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Famous Dave’s Limited Time Offerings

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

For a limited time, Famous Dave’s BBQ is offering “Smokin’ Hot Meat Loaf” and “Flame Grilled Ribeye”.  Meat loaf?  Yeah, I had pretty much the same reaction when I first heard about this.  The Fun Foodie is okay with meat loaf, and my wife actually hates it.  But neither of us have had SMOKED meat loaf before.  Famous Dave’s hickory smoked savory goodness versus the classic oven-baked meat loaf is like Manny Pacquiao versus … anyone.  We’ve had the sandwich, which comes with a nice slab of the meat loaf on a toasted ciabatta roll, topped with Jack cheese and onion strings.  So, so good!

In the BBQ world, you have grilling and smoking, which are polar opposites.  Not everyone can do both.  Famous Dave’s has brought these two techniques together in a beautiful fusion of smokey delight.  The Fun Foodie had the ribeye on Thanksgiving, and it was truly one of the tastiest steaks I’ve ever had.  I’m guessing it is smoked as a whole rib roast, then sliced and grilled to order.  The only problem with this method is that the roast is so large, the smoke can only penetrate so far.  The wonderful seasonings and hickory form a delicious crust around the edges.  The steak is topped with a “Barbeque Butter”, which was so good, I wanted to put it on anything within my reach.  It more than made up for the lack of smoke and seasoning in the middle of the steak.  I ordered my steak medium rare, but it came out medium.  It was still very tender and juicy.

Famous Dave’s is on a very short list of national chains The Fun Foodie will frequent.  I’m frequenting it much more often after being crowned “The Best Famous Dave’s Fan” and winning free food for a year.  I’m not competing for anything right now.  This is some great grub!  Go getcha some!

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Attention, Egg Nog Lovers!

November 28, 2009 4 comments

Why, oh, why is egg nog just a seasonal thing?  It’s as if there were some national decree to keep this luscious treat out of the hands of commoners for ten months out of the year.  Might as well get your fill while you can.  And if you’re gonna have it, splurge and get the very best.

Broguiere’s, a SoCal dairy farm, puts out the absolute best egg nog your mouth could ever dream of indulging in.  At just under six bucks for a 32 oz glass bottle, it’s not the cheapest stuff.  But then again, it’s not the cheapest stuff.  Extremely rich, we “water it down” with some whole milk to get the most bang for our buck.  The amazing thing is that it is so chock full of flavor (without being overly sweet), it hardly loses its punch with the addition of milk.  Our local Vons carries it, but you’ll have the most luck finding it at high-end grocers like Gelson’s and Whole Foods.

Also, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream in Upland is offering Egg Nog ice cream and it is awesome!  Handel’s was named the world’s best ice cream in National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything, and The Fun Foodie agrees (see my top five ice cream picks here).  This is just another way to get your egg nog on!

Hurry, egg nog season ends in about a month!