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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Monday, May 14, 2018

A bit of a flashback to Jessies's Diner, and another great spring day.

Where are we today ? 
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         Cooking on Mother's day flipping eggs on the grill brought back memories of my 10 Years in my restaurant Jessie's Diner. Opened on dream back in August 1989, never worked in a restaurant before, like to cook, but was always a dream, So followed my dream. Purchased a small soup and sandwich place in town, renovated some added equipment, deep fryer, small pizza oven and dove right in. It is a 10 year story with its ups and downs but always fun, other than the long hours.  So still have the menu from back then and thought I would share it with you. Named after my youngest daughter. Small town living is fun. Check out the prices!




      Below is a picture of me just before I opened the restaurant, Worked in a factory, driving lift truck, was a union stewart,  I had more and longer hair, no gray and a much longer beard. Well I cut my hair shaved the beard off and opened the restaurant. No body in town recognized me, lol..
me in the late 80's
       There ya go that was the place. I also had lunch specials, dinner specials, catered and did whatever the community wanted me to do. Not much free time and long hours before and after opening hours. After 10 years kinda wore my body out, But I survived and we are now living another dream full-time Rving avoiding as much of this cold winter weather as possible.

Now back to today

       Pretty mild again and a foggy morning, for quite a while. I did get a couple of nice walkabouts the park. Then headed into Strathroy for a few items, still foggy at 9:30 am. But still very warm I was in shorts right from 7 am and continued this way all day long.
foggy sunrise at 6:30 this morning
foggy in the square
Heading into Strathroy
      Then back home to enjoy a very nice warm day, some sunshine but temps into the low 80's F  (27C) loving this. A few more walkabouts, chat with a few people, Reading in the shade, enjoying the quiet times with my honey.
      We discussed a few plans but nothing carved in stone yet.
         A quiet Happy Hour today and then soon time to begin supper. I had picked up some fresh yellow lake perch in town, the first of the season, On sale for 1/2 price, Still expensive but so worth it for a nice feed of very tasty fish (still enough for another meal). Whipped up a salad, heated up our Fry Daddy, coated the Perch in Garlic and Butter Fish crisp. And about 3 minutes it was done to perfection.
what a very tasty treat.
        Now here it is just about 8 Pm 70 F (21c) and still in shorts and t-shirt, really, really loving this weather.
        Thanks for dropping on by and taking a peek, and hope y'all had a wonderful spring day as well.

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30 comments:

  1. I remember Friday Night all you could eat fish frys that were fresh water yellow perch for $2.25

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    1. Those were the days.
      In the 90's I did the all ro can eat fish and chips for $4.99. always packed the place, sue kept me hopping.

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  2. I loved the diner story. I wish those type of diners still existed where I usually travel. Simple food. WELL prepared and reasonable prices. Thanks for the picture and the history lesson.

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    1. Thanks Barney The kind of place we enjoy as well not many around like this anymore, you need to go out of your way, small towns, not touristy and then maybe.

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  3. George I read your blog every day and mostly in the late evening . so hear I sit at 9:30 P.M. getting very hungry after reading your old menu . Wishing you was still cooking all that great food for the public but in sounds like you earned your time off . Always a great blog . Vern in
    Boise Id.

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    1. Thanks Vern for the comment, glad to have you along. The old menu worked for me and kept me pretty busy. But just't can do those hours again on my feet all day. Sure was a lot of fun though.

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  4. I really enjoy your blog and I have been following along for some time. Former full-timer. Love seeing all your meals, but what do you put in your salads? They always look wonderful! Ann M

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    1. Thanks Ann, we still love the full-time lifestyle, glad you enjoy our meals. Salads I make fresh every day, lettuce, celery, carrots, fresh mushrooms, cucumber, tomato, ground flax, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, olives and Olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a dressing. So tasty and hits the spot.

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    2. No wonder that salad looks so good! You've got everything but the kitchen sink in it! I've tried to figure it out, but never dreamed you had all that in it. Must be really good and good for you. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks, George Lucky Suzie, to have you cook for her. Ann M

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    3. The salad can be a complete meal in itself and is very tasty too.

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  5. And I meant to tell you that I enjoyed reading about your restaurant. You've mentioned it before so I was glad to read the history behind it. Thank you! Friend of mine lost 25 lbs in no time after he opened a restaurant! Hard work! Ann M in Virginia

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Ann it was something I really wanted to do and did it, You can do anything you want if you try hard enough. It is hard work and long hours before and after the hours I was open.

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  6. You looked pretty mean back then and hard to believe those low menu prices. Great that you got to live your dream.

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    1. Larry, I was not really that mean, looks can be deceiving. These menu prices we just about in line back in the early '90's.
      Now this is the life living in our rv.

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  7. Thanks for the trip down your memory lane, George, it was fun!
    I'll have a #3 special please!
    We didn't have the fog here but Dad had it in Stratford too. It was a beautiful day for sure, glad you guys enjoyed it as well.

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    1. Glad to have you along Patsy, it was fun. The number 3 is more money than the Breakfast special and you get 2 eggs. Still a good deal at today's prices.
      It we a actually a very nice day eve with the fog was quite warm.

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  8. Love the pic of you! The diner menu is making me hungry this am. You certainly have earned your retirement and cooking when you want to for events like Mother's Day. Lucky Suzie to get the benefits of your cooking most everyday! Beautiful day you had, hope many more to continue!

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    1. Thanks guys they were busy fun years. But this retirement full timing is even more fun. Do what we want when we want.
      It was a great day, and Suzie seems to enjoy my cooking she still hanging around.

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  9. What a great story!! LOVE the picture!!! Not that I like having fog hang around, but I do like the spookiness of it!!

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    1. Thanks Nancy some people have asked about my restaurant so thought I would share it.
      The fog does give and erie feeling to the morning. Spooky just like you enjoy for Halloween.

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  10. That's a great diner menu. If there was a diner like that near us we would eat out more often.
    How's the blackfly situation down there George? They're biting our butts off up here in Bayfield. Ouch!!!

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    1. Thanks Guys , thanks for the comment.
      Those were the days when you could afford to eat out.
      No black flies or mosquitoes here, another reason we really enjoy this area of Ontario

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  11. Great story on your restaurant, see you had shrimp on the menu then too. Nice picture of you from the 80s, ah those were indeed different times.

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    1. Thanks Jeff always loved shrimp so had to have them on the menu.
      Yes they sure were different times.

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  12. Nice trip down memory lane, I don't think I could run a diner... Kudos!

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    1. Thanks Peter it was a challenge lots of fun but no money.

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  13. We love coming across those old mom and pop diners when we travel as the food always beats Denny's and such places. That menu must bring back wonderful memories for you! Our son always wanted to open a "Just Soup" restaurant in Victoria, BC where he would serve just soup and bread. No investors ("Bank of Dad") jumped up so it never happened.

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    1. It does bring back memories. A lot of work and not much money. He is better off doing what he does No minimum wage for self employed.

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  14. Super delicious post. It's ditto ditto after all the above comments. I think you looked bad, real bad :)

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    1. Thanks Sandy, looks can be deceiving right?

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