Good Manners = FREE

Good manners really do pay off.

Just ask Tom Landis, the franchisee of two Dallas-area Texadelphia restaurants. He’s giving polite children a free meal, provided they ask for it and use the all-important “please” or “por favor.”

Kids meals are already half-price after 4 p.m. at Landis’ two Texadelphia franchises in Dallas and Irving, Texas. But with the difficult economic climate, he thought he could do something more.

“If the kids will order themselves and say ‘please,’ then the kid’s meal is free,” Landis told AOL Food.
Landis began the promotion about a month ago after seeing his own 2-year-old learn to talk. He hopes it will coax kids out of their shell.

“I’ve kind of seen a lot of parents where they come in and they’re trying to get their kid to order and the kid’s just kind of hiding behind mom’s dress,” he said.


Texadelphia operates 19 restaurants in Texas and Oklahoma serving “The Original Texas Cheesesteak.”

“He’s doing the right thing at the right time,” says Rich Waring, the president of the Quintessence Corporation, which franchises the Texadelphia restaurants.

Chicken fingers are the most popular kids meal item, Landis says. And the polite kids deal is winning raves from parents.

“I’m getting a ton of e-mails and just people stopping me in the parking lot and saying ‘Hey man, that was really cool. My son, boy you just should have seen him beam that he said “please” and he got the meal free. Gosh he pointed out that when I ordered I said it nice but I didn’t say “please.”‘”

Nation’s Restaurant News reported that the promotion is good for one free kids meal per adult, but Landis says he’s flexible.

“I don’t want to have a hard-and-fast rule,” he says. “Whatever we need to do to make them happy when they leave, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

Landis — who operates four pizza restaurants in addition to his Texadelphia restaurants on Greenville Avenue in Dallas and MacArthur Boulevard in Irving — says he wants to make the Texadelphia polite-kids-eat-free deal a “cornerstone of my restaurants.” And it might pop up soon at other Texadelphias as well.

“I think it’s a great idea and it’s got our full support,” Waring says.


I think this is a wonderful idea! The children that do have good manners should be recognized for it, there are so many that bark orders at servers in restaurants. Keep up the great work Mr. Landis!


Classic Deli Wraps

The hardest thing for me to do is come up with something different to take to work for lunch. A few years ago I attended a Pampered Chef party and this recipe was prepared. It’s fantastic and gives a different flavor to your lunch.

Classic Deli Wraps


1   container (8 ounces) light cream cheese spread
2   tablespoons Dijon mustard
1   tablespoon honey
11/2   cups thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
1   large tomato, seeded and diced

1   medium green bell pepper, diced
6   (8-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas
8   ounces thinly sliced deli ham
3/4   cup (3 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
6   slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled
1. Combine cream cheese, mustard and honey in Small Batter Bowl; mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Slice lettuce and dice tomato and bell pepper using Chef’s Knife.
2. Using Medium Scoop, top each tortilla with a level scoop of cream cheese mixture; spread to within 1/4 inch of edge using Small Spreader. Cover with 1/4 cup lettuce, pressing lightly. Place two ham slices over lettuce. Grate 2 tablespoons cheese over ham using Deluxe Cheese Grater. Top evenly with tomato, bell pepper and bacon.
3. Roll up each tortilla tightly. To serve, cut each wrap diagonally in half with Serrated Bread Knife.
Yield: 6 servings or 24 sample servings

Nutrients per serving: Calories 370, Total Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 8 g, Cholesterol 55 mg, Carbohydrate 31 g, Protein 21 g, Sodium 1150 mg, Fiber 3 g

Cook’s Tips: Mix and match ingredients to design your own wrap creation! Experiment with different flavors of flour tortillas such as spinach or sun-dried tomato. Spread tortillas with flavored soft cream cheese or hummus and top with your favorite greens. Layer your favorite deli meats and cheeses over the top. Sprinkle with vegetables such as thinly sliced red or green onions, chopped cucumber, alfalfa sprouts or shredded carrot. Roll up tightly and enjoy your tailored specialty!

©The Pampered Chef, Ltd. 2009

This is a Pampered Chef recipe and can be found on thier website

Cheesy Dip

I wanted to share the Cheesy Dip recipe with you that I enjoy making for entertaining. It’s simple, and easy to keep warm in the crockpot. I always make a bunch because it gets eaten so fast.


1 large block of Velveeta cheese

1 jar of your favorite salsa

1 pound of ground meat

Brown the ground meat in a skillet, drain and rinse with hot water to get all the grease out. Cut the Velveeta into cubes. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray. Put the meat, cheese, and salsa in the crockpot and melt together on low heat. Make sure to stir occasionally. Once the cheese is mostly melted turn the heat to warm. Put a large sppon next to the crockpot for your guests to put some dip on their plate. Serve with tortilla chips.

The Special Picnic

Ever since my daughter was 3 we’ve enjoyed a special picnic together. Many times on a Saturday or Sunday Chad would be working and Kali and I would be left to have a “Girls Day”. Typically we would go to the park, or play outside, but on those rainy yucky days we would be stuck inside.

Sure, we could have went to the mall or some other inside “attraction” but how fun is that for a little one? Yeah, not so much. So I decided to try something different, I prepared a special picnic. I would put together easy (not messy) foods like pepperoni, sliced cheese, ham, turkey, crackers, chips, and cookies. I’d lay out a blanket on the living room floor, and without distractions (no TV) we would sit on the blanket and have a carpet picnic.

I’d make sure the windows were open for as much natural light as possible and Kali liked to bring her crayons and coloring books. We would sit and snack and color her coloring books. Those picnics last longer the older she gets, but we still enjoy them on some of the days we can’t get outside.

Looking back it wasn’t so much that we had a fun new way to have a snack, and something to keep her entertained, but that we created something special together. So the next time it’s raining, get creative with your kids and enjoy snack time!

Review – F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar


Review of F. Scott’s, 2210 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215. For reservations (615) 269-5861

Thank you Linda at F. Scott's for allowing me to use this photo

Thank you to Linda at F. Scott's for allowing me to use this photo

 A few weeks ago my husband made reservations for us at F. Scotts in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a wonderful meal and experience.  We ordered the Truffle Parmesan Pommes Frites as an appetizer. The were very tasty and seasoned to almost melt in your mouth. I ordered their Bouillabaisse, which included pan seared grouper, mussels, and shrimp with braised fennel, potatoes, spicy aioli, and crostini. It was fantastic, everything was prepared to perfection. Chad (hubby) ordered the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with roasted garlic herb butter, bacon demi-glace, Gorgonzola polenta, and crispy fried spinach. I tried the crispy fried spinach, mainly because I had never heard of frying spinach, but it was very good and actually did melt in your mouth. I’m not a huge fan of spinach alone, but was pleasantly surprised.

As if the appetizer and entrees were not enough, we couldn’t resist ordering dessert as well. I got the Chocolate peanut butter mousse with Banana ice cream. All I could say was WOW! I took forever with each bite to make it last as long as possible. Chad got the Fresh coconut cake with chocolate sauce and devoured it. There is live jazz music in the bar but it was not so loud you could not enjoy a quiet meal. If you plan to enjoy the music in the bar, make sure to check the website for the Speakeasy Phrase of the Week. Tell the bartender the phrase and you’ll get the special price listed on their website. If you’re in Nashville, check this place out! We went after 9:00pm so our food was half price. We enjoyed a gourmet meal at a chain restaurant price.

Enjoy, Lanah



The Love of Food

Welcome to “The Love of Food”. I’ve always wanted my own piece of the internet and I am extremely passionate about food, so it sounded like a good mix to start this blog. I will share recipes, tips, reviews and more. If you have a question or something to share please leave a comment or send me an email, and don’t forget to subscribe so you can check back often!

My name is Lanah and I am a wife to a wonderful husband, who is currently attending culinary school with The Art Institute. Our daughter is 8, and growing so fast. She enjoys cooking and gardening too. Food is something we all enjoy. We share cooking, eating, and dining as a family.

Enjoy, Lanah