened in 1995 in Mount Shasta, California. The diner location we visited is at 1245 S Main St., St. George, UT 84770.

Even though there are over 100 locations, I had never heard of this diner chain before. I checked the location list and found that there are three in Texas, but sadly all are in the Houston area. With their expansion program hopefully, there will be one in the Austin area before too long.

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As you can see (pardon the poor photography) from the sign outside, one of the themes that run through the restaurant is bears.

The four of us had a variety of items for breakfast and we enjoyed them all. TripAdvisor gives the Diner a 4/5 rating, Yelp a 3.5/5,  and Zomato a 3.6/5.

One of the features of this chain is “all day breakfast”. They have a pretty extensive breakfast menu as well as a full list of items for lunch and dinner. A nice selection of dessert items is also available. I would certainly stop at one of these diners again.


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