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Big Store-Big on Customer Service
BROUSSARD, LA- Blanchet’s Exxon is profiled in the September issue of NACS Magazine. This is the first two-story c-store with a food court I’ve visited. Subway and Krispy Krunchy Chicken are avaialble. Josh Blanchet throws in Cajun flare with great rice dressing, crawfish etouffee’ and other Louisiana favorites. M&R Creole’s stuffed bread is available here. […]
Texas Best RIbs, Chicken Salad and Friendly Staff
Texas Best Smokehouse-Tyler, TX – is a must-stop truck stop on I-20. You should experience the food and the people here. These ribs are perfectly done. The meat falls off the bone. There’s a big choice of sides. The hardest thing is making a choice. The building is beautiful, the bathrooms are super clean and […]
Cheeseburger & Oil Change Please – Not your Grandfather’s Toyota Dealership
TUSCON, AZ- Americans love cars, but hate the inconvenience of repairs and maintenance. Every auto needs scheduled maintenance. Every car owner groans about the logistics involved in getting that done. Desert Toyota in Tuscon has a way to make visits to the service department more of an experience than an inconvenience. This Arizona dealership was […]
Cheesburger Hot Dog -They Said it Couldn’t be Done
A cheeseburger shaped like a hotdog. ”Impossible” you say. No, not with today’s technology. Scientists mapped the human genome long before Oscar Mayer came up with this ingenious link. You can see how much research and planning went into this. OM, thinking outside the bun since 1900. Some people see this and ask “why” – […]
MYSTERY OF THE DESERT
Dragoon, AZ-It’s time to start thinking about summer travel. I’m going to share a few quirky places I’ve visited while working on the Gas Station Gourmet™. These are places you should not miss. Top on my list is a convenience store called The Thing. It’s located on Interstate 10 right outside the town of Dragoon, […]
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]
When we’re not on the road finding great gas station food, I like to find fun recipes for home.
There are a number of recipes for this online. My kids like this one best.
This is a great snack for after school or at the office.
One box Angel Food Cake mix
One box any flavor you like
There’s nothing like the look of delight on a great cook’s face when I come into the kitchen. I offer advice on how to make their popular, signature dishes even better. It feels good when I can help with simple things like “add a little more garlic” or ”stir counterclockwise for poultry gravy.” The latter of course depends on which hemisphere one is cooking.
Fun happens when I get behind the stove and mix it up with these talented people. A guy [READ MORE]
Lexington, VA – When I entered the state of Virginia I stopped at the welcome center. I asked about convenience store and truck stop food. I was told few tourists ask about this. I was the first. Strange.
I was told not to miss LeeHi Travel Center off I-64 in Lexington. How many people in welcome centers would think about a truck stop hours away? This was a place I had to see. It was a working vacation and the second leg of my Chicken Salad Tour. I smelled a story [READ MORE]
Abbeville, LA – Bourbon Street Delis are located in many ShopRite convenience stores in south Louisiana. If you’re going to pay $50 to fill up your tank, you might as well treat yourself to fresh Louisiana seafood at a very reasonable price.
Abbeville is a picturesque little town about 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. People here take fresh seafood for granted sometimes. The great cooks here don’t take preparing it for granted. They pay close [READ MORE]
Josh Blanchet serves great Cajun food and some of the best rice dressing around.
BROUSSARD, LA- Blanchet’s Exxon is profiled in the September issue of NACS Magazine. This is the first two-story c-store with a food court I’ve visited. Subway and Krispy Krunchy Chicken are avaialble. Josh Blanchet throws in Cajun flare with great rice dressing, crawfish etouffee’ and other Louisiana [READ MORE]
Ribs so tender the meat drops off the bone along with chicken fajitas, rosemary potatoes and of course, Texas Toast takes care of a Texas size appetite.
Texas Best Smokehouse-Tyler, TX – is a must-stop truck stop on I-20. You should experience the food and the people here. These ribs are perfectly done. The meat falls off the bone. There’s a big choice of sides. The hardest thing is making a [READ MORE]