Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Excellent Adventure

Dr. C. and I are in Tulsa visiting my brother and his family.  They wanted us to have the true Tulsa experience, and I'm up for BBQ anytime, so we headed to Burn BBQ.  Up until about 6 months ago, this was a tiny place in another part of town, now it's a huge place, with communal tables and some of the best BBQ you will eat on the planet.  The special side today was creamy cheesy corn with bacon, and as we all know everything tastes better with bacon, and corn is a match made in culinary heaven with bacon!
This is the menu; short and sweet, and the "happy plate" is a mix of almost everything. 
Obviously this one is to share; or maybe not! 

There is some amazing food coming out of this small kitchen, and the ribs were dry rubbed, and appropriately smokey. 

Diners line up and order, then they yell your name when your order is ready--trust me, you are so happy to get these plates, it doesn't matter who you are sitting with.  While waiting in line you might be lucky enough to get a free sample--we got a rib each, and that settled my choice of lunch item. 

There is also a meat market here, and the products looked awesome.  I'm not so sure about the "fatty burger"  but  I have to say anything pork that is wrapped in bacon has to a be a star.
Donald was nice enough to let me take photos.  Thanks D!

Dr. C. far right, my niece Megan and SIL Ann
The chicken
Pulled pork and slaw

Ribs and the cheesy corn and slaw

that is a fatty burger in the forefront---through the fuzziness--not really facile with the cell phone for taking photos

At the end of our meal, after we'd tucked the leftovers into foil and paper bags that they provide, I took a few more photos.  Thanks Burn BBQ for a great Tulsa experience.  You all rock!  I told my sister-in-law that I'd have driven 50 miles out of the way just to do this!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

On the Road Again

Dr. C. and I left San Diego this morning with my car loaded from front to back. 

We are headed East to NYC to give this car to our daughter who is expecting twins.  Along the way, we will be seeing family, and friends, and I'll be teaching in West Lafayette, IN a week from Monday at KitchenArt.

The scenery on this part of the trip (San Diego/Barstow/Flagstaff on I-40) is mind numbing; nothing but barren wasteland, or cactus, and the temperatures are outrageously hot.  Outside of Barstow, the traffic was slowing, and we were watching truckers, leave the highway in droves, and so we followed them.  We got onto the old Route 66---the Mother Road. 
Dr. C. has long had a romantic notion that he'd love to drive Route 66; but he thought he'd be driving in a sporty car like these two guys instead of a Mazda 5. 
Most of you are probably too young to remember this TV show.  Two guys in a corvette, driving Route 66.  Today, while we were driving on the Mother Road, Dr. C. was cured of ever wanting to drive this road; unfortunately, it needs some mothering.  It was more like driving a washboard, than a road, and the scenery, was even worse, with ramshackle places, that have been abandoned over the years.  Fortunately, we missed being stuck in the 10 mile long traffic stop; my three words to you if you are traveling on the Interstate:  follow the truckers. 

This is what we saw for miles and miles---we might still be there, if we hadn't followed the truckers. 
We are in Flagstaff for the night; on to Albuquerque tomorrow. A month ago today, I did this drive in reverse with our son Ryan. The light at the end of this tunnel is seeing our granddaughter Poppy and her parents when we get to NYC.  Then I am off to Italy for 2 months, and Dr. C. will come for October.  I'll be gone from home for 4 months....seems like an eternity, but I will be blogging as time and energy permits, and will share what's going on in each place, for now, enjoy your Sunday.