Eat’n Park Memories

Do you know what time it is midwest-east coast???

It’s Eat’n Park Christmas Star Commercial time

(and the crowd screams)

The Eagle and I actually took a trip to the Burgh to visit some folk and before making our way to the airport, guess where we stopped?  OMG how did you know?  You got it – Eat’n Park!

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Oh how I remember the days of a child eating away and if lucky walking out with a little treat.  As I have gotten older, we would always go to Eat’n Park right before my road trip back to good ole Ohio.  It was ‘our thing’!   I tell ya, there’s nothing like cheap, pathetic, warm, restaurant chain food to put a smile on your face before a road trip. LOL

What all was on the menu for the day?  Well, I honestly don’t remember what The Eagle ordered, but I know I went for the buffet.  Now, lets pause for a sec.  You do understand what kind of place this is?  Think of such chains as Denny’s, Big Boy, IHOP, etc so lets not get our nose too high up in the air.  Bring it down some and enjoy the lower side of life <chuckle> You know, the common folk.  Besides, it makes you appreciate the really, really good stuff 🙂  Now, I had two plates LOL one consisted of mini waffles, eggs, potatoes while the second plate was compiled of grits, biscuits and gravy and yes, bread pudding OF WHICH I FREAKING LOVE!!!  How did it taste?  You know, average chain food.  Am I kicking and screaming to return soon?  No, but it’s a place I respect for what it is…cheap food.  So, I’ve learned to find a place in my heart for it 🙂

And speaking of things I love – THE SMILEY FACE COOKIES!!!  Anyone who’s anyone knows about the smiley face cookies.  And they know it’s almost tradition to purchase one or some on the way out.

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<big sigh> Oh I see the commercial now so clear.  (sit back and close your eyes…ok well keep one eye open to keep reading I guess)  SO, it starts off with a plain christmas tree all alone.  Oh look, a little star all by his lonesome too, just bouncing about.  The star makes his way over trying to be apart of tree but can’t reach the top.  OK – OK here’s the Hallmark moment.  Wait for it, Wait for it.  The tree then bends over and helps the star get to the top of the tree then BAM! The tree lights up and becomes a beautifully lit Christmas tree THE END!  (go to youtube to watch if you feel left out)

Goodbye E’nP, it’s been a nice reunion.

 

 

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What I learned about Grits

I enjoy grits and like to think everyone does to some degree in varied fashions.  My grandmother would eat them with cheese ALL THE TIME!  Oh wait, but I can’t forget her vienna sausage on the side.  For myself, as a kid I’d go for the pathetic butter and sugar approach or the lets die from a heart attack with butter and season salt approach – BOTH versions I held on a pedestal LOL  Nowadays I’ve learned to explore them fried or combined with pork, gravies, eggs, garlic, you get the picture.

Grits, originally a Native American dish has become a regular in the United States, specifically in the southern states.  I’ve learned the name Grits is simply a term for a pounded form of dried corn.  As for Hominy Grits, which is something different are prepared from corn that has been soaked in a weak lye solution and hulled.  Hominy refers to the type of grain that is used to make traditional grits.  Hmm – didn’t know!  They’re a larger grain.  Unfortunately, many people use both terms in general unless you’re from a specific region who knows the history of the item.   I guess I shall continue my research of grits.

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Usually recognized as a breakfast item, in the south you can come across them served with pork, seafood in the Carolina’s and as soufflés up north.  Note, you can prepare Grits in varied ways.  You can slow-cook them, this version most of us are accustomed to by adding liquid until they have a creamy texture as pictured above.  You can quickly prepare them, which offers a grainy texture.  Grits can also be fried of which I have tried and  will explain below.

RECIPE:

FRIED GRITS:

1 tbs butter or oil to 1 cp of left over grits

  • Press the grits together creating a ball to create round patties or a square to cut  1/2″ thick strips in any length you desire.
  • Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan
  • When hot, place patty or strips in pan, turning occasionally until edges are lightly browned
  • Serve hot with syrup, butter or whatever your favorite condiment shall be

 

 

 

Diving For Food!

So there’s this place called Tart over on Fairfax if ever in Hollywood.  It’s a restaurant attached to a colorful, cool, LA vibe hotel.  Jenise told us about it and so we all made the trip.

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Talk about a photographers heaven…for me anyway.  The door to the right leads you into the hotel lobby.  This entrance I’ve captured is the door on the left, the restaurant.  As you enter it becomes a little dark.  There’s a bar with additional table seating placed around the room.  As you follow the path of curiosity to the right, it quickly leads you to their outdoor seating. This is located central of the hotel and restaurant.

IMG_1132.JPGBesides the check-in counter, the hotel entrance has a tiny boutique, large coffee table with art decor inspiration books and appropriate themed dust collectors representing farming or gardening.  The doors to the left lead you to the outdoor eating area as mentioned above.  Directly to the right was their little swimming pool with yellow rubber duckies preparing to outline the water.IMG_1139.JPG

Cute!

 

“Where to sit?” was the question of the moment.  So many choices.  For us, simply a party of three, we really didn’t need the horse shoe of benches topped with black and white pillows and large coffee table to hold everyone’s plates.   Maybe next time.

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Bacon Slut

(Facebook repost)

YUP, that’s what I said – Bacon Slut!  Bacon Lover, Bacon Connoisseur, my friend even calls me Baconator of which I think is cute.   So yes, I love bacon and if you know anything about me, of which you are learning, you will soon understand my appreciation for it.  I love bacon so much I even wrapped my turkey in it for the holidays.

Well, Marvin and I were informed about a spot called Saint Marc – Pub Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage.  Why?  Duh – because they have BACON!!!   So to Saint Marc’s we go!  <PAUSE> In case you needed to know what bacon is, it’s cured pork that is prepared in a variety of cuts and flavors.  <UNPAUSE>  So here’s the deal.  It’s cute, clean, gives cool breeze beach ambiance while located upstairs of an outdoor shopping plaza.   No need to make reservations for it doesn’t seem to get that packed for breakfast.  Staff was pleasant, a little hard to locate, but still a nice spot to have gone to just once.

Now, allow me to mention the bacon bar option.  Yup, that’s what I said – bacon bar.  You can select a variety of flavored bacon strips to compliment your “meal.”  Tell us more – OK!  <clears throat> EACH slice of bacon will run you a cost of $3.00 – $4.00 (depending on which flavor).  We only tried Apple pie, Maple and English (English sucked FYI).  And I disliked the menu because it’s so limited on breakfast items.  So, If you want a cute spot to try that doesn’t offer bread items such as waffles or french toast, but offers grits, cheese boards, alcohol, varied bacon, hot cereal, sandwiches, bread and pastries then yes go – hint the name of the business.  If you’re starch eater like myself then you will not enjoy this place as much and would need to be open for other items.  Oh and the beach is across the road.  That’s a great plus!  You wont be able to view it while eating, but once finished you can take a walk downstairs and people watch.

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These other limited items we tried included my peach danish which I freaking loved that also topped with bacon.  In addition to the danish, we also ordered a bowl of chili and tried fried grits for the first time.  My only dislike was that it included cheese and I’m against cheese in my grits.  So, yeah, we pretty much had a bacon day.  Would I go back?  It’s a little far so no, no need to, but yes I would say go try it out for yourself just because AND there’s bacon people of which is the best part!

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