Monday, October 24, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
We're going off the beaten path today to Keaton's Barbecue. This is one of Debbie's My Home Kitchen shows. I liked it so much that I thought I would share it with www.reidsville.com. I hope you enjoy the program and will try the barbecue. The atmosphere alone at Keaton's is worth the trip.
It's a little more than an hour drive from Reidsville, so plan accordingly.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Like the sign says, this is RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE. It is located at 800 Green Valley Road in Greensboro. Turn right at the IHOP on Battleground. RUTH's CHRIS will be on your left a very short ways down Green Valley. Pay close attention. It's located in a large building and easy to miss.
I will warn you: IT IS EXPENSIVE, BUT EXTREMELY GOOD. You probably won't eat there every day. It's definitely a special occasion kind of place. I took Debbie there for her birthday.
This is some of the glitter that decorated the table where we were seated. These were tiny bits - fingertip size of confetti.
Birthday girl Debbie reads through the wine list. I also had a list. She chose the 50 Acres Cabernet. I had never heard of 50 Acres. If I had ordered a wine, which I didn't, I would have ordered the 50 Acres. Strange things like that happen frequently when you've been married as long as we have.
I should mention Debbie did not like the chairs at RUTH'S CHRIS. They reminded her of the chairs at Mayflower Seafood in Reidsville - the chairs are vertically too close to the bottom of the table. She couldn't cross her legs while dining. Very unfortunate circumstance.
I can't find Debbie's dish on the online menu. It's a beef filet topped with a sauce and crab meat. I'm guessing the filet was about 6 ounces. The crab was a generous portion. The beef was tender. I tasted both the beef and crab. Both were good, but paled compared to my steak.
Here is my dinner. This piece of meat must be the reason RUTH's CHRIS exists. It is a prime 24 ounce T-Bone. It was perfectly cooked (medium rare). There must have been salt added because the juice from the beef was very salty - just the way I like it.
According to our waiter, the beef was aged for 26 days and broiled in a dual (top and bottom) burner steak cooking thingie at 1800°. I can't remember whether the aging was dry or wet. The steak is served on a plate that has been heated to 500°. I can vouch for the 500° because I accidentally touched the plate. It was 492°. I guess it cooled down a bit before I touched it.
Debbie really liked my T-bone. She normally does not eat T-bone. If she had to do it over, she would order the T-bone.
There's a couple things going on in this photo. At the top of the photo, on the end of her fork, is grilled asparagus. That's a hollandaise sauce in the small bowl under her fork. I did not taste the asparagus. I hate asparagus. I found the hollandaise sauce to be unremarkable. I'm not sure what Debbie thought of the dish. I think she ate it all, it must have been pretty good.
I should mention the asparagus arrived at our table 5-10 minutes after the steaks were served. Not good.
Forget about the asparagus. Now look at the three sauces in the tray. These are intended for my T-bone. They are complements to my entree. They are a BLACK TRUFFLE BUTTER, SHIITAKE DEMI-GLACE, and a HONEY SOY GLAZE. I have no idea which sauce is which. All I know is they were all delicious, especially the one in the center. I especially liked how one is called a GLACE and another a GLAZE. These three complements cost $6.00. They were worth it. When no one was around and my steak was cleaned down to the bone, I tore off small pieces of bread and dipped them in the center sauce. Yummy for the tummy.
If you want a peaceful and quiet dinner, I recommend RUTH'S CHRIS on Sunday evening. From 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM, we had two adjoining dinning rooms to ourselves. We could see into a third dining room where some sort of wine tasting group of about 15 people were eating. A fourth dining room was completely empty. I can only assume we came on an unusual day and time. I think RUTH'S CHRIS has been open for quite a few years, so I doubt business is alway this bad. There were almost as many staff people working as there were customers.
Here's a shot of the bar. I think this was a waiter standing at the bar. There were no customers and no bartender. It looked like a helluva nice bar. It was well stocked, neat, clean and empty.
This is Shawn (or Shaun). I couldn't read his name tag in the semi-darkness. Shawn was our waiter. Shawn was friendly and helpful and talkative. Shawn was apparently bored. He had no customers. I can only hope on a busy night he would have been less chatty. I expect most people would like a talkative waiter. I am not one of those people, especially on my wife's birthday.
Did you know Shawn owns a Weber grill and an outdoor cooker which will hold seven turkeys. If you ever need a turkey(s) cooked and you've run out of cooker space, contact Shawn. He can help you.
Our waiter talked a lot. Frankly I got lost several times. He talked about grocery stores where you could find beef kinda like, but not exactly like, RUTH'S CHRIS. He talked about restaurants he has worked in or owned all over the country. Did you know there are more than 50,000 places to eat in New York City? Don't believe me? Go ask our RUTH'S CHRIS waiter. He worked and lived in NYC for many years.
Strangely, our waiter had never heard of SPARKS STEAKHOUSE. SPARKS is a famous New York City restaurant. SPARKS has been in operation since 1966. It's so well known the mafia executes people on the sidewalk in front of SPARKS. I know because I've eaten at SPARKS. Less than a month after I ate at SPARKS, the mafia blasted a couple of "bad guys" at the front door. SPARKS is so cool they change the tablecloth between courses. Our waiter, who has never heard of SPARKS, simply scraped our tablecloth before serving dessert.
I recommend you look at the SPARKS web site. It makes RUTH'S CHRIS look kinda humble, but SPARKS is located in NYC and RUTH'S CHRIS is in Greensboro.
I almost forgot. I asked our waiter about the odd name of the restaurant - RUTH'S CHRIS. According to Chatty Guy, a woman named Ruth Fertel bought the first restaurant from a guy named Chris. Chris' Steakhouse was located in New Orleans. Ruth was required to keep the name Chris. thus Chris' Steakhouse turned into RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE.
Check out this dessert. It's White Chocolate Bread Pudding with a birthday candle. Thank goodness Shawn did not sing Happy Birthday to Debbie. The pastry chef wrote the greeting in chocolate sauce on the plate.
It was definitely bread pudding, but with a cake flavor. It was good, but different from any bread pudding I've ever had. Debbie said it was the white chocolate. I have to admit I've never had white chocolate bread pudding.
The sauces in the little silver cups are Tia Maria and Frangelico. The dessert was available with a choice of maybe five sauces. We choose two because we didn't know what Tia Maria was and wanted to try it. Tia Maria is a sauce made Jamaican Rum and Jamaican Coffee Beans. Frangelico is made from hazelnuts. Tia Maria was "bigly" delicious.
Note Debbie made this photo. The ethereal look is courtesy of the candlelight and her Samsung Galaxy S7 cell phone.
The two-person dinner tab was $196 with the tip, but there was a major problem with the bill.
The waiter failed to properly process my credit card. The credit card machine printed notices that the card was rejected. The waiter failed to notice the rejection and brought me pieces of paper that had no place to sign. I ignored it and signed a blank space on the bottom of the credit card notice. I believe that would have been the end of it and we would have walked out with a free meal in our bellies. However, Debbie told the waiter about the missing signature line. Oops! He realized he had messed up, took my credit card and ran it through his machine again. It worked on the second pass. Goodbye $196.
RUTH'S CHRIS is not cheap, but it's very good.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016
The week is over. We've packed up and headed back to Rockingham County. This is our last meal at Kure Beach.
Well, it's almost Kure Beach. We missed the Arby's in nearby Wilmington. It must have been pretty well hidden behind the trees that line Highway 421.
This is actually more than an hour from Kure Beach in Warsaw. We didn't get to eat until after 11:00 AM.
I am a sucker for TV ads. I had to try Arby's new Pork Belly sandwich. It's a bun with not particularly thick-cut pork belly. The pork belly is covered by an unidentified yellow cheese, an unidentified white sauce, and onion rings.
It wasn't bad, but it tasted nothing like the steaming mass of pork that you hear about from voice actor Ving Rhames in the Arby's commercial. Ving really made me want a Pork Belly Sandwich.
I don't regret spending $12+ for two Pork Belly sandwiches and two cups of coffee, but I won't go running back to Arby's to get another one.
P.S. Artby's coffee sucks
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
It looks like a pizza, but it's something else. It's leftovers, very tasty leftovers.
Yes, that's a Coney Island Hard Root Beer in the glass.
It's round like a pizza. It's sliced like a pizza. You eat it like a pizza (with your hands, Donald and Richard Moore). However, it didn't taste like a pizza.
It's something Debbie threw together to clean out the refrigerator. It's not a pizza.
For a crust Debbie used Naan Bread. Naan works well as a pizza crust, even though it tastes nothing like pizza crust. The sauce is Tomato Spice Medley. Tomato Spice Medley tastes nothing like pizza sauce. The toppings are mainly leftovers from soup and sandwich night - ham, roast beef, salami, turkey and cheeses. Giant shrimp from a pasta and shrimp dish went on the top
The whole thing was popped in an oven to warm up everything and crisp the crust.
It was very good. Debbie works miracles with food.
Note: If you're interested in trying a hard root beer, Reidsville's Food Lion sells Coney Island. Yes, it's true, you can buy hard root beer at Reidsville's Food Lion.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Soup and Sandwich night at Kure Beach.
Some folks calls 'em subs, some calls 'em hoagies, some calls 'em blimpies, gatsbys, po'boys, zeppelins, heroes, wedges, or grinders. I like calling them hoagies.
Pictured above is the selection of meats and cheeses, olive and feta salad, bread, a tomato and a soup that went into our soup and sandwich night.
Debbie first drizzled extra virgin olive oil on the split loaf of French bread and then began the construction with a layer of ham.
It's all wrapped in foil and then placed in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
After coming out of the oven, the sandwich is slathered in mayonnaise. No mustard this time.
A layer of sliced tomato is added to the sandwich.
Close the sandwich up, put it on a plate with some Cheetos and add a bowl of soup.
Debbie didn't make the soup. She bought it at the Veggie Wagon in Carolina Beach. It's She-Crab. Asked why it's called She-Crab soup, Debbie said it's only made with female crabs. I doubted this explanation and looked it up online.
Wikipedia is not clear about the sex of the crabs. Crab roe (eggs) accounts for the orange color. Obviously crab roe only comes from the female crab, but the soup also contains crab meat. The sex of that crab meat is not clearly specified.
Anyway, Debbie didn't much care for the She-Crab soup. She ate only a small bit and the leftover went into the fridge. I, however, thought it was pretty darn good. I cleaned my bowl and then ate the leftover soup the next day
Here's the two desserts we split after the soup and sandwich. This is a chocolate chip cream cheese bar. It's not a dessert I would repeat.
This is Tiramisu. It was the best. We had leftover desserts which were eaten the next day.
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Saturday, October 8, 2016
It's nothing complicated or special about the recipes, but this may have been the best dinner we ate at Kure Beach. The idea for it came out of Debbie's head.
At the bottom left is a baked potato with sour cream and butter. At the upper left is a piece of toasted French bread. To the right of the bread is Debbie's standard baby tomato and greens salad. Under the knife are some gigantic shrimp. On the bottom right is a Feta cheese and olive salad. In the center is a pan-grilled filet of beef covered in sauteed mushrooms.
My only complaint was there should have some Old Bay seasoning on those shrimp.
They're not pictured, but dessert was bread pudding and a Mille-Feuille. I hope Mille-Feuille impressed you. It's also called a Napoleon which is a flaky pastry with custard and chocolate.
I don't remember what day it was and for some reason I didn't go and take a photo. It rained pretty hard for most of the day. The "pool boy" was called to check the chlorine, pH, etc. in the pool water. The heavy rainfall forced him to turn a valve to reduce the rising water level. He turned the valve, assumed everything was good and left. Unfortunately for the pool boy, he turned the wrong valve. The pool began filling rather than draining the excess rain water. Soon the pool overflowed and began to flood the nearby unoccupied condos. If not for an alert Debbie, there would have been a hell of a mess. She called the realty company to report the overflow. Pool boy was called back out to fix his mistake.
The overflowing pool would have made a fine photo to accompany the steak dinner.
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