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Easy Pan Fried Chicken Strips

I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner last night. Rummaging around in the kitchen, I dawned on me that I had everything I needed to make fried chicken strips... if I could pull it off. I've never made fried chicken, and since this was going to be my first attempt, I was a bit nervous.

Now, I'd seen my wife make all sorts of fried stuff, so I had a pretty good idea of what I needed to do, so grabbing all the ingredients, I just jumped right in with both feet.

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San Francisco Taqueria, Battle Creek Has The Best Mexican Food

I really like good Mexican food, but it has to be authentic.

San Francisco Taqueria on Capital Avenue in Battle Creek meets all the requirements I have for authenticity.

While I may not be much of an expert on Hispanic cuisine, I do know what I like, and they got it. Specifically, it's the Mexican tacos that I go there for.

They're two six inch corn tortillas (one on top of the other) and are loaded with seasoned steak bits, onions and cilantro. Served with a lime, cucumbers and radish on the side, these little tacos are perfect for that lunchtime hunger craving.

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I Want Nachos

It hit me all of a sudden.

Nachos. I. Want. Nachos.

Not that wimpy bareback chippie bowl and melted fake cheese nacho garbage.

I did a quick Google Search for loaded Nachos and came up with this recipe for Loaded Nachos from The Pioneer Woman's blog that really kicked the nacho desire into high gear. 

The recipe called for a lot of hearty goodness in those nachos, but hold the Avocado. I don't like avocados for whatever reason. Must have had a bad experience that is now buried somewhere deep in the subconscious. 

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Pastrami Joe's... A Battle Creek kind of Deli

While there really isn't much of a selection for a culinary enthusiast (AKA: Foodie) in Battle Creek, there are a few places that are worthy of mention. One of these places is Pastrami Joe's.

Founded in 2003, Pastrami Joe's is one of those kinds of delis that you walk into and stand there, gaping at the extensive menu for at least five minutes to try and figure out what sandwich you're going to get. It's the type of place that Alton Brown would just get one of everything in and call it a day:

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We're Going To The Alton Brown Live, Eat Your Science Show

My wife needs something fun to look forward to.

As a stay at home mom of four in the house, scheduling our lives, cleaning up after us (I'm Mr. Messy By Accident) and all the things that no one ever knows or hears about, she needs a break and something to look forward to.

The Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science tour was something she had wanted to go to for a while. I really wanted to take her as well. Alton Brown is one of our family favorites to watch, and now she's going.

Earning an affiliate commission from my Everyday Carry and drone review sites has not just enabled me to get the tickets without worry, but also has provided a lot of other great things for us... Like a car, excercise equipment and more.

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VKitchen in Ann Arbor

Trying out a new Vietnamese restaurant in Ann Arbor today. 

VKitchen, located in Ann Arbor (in the Colonnade shopping center) is very subtle and looks like just another strip-mall diner from the outside, but it would be a huge mistake for any Pho lover to pass this one up. Now, our family favorite in Ann Arbor, VKitchen offers a wide selection of Vietnamese cuisine including the usual appetizers one might expect to find at afr Vietnamese restaurant, Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), and of course, Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). As friends of ours know, Pho could very well be in the top five favorite things for our family, ranking right along up there with Korean bulgogi and bi bim bap, and we found that our pho today to be some of the best we've had.

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Crockpot Potroast

Got up this morning to wifey making a Sunday dinner that already has me drooling. Its a crockpot pot roast that got rubbed with fresh Garlic and herbs, and sits on a bed of potatoes, carrots and onions! Just can't wait! 

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