Monday, October 29, 2007

The Royal Chef



One my of good friend, Kay Lynn, has one of the most beautiful houses that I have ever seen. She and Kevin built their dream home last year and it is truly a dream come true. She has a fantastic decorator who has come of with so many great ideas that I have never seen before. Every time I go to Kay Lynn's house, Lawanna has added something new.


This past weekend, her house was one of five on the "Tour de Chef" home tour. Each home featured a chef cooking samples. At Kay Lynn's house, the featured chef was Darren McGrady. He was a chef at Buckingham Palace cooking for the royal family and eventually was Princess Diana's private chef for the last four years of her life.
Since my mother's 75th birthday was yesterday, I decided to have him autograph a copy of his book for her. I got me one too. He was very personable and his bread pudding sample was so good. The picture is of Janelle and I after our autograph.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hibiscus


We finally had a chance to get together with Tom and Donna and Jim and Kathy. This was the first time for all six of us to go out since Las Vegas. They had never been to Hibiscus, so we decided to eat there.

The food was so good and we had a great time. Of course, we started out with the Crab Dip. It's the best that I have ever had. Pops and I spilt the Ribeye and we had the creme brulee for dessert. It was all great.

We had a great time planning our next trip together. Next summer we are going to London for a few days and then spend a week in Scotland at Craigsanquhar House (Tom and Donna's castle). We are so excited and can't wait to go. Tom, Donna, Jim and Kathy are going a few days earlier than we are and going to Geneva. Since I am a 3 night trip person and I am already stretching that, we decided to fore go that leg of the trip.

Since I am usually the travel consultant, this is really going to be great because Tom is planning the whole thing. He has a chauffeur who will drive us all around Scotland and the countryside.

Jim and Kathy are going to renew their wedding vows and Pops is going to be the preacher. There is only one little glitch. Tom says they don't wear tux's in Scotland. It is only kilts. Jim says "no way" so we will see what happens. Tom is doing this up just like a real wedding, so it should be a blast.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Chef Point And Paula Deen



We decided to go visit an old favorite this week, Chef Point Cafe, aka "the gas station." It is part of a large operating gas station with several gas pumps. It doesn't look like anything fancy at all, but it is very upscale food. They have everthing from Shrimp Scampi to duck.

Justin and I had the stuffed chicken. It is a blackened chicken breast, stuffed with crab stuffing and pepper jack cheese. It was served over angel hair pasta with an incredible sauce. The sauce was lots of heavy cream, butter, spices and I don't know what else, but so good. I tried not to eat too much sauce because my estimation was that the whole dish was at least 5,000 calories.

Justin had never eaten bread pudding so we ordered one to split. This is the first place that I tried bread pudding about 1 1 /2 years ago. It tasted like a gooey cinnamon roll. Delicious!

Chef Point has opened up a second location about 2 miles down the road. It is in a nice restaurant with a bar. The bar seems to be attracting a lot of people. The parking lot was crowded when we drove by. Our location only had two other tables occupied, but it was 8:00 on a week night which is a little late.

Our waitress told us that they are expecting the crowds to increase because Paula Deen had recently visited and she is writing about it in her magazine. I knew Paula would love it because if it is made with cream and butter, she is hooked.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Simply Burgers


Jordan came by yesterday to have lunch with me. After much deliberation, she narrowed her choice down to seafood or a hamburger. Since we had Pappadeaux last week, we decided to try a new hamburger place that I had seen advertised, Simply Burgers on N. Industrial in Bedford.


To my surprise, it was very good. The 1/2 pound patties will seasoned to perfection. The buns were toasted and tasted almost like they were homemade (slightly sweet). They were served with grilled onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. My only complaint is that they are very messy. There was a lot of mayonaise and mustard and combined with the slippery grilled onions and the heavy pattie, it was sliding around all over the place.


There are a lot of extras that can be added on from grilled mushrooms, chili, house-made guacamole to hickory smoked bacon. Several items on the menu were labled house-made or homemade and of course that really impressed me. They have housed-mixed ranch dressing for the salads and fries.


The menu also has several chicken sandwiches and salads. The sides include fresh cut fries, sweet potato fries, cajun fries, fried okra, tater tots and more. We tried the sweet potato fries and they were cooked to the perfect crunch, but I had a little problem with the texture. The onion rings were delicious.


I will definitely be back. The kids cheeseburger is 1/4 pound and I might try that next time as I prefer a smaller amount of meat.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

I Love My Church

Friday night, Pops and I drove to the Plano campus to teach the Nearly Wed/ Newly Wed class. All couples who are going to be married by a Fellowship pastor have to attend this class. Others attend because it is a great way to evaluate your relationship, to make sure you are ready for the next step, and to equip you for all that lies ahead with each other; in laws, finances, conflict, communication, etc. I feel so blessed to be involved with a church that realizes how important this is.

We have just completed a series called ineed2change.com. We all need to change something. We can't change on our own, we can only change through God's help, and the first step is having a relationship with Him. Since the beginning of this series a few weeks ago, 837 people have taken this step. These are 837 changed lives. These are 837 people who now know for sure where they will be spending eternity.

I am so blessed to be a part of a church that is about changing lives.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Flying Fish

Flying Fish opened up in Ft. Worth a couple of months ago and we were so excited after reading reviews that a new fish restaurant was in town. We love fish and are always looking for something new and GOOD. That is hard to find.

Unfortunately we didn't have much luck. It really had a neat atmosphere. It looked like it was in an old convience store, pretty rugged on the outside, but it was very clean and neatly decorated. The rugged look is part of the decor. The inside is decorated with "Billy the Fish" decorations.

First I ordered the Crawfish Chowder. It was cold (and I mean biting into refrigerator cold potatoes) and had a strong sour cream taste. If it had been hot and a little less creamy tasting, it would have been pretty good. It had a strong spicy flavor.

I had the catfish and shrimp combo. It was okay. Not horrible, but not great. I always want great. The fries were better than average and the coleslaw was okay. Pops had the red beans and rice and they were covered in green onions. By covered, I am more onions than bean. I love green onions, so I wouldn't mind too much, but being that he hates them, he didn't even touch them. Hushpuppies were also just okay. I doubt we will go back. That is disappointing because I really wanted to like it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

It Has Been SOOO Long!!!

Don't worry, I have been eating well. Just because I have not posted doesn't mean I haven't eaten. I got so busy and so far behind that it got harder and harder to make myself start again.

When I get on the computer, I have been checking up on blogs, especially Ashley's and Copeland's, and after reading their struggles, it makes my daily life and restaurant reviews very insignificant.

Since my last post, I went to see Janelle. The trip to Abilene wore me out even though it was just a day trip. Anyone that knows me well knows I can only handle about an hour in the car. Five hours in one day is brutal. I was sick and went to the "clinic" to get some medicine in between shopping for Janelle's apartment and hanging pictures and drapes. We did manage to squeeze in lunch and dinner at The Homeplace.

It has been so hot that I have not had any desire to do anything. I have had it with the heat. To make matters worse, Pops has been in San Diego and Vancouver and will call me and tell me how cool it is there when I am sweating to death in the 95 degree temperature with 98 percent humidity. I am ready for fall. We did get a little break yesterday morning, but it went back up for the afternoon. Bring on the cool air. I would like to be able to take the girls to the park and I don't like to sweat.

I have been having some work done on the house and have been painting and doing some work myself so that has kept me busy along with a precious 18 month old that is wearing me out. She is just adorable, but so busy. You turn your back on her and she is either on the kitchen table or on the counter top.

Last but not least, my little Landrie turned 4 last week. She is so sweet and so smart. She amazes me with the things she says. I can't help but think about her birth when her birthday comes around. We were so excited that she was finally coming into this world. Jennifer went to the hospital to be induced on Friday night and everything seemed to be going fairly smooth until she was born around 10 p.m. on Saturday. After she was born, we were told her Apgar was 2 and she had to be revived. The Dr. said she was just limp and she didn't know why. Through the night they checked her and said she was week on one side. I was devastated. I just wanted her to be a healthy baby. From that point on, she never had any other problems and we are so blessed by her and her health.

Some of my food highlights over the past few weeks:

Christina's Mexican Restaurant in Southlake - Did not like
Via Real in Las Colinas - Good
Tucker's Catfish Haven in North Richland Hills - Good food if you can handle the atmosphere
Bailey's (the new one off of Glade and 121) - Great breakfast
Manny's Mexican in Dallas - Pretty Good
S & D Oyster Bar in Dallas - Good
Feedstore BBQ in Southlake - Below Average
and of course . . . all the regulars