Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pig Out In The Park: Spokane, WA

Heading over to Spokane, WA this weekend for my birthday trip. I remember going to this about 15 years ago and it was really fun. Plus, we can stop over to Dick's Hamburgers by the Bagfull and a stop to the new 5 Guys Burgers and Fries in Missoula, MT on the way! (Man, Pig Out in the Park is in desperate need of a new logo!)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Oregon Goodies!

A couple of the last goodies I brought back from Oregon. I'm thinking Turkey burgers for the Cranberry ketchup and I'm not sure what the hell to do with the Baconnaise, which is vegan safe (What the?!?!?) and contains NO BACON! I'm not so sure about the latter.

Newest MT Eats Calling Card: Cheers

Sweet Chili Asian Bistro: Bozeman, MT

Photo by Mari H. from Yelp.com

The family went over to Bozeman for a birthday party and passed up the usual trip to Burger Bob's for some Thai food at Sweet Chili Asian Bistro, right downtown on main street. I ordered the pork Phad Phed, very spicy, and it was amazing. Pork, onion, peppers, pineapple and the best damn eggplant I've ever had all mixed together in a delicious red sauce. The heat never reached unmanageable heights, but packed a nice punch that stayed in my mouth for a while. I will most certainly be back for more!

Friday, August 27, 2010

KVNCSY.COM: Do you know Apigigi?

If not check it out over at

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lamb Burger

Aimee said she made me a burger for lunch, but when I got home I discovered this beauty: Lamb burger with home made tzatziki sauce and fig goat cheese. Amazing burger! Thanks baby!

Ampersand Food Groups from Behance

Some super cool food styled ampersands from:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Saipan Menu Board by KVNCSY.COM

My good buddy Kevin is off in Saipan for a couple months on a grand adventure, you can keep up with him over at kvncsy.com, and saw this little goodie on his blog. I had never heard of Turkey Tails, and thanks to the interwebs I now know they are fungi!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Awe-inspiring Eclair: Bandon, OR

I bought one and ate it. Aimee bought one and ate it. Aimee bought five more and took them back home. Their bagels are pretty good too.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

KFC's Double Down: Northbend, OR

We do have a KFC in Helena, Montana, but they don't serve the Double Down sandwich, Two fried chicken breasts with cheese and special sauce in between. Better than I thougt it would be, like two chicken strips held together with the dipping sauce in the middle and a bit of cheese thrown on for good measure. I'd stick with a chicken sandwich instead.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lillie Belle Taste Test: The Orgeon Bacon Bar & Bleu Cheese Truffles

The Oregon Bacon Bar. Pretty much tasted like Cadbury chocolate with a bit of bacon in it. Nothing overwhelming, quite the opposite.

Now what made me pull into Lillie Belle's was the sign for their Bleu Cheese Truffles made with local Rogue Creamery Bleu Cheese. These were quite nice. 

Chocolate, nuts with a hint of bleu. I quite enjoyed this and would actually like a bit stronger of a bleu cheese taste. My 2 year old daughter liked these too.

Friday, August 13, 2010

OT: Kevin is off to Saipan!


Eddy's Burgers, but a Cheese Steak: Medford, OR

When we first stopped by Eddy's I noticed they had a Cheese Steak. But what really caught my eye was that they used cheese Sauce, rather than American or, shutter, provolone. Aimee is always up for a good cheese steak since I introduced her to a real Philly while in New York at the Manhattan Deli in Brooklyn right on Manhattan Ave, up the street from the White Castle in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This wasn't a cheese steak in the traditional sense, but it is a hell of a lot closer than one you get in Montana. Roasted red peppers, pepperoncini's, grilled onions and a delicious cheese sauce. Between the fries, amazing cheese steaks and burgers, Eddy's has quickly become one of my favorite Medford eating spots. (You can't get a better burger than Jasper's, just down the road on Riverside, but still a decent burger.)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolate: Central Point, OR

Once again I found myself driving around the Medford, OR area while my daughter was sleeping and I stumbled upon Lillie Belle's. A very high end chocolate store located right on HWY 99 in Central Point. From spicy chocolate to peanut butter and jelly chocolates, they had quite the selection. What really caught my eye was the Bleu Cheese Truffles.

First up I tried the Pistacho cream chocolate. As delicious as you would imagine.

Second up, Ophelia's pick, the Mango Chocolate. Not super Mango-y, but great none the less.

Yeah, The Oregon Bacon Bar. Had to buy this. I report back as soon as I eat it.

And the Smokey Blue Cheese Truffles. Once agian, I haven't tried one, but I will report back ASAP.

Lillie Belle Farms
211 N. Front Street
Central Point, OR 97502

Bruddah Joe's Hawaiian Plate Lunch: Medford, OR

It was a bit hard to find, burried underneath the Elks Lodge in downtown Medford.

It seemed more like an entrance to a seedy bar, rather than a Hawaiian joint.

Each dish came with a side of Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, a scoop of rice and a bed of rice underneath the meat.

My dish, Mo' Betta Pig, Thin cut pork loin slow marinated in Bruddah Joe's Ono sauce and char-grilled. This is my first experience with Hawaiian food and I was quite please. It's part Island and part Asian, all delicious!

Aimee picked up the Kalua Pig, Traditionally seasoned, slow roasted pig, shredded and served with cooked cabbage.

But this, the Manapua, was the most delicious and soft and warm mix of steamed bun and Chinese style BBQ pork. They take about 15 minutes to steam fresh, but it is worth every second. I will most certainly be going back to Bruddah Joe's before I leave for a few more of these handheld delight!

Bruddah Joe's
204 N. Central
Medford, OR 97501

Monday, August 9, 2010

Jasper's: F-Yeah! Medford, OR

When I think Medford, OR and food, I think Jasper's and Luigi's. Today was burger day and last time I was in Medford I only got to go to Jasper's once, so I never got to try one of their more unique burgers. This time I tried one I remembered from last time, The Jiffy Burger: an ultra fresh patty of local burger, topped with Peanut Butter, Bacon, Cheese & Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. Incredibly good, not a burger I would eat every day, but a wonderful combo of flavours.


Aimee got the special: A Lamb burger with goat cheese feta and white sauce. Perfectly balanced and amazing! F-Yeah! JASPER'S!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Eddy's Burgers: Medford, Oregon

We were driving around Medford on a Sunday afternoon and not much was open. By 4PM both Jasper's and City Grinder's (aka Luigi's) were closed, but I happend upon this, Eddy's (Almost Famous) Burgers.

Not really looking at the menu, I just got a cheeseburger with everything. Good burger, good veggies, nothing spectacular, but a good burger. The Rogue Creamery Blue with bleu cheese and caramelized onions or the Two Handed Beast with fresh cut fries, American cheese & BBQ sacue all stuffed between the bun sounded like a bit more my style. Maybe next time.

But the crown jewel of Eddy's was their handcut fries. Incredibly flavorful and salty, the BEST fast food fries I've ever eaten. EVER. Holy. Shit. That is all I can say. I don't know if they're fried in duck fat or what, but the have an ethereal flavor.

Eddy's Almost Famous
Medford, OR

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Grandpa Ray Ray's Mad Beets & Rhubarb Wine

Ray's rhubarb wine.

Grandpa Ray's beets, fresh picked from his garden and delivered to our BBQ. Earthy!

The Oregon (Food) Trail: OR Beer! With Rope Flavor!

We rolled into Medford, OR and first thing we did was head to Luigi's (aka "City Grinders") in White City, OR, home of the best Grinder ANYWHERE! Honestly, I don't think you can find a better of fresher sandwhich. It is so damned good I didn't even try to photograph it, I just ate it. After our consumption, we headed over to a BBQ and I grabbed this beauty. Oregon beer made with hemp, most likely for no other reason than it is Oregon and beer. The beer was much smoother and lighter than anticipated. It went great with some low and slow ribs.

Dark and meaty, just like me!

The Orgeon (Food) Trail: Post Falls, Idaho

Our first stop on our annual trip to Oregon was a lunch stop in Post Falls, Idaho at Rob's Seafood and Burgers.

The menu was fried fish, chicken and shrimp and burgers. Nothing special just burgers and cheeseburgers.

Here's the cheeseburger, with everything. Nice thin patty, rich flavorful cheese, a decent burger. The fries we just the skinny frozen kind, but their home made fry sauce was quite smooth. If you ever roll through Post Falls and want a burger, try Rob's!

Monday, August 2, 2010

World's Best Pizza: Amsterdam, 1999 or 2000

Amsterdam. 1999 or 2000, I don't remember exactly. When I was in Prague I would go to Amsterdam every month or so, just to hang out for a few days and relax from the relaxation of Praha. Amsterdam not only boasts the best pizza I've had, (and I don't really care for "American" Pizza like Pizza Hut or Domino's or Chicago style deep dish) but also the best fries, just a few store fronts up from the pizza place, I don't remember the name of.

I do have this photo of the interior of the place, an Italian eatery, right on Damrak Street. My favorite had ham and banana. So. Damn. Good. Worth a trip to Amsterdam!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In-N-Out Animal Style Zombie Burger

About an hours or so worth of work to caramelize the onions, but it was worth it.

The patties topped with mustard, so when flipped, you top with cheese and let the mustard cook into the burger. The caramelized onions are sandwiched between the two cheesey patties.

...and you can't have burgers without fries! Double fired for extra crispness.

The final In-N-Out style Animal Burger. Special sauce on bottom with pickles, tomato and lettuce, a cheesey, mustard grilled burger patty, caramelized onions, another cheesy patty and topped with a grilled bun from Wheat Montana Bakery. Not as good as a real one, but it'll do.

That's my girl!