Sunday, June 5, 2016

Firehouse Subs brings the heat

Firehouse Heat
Business partners don’t know everything about each other, even if they are married. I asked James Gillard, co-owner of the new Firehouse Subs in Port Arthur what was his best seller. A smokehouse beef and cheddar, he said. Then I asked him his favorite. He chose meatballs.
“We have some really good meatballs. I’m kind of picky about my meatballs,” Gillard said.
The shop, near Hobby Lobby, has a fresh feel and of course, a firehouse vibe with décor from the Port Arthur Fire Department. They have a mad variety of hot sauces to offer. Get it? Firehouse, heat…
When I asked his wife, Keeya, if she knew her husband’s favorite, and she quickly came up with the best seller answer, as it was her fave. It was a “Newlywed Game” moment, because she didn’t realize he craved the meatballs as his No. 1 pick. I have to go back and try them out. 

                             Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration –  Calling apple pie bakers: you could win the Fourth of July contest. Our friends at Lamar State-College are shaking up the Fourth this year. There’s a new format that includes a contest honoring the all-American pie. Gather the family for fun at Gates memorial Library, 3137 Stilwell Blvd., sponsored by Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Outdoor games, sack races, darts, volleyball, auto show, music, face painting and more will be part of the fun, beginning at 5 p.m. Now, here’s my favorite: You can get your photo taken with Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty. There will be a bike/wagon contest and patriotic parade for youths 12 and younger. Decorate bikes and wagons for the contest.  A fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.  For information, call 409.984.6101

              Southwest breakfast taco
              Inspired by a squash blossom bite I enjoyed, I went to sleep thinking of thinly-sliced zucchini grilled in oil (or bacon fat) and then wrapped in a tortilla. Why not add an egg and cheese? I sprinkled on some cayenne and drizzled honey. I haven’t been to America’s southwest, but I think they’d enjoy my breakfast taco.


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