Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dinner at The Gas Station

Last weekend, we had some really good food at some really bad places. One of my very favorites is Chef Point, but it is so fattening! For that reason, we don't go as often as we used to, but I have been craving it for a while, and it was worth every single pound I gained!

We have been going to Chef Point for several years, long before it was famous. Oh, it was famous, but just from articles in the Star-Telegram, not from all of the television celebrities.

Chef Point is a restaurant that is also a working gas station and convenience store. Banks are very stingy about lending money for restaurants because the failure rate is so high. They didn't have any problem with loaning money for a gas station with a kitchen attached. This is how this restaurant got started and it became affectionately known by us and many others as, “the gas station”.

We used to go about once a week. Now we go about once every few months due to our schedules, the crowds and the calories. Back in the olden days, most of the cooking was done by the owner, Franson Nwaeze. One night we were in there and Pops was telling him about our favorite restaurant, Water Street Seafood that had closed down. We were telling him about the Crawfish Chicken. I told him I had found a recipe on the internet for the sauce and he said if I brought it in, he would fix it for us. The next week, I took him the recipe. He looked it over and said, “Do you want me to fix it now?”

That is how the Blackened Stuffed Chicken Breast was created. Instead of crawfish, he stuffed it with his crab cake mixture and pepper jack cheese. Instead of the andoullie cream sauce, he uses his own creation, asiago cream sauce. He serves it over a bed of pasta. It is delicious!

My favorite dish is the Blackened Catfish with Asiago Cream Sauce. This was a special of the day and not a regular on the menu until recently. I was always so disappointed when we would go and they didn’t have it. Now that it is a regular, it is the only dish I ever order.

Another great thing to try at the gas station is the bread pudding. This was the first place we had ever tried it. As much as I love bread, somehow eating a dessert made out of bread did not sound very good. Oh my gosh, the first time I ate it, I knew I was in trouble. The recipe was featured in Paula Deen’s magazine and it is not pretty. Lot of sugar and cream.

Go to the gas station for dinner if you want a fantastic gourmet meal with a delicious dessert. You won’t be disappointed!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

#4 Is #1

I have not been neglecting my blog, I am just having trouble coming up with something of interest. Growing up, I was taught, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Thus, my silence.

We have tried a few new restaurants and our response has been: NOT GOOD! I was really excited to take Pops to a place I had gone to previously for lunch. It was really good at lunch, but my dinner was just about not edible. It is an upscale home cooking place and I ordered the turkey and dressing. The dressing was the consistency of baby food, yes solid mush, and the turkey was mushy. The entire plate was drowning in runny gravy.

The most recent D Magazine had the top 16 barbecue restaurants in the Metroplex. We decided to try the number 1 spot last week for lunch. Such a disappointment. I'm not sure I would have even placed it in the top 16. The meat had a very smokey flavor, but that was about it.

I have talked about Smokey's in Ft. Worth previously. Still my #1 favorite. Smokey's was given the honor of being the #4 spot. I would definitely move Smokey's from #4 to #1 and just knock off the #1. We were going to go down the list and try them all, but after #1 being such a disappointment, I don't think I am going to waste my time.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Blogging World

The blogging world has been fun for me this week.

About 3 years ago, I was reading BooMama's blog. For those of you that don't know BooMama, she is the Queen of all bloggers. I don't think there is any woman in the blogging world that has not read her. I couldn't even tell you the post I was reading, but as I was reading the comments, I saw that a girl named "Janelle" had commented. Since I have a Janelle, I clicked on her blog. I was so surprised when I saw that she lived very close to me.

I sent her a comment on her blog. That started our cyber relationship. We have sent comments and emails to each other over the years about how we wanted to go to lunch. We finally did.

We met Monday at Chick-fil-A with Karsyn and Ellen and had a great 3 hour lunch. The girls played and played on the playground until they were red faced and exhausted. Janelle and I had a great time talking. It was so great to meet her in real life and we plan on doing it again.

We formed a connection because of our experiences in life. In reading each others posts, we saw that we had something in common that we could help each other with. What a neat way to meet someone!

On another note, last night I was at my book club and a girl that I only know through book club came up to me and said, "Can I ask you something? You don't have to tell me if you don't want to." Of course my answer was, "Sure, I will tell you anything you want to know." She said, "Are you Lolly? I read your blog and I thought that was you." Small world.

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