Skid’s II…Warmth in Diner form…

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It’s not often I sit at home and crave another visit to a restaurant. But, at this very moment, I am craving some more of Skid’s II in Burlington, NC. RIGHT NOW!

Honesty….

I lived near Skid’s II for a couple of years, and heck, I grew up in the same town for 27 of my almost 30 years. Did I ever make it in there? Nope….well maybe once when I was super young with my grandparents. Other than that, I have no memory of this little treasure. However, I do remember passing it multiple times and always seeing the parking lot very active. Little did I know, when I agreed to take Maw-Maw there Wednesday, that I was feeding a little bit of my addiction……

The first step into the restaurant immediately revealed a clean restaurant. Key thing to remember, a clean restaurant is a happy restaurant with happy and repeat clientele. *smiles* Maw-Maw and I were greeted by what proved to be one of the best servers we’ve ever had. He was nice, kind, great smile, and most of all….knowledgeable (ok, I’ll admit it, and attractive *wink*). I ordered the sweet tea (because we all know you can judge a good Southern restaurant by the tea) and Maw-Maw had her standard water. The glasses came out and Maw-Maw said she really liked the glasses. I thought they were catchy with the outside light shining through on them. They were a nice blue shade.  The menus were super clean as well (which that won me over).

See, this restaurant holds family memories in it. When Paw-Paw was alive, he and Maw-Maw used to go to Skid’s II and split a hamburger steak. It’s memories like that, that get us through the moments after our loved ones are long gone. This time though, it was Maw-Maw and I….perfect dining companion. *smiles* Fortunately, they have a small hamburger steak option, and this is what she ordered this time for her grand return to Skid’s II since Paw-Paw had passed. I, a complete and utter sucker for Greek food, ordered Souvlaki. Oh…..My…..Goodness!!!

If you have been reading on here for a bit, you would know that Souvlaki is one of my favorite dishes. I frequent the local Greek Orthodox Church when they have their semi-annual Souvlaki lunch, and have even attempted to make it myself with a recipe I found. But, honestly, this was the BEST Souvlaki I have ever consumed. The most beautiful thing….it came out looking picture perfect. I didn’t have to do anything to it to capture the beauty. The cook slathered the cucumber sauce on it perfectly to the edge, layered all the goodness in it, and wrapped it perfectly. Did I mention that our server, Todd, suggested grilled onions on it??? I just never would have thought of combining two of my loves…what is wrong with me for not thinking of that myself??? Well, now I know! Thanks, Todd! *smiles*

Maw-Maw enjoyed her Hamburger Steak immensely, and she said it tasted just like the old days. I know it would have been better though if we still had Paw-Paw with us at the table…*sigh* Her fries and my hushpuppies were perfection as well.

In closing, it was a fabulous experience all around, and we will definitely be going back…(in fact, I’m planning on lunch today there before I head to Mom’s to make Oreo Cupcakes!) The building itself is small, and I wouldn’t assume the food to have that big of a flavor punch if looking from the outside in. But, this is when I continually reiterate to not judge a restaurant by the outside, just as we shouldn’t judge each other. You never know what treasures or favorite dishes you might come across inside.

Kudos to Skid’s II for reminding me of the warmth a little diner can provide to a Foodie’s heart.

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A pictorial guide of my Souvlaki Lunch on Sunday…

You take the paper off and reveal the masterpiece!

As some of you may know, I look forward to the semi-annual Souvlaki Lunch at our local Greek Orthodox Church. Wait, let me reemphasize this….When I say I “look forward to”, I mean I ride by every chance I get to check their sign outside to see if it has a date on it for the next one! It honestly is some of the best food around here! To show my love for it, I decided to just do pictures for you with small little captions. Enjoy!

Warning: It’s not a happy ending…

"P" is for "Pleasure" The pleasure you will feel after having your belly full of this delicious meal! Actually, to be honest, "P" is for "Pork".
This is what you see when you open the lid to your "P" box...
You take the paper off and reveal the masterpiece!
I usually take my tomatoes off and enjoy them by themselves.
The best Sweet Tea around!
This was the absolute best I think the Baklava has ever been. Sooooo amazing! Still drooling just looking at the picture....
Don't let anyone steer you wrong, because this girl can eat......The sad part...........It's all gone........The End

Will Cook for Foo–Week 6 Who is your hero?

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We all have definitions of what a “Hero” is. It could be various items that we feel take courage to accomplish. We live in a world that requires multiple bouts of courage sometimes just to make it through our day. I look at heroism in a broader perspective. For example…

I’m sure when Kurt Cobain decided to leave this world, it broke many hearts. However, he made his mark while he was here. He was a hero for many I’m sure, but not in the way that his life ended (in my opinion). I have a friend that made the same decision, and I certainly don’t wish for anyone to feel the pain of losing a friend or loved one that way. In fact it pains me every time someone makes a joke about this act. It’s not a joke, grow up….. (Ok, off my soapbox.)

Minus the soapbox…This brings me to the point that there are men and women that are going through horrible struggles in life that most of us would not be able to carry the burden of. Some of those men and women have also made their own decision and decided this may not be the world they want to continue in. The ones that are still here, trying to make their situation better, should be considered heroes…heroes to many by saying it’s ok to struggle, because things really do get better and return to normal. They have the courage to make it through another day.

Other heroes…

The single parent that does good to feed their children. The people in the past and present that stand up for what they believe in. People that fought for our rights that we have today (even if it’s fighting for our right to party). The person that decided it was time to tell their parents that they were gay. The person that decided to stand up to the bully at school. The person that opens themselves and talks about their struggles in a daily journal for the public to read and grow from. The person that had the courage to start over in life. We certainly should never forget the men and women that risk their lives every day in our Military and forces here at home to keep us safe. There are many other ways people are heroes. Many more ways.

It’s like the old adage of why we should always smile, because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile. Try to achieve your dreams and improve your reality, because you never know who’s hero you are becoming. Be an inspiration to those around you. Life is good, it’s time to live it!

This week’s “Will Cook for Foo” comes from their song My Hero.

The selected lyric was “truth or consequence, say it aloud, use that evidence, race it around”

My Twitter update “@foofighters Truth or consequence, I’m saying it aloud, use my cooking as evidence, please come around!”

Next step for you, take a second and enjoy the song…Click here for the song “My Hero”.

Find the previous “Will Cook for Foo” posts by clicking here.

For the recipe…I did a play on words and word association…I thought I could make a Gyro…but, I decided I wanted to make Souvlaki instead, so I stayed in the same cuisine, Greek. This was a really easy recipe I found on Food.com, and it ended up delightfully light. Enjoy!

Pork Souvlaki

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless pork loin or 1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano ( I did a twist and used fresh Cinnamon Basil…very good!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup prepared tzatziki, sauce
  • 6 Greek pita breads

Directions:

  1. Trim and cut pork into 1 inch cubes.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Add pork and stir to coat.
  4. Marinate for 10 minutes (make ahead: cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours). (I marinated mine for 2 hours.)
  5. Evenly thread pork onto six 8 inch skewers; place on foil lined baking sheet. (I did NOT use skewers, and just dipped the cubes out of the marinade and placed them on a foil lined pan.)
  6. Brush with marinade. (Yeah, none of the brushing stuff, that’s just another thing to clean…I just drizzled the remainder over top. *smiles*)
  7. Broil 6 inches away from heat, turning halfway through, until just a hint of pink remains inside, about 12 minutes.
  8. Spread Tzatziki over each pita. (I used store-bought Tzatziki)
  9. Remove pork from skewers and place on pitas; fold over.

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