Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The T.A.C.O T.R.U.C.K.

The Totally. Awesome. Craveable. Oval. Tacos. Rustic.Unlimited. Cooked. Killer.

Or the T.A.C.O T.R.U.C.K.

The T.A.C.O T.R.U.C.K. is parked outside of a gas station 
on Summer Ave. near Elwood's Shack. It serves tacos obviously, and burritos, and quesadillas just to name a few.

There are several types of meat you can order including, carne asada, spicy pork, carnitas, and spicy chorizo.
The tacos are very inexpensive only a dollar!

I've tried the carne asada, the spicy pork, the carnitas, and the spicy chorizo.


I like the spicy pork its my favorite its nice and hot and the pork has a great flavor.
I have also tried the melon water drink it was tasty.

Its a great food truck so stop by when you need an inexpensive lunch.

Love the Cabbage, Leaf
Logan

  

  
    



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Monday, September 8, 2014

At last......... Iris

Chef Kelly English and me

When I was very little I went to Easy Way and on a chance meeting, met Chef Kelly English, ever since I've always wanted to eat at Iris. To make a long story short I have tried many times but all unsuccessful.


Until now!

My Dad's friend Dave is a foodie and a huge supporter of my food adventures. He invited me to join him and his wife Marsha for dinner at Iris, how cool! The decor was very elegant and slightly boutique, overall a nice homey feeling for the restaurant. 

Amuses Bouches
Now on to the appetizers..... but first the Chef brought us each an amuses bouches, it was tasty. 

Dave, Marsha, Mama, and Dad, basically everyone other than me ordered "the short rib raviolo" in delicious braising liquid sauce. It was juicy, very hearty, and savory. The short ribs were so tender that they melted in your mouth, overall quite delicious. 

The Short Rib Raviolo

I ordered The Knuckle sandwich, it was an open faced lobster sandwich with a small salad on top of it, the pieces of lobster were HUGE. The biggest pieces of lobster I've ever seen, and the sweetest, best flavored lobster too!

The Knuckle Sandwich




Mama and Dave ordered the surf and turf. It was a New York strip steak stuffed with oysters and blue cheese and it came with some sauteed potatoes with Allen Benton bacon in it. The whole thing was divine and since Mama is allergic to shrimp, she had never had surf and turf before, so it was great.

Flat iron steak
Dad ordered the flat iron steak with glass noodles, peanut sauce and some herbs he got the potatoes with Allen Benton bacon instead of the glass noodles. Dad liked it, and he ate, like always, very fast, but this time I got a bite. It was flavorful and was Chef Kelly English's take on an Asian dish, but it was not my favorite.
  
Marsha had The Alaskan halibut, sweet potatoes, corn and tomato succotash. Marsha liked the dish a lot.

Grilled Jack



I had the grilled Jack with gulf shrimp local tomatoes and a harissa, an intricately flavored spiced sauce in a french press. It was delicious and super awesome to have that sauce poured table side (see video below). 


video


When you have had a great dinner you know that desert is just as good. Marsha had a salted caramel cake and ice cream.

Caramel cake and ice cream

I ordered the rosemary creme brulee. It had a very nice crust of melted sugar. I enjoyed the creme brulee, it was good.

Dave got the peach pie.

Creme Brulee
We also had a french press coffee with chicory, a classic New Orleans beverage, it was great.



P.S the leftovers were yummy. 


Leftovers










Thanks to Dave and Marsha for a great dinner out !

Love the cabbage, Leaf
Logan 



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Not just another Taco el Mezcal

It is hot out so go grab some spicy Mexican food at El Mezcal. I know it is an older chain of somewhat local Mexican food but that isn't a bad thing.
Tried and true, you know what to expect and it always delivers.
The inside is old school Mexican not a bit of the new trendy decor. It is comfy, and I really like the cactus lights.

I like to go because it is the only place my Mom lets me pick her food. I usually pick something new each time but the spicy Chipotle chicken is my favorite dish there. The cream sauce is layered in spicy flavor and the hint of smoke makes it my favorite.  I like the thin chicken and the rice is always pretty tasty. We don't usually get the gauc but I imagine it is pretty good too. Dad usually gets a ranchero steak and he likes it.

El Mezcal will give you a good salsa crispy chips and a pretty big plate of food. Good even for 2 meals. The prices are ok and I just  am happy to go. If you have not tried it and are tired of the small hipster plates out there then go!

Love the cabbage Leaf,
Logan



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Have a Flashback with Wiles-Smith Drugstore.



Wiles-Smith Drugstore is the oldest drugstore in Memphis! They are located on Union Ave. 




When you think of a drugstore you think of something     like Walgreens, but Wiles-Smith Drugstore is just the opposite.

Its an old timey mini diner that serves American classics like club sandwiches, BLT's, and milkshakes!
Logan Guleff at Wiles-Smith Drugstore
I shared a BLT with Mama that was made with Joe's special bacon. The bacon lived up to its name and the BLT was awesome. We both got Joe's special extra thick malted chocolate milkshake, they are too yummy to share!

This is not your fast food milkshake but a real one with real ice cream. The Old Joe is upgraded and thicker and a bit more expensive. It is worth it though.


So have an old timey afternoon with a milkshake at Wiles-Smith Drugstore!

Love the Cabbage, Leaf

Logan




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Monday, August 18, 2014

On the Tour Corky's a Memphis Classic


You might know that the BBQ tour t-shirt my Dad and I dreamed up finally got printed and so now I am on "The Tour" to be a Q king.

 I started at Corky's a Memphis icon of great Q. Robert Boyd told me about running the pit long ago and how the business has grown to more restaurants, cookbooks, stores and QVC. 

I mean these folks know BBQ and sell BBQ. 

 Now, I have had Corky's ribs many many times and I can tell you they are very good. They have a great smokey taste and just fall off the bone. I like them dry, of course - I am a Memphian! But the wet are pretty darn tasty too. I like the pulled pork it has a perfect BBQ flavor. The onion loaf, cheese plate and tamales are all good. I just noticed they are selling a cat fish so I ordered that even though I was on the tour the allure of something new could not be passed up. It came out hot and fried. I liked it but the sauce was just a bit too pickley for me. My Mom tried the turkey club also new to us and it looked good. 


 They just put up a new wall decoration and it really has brightened the place up. I loved the coke bottle cap detail.



 If you are from Memphis you have already tried Corky's if your from out of town and think QVC has given you the Corky's experience- try them anyway cause no one tells you about the toasty, buttery sourdough rolls almost the best part of eating there !  



Logan Guleff with Corky's Pitmaster


I also got to meet the Pitmaster Mr. Robert Boyd!




 Love the BBQ,
 Logan

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Taste The Love at Alcenia's

On a warm July afternoon what is better than Tasting the Love??? Nothing.. Alcenia's is tucked into the north end in a small little building. My Mom thought she had a Groupon for them but she got it wrong so there we were at lunch time. I have to say I was skeptical- I mean the place looked festive with all kinds of colors and chairs but it was a bit empty and I felt almost like I was in someones home. 

We ordered the food and it really took awhile to come out of the kitchen but when it did- Wow was it good. Everything was served on picnicware but the portions were pretty generous and after the first bite I was not complaining. The fried chicken was fresh fried for me and tender. It has some nice spices, The yams were sliced fresh and cooked with some karo syrup cinnamon in and butter. The black eyed peas, one of my favorites were spicy, fresh, flavorful and perfectly cooked. They had some little something in them I have not had before perhaps hominy or ... I just don't know. 


The chicken wings had
a karo syrup hot sauce with some nice herbs and hot peppers mixed in. They were not too hot or too vinegar. The lovely lady there said she hoped I tasted the Love and I did! So if you need a bit of love in your day go fill the place up. 

 Love the Cabbage Leaf, Logan



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Monday, August 4, 2014

Tsunami

My birthday is in July, so you're probably wondering where a food blogger goes for his birthday celebration dinner, I went to Tsunami.


It's an older restaurant, so it has stood the tests of time. The decor is contemporary hip and still trendy. The menu is exciting and cool and changes a lot based on the seafood available.

I ordered an appetizer of wasabi deviled eggs. Tsunami took the humble deviled egg and made it an amazing dish topped with exotic Japanese rice seasoning.
I also ordered some fried calamari, which came with a chipotle dipping sauce which was quite tasty. I liked how Tsunami did not include any tentacles in the calamari. It may be in style to add them but I would rather not eat them.



For my main course I ordered the pan seared tuna with cajun shrimp, with a spicy sauce ,I can't remember what it was called but Chef Ben Smith made sure that it was fabulous!
The tuna was seared perfectly to a medium-rare, the sauce was a little spicy and a bubbly feta cheese and some olives in it. It was a little too spicy for me but the flavors were well worth the kick. It also had some jasmine rice which was nice to temper the heat.
My Grandma ordered the scallop dinner. It came with 4 scallops and a sweeter sauce. She thought maybe they used only one master sauce but nope, hers was different and paired well to make another nice dish. The scallops were cooked just to her specifications. She liked it. 

Mama had a flank steak with mashed potatoes some sauted mushrooms and a horseradish sauce. Mama just plain out Loved it.
Dad ordered a fillet 
with sauteed squash and mashed potatoes. He ate it really fast so he enjoyed it. 



Dessert was Grandma's choice and she chose giner donuts with a coconut ice cream. They were heavenly! Just light and cakey and crispy the ginger went well with the coconut too. All in all it was a great celebration dinner from a fantastic local chef. Chef Poseidon may have the best seafood in Memphis!

Love the cabbage Leaf,
Logan 

P.S Chef Ben Smith has taken the time to teach me how to cook seafood. He is a great mentor and has earned the name Chef Poseidon.

Logan Guleff at Tsunami  Chef Ben Smith




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