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Fergie’s Fergalicious Wine Review

The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) makes wine with her father, called Ferguson Crest. Here’s a video review of their red wine blend, called Fergalicious. Please note that I was only drunk for the second half of the video. I don’t have an excuse for the first half.

For more info: https://fergusoncrest.com/

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Two Instagrams to Follow

If you like Food/NYC/Instagram pics, follow these two:

http://instagram.com/foodbabyny
Good looking food with a baby. Seems like the baby is hitting a lot of newish NYC spots. I see him on Yelp a lot.
foodbabyny Two Instagrams to Follow

http://instagram.com/hotgirlseatingpizza
Hot Girls Eating Pizza. Drool.
hotgirlseatingpizza Two Instagrams to Follow

The Brazen Fox’s Bone Marrow Burger

I came here really to just watch football, but ended up ordering the Bone Marrow Burger. It is freakin good. Buttery, rich. Probably ranks up there among some of the best burgers I’ve eaten, like at Fritzl’s. It does get a little messy because of the greasy goodness getting all over your hands, but it’s worth it.

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Also look at this photo I took that Google decided to Googlefy for me. I never asked. Looks pretty cool. I assume they have some sort of algorithm that figures out if the composition is good and how to make it more creative/artistic. It’s interesting. I hope some day Google will just do everything for me. Who knows if I even took this photo. Maybe Google did it.

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The Brazen Fox Kitchen & Craft – 106 3rd Ave (btwn 13th St & 14th)New York, NY 10003

Tio Wally Eats America: The Gearjammer Restaurant

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Union Gap, Washington.

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Greetings from Union Gap, Washington
N 46° 34.128’ W 120° 28.390’ Elev. 960 feet

When I was a kid my mom used to say “Go to a truck stop if you want good food.” Her reasoning was that it must be good if all the truckers were eating there. I’ve mentioned this before only to correct the fallacy of that belief.

That the food is “automatically” good at a truck stop isn’t remotely true. Indeed, the reason truckers eat at truck stops is quite simple: There is enough room to park their big-ass rigs! That is not to say there aren’t notable exceptions where the food is really good.

The Gearjammer Restaurant, located in the Gearjammer Travel Plaza at Exit 36 on I-82, is definitely one of those notable exceptions. I’ve eaten here a number of times. It’s reasonably priced and the food is always quite good. Since I ended up stuck here for Thanksgiving, and I knew they’d be open, I took advantage of it.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Special consisted of generous portions of white and dark meat turkey with homemade gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams/sweet potatoes, corn, a roll, and a choice of soup or salad for $11.29.

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I started with the soup du jour, potato. This was possibly the best potato soup I’ve ever eaten. Thick and creamy, with big pieces of potato and celery, and bits of bacon, this soup was incredible. In fact, both the waitress, Patty, and I agreed that it was “To die for!” So good was it that I’ll now be calling them to see when they have it.

The plate of turkey with all the fixin’s was huge — about twice as much as I could eat — and all of it incredibly tasty. I should’ve asked the chef, Michael, when I talked to him but I think that, with the exception of the canned corn and yams, everything was homemade. He told me he’d spent two days putting it together … and it tasted it.

The turkey was incredibly moist and topped with a great turkey gravy. And it was a lot of meat. The dressing also was really great and, thankfully, not full of sage, a spice I truly abhor. The mashed potatoes tasted homemade and had more of that great gravy on it. Although the yams were missing those crusty little melted marshmallows they were wonderful, too.

What can I say? The whole meal was so good that I had to personally thank Michael for all his hard work. He had definitely made my day by preparing such a tasty and satisfying traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Because it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it, I ordered a piece of pumpkin pie ($2.29) — my favorite — to go. And yes, it came with real whipped cream.

The whole meal was so huge that I ended up with an ample portion of what I consider to be the best part of Thanksgiving — leftovers. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any bread to jam it all onto to make a grossly oversized sandwich. Still, it was fantastic all over again.

Apart from a lack of family and/or friends to share it with, the only thing missing from the meal was pitted black olives … and perhaps children’s fingertips to attach them to.

I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving dinners that were equally satisfying and hope that the rest of your holidays are likewise happy, healthy and suitably festive.

And so we roll.

The Gearjammer Restaurant, I-82 Exit 36, 2310 Rudkin Road, Union Gap, Washington

Coke and Peanuts

I never heard of Coke and Peanuts until I read this article about FSU’s head coach doing it. Sounds stupid. I tried it. It was stupid. Go Gators!

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Robataya’s Uni and Salmon Roe Don

I don’t know why Uni (Sea Urchin) intrigues me so. The aroma of Uni reminds me of my childhood –our old VCR in the 80’s in Winter Park, FL. It has like a smokey metallic taste that emanated from that early model VCR. Why I keep ordering it? I don’t know.

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This time I tried a big bowl of Uni and Salmon Roe over rice ($22 at Robataya in the East Village). Sounds kind of awesome. It was really good for the first bites at least. Although, I don’t know why anyone would really want to that much Uni and Salmon Roe. I don’t love my old VCR that much. I finished it though.

Robataya – 231 E 9th St (btwn Stuyvesant St & 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003

Tio Wally Eats America: Miner’s Drive-In

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Yakima, Washington.

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Greetings from Yakima, Washington
N 46° 33.9885′ W 120° 28.9558′ Elev. 988 feet

I first visited Miner’s Drive-In shortly after midnight. I presumed they’d already closed and the lights were just about to be turned off. As it happened the dining room didn’t close until 1:30 a.m. that night; 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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I’d never been here before and was charmed by it’s well-kept funkiness. The place as been here in various forms since it opened in 1948, and is still owned and operated by it namesakes, the Miner family.

I was sort of taken aback by the prices at first. It seemed a little pricey for a hamburger even though they’re actually priced about the same as Five Guys. There wasn’t much else open so I figured I’d bite the bullet and see how the burgers were. I ordered a Cheese Burger ($5.85) with everything. Much to my surprise Miners’ burgers are whoppers — bigger than a Whopper®!

It seemed to be a half-pound patty, served on a sesame seed bun with two slices of cheese, lettuce and onion, dressed with mayonnaise and a touch of ketchup. Not only are the burgers weighty, they’re also bigger around than my face. It must be eight inches around. It’s huge.

The first one I got came with three slices of tomato. The last one, however, didn’t; tomatoes can be added for 75¢. Quite frankly I don’t remember if I had them add tomato to the first one or not. Maybe they just screwed up … or liked my visage. I may have ordered them as I was pretty tired, extremely hungry and incapable of caring.

In retrospect I wish I’d added tomatoes to the second one because they really enhanced the homeyness of the burger. Although I put some of their 1000 Island Dressing-ish french fry sauce on the second one, it wasn’t quite as good as the first. Still, it was a hell of a meal for the price.

I went back the next day (after the second one) because I wanted to try their Bar-B-Q Beef. I was hoping it would be in the style of the now-defunct Spike’s Shack of Ritzville, Washington and, hopefully, just as good. Sadly, it wasn’t the nostalgic wet dream of Spike’s I was hoping for.

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By the way, previously unbeknownst to moi Spike’s is still there but it’s now called “Spike’s Deli & Pizza,” and is located inside the Cow Creek Mercantile. I discovered this through the miracle that is the InterTubes. My gut feeling is that it was better before, when it was still in a poorly painted shack at the edge of an unpaved parking lot at the crossroads to There and The Other There (also recognizable as Interstate 80 and US 395). But who’s to know?

The Bar-B-Q Beef from Miner’s, while quite good, didn’t have the same humble funk and pizzazz as the ones from the early ‘80s Spike’s. Miner’s Bar-B-Q Beef ($6.70) consisted of a couple of slices of roast beef, warmed on the griddle, served on one of their mammoth sesame seed buns, with lettuce and onion and, in addition to the requisite barbecue sauce, mayonnaise. I’m recognizing a Miner’s pattern here: shredded iceberg lettuce, white onion, mayonnaise ….

They cut the sandwich in half and tuck each portion in what looks like coffee filters. I wondered about this at first. After biting into it, however, it made perfect sense. It was a smart move that saved much laundering.

I haven’t quite figured this place out. They must make something that will set my soul afire. I suspect I’ll find what it is eventually as I’ll be coming here a lot.

A couple of curious things about the place: One is that it was originally called Miner’s In-N-Out Hamburgers. Miner’s was founded the same year as In•N•Out Burgers. I wonder if trademark lawsuits ensued? Miner’s dropped the In-N-Out from its signage for whatever reason.

Another is that Miner’s signage used to tout “On A Sesame Seed Bun.” Being as Miner’s and McDonald’s were also both founded in 1948, I wonder: Did they run afoul of Ray Kroc and his legal-minded minions? Miner’s doesn’t flog sesame seed buns anymore.

These and many other questions remain unanswered. Like, Why the hell is Yakima billed as the Palm Springs of Washington? And, Why is it spelled “Yakima” while the Native American tribe from which it’s name is derived spell it “Yakama”? Inquiring minds want to know.

And so we roll.

Miner’s Drive-In, 2415 S. 1st Street, Yakima, Washington

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.

Root Beer Float Flavored Oreos

This week’s Taste Test Tuesdays in Sam’s office were these Limited Edition Root Beer Float Flavored Oreos. There were two layers of cream –one brown and the other white. It really tasted like Root Beer flavoring! Like how Root Beer flavored Jelly Bellys taste.