Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Nice Trip To Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Pretty nice springtime view from the front porch.

Tellico Plains is a little town tucked away at the base of the Smoky Mountains that used to be home to a large Stokely Van-Camp cannery situated on Tellico River bottom land.  The cannery is gone and the town now seems to be reinventing itself as a tourist stop at an entrance to the Cherokee National Forest and the beginning of the Cherohala Skyway. There’s not a lot there but they do have Tellico Grains, an artisan bakery, and it's well worth the 45 minute drive from here.

So when friends David and Laurie invited Bev and I to lunch, I accepted if they would take just me – Bev was still on vacation - and of the location choices they gave me, I picked the bakery. I specifically went for olive bread but forgot they only have it on certain days, so I got a loaf of sourdough instead.

They have a nice lunch menu and I selected the Sandwich Joe’s Italian – I’m a sucker for all things that remind me of a South Jersey sub. My sandwich was delicious and it reminded me a little of a muffuletta with slightly different ingredients.

I had barbecued 50# of pork for the local Lion’s Club fundraiser and had some left for myself, so for supper, I wacked off a couple slices of the sourdough and made a pulled pork sandwich with a little Blues Hog sauce, diced onion, jalapeno, and grated Manchego cheese. Very good.

I bought a blueberry scone – never had a scone – and heated it up for dessert after my sandwich. Very Good.

And since I enjoyed the sandwich so must, I swapped the BBQ sauce for an egg and had it for breakfast the next morning.  Very good again.

Check out tomorrow's seafood dinner post for the final item I brought home.

Can you tell it was a successful trip – and the company was the best part. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

One year ago: Spring Plus 7 Days

Larry

16 comments:

  1. Lordy, lordy Larry. You do eat good.
    Sam

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  2. Sam - I have to work hard to maintain my weight :-).

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  3. Those pictures made me instantly hungry. That olive bread sounds good and darn them for only making it on certain days. And yes, great view from your front porch.

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  4. I need to hit that bakery! When I saw that sammich, I thought to myself, "Hello gorgeous, where have you been all my life!" - lol

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  5. The sub looks wonderful...but I gotta say, the ones you made at home blow it away :)

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  6. All three sandwiches sound amazing but that last one with the egg is SCREAMING my name. Wish I had it for breakfast today.

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  7. You have really got me craving a sandwich now! Between the pork and that muffaletta like deliciousness...sigh.

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  8. There was absolutely nothing in Tellico Plains the one time I went there. Glad they've started to remake themselves.

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  9. Larry, it all looks good but the last one with the egg is absolutely perfect. Love your spring pic too and all the space! Our grass is just starting to green up a little, no buds on anything yet. I do miss the South!!!

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  10. Larry, Nice looking sandwich! I especially like the idea of adding the jalapeno... The Manchego cheese with pulled pork kind of freaked me out a little although I do like this cheese. It's about the combination! I guess I'll have to try it. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  11. Now that right there, that is an awesome sandwich :D

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  12. Your header and all the other spring-time pictures are killing me! We had sleet here today, I guess VA is not south enough for me. Thanks for the info on the garlic, I will have to try it out this Fall.

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  13. All your sandwiches sound delicious. I would enjoy any one of them. Now that you've had and liked a scone you can have tea with the queen :-). I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. The food all looks so delicious, and your front garden is looking really pretty.

    While it is fall here everything stays green and the native trees don't loose their leaves - so I'm especially appreciating your blossoms and blooms. Incidentally scones were ones of the first things I learnt to cook when I was a child.

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  15. I have to check out Tellico Plains on a weekend drive. I like little places like that. Great sandwiches. Love the china on the first shot, I have the same set, lol.

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  16. I love a sandwich made on grilled sourdough and that second sandwich with the pulled pork made my mouth water. I refuse to try baking scones, because I'm pretty sure I could eat a whole pan of them.

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