Easy Meal Planning At The Gas Station


Sammy’s Country Store in Maurice, Louisiana has an easy fix for your dinner dilemma – grillades.  They’ve been around for over a hundred years. Before electricity came to South Louisiana, Cajuns had a clever way of keeping meat fresh. This technique also gave it a bold flavor. You can still find if you look hard enough. This store, [READ MORE]

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Aherns Service Center & Convenience Store-NACS July Issue


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THE  STEVE SANDWICH - When Steve told Ahern’s Service Center & Convenience Store co-owner Jason Griner that the breakfast sandwich was kind of small, Jason came up with a solution.  He starts with a 5-inch bun, scrambles 5 eggs with 3 slices of American cheese and offers a choice of 4 slices of bacon or 2 sausage patties. Is this popular item big enough?
Yea, both Steve and I think so.
Check out the July edition of NACS Magazine for the whole story

Half Eaten donut orange

Convenience Store Sales-Record High 2013

(This is a great story. Could the growth in the foodservice section have something to do with the Gas Station Gourmet? 
We don’t know, but we will ponder after lunch.)


CHICAGO – U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales in 2013, with sales climbing 2.4% to $204 billion. Combined with motor fuels sales of $491.5 billion, overall convenience store sales were $695.5 [READ MORE]

HORROR-able Customer Service

Most C-stores  & truck stops I visit have really good service.

I was in a store and watched this happened. I simply observed as an employee at the counter read the sports page.

Inattentive employees can be an issue for some stores. 


VIDEO – C-Store Cajun Barbecue-Eunice, LA


Horror-able Customer Service


Most C-stores I visit have really good service.

This actually happened to me in a retail store. It’s something for all managers to consider when training staff. Pay attention so customers don’t feel invisible.

So, I thought it would make a good topic for my first short film.

Thanks to our friends at Richard’s Meat Market for supplying the location.

Those folks know [READ MORE]

Tailgating at the Oasis Travel Center

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NACS Magazine – January Issue

 My profile of Mudbugs in Eunice, Louisiana is in the January issue of NACS Magazine. 

Thanks to Tom Voinche for tipping me off and lunch.

Acadiana’s news anchor legend, Tom Voinche and Tanya Bollich of Mudbugs.
Unicorn sightings are a rare event. Even more rare is Voinche paying for lunch. That day, I knew I’d seen everything

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One man- 148,126 Stores

Watch a video about one man and 148,126 stores.

bbq or bust





The digital-issue of NACS Magazine is available. The print edition is not far behind. I found barbecue in Bloomington, Indiana. I was surprised.

The guy behind it is barbecue guru Chris Smith. He’s put a lot of thought into the process and the sides are engineered for powerful flavor.  It took weeks in the Sysco test kitchen to create the mac & cheese. Customers love it.


Anywhere from 800 to 1200 people show [READ MORE]

Andouille Stuffed Pork Loin


It’s pork season!


In South Louisiana, it is perhaps always pork season.  I had a  three pound boneless
pork loin that had to be dealt with soon. I wanted to do something different. I happened to have some of Neil Richards andouille sausage and thought there is no better combination than pork loin and smoked, andouille pork sausage.


I like to buy my meat in a local meat market, Richard’s in Abbeville, LA.  I’ve [READ MORE]