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Old 10-22-2007, 10:13 PM   #21
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:26 PM   #22
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True that.
So where exactly you at?

I've been to Alabama a couple of times on business, a long time ago.

Actually was an eye opening food experience. Could include it here.

Circa 1980-81, I was working on a rocket program and one of our customers was NASA, at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

Had a meal at a place called Greenbriar's. Was at a little junction a few clicks outside of Huntsville. Literally at a little junction in the road. Nothing there but a general store, cotton gin, gas station and a few homes. And this hole-in-the-wall place. Had deep fried frog legs, catfish and hush puppies. I still remember it well 25+ years on. That certainly would qualify for this thread.

I wasn't cooking then, but I distinctly remember recognizing for the first time how utterly distinct and magnificent true southern cooking is.

Have never made it back to the south (I am discounting a couple of trips to Houston, and Orlando), but truly could go back on a food trip.
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So where exactly you at?

I've been to Alabama a couple of times on business, a long time ago.

Actually was an eye opening food experience. Could include it here.

Circa 1980-81, I was working on a rocket program and one of our customers was NASA, at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

Had a meal at a place called Greenbriar's. Was at a little junction a few clicks outside of Huntsville. Literally at a little junction in the road. Nothing there but a general store, cotton gin, gas station and a few homes. And this hole-in-the-wall place. Had deep fried frog legs, catfish and hush puppies.

I wasn't cooking then, but I distinctly remember recognizing for the first time how utterly distinct and magnificent true southern cooking is.

Have never made it back to the south (I am discounting a couple of trips to Houston, and Orlando), but truly could go back on a food trip.
Most people consider Green Briarís to be the bomb here! They love it.

But I grew up on the coast in Mobile and know a bit better. Green Briars is good, but nothing beats trap fresh or dock fresh catches cooked your way.

Youíre well travelled to know this little place. Iím impressed.
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Most people consider Green Briarís to be the bomb here! They love it.

But I grew up on the coast in Mobile and know a bit better. Green Briars is good, but nothing beats trap fresh or dock fresh catches cooked your way.

Youíre well travelled to know this little place. Iím impressed.
Well, you have enviable food there. very distinct, probably as uniquely American as there is. But then...where live has got some good stuff too.

Both places revel in the fresh seafood.
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Well, you have enviable food there. very distinct, probably as uniquely American as there is. But then...where live has got some good stuff too.

Both places revel in the fresh seafood.
Ok.........JEEZ....what do you do that allows this much travel? You knew Green Briars! Amazing!
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:00 AM   #26
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No fresh sea food in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, but we have some of the best fresh-water fish in the world.

My most extravagant meal was in Pag San Jon (sp) River in the Phillipines. I went on one of the $20 tours put together by our ship, the U.S.S. Kittyhawk. We were taken on a dugout canoe ride up the river to a great waterfall where we swam in the pool under the falls. The ride back down the river was a blast as we shot the various small rapids in the dugouts. after the rainy ride, we feasted at the resort on a smorgasbord of amazing tropical fruits, meats, sauces, and veggies, all cooked in that unique Phillipino style that is so wonderfully fragrant and full of fresh flavor. I don't htink I'll ever eat another meal quite so fine as that one.

However, my fondest memories of food were when my Dad and I were sitting in front of the TV eating a bowl of Van Camp's Pork & Beans, with Vollworth's Beef Hot Dogs heated in the beans, or the New England Boiled Dinner, made of course with venison. I also found it a special treat when we'd make a fire and roast hot dogs on a stick. But the one meal that stands out above all the rest was a mess of freshly caught brookies, simply dredged in flour, pan fried in a couple inches of oil, and served piping hot, with a sprinkling of salt. The flash was a beautiful orange and the tails were crispy and salty, munched like potato chips with a bit of ketchup. Nothing else was served except a tall glass of ice-cold, whole milk. And that my freinds, is what my food dreams are made of.

My whole family that I grew up with could really cook. They passed that on to me. But I'm the only one truly passionate about it. My Dad might have been, but only mildly so. But everything he made was exceptional, except his pork chops, which were badly overcooked and over-salted.

I wish I had some brook trout in the freezer right now.

Don't even get me started on the legendary birthday meals we cooked up for my wife, and my kids. I made the mistake of telling them, at a young age, that I would make for them any meal they wanted for their birthday, thinking I would save money. Unfortunately, I exposed them educated their pallates too well. Some of those meals cost me in excess of $100, and that's just for the ingredients. I can't even imagine what those meals would have cost in a restaurant.

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Old 10-23-2007, 12:02 AM   #27
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Ok.........JEEZ....what do you do that allows this much travel? You knew Green Briars! Amazing!
Work for a major aerospace company in the Seattle area ( among many other places, including major ops in Huntsville and Decatur). Take a guess.

Spent first part of may career working US Govt contracts (hence the Huntsville gig), then a number of years doing international marketing of air defence and surveillance systems, last half dozen years doing commercial aviation support stuff. Right now engaged in trying to build a commercial aircraft maintenance company in India.

It's been a ride.
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Work for a major aerospace company in the Seattle area ( among many other places, including major ops in Huntsville and Decatur). Take a guess.
Sounds like Boeing to me! Either way, you've impressed me, I bow to your travel visa! Very Impressive! I'll never travel that much, but I am impressed in your travels. Very good! Thanks for posting this, you have really impresed me!
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No fresh sea food in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, but we have some of the best fresh-water fish in the world.

My most extravagant meal was in Pag San Jon (sp) River in the Phillipines. I went on one of the $20 tours put together by our ship, the U.S.S. Kittyhawk. We were taken on a dugout canoe ride up the river to a great waterfall where we swam in the pool under the falls. The ride back down the river was a blast as we shot the various small rapids in the dugouts. after the rainy ride, we feasted at the resort on a smorgasbord of amazing tropical fruits, meats, sauces, and veggies, all cooked in that unique Phillipino style that is so wonderfully fragrant and full of fresh flavor. I don't htink I'll ever eat another meal quite so fine as that one.

However, my fondest memories of food were when my Dad and I were sitting in front of the TV eating a bowl of Van Camp's Pork & Beans, with Vollworth's Beef Hot Dogs heated in the beans, or the New England Boiled Dinner, made of course with venison. I also found it a special treat when we'd make a fire and roast hot dogs on a stick. But the one meal that stands out above all the rest was a mess of freshly caught brookies, simply dredged in flour, pan fried in a couple inches of oil, and served piping hot, with a sprinkling of salt. The flash was a beautiful orange and the tails were crispy and salty, munched like potato chips with a bit of ketchup. Nothing else was served except a tall glass of ice-cold, whole milk. And that my freinds, is what my food dreams are made of.

My whole family that I grew up with could really cook. They passed that on to me. But I'm the only one truly passionate about it. My Dad might have been, but only mildly so. But everything he made was exceptional, except his pork chops, which were badly overcooked and over-salted.

I wish I had some brook trout in the freezer right now.

Don't even get me started on the legendary birthday meals we cooked up for my wife, and my kids. I made the mistake of telling them, at a young age, that I would make for them any meal they wanted for their birthday, thinking I would save money. Unfortunately, I exposed them educated their pallates too well. Some of those meals cost me in excess of $100, and that's just for the ingredients. I can't even imagine what those meals would have cost in a restaurant.

Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
Very cool post!

Trout, little green onion, lemon inside, dredged in cornmeal and fried in bacon fat is is one of the best meals on the planet. Ala Hemingway.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:17 AM   #30
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Sounds like Boeing to me! Either way, you've impressed me, I bow to your travel visa! Very Impressive! I'll never travel that much, but I am impressed in your travels. Very good! Thanks for posting this, you have really impresed me!
You nailed the Co! The travel is a double edged sword. Most of the time it hasn't been too onerous. But I did have one year when my kid was only 11, when I was gone over 100 days during the year. You don't recoup that. It hurt a lot.

But other than that, I have been some interesting places, and one of the most memorable features of these place has been the food.

I am grateful for that. Anyway, thanks.
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