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The Mile High Pastrami Sandwich

When I set off to Houston, Texas for the next stop on my Summer Adventure Travel Schedule, I went to Twitter to find out where I should eat while I was in town!

The producers of one of my favorite Food Network shows, Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, replied to my tweet to Guy Fieri about where to eat.  They gave me several great recommendations and started a serious Twit-versation!

My favorite of their recommendations I visited was Kenny and Ziggy’s.

A New York style Delicatessen right in the heart of Houston, boosting the best pastrami sandwich I’ve ever had!

I created my own sandwich with half pastrami and half turkey. I spread a little Russian Dressing on top and that was all this mountain of meat needed!

My Dad got the #1 half pastrami, half corned beef, swiss cheese, cole slaw and russian dressing. He let me snag a bite and it was also a killer choice!

My Mom had the roast beef with au jus and sweet potato fries.  Her sandwich was good but the sweet potato fries were awesome! I find that sweet potato fries can end up soggy and not as crisp as traditional fries, but these were more like sweet potato strings, thin, crisp and delicious!

Nana got the Reuben.  Looks like she liked it!

Guess it runs in the family…

That was just the beginning!  Half way done…

I couldn’t stop there, the rest of that sandwich of meaty deliciousness was staring me down! Then this happened…

Yup, that entire monstrosity of a sandwich was gone! Little girl, big appetite strikes again!

Thanks to the Match Cut Crew for their tweet on this amazing spot!  Will definitely be back next time I’m in town!

If you want to visit Kenny and Ziggys to get in on the Mile High Pastrami Sandwich action, go to their website for the location and hours.

The Goat Milking Adventures of a City Girl

Pulling up to the Caprino Royale farm is like pulling into an adult petting zoo. We were greeted at the door with a glass of wine, excited doggies, chickens running everywhere, cock-a-doodle-doing roosters and a 10 day old baby goat. Now that is my kind of welcoming!

Although I grew up in Oklahoma, we were definitely more city folk than country folk, there were no goats, cows, pigs or roaming buffaloes in our back yard.  The closest thing we had to wildlife were some goldfish I bought at Walmart!

When I started planning my “Summer Blogging Adventure” I knew I wanted to take some time in Oklahoma and Texas to see where the meat and dairy I was consuming came from. I was given my first opportunity to do so when I met Eric Tippit. I knew it was meant to be, when he told me his farm was named after the James Bond movie Casino Royale. My name is Whitney Bond y’all! Eric invited me out to his farm and the rest is goat milking history!

It’s amazing how much your level of appreciation for food rises after visiting a farm. There are about 1,000 components that go into making that little block of goat cheese for your favorite dish. From feeding the goats to milking the goats to turning that milk into cheese and the hundred things that come in-between each one, these farmers are working around the clock, 365 days out of the year to make the cheese we all love so much!

At Caprino Royale, husband and wife team Eric and Karen are taking things to a whole new level with the time and love they give to their goats.

As a consumer of food (which I’m pretty sure all of us here are, unless you’re on one of those juice diets and if so, why are you reading a food blog, that’s just being mean to yourself!) we should all know where our food is coming from and what we’re putting in our bodies.

I believe in eating meat and dairy, I’m not a vegetarian or vegan.  With that said, I do believe in buying local meat and dairy from farmers that treat their animals with love and respect.  I believe you can taste the love put into the animals, just how you can taste the love I put into all of the dishes I create! And if love is a key ingredient in great cheese, than Caprino Royale may just have the best cheese out there!

Each goat is called by name and fed and milked individually twice a day, yeah that’s 24 goats each given individual love and attention = 5 hours of milking and feeding a day!  That’s 35 hours per week, that’s 1,825 hours per year, just for the milking and feeding, we haven’t even gotten to the actual cheese making yet!

While I was at the farm they let me attempt to milk one of the goats… and this happened!

Well now that we’ve all had a good laugh for the day, lets meet some of my farm favorites!

This little guy was only 10 days old and so sweet!

He was so cute and playful, I could have just hung with him all day and been so happy… but he needed his rest!

While he rested, the other kids came to play!

And for my favorite picture of the day…

Thank you so much to Karen and Eric for introducing me to all the goats and a special thanks to Cachet the goat for allowing me to attempt my first goat milking experience on her!

To find out more about the farm, the goats or the amazing owners Karen and Eric, visit www.CaprinoRoyale.com.

The Best Dang BBQ Sandwich Ever

When Chef Chad Houser of Parigi Restaurant recommended Pecan Lodge BBQ, I thought he was sending me to a restaurant…  but he was actually sending me to heaven on earth!

Sometimes you have a good meal that you think about from time to time, then you have those meals that get stuck in your head like a dang Katy Perry song! Most girls daydream about cute boys, fancy clothes or a fun night out with the girls, I daydream about food!! Currently my daydreams are filled with Chopped Brisket Sandwiches and Bacon Mac and Cheese!

Melt-in-your-mouth is an understatement, this sandwich disintegrates into little pieces of paradise on your tongue. The tender meat, flavorful sauce and soft, buttery bun combine to make “the best dang BBQ sandwich ever!”

Nothing makes me happier than the site of a glistening buttered bun and crispy bacon crumbles!

A small stall in the Dallas Farmers Market is all it takes to make your BBQ dreams come true!

I would have tried one of everything on the menu, but this happened…

Yes, a line around the Farmers Market.  At 1:05 when we arrived at the front of the line, brisket was our only option. Pulled pork, SOLD OUT. Ribs, SOLD OUT.  Sausage, SOLD OUT.

The word is out people!  Get here at 11 AM and remember they are only open Thursday through Sunday.  Although in my opinion it should be a crime to only offer the “best dang BBQ sandwich ever” 4 days a week!

Look for this little gem in the heart of Texas premiering on Food Networks Diners, Drive Ins and Dives this Monday night!

Visit Pecan Lodge Thurs-Sun 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Dallas Farmers Market @ 1010 South Pearl Expressway Dallas, TX 75201. For other information visit their website at www.pecanlodge.com.

Following up from yesterdays post announcing my Summer Adventure Plan, this is my tentative summer schedule!  If I’m coming to a city near you, contact me!  If I should go somewhere that’s not on the schedule, let me know!  Tell me who to interview and what fun events are in your city, as well as where to eat and who to meet!

This post will be changing and evolving as I add new cities, events and interviews, so check back regularly to see what the LLB is up to!

May 19: Depart Los Angeles

May 19-20: San Diego, California

May 21-23: Edmond, Oklahoma

May 24-25: Dallas, Texas

May 26- June 7: Edmond, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Interviews: The stars of  YouTube video sensation “Beard Like Harden”
  • Events: June 1 – My Big Brothers 30th Birthday Celebration

June 8- June 10: Houston, Texas

June 11: Waco, Texas

  • Interviews: Caprino Royale Goat Farm

June 12 – 27: Edmond, Oklahoma

June 28- July 2: New York City, New York

July 3 – July 7: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts 

July 8- 11: Boston, Massachusetts

July 12-27: San Diego, California

  • Events: July 18 – Opening Day at the Races, Del Mar, CA

July 30-Aug 1: Los Angeles, California

Aug 2-19: San Diego, California