Today was quiiiite the day for me! Well, in terms of food…lots of amazing experiences. Let me just preface this post by saying that my usual healthy eats have been…shall we say…thrown out the window in these last few days that I have at home.
Basically, I’m spoiling myself before getting back into the grind. hahaha
Today started off innocently enough — coffee and some Multi-Grain Cheerios.
However…lunch was out of this world. My bro has talked about this barbecue place up in Brentwood, NH that does legit, smokehouse Texas BBQ. YES. In New Hampshire. hahaha Anyway, he’s been a few times, and I decided it was high time that I checked it out.
Goody Cole’s Smokehouse in Brentwood, NH is awesome. It’s such a great little place, and you just smell the smoke in the air the moment you walk inside. Plus, we pulled into the parking lot and there was a police cruiser there..no, not to bust anybody…but to eat…and seriously, if the cops eat there, you know it’s gotta be good!
…and was it everrrr! I don’t think I’ve ever had REAL smokehouse BBQ before, and I can’t believe I waited so long. haha I got the pulled pork plate with mac and cheese and their cucumber salad – oh and cornbread…cannot forget the cornbread. My bro got the brisket. They serve it to you sans sauce and you pick what you want….I topped mine with a mixture of medium and hot. This was awesome. Moist, smokey, crispy pieces and it was just awesome. I ate every last bit of meat on my plate and all of the cornbread and left most of the mac and cheese (even though it was good) and some of the cucumber salad (equally as good) — my priority was the ‘cue though. haha
Mine (quite a bit more sauce was added later):
VERY FULL. haha I literally napped ALL afternoon — I think it was a combination of the fact that I didn’t sleep very well last night, and since I don’t eat meat all that often…THAT much meat at once took a lot of effort to digest…hence…sleeeeepy time.
Oh — and the spoiling didn’t end there.
As I mentioned last post, my brother cooked dinner for my dad and his wife as a Christmas present for them. Tonight was the night for the meal. And ohhh my God. My brother’s skills in the kitchen never cease to amaze me. He’d be all modest and say “Oh, I just followed a recipe” — no, no…not everyone can follow a recipe and have it turn out like a freaking restaurant meal. Delicious.
Here’s my bro, choppin’ away at garlic for the broccoli rabe (raab? sp?). Fists of fury! Look at those knife skills.
The soup you saw the beginnings of last night…simmered away on the stove with the addition of some cilantro.
The finished soup:
The complete finished meal: Carrot & ginger soup and hoisin chicken, with a maple, miso, and wine sauce – on top of a savory pancake that was laced with mint, sage and parsley, and garlic broccoli rabe (raab?). Oh…and a little red wine as well.
HOW amazing is he, right? It looks like a meal you’d get in a great restaurant.
I am now going to spend the night reading and watching tv — reflecting on how amazing (and amazingly different) my meals were today…and SLEEP. haha
I hope you all are wonderful!!