Many thanks to my family for coming over to celebrate. Little Man got me a new 22.5" Weber One Touch Silver charcoal grill (how did he know???), and we used it to 'cue up some juicy cheeseburgers. Coupled with the various side dishes and ice cream brought by the guests, we had an awesome early summer BBQ.
I couldn't have asked for a better day.
I love kimchi. It’s spicy, it’s crunchy, and it has a fantastic flavor. Served over white rice or alone, it’s the perfect complement to Korean dishes such as Bibimbap and Bulgogi. And now, according to Health.com, it’s one of the world’s healthiest foods:
Kimchi (or kimchee) is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt. This good bacteria helps with digestion, plus it seems to help stop and even prevent yeast infections, according to a recent study. And more good news: Some studies show fermented cabbage has compounds that may prevent the growth of cancer.
This is horrible news for Kelly. If you’ve never experienced kimchi in the flesh, it stinks, and it looks like the Syracuse mascot barfed in a jar and let it ferment for a couple of decades. So even though Kelly thinks it tastes alright, she just can’t get past the smell. It’s always a struggle to get her to buy it for me. Lately, I’ve had to resort to bargaining. I’m now down to one kidney and 1/2 a lung. And whomever was the recipient of my duodenum, you’d better enjoy it. I miss you, Duod. You were always like an intestinal tube to me.
But back to my point, I love kimchi, and I now have a valid excuse for eating it, stink and all.
(On a related note, I have unilaterally decided what Troy’s first “solid” food will be: puréed kimchi. Mm, mm, good.)
Thanks to Bret and Vanessa for a fabulous evening of dinner and drinks. The tri-tip was outstanding, and the shrimp? Oh, the shrimp… Succulent. Juicy. Cajuny. Very, very good.
Sadly, I was too distracted by Señor Coors Light to even attempt to take any pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination. Or, look at some of our old ones.
A coworker brought in a box of doughnuts today. “Ho-hum”, I thought, until I looked into the box and saw a maple bar covered with two bacon strips.
Turns out his wife had been to Portland, OR recently and visited the Voodoo Doughnut store. They make all kinds of crazy doughnuts, sell t-shirts, and perform legal wedding ceremonies underneath a large portrait of Isaac Hayes. The fee for the wedding is $175, and includes doughnuts and coffee for 10 people. AWESOME.
BTW, I tried one that was covered in crushed Oreos. It was pretty good, and definitely better than a doughnut you’d pick up at your local Safeway.
Anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up in case you’re ever up in the Pacific Northwest. Check it out!
Nosheteria cooked up this batch of Bacon Popcorn by first frying up some bacon until it was nice and crispy, then using the leftover grease to pop the corn, ensuring a bacony taste in every bite of popcorn. Imagine having that at the movies!
The only thing I’m imagining right now is Kaiser’s cardiologists hunched over with evil grins on their faces, tapping their fingers together and saying, “Good! Good!”
I can’t say that I’ve ever had McDondalds coffee, but I can attest to the fact that Starbucks coffee, black, is ASS. Good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks so.
No, I’m not talking about New York. I’m talking about the restaurant called The Melting Pot. We ate there last night in celebration of our 11-year anniversary. I was extremely skeptical about this place going into it since I knew it was pricey and that it was “just” a fondue joint. But…
It was worth every penny. Bread and cheese? Excellent. Shrimp? Excellent. Lobster and Filet? Excellent. Even the salad was primo. And don’t even get me started on the dessert fondue. Wow.
I don’t have one bad thing to say about my experience. It is unfortunate that the prices are so high, but I guess that’s what makes eating there so special. It was a real treat. So if you have a special occasion coming up, or you’re just looking for a different dining experience, head on over to the Melting Pot nearest you. You won’t be disappointed.
Best steak this side of… anywhere.
We drove up to Chico last night and had dinner at the 5th Street Steak House in celebration of Kris’s, Kathy’s, and my birthdays. Now, IMO, I can BBQ a pretty damn good steak, but I have nothing on the folks at 5th Street. My Rib eye was so tender, juicy, and flavorful that I almost keeled over and died at the table from taste bud sensory overload. It was magnificent. Sublime. A thing to revere. IOW, it’s good stuff.
I can’t say this about many places, but I would drive 4 hours round trip just to eat at this restaurant. If you’re ever in Chico and you’re looking for a good steak, look no further than the 5th Street Steak House. And make sure to get the Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Mmm mmm good.
Chick-Fil-A has the most polite drive through attendants I have ever encountered. So much so, in fact, that I am considering going back there every day for lunch just to hear how nice my ass looks in these jeans.
Okay, that’s obviously a lie – I mean, they couldn’t possibly see how great my ass looks in these jeans because I was sitting in my truck in the drive through – but still, the politeness and courtesy of the employees was totally unexpected and a welcome change from what you’d experience at a typical McDonalds or Jack in the Box.
As for the food? Well, it was nothing special, but it was good. If you’re looking for something different, then I recommend you give it a shot. If nothing else, you’ll have a pleasant customer service experience.