Thursday, July 20, 2006

102 degrees on the Clearwater River-Kamiah, Idaho

Met Ray (SKP) who was prospecting for gold in the area.

Life on Wheels-Moscow

Moscow, Idaho Life On Wheels conference at the University of Idaho.

This link explains the Life on Wheels conference, a unique group to teach people how to buy, live, and work in recreational vehicles. Over 100 classes teaching everything from Aerosol Defense to Workamping. (couldn't think of any Z's). Courses on solar cell systems, generators, maintenance and map reading are a few choices available. 4 courses a day for a week, feels like school again. Even so I enjoyed learning more about the fifth wheel and the lifestyle I've chosen for a while.

July 4th-Spokane, Wa.

A view of Riverfront Park and the falls near the fireworks display.

I spent July 4th in Spokane, Washington, watched fireworks at Riverfront Park, what a treasure. Soon afterwards nature treated me to natural fireworks as I stayed and watched a lightning storm roll into town. I stayed in nearby Cheney at Jellystone Park, although they didn't like me on my electric scooter and had to chase me down. Seems they equate the scooter with skateboards and even though gray haired, they would not let me ride. I stayed in the area about 5 days and then on to Moscow. Of course I had to try a chicken fried steak in the area.

Frankie Doodles has no noodles, but they have a hella large CFS. Check this out, an 11 oz. CFS, covered in gravy with eggs and more gravy covered hashbrowns, with butter soaked bread. This true heart attack on two plates cost just $7.95 at Frankie Doodles of Spokane. I even like the name, which is the real reason I stopped.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

What would you like for dinner?

I just checked to see if anyone else wrote about chicken fried steaks. Would you believe there are over 200,000 entries about chicken fried steak???? thats outrageous...

I found a good one though. Don't you just hate it when you go out to dinner and you ask the other person what they want to eat. The answer seems to be, "I don't know" you pick something you like.. My answer lately has been "Sushi" or "Sashimi"; the female throws up her hands in disgust. Heres one for the books though. Lets go eat, dear!

Chicken Fried Sushi

Grants Pass Or., Twin Falls, Id., and Susanville, Ca.?

What do these three places have in common? Harts Cafe's, decorated with a 50 and 60's theme, complete with jukebox playing oldies. If you were around in the 50's and 60's you will be instantly transported back into time. This place reminds me of "Happy Days" with Ron Howard and Fonzie and the crew... Plus you get food from burgers and fries to meatloaf and yes... even Chicken Fried Steak. They have $3.99 breakfasts to fill you up and $5.99 lunches that do the same. Their specials have names like "Rockin Robin" and "Porky Pig". Back to the chicken fried, a very tender cubed steak with a golden brown coating, laid properly on a bed of gravy. Now not many of you know this, but I worked my way through the last two years of high school in restaurants, like Roberts Roost in Greybull Wyoming. The head chef told me, with accent, "Never cover your meat with gravy, display it proudly on a bed of gravy, its the meat they came for, not the gravy", he went on to say you should display meat as a work of art, with the chef being the artist. So when I see a chicken fried steak on a bed of gravy, with a little design on the meat made with gravy, it brings back memories of long ago. But on to the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say. Very tender steak, but the coating was bland, now maybe my taster was just off that day, cause the white gravy was bland, although the garlic/cheese toast served with it was fine. The vegetables served were a regular corn, pea, carrot, green bean style medley and a choice of potato, delicious baked potato even. Overall the dinner was a 7, not because of the flavor sad to say, but the ambiance, and presentation of the meal counts and it was enough food to fill you up. Wonderful real Strawberry lemonade with real strawberries by the way, unlimited refills.