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Phatphood Minnesota State Fair Food Review

Phatphood State Fair

Phatphood Minnesota State Fair Food Review: Well, I went and did it again. It is opening day at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair and I am trying most of the new food items offered this year. I type most because some of them I am just not interested in, I did not know about, or, they simply ran out. A few of the new items added this year happen to be breakfast items, which are only served during certain hours, so I had to arrive early to take full advantage. At 7am it is still quiet and hardly any traffic to deal with. I spent twelve hours walking around, eating, drinking and doing a few interviews in between. I purchased sixteen food items with thirteen of them being new this year. I had three classic food items that are always worth getting on return visits. I also had a few alcoholic beverages in the form of bubbly beer, one of which was a MN State Fair first. I spent a total of $150 on all of the items mentioned below, and that price included my beverages, but not the two ghost pepper beef jerky sticks I brought home. So, you do the math. Opening day, what a great day to go, nice and cool and hardly any people…yea right!! It must have been a record breaking opening day, right? It was packed out there by noon. Definitely felt like a weekend. Are they ever going to do a No Wheels Allowed day? I’m down with going on that day. With my second year of doing this, I planned a little better ahead of time with mapping where I need to go with what foods I wanted to get. I ended up getting to each location too fast and had to make a few laps around the fair grounds to let some of the food settle.

The biggest question that I get asked is: Do you eat all of everything you get? I eat 75-100% of each item. If I don’t like it, only about 50% then I toss it. But if I like it, it’s hard to stop and think about room for the next item. I’m not biased when it comes to my reviews, I post with raw emotions as I am eating each item live on Instagram (@phatphood) and forward to my Facebook in most cases. Sorry for flooding! I hope you enjoy reading the short reviews and it helps aid you on what to get along with your favorites this year at the State Fair! Hopefully the pictures help with that decision as well.

Here is what I had in order of me eating them…Enjoy!

State Fair Meatloaf Hash 1

Meatloaf Hash – with peppers, onion, scrambled eggs and Bearnaise. Located at Blue Barn $8.25

Meh, the meatloaf itself was fairly bland, the eggs had the consistency of school breakfast or maybe even McDonald’s. The onion and pepper mix just wasn’t working. Looks alright, but not a good taste for me. Oh, the fried potato medallions were great! Best part of dish. Rating: 1/5

State Fair Dave's Cluck & Moo 2

Cowboy Dave’s Cluck & Moo – with beef, chicken, potatoes and mustard BBQ. Located at Blue Barn $9.50

Now this was a winner! Nice smooth, yet fresh mashed potatoes with texture, ample amount of both meats, gravy with a cheese drizzle and the mustard BBQ sauce was excellent. Not a breakfast item here but they serve full menu all day. Rating: 5/5

State Fair MN Wild Rice Benedict Muffin 4

MN Wild Rice Benedict Muffin – wild rice muffin with a ham, poached egg and cheese/hollandaise sauce. Located at LuLu’s Public House $6

The muffin is dense and hard to manage with a fork alone so grab a knife. Pretty bland as well. A thin slice of deli ham is hidden under the egg, with the egg being the only star of the dish, I’d pass. Rating: 1/5

State Fair Breakfast Juicy Lucy 6

Breakfast Juicy Lucy (Breakfast LuLu) – Sausage patty stuffed with American cheese between toast. Located at LuLu’s Public house $6

I didn’t get the opportunity to try this last year so I’m making up for lost time. This is big and delicious! Add an egg and you have a perfect dish. Toast was a little crunchy making it hard to bite with how big the sausage patty is, but still worth getting. The description reads “English Muffin” and I would disagree that it is. Sausage was great, the cheese doesn’t ooze like local favorite Matt’s Bar, but still, a decent ooze. Rating 4/5

State Fair Caramel Apple π

Caramel Apple π (Pie) – a Crispin style Cider rimmed with graham cracker and cinnamon, a caramel drizzle in the cup before the apple beer on tap is flowed in. Located at Blue Barn $4.75

It’s 9am and that means beer is now flowing!! Woo!! Mmmmmmm damn tasty, but sweet with just the beer alone, so beware. Rating: 4/5

State Fair Scotch Egg

Scotch Egg – hard-boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried, and then speared on a stick. Located West side of Liggett street between Carnes & Judson Aves. $7

Nothing new to see here, just your every year Scotch Egg on a stick fix. Rating: 5/5

State Fair Maple Bacon Funnel Cake

Maple Bacon Funnel Cake – bacon infused funnel cake, topped with maple glaze drizzle, bacon, whipped cream, a cherry and then more maple glaze. Located inside the Food Building $7

What can I type? It is pretty much what it is and tastes just that! Amazing! Great anytime of the day. Can’t go wrong here. Get this. Now. Rating: 5/5

State Fair Butter Chicken Samosas 2

Butter Chicken Samosas – pastry filled with butter chicken minced with a tomato curry sauce. Served with a side of green chutney. Located in International Bazaar at Hot Indian $6

Packed full of meat, no skimping here! Good with or without the chutney. Pastry was light and crispy. Worth it! Rating: 4.5/5

State Fair Mac & Cheese Cupcake

Mac & Cheese Cupcake – Mac & Cheese nestled in a breadcrumb crust, sprinkled with breadcrumb and frosted with a dollop of cheese whiz. Located at LuLu’s Public House $6

Welcome to the MN State Fair! Thank you and please stay for the next decade. Great portion, I love the cheese whiz. I only wish for a little more breadcrumb because it is awesome and tames the richness. Rating: 5/5

State Fair BBQ Pickle Ice Cream made by a John Deere

BBQ Pickle Ice Cream made by a John Deere – Located at R&R located on the southeast corner of Randall Ave and Underwood Street $5

The ice cream without the flavors alone is a beautiful thing. So creamy and smooth. Must really like pickles to enjoy this as it has small chunks. I don’t get much of the BBQ flavor, was a slight swirl of it in there, but I was expecting more. Pickles and ice cream churned by a John Deere is pretty impressive. Plus I can smell the gas while I enjoy each scoop. Rating: 3/5

State Fair Caramel Chocolate dipped bacon ice cream

Caramel Chocolate Dipped Bacon Ice Cream Bar on-a-Stick – Located in the Midway near the laundry center $7

Come to the midway and play with this instead of games. This seriously was bacon overload. I think the kids call it bacon on fleek. There is also bacon and caramel on the inside. Surprise! Eat it fast, because even though it’s a cool day, the weight of everything on the chocolate shell helps it shed fast. Watch your shoes for drippage. A bit steep on the pricing for this treat, bacon is spendy these days. Rating: 4.2/5

State Fair Stuffed Italian Meatloaf

Stuffed Italian Meatloaf (on-a-stick) – Italian meatloaf stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni, topped with marinara sauce, a parmesan herb blend and served on-a-stick. Located at Green Mill, on the east side of Cooper Street between Randall and Wright Ave $5

I was reluctant about getting this today, but now very pleased I did. Gooey, stringy mozzarella cheese inside, pepperoni and parmesan on the outside. Very salty, but I’d definitely get this again! Marinara was not topped on it like the description, just a cold side of it. Make sure you have water on deck. Rating: 3.9/5

State Fair Alton's Sriracha Balls

Alton’s Sriracha Balls – two choices of filling, breaded in panko, deep-fried and drizzled with Sriracha sauce: blend of shredded chicken, corn, tomatoes, egg and Sriracha; or Sriracha cream cheese with corn, tomatoes and egg. Located in the Warner Coliseum, Northeast corner $4

They come in pairs and luckily you can split them up. The cream cheese Sriracha ball dominates. By a landslide. The chicken was cold and has a lot of corn in it. So go straight for the cream cheese. Would get that version again. Great heat as expected. I paired them with a Grainbelt Nordeast, duh! Rating: 3.5/5

State Fair Prime Rib To Go Cone

Prime Rib To Go Cone – thinly sliced choice prime rib, sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms (optional) in a soft bread cone with a side of au jus, horseradish or Parmesan garlic sauce. Located on the Southeast corner of Carnes Ave and Liggett Street $9

I think this may be my last item…maybe. Okay, the bread is soft, but not pliable. Too hard to tear with hands, fork or mouth. It’s a challenge cone. The prime rib was good, but with everything else it involved it tasted like a Philly Cheesesteak minus the cheese. It wasn’t filled to the depth of the cone, kind of like those bags of chips with 80% air. It says on their site description at Coasters that it comes with horseradish, au jus or parmesan garlic sauce. But what they don’t tell you is that they “can give you them” if you ask. Neat. Don’t get this, thank me later. Rating: 0.5/5

State Fair Deep fried ribs

Deep Fried Ribs – smoked baby back ribs, breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce. Located at Ball Park Café. In The Garden $9

Another item I wasn’t going to try but sure damn glad I did! They fall right of the bone with each bite. The breading is light and crispy. The BBQ sauce isn’t anything special, a little spice, store bought I’m guessing. Anyhow, these ribs are way better than I imagined being cooked this way. I’m a fan. Rating: 4.4/5

State Fair Garlic Fries

Garlic Fries – Located at Ball Park Café $8

Just another MN State Fair classic to pair with the deep fried ribs. You already know these are good! Only issue is you have to go to two different windows to purchase both, lame. Rating: 5/5

State fair Deep Fried Cookie Dough

Deep Fried Cookie Dough – Located in the Food Building. $6.50

Last but not least, my all-time favorite deep fried on-a-stick item here at the Minnesota State Fair. The first time I tried these on the debut a few years back, it was destiny, true love. Glad to be reunited with my boo boo. Rating: 5/5

I’m outta here! *drops napkin*

As far as a couple of the items I did not get but really wanted to. Berry and Pop Rocks! French Toast at Blue Barn. Why? I DIDN’T KNOW!!! I am pretty upset I wasn’t aware of this item. Bummer. Another was the Cowboy Bites at Frontier Saloon. Why? They ran out when I went there about 6pm. Rabbit Hole is not there until September 1st, since Hot Indian shares its space, so I didn’t get to try a few of their items that I wanted to like the hot tail. So if you happen to try these items, get a good picture and let me know your thoughts, just as well as any other items that I tried or did not, love to look/read about them!



Straight Outta Compton Movie Review


Straight Outta Compton Movie Review: “Straight Outta Compton” was the most anticipated movie of the Summer, and it lived up to the hype. Fans of their music and upcoming hip hop artists alike should flock to the theaters and learn this story of rags-to-riches. If you are as big of a fan of N.W.A. (or even just each solo artist of the group) as I am, then you will find yourself bobbin your head, applauding with joy and getting chills with each song played. Even more so when Eazy takes the stage for the first time in the film with “A miracle of modern creation…”

The story was filmed perfectly, although for two and a half hours I felt that they could have shared more of the story of N.W.A. before they branched out into Dre’s and Cube’s solo projects, and Eazy’s crumbling Ruthless empire before his death. They barely even touched on the creation of “EFIL4ZAGGIN” which was just as incredible as “Straight Outta Compton” if not better with nearly double the tracks.

Straight Outta Compton Actors

They shared a few of the lyrics spit by Ren to disclose on the Ice Cube beef after he left the group, but that was about it. As fans, we all know that Cube crushed his former band mates with “No Vaseline” and that was portrayed very well in the film. Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. portrayed his father so well in this film that he will easily be your favorite character.

There was also no mention of the Dre and Eazy beef records nor the solo project Eazy did, which I was waiting anxiously for that beat to drop from “Real Muthaphukkin G’s.” MC Ren and Dj Yella were left behind as the story mainly followed the other three members of the group. That was perhaps made up with the cameo’s of Snoop, Suge Knight, The D.O.C. and even Tupac with actors obviously portraying them as well. The only one that didn’t do it for me was R. Marcos Taylor who played Suge, who, in the end made his character laughable.

You get the tale of how dirty the music business is with contracts and deceit, the corruption of the police, the rise and fall of friendship and some damn good music to go along with it all. Add this to your favorites collection now. Bye Felicia.

Lay's Do Us a Flavor

Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalists Review


Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalists Review: Hey Lay’s, I’m about to do you a flavor! On behalf of We’ve Tried It, I’m trying the four finalist for Do Us A Flavor.

Pictured from left to right in order from best to worst.

1) Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries submitted by Angie Fu – a no brainer, these are addictingly delicious. The truffle oil doesn’t over power the parsley and having them wavy was the right way to go for the size and the crunch.

2) New York Reuben submitted by Jeff Solensky – not much to these, simply faint cheddar and pickles mixed together, closer to a cheeseburger with a hint of ketchup, just slightly beating out the next flavor, yet still a good combo for road trips.

3) Southern Biscuits and Gravy submitted by Hailey Green – yes there is a slight taste of the peppery gravy, but that’s about it. The lightest flavor out of the four. Could easily be mistaken for just a pepper chip. Not good enough to crave for more.

4) Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro submitted by James Wagner – what I thought would be my favorite ended up being a disaster in my mouth. The sniff upon opening isn’t even appealing. At first bite you get the impact of a gyro, but that goes away fast with every chip there after. What’s left is the taste of a baby puking garlic and onions into your mouth. After 5-minutes past of eating these, the film on my tongue began to linger and hard to get rid of with just water. These will haunt you.

Which is your favorite? Don’t forget to cast your vote on their website to have your favorite year round.

Giordano's Frozen Pizza 350

Giordano’s Part 2: Frozen Deep Dish Pizza Review

Giordano's Frozen Pizza

Giordano’s Part 2: Frozen Deep Dish Pizza Review – Now after feasting on a five course meal, I am not one to turn down gifts to be sent home with, especially in the form of food. Giordano’s has always been readily available online to ship frozen deep-dish pizzas to your door to get that authentic taste of Chicago without having to make the trip.

Giordano's Togo

During these busy first few months of opening at the Minneapolis location, and a 45-minute minimum call ahead time to get a fresh one out of the oven to go (as I’m hearing), you always have the option to walk-in and grab one from their freezer that is located right next to the main entrance. However, it still takes a good 45-minutes to cook it. So, you take the frozen pie home, throw it in the microwave for 6-minutes for ultimate cheese gooeyness, spread warmed extra sauce pouch across pie, then place it on the center rack of your oven at 325 degrees for 40-minutes. Viola!

Giordano's Pizza Frozen

Does it uphold to the fresh ones hot out-of-the-oven from their restaurant? Not quite. The cheese and sauce are still terrific tasting as in-store, but the double crust tends to break away from each other and the taste just is not as satisfying. Would I still purchase a frozen one with the restaurant readily available? Of course, and a why not? I still have late night cravings combined with laziness. So having a few in my freezer for emergency situations is a must. Plus you can always let them thaw in your refrigerator and reduce the cooking time by 10-minutes. The dining experience will always be my first choice, but stuffing my face as I sit on the couch with a true Chicago deep-dish comes in at a close second. By the way, I love my new coffee mug.

Ship a Giordano’s Pizza to your home today.

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Giordano’s Minneapolis: The Phatphood Experience

Giordano's Pizza Minneapolis

Giordano’s Minneapolis: The Phatphood Experience – The wait is over! Authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza with gooey awesome cheese pulls and double crust has finally arrived in Minneapolis. 2700 Hennepin Avenue in Uptown to be exact.

Giordano's Ribbon CuttingGiordano's Pizza

Giordano’s hosts a beautiful corner structure with windows galore, framed to perfection. It shares a parking lot with a bank, so be prepared for residential parking during normal banking hours. With late night deals after 10pm like a six-inch-deep-dish and a beer for $10, the parking lot may never be empty. Handwritten neon and pizza marquees light the interior in true Uptown fashion.

My City My Pie

Giordano's Uptown

Giordano's Happy Hour

Walking-in, you are greeted by a hostess desk that is forefront to an aquarium style window to where all the magic happens in the back. To the right is a full service bar with high-top stools and premium Uptown viewing. To the left, a wide-open dining room with an entire wall mural of the downtown Minneapolis skyline that includes a propeller plane toting a banner that reads “MY CITY MY PIE.” Just before the back door that leads to the parking lot/patio you will also find two unisex single use restrooms in this 6000-square-foot, 110-seat sleek design by B3 Construction out of Naperville, Illinois.

Giordano'sGiordano's Minneapolis

“We are not a big corporation like Best Buy, but we did create sixty jobs” CEO, Yorgo Koutsogiorgas mentioned after the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Not big, but still operating over 40 restaurants in Chicago, three in Florida and a recently added location in Indiana. Yorgo also mentioned Arizona and Ohio as future locations. But at last, Minnesota gets it’s very own taste of Chicago. With no longer having to drive for six hours to enjoy a deep slice of pie, I can now put my gas money towards more pizza in my belly and more often, well, once the hype wears off. I predict long lines for months to come along with frustrated new comers not aware of the craze we have been yearning for years.

Giordano's Pizza Pie

That craze comes in a perfect circular dough matter with the highest quality of cheese (and lots of it), stuffed with classic flavors and topped with rich, yet delicate sauce.

Giordano's Thin crustGiordano's SaladGiordano's App

During this tasting we were offered a thin crust as well, good, but not as good as what they are known for. Get it big, and get it stuffed! The salad was above average. The bruschetta was excellent with a mound of diced ripe tomatoes and a sweet balsamic drizzle.

Giordano's 1

The tiramisu and chocolate cake were excellent and I highly recommend either, if you save room. I would pass on the cannolis however, just bland and not much to them. I have yet to try the spaghetti and meatballs, which I’ve heard only great things about. I figure, I have plenty of time. This is a good thing for Minneapolis and my cravings, give it time to fit-in and accept it!

Giordano's Togo

Stay tuned for part 2: The Take n Bake Experience…

Coup d’ état Review

Phatphood Coup d’ état Restaurant Review

Coup d’ état

Phatphood Coup d’ état Restaurant Review: I was suppose to come on Wednesday for Chef Tommy Begnaud’s new menu launch here at Coup d’ état. He is back ladies and gentlemen, and his presence is duly noted with his new French/Louisiana inspired menu, and it has some excellent choices on it! I wanted to try every new item on the menu (as they kept a few favorites from the previous menu) but it would require another visit.

Hush Puppies

Starting off with some of the Happy Hour items. Hush Puppies made with crawfish, creole remoulade and fennel. Salty balls of joy! 4/5 and only $6 for HH.

Cheese Curds

Another Happy Hour item, although carried over from previous menu: Cheese Curds…Sriracha battered with herbed buttermilk. What?! As good as it reads and looks. Fair food! 5/5 all day!


When Happy Hour ends at 6pm, do the right thing, order a bottle of the finest Malbec on their list. You can never go wrong.

Po Boy

This here is the crawfish Po’boy. Had the choice of andouille, shrimp or this, so of course I went this route to compare it to my other hometown favorite at Sea Salt, this one takes first place, simply for the taste. Quality over Quantity in this case. 5/5 that buttered bread though! $12


For an entree I got the Scallops with grits, étouffée, lardon and scallion. A very well balanced dish. Amazing pork belly aka bacon aka lardon. 5/5 The second most expensive item on the menu next to the steak. $22 but worth every bite.

Tommy, thank you for coming back and doing this menu for the remainder of the summer season. Well overdue! Someone just turn down the AC a bit inside. Cheers to the amazing bar tending staff, sit there and enjoy!

phatphood TC donut crawl

Second Annual Twin Cities Donut Crawl Review

phatphood donut crawl

Second Annual Twin Cities Donut Crawl Review: As I write my review this morning on behalf of We’ve Tried It for the Second Annual Twin Cities Donut Crawl 2015, I decided to do so while enjoying a double chocolate and a red velvet donut, both from Cafe Donuts.

TC Donut Crawl 2015

They were one of the eight participants for this years festivities held at a new location, Mears Park in St. Paul. The other seven local bakeries of pastry goodness were Glam Doll Donuts, Mojo Monkey Donuts, Bogarts DoughnutsYoyo Donuts, Angel Food, Denny’s 5th Ave and Mel-o-Glaze. Chef Shack was suppose to be a ninth addition, but rumor has it their truck broke down along the way. Biting into these sweet goodies as my thumb jabs away forming the next word on my iPhone keyboard, it’s hard to be mad at the events that took place yesterday.  When I woke up Saturday morning I had no clue it was going to rain, but grabbed the umbrella and headed to Mears Park for an 8:45am arrival time for this 9am to noon crawl.

Upon arrival, there wasn’t as much parking as stated due to a Farmers Market going on at the same time just blocks away. Although, I was lucky enough to score a meter a block away and it was free, again, due to the Farmers Market. There were check-in tents at all four corners of the park, so I walked up to the first one in sight and waited under five minutes to get my press pass (not sure what the benefits or significance of wearing this was), hoodie, shirt, coffee mug and donut box for the total VIP experience. I heard this check-in went poorly for some, like no shirts available in the size preregistered for, confusion on if you were in a VIP line or not, etc. seemed to go pretty smoothly for me, although I can see the issues. For instance, I switched up one of the shirt sizes I got, which they shouldn’t have allowed, and there was no communication between all check-ins as to whom has checked it off the handwritten list. 

Treat Yo'Self Donut Crawl

Staggered around the park were tents with each of the seven donut shops involved, a tent with a Dj centrally located and also a couple of small tents with gallons of hot coffee provided by Five Watt Coffee for free. Decided to head on over to the caffeine boost before the sugar rush. Now, I don’t know if it was because I got the very last pour out of the dispenser or not, but for me, this was the worst cup of coffee I’ve had. I can’t even describe the taste. Mehyuk! I did not have any more throughout the day to compare, but if I were to compare it to last years donut crawl and the same vendor, it was night and day.

As I waited for my “Get Donuts Crew” to arrive (seven of us total) I found it very challenging to hold a cup of hot coffee, a donut box and an umbrella. I blame Mother Nature for this struggle, along with not having a personal umbrella holder to follow me around during these tough times. Once my crew was fully assembled we decided to brave the intertwined and confused lines that were created by chance. Most likely no matter where you were standing in this park, you were in a line whether you wanted to be or not. You didn’t know which line you were in, where it started, where it ended, but hey…you were in a line to get a donut. Parents with strollers had the toughest time dealing with this situation as some of the lines lead through mud, rocks and even across man made creeks.

TC donut Crawl mug

The lines had merging lanes just like our wonderful traffic system here in the metro, and bumping umbrellas created gaps to allow others to cut in. You could hear the complaints and confusion from all directions of the crowd, most were “I still have yet to get a donut!” Some did the best they could to cover their donut box, most with the shirt they got with their $35 entrance fee. If you weren’t quick to cover your box, which looking around appeared to be the case, you were dealing with a wet piece of paper to enclose your donuts, if you were lucky enough to get some. Notable mention, VIP was $75 a person, got you some TCDC gear (love the jersey style light weight hoodie) but didn’t get you much of anything as far as line perks. 

Phatphood TC Donut Crawl Review

Once the chaos of 3800 attendees arrived, basically all at once (compared to 500 last year), the what was expected to be an organized donut crawl turned into exactly what it was, a wet mess. Announcements were made that each donut tent would open up the back sides to allow attendees to come from different directions and faster delivery as donuts were literally tossed into boxes. They also threw out the idea of stamping each box upon receiving a donut from each participant, mainly due to the rain, but also just to speed up the process. Once these two things happened, my crew agreed that lines were no longer valid. Just walk up to each tent and get your donut in a free-for-all frenzy, or as my crew member David decided was the “boop-boop” method. With that approach, we all got donuts from each location (more than one donut at some) in less than an hour. 

Twin Cities Donut Crawl

Despite the crappy weather, location and few flaws, Twin Cities Donut Crawl was still a success with raising “over 30,000 meals for Second Harvest Heartland” and everyone learns from their mistakes. You could complain all day long or do what we did and just deal with it and laugh at the situation. We were still all smiles as shown in the picture, and that credit goes to the fabulous participants that baked up all of the deliciousness and dealt with the situation like the pros that they are. Not a bad donut in the bunch and still enjoying mine! See you next year! 

Spirooli Spiral Slicer

Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review


Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review: This is the latest As Seen On TV product that We’ve Tried It put to the test. Check out the video. Not only will you get to see the Spirooli in action, you will also learn how to make Avocado Basil Pesto.

I thought the Spirooli was quick and easy as well as the clean up. However, with it being light, if not held down securely with one hand it can jump from the counter while you are rotating the handle with the other. It does have suction cup feet, but we used the cutting board for the visual and they did not suction to the board. It also makes a plastic-on-plastic squeak when rotating handle sometimes. I will continue to use it and try other vegetables. 6/10

Avocado Basil Pesto

Avocado Basil Pesto Ingredients:

1 cup basil
1/2 avocado
1 clove of garlic
Handful of pine nuts
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Sun dried tomatoes

Throw the first 4 ingredients into food processor. Process until everything is well combined. Mix in juice of half a lemon. Season with sea salt and pepper to desired liking.

The sauce was a little too thick for my liking so I added about a tablespoon of olive oil. This is optional. For the zucchini noodles, I just spiraled one med zucchini. I topped off this recipe with sun dried tomatoes.


Sammy's Speed Dog

Sammy’s Speed Dog Restaurant Review

Sammy's Speed Dog Review

Sammy’s Speed Dog Restaurant Review: Sit back and enjoy the dog show! Because being my first time here, I had to try four of their best and recommended.

It looks like an old small sized DQ from a distance, and as you get closer (from the west) you discover a half sports car embedded in the side of this raceway pit stop structure.

Inside you see a large printed and detailed style menu along with photo monitors of the finished product. Speedometer style ceiling fans spun alive as Johnathon, an upbeat guy with suggestions for newbies, greets you and makes you feel welcomed. Made it a good experience all together.

Chili Cheese Dog

Starting it off with #8 Chili Cheese Dog: Grilled Vienna beef dog topped with chili, homemade cheese sauce and diced onions. The chili is actually really good here and now I want the chili cheese fries, next visit! Their buns are awesome, grilled on each side. 5/5

Kansas City Dog

Next up #10 Kansas City Dog: A grilled Vienna beef dog topped with BBQ pulled pork and creamy coleslaw on a grilled Minnesota flat bun. Coleslaw was cool, but that BBQ pulled pork made this dog a wiener! 5/5

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Melt

On to the third #5 Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Melt: A deep fried Vienna beef bacon wrapped dog with mustard, homemade cheese sauce, topped with grilled onions. Just a simple delicious dog. Their cheese is addictive. 5/5

LA Street Dog

Last but not least, my favorite #3 LA Street Dog: A Vienna beef bacon wrapped dog with grilled onions, poblano peppers, diced tomatoes and jalapenos on a toasted Minnesota flat bun topped with a zig zag of mayo and ketchup. The perfect combination dog. I need 3 more of these. 5/5

Had their seasoned fries with each dog, different, definitely cinnamon involved, I liked them, it works.

They have a drive thru, but don’t expect fast paced raceway dogs flying out the door, quality takes time and it states this on the wall inside the restaurant. They also serve cheese curds, gyros and fresh mini donuts.

This may be the first review where everything received a 5/5. If you are in Shakopee, MN be sure to stop by Sammy’s Speed Dog!

Spam Hash Recipe 350

Spam Hash Recipe

Spam Hash Recipe

Spam Hash Recipe: You can add whatever you want in hash, and that’s what makes it a perfect meal any time of the day.

This evenings choice of ingredients were: bacon, red potatoes, Spam, garlic and red onion.

Hash Ingredients


1. Bake the applewood thick cut bacon (not shown).

2. Dice up all your ingredients to be placed in cast iron while bacon is baking.

3. Fry up the Spam half way.

Hash Recipe Weve Tried It

4. Take out Spam and fry up potatoes with butter and thyme. Add onions and continue frying.

5. Add Spam back in along with chopped baked bacon then add garlic last.

6. Crack some eggs on it and place in a 375 oven for 6-7 minutes.

7. Top with parsley.

Spam Hash Dinner

8. Devour.

Be creative when making your hash. If you decided to give it a try post a picture of your hash on our Facebook page.

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