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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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USA, Utah, St. George – Chuck-a-Rama

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(See my other Food posts) – We have been in St. George, Utah for a couple of days.

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Yesterday for a late lunch/early dinner we went to the Chuck-a-Rama location here. It is located at 127 Red Cliffs Dr, St. George, UT 84790-8631. The Chuck-a-Rama is an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant.

Chuck-a-Rama is a small (12 location) chain of restaurants across Utah and Idaho. The first location opened in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 6, 1966.

Their menu varies a bit from day to day, but they consistently have a salad bar, baked goods, a selection of meat items, side dishes, and desserts every day. Their full menu is available online.

I have eaten there a few times now and have found the food good. Certainly, I have never walked away hungry. You won’t find 5-star Michelin cuisine, but the food is reasonably good and plentiful. On TripAdvisor Chuck-a-Rama has a 4/5 rating while on YelpYelp it has a 3.5/5 rating and on Zomato it has a 3.4/5 rating.


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USA, Utah, St. George – Paúla’s Cazuela

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Food – We went to Paúla’s Cazuela Mexican restaurant last night for dinner. This restaurant had been around St. George, Utah for at least 20 years. The restaurant is located at 745 Ridgeview Dr, St. George, UT 84770-2679.

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This is your ‘typical’ Mexican food restaurant. Some of the family have been eating and enjoying Paúla’s for nearly 20 years.

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My wife and I shared mixed chicken and beef fajitas. We really enjoyed them. They came with plenty of grilled onions, bell pepper, and red peppers.

One of the draws to Paúla’s is the view. Those shots above were taken from the parking lot, but it is also visible from their patio. If you are looking for some good Mexican food and are in St. George, UT then you may want to give this a try. Paúla’s has a 3/5 rating on Tripadvisor and 3.2/5 on Zomato.


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Singapore, Singapore – Soufflé Restaurant

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(See my other Food posts) – A couple of weeks ago we went to a French restaurant here in Singapore, Soufflé. The restaurant is located at 5 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089591.

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Soufflé is not a very large place and as you would expect from the name, it specializes in preparing a variety of soufflés. I had an order of Soupe à l’Oignon (Classic French onion soup with grantinated cheese toasts) then a Roquefort Cheese (Freshly baked soufflé – with a hearty portion of Roquefort cheese) and a Mixed green salad lightly dressed with French vinaigrette as my dinner. I liked all of those choices. The others in our party tried a wide variety of items and they enjoyed them all. You can look over their full menu if you like. 

Then came the dessert soufflés. There are eight different “Sweet Soufflés” on the menu:

  1. Grand Marnier et Oranges Confites (Freshly baked soufflé with a generous dousing of Grand Marnier and candied orange Additional shot of Grand Marnier)
  2. A la Chartreuse (Freshly baked souffé with a generous dousing of Chartreuse; the popular French digestif made with over 100 plants and flowers)
  3. Valrhona Chocolat Noir et Glace Vanille (Freshly baked soufflé with Valrhona dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream)
  4. Framboises et Glace Vanille (Freshly baked soft soufflé with raspberries and vanilla ice cream)
  5. Caramel Beurre Salé, Glace Caramel (Freshly baked soufflé with salted caramel and salted caramel ice cream)
  6. Speculoos, Crème Speculoos (Freshly baked soufflé with speculoos spiced shortcrust biscuits accompanied by a speculoos cream)
  7. Soufflé Glacé Citron Vert (A tall fluffy zesty lime iced soufflé)
  8. Soufflé Glacé Fruits Confits (A tall fluffy iced soufflé laced with colorful candied fruit

 

There were six of us in the dinner party, so being the ‘crazy Americans’ that we are we ordered two of each! Well, actually three of the chocolate soufflé.

Out of this delicious list, I liked the chocolate, caramel, and lime soufflés the best. I got too involved in the enjoying the soufflés so I did not get photos of them all. As you can see though, they all look good.

I have to say that I much prefer eating at a restaurant with a good steak. This was an interesting dinner though and it was great to sample all of their dessert soufflés. If you like French cooking or soufflés, then you will enjoy this restaurant.


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Home Front – Wartime Recipes (3)

WWII – I have reblogged two prior posts with WWII era recipes. I have always thought that seeing how they had to cook with the wartime rationing was interesting.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 210 links to museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history.

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


 

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From: The 1940’s Experiment .

We discussed rationing and we’ve discussed just how well our parents and grandparents ate – despite the rationing and time of war when all the “good” stuff was going overseas to the troops!  So …. as promised, here are some more of the wonderful recipes from the 1940’s.

Please thank Carolyn on her website for putting these delicious meals on-line!

Recipe 61: Chocolate biscuits & chocolate spread

Recipe 62: Curried potatoes 

Recipe 63: Vegetable pasties

Recipe 64: Wheatmeal pastry

Recipe 65: Homemade croutons

Recipe 66: Quick vegetable soup

Recipe 67: Fruit Shortcake

Recipe 68: Cheese potatoes

Recipe 69: Lentil sausages

Recipe 70: Root vegetable soup

Recipe 71: Sausage rolls

Recipe 72: Eggless ginger cake

Bubble n’ squeak #78

Recipe 73: Mock duck

Recipe 74: Cheese sauce

Recipe 75: Duke pudding

Recipe…

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Your Preference for Coffee is in Your Genes

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Coffee – After reading the article “Why Do I Like Coffee, But Not Tea? Science Says It May Come Down To Your Genetics” I now know part of what is in my genetic makeup – bitter taste receptor genes.

A study was undertaken at the University of Queensland in Australia to find out more about the genetic factor in the individual’s preference for coffee. The results of their study (“Understanding the role of bitter taste perception in coffee, tea and alcohol consumption through Mendelian randomization“) has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

The study looked at 400,000 people in the UK between the ages of 37 and 73. It compared both their coffee/tea-drinking habits, along with data on their genetic makeup. They found that those who carry the “bitter taste receptor gene” are much more likely to drink large amounts of coffee. In fact, for each “extra copy” of that gene, the probability that the individual would be a coffee drinker went up by 20%.

Feeling Anxious? A Cup of Coffee with Satori Might Help

Coffee – Coffee has many benefits of its own as I have posted about previously. While I don’t use creamers in my coffee, the “Vanilla Steamer” from Satori Food Project might be something to think about.

Dr. Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori, while he was pursuing post-doctorate work in pharmaceutical sciences, wanted to find an easy way for people to manage stress and anxiety without prescription drugs. He worked with the startup accelerator Gener8tor and received an award from the National Science Foundation to further his efforts to create foods for mental health. The result is the Satori Food Project based out of the Concordia University of Wisconsin Pharmacy School.

They currently have two products – the powdered coffee creamer mentioned above and a hot chocolate mix. Both are enriched with magnesium, GABA, and L-theanine. They say on their website about their creamer:

You know that feeling you get when you’re painting, writing, or coding. You know. When you’re 100% focused on what you’re making. When you’re in that special place where joy meets skill meets performance…

Well, scientists have figured out the brain chemistry behind that special place, and they call it “FLOW”. And we have turned that discovery into a delicious vanilla steamer that unlocks your brain’s potential to get into Flow – and stay there.

. . . helps you calm your nerves and stay focused on accomplishing your goals. Imagine what you can do at the next level of CONSCIOUSNESS and Clear Thinking…

As for their hot chocolate, their website claims:

RELAX. Imagine finally returning home from a long and busy day. You did a lot of things. And you helped a lot of people. 

Now it’s time to lay on the couch, snuggle under a warm blanket, and watch your favorite shows with your favorite drink.

Satori Hot Chocolate Mix is a gourmet beverage that helps your brain CALMLY UNWIND and detach from a hectic day. Now it’s night-time. Your time.

A Peaceful Mind can be yours with every cup of SATORI Hot Chocolate. It gives your brain the vitamins it needs to relax after a busy day. No Artificial Flavors. NO PILLS. No Stress. JUST CHOCOLATE.

A $25 can of the hot chocolate mix will make eighteen 56 calorie cups of hot chocolate. The $25 can of Vanilla Steamer provides twentyone 63 calorie servings.

Perhaps one or both (you can buy a package with a can of each for $45) is something to help you through your day.

Atomo, the Coffee Replacement

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Coffee – Climate change is affecting the coffee fields around the world. Some predict that the supply of coffee will be severely curtailed in the years ahead. The International Center for Tropical Agriculture in their 2014 report “A bitter cup: climate change profile of global production of Arabica and Robusta coffee” predicts that less than half of the land now used for growing coffee will support the crop within 30 years.

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The Seattle based start-up Atomo is planning ahead to this potential shortage. It is trying to replicate the flavor and mouthfeel of coffee at a molecular level. There are more than 1,000 compounds in a roasted bean, and 40 of those are critical for taste. They hope also to remove or reduce the strong acids that give coffee its bitter taste.

They ran a small scale test on the campus of the University of Washington. Of the students participating, 70% chose Atomo’s “coffee” over Starbucks. They have a Kickstarted campaign going on to fund further development. At the time I wrote this post their campaign for $10,000 had already reached $11,698 and had 24 days remaining. If you pledge $24 or more they will send you enough Atomo to brew 50 8oz cups.

Atomo is more expensive coming in at around $0.48 per cup. Compare that to a 38.4 oz container of Folgers for $6.91 on Amazon which will brew (using the recommended 2 Tbsp. [10.6 g or 0.37 oz] of ground coffee) about 78 cups of the same size for about $0.09 per cup.

Atomo will likely come down in price as they ramp up production. The price of real coffee will likely begin to climb as the coffee fields are affected by climate change.

Good Instant Coffee?

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Coffee – I am not a fan of instant coffee. That is why the article “Specialty Instant Coffee” caught my attention.

Instant coffee has been around a long time. The first patent on it was granted in 1881 to Frenchman Alphonse Allais. The well known Nescafé brand was introduced in 1938. Instant coffee became a staple of the military during World War II.

Early instant coffee was made using a “spray drying” method which strips the coffee of most of its aromatic compounds. That resulted in poor flavor and coffee quality. A much better “freeze drying” process was developed after World War II that produces a much more flavorful cup of coffee.

I don’t plan to switch to instant coffee anytime, but in certain situations it may be the only option. At least with article cited above you have some recommendations for high quality instant.