August, 2021

How To Make Watermelon Salad

Posted on August 17, 2021

How to Make Watermelon Salad. This was my first foray into the video world. I am getting more and more comfortable with this medium but I thought this video was timely because fresh watermelon is so prevalent right now.

This salad takes all the deliciousness of salty and sweet and combines them. It makes for a great side dish to any late summer meal. You can easily make this a full meal by adding in some shrimp or chicken.

Summer is a time for fresh fruit and veggie it is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and relax. Once the kids are back in school these meals seem more and more important.

The Ingrediants

Watermelon, the video says a small seedless melon but right now grab any watermelon at your favorite farmers’ market and enjoy. Two limes, feta cheese, black olives(in my haste I forgot to add that blackberries are also delicious instead of black olives). Add Tripping Vittles Margaritas to Mussles citrus seasoned salt and pepper.

The Video How to Make Watermelon Salad

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Watermelon Salad


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Restaurant Review: Lucky House Chinese Restaurant

Posted on August 11, 2021

My first full-fledged Restaurant Review I told you they would come when the urge struck. Well, it’s striking. Lucky House is a Chinese restaurant in Westerville, Ohio, where I currently call home. But all Chinese food for me is leveled against the place I grew up with.

I do not know the name of that Chinese place. It was in Maplewood, Minnesota. Somewhere on White Bear Avenue near the dollar movie theater and an old Shoppers City. I can still taste their chow mein; it was amazing. Or maybe it was crap, but I just loved the taste of it. Either way, I am constantly looking for something close in taste.

You are probably waiting for me to tell you that I have found that chow mein at Lucky House. Nope, I have not. But Lucky House is so good I kind have stopped looking.

This is your typical Americanized Chinese food. Bright pink sweet and sour sauce. Packets of soy sauce and hot mustard every meal ends with a fortune cookie. Even the spicy stuff here is not too spicy. You can get General Tso’s Chicken and Moo Goo Gai Pan. Sweet and Sour anything. I did not grow up here in Westerville, so I do not know the whole history of Lucky House, but its legend precedes itself, and it appears to have been around since the inception of time.

Start with egg rolls or crab rangoon; we all know what those are. But if you want something really awesome get the chicken lettuce wraps or the shrimp toast. Also, both of their wings, sweet or salt and pepper, are better than 95% of the wings served at actual wing places in town, and they don’t come with a side of sports and toxic masculinity.

Appetizer Spread

You should not have Chinese food without a little cup of soup. I love the hot and sour soup here. They are so close to my house that I sometimes order 3 or 4 servings when I have a cold. It makes me feel warm and cozy and clears up the stuffy nose!

My personal favorite Entrees are Bon-Bon Garlic Noodles with beef or the Orange Chicken. They are exactly what you expect but filled with flavor served hot and wonderful.

If you are a family, you can not go wrong with the Family Dinner deal. It is enough food to feed a large pack of hungry humans. They also have a substantial buffet on Sunday during the day, but with Covid still an issue, I would call and check before I assumed that was still a thing.

I have a Sunday night ritual where I switch off weeks. One week I get an appetizer spread and watch a movie or show I have wanted to catch. The next Sunday, I order dinner and a cup of soup and read a book while eating. It’s my finish out the week relaxing meal.

So here is the official Tripping Vittles Rating System. It is a 1-4 scale. 1-worst 4-best.

  1. So Nasty
  2. Dang that is Pretty Good
  3. Fuckin Great
  4. Holy Crap ya Can’t Beat That

Drum roll, please……….

If you want to try Lucky House click here

Lucky House gets a review of 2 Dang that is Pretty Good.

Picnic Fun: Uptown Lunchbox Concert Series

Posted on August 9, 2021

We have this really cool thing that is happening this summer in front of city hall. Lunchbox Concerts sponsored by The Arts Council of Westerville, The City of Westerville and Uptown Inc. They take place for an hour and a half on Tuesdays from 11:30-1 pm. It is guaranteed Picnic Fun at the Uptown Lunchbox Concert Series.

You bring a blanket or grab a chair. Eat lunch picnic style. You can bring your own or Jave Central has some really wonderful box lunches for $15. you get a sandwich Italian soda and chips.

I don’t know about you but I love a good picnic. I was reminded of all the fun concerts I saw when I lived in Chicago at Ravinia We always brought all we needed to those shows. We had quite the setup it made a picnic fun. It was also great to take to the beach or to the dunes.

It has been a long time since I set out to picnic. I camp and I visit food trucks but I have not done a picnic for a long time. So I dug out one of my favorite cookbooks on picnicking by Diane MacMillian The Portable Feast has lists for the best items to have while picnicking and it has recipes that are delicious.

In addition, the book is filled with delicious quotes about food, drink, life, and love.

“Sans pain, sans vin, l’amour n’est rien!”

(Without bread, without wine, love is nothing)

~French Proverb

Picnic Fun The Set Up

How do you picnic? The following are some of my favorite items to make life easy when taking food to a concert like the uptown concert series in Westerville or Ravinia in Chicago or any number of fun local to you destinations.

Picnic Basket/Backpack with everything you need.

Those items will get you stared down the path of picnic time. We still have many days left before winter comes a calling. Get outside and enjoy the days.

The following is a recipe from The Portable Feast it is a super easy Paté that people will think you bought from some fancy Charchuteris store. Serve on a piece of dark rye bread or with crackers along with your favorite red wine.

The Portable Feasts Quick Pate Recipe

Coming Soon: From Tripping Vittles

Posted on August 4, 2021

I feel I have to explain a little here. As you know if you have been reading I have decided to make Tripping Vittles my full-time job. In doing so I have a ton of irons in the fire. More than I actually realized. That in turn sometimes turns things on end, from personal life to Tripping Vittles life. Yes, my online stores are coming soon There will be spices and more. (yep I said stores) I am super excited. In addition, I have a bunch of blog posts I have started writing and researching, am just not finished yet.

Second. I’m scared to death that there is only one of me and some things sometimes have to slide. That is the writing part. It is not always where I want them to slide but that is ok. My Belief is that it will all come together and the vision I have will be realized.

Coming Soon From Tripping Vittles

I am now going to call on you my readers, friends, and family, and ask you to help me. I was shy about asking and some said I should not but I do not think enough people know how this works. This new world of eCommerce and how we do things is changing at lightning speed. but there are some things you can do to help me. I will add that if you have anyone in your life doing online anything these are ways to help support.

How to Help

  • Follow Me…
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    • Instagram Photos are fun you will link to shopping from here also
    • Amazon Storefront (when here buy from the things I suggest or use my links to buy other things. I make money when you do and that helps me pay rent)
    • Youtube Subscribe to my channel it helps my videos get seen.
    • TikTok it is fun, funny and you may see some products on there also.

Once my store is up come buy my spices and other products. Yes, I will have more than spices. Both my own products and those that I discover in my adventures. I also have started building relationships with some folks in order to sell some other items on different sites. When this happens give me a follow there.

Lastly, I am going to ask you to share share share. The only way I grow readers, followers and shoppers are for people to discover me. They do that by finding their way to my pages. So please help me out, and help your other friends out too that are diving into this new world. We all will be forever grateful.