Thank You All Dear Friends…..FOR COMING TO MY BIRTHDAY!!!

I’m not sure why that makes me laugh so much.  But it does.  So yesterday was my birthday.  I am still full.  I cannot move.  I had, despite being far away from most of my family, a very nice birthday.  We ate a most intense dinner at Ivar’s Seafood.  I think some people in Seattle would tell you it’s a tourist trap.  Not the case, I’d argue.  It’s a nice seafood joint, a step up from Legal Seafood if you’re looking for a reference point.  We took a nice long walk to get there and back.  The walk back was a tremendous show of force on my part, I’ll admit.  I nearly had to crawl.

Ivar’s has been around nearly forever.  Here’s a period photograph of the place, dating back quite a ways.  The next photo is of a crew removing one of his signs from the floor of the bay/sound.  Why?  Ivar Haglund, who started the restaurant in 1938, believed that submarines would become a viable form of transportation in the future.  So he put signs up underwater – directing traffic to his restaurant.  That’s some Jules Verne style forward thinking.Thank You All Dear Friends.....FOR COMING TO MY BIRTHDAY!!!Thank You All Dear Friends.....FOR COMING TO MY BIRTHDAY!!! Continue reading

Save The Planet and $1500 A Year – Fridge “Triage” Box Puts An End to Food Waste

Save The Planet and $1500 A Year - Fridge "Triage" BoxWasting food is one of the things that drives me up-a-wall nuts.  I mean it makes my skin crawl.  I inherited this from my mother, I think.  She would, and still is, ashamed when food gets wasted.  I feel likewise.  It’s not a nice feelings knowing that you could have eaten it but somehow missed the mark.  Generally food gets lost in the fridge.  That sounds silly I know, it’s only a few cubic feet of space.  But there are so many bins, compartments, shelves, and cubbies.  It’s hard to keep track of everything.

If you’re like me there’s all manner of stuff in your fridge.  I have reusable containers all over my fridge.  Simple syrup, homemade coffee syrup, veggies, chicken, homemade caramel, cheese, left-overs, desserts, etc…the list goes on and on and on.  It’s stuffed.  I sometimes can’t see a carton of milk that’s in the fridge and go out and buy a duplicate I didn’t need.  That’s a full fridge.  I’ve pared and purged my possessions down to a minimal level at this point.  But my fridge still looks like I’m hanging on to the notion that the world might end tomorrow (and it might – you never know – it would be nice to have a few slices of leftover bacon hanging around if that asteroid slams into the Earth’s crust somewhere – ya know?) Continue reading

David Lynch Makes A New Coffee Commercial

David Lynch Makes A New Coffee CommercialDirector David Lynch is well-known for his uniquely creepy film-making style.  Ever watch Lost Highway?  I’m still trying to wrap my head around that.  Dick Laurent is dead.  His strange and ethereal approach to movies has made him a cult favorite amongst fans for films such as “Mulholland Drive” and “Blue Velvet,” as well as the TV show “Twin Peaks.”  Lynch cinema possesses a strange dream-like quality that can bother the viewer long after the movie has ended. Continue reading

Tactical Bacon – An Awesome Answer To A Question Never Asked

Here’s your daily moment of zen.Tactical Bacon - An Awesome Answer to A Question No One Asked

Yes that’s canned bacon.  And yes, it’s got a shelf life of 10 years.  The good folks over at ThinkGeek have an awesome answer to a question nobody asked.  Tactical Bacon.  I’m both intrigued and horrified what it might taste like after 10 years sitting on a shelf.  But that’s pretty impressive nonetheless.  I had never honestly thought of weaponized bacon.  This is why I don’t have a house in the Hamptons.Tactical Bacon - An Awesome Answer to A Question No One Asked

It’s guaranteed not to be mushy actually; supposedly it’s like actual bacon.  What preservatives are used to make it last for 10 years on a shelf I’m sure no one wants to know, but that’s besides the point (There’s actually not too many scary additives so it might well not kill you.)  It’s bacon.  In a can.  And it’s tactical.  It’s also not that bad of a deal.  Each can holds 54 slices of bacon goodness and it’s $17.99 at ThinkGeek.Tactical Bacon - An Awesome Answer to A Question No One Asked

As a postscript, if you wondering what exactly is in Tac-Bac as it’s lovingly referred to by its purveyors, here’s the nutritional info…

Tactical Bacon - An Awesome Answer to A Question No One Asked

Just Because It’s a Slow Night I Give You “Guy Making Iced Tea Like A Boss”

I’m not sure what to even say here.  If I could do this I’m not sure I’d leave my house.  I would do this all day long.  In front of a mirror.  Or maybe I’d move to New York and do it everyday, all day on the street.  And nothing else.  This guy happens to be in Bangkok Thailand.  Okay so the drink is actually called Teh Tarik (literally “pulled tea”). It is commonly found in Southeast Asia.  I don’t care what it’s called.  I would vote this guy into any office he ran for.  Quite possibly this man is a wizard.

Star Wars Themed Burgers?!?!

You probably thought you’d seen everything possible that could be tagged with Star Wars merchandising.  I thought had seen everything.  Figures, toys, models, books,  and now….burgers?

Yep.  Dutch fast food joint Quick (inventive with the fast food names, those Dutch) just announced that it will be offering Phantom Menace themed burgers for a limited time in anticipation of the upcoming 3D release of Star Wars: Episode I in movie theaters.  Huh?Star Wars Themed Burgers

No mistake there.  There’s three burgers available shortly, Jedi, Dark, and Dark Vador Burger.  One imagines either Lord Vader’s name is spelled differently in French or someone’s got a gigantic marketing pink slip headed their way.Star Wars Themed Burgers

The Dark burger, clearly associated with Darth Maul, looks to have poppy seeds on the bun and little else to make it that special. The Jedi burger has what are clearly cheese curds on top.  Ridiculously other food blogs – Huffington Post and Eater to name a few, speculating that it might be marshmallows.  Really guys?  On a mass marketed burger?  Grow up.

The one that’s been catching all the buzz and making headlines is the Dark Vador (their spelling not mine) whose bun is black.  Not lightly tinged black.  Take a look at those photos.  Like a coal miner in a black out at midnight black.  I mean black.  What’s up with that?  I’m not sure I want my hamburger bun resembling carbon black.  How do you tell if it’s burnt?

There’s precious little info around about these burgers, neither the Quick corporate nor the Quick France site has any information or press releases regarding these bizarre spacey fare.

I didn’t take much in the way of French classes but with the help of THE GOOGLE the top seems to ask which side of The Force you’d like to align yourself with, while the bottom encourages you to eat more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  Indeed.  May the force be with you!