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The Washington Post & Me

 It was a normal day here at the international headquarters of the Gas Station Gourmet. We’re kind of a think tank, test kitchen and food news team.  We are seekers of great, reasonably priced buffets.  Mike just reiterated that he would probably not eat beef tongue. I explained that it is a popular staple at wedding receptions and funerals here in Cajun country. Mike Falgout is from New Orleans. He’s not Cajun.  He is [READ MORE]

Papu's Chicken Shwarma Sandiwich

Papu’s Cafe – NACS Magazine August Story

KANSAS CITY, MO – Papu’s Cafe & Shell Convenience Store - You can read about this great store in the  August Issue of NACS Magazine. He’s been pleased and surprised by the success of his food. This is the first store I’ve written about that serves Mediterranean cuisine. Shuja put a unique spin on his food by adding some Indian spices. I’m a big fan of chicken shwarma.

 

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Smokey G’s BBQ – Van Alstyne, Texas

SMOKEY G’s BBQ – Van Alstyne, TX 

If  you’re heading down U.S. Hwy 75 take the Hwy 121 exit at Van Alstyn. You’ll see a Shell Station, now, look on the opposite side of the parking lot for Galen Gibson’s Smokey G’s BBQ.  It’s neat looking little food trailer and that caught my eye. That’s not what got my attention.

 

This heavy, steel smoker got my attention. For me, when it comes to smoked meat or [READ MORE]

Cajun Meal Planning At A Gas Station

 

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

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Aherns Service Center & Convenience Store-NACS July Issue

 

Moore Haven, Florida-            

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
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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. 

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VIDEO – C-Store Cajun Barbecue-Eunice, LA

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Horror-able Customer Service

http://youtu.be/lF4G4CBMm4U

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.
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bbq or bust

BARBECUE TRAIN-NACS JUNE ISSUE

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA 

 

 

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]