Monday, December 19, 2011

Nanny's Place....a wonderful surprise!

Today was great! I found the Christmas gift I had been looking for...and at a great price I might add. My brother and I decided to stop in to Nanny's Place in Bamberg, SC for a late lunch. Being 3:30 in the afternoon, I didn't expect much, but was I wrong. I had visited this cozy little place that serves primarily country cooking twice already, once for lunch and the second time for supper. Each time I was more and more impressed. The place itself is fairly roomy for being located in a shopping strip kinda place, and it is decorated in a very comfortable fashion complete with checkered tablecloths. First of all, "Nanny" is real, and she is a firecracker, you can just tell. She keeps her restaurant running ship shape, I will tell ya. She was very attentive, but definately not overbearing at all to her customers. You can certainly tell she wants to make sure her diners are enjoying their meal. I was impressed. The food was freshly prepared, and tasted VERY homeade. Some of the tastiest salmon croquettes and fried chicken I have tasted in QUITE some time. The service was right on time, and the servers were friendly and kept our drinks full at all times. Today, when my brother and I visited for lunch, it seemed we caught the servers off guard maybe, as we were the only customers in there at the time eating in.We ordered the "steak fritters" which is a version of country fried steak with brown gravy. Let me just say the gravy was delicious! The "steak" not so much. It was of the frozen steak pattie origin, and had it been freshly made country fried steak, it would have been sooo much better. The sides were great as usual. Their macaroni and cheese is homeade and is a MUST try! All in all Nanny's Place is definately at the top of my list for great Bamberg restaurants.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hong Kong Buffet in Orangeburg, SC....what happened???

On a recent visit this past week to Hong Kong Buffet in Orangeburg, SC, I was a little more than just dissapointed. Being a guest of this asian style buffet on several occasions in the past, I was expecting a pleasant experience. The decor has changed none in the past 8 years or so, it's still the same typical strip mall asian buffet decor....boring and generic. My mother and I had been Christmas shopping all afternoon in Orangeburg, and we were starving by the time we arrived at Hong Kong. Being seated and drinks selected and brought to us was no problem. The buffet, however, was another story. A quite sickening story, to say the least. The food on the buffet seemed tasteless and completely thrown up there in an effort to appease people on a Tuesday. It was barely warm.  I did the complete opposite of what I usually do, which is salad first. This time, my salad was last, and thankfully so. The ranch dressing had gone sour. It was horrible. When I told the waiter about the sourness of the ranch and that it had made me nauseas with just one bite, he was very argumentative. He proceded to tell me that I had to be wrong, that they had just recieved the dressing in their food delivery just today. He did not apologize or anything. He came back to our table with the check and ONE fortune cookie. I guess my mother and I were to share the same fortune. Needless to say, I will not be returning until this place shapes up.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Beginnings of a food blog....

I've always wanted to start a food blog. Honestly speaking, I am not really sure of how to begin or what to post next. We will just see how it goes. My mission for this blog is to post my thoughts on interesting foods and to share recipes. Trying new restaraunts, especially local "mom and pop" types, is something I love to do and I think I'll post on those as well. Living in the south, there is nothing finer than good 'ol southern cooking, and I intend to write about it. So, bear with me as I begin this journey, and we'll see where it goes. Just a quick thought, tonight was a "Hobo's" kinda night, being cold and rainy outside...see the yummy recipe below...
HOBO'S
Ingredients: (per Hobo)
1/4 pound lean hamburger (formed into a patty)
1 med. potato, cut into cubes
1 slice of onion
1/2 carrot cut into sections
1/2 can cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Place all of these ingredients into an aluminum foil "packet" sealing up ends at the top. Bake in the oven for one hour at 350 degrees. Enjoy!