Grassburger

We ate at Grassburger this weekend.  It’s a hoity toity burger place in northeast Albuquerque.  The burger was good enough…we’d probably go back.  They have some kinda homemade special sauce that they put on them.  They have regular or sweet potato fries.  Their soda fountain has some brand I’d never heard of, which was interesting.  The cola was good.

Undesirable Bonus

When a store sells something a combo pack of things, why do they always put in something nobody would ever want?  Are they trying to get rid of it?  If you Costco cookie combo pack, you get white chocolate macadamia (awesome), chocolate chip (awesome), and…oatmeal raisin (what?)  Guess which ones are always last to be consumed?  If you get the Starbucks Frappuccino combo pack at Costco, they have mocha, coffee, vanilla, and caramel.  Caramel always seems to be the last one consumed, I think…or is it vanilla?  Somewhere out there is a person who loves oatmeal raisin cookies and caramel frappuccinos.  This person is ruining it for everybody else.

Nationwide Candy

I went to Nationwide Candy here in Albuquerque a little while back hoping to find a big ole box o’ chocolate covered coffee beans.  It’s a warehouse-style candy store.  Didn’t find any but they had choco rocks, candy legos, huge bags of Toxic Waste (whatever that is).  In general, you need to call ahead to see if they have something.

I did later find the most cost effective chocolate coffee beans at Trader Joe’s.

Great Mysteries of the Food World

There are so many food mysteries out there, but here are a couple for today.

Do you like beef?  So you’d probably like hot beef tea?  That’s the idea behind Britain’s Bovril anyway.  You drink it during winter soccer games.

And you’ll find this one in Filipino bakeries.  “Look!  We’ve made a delicious sweet and buttery muffin!  What could we top it with?  Cinnamon?  Cocoa powder?  Honey?  I know!  GRATED CHEESE!”  What?  Next thing you know, they’ll be putting hot dog slices in their spaghetti.  (They do.)

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Cheese Muffin

 

 

Pike's Peak or Bust

We just went to Colorado Springs/Denver for a week.  Had a great time.  Helping to keep up on wi-fi security on the trip was Freedome…a VPN with a 2-week free trial…cause you don’t wanna connect directly to open wi-fi.

Colorado Springs

May Bug Museum – a great little bug museum with all kinds of specimens I’ve never seen

cog railway up to Pike’s Peak – rode a train all the way up to the top and found marmots, ice, and freezing winds…28 degrees in August

Cave of the Winds (warning: auto-playing video) – nice cave to tour through.  Paved and great for kids.  They have a terrifying ride where you can pay to swing out over a cliff…which we didn’t do for some reason.

Garden of the gods –  Giant jutting rock formations…conveniently placed right in Colorado Springs

Fargo’s – great Victorian-style pizza place with balcony, employees in old clothes, self-playing piano, balcony…all packed tightly with lots of people

Rocket Fizz (chain) – A neat soda/candy store with all the independent sodas and candies you can think of.  The clerk recommended the bug barf soda.  I chose something else.

Garbanzo (chain) – Mediterranean food…can’t go wrong!

Rosemount Museum – Late 1800s mansion in Pueblo built by a family that owned a bunch of banks.  Also, the locals pronounce their town as “Pieblo”….what?

Miramont Castle – A mansion built into the side of the mountain in Manitou Springs…a 42-room mansion built for a Catholic priest and his mom.  (Life is hard?)  Manitou Springs is already a tiny cramped tourist town to begin with, but we accidentally ended up in the middle of the Pikes Peak Marathon where super-runners go up and down the mountain)

Denver

102.3 Open Air – Colorado’s version of BBC 6 Music

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant – We got a bunch o’ stuff and enjoyed it.

Denver Aquarium – A nice aquarium with divers, touchable exhibits, a flash flood, etc.

Elitch Gardens – big amusement park…fun for kids and all

The Wizard’s Chest – Great geek store with board games, figurines, toys, and costumes.  It was like being inside Amazon.

Micro Center – Basically the equivalent of Fry’s  Also like being inside Amazon

Old Chicago Pizza (chain) – Big thick Chicago-style pizza.  Tasty and all!

Museum of Nature and Science – A museum so big that we unfortunately didn’t even have time to see it all.  We saw the new mythical creatures exhibit.  I can picture the pride-swallowing that had to happen to have exhibits of made-up creatures just to get peoples’ attention.  It was fun for kids anyway.  We also saw an entire exhibit on poison.  That was different.

Ikea – Vanessa finally got to visit an Ikea.  I recently got The Stanley Parable…a PC game…I think it might actually be an Ikea simulator…endless rooms in various configurations.  The kids were getting kinda bored, but did enjoy the Swedish desserts in the cafeteria at the end.

Casa Bonita – Can’t go to Denver without going to the famous Mexican restaurant with cliff divers.  The food is bad so we just got nachos…but hey…cliff divers in a restaurant.

 

 

mangu

Vanessa and I were talking about how some mangoes we got are stinging our tongue a bit.  Why?  Who knows?  (I don’t plan to stop eating the tasty things, whatever the case.)  Anyway, this reminded me of the tales of the poisonous fugu (a type of pufferfish) that slightly stings the tongue when you eat it.  Fugu is a Japanese delicacy that must be expertly prepared by a specially licensed chef or else it may poison you.  The poison works by leaving you paralyzed, but conscious.  In 1975, a famous kabuki actor died after eating 4 servings of the liver, which is the most poisonous part…even after being warned about it by the chef.  Occasionally, deaths still happen from it when people catch one and attempt to prepare it themselves without knowing what they’re doing.

unlabeled food graphs

I started using My Fitness Pal to track my food and exercise.  It’s funny to look at the food reports after tracking things for a while.  I can tell whether a given report is for something healthy or tasty by whether it goes below or above the goal line.  For tasty things, the graph is usually above the goal line.  For healthy things, it’s usually below the line

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