Have you been to the South? No? Don’t worry I haven’t either, but I found this great place where you can feel as if you’re right in the center of Alabama y’all. The greatest thing is it’s in California, forget about buying a plane ticket just head on over to Victoria Gardens.
It’s called Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ . I’ve been there twice, and quite frankly the first time I went there I wasn’t prepared for the vortex I was about to enter. Let’s start off with they literally serve you your drink in this really neat looking jar. The menu just wow props to the chef I mean can I hug him? Right off I was enthused ribs, chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, pulled pork sandwiches, sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, and yes wait for it WATERMELON. Yeah I said it watermelon, you know that refreshing fruit you like to treat yourself to on a hot summer day. You can actually get it as a side my mind was blown just right then and there!
I myself am not a big fan of ribs, but let me just tell you these ribs were absolutely magnificent. The oh so sweet bbq glaze is to die for…literally and figuratively. The meat it comes oh so gently off of the rib, and directly into your watery mouth. As you chew that savory goodness in utter containment you ask yourself “Is this what heaven feels like?” I’ll answer this friends yes it does!!! You know that saying ‘finger lickin’ good’ ( I don’t care if it’s the KFC slogan because KFC has nothing on this!) well it definitely applies to these delicious baby back ribs.
But wait there’s more the chicken where do I even begin? So tender and juicy so delicious just amazing there’s nothing like it.
Let’s move onto the biscuits they bring out as you wait for your food. Holy mother of God, the biscuit alone is a world of its own. Their buttermilk goodness is one of a kind they’re warm to the touch it melts in your mouth as you indulge yourself. However, there’s more just as your tastebuds are singing the hallelujah chorus to your utter amazement you realize they’re topped off was a sugary glaze that in shock causes you immediately to stand up and do the Charleston.
So many other goodies you just have to try them. The next thing on my list of trying is their dessert cobbler anyone?
Let’s talk about my recent San Francisco trip earlier this month. Clam chowder no, I’m not talking about your wannabe clam chowder canned Progresso Soup it’s not the same! Pier 39 I will forever love you because you have Boudin there. Clam chowder you get two things for the price of one…sort of. They serve you this hot soupy goodness that consists of the perfect temperature not boiling hot, but hot enough, so good. Spoonful after spoonful you savor this steamy deliciousness that tastes so amazing in your mouth. Hold on a minute guys just when you come to the devastating conclusion as you take your last spoonful, and look down in a complete sadness you remember that the sour dough bread is waiting for you. Now sour dough bread I love you because you’re not like any other style of bread your delicious and that’s the bottom line, but your bitter yet tangy after taste is what I love…there is no else like you, and because of that I will love you forever. Gently you start to pull away at it and eat the moist goodness that is left. At last you’re fulfilled it’s a mind changing experience.
Up next Brazilian food.
Took a nice little trip to Espetus Churrascaria up in beautiful San Francisco. I had never had Brazilian food, but had seen a tv special on it on the Food Network, even that couldn’t prepare me for what I experienced. Brazilian people they sure do love their meat that’s for sure. They have this cute little neat sign where you can flip it green if you want the servers to come to your table or red when you want to take a break from all the fantastic food. There’s servers who walk around with giant skewers full of meat coming table to table offering you meat. WOW just fabulous you mean I can eat all the meat I want and I don’t even have to stand up I’m so in. Think about it eleven selections of meat…as you sit there in awe while they oh so gently place your meat on your plate…your eyes they just glisten. I couldn’t pick a favorite even if you asked me to. I just sat there and ate and ate and ATE. Every bite full of flavorful mouth watering goodness that fills your tummy with joy. I was blown away!
The best part however, was the grilled pineapple why yes you can most certainly grill pineapple. This grilled little treasure touches the tip of your tongue, right away you know you’re in for on heck of a ride.
Hollister, California right next to my little garlic city (Gilroy) that I have learned to love over the past years. Right off of highway 152 you can find this little hidden beauty called Casa de Fruta along with Casa de Wine and Casa de Sweets, I swear it’s filled with amazing snacks all types of dried fruits, an enormous candy section, homemade ice cream, and wine. You have to experience it yourself plus they have cool little dandy stuff to entertain you.