June 9 Smoke

So unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), our half marathon was postponed for an hour due to heavy rains and lightning.  By the time the race started, though the lightning had died down, it was still pouring so much that we decided to call it quits and go back to our hotel room.  There were still people that ran the race, but we just cheered them on from our hotel room in our nice comfy bed.

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I was disappointed. One, we couldn’t run the event that I had been looking forward to for a while; and two, we SO could’ve been sleeping in!!  Well, after packing up all our stuff to head back to town, we ventured to Smoke to meet up an old friend of Chad’s.  The last time I was at Smoke was in October when Sharmin got married.  We had our bridesmaids brunch there before all the crazy wedding festivities started.  When I was there, I definitely had orderer’s remorse.  I tried to be healthy since I was getting married the next month so I had the yogurt parfait while everyone else had super good food.  I wasn’t about to make that mistake again.

I ordered the smoked brisket with cornmeal hash and Chad got the smoked salmon and collard green eggs florentine.  I’m not sure what the concept is here.  I think they bbq their own meat and grow their own food or something.  Anyway, when my entree came out, I had the dreaded egg yolk thingy on top.  You guys know I hate that stuff.  Egg yolk should not be eaten like that!!

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I had to have Chad carefully take the egg off.  He was such a sweet heart.  I cut the egg white all around it off and placed it back on my dish so that I could eat it.  🙂  Whoever thought up this combination was a genius!!  Even our friend took a bite and said it was really good.  The sliced beef with the cornmeal hash is so good together.  I wish I could figure out how to make this at home, but then again, that would mean having to smoke a brisket and I don’t want to engulf myself with flames like Lee did.  hehe.

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Here is Chad’s smoke salmon.  It was good too.  I think the dishes here really add to the presentation of the entrees.  I don’t know if it’s on purpose but the blue trees really gave the dish a nice look.  I only took a small bite of Chad’s so I can’t really comment on it.  It’s really hard to get past the sauce on top and then he cracked his eggs so the yolk was everywhere.  He did finish it though so that probably means that it was good, right??

After our weekend of eating in Dallas, we came back to Houston and ran 12 miles at Memorial Park.  Memorial Park has a ~3 mile running loop made of crushed rock.  I will never do that again.  The next time we run that kind of distance, someone needs to hold a gun to my head for me to run 4 loops around Memorial Park…never again…

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