American Road Trip: The Competition

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I hope you are having a great day. Today was my last day taking the cooking classes at Sur la Table. It was also the day I competed. I was very nervous, but the new Chef, Chef Nick, made all of us have fun and feel relaxed. For four days Chef Jasmine was the one teaching us. But anyways, cleanness first, so we all got there and got our aprons and washed our hands. We then checked the ingredients. We couldn’t have recipes and we didn’t know our teams or the secret ingredient.

 

We then had to pull numbers and few people were missing but we ended up with two teams. Boys vs. Girls. Everybody on team one, got ground beef as protein, and everybody on team two got chicken as protein. We had ten minutes to discuss, decide what we were going to cook, and then get pots and all the material we needed. We decided to make the sliders and whoopie pies. The girls decided to make BBQ chicken with Alabama sauce and berry crostata.

 

Chef Nick then came and told us that we were being judged on five things: teamwork, station cleanness, taste, presentation, and how we used the secret ingredient. The secret ingredient was honey.

After much cooking and some help from Ms. Deborah and Ms. Dorothy we presented to the judge our final products decorated with lettuce (the sliders) and with cocoa (pronounced coco) powder and powdered sugar.

We tied on team work, stations cleanness, and on the usage of the secret ingredient. But the girls got better taste and the boys got better presentation. When I asked who won overall, he said it was difficult to say because both teams had strong dishes, but I think it’s obvious my team won. Well that’s that ladies and gentlemen have a great day. Checkout Sur la Table cooking classes, and make sure to keep cooking, going out to restaurants and trying new food. Also, check my day one, day two, day three, and day four.

 

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American Road Trip: West Coast

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

Hope you are having a great day. This is day four of my cooking classes at Sur la Table. Today we did food from the West Coast. Before I tell you what we did, make sure to check my blogs from day one, Easy Coast; day two, my neck of the woods, the South; and day three, the Midwest.

So back to today. Today we made baja grilled shrimp 🍤 tacos. But here is the cool part that I liked and thought I wouldn’t like,  we had to add some cabbage and carrots to the tacos. Then I made a salad 🥗 with jicama, orange, and avocado. It was so delicious. I was surprised.

For dessert I did berry crostata, fancy for berry pie. That’s it ladies and gentlemen, competition tomorrow and I must practice and study. Enjoy the pictures and come back tomorrow to check how I did in my first (of many) competitions.

 

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American Road Trip: East Coast

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I’m back and straight to more fun. I hope you are having a great day. Today I’m in Houston and taking cooking classes.

The place is called Sur la Table and it is a store and a place to take cooking classes.

My mom registered for this class a long time, it is called “American Road Trip” and it’s awesome. For five days I will be cooking American food. Now guys, when I say cook, I really mean cook. We cook our own food.

Today I did chicken and pasta. The chicken had mozzarella that we cut by ourselves and melted it by ourselves too. We also made the pasta and used a pasta making machine to cut it.

To make the chicken we made an assembly line, we took the chicken and put in the egg, then put crumbs on it and then cooked it.

When we ate it, the chicken was the best… because I was helping make it with my team. I think I will have to show my mom how to make it.

Guys I suggest you take this class, it is fun and educational. Come back tomorrow to know what I cooked and to find out if it was fun or not.

Have a great day,

Kritic

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The Ways of Critiquing

Hello ladies and gents,

I am still enjoying New Jersey. Vacation mode 95%, the other 5% is just to let you know about an awesome program I did few months ago. I was invited to the Main Public Library, on 301 W Congress St, Lafayette, LA 70501, to teach other kids how to do a critique on their own. That was awesome! A major thank you to the people who came out, and thank you to the librarians who invited me.

We had 5 foods to critique: Two apple fritters from different Meche’s locations, two apples (one🍎 one 🍏), and the newest cereal that is called Donuts Shop (which by the way it’s artificially flavored). In my opinion, the first apple fritter was better than the second. But the other critics preferred the second one. The green apple was better than the red, but again the majority of the critics liked the red apple more. The Donut Shop was pretty good, most people enjoyed the cereal.

By the way, did I tell you that I had to do my presentation in english and French? It was a challenge, but it was fun. Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s that. This was my experience at the Public Library and I loved it. Have a great day and enjoy the pictures.

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IHop or IHob?

Hello ladies and gentlemen hope you are having a great summer. Mine is going great. So I want to talk to you about IHop, or is it IHob? You must know now that it’s IHop, but because they serve breakfast and awesome burgers they had this publicity to make people talk more and check them out. The publicity worked because a lot of people started talking, going there, and that includes me.

I went there for a late breakfast and the place is still the same, new menus, but same service and deals. My sister and I had a silver five, the bacon was crispy, the eggs were a little buttery, and the pancakes were the best. But here is the best, from 4PM to 10PM, kids eat for free at IHop, more ways for me to eat pancakes while your mom tries the burgers and all the other stuff they have in the menu. Knowing my mom, not. She is not about that pancake life.

I give IHOP 5 starts and thats that ladies and gentlemen have a great day.

The Kritic Says:

  • 5 Starts
    • Great service when they are not packed
    • Kids are welcome and feel good at IHOP
    • They have activities for kids.
    • The prices are also okay. I can pay for my own food if I want to.
    • The food is so good. I could eat pancakes everyday.
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FIL 2018

Hello ladies and gentlemen hope you are having a great day. It’s been a while, but it’s summer and I’m back. So I wanted to tell you about the stuff I’ve been up to.

First, let’s talk about Festival International. I went there to introduce two bands, Ladama and Casa Samba, but of course I tasted the food also. Mom gave me $20 dollars and told me to see if I could “festival” with that amount. But the pin that helps keep festival free was $10, so I was left with $10 to get a drink and food. It was enough but I wanted to try more foods and I was hungry, so mom just paid for the other restaurants.

I ate paella from Pamplona, hummus from Poseidon’s, and fried shrimp with fries from Norbert’s. It all tasted great, but the paella rice was mushy. It was fun presenting at festival and being there with my mom and my sister, but I didn’t like that people smoked a lot, although they had signs that they weren’t supposed to smoke. I also saw drunk people sleeping on the sidewalk. That’s not nice. My bracelet for the drinks wouldn’t loosen up, so I had to cut it off and next day it was awkward to use it. Mom also said that the merchandise was very expensive, but the music was good and we had a great time.

Well that’s that ladies and gentlemen have a great day and come back tomorrow for my next post on my talk at the Lafayette Public Library.

 

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Aussie Land In Acadiana

Hello ladies and gents,

I hope you are having a great day. So I went to Outback Steakhouse located at 1600 West Pinhook Drive, Lafayette, LA 70508 and it was tremendously good. I ordered the ribs and Aussie fries with lemonade. Mom ordered lobster tails, and my sister ordered chicken tenders. I also ordered the Joey Sirloin, well done of course. It was all delicious, but the lemonade was a little watery. The fries were crispy which I loved. But what I really loved was the bread and butter. My sister and I decided to time them, to see how long it would take them to cook our food, and guys it literally took less than twelve minutes from the time we ordered to the time we got our food.

Their children’s menu was also fun. We got to know more information about Australian animals, we played games, and we googled facts about biggest fish and reptile in the world.

In my book I give outback 4.5 starts ladies and gentlemen, and that’s that. Have a great day.

The Kritic Says:

  • 4 1/2 Starts
    • The place had a relaxing feeling, I liked it.
    • They had a menu for kids with a lot to chose from, took me a minute to pick. I ended up picking two things.
    • The food tasted great and it was prepared fast.
    • Our server kept forgetting few things, but the service was nice and when I asked him a question he answered me, not my mom.
    • Prices were okay mom said.

 

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