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When we first opened, I told Helen, that one day the Mayor of Pensacola Ashton Hayward would stop by for lunch. About 3 weeks ago, he did just that along with a staff member. Well that was great in itself. So I said to Helen, where do we go from here? I thought about it for a while and came up with celebrities. We need celebrities to stop on by for lunch. So here comes 4 men in the door and low and behold, one looks like Fred Levin. Fred is considered one of the top 10 lawyers in America and is also very wealthy. Maybe the wealthiest in Pensacola. They said they were waiting for another person to arrive and once again, here comes Ashton Hayward. This of course had Helen in a tizzy. She said she wanted a photo and we had one of our good customers take the photo of her with Ashton and Fred, arm in arm. So there you have it. Porchettas on its way with celebrity status. 

 
 
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OK, A WHILE BACK I PURCHASED THE ELECTRIC BLACK BOX. IT IS A VERTICAL ELECTRIC SMOKER. THESE SEEM TO BE THE EASIEST KIND TO USE. THEY USE A SMALL AMOUNT OF ELECTRICITY, WATER AND WOOD CHIPS. THE SMALLER LOWER DOOR HAS THE HEATING ELEMENT AND HOLDS THE WATER TRAY AND WOOD CHIP TRAY. THE UPPER LARGER DOOR HOLDS THREE RACKS FOR DOING CHICKEN, RIBS, ROASTS, ETC. SO FAR, I HAVE BEEN DOING THE SMOKED ERNIE SHOLDER ROASTS, LEG QUARTERS FOR OUR OUR CHICKEN LEG PLATES AND RECENTLY RIBS. I AM DOING WELL WITH THE ERNIES, AND THE LEGS. THE RIBS INVOLVE A LITTLE MORE EFFORT. I AM CURRENTLY USING VARIOUS BRINES RUBS AND APPLE WOOD, PECAN AND HICKORY WOOD CHIPS FOR THE SMOKING PART. STILL WORKING OUT THE DETAILS FOR CONSISTENTLY PERFECT OFFERINGS. S

 
 
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WE CALL IT THAT BECAUSE OF OUR SOUS VIDE CLOUSEAU BURGER. ACTUALLY IT WAS THE OFFICIAL NORTH WEST FLORIDA BURGER TOUR THAT CAME BY PORCHETTA'S THIS WEEK. THIS IS A GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS THAT STARTED A BURGER TOUR SOME ODD YEARS AGO AND HAS FROM TIME TO TIME DONE ANOTHER. 2012 IS THEIR 3RD OFFICIAL TOUR. THEY SECRETLY CAME BY OUR DINER IN GROUPS OF 3 AND THE LAST GROUP OF 2. APPARENTLY THEY LIKE OUR BURGER SO MUCH, THAT WE HAVE A VERY HIGH RANKING BECAUSE OF IT. WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS YOU CAN READ ABOUT IT YOURSELF WITH THIS LINK AND WHILE AT IT LOOK AROUND THEIR SITE: http://www.nwflburgertour.com/porchettas/#more-204

 
 
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HOKEY SMOKE BULLWINKLE! A SMOKED BBQ CHICKEN LEG LUNCH PLATE SPECIAL. YES THAT IS RIGHT, FOR ALL YOU RESIDENTS OF FROST BITE FALLS. SINCE GETTING THE NEW SMOKER, I HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW BBQ ITEMS. THESE WILL BE OFFERED AS SPECIALS ON THE CHALK BOARD. THIS IS A 3 PIECE LUNCH PLATE WITH 2 SIDES, SWEET PICKLE CHIPS, A DRINK AND SWEET BABY RAYS BBQ SAUCE. THIS IS A BIG LUNCH PLATE AND WILL FILL YOU UP. STOP IN AND TRY ONE OF THESE SUCCULENT SMOKED CHICKEN LEG PLATES OUT

 
 
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YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS YOUNG, WE USED TO GO TO THIS BBQ PLACE CALLED ERNIES. HE MADE A SLICED PORK BBQ SANDWICH THAT WAS WRAPPED IN PAPER THEN PUT INTO A PAPER BAG. IT WAS A VERY TASTY SANDWICH. WE WOULD SEND OUT FOR A FEW OF THESE FOR OUR EVENING MEAL FROM TIME TO TIME. THIS IS NOT A HOT SANDWICH, BUT ROOM TEMPERATURE. I HAVE BEEN PLANNING ON MAKING THESE FOR A LONG TIME. SO RECENTLY I BOUGHT AN ELECTRIC SMOKER AND EXPERIMENTED. THE SANDWICH HAS TURNED OUT BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. THE SANDWICH IS CONSTRUCTED ON CRUSTY CHICAGO ITALIAN HAND SLICED BREAD, PILED HIGH AND A HOMEMADE SWEET CAROLINA MUSTARD SAUCE IS ADDED TO WET IT DOWN SOME, BUT NOT TO SMOTHER IT.  TRY ONE OUT WITH A SHAKE, MALT OR ROOTBEER FLOAT. HEAVENLY LUNCH.

 
 
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FLOAT WHAT? FLOAT SOME ICE CREAM ON THAT SODA. OK! CHOOSE YOUR FLAVOR OUT OF THE DRINK CENTER! YUP, WE NOW HAVE FLOATS ALSO TO GO ALONG WITH THE SHAKES AND ICE CREAM MALTS. YOU SIMPLY PICK OUT THE SODA YOU WANT AND WE WILL MAKE AN ICE CREAM FLOAT OUT OF IT FOR $3.50. YOU CAN ALSO KNOCK A BUCK OFF ON ANY LUNCH COMBO BY GETTING A FLOAT WITH IT. TRY ONE OUT TODAY.

 
 
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Some big  restaurants can order a new malt machine just like that, but for us it is a rich event. It represents our past labor and we really appreciate each and everything we have. We call it a blessing. I finally had the money and ordered this used machine and it took forever to get here. They shipped it parcel post in a used box and you guessed it, it came in broken up. I had to fix the main top plastic part with a number of repairs and replacement parts. Lucky for me we have two places in town for parts. In the meantime, since the last blog, got in my stainless cups, my 16 oz. Coke glasses, new spoons and straws. I also accumulated 8 flavorings. So we are about ready to launch our handmade shakes and malts. They will go for $4 and will be $3 in a sandwich combo or plate deal.  We will be offering shakes and malts in these flavors. Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, black cherry, raspberry, coffee, peanut butter and peanut butter/chocolate. I am currently practicing making thick malts.

 
 
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PORCHETTAS HAS GOTTEN A 3 HEAD MALT MIXER AND WE WILL BE OFFERING SHAKES AND MALTS. THE REAL THING WITH SCOOP ICE CREAM, FLAVORINGS  LIKE VANILLA, CHOCOLATE, STRAWBERRY, BLACK CHERRY, RASPBERRY AND COFFEE AND OF COURSE THE POWDERED MALT IF YOU LIKE THAT. THESE WILL BE SERVED IN THE 30 OUNCE STAINLESS CUPS AND THEY WILL BE FINISHED OFF AT 20 OUNCES IN SIZE. NOW THAT IS A BIG SHAKE OR MALT FOR YOU. BIG LIKE WE LIKE TO DO ALL OUR OFFERINGS. WE ARE ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AWAY OF THIS NEW ITEM ON THE MENU. SO STOP ON BY FOR AN OLD TIMEY MALT AND AN ORDER OF FRIES. LATER WE WILL BE UPSCALING WITH SOME MORE EXPENSIVE FLAVORINGS SUCH AS KAHLUA , CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER, MANGO, ETC.  SOME REALLY EXOTIC MALTS AND SHAKES.

 
 
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 WE HAD RECENTLY INTRODUCED THE 9 OUNCE CLOUSEAU SOUS VIDE STEAK BURGER AND WILL SOON HAVE THE 10 TO 12 OUNCE STEAK SANDWICH. BUT FIRST WHAT MAKES THESE SO DIFFERENT THAN SAY ANYONE ELSES. WE COOK THESE BY A FRENCH PROCESS VERY SLOWLY AND VERY LOW HEAT. THE COOKING TEMP IS 138 DEGREES FOR MANY HOURS IN A VACUUM. WHAT THIS DOES IS KILLS THE PATHOGENS, AND COOKS THE PROTEIN COLLAGENS TO A TENDER TEXTURE. MOST OF THE FATS MIGRATE OUT AND SOME ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE PROTEIN FIBERS. THE MEAT RETAINS A VERY NICE PINK COLOR AND IS SO,SO TENDER. THE STEAK LOOKS LIKE PRIME RIB AND IS AS TENDER. WE THEN PAN SEAR THE MEAT TO CARMELIZE THE SUGARS IN THE PROTEIN TO LOOK LIKE A REGULAR BURGER. THE BURGER COMES WITH SPECIAL MUSTARD, ROMAIN HEARTS, BURGER, CHEESE, MAYO ON A SPECIAL BREAD. THE STEAK COMES WITH ROMAIN, STEAK, WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE AND IS ON A SPECIAL CHICAGO ITALIAN CRUSTY LOAF CUT. WE CALL THE BURGER THE CLOUSEAU BECAUSE OF THE PINK PANTHER MOVIE WITH STEVE MARTIN IN HIS PRONUNCIATION OR THE DAME BURGEURE. THESE BEEFY SANDWICHES WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF. TRY ONE TODAY
 
 
Helen and I discussed it today and decided to extend our lunch time by one hour. We have been having people tell us they would like to get something for their dinner if we stayed open longer. So we are going to try this for a period of time and see how it works. So if driving by or calling in before 4pm, you will be able to get something to go for you evening supper.