Monday, September 7, 2015

The Reno Rib Cook Off - Alex And His Grandmother



Song:  Fascination

Performing Artist:  Mirella Pantano (Bass Flute)



The Reno Rib Cook Off happens every year in Reno.

Some of the best contest Rib cooking teams
from around the nation...and the world...
meet here for 6 days of rib smoking and slow cooking
to attempt to win the Reno Rib Cook Off award.

I purposely waited until the last day (Monday) as it is the least crowded.
We also went early before the temperature rose...
and the crowds got thick.


We were originally going to go on Saturday...
then I realized that it would be very crowded.

So...
we went out for Sushi instead.


We went to my favorite sushi restaurant at the Atlantis Casino...
the Sky Terrace Sushi Bar.


Not only does it stay open until midnight on the weekends...


they serve, what they call...
The Jason.

It is this fabulous hand roll stuffed with cooked scallops...
fresh scallions, and tobiko...
all on just the right amount of rice, and wrapped in seasoned seaweed.



Their salmon comes plain, so...


I asked for thinly sliced lemons...
and I placed them on top.

To me...
this makes all the difference in the world.


Just as we were leaving.
The atmosphere on the sky terrace is one which is very open 
and is such a nice place to eat, the food just seems to taste better here.


On our way to the car...
the pillars of the Sky Terrace jetted flames
(as if to bid us a good night :)


Although we had eaten our fill at the sushi place...
at around 4:30 in the morning...
my mother and I had developed a hunger for a late night burger
(both of us stay awake all night)...
so we went to a 24 hour drive up Jack in the Box.

My mom loves the Jumbo Jack :)

(my mother has lost weight due to her exercise...
she needed some extra calories).


On Monday morning...
we drove just 15 minutes to the Rib Cook Off.
















Just some of the BBQ contestants...
and other food stands.


First of all...
I won't say which stand we had gotten these ribs from...
but they were supposed to have been a top contender.

Yes, they were very good...
however...
some of the best ribs I have ever eaten...
come from a restaurant near our house...
Dickey's Texas Barbeque.

This made me feel good.

I now know we may eat some of the best ribs in the world...
just a couple of miles from home.




After we had eaten the ribs...
I bought Alex a caramel apple.




It was unique...
but far too sweet.

Alex finished half of it...
and he threw the rest away.




There were also various venders of many types of items.


I say...
that if you have never gone to such an event...
and you would like to go...
go early in the day...or not at all.

Unless you love crowds.

An estimated 500,000 people attend during the 6 day event.


We stayed but an hour or so
(we had eaten our fill...and I hate crowds).

We had seen enough.

After walking the length of the vendors...
instead of having my mother and son walk all the way back to the car...
I had them wait in the shade across the street from the end...
and I drove to meet them there.


We learned that we have some of the best ribs right here...
and the experience made me remember how much I hate large public gatherings  :)












2 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a lot of choices at the rib fest. Though I'm really in awe at the big platters of delicous-looking sushi that you all had!

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  2. There were other platters I hadn't shown. Alex had his own platters of sushi :).

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