Sweet and Savory :: Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles Concepts

I love soul food. I got my very first taste of the real thing when Ruben's mom made Collard Greens with Ham Hocks for Thanksgiving dinner two years ago. (A little late, I know, but better late than never, right?) It was amazing! After that epiphanic discovery, I attempted to bring a little bit of 'soul' into my own kitchen--for starters, I tried to recreate his mom's collard greens many many times, only to get shot down over and over again with a statement that no perfectionist foodie/cook ever wants to hear: "It's really good, but it's not as good as my mom's." In between chopping greens and boiling ham hocks, (mad scientist style), I've also made time to try out a few other Southern/soul dishes, like smothered pork chops and peach cobbler. There have been other days however, when my body has gone into complete cooking overload, and could no longer stand the sight (and smell, due to all that darn Crisco) of my own kitchen. Enter Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles Concepts.

Our adventurous dish of the day: Fried Green Tomatoes! Highly, highly addictive. So addictive that I ate six out of the seven tomatoes on that plate. *Oink oink*

Do chicken and waffles usually come with gravy or syrup? Apparently, Gladys Knight's version doesn't include either of them. I personally prefer my chicken and waffles smothered in gravy--however, since this version didn't come with any, I can't help but wonder if this is how chicken and waffles are supposed to be or if the gravy/syrup feature is just a West Coast thing.

The fried chicken, hands down, was some of the best I've ever had to date, joining an elite mental best fried chicken list that includes Busy Bee Cafe and Ezell's Famous Chicken in Seattle, Washington. I could have easily smashed a bucket full of this chicken if the opportunity presented itself. But if only I could say the same about the waffle! While the taste was there, I couldn't get over how soggy it was. I'm sorry waffle, as much as I tried to love you and make it work between us, I just couldn't. The chicken had stolen my heart.

Do you like your chicken and waffles with gravy or syrup?


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A Meal Fit for a King :: Fogo de Chao

My man loves meat. Period. He's the kind of person who would rather eat two dinners instead of dinner and dessert just so that he can eat more meat. On the other hand, while I love my dessert, I'd like to say that I love meat much more than the average woman. So when I found out that there was a Fogo de Chao in Atlanta, a churrascaria, I knew I had to take Ruben there for his birthday this year.

If this doesn't entice you, I don't know what will!

Look away vegetarians, just look away.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with churrascarias, it's basically a place that serves Brazilian/South American barbecue. In modern churrascrias, like Fogo de Chao, rodizio service is offered, where passadores (aka "meat waiters) come to your table carrying big hunks of meat on a skewer. Think of it as an all you can eat meat buffet where you don't even need to get up!

It doesn't get any manlier than this!
Here's how it works at Fogo de Chao: every person is given their own personal card. If you flip your card to the 'green' side, you're giving the passadores the green light to give you meat. However if your card is flipped to the 'red' side, either you need to take a break from all the meat, or you just can't eat anymore. Pretty easy, huh?

A quick piece of advice--when you have your green card up, BE PREPARED. Be prepared to be bombarded by many many men with a lot of meat. It's very easy to get overwhelmed and confused when you have up to three men offering you beef tenderloin, lamb chops, and bacon-wrapped filet mignon at the exact same time.

Now, there is a salad bar somewhere in the restaurant, but I didn't waste any time going there. In my honest opinion, eating salad was just a waste of stomach space. (Why have vegetables when you could just have more meat?) A churrascaria specializes in meat, not lettuce, so I'm going to eat meat, dammit!

(Ruben stopped by the salad bar, however, and happened to really like it.)

I do have to say that the meat was AMAZING! I could not remember eating a single piece of meat that I didn't like. My favorite meat of the night had to be the house special, hands down. If only I could remember what kind of meat it was! However, I do remember the passador who was serving it--he was tall, skinny, and brunette, with big ears. I was so overwhelmed with the endless amount of meat possibilities that that was the only way I could remember which passador had what.

Our night ended with a complimentary Fogo de Chao signature Papaya Cream, which was AMAZEBALLS. It reminded me of a very creamy, soft ice cream, with the perfect amount of papaya flavor. Although my stomach was already at maximum capacity from eating an excessive amount of meat, I took on the responsibility for eating Ruben's dessert because he looked like he was about ready to pass out. Besides, there's always room for free dessert!

Thank goodness I wore a loose dress for this occasion!
Have you ever been to Fogo de Chao or a churrascaria? What do you think about the idea of an all you can eat meat buffet?


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