Friday, April 18, 2014

Great Outdoors - Fort Worth, TX

When Scott and I are at horse shows we are in the stall area 90% of the time. Whether it be waiting on our time to show, doing chores or just hanging with our horses this is our home away from home. I have worked on making it more cozy with beach flooring but I am thinking next time I will include reclining chairs and possibly a hammock and some tunes to rock out to...

Just down the street is a great place for me to pick up sandwiches to go so we can enjoy our lunch in those same stalls while we work. I cannot think of a better lunch, in fact I will probably have it again today.

The lines are usually long but not to worry, the sandwich makers are fast so it moves along quickly.

Throughout the show I grabbed many sandwiches go. I always experiment on bizarre orders for Scott because he loves everything. You really cannot go wrong, the bread is fresh, vegetables crisp and sandwich meat savory and plentiful.

I order the same thing every time - Turkey and Swiss or a croissant with extra mayonnaise, dijon mustard, pickles, peperoncini, tomatoes, light lettuce, salt and pepper. That is pretty much the perfect sandwich to me. I usually am not a big sandwich person because I am a large fan of eating deconstructed food, I like tasting one flavor at a time. The only exception to that would be gravy, gravy goes well with everything.

Ok my friends, have a good day... I am off to care for some beautiful horses and take in another Texas day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Eddie V's - Fort Worth, TX

The night of Cowboy Ron's big win at the NCHA Super Stakes we decided to go big and celebrate with a meal at Eddie V's. It was pretty late when we walked in as he competed in not one, but two finals that night. The waitress was kind and let us take our time even though the restaurant was empty.

Bread came out to the table quickly as they knew we were hungry. Bread and butter never tasted so good! Ravenous...

We decided to go for cocktails that evening and a margarita sounded lovely. I had been on a horse all day long so to be able to relax at the end of the day was just like heaven. I have to admit it was pretty nice to let loose knowing you were riding the champion horse! 

We started off our meal sharing the Seafood Tower complete with Maine Lobster, 8 Gulf Shrimp, 8 Oysters, and Jumbo Lump Crab. This was a meal in itself! We were jam packed with protein but I feel like I always have room for more seafood...

So how about a big piece of halibut, topped with crab in a light butter and white win e sauce with sliced garlic. The dish was light and lovely I was munching away until I got to the middle of the fish. It was not cooked quite I all the way through to a doneness that I was comfortable with. I had the waitress take it back for them to re-fire and by the time it got back to the table I was stuffed and completely exhausted.

It had been a long day so dessert was out of the question. All I wanted was to go to sleep, have a late wake up call and possibly a foot rub. One of those things happened as we had to get up early to get Ruben worked in the morning for Scott to show. Horse show life isn't easy but days like this make it all worth it.

Congratulations Ron Malone and Rubys CD - 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Champion

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kona Grill - Fort Worth, TX

Scott Good Taste is a big fan of golf so we went to the new Kona Grill to watch the last day of The Masters. We took a seat at the sushi bar in front of the four screen television to take in the last nine holes!

The new restaurant is beautiful, hip and trendy. 

Although we were at the sushi bar they were kind enough to let us order off every menu including Happy Hour. The BBQ Chicken Flatbread is exactly what Scott wanted. The chicken, BBQ sauce, red onions and cilantro are divine. The cheddar cheese is weird and does not quite fit but the portion size is huge so you get what you pay for.

I was craving lighter fare so I went for the Oriental Salad complete with all things I love: Napa Cabbage, red bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, Raman crunch, carrots and a sweet soy dressing. I was hungry, hungry so I added a filet of Salmon on top. It was perfection!

Scott and I were still hungry after watching Bubba Watson school the poor young guy so we ordered a sushi roll to compare it to Blue Sake and Sushi. We went for the Yamanda Roll because it had "crunch" that is what Scott was craving. The fried seabass, crab, cucumber, avocado and wonton crisps were very tasty. I am not sure it was the best sushi but it served it's purpose.

I am more than excited to return to Kona Grill to have a healthy lunch of salad and salmon. I encourage all my Fort Worth horse show friends to give it a go as well!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cajun Cutter Party - NCHA Super Stakes: Fort Worth

The 2014 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes Champion Ron Malone, Trainer to the Stars: Scott Weis and humble foodie: Melissa Weis (myself) wandered over to the "Cajun Cutter Party" sponsored by the Grace Ranch, owner of high performance stallion: High Brow CD. It was a crawfish boil so we just had to check out the propane power for my dad! 

The hostest with the mostest pictured at center flanked by the champ and his trainer! Ron's good horse "Rubys CD" is sired by "High Brow CD" so we wanted to show our support and thanks for what the Grace Ranch does for cutting.

The catfish filets were being breaded and fried up. I was salivating as we walked into the party.

We grabbed our drinks at the "High Brow CD" bar and took our seats to watch the action of what was about to be served!

The crawfish were boiled and tossed with their special seasonings and literally shoveled onto a flat bed trailer...

It was awesome! it was like a free for all if you wanted to grab a plate to go sit or a make shift crawfish bar... shells tossed to the inside.

We prunies didn't know what to expect but we were excited!

Catfish, slaw and hush puppies for all!

We got our hands dirty and ate a couple boxes full. I have to admit learning how to get the meat out is a true technique and I got better as I went along. The work is hard but the reward of the sweet shellfish is great.

We enjoyed the southern fare and had a ball.

Two thumbs up for a great party celebrating the south and their great stallion, "High Brow CD"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lonesome Dove - Fort Worth, TX

So I miss my brother and Kate. They were the life of the party during their stay and willing to try any restaurant. I constantly reminded them how much I loved Lonesome Dove so one one of their last days in Texas we went their for lunch.

Yay! God bless Texas.

 We started off our lunch with a sampler of sorts... From left to right: Blue Corn Lobster Hushpuppies - These were fantastic. They were light, fluffy and savory. In the middle was the Rabbit-Rattlesnake sausage on a spiced Rosti - It was fine, a little game but we all were happy for the experience. On the far right was the Elk Sliders with Foie Gras and Blueberry Jam - These were tasty and I would highly encourage you to order them. They tasted quite decadent.

Cowgirl Kate ordered the Garlic Stuffed Tenderloin with a Western Plaid Hash. She thought it was nicely cooked and totally edible but lacked that something special to make it completely memorable. 

And now for this bomb and I do mean BOMB. Do not and I mean NEVER order the Lamb and Pozole Stew here. I love pozole and I love lamb but the creation that Lonesome Dove creates is the nastiest thing i have ever put in my mouth. Imagine hauling a load of sheep in a trailer, you then take that trailer and lift up the nose, drain the contents into a bowl, heat it up and them serve it. That is what it tastes like. I even asked the waiter to have the "day chef" taste what we were served and they were convinced that is what they wanted it to taste like.

So there you have it, a nice restaurant with a fantastic reputation can even have some issues. Caution, caution and approach with care when ordering at Lonesome Dove.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cracker Barrel - Benbrook, TX

We have successfully been at the NCHA Super Stakes for over 16 days and we just had to have a Cracker Barrel Day. If you are in Texas, a trip there is not complete without a visit. I especially love the general store as you walk in, complete with candy, gourmet treats, clothes and other home decorations.

You walk through the gift store and the restaurant begins. They treat you like family and take your order right away while at the restaurant.

I am not ordinarily a breakfast person but I smile pretty hard for pancakes and extra crispy bacon. 

They certainly do not let you go hungry here. My mom ordered eggs, turkey sausage and fruit. They additionally brought out biscuits and gravy. I wish I had more of an appetite after finishing my breakfast because the biscuit I sampled a bite of was fantastic!

Later that day, my mom and I went to Weatherford and visited Winnie at Oswood Stallion Station. She is going to be a mommy and I cannot wait to met her future baby!

Cracker Barrel has also been a great dinner option of us. Scot ordered a Pecan Chicken Salad with strawberries and was completely satisfied. A muffin was served along without it and he said it was lovely.

I went for a bit heavier of a meal and had Tilapia with mashed potatoes and fried okra. It was the perfect amount of food. I left feeling with a warm tummy but not completely weighed down. My advice would to stray from the okra though, it didn't light my fire.

Cracker Barrel is a step up from fast food and an excellent option if you are ordering on a budget. You will leave satisfied and not feel you broke the bank.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Del Frisco's - Fort Worth, TX

Happy rainy Sunday here in Fort Worth! We had one heck of an evening last night at the famous Del Frisco's Double Eagle Restaurant in downtown. Cowboy Ron, Cowgirl Kate, James, Scott and I met up for a luxurious meal from cocktails to dessert. Let me share our meal with you...

Ron and I have always wanted to try the Signature VIP which is Svedka Clementine Vodka aged in pineapple. The glass canisters of the marinade are located throughout the bar. This drink is totally potent but doesn't taste that way it all. if your looking to get into trouble, order a couple of these. 

We started off with a few appetizers and the best being the Shanghai-Style Fried Calamari. The calamari itself was totally tender, delicately fried and lightly dressed in a sweet chili glaze. Chopped cherry peppers, scallions and peanuts made for the perfect crunch. If you are going to order one appetizer, make this one it.  

This was my appetizer plate. It included the calamari of course but also a portion of the crab cake appetizer. It did not blow me away but the large chunks of sweet crab were terrific.

James and Kate both ordered Del Salad's and I was slightly envious of the slices of bacon that they received. I was almost tempted to order my own on the side.

Scott and Ron went the Caesar Salad route like usual and they both seemed very happy with it. I did not order soup which is totally rare. I just wanted all of my appetite for my entree and dessert! 

Everyone ordered filets but me, surprise surprise. Scott liked his on the rarer side so here is his! We ordered asparagus and scalloped potatoes as sides for the entire table. The potatoes were amazing! 100,000 calorie good.

Kate preferred her meat a little more well done. I enjoy that they have you cut into while they are at the table so you can make sure it is cooked to your liking.

Del Frisco's is known for their wonderful steaks but the real secret is in the fabulous seafood they serve. I had a fantastic wasabi crusted halibut in an asian sauce served on a bed or rice and sauteed mushrooms. The crunchy wontons and almonds on top just hit the ball out of the park. The portion of this fish was entirely too big but I slowly finished every bite.

The dessert menu was filled with lots of fun things but you know I could never turn my back on Creme Brulee. it was outstanding. The custard rich, smooth and totally decadent. I highly recommend if you are a creme brulee lover like myself.

Kate is a sucker for Bread Pudding so she went that route. I had a bite and have to say it was tasty as well. The caramel sauce would probably make even cardboard taste delicious.

I love dining at Del Frisco's because the atmosphere takes you to a time where people wore their finest clothes to dine out, had manners and class. If you are a cowboy you are treated like royalty and that is not something we Californian's get too often back home. If you want a meal that you will never forget, go to Del Frisco's...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Fort Worth, TX

While in Fort Worth it is important to take a break from the deep fried food, steak and down home country cooking so we venture to Blue Sushi Sake for a palate vacation. It is located blocks from the horse show at the crazy intersection of 7th and University. Grab a table and entertain yourself by watching surf videos or the beautiful aquarium. 

I suggest you start your meal with an order of the River Rock Tenderloin. It comes out steaming hot and it is your job to cook it before your eyes. It is topped with jalapenos and sided by ponzu sauce. Amazing! 

Follow that up with the Itchy Sea Bass and Salmon. They are both served cooked in entirely and will please even the pickiest of eaters. It is served on a bed of crab and go down entirely too easily and way too fast. They come in only two per order so be prepared to order a couple.

My favorite diner of the evening, Miss Kate didn't feel like participating in the sushi eating so she ordered off the entree menu. She ordered Anthosan's Chicken which was grilled and served with brown rice carrots, bell peppers and green beans in a pool of ginger-citrus soy sauce. It looked spa worthy and totally healthy. Good job Kate!

I ordered a mish mash of roll for the rest of the table to enjoy. All plays on shrimp tempura, eel, crab... We didn't go heavy on the raw fish because I wasn't sure if my brother was all in so I played my ordering safe. If you go here try the Crunchy Blue, Iguana, Black Dragon and Thriller. They all were very good and you would not be disappointed in ordering them. 

My shout-out goes to these two who not only treated us to dinner this evening but made the trip out to entertain me! I know most people think it is all fun and games at a horse show but it is actually my day job. We get up early and work hard so when evening comes around we are usually too wiped to think about anything other than sleep. But having these two around make me one happy camper and I feel proud to be able to spend time with them.

Thank you James and Kate!