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Springtime in Branson



Pointe Royale Properties, Inc.

Well, spring has officially sprung here in Branson.  The Ozark hills are flush with verdant new life, and the return of that bright green beauty that only spring can boast.  Summer is lovely, too. Don't get me wrong.  But by summer, the leaves of the primarily oaken forests are a deep, rich green, blending in with the deep green of the evergreens.  But in spring, the leaves are bright green, contrasting in a patchwork quilt of deep, dark, light, & bright greens. It's a beauty that only appears this time of year.

Spring Flowers

(photo by Aunt Owwee)

There is so much going on in this year's Ozark Mountain Spring.  From World Fest and Bluegrass & BBQ at Silver Dollar City, to the FLW Bass Fishing Tournament featured on ESPN, the spring is loaded to the gills with fun & festivities.  Here are some of the highlights:

April 7-May 8, Worldfest @ Silver Dollar City
April 28-30, Hand in Hand, Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients
  April 29-30, Missouri Food & Wine Festival
May 12-30, Bluegrass & BBQ @ Silver Dollar City
May 19-22, 10th Annual Branson Motorcycle Rally
May 20-22, Plumb Nellie Days
May 21st, "Branson Doesn't Forget" Armed Services Appreciation Show
May 28, BBQ and Big Smith Show
May 28-31, Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale
May 30, Memorial Day Rememberances

And those are just a few of the Spring activities.  Gonna be lots of fun, lots of music, lots of BBQ, lots of good times!  Click HERE for a full listing of Ozark Mountain Spring events.

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Lone Star Steakhouse | Branson Dining



Pointe Royale Properties, Inc.

This time of year, I'm almost always too busy here at Pointe Royale to actually "leave" work on my dinner break.  I usually just inhale some salad, or tuna, or chicken, and call it good enough.  Fortunately for me, yesterday, I had enough coverage at the office that leaving property for an actual off site dinner break was possible.  As I've mentioned before, I'm on the Atkins diet, so a low carb order is the order of the day.  So, on those rare occasions that I actually do eat out, I'm usually looking for a steak, or some grilled shrimp or seafood.

I chose to head on up to the local Lone Star Steakhouse, over on Green Mountain Drive.  I've eaten there before, but not in a couple of years, to be honest.  I made the right choice.  I sat down in the, obviously, Western (Texas) themed restaurant, and was soon greeted by a friendly server, and shortly thereafter, by a great tall glass of iced tea.  I was trying to decide if I wanted a big steak, or one of the combos.  I went with the steak & salmon combo, a choice I heartily recommend.

The steak was a 6 ounce, center cut sirloin, which I had them prepare medium.  When it arrived, my server had me cut it, to insure that it was done to my liking. It was nice & pink through the middle, and, oh, so very juicy.  I'd honestly say that it was the best steak I've had in a long time, even if it was only 6 ounces. Absolutely delicious.

Sweet Bourbon Salmon

The other half of the combo was the grilled salmon.  I've had their salmon before, and it is wonderful.  Tender, tasty, and prepared with a sweet bourbon glaze that really sets the taste buds on their ear, assuming taste buds have ears.  I ate it after the steak, thinking I would get the best part first, but if anything, the salmon was even better than the steak.  

Since I'm on the Atkins diet, I had to pass on the dinner rolls.  (But I've had them before, and they are good, too.)  I had the steamed broccoli, which was good, as good as greens get to a meat eater like me, and the dinner salad, minus the croûtons.  The great thing about Atkins, is that, even though I'm limited to foods that are low in carbs, I still get to eat wonderfully tasty foods, and not ever go unsatisfied.  And I was quite satisfied Thursday evening at Lone Star.  



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