Meatloaf? I don’t think so.

February 22, 2012

What can I say? It looked good on the box. Sadly, and most would say not unexpectedly, it was not good. I couldn’t even finish it.

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I had lunch with some friends at a really tasty Mexican restaurant, Rosa Mexicano. Great food, service, and experience. My friends were raving about the fresh guacamole and asked if I wanted some. I said no because…well… I’ve always said no. Guacamole has never “looked” right to me. I know some of you are thinking “Are you kidding/crazy/weird/serious/king of the carnivores?” I am serious, and I am a carnivore, but here’s the thing, 9 times out of 10 I’m right. If it doesn’t look right to me, it usually doesn’t taste right to me. Deviled eggs? Look nasty to me. Taste nasty to me. Egg salad? Uggg…(I love eggs any way except these two)

I’m not a kid, so when I say I don’t care for something, the implication is I’ve tried it and didn’t find it to my liking. But the reality this time was I had never tried guacamole before. I was thinking about this as the guacamole maker rolled a cart out to our table and began an elegant process of making fresh guacamole. I watched cilantro, chives/onions, jalapenos, oil, and salt go into a pestle. Followed by an avocado and then another round of cilantro, chives/onions, jalapenos, and salt. Last into the mix were the chopped tomatoes.

Truthfully? It just looked like a mess. But I love cilantro, and onions, and tomatoes, and jalapeno don’t bother me. So, the only unknown was the avocado. Sigh. I quickly picked up a chip, scooped up some of the truly disgusting green goop, popped it in my mouth and…

Wow! That’s not bad…I scooped again. I had to make sure it wasn’t a fluke…Yum!  My friends suggested we order another…I’m in!

Hold the Twigs

August 12, 2011

This is a real cereal. It sounds made up but it’s not. You can find it opposite the tasty cereal in the cereal aisle in your local grocery.

Supposedly Seedless

August 11, 2011

Umm…I know there are always a few seeds in a seedless watermelon (usually a few little white ones) But Damn! I have never had this many seeds even in a regular watermelon.

Supposedly Seedless Watermelon

“Best Chinese Food In Town”

Says so right on the menu. You like Seefood?

Seriously, they do have the best food in town!

Fondue Boo

March 7, 2011

I was a guest, so I felt I needed to keep my opinion to myself. That is, until my host posted, on Facebook, his thoughts about our recent visit to the Melting Pot. Usually we patronize the Gaithersburg Melting pot. This time we went to the Columbia restaurant and the service was terrible. At a place like the Melting Pot, service is more than half the experience. I mean it’s fondue people. You cook your own food. Our waiter messed up on some very basic stuff. He spent a lot of time telling us how special he thought he was, then he barely came by the table. He did bring us our courses, but he was absent the rest of the time. I want someone to at least check on my drink. I was constantly looking for the waiter because my drink was empty. He dropped off desert and didn’t come back until it was time to pick up the check that his manager had given us. The couple of times he did bring the pots or the food to the table, he spent a long time telling us about himself. I don’t mean to be mean, but I don’t care. I don’t go to a restaurant to meet new people. Make sure you are present so if the birthday boy needs another Root beer, or someone needs another fork, or if any number of things that can happen at a table of seven happen, you can attend to it. It’s waiting 101. He was terrible. The table behind us was seated as we started desert. Their waiter visited them more during our desert than ours did during our entire meal. Very disappointing experience from a usually above par establishment.

The food was excellent, but what the hell, I cooked it.

The Meat Wagon

March 6, 2011

Ok, it wasn’t a wagon it was a little truck with a freezer in the back. Not a freezer truck but a truck…with a freezer…in the back. I got the knock on the door, opened it and was told I could save 65% off the meat. Now…I live in a funny neighborhood. We get all kinds of salesmen; alarm systems, magazine salesmen, lawn companies, tons of lawn companies, and all the religious factions visit regularly. Some times, if I’m lucky, a girls scout will stop buy. (I love thin mints by the way) But this is the first time someone tried to sell me meat off the back of a truck. It sounded like a great deal, but I’m just not comfortable buying meat that way. It may work for some people but, I like to buy it fresh from the grocery or right from the butcher. He left a flyer. He said he was a independent contractor for Capital Meats. I Googled them and people do not have very nice things to say about them. Have any of you bought meat or fish from someone who knocked on your door?

Give Me Honey

March 5, 2011

I love honey on biscuits. I haven’t had biscuits in a while and I haven’t had Popeye’s in an even longer while. Well I had some chicken and a biscuit today. The first thing I noticed was that the honey packet didn’t say “Honey” on it. It said Honey sauce. Now I’m not a chemist, but I would think it would cost more to make a “Honey Sauce” than to just…ah…put honey in the packets. It tasted like honey like Banana candy tastes like bananas.

Looks like Honey…Fail.

 

I Had the Chicken

February 24, 2011

I actually went in for the chicken so her strong arm tactics were  udderly unnecessary.

#210

February 16, 2011

# 210 in Life’s little Instruction Book says:

“Commit yourself to constant self-improvement”

So six months ago I put out the word I was looking for a treadmill, cheap. I friend told me he had a client giving one away to make room for a new one…even better. All I had to do was get it. I did. It’s an older model, no frills, no bells or whistles either, but it is in “Mint” condition and built really tough.

For the last six months I’ve been walking almost everyday. I started slow, but I’m not a very patient man, and it wasn’t long until I was walking an hour each day. I also stopped going to McDonalds and most of the other Fast food places. I still eat pizza and Chinese and ever so often I’ll get a burger at a real restaurant.

So far, I’ve lost 20 pounds, and I went from a tight size 40 jeans to a loose size 38. I’m sleeping better and I feel better. I’m not sure that I’m totally committed to self-improvement, but I am committed to continuing to walk on my treadmill and loosing weight.

I pulled this pic of the web, it’s the same model, but mine is Mint!