Food for Thought Report 9.12 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/12/08

Food for Thought Report 9.12

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There's more to this week's top performer than just great music and frosty beverages. This off-campus hotspot is a favorite for college students, and there's a perfect reason why.

"You mention Bash's and people are like, 'The one on Main?' And you're like, "Yeah, come on over."

Liz is the proud new owner of the Bash Riprock's kitchen at 2419 Main Street. "We did some research on it, and there had been a few Food for Thoughts that were kind of low, so we decided that we were going to bump it up a little bit. That we want, every time they come out, zero criticals," said Liz.

So when Liz took over about two months ago, she called the health department and asked them to do a mock inspection so she would know exactly what to expect. And that preparation paid off with perfection. "It's awesome. He said we did very very well. Especially for somebody who had just recently opened and to be as prepared as we were for him. Date marking was properly done, correct thermometers, everything that somebody new wouldn't know we had it already done," said Liz.

Liz says their key to keeping clean is to make sure messes don't become massive. "I'm trying my hardest to keep it up during the day so we are not bombarded at night. I have a group that comes in on Sundays who they watch Food for Thought, and if a place they go to has criticals they'll stay away for a little bit, and then they'll go back. I'm going to try my best to never have any criticals. Can't guarantee it, because I expect errors, and that's how you learn, but I'm going to try my hardest to stay a top performer no matter what it takes," she said.

But until their next health inspection, Liz says there are many yummy reasons, with one in particular, that keep their customers coming in. "We serve a half pound certified Angus beef burger. They're huge and then I have a Bash's burger that's a full one pound of meat," said Liz.

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Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 9/12/08.

I would have to brag that there are some tasty perks to being the face of Food for Thought and here's one of them. I was invited to judge Abuelo's X-Chef Competition that was held in Lubbock Wednesday. The competition was narrowed down to four dishes after hundreds of competitors from all across the nation created their own recipe with ingredients found in Abuelo's kitchens.

In the end, Teri Oldham of Tulsa, Oklahoma won with his creation of Terico's Fish Tacos. You'll soon be able to try them out for yourselves because, along with the bragging rights, getting your item on the Abuelo's menu is part of winning the competition.

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