S’mores over a barrel fire and deep fried cheesecake.

For the past 5 years, whenever I would visit my family in Arizona, my stepdad would tell me about this place in the desert, where you would sit next to your own fire in a barrel, listen to cowboy music, eat burgers and drink beers under the stars. It sounded Wild West, that’s for sure, and I have wanted to go since that very first day he mentioned it.

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Every time, we get towards the end of my trip and we haven’t gone. This time, I told them – I am going. It is happening. So they made it happen.

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Tonight me, my brother Jai, my mum, stepdad and my mum’s parents all head out there to San Tan Flat to meet my Uncle and Auntie and my cousins 4 year old son Alex.

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We walked in to a old west saloon scene, complete with American flags, guns on the walls and hunting trophies.

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It seems I am doing a mesquite grilled chicken tour of Arizona – i’ve some how ordered it in most of the restaurants I have eaten at in the past few weeks. So I went for the mesquite chicken sandwich with potato cakes, kind of like crab cake style latkes.

Afterwards, my Aunt Christie bought a smores kit for us to toast marshmallows over our fire. Jai took toasting marshmallows very seriously.

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We smooshed the hot, sticky melted mess of marshmallow between two sweet honey graham crackers, with a wedge of soft hersheys chocolate which melted straight away and dripped from the edges.

 

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The distant strum of Johnny Cash, low glow of the fire, and content after a burger and fries, my stepdad David got a little sleepy.

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We had seen deep fried cheesecake on the menu, and we of course had to work out what was going on there. Wrapped in a thin batter a little like deep fried ice cream, the cheesecake was from the Cheesecake Factory, melty warm, and covered in the sweet crispy batter and drizzled with a jam like berry sauce.

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We finished almost everything – but of course we did, we are Kingston-Williamses!

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After dinner Jai and I went to the games room and played a game of pool. Evidently I was going to lose – but to Jai’s great disappointment I didn’t. I won! I am terrible at pool so am quite happy to have won.

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I gave Jai some quarters to win me a stuffed animal in the claw machine, but he did not succeed.

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He was quite disappointed he didn’t win anything though. Next time buddy!

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