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March 17, 2014

Points East: Taste of Blair Branch

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

And it’s probably unfair to the local so-called ethnic eateries to compare them to the real thing, no matter what nationality they claim to represent.  If you really want to eat genuine Italian food, for instance, you’d be well advised to fly to Rome or Naples. 

Anyway, we asked Truman how he liked his meal.  He’d had a seafood chimichanga, most likely unheard of in Mexico, along with a salad and the ever-present yellow rice and refried beans. 

Truman said, “Well that’s the first time I’ve ever had fried beans and they probably had ‘em way too done to suit me the first time.”  He said, “I’d bet that you could spoon some soup beans out on your plate and mash ‘em up with your fork and they’d taste a lot like that, but that seems like a lot of work for nothing.”

He said, “I first thought  that green stuff they dumped on my salad had come out of the back end of a grass-fed chicken but I ate it anyhow cause I seed that Loretta was and I figgered I’m as brave as her. And by golly, it was purty good, but if we ever go back, you can have my beans.” 

Over the last several years, since a dollar won’t buy much anymore, Loretta and I have developed a fondness for both Mexican and Chinese restaurants, mostly because we can go in hungry and leave feeling very well-fed.  Not only that, but you can get out of the place for not much more than you’d spend at... name any fast food joint.  I can remember when a Whopper really was. 

We particularly like those Chinese buffet places where you get all you can eat for less than 10 bucks.  I honestly don’t believe they can possibly be turning a profit on me.  And lately, I’ve noticed that they are putting out sliced pizza which is not something you’d ordinarily expect in a place that’s supposed to be “a touch of China.”   But, of course, pizza is not really a touch of Italy, even though I’m told that if you look hard enough, you can find it there now, usually next door to... name your favorite fast food place. 

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