On The Road – Showboat Branson Belle

I have been amazed how good the Showboat Branson Belle is! It has blown away my indifference towards variety shows especially show boat cruises. This was magnificent!

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Branson Belle Stage

So first, we get there and are shown to our seats. We got pretty good seats too, only 4 rows from the front. This turned out to be perfect so that we didn’t have to crane our heads.

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We then got to look around the boat while waiting for the show to start and for dinner to be served.

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Finally dinner was served. Now, I admit I forgot to take a picture of my salad. But really, do you need to see a picture of yet another salad?

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The food was good, not fantastic, but, you don’t come to a show boat for the food do you? I got both beef and chicken and it was simple and filling. The food wasn’t bland nor over-seasoned and so it was just fine to me. The biscuit was way too crumbly and the dessert was an ice cream cake. Not that ice cream cake is bad, I just didn’t want to use more than one sentence…oops, there’s two sentences.

Next came the show, there was plenty of variety. There was the host who was also a magician and comedian. The Showmen, who sang everything from classic american songs to boy band hits. The main attraction was Janice Martin, the World’s only aerial violin player.

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The Band

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The Showmen

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Janice Martin

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Blurry picture of aerial violinist

Janice Martin was beyond describing! There were parts of this performance where she was playing the violin upside down suspended from the silk and playing awfully fast. This woman is a one woman show. She can sing, play violin and piano, act (a little), and fling around on silk like it’s easy! There were definitely some people who were not impressed, but I was! This is definitely something to come see. Maybe Branson isn’t so bad after all.

Showboat Branson Belle
Categories: Performing Arts, Restaurants
4800 State Hwy 165
Branson, MO 65616
(417) 336-7050
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On the Road – Cantina Laredo Branson

We have moved on to Branson Missouri. Home of a million theaters. I honestly think this tourist town is no different than Ocean City, MD or any such tourist town with the exception that there’s a million theaters rather than a giant beach. We decided for our first dinner to go to Cantina Laredo on the Branson Landing.

Top Shelf Guacamole

Top Shelf Guacamole

$9.99

We started out with the guacamole, which was prepared at the table fresh.  Our waiter prepared the guacamole very nicely and it tasted great with just the right amount of salt and other addings to it.

Half of the Cantina Laredo Plater

Half of the Cantina Laredo Plater

$17.79 – Full dish

I find when it comes to Mexican food, the portions are just much too big for me. So I shared with my mother and the kitchen nicely cut it in half for us and served it in two portions so that we didn’t have to do it ourselves. The platter comes with Oaxaca cheese chile relleno, tamale, chicken enchilada, and a fajita beef taco al carbon. The best food on this plate was the chile relleno. There’s just something about a pepper stuffed with cheese that makes me shiver with happiness. And the Oaxaca cheese was just superb!

Combination Fajitas

Combination Fajitas

$17.29

My sister E, loves Tex-Mex, Mexican, anything that comes south of the border is her favorite. But her favorite go to dish is combination fajitas. The portion was too big as is usual with fajitas and she had to take half of it with us. It looks awesome though and she gave it a 7/10 rating which about average for her.

Tacos Al Carbon - beef

Tacos Al Carbon – beef

$17.99

The tacos were by far the best I had eaten in awhile. My dad’s only complaint was that his tacos were “too charred” but honestly, looking at this picture, I think they look awesome. But as a visual eater, and many people tend to be, because of the way it looked, it took away from the taste. The queso was delicious though!

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I have to say that the price was a bit steep for the food quality, but seeing as how this restaurant was on the Landing, and that picture above is the view you get from the restaurant (there is outdoor seating), the prices are pretty understandable. I would suggest getting a reservation for outside on the deck though, to fully appreciate those prices. If you are a walk-in, expect to eat inside.

Cantina Laredo

Category: Mexican, Tex-Mex

1001 Branson Landing Blvd
Branson, MO 65615

(417) 334-6062

On The Road Food – Cracker Barrel

When on the road for vacation, there comes time when you get sick and tired of fast food and want some real food without the cost of going to an expensive restaurant. Chains are inevitable. And so, we pick Cracker Barrel. This is my first vacation of the year (and probably only), so we like to take our time. Cracker Barrel gives you just that, slow but friendly service, comfort food (albeit kind of bland yet fixable) and entertainment a la store while you wait for your food.

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Country Style Green Beans and Fried Apples

Country Style Green Beans and Fried Apples

I got the lovely Beef Stew with green beans and fried apples. My lovely computer keeps wanting to auto correct fried apples into friend apples. And perhaps they were my friend, since they were the only thing that didn’t need a little salt to liven the taste up.

Country Friend Steak, Hash brown Casserole and Mac n Cheese

Country Friend Steak, Hash brown Casserole and Mac n Cheese

Country Fried Steak was on the menu for my Dad and sister, while my mother got the salmon patties. The salmon patties were not appetizing in the least and thus do not get a picture. They looked dry and were dry. But Craker Barrel is most definitely better road food than McDonald’s. Am I right?

Birthday dinner at Amalfi Italian Restaurant

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Eggplant Parmesan with Sausage and Linguine (pictured above and below) Price: $21

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Linguine with Marinara Sauce

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano has delicious food and a great atmosphere. We came here for my birthday and they were really friendly! Our waiter explained the family restaurant aspect, it was cute. If you are big on organic foods, then this is the place to go. The prices are organically priced too, unfortunately. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.