For Father’s Day 2011 Chanin and Gavin took me to Rainin’ Ribs (menu) for some finger lickin’ good BBQ.

I ordered the 1/2 rack of baby backs with fried pickles, hush puppies, and a Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale to wash it all down.  Chanin ordered the “Who’s Your Mama” with a side of Brunswick Stew.  The “Who’s your mama” is a humongous pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw piled on top.  Both the ribs and pulled pork were smoked perfectly and very tasty (all smoking is done on site with fruit woods).   All of the sides were very good as well, with the hush puppies being the unexpected favorite.  They were fried up just right and had a hint of jalapeno in the batter.  Little Gavin munched on home-made french fries and sweet corn bread.  YUM!

Eatin’ ribs with my two favorite people while overlooking Lake Washington on a Sunday afternoon.  You can’t ask for a better Father’s Day than that!


Dad and Jennifer were recently in town for their Spring break vacation and we all decided to go to Joe’s Farm Grill for a yummy meal.

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Joe’s is located in Gilbert, AZ and is a part of Agritopia.  The Agritopia Project is “an effort to design and build a neighborly community around an urban farm.”  It’s a really cool idea and you can read more about it here.

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The restaurant is right next to the actual farm where much of the food the restaurant serves is grown.  Here’s a picture of Gavin patiently waiting for some dinner. [singlepic id=615 w=320 h=240 float=]


After arriving at Joe’s we waited in line for about 20 minutes and then ordered at the window. I ordered the Fontina burger with onion rings.  The burger was sooo good and topped with fontina cheese, pesto (herbs from the garden), roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and arugla.  Oh yeah, and the homemade pickles are the bomb! [singlepic id=613 w=360 h=280 float=]  Gavin is still waiting for dinner.  [singlepic id=616 w=320 h=240 float=]

Chanin ordered the BBQ Bacon Blue burger with chili fries.  Her burger was topped with bleu cheese, bacon, onion rings, and BBQ sauce.  Gavin loved the chili fries!  Dad (Grandpa) ordered the Ribs and BBQ Pork platter and Jennifer got the Ahi sandwich.  The ribs were tasty and the Ahi looked nice and fresh. [singlepic id=619 w=320 h=240 float=]


This was our first visit to Joe’s Farm Grill and we’ll definitely be back!  The weather is just about perfect right now and we love Spring time here in AZ.  At Joe’s there are huge grass areas and lots of trees which makes it a perfect place for the kiddos to run around.  When the weather is this nice, and the food is that good, you just can’t beat it!

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Pre-Christmas Dinner

December 20th, 2007 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

To celebrate the holidays, Chanin and I went out to a very nice dinner on my company’s dime. Because my company has employees located in different parts of the world, it’s virtually impossible to get everyone together and have a “normal” Christmas or Holiday party. So each year Chanin and I celebrate on our own. This year we decided to have dinner at