Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Specifically, I want to talk about fried okra, sweet tea, cheese grits, and a slab of meat that takes me back to my Mom's cooking or the hole-in-the-wale places of the South. In that vein I would like to talk about my new quest of finding the right comfort food here in Minneapolis. It might have started when I read my brother-in-law's post about sharing some BBQ with his son (my nephew).
Anyway, I have searched online and then hunted down the supposed best of the best in BBQ in the Twin Cities. I have tried Ted Cook's 19th Hole (voted best BBQ by City Pages in 2004), Scott Ja-Mamas (or as I like to say Scotty's), Lee's and Dee's (voted best BBQ by the City Pages in 2005 and 2008), and Chelly's Cafe. I still need to try a few more places (Rooster's BBQ and others I haven't found yet in my research), but I think I have at least an initial understanding of what is out there. Here would be my awards (definitely subject to change after more visits):
- Best twice baked pototoes - Scott Ja-Mamas on Diamond Lake in South Minneapolis. While the chicken was above-average, I wouldn't make a point of it to go back there for it. However, the twice baked potatoes were cheap, delicious and definitely something that I would like to try with some ribs.
- Best chicken wings - M and I went to Lee's and Dee's for the catfish (for her) and the ribs (for me), but ended up falling in love with the chicken wings. Most chicken wings are fried with too much breading, but these chicken wings didn't have any breading and were the most deliciously seasoned wings I have ever had. Seriously, I am thinking about driving to St. Paul just writing about the wings right now.
- Best sauce/beef tips - Ted Cook's 19th Hole. Incredible. I need to try more from Ted Cook's since it is pretty close to my home and also offers exceptional sweet potato pie. The only disappointment of the dining experience were the black-eyed peas.
- Best overall dining experience/sweet tea - I loved Chelly's Cafe and the fact that is is only 10 blocks from my house, might make me a regular. The wings were very good and I also enjoyed the okra and cheese grits as sides. Also, the meal comes with a southern style biscuit, which is never a bad thing. The real treat was the fact that I could read the paper and drink a sweet tea while waiting for my food. I am going to have to try more of what Chelly's has to offer since I think it is probably the most versatile of the restaurants I have mentioned.
- Best okra - Randomly the best okra I have had in the Twin Cities comes from the gas station on 48th and Nicollet. It is better than Lee's and Dee's and Chelly's. I have always had my theory that the best chicken comes from those hot counters at gas stations in the South, but the quality of the fried okra from a gas station in South Minneapolis really caught me by surprise. The best thing is that I can walk to the gas station order the fried okra and two cokes (50 cents each for the cokes) and be completely prepped for cocktail hour.
Oh yeah, I haven't written many Twins posts this year. Lets just say I don't really believe what is going on right now and don't want to jinx anything. I have been watching the games on tv and have made it to 15 games at the Dome so far this year, so rest assured I am keeping up with them. I just don't have anything to write right now because I am still in shock that as of right now they are in 1st place in the division.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
When I see the USA basketball team playing the Chinese team I can't help but think about when the Miami University Pacific Rim 2004 students competed against the Beijing University students. I can vividly remember pulling a Bill Russell and being a player-coach for the Miami University team. Unfortunately, we weren't able to pull out a victory (I blame the smog) but I enjoyed the competition.
Another "fun" memory were the cab rides. Some of my favorite bloggers/writers have written articles about these thrill rides. If you have the time check out Dave Barry or Joe Posnanski (it is at the bottom after his take on Nadel).
Finally, I can remember the problems we had with the Internet. We were in China when our 2nd Semester grades came out and couldn't check them because China blocked http://www.muohio.edu/. Thankfully we had our Bill Gates on the trip (my roommate and friend Jeff) and he was able to break through China's firewalls. Joe Posnanski (can you tell he might be my favorite current blogger) wrote about the problems with his Internet. It is funny to think of sites like firejoemorgan.com being blocked. I wonder if my site is blocked as well because Chinese people really love Tyler Hansbrough's grit and determination.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
dude you suck at life if your going to try and hate on tyler. he is a great bball player and thats why he plays for unc. duke sucks. and maybe you sould make a list about some of dukes players, it wouldnt take you long because they are bad. so next time your going to try to hate against somebody do it on somebody else than the number 1 player for si. p.s. carolina rocks!!!! go tar heels!!!!!!!
Things I don't understand:
- Why it took chels26 so long to read my post? Maybe she googled "Dislike Tyler Hansbrough" and clicked on my post as the number 1 result?
- Is it a rule that when you post a comment that you have to completely forget about any of the rules of grammar?
- I don't know what "the number 1 player for si" is? Does she mean the college player of the year as determined by the magazine Sports Illustrated? Or does she have some inside information on Tyler Hansbrough playing for some team named "si?" Maybe that is a Spanish or Mexican league team?
Anyway, I decided to see who this intellect of the Internet was by clicking on chels26's link. If you are curious click on her link to see her profile. Below is the summary:
- Gender - Female
- About Me - I love the jonas brothers!!!
- Interests - Swimming, listening to music and riding my bike
- Favorite Movies - Camprock, cars and a lot of others i just can't think of.
- Favorite Music - Jonas brothers, linkin park
- Favorite Books - I like mystery books.
So from the looks of it I have this tween girl angry at me for posting a less than flattering piece on Tyler Hansbrough. Hopefully she keeps reading this blog because she will find more articles that she might feel obligated to comment on. Maybe I will even make a post about the top 10 reasons why you should dislike the Jonas Brothers?
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Our (M and I's) co-ed softball team won their first game this year. In true Dolphins like fashion we had lost every single game of the year. The playoffs were held this weekend and after a heartbreaking opening round loss we were able to redeem ourselves (and our season) by winning the first game in the loser's bracket. We lost the next game, which meant our overall record for the season was probably something not too dissimilar to the Dolphins 1-15 record. However, that one win was enough to put a smile on my face and remind me of Greg Camarillo.
After the three softball games spread out from 9am-4pm I was kind of tired, but thankfully I got my second wind and went out with some friends. After a disappointing Indians-Twins game we decided to head out to one of the new, hip bars in Minneapolis. This led to some celebrity sightings. We saw Tony Gonzalez (one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history), Adrian Peterson (the offensive rookie of the year and an amazing running back), and Jared Allen (the new defensive end and the owner of three DUIs). Anyway, I introduced myself to both Tony Gonzalez and Adrian Peterson and actually got pictures with them. Below are both:
Adrian "All Day" Peterson
The luck continued the next day (today) when M and I decided to go to the Twins game to see Liriano pitch. We showed up 20 minutes late and because of the high demand all of the scalpers were out of tickets. With no other option we headed to the box office when a woman approached us and asked if we wanted 2 lower level tickets. I was in my scalping mindset and asked her how much she wanted for them. She said nothing and gave me the tickets. Apparently I didn't look like a "creep" and she just wanted some nice people to have the tickets since they were right next to her seats. Anyway, as a friendly gesture I bought her and her friend a beer when we got in the stadium. Overall the good karma from that moment couldn't have hurt the Twins as they won 6-2. Combine that with a White Sox loss and that means the Minnesota Twins are in 1st place in the AL Central.
Like I stated in the beginning this was a great weekend.