Shortstop Grill & Giant Ice Cream Cones – Garfield, AR

Holy cow, this has been one heck of a weekend, but let’s start with the end of the weekend first so that I can flip through the millions (quite a bit of an exaggeration) of photos that I took throughout the weekend.  I decided we’d start with a restaurant review to start off the weekend recap.

On the way home from the lake, one of the traditions, or so AL & JT told us, is to stop at The Short Stop for not only lunch but ice cream.  And to quote AL, “There’s always room for ice cream.  Dessert has a second stomach.”

There were tons of things on the menu to choose from, plus there is a daily special.  The special was Chicken Fried Steak.  They are known for their ice cream cones here, but more on that later.


Guest Post for Emmy

This was my guest post written for EmmyMom.

One of my favorite magazines I get in the mail is Food Network.  What can I say, I love to cook.  So the night that the May 2013 magazine showed up at my door, I dove right into it to see what new and interesting things I could find.  Flipping through every page, reading it’s contents, I made it to page 32 and this is what I saw… (dun dun dun)

shared on instagram that night (Boomerbear)

Wow, this hit a spot with me.  Now… I am absolutely no pro (although I’d love to be) but one of my favorite things to do is to photograph my food at restaurants number 1 and secondly a lot of times I will write a review on my thoughts about that particular restaurant if I haven’t written one previously.

Honestly, that’s great publicity for your restaurant in my opinion.  Free advertising, because you’re not paying me anything (yet, call me… lol).  The first review I wrote was last June for a Cajun style restaurant in my area.  I wrote the review, posted it on their facebook site and they loved it.  In fact, the next time I went in and from there on out the owner has remembered me.

So, I pondered what I read in the magazine for a while and then kind of let it be.  Since then, I’ve still photographed my food, still written my reviews, but been a little leery at the same time.  Now I live in, as I always joke, podunk Missouri, so obviously not NYC or LA, but I still wonder if at some point someone is going to get on to me.  I absolutely hate getting in trouble.