Category: Good Eats

Frankie and the Dumpling

So after  very short hiatus the Freak contacted me to tell me that he is doing a dumplin eating contest in Philadelphia at Sang Keen Noodle House.  He will be hanging with some of his buddies from wing bowl like Shittsburgh I mean  Pittsburgh PaulieDave Brunelli, and for the love of god Heather Cahill.  Go ahead click that link, you won’t be disappointed.   The gist of the competition is to finish 58 Dumplings (48 for women) in 45 minutes, and your meal is on Sangkee, plus receive a $88 Sangkee Gift Card.  So basically no chewing, just swallowing.  My pick is on a certain contender that I believe can swallow all day, yup Pittsburgh Paulie.  You sly fuckers, I know what you were going to say.   It’s almost dumplin time. Continue reading “Frankie and the Dumpling”

WING BOWL

So Friday Feb 2nd was the day, Wing Bowl finally arrived. The contestants through down the best they could. How did the Freak do you ask, well he was able to cash a thousand dollar check. So he didn’t win it all but did well for a rookie performance. Wing Bowl brings out the best of the best. Molly Schuyler killed it with more than 500 wings. She’s a beast.  Check out some of her finest work on YouTube.  Molly Schuyler Continue reading “WING BOWL”

WING DAY

The weigh ins are complete and the kings of wings are off to their homes to get a nap in before the festivities begin.  The Freak made his appearance and took over the place like he usually does.  He will now head down to Route 2 Tavern to hand out some swag.  Tonight was an awesome display of competitors hanging out as well as some awesome people some hot women and of course the crew from Wing Bowl.  It’s never to late to get tickets to this event and see some of the coolest characters ever.  The Freak will be there to put on a show.  You can catch HisVault on the Freaks Float hanging with his entourage.  Stop by and grab a selfie.   Continue reading “WING DAY”

Frankie “The Freak” Paul

Wing Bowl is just days away and The Freak continues to prepare for the greatest competitive eating contest known to man.  The festivities will kick off with the weigh in and pre-party at Chickie’s and Petes in South Philly.  This is the party to start the mother of all parties.  Then on Feb 2nd at the Wells Fargo Center the party will begin, WING BOWL 26. Continue reading “Frankie “The Freak” Paul”

Frankie “The Freak” Paul vs Wing Bowl (Update)

The anticipation is building around the single greatest eating event ever, WING BOWL.  Frankie Paul sits and trains in and out of the ring.  He gets in the EAT LAB and works on his food game.  Shit, he ain’t eating chicken wing he eats Falcon wings that he caught with own bare hands.  He is what Rocky wanted to be. The Competitors are now coming out of the wood works, like this bum Pittsburgh Paulie, in an attempt to shake up THE FREAK.  Pittsburgh Paulie is the kinda guy who gets out of breath just driving.  Frankie Paul is cut from a different cloth, he doesn’t get worried, he OPERATES.  His following is beginning to grow.  The Massses are algning for one single Goal.  He has begun building his alliances with great showmen such as Moe Train.  Don’t be mistaken, The FREAK is coming for the Title.  Continue reading “Frankie “The Freak” Paul vs Wing Bowl (Update)”

Sweet Water BBQ

Quick review of a small BBQ joint I ate at recently.   Sweet Water BBQ is a decent little bbq joint that has a select number of items to choose from.  The have wings, brisket, pork, Cajun Shrimp, and some fixin’s to go with it.  The food comes out on one of those plastic plates that you would find at a backyard BBQ.  The place is tucked away and pretty easy to miss.  You just have to drive by Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store to get there.  Yeah I’m not shitting you that is a real place.  Go ahead click the link.  No it’s not like blue waffle, don’t be a tool and just open the link.   Continue reading “Sweet Water BBQ”

DOW (Drinks of the Week)

In the two weeks that I was in Dewey I tried to never go to the same place twice, well except for The Starboard.  You yall know how I feel about that place.  There are enough places to go in Dewey that you don’t have to eat and drink at the same place twice, and if you go up the highway a bit there are even more great joints.  The Delaware Beach community of Dewey, Lewes, and Rehoboth are all great towns with Dewey being the most active as far as night life goes.  It seems like everyone has their own signature drink or a beer made for them.

The one six-pack that I picked up was Groove City from RAR Brewing.  This was a delicious Hefeweizen.  This was a random six-pack that I grabbed.  I like Hefeweizens and this one did not disappoint.  The german style beer went down smoothly and was awesome.  Grab a sixer if you can find one and enjoy.

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The Crooked Hammock is one of the coolest beach restaurant/brewers you can go to.  Great food, outdoor seating, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy while you enjoy some great beers.  This may be my second favorite place to go to at the beach.  I IMG_2932think that the only downfall is that the place is too good.  It gets crowded so the waits can be long.  They may need to get bigger but I am sure that wont help them.  It’s part of being awesome everyone wants to be there.  The Two beers that I tried were the Shoobie, and Actively Fishing.  Check them out here BEERS.

A much smaller place but a Dewey Staple is Woody’s Bar and Grill.  They have their own Woody’s Pale Ale that isn’t bad either.  The main reason you want to go there is because of the amazing crab cakes that they have.  Once you get that start drinking those pale ale’s.  This place is tight so get there early and grab a seat at the bar.

My body has been detoxing most of today so that’s why this is late coming out.  The night before we left we decided it would be a great idea to have drinks.  This actually turned out well, I ended up drinking rum straight from the bottle and Absolute Vodka.  This worked great because the people who showed up I had never met before and I was on my comedic A game.  Jerry you have an epic fucking beard bro.

Oh yeah I left out Sunday Day Drinking at the Starboard because I only remember pieces of it.  Here are some of the things I remember.

  1.  I took a Selfie with a crackhead
  2. Elvis was there
  3. I lost about 6 hours
  4. The bloody’s were awesome
  5. The Selfie King got on the Sign
  6. During the Blackout I went and Got pizza from Mama Celeste’s.

Remember Never Drink alone

See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler.

DOW (Drinks of the Week)

Well this week I don’t come to you with a specific drink.  This week I bring a venue that is awesome and the good time we had with an unexpected couple.  This week we hopped on a chance to have dinner and drinks with a couple that we don’t normally hang out with.  We all follow each other on social media but have never actually had a night out before.  So when they said they were heading out for dinner we jumped at the chance to catch up with them for dinner and drinks.

It was about 6 when our UBER driver pulled up to take us to Chesapeake Inn.  The driver, Na’Sha, who just happens to live a block away. pulled up in front of the house to take us out.  I love UBER because you get to meet really interesting people.  Na’Sha, a mother of three, who is a nurse out of Philadelphia was also working a creating a healthy brand of baby food.  She drove the UBER for her side hustle to pay for everything that goes into trying to create the line of baby food.  I love hearing about people who are willing to work so hard.  During our drive we also found out that her middle child and our oldest were in the same class together in school.  We did and up convincing her that her and her husband should go to Chesapeake Inn this weekend.  The world gets really small when you start to talk to people.

We got to Chesapeake Inn around 630 and moved up to the bar to order drinks and wait on the other couple.  They were running late because there babysitter was stuck in traffic.  So me and the wife sat and chatted for a bit.  The weather was a perfect and the tiki bar was packed full of people.  The wife order an Orange Crush and I got a Sam Adams Summer Ale.  The Orange Crush is one those perfect summer drinks.  After two rounds of that we decided to get a table as the other couple got closer to their arrival.

Mike and Tina arrived around 730.  We were on our third drinks at this point and had scarfed down some delicious crab dip.  It took all of about two minutes to realize that we were going to have a good night.  Nikki ordered a drink that was some fruity concoction IMG_3671of fruit, vodka, and amazing.  I stuck with the Summer ales and I can no longer recall what Mike and Tina got.  We all ordered sushi, yeah sushi, it was F#$%^&* Amazing.  Nikki got the Hairy Mexican and I got the TNT Roll.  Mike and Tina destroyed what look like ten rolls.  We sat and talked about so many different things it was really awesome.  You would have thought that we had all been hanging out like this for years  with the conversations being so natural.  Not once was there and uncomfortable pause where we would all have to stare at each other.  After dinner it was to the dance floor.

I think it was 80’s night and there was band playing whose lead singer was a little fella who really believed that he was bigger than he was, it was cute watching him sing like a big boy.  I decided to move onto Jack and Diet and dance at the senior citizen party that was taking place on the dance floor.  I felt like the flash when he is running at light speed and everyone else is slowly moving around him.  About ten minutes into this I began  to feel the effects of the time traveler.  We all danced and had a great time so I have been told.  I tried to order an UBER but my brain and hands were talking two different languages.  Mike was kind enough to get one for all of us.  It was at this point that I entered a new dimension and before I knew it I woke up in my bed.  Once again a succesful time travel session.

I woke up Saturday morning not knowing if I got sick our not.  There wasn’t any evidence of this taking place but my body felt as if it got sick.  I spent most of the morning searching for the evidence like I was searching for murderous clues.  The wife couldn’t confirm my getting sick and I began to believe that it was all made in my head.  Then the wife hears my oldest say “Mommy what is all over your sink.”  Vindicated and a bit disgusted.  At some point during the night I stumbled into the bathroom and got sick in the wife’s sink.  My bad, I got some Clorox wipes and cleaned up my nasty little mess.  I headed back downs stairs and poured a bloody Mary using Sucker Punch Bloody Mary Mix,  Bay Vodka, and some sun and I was back on my feet.

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Take a chance at hanging out with a couple that you haven’t hung out with before.  This helped start what I believe to be a fun new friendship.  We are overly surprised and happy with the outcome of last night and can’t wait to hang out again.   Surround yourself with fun people and go have a good time.

See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler.

Pit Barrel Smoker

Once again we are using a product from a veteran owned company.  The Pit Barrel Smoker is an awesome product.  This is a black drum that you can hang your selected meat and cook to your hearts desire.  The barrel comes ready to cook, using Kingsford coals, and the oxygen intake (not sure if that is the correct terminology) is preset to the elevation of where you live.  The only things I purchased, which you can also get on their website, is a chimney, wireless thermometer, and gloves that could handle the heat.  This thing literally takes five minutes to set up.  That is the truth, and if you are a novice smoker, this barrel is for you.  I personally have never owned a smoker before.  I do a ton of cooking but this was one of the items that had eluded me for some time.

See below items for some of the things that I have cooked. MMMM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

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As I stated before I am new to the smoke game, I can’t talk about other smokers and their performance but this barrel of smoke love is just right for me.  The only thing that I have had to do is adjust the lid from time to time to get the temperature to raise to the level I need.  This take all of two seconds of effort.  I did discover this while cooking a pork shoulder that I couldn’t get above 150.  It just needed a little more oxygen and bam she gets to cooking.

The Pit Barrel was recommended to me by a good friend, the wife got it for me on my birthday.  I will admit she was a bit hesitant that it wouldn’t get used much especially during the winter months.  Well she couldn’t have been more wrong, all I did was move it to the garage threw open the door, grab a chair and a beer, and cooked away.  The added benefit is that my garage smells like a smoke house with a hint of man, and motor oil.  When I added in the beer fridge, and a small heater that attached to my propane tank my life felt near completion.

Favorites Meats So far – November 2016 – April 12 2017

Prime Rib – OMG this is the best thing I have cooked so far Amazing

Pork Shoulder – Smoked Pulled Pork is a great comfort food and very flavorful

Brats – You can hang like 30 of these things in there, and they don’t take long to cook.

Ribs – Who the hell doesn’t like ribs ( I prefer dry rub on mine)

Deer roast – This was the first thing I did, surprisingly good.

Once again give this a try, especially if it is your first smoker.  The added benefit is you will support a veteran owned business.

www.pitbarrelcooker.com

See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler

Lasagna Soup

This thing is awesome.  Love comfort food, and making fall meals.  This crock pot meal feeds the fam and then some.  It only takes about a half hour to prep and about 3-4 hours in the crock pot.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage (mix up a bit try mild or hot)

4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

1 28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 15 oz can of Tomato Sauce

1 14.5 oz can of petit diced tomatoes ( I used fire roasted, but you can mix these up also some come with hot peppers or garlic flavoring)

32 oz Beef Broth

1 Red Bell Pepper (Optional not a deal breaker) I used on the one red bell

1 Green Bell Pepper (optional not a deal breaker)

2 teaspoons of dried basil

2 teaspoons of dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt

Black pepper start with a 1/2 teaspoon but use to get to the flavor you like

Pasta – I used actual lasagna noodles, just broke them in 2-3 inch long pieces.  Save for the end when you ae ready to serve.

Topping:

Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Ricotta

Directions:

One I would grab a glass of your favorite red or white, I grabbed a beer, but choice is yours.  I put on some music while I made this one, I like something smooth and almost jazzy when I cook, but again if you like death metal then rock the F$%& Out. Lastly never cook alone.

I started by putting my suasage and beef in one pan and letting it brown.

As that was cooking in put my garlic, red bell pepper, pepper,  and seasoning salt in a small pan next to it.  I put some butter in there and sauteed that.  Once the peppers and spice got aromatic it I poured half in my meat, and the other half in my crock pot.

In the crock pot I put all the tomato ingredients, broth, basil, and parsley.  I turned my portion low and let that start to work its magic.

As the meat begins to brown I through a little more basil and parsley into the meat, just to work that flavor.

Once the meat no longer has any pink in it you can put it into the crock pot.

Turn you pot on high and let it cook 3-4 hours.  This is going to make your kitchen smell great.  While your waiting for it to cook pour yourself another glass, talk to your family about the upcoming holidays, talk about the past, talk about the future, who cares just talk to one another.  Oh and put down the phones and turn off the T.V.  Hell you can even dance to the music playing, just suck up the moment, memories ae better than pictures.

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Ok enough time has passed it’s time to serve up the soup.  I took a small bowl and placed my cooked lasagna noodle in the bottom..

I then placed a dollop pf Ricotta, some shredded mozzarella, and Shredded Parm.  Then I pour some soup over that.

I repeat this with a total of three noodles, just layering the pasta, cheese, and soup.

That’s it, serve and enjoy.

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Options for toppings:

Sour Cream, Different Cheeses, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, a little butter.  Try it all.  It you want to add some color in the end sprinkle a little parsley on top of that last dollop of Ricotta.

My Daughters Bowl

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Remember never cook alone.

See You in The Future – Thee Time Traveler

It was that Good

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