Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lanny's Alta Cocina - Fort Worth, TX

When we are in Fort Worth I wear many hats. I am first and far most, horse preparer to the stars: Cowboy Ron and Scott - grooming, spoiling, graining, spoiling, wrapping, spoiling, loping... all the important things. I am head laundry lady, occasional stall cleaner and full time comic relief. But, what I am mostly taken on the trip for is restaurant adviser, "Melissa, where are we going to eat tonight?" So, I always have to have an original list ready. 

That is what brought us to Lanny's Alta Cocina just a few blocks from the Will Roger's Coliseum. When you walk in don't be alarmed it seems like it may actually be someone's home or possibly a dentist's office but keep on stepping and be sure to have a reservation, the space is small so I am sure it fills up fast.

We were started off with an amuse that I didn't snag the details of but it basically tasted like a well made sausage, with a little kick and a tasty sauce that was a cross between barbeque sauce and mole. That was the most generic description ever but it did its trick and we already began salivating for what was about to come out next.

After Cowboy Ron read through eleven pages of wines we all decided to forgo the grape and have a Pomegrante Margarita. The weather was nice and we were feeling sassy so went went for cocktails instead. On the first round we were served our margaritas straight up, nice ice. We had a few suggestions amongst the group on how it could be better prepared. 

 Fantastic, warm rolls came to the table and I knew by eating one I would just open the flood gates of eating many, many more. They were too delicious to be made anywhere but steps away and I could probably made a meal out of just them and a stick of butter. Fortunately, I composed myself and stopped the carbohydrate consumption after two, possibly three.

Cowboy Ron wanted to sample a variety of appetizers so the waiter was so kind to coach us through what might be the best representation of the restaurant. Starting up top was Ahi Tuna Tartar served with Pepita Lavash, Huitlacoche Crepes with Tomatilla Sauce, Cochinita Pibil Tamales with an Apple mole. My favorite was the tamales, the meat was deliciously tender and sauce a smoky, savory masterplace - first place! Second, was the Ahi Tuna. It was so fresh and had a little kick with chile on the crisp cracker. Third were the corn crepes, they were just a tad doughy for my taste. But, what do I know?! It was Cowboy Ron and Scott's favorite!

Round two, with ice addition!

I know you are thinking scallops?! Again! I know, I know - I am a straight up sucker. These were fantastic. I loved the presentation but the delicate, clean flavors were just to die for. The scallops were seared to perfection, parsnip puree super creamy and the cauliflower and almonds added that right amount of crunchy texture. Amen!

Cowboy Ron went for the Seafood Paella and declared it was the best he had ever had. I know he is nice to everyone about everything but I do believe him as I saw him wipe his plate clean to consume every last drop. The seafood was fresh, rice flavorful and vegetables looked cheery bright!

Scott ordered the Carne Asada thinking it was going to much different than this elegant plate. Who would have thought carne asada could ever look so chic?! Well, it can apparently and this is how they do it here. The serrano wrapped asparagus came bundled and looking cute as well as all the baby gnocchi. Those were fabulous as they were seared in brown butter, I ate most of them directly off his plate.

 Dessert was light and simple as I ended up doing my same old thing over digestion and after dinner conversation. The custard was smooth and perfect so I lingered over the dish.

Start to finish the meal was outstanding! A highly recommend dinner spot for anyone traveling through Fort Worth. I will be back and encourage if you have not given it a try to do so during the NCHA Summer Spectacular in July!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Road Food - Texas to California

Scott and I are driving home from Fort Worth and I think we have purchased every type of junk food possible. I have eaten more bags of Funyuns than I can count, slurped entirely too much soda and may or may not have squeezed melted Reese's directly into my mouth. The shame...

On one stop I mixed things up a bit and got hot dogs fresh off their rollers and fancied them up with all the fixings! The jalapeƱos and onions later turned out to be a poor decision.

To soothe the burn from the hot dogs a logical choice was clearly a Little Debbie Chocolate Hand Pie. 

I can tell you one thing and one thing for sure, when I get home some changes will be made. Could Melissa Good Taste actually be craving vegetables?!...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Great Outdoors - Fort Worth, TX

When Scott and I are at horse shows we are in the stall area 90% of the time. Whether it be waiting on our time to show, doing chores or just hanging with our horses this is our home away from home. I have worked on making it more cozy with beach flooring but I am thinking next time I will include reclining chairs and possibly a hammock and some tunes to rock out to...

Just down the street is a great place for me to pick up sandwiches to go so we can enjoy our lunch in those same stalls while we work. I cannot think of a better lunch, in fact I will probably have it again today.

The lines are usually long but not to worry, the sandwich makers are fast so it moves along quickly.

Throughout the show I grabbed many sandwiches go. I always experiment on bizarre orders for Scott because he loves everything. You really cannot go wrong, the bread is fresh, vegetables crisp and sandwich meat savory and plentiful.

I order the same thing every time - Turkey and Swiss or a croissant with extra mayonnaise, dijon mustard, pickles, peperoncini, tomatoes, light lettuce, salt and pepper. That is pretty much the perfect sandwich to me. I usually am not a big sandwich person because I am a large fan of eating deconstructed food, I like tasting one flavor at a time. The only exception to that would be gravy, gravy goes well with everything.

Ok my friends, have a good day... I am off to care for some beautiful horses and take in another Texas day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Eddie V's - Fort Worth, TX

The night of Cowboy Ron's big win at the NCHA Super Stakes we decided to go big and celebrate with a meal at Eddie V's. It was pretty late when we walked in as he competed in not one, but two finals that night. The waitress was kind and let us take our time even though the restaurant was empty.

Bread came out to the table quickly as they knew we were hungry. Bread and butter never tasted so good! Ravenous...

We decided to go for cocktails that evening and a margarita sounded lovely. I had been on a horse all day long so to be able to relax at the end of the day was just like heaven. I have to admit it was pretty nice to let loose knowing you were riding the champion horse! 

We started off our meal sharing the Seafood Tower complete with Maine Lobster, 8 Gulf Shrimp, 8 Oysters, and Jumbo Lump Crab. This was a meal in itself! We were jam packed with protein but I feel like I always have room for more seafood...

So how about a big piece of halibut, topped with crab in a light butter and white win e sauce with sliced garlic. The dish was light and lovely I was munching away until I got to the middle of the fish. It was not cooked quite I all the way through to a doneness that I was comfortable with. I had the waitress take it back for them to re-fire and by the time it got back to the table I was stuffed and completely exhausted.

It had been a long day so dessert was out of the question. All I wanted was to go to sleep, have a late wake up call and possibly a foot rub. One of those things happened as we had to get up early to get Ruben worked in the morning for Scott to show. Horse show life isn't easy but days like this make it all worth it.

Congratulations Ron Malone and Rubys CD - 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Champion

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kona Grill - Fort Worth, TX

Scott Good Taste is a big fan of golf so we went to the new Kona Grill to watch the last day of The Masters. We took a seat at the sushi bar in front of the four screen television to take in the last nine holes!

The new restaurant is beautiful, hip and trendy. 

Although we were at the sushi bar they were kind enough to let us order off every menu including Happy Hour. The BBQ Chicken Flatbread is exactly what Scott wanted. The chicken, BBQ sauce, red onions and cilantro are divine. The cheddar cheese is weird and does not quite fit but the portion size is huge so you get what you pay for.

I was craving lighter fare so I went for the Oriental Salad complete with all things I love: Napa Cabbage, red bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, Raman crunch, carrots and a sweet soy dressing. I was hungry, hungry so I added a filet of Salmon on top. It was perfection!

Scott and I were still hungry after watching Bubba Watson school the poor young guy so we ordered a sushi roll to compare it to Blue Sake and Sushi. We went for the Yamanda Roll because it had "crunch" that is what Scott was craving. The fried seabass, crab, cucumber, avocado and wonton crisps were very tasty. I am not sure it was the best sushi but it served it's purpose.

I am more than excited to return to Kona Grill to have a healthy lunch of salad and salmon. I encourage all my Fort Worth horse show friends to give it a go as well!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cajun Cutter Party - NCHA Super Stakes: Fort Worth

The 2014 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes Champion Ron Malone, Trainer to the Stars: Scott Weis and humble foodie: Melissa Weis (myself) wandered over to the "Cajun Cutter Party" sponsored by the Grace Ranch, owner of high performance stallion: High Brow CD. It was a crawfish boil so we just had to check out the propane power for my dad! 

The hostest with the mostest pictured at center flanked by the champ and his trainer! Ron's good horse "Rubys CD" is sired by "High Brow CD" so we wanted to show our support and thanks for what the Grace Ranch does for cutting.

The catfish filets were being breaded and fried up. I was salivating as we walked into the party.

We grabbed our drinks at the "High Brow CD" bar and took our seats to watch the action of what was about to be served!

The crawfish were boiled and tossed with their special seasonings and literally shoveled onto a flat bed trailer...

It was awesome! it was like a free for all if you wanted to grab a plate to go sit or a make shift crawfish bar... shells tossed to the inside.

We prunies didn't know what to expect but we were excited!

Catfish, slaw and hush puppies for all!

We got our hands dirty and ate a couple boxes full. I have to admit learning how to get the meat out is a true technique and I got better as I went along. The work is hard but the reward of the sweet shellfish is great.

We enjoyed the southern fare and had a ball.

Two thumbs up for a great party celebrating the south and their great stallion, "High Brow CD"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lonesome Dove - Fort Worth, TX

So I miss my brother and Kate. They were the life of the party during their stay and willing to try any restaurant. I constantly reminded them how much I loved Lonesome Dove so one one of their last days in Texas we went their for lunch.

Yay! God bless Texas.

 We started off our lunch with a sampler of sorts... From left to right: Blue Corn Lobster Hushpuppies - These were fantastic. They were light, fluffy and savory. In the middle was the Rabbit-Rattlesnake sausage on a spiced Rosti - It was fine, a little game but we all were happy for the experience. On the far right was the Elk Sliders with Foie Gras and Blueberry Jam - These were tasty and I would highly encourage you to order them. They tasted quite decadent.

Cowgirl Kate ordered the Garlic Stuffed Tenderloin with a Western Plaid Hash. She thought it was nicely cooked and totally edible but lacked that something special to make it completely memorable. 

And now for this bomb and I do mean BOMB. Do not and I mean NEVER order the Lamb and Pozole Stew here. I love pozole and I love lamb but the creation that Lonesome Dove creates is the nastiest thing i have ever put in my mouth. Imagine hauling a load of sheep in a trailer, you then take that trailer and lift up the nose, drain the contents into a bowl, heat it up and them serve it. That is what it tastes like. I even asked the waiter to have the "day chef" taste what we were served and they were convinced that is what they wanted it to taste like.

So there you have it, a nice restaurant with a fantastic reputation can even have some issues. Caution, caution and approach with care when ordering at Lonesome Dove.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cracker Barrel - Benbrook, TX

We have successfully been at the NCHA Super Stakes for over 16 days and we just had to have a Cracker Barrel Day. If you are in Texas, a trip there is not complete without a visit. I especially love the general store as you walk in, complete with candy, gourmet treats, clothes and other home decorations.

You walk through the gift store and the restaurant begins. They treat you like family and take your order right away while at the restaurant.

I am not ordinarily a breakfast person but I smile pretty hard for pancakes and extra crispy bacon. 

They certainly do not let you go hungry here. My mom ordered eggs, turkey sausage and fruit. They additionally brought out biscuits and gravy. I wish I had more of an appetite after finishing my breakfast because the biscuit I sampled a bite of was fantastic!

Later that day, my mom and I went to Weatherford and visited Winnie at Oswood Stallion Station. She is going to be a mommy and I cannot wait to met her future baby!

Cracker Barrel has also been a great dinner option of us. Scot ordered a Pecan Chicken Salad with strawberries and was completely satisfied. A muffin was served along without it and he said it was lovely.

I went for a bit heavier of a meal and had Tilapia with mashed potatoes and fried okra. It was the perfect amount of food. I left feeling with a warm tummy but not completely weighed down. My advice would to stray from the okra though, it didn't light my fire.

Cracker Barrel is a step up from fast food and an excellent option if you are ordering on a budget. You will leave satisfied and not feel you broke the bank.