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Recently I've been craving some Zombie Burger, which is a local burger joint on the hipster side of Des Moines that is know for outrageous creations such as the Walking Ched, Undead Elvis, the George Remero's Pitsburrger, and their own take on Poutine. So I was wondering if the PLounge has any local food restaurants with crazy or notable creations or dishes.
So any outstanding foods or favorite places to eat?
Posted on 25 March 2015
When I moved here, I was told stories of good food. When I got here, you suggested some places. And when you "all" said Parkway Tavern, my wife and I went.
Nope. Not the best burgers in town. It was 5/10, and the bartender even noted that our burgers last night were pretty much exactly how they always are.
Now call be a burger snob, but coming from Pittsburgh, my expectations are very, very high. Our leading competitor is Fatheads in Pittsburgh, PA. Their burgers are handmade with love and deliciousness.
So.... Round two! Where is the BEST burger in town?!
EDIT 1: "Best" is not related to health. We're talking quality and taste, nothing more.
Posted on 16 March 2015
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In light of ISIS recent and on-going attempts to exterminate the cultural heritage of Ninaweh into a giant blob of whatever they consider to be "islamic culture" I am making this post to share with you all a few things about Mosul's culture, heritage and some unique linguistic features of the Moslawi dialect.
As many of you know Mosul is Iraq's second largest city, what you may not know however is that the city was at one point a major location in the Assyrian Empire and it's estimate to be founded anywhere from 700 to 615 BC.
A great site in Mosul is the Nirgal Gate, this is where ISIS smashed up all those statues. The city was a main producer of Muslin and Marble in Iraq, it is also the site where Saddam's sons in hiding were killed by US forces.
Tariq Aziz was also a Moslawi Christian and is probably one of the most memorable figures from Saddam's Iraq.
The city's most iconic symbol is el-Habda which is a leaning minaret. ISIS apparently tried to destroy this but was stopped by locals. [I don't have any 'good' sources for this, I read it on a news site once.] This minaret is also the symbol of the local anti-ISIS resistance group, 'Kataeb Mosul'.
During the Ottoman Empire, Mosul became a Vilayet which would be comparable to a state which encompassed most of Nineveh province.
The city and surrounding villages are populated mostly by Sunnis but are also home to thousands of Christian Arabs, Assyrians and Armenians as well as the Kurdish Shabak minority that lives around Mosul itself.
The Tigris River runs through the middle of Mosul, on the shores of the river it is extremely green with two islands making up a park as well as some isolated woods on the left bank of the city. The water is safe to swim in but not to ingest, people I know have gotten kidney failure from this due to pollution in the river and high salt levels.
The river's name in Arabic is Dejlat and in Syriac they call it Deqlat and Diglath depending on the dialect. The Islamic etymology is Hudaqel.
Traditional Moslawi music is mostly folk style and rural music, Yerdele is one of the most famous songs attributed to Mosul. This is also another nice example of Moslawi folk music. We call this type of music "Mosuliyeh" and "Maslawiyat". The actual folk genre is normally called Sha3bi in Arabic. (The 3 represents the letter Ayn which has no equivalent in the Latin script.)
This is a good time to mention the dialect of Mosul, I made a larger post on this here but I'll go over some unique features quickly.
Moslawis do not traditionally roll their R's like all other Arabs, we pronounce it with the tongue pressed at the bottom of the teeth like the Israelis and the French. Because of this Moslawis might write the letter Reh and Ghayn. For example راح with the Reh in the front may be written as غاح with Ghayn in front instead.
Moslawis do not omit /q/ like Urban Levantine dialects or pronounce it as /g/ like other Iraqi dialects we say it in its proper form as /q/.
Moslawi follows a similar trend as North West Levantine Arabic in that it makes a traditional vowel shift from A > O in many but not all words. For example the Arabic word for morning is Sabah, we would say this as Soboh. As well as this shift, the O phenomenon can also occur due to assimilation in the Moslawi dialect. For example the word for Four is Arba'ah, we say it as Oba'ah. The reason for this is as said above, Moslawis pronounce R different and it made a gradual shift from Arba'ah to Awba'ah to simply Oba'ah.
Another example, Qarbal (قربل) we say and write as Qobal (قوبل).
The Moslawi dialect is classified as a 'Qeltu' dialect while South Iraqi is a 'Gelet' dialect, both mean "I said" but it goes to show the difference between the two.
To show this better, if you wanted to say something along the lines of 'I threw the coffee' you would say 'Ramet el-gahwa' in Baghdadi and 'Remto 'l-qahwe' in Moslawi.
Or this one which is well known to South Iraqis, they would say "Shefit" for 'I saw you' and we would say "Shiftonu."
The Moslawi dialect also tends to change a medial A vowel into an EI sound, for example the Arabic word 'Kan' is pronounced as 'Kein' in the Moslawi dialect and written as "كين".
The closest dialects to Moslawi I would say are that of Mardin in Turkey, Deir Ezzor and it also bares similarities to the dialect of Aleppo in Syria.
There is some Turkish influence in the Moslawi dialect, in general in all Iraqi Arabic as we have been influenced by so many languages in Iraq, English, French, Armenian, Persian, Kurdish, Aramaic and even Akkadian etc..
A common Turkish influence found in all Iraqi dialects is the suffic "siz", Edebsiz is a famous Iraqi saying which literally means 'devoid of manners'. We also use the word Yok which also means 'without' or a 'lack of' but it is not a suffix, it comes after the noun.
In Moslawi we use the Turkish suffix "ci" (pronounced Jee) to denote a profession, Beltaji is a woodman who cuts trees for example.
The modern fashion of Mosul is like most of Iraq and Syria, a mix of Arab, Turkish and Westernbotoxwalaperoxide styles with most men sporting a 'stache. Well now a days it is more like a potato sack and a veil but that should change once ISIS is exterminated from the premises.
Traditionally Mosul is home to some nice outfits, like a black hat commonly worn by people who play musical instruments and the Moslawi Tarboush (an Embroidered Fez).
There's also this Assyrian outfit which is worn at dances and other events.
That's all I can think of without making this too long, feel free to AMA and I hope I've taught you something about the culture of Ninaweh.
I'll throw in a bit about Moslawi cuisine now.
Let's start with the obvious choice of Moslawi food, Kubbet Mosul. (Not to be confused with Kubba Halab which is more like a dumpling)
Kubbet Mosul is a meat pie basically, it's made with a traditional spice mix, pine nuts and of course mince meat.
Then we have another pie, Kada which is originally Assyrian and their absolute best gift to the world.
This is a sweet pie made with Martukha (date syrup, butter and flour), gymbros turn away now because this requires more than a little butter...
Christians traditionally eat Kada on Christmas, it's made with date syrup filling (Martukha) and then the actual Kada pastry is just a simple pie crust. You can watch a recipe here.
Sabranhiyet/Sbinakh Fatereh is a Moslawi spinach pie in a pyramid shape with fillings from cheese, nuts and mushrooms to meat, spice and onions the main gist is that it's got spinach, lots of it and it's delicious.
Kleicha basically semolina date and walnut cookies, best thing you will ever taste.
Ma'amoul similar to Kleicha this is filled with pistachio and dates, some people also add chocolate sauce to it.
Guss also known as Shawarma, it's sliced meat in a wrap with vegetables of your choosing, traditionally in Iraq it's with pickles as well.
Doner if you don't know what this is... It's basically the most famous food the Turks ever came up with, sliced meat on a spit in a sandwich.
Dolma! (aka Yofrekh/Yaprekh or Waraq Enab) Dolma is a Turkish food that's eaten all around the Mediterranean and also in Iraq, you can buy it by the tin in most countries.
Moslawi dolma is made in a lot of ways, traditionally it's made by wrapping rice and or meat in vine leaves but you can make it with capsicum, zucchini, aubergine, onions and tomato.
Qouzi is basically a giant mound of rice topped with a slow roasted leg/shoulder/entire lamb with raisins and pine nuts.
Shish Tawuk (from Turkish Şiş tavuk) is my favourite food! It's just chicken cubes grilled on skewers and served with rice, bulgur or if you are an uncultured barbarianjk you can eat it with French fries.
Lahm bi'ajin this time we give back to the Turks! They call it Lahmacun the name in Arabic means Meat (Lahm) with dough (bi'ajin).
Loash/Marqoqa Armenian Pita bread.
Khebez (Khubbz in other dialects) just means bread in Arabic and that's all it is, traditional Arabic flat bread.
Khebez Taboun is a flat bread wrap with za'atar, mince meat and other fillings the bread is also baked in a special Taboun oven.
Kunafeh is a pastry with a sweet cheese filling normally served drenched in syrup.
Ka'ak bagels! The name is also used for other types of sweet bread.
Burek is just phyllo pastry stuffed with meat or some sweet syrup.
Okra aka Bamiya is a... vegetable thing? No idea how to describe it they are very nice though and apparently good for your bowels. Fry 'em.
Qima Iraqi hipster time, why? The name is Akkadian a language that is from 2300 BC. It's basically a stew with thinly chopped meat, potato sticks and peas.
Shorbet Rummana is pomegranate soup with yellow split peas, basically. Goes nice with roast lamb.
Manti are little meat dumplings, we serve them with sour cream and tomato sauce.
Maqluba is rice meat and vegetables basically, the name means upside down because you flip it when serving.
Masgouf the most famous Iraqi food! It's carp which is 'butterflied' and grilled over an open fire. The dish is apparently Babylonian.
Morbeh Jizar beetroot jam. I've had this once and I didn't really like it personally it messes with your mind a bit since you're expecting something super sweet.
Pretty much everything that's eaten in the Levant, Turkey, Iran and Gulf we eat!
Here's a few pages on Iraqi cuisine for those still hungry:
Posted on 27 February 2015
Katayun stands in front of the table with a huge smile. I made Iranian food!
And for dessert
Posted on 23 February 2015
Has anyone made a cream cheese holandaise sauce? I'm trying to recreate an eggs Benedict from Snooze in Denver called the Bella Bella Benny, here's some pictures if that helps.
Here is the description from the menu as well: " Thin slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese, and perfectly poached eggs on toasted ciabatta, topped with cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze and arugula. Ciao Bella!"
Posted on 6 February 2015
For over a year, my boyfriend has been begging to go to Swagger's (local burger joint) and feast on the yummy goodness that is the Suribachi Burger. 1/3 Ib. burger patty grilled then tempura battered and fried, with Asian mustard, Sriracha Chili sauce, pepper jack cheese, wasabi coleslaw. Go ahead and wipe the drool off your mouth. I'll wait.
Ok.. we're back... To be honest, I'm just not that much of a burger girl. Burgers don't blow my skirt up, so to speak. Even though that burger does sound phenomenal...Anyway, long story short, he found out yesterday that Swagger has closed down and it's been nothing short of traumatic for our household. So, not only have I kept him from this place for over a year, but he will never be able to enjoy it again.
I'm hoping some foodie/chef out there can check out this burger and recreate a recipe for all of its components. Maybe I'll be able to cook this up and he won't look at me so begrudgingly anymore.
Posted on 5 January 2015
Ramses laid down all types of chicken dishes next to the magic goblets as he ate his chicken fettuccini
Posted on 29 November 2014
My cornbread: http://imgur.com/a/Rna3k/
Images with and without flash
I prefer my cornbread to be sweet which it is but it is still missing something. It came out almost looking the way I want it but the inside still tasted a bit bland. I am trying to get it to taste like this cornbread I had at a restaurant called Wildwood BBQ in NYC which is now closed.
Here's another image of the cornbread that was at Wildwood:
Theirs was outstanding, trying to duplicate it but unsuccessful so far. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Here was my recipe:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup Indian Head stone ground yellow cornmeal
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup melted butter (butter was salted so I did not add extra salt)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
Preheated cast iron skillet with vegetable oil coated in skillet. Batter sizzled as soon as it was poured into skillet. Baked at about 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.
What am I missing?
Posted on 17 November 2014
There was a restaurant in NYC called Wildwood BBQ which has now closed but they had, what I considered to be, the best cornbread in the world. I prefer it to be sweet and it was outstanding, nice and crispy, cooked just right. It was prepared in a cast iron skillet. I think they used honey but not 100% sure. I've done everything I can to try to obtain that recipe but have not been successful as of yet. Does anyone know anyone who may have worked there or have insight about that restaurant? I know Lou Elrose was the pit master and I've tried reaching out to him but have been unsuccessful. I've tried numerous times to duplicate this recipe but have failed so far. Here's a link to an image of it: http://www.foodspotting.com/places/1477-wildwood-barbeque-new-york/items/10090-corn-bread Any suggestions/advice/recommendations would be extremely appreciated.
Posted on 14 November 2014
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Im feeling Tex-Mex tonight.
Any thing not alcoholic.
Posted on 11 November 2014
Hello my lovable dumplings! This is a continuation of my previous story about TeeHeeHam. Several weeks had passed since I met TeeHeeHam and, while her table manners hadn't improved
much at all, her flirting with CrossFit and I started to get a bit more obvious - to the point that even oblivious me had to admit something was up. This particular story is probably her first right-out attempt at getting with me.
For a quick reintroduction, might I suggest being:
VortexLine. 5'11" and ~140 lbs of awkward high school kid. (Seriously. The photos are pretty bad.) Sophomore at the time.
Puma. 5'5" and maybe 170 lbs of your garden variety high school goth, sans makeup. Generally good person, though she'd never admit it. Friend of Vortex and
CrossFit. 6'0" and ~150 lbs of muscles. Genuinely nice kid, passionately into his church (But fortunately not preachy). Friend of Vortex and Puma
But really, do not be
TeeHeeHam. 5'1" and ~250 lbs of industrial strength Ability Toucan repellent. Moved to the school Sophomore year. Bonded quickly with Puma.
A few weeks after the previous story, TeeHeeHam came to the lunch table and said that her birthday was coming up, and that she'd like Puma, CrossFit, and I to come. There would be cake, and we'd play various games, and perhaps even a pinata! CrossFit said he had a family obligation that day and couldn't make it, but Puma and myself agreed to come.
The day arrives, and Puma lets me know that something had come up and she couldn't make it - so I would be the only one of my friends going. There were supposed to be a number of others whom I didn't know, so at least I wouldn't be the only person there. Ah well - I'd go just to show up, and go home. It was too far to walk, and I hadn't gotten my license yet, so my mom drove me to the party. She dropped me off and said she'd be back in 2 or so hours.
I walked into the party and found myself in the middle of a herd of
cows hams probably about 8 or 10 teenage girls. Normally, a 15 year old guy would relish the idea of being the only guy at a party, but each of the other partygoers was a mini-moon in their own right, though they did not approach the planetary size of TeeHeeHam. The party was already underway at the time I arrived - and TeeHeeHam's mother was about to bring the cake out.
The cake was one of those big grocery store sheet cakes - the type meant to feed probably 15 or 20 people and covered in a quarter inch of
beetus frosting. The hams were all captivated by the sight of the pile of sugar-coated goodness being brought out before them. Songs were sung, candles were blown out, and the cake was served. Except, of course, that TeeHeeHam had to go first, and took a slice that of the cake that probably would have been enough for 5 people. The others each took large slices themselves, which meant that the last people in line didn't get any cake.
Ham 1 (H1): Aww. There's no more cake.
Ham 2 (H2): TeeHeeHam took a huge slice, so that's where most of it went.
H1: Hey, TeeHeeHam, is there any chance you could share?
THH: No! I'm the birthday girl so I get the biggest slice. Besides, I need to eat to keep my figure! I don't want to get too skinny. Guys don't like little stick girls, right Vortex? teehee
After all the cake was eaten, there started to be discussions about going to see a movie. My mom was due to pick me up in a short time, so I would need to call her and tell her I was staying later if I went to see the movie. I asked what movie we were going to go see, and was told it would be either some action flick or a comedy out at the time, so I stepped out to call my parents and tell them I wouldn't need to be picked up until later, and we were going to see a movie. When I came back inside, I announced that I would be able to stay for the movie.
THH: Oh good! We've decided to go see Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! teehee
I wish I could say that I found a way to talk my way out of it - but no, I did not. I went to that movie, and I sat through it like a man while the teenage mutant hamplanets squee'd and giggled at the teenage heart throb on the screen. TeeHeeHam polished off a tub of popcorn and a movie-large cup of beetus juice, and then tried to get cuddly with me, which I rejected by shifting far enough in my seat that I have a scar in the shape of a cup holder on my left side. She didn't help her case by burping loudly as she tried to get my attention, which led to my right side being spattered with bits of chewed popcorn.
In hindsight, it's a miracle I didn't lose the cake I had eaten earlier.
At the end of the movie, I stepped into the bathroom and managed to make a call asking to be picked up from the diner down the road. I really didn't want to chance going back to TeeHeeHam's place and potentially being left alone with her. I made up a story about my family wanting to get dinner in the area, and we parted ways - not without TeeHeeHam attempting to kiss me, which turned into an awkward cheek-slurp as I dodged it.
Following the events of this story, I decided that there was no way I could say that TeeHeeHam wasn't flirting with me - so I made a point to tell her I wasn't interested in her. But this was only temporary. TeeHeeHam would have me, whether I knew it or not.
That's all for this tale. Thank you for reading! Coming up
whenever grad school gives me free time soon (?) - TeeHeeHam tries to sabotage Vortex's budding relationship, and then makes a move on CrossFit!
Posted on 20 September 2014
Posted on 1 September 2014
Introduction and a bit of history
The frituur or friterie is a phenomenon unique for Belgium (and the northern regions of France and the southern regions of The Netherland, but that's because they are close to the border). It's a place owned by a local where you can buy fries and other snacks. It's not owned by a chain. The local culture of frituur/friteries is one of the main reason why McDonald's isn't that popular in Belgium. Every village know has a churche, pub and frituur.
The tradition of frituurs is about as old as Belgium itself. The first one was in Antwerp according to some sources in 1842. Now there are about 5000 frituurs/friteries in Belgium, which is one for every 2500 Belgians.
your typical Belgian has one favourite Frituur/friterie to which he stays loyal. The owner knows his costumers like most pub owners know the regulars. When a Belgian moves, he encounters a great deal of stress when looking for a new frituur/friterie. Discussions about which place has the best fries are often very emotional, because it hits the very core of our national identity.
don't take this too serious.
How to order
The menu of a frituur/friterie is roughly the same, although differences occur. Some of them have local specialities like a homemade sauce like tartaar. Important to notice is that Belgians don't go to a frituur/friterie for culinary expeditions. Most of them order the very same thing every time. It's not a restaurant as well: don't expect a waiter that brings your order.
Step by step
You enter the frituur and walk to the counter. Take a look at the menu above your head (the red thing). It's a list of what you can order here with the price next to it. If there's a line you should try and decide what you want whilst waiting in line. You pay after making your order. Sauce is not included in the price and should be ordered separately. Mayonaise and ketchup are popular, but for the more adventurous eater there are options as well.
When you made your choice and the friturist is listening, you can tell him what you want in no particular order. He or she might ask extra questions, like Mag ter zout ip de frietjes or moet 't curry of tomaat zijn or ist om mee te pakken. Ask a local friend to translate if you don't understand their language. They often speak with a heavy accent. (Source: Come from West Flanders, tried to order fries in Leuven)
Now you can take a seat. Often you can take your own drink out of the refrigerator. Some frituurs/friteries don't have a place to sit and are take-away only. If you're comfortable enough, you might do some small talk. They are often well aware of what's happening in the neighbourhood because everyone visits a frituur/friterie once in a while; rich or poor.
When your order is ready, they might bring it to your table, but when it's busy, they might just shout some key elements of your order so you know yours is ready. Bicky met een cola light for instance. Get up to the counter and take your meal. Enjoy it.
After your meal it's often expected to clean your table yourself.
To the essence of this post
I'm sorry for the long introduction, but let's go to the essential plan behind this post.
have you ever encountered the situation that you're in strange regions, that you are hungry for some fries but don't know which frituur/friterie? Here's your solution!
If everyone on /r/belgium lists up which frituur/friterie (s)he likes and what some local specialities are, we could build an extensive list. So that no one should ever have to deal with the stressful situation of what frituur/friterie to choose.
I shall make top level answers with every province and Brussels to keep this organized. Answer underneath in the right province. This is the best way to support your local frituur/friterie.
How to respond
Name of the village where it's located
name of the frituur/friterie
why is it good? What should we order there? Is the owner friendly? Additional information?
Posted on 12 August 2014
This is what a yufka doner looks like and it's the best drunk food there is (including taco bell). Ate a good amount of those in Germany and I'm wondering where I can get those in Charlotte.
Posted on 16 December 2013
(Firstly apologies for any formatting issues - I'm typing on my phone)
Every so often I will review a food establishment on Urbanspoon, Foodspotting, even on Facebook. These reviews are both positive and negative depending on my experience. I try to be as objective as possible. If it is a poor experience I will try and highlight some positives.
Fast forward to today. I went to a cafe that won best new cafe for my city for 2013. I ordered my meal and was left underwhelmed. I proceeded to Facebook and Foodspotting it with both negative and positives that I experienced.
This evening while checking my Facebook feed I noticed the page of the cafe complaining about negative social media reviews posted 30mins ago. I'm always of the opinion that negatives and positives should be reported to ensure any future patrons can see all views. Much like what a restaurant critic does.
So TFTC, what is your stance on the use of social media to review businesses (especially when done in a balanced way). Should businesses become all precious about it? Or should they take it as constructive criticism and aim to improve?
Posted on 8 October 2013
I am currently packing a bag to go climb Kili, and in doing so have been reminded of a FPS that I experienced, but did not recognise in my pre-Reddit state. I'll try keep it short and sweet, so as not to turn it into a fat people hate story.
Be me last year (18, at the time, 5"3 and mid-relapse skinny)
Be climbing a big mountain in Africa with a group of people I've never met before.
MFW I meet them at the airport and only two look able to climb mountains.
MFW the others look like mountains.
Try not to judge, maybe they're all really strong and good climbers with a bit of weight. It happens.
fly to Africa. fuckyeahgonnabethebestexperienceofmylife.gif
After flight, take 2 hour coach to village, then 40 minute walk uphill to gite.
MFW we have to stop 3 times for one girl, (5"8, 300lbs, S) in 40 minutes.
We're supposed to be climbing a 4,167m mountain.
Spoiler alert; She's not going to make it.
"I only eat chicken and chips"
We stumble up the hill; average day of walking takes 30% longer than it ought to.
S moans about knees. Z moans about heat. S2 moans about feet. N moans about not stopping enough.
Reach base camp, tomorrow we summit! FUCKYEAH.
Out of the 8 kids on the trip, 5 decided to stay at base camp rather than attempt the summit.
MFW you've paid to NOT summit the mountain.
Summit day, me, Tall Guy and Dopey wake up super early to climb
Without other members of the team, climbing is suddenly very speedy.
What ought to have been a 9 hour round trip took 5.
We stumble back down the mountain and spend a day in Marrakech.
S spends entire day guzzling this Fanta, with about 8x the sugar of normal.
Tastes like orange scented beetus syrup.
Admits that she didn't read anything about the trip; had no idea it was a summit trek. Thought it was safari.
I have no face.
And now I'm going to go and climb a mountain with people who are actually prepared to do so! I cannot wait to come home to pages and pages of yummy blue beetus!
Posted on 21 June 2013
A favorite restaurant in the area has a "southern fried tofu" that is a vegan version. Think corn meal breaded catfish. I've found that I can do this with cajun seasoning, egg in milk, flour, and cornmeal (edit: a non vegan version, though I would be interested in a vegan one), however I can never get a good thick ultra crispy crust. It gets on there for sure, but it's very cube like, and it is crispy, but not as much as the restauraunt. Is this because I don't use a legit deep frier? How do I get it on the tofu better? Here is a picture for reference: http://www.foodspotting.com/places/887-souley-vegan-oakland/items/1087-southern-fried-tofu
You are the best.
Edit: Thanks for all your comments. See sentence above.
Posted on 9 June 2013
Here are some of the iOS applications I have worked on:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id530449856 - Dish.fm, revolutionary food discovery service / Foodspotting killer
http://itunes.apple.com/ru/app/biglion/id458368812 - iphone application for the largest russian coupon company
http://itunes.apple.com/app/brick-road/id525361252 - game, made using OpenGL and UIKit
Posted on 25 August 2012
Many of us rely on our cellphones (or mp3 players) when travelling, as they can have very useful applications installed, with lots of informations displayed clearly and quickly, as most of them allow Internet access too while being, if not cheap, always light. Applications such as Offline Maps, MapDroyd, CouchSurfing, TripAdvisor, Currency converters are obvious choices, but while I have seen some people mention them, I haven't seen a thread on this subject yet. So /r/travel, what are some of your most useful app ?
Edit : Thank you all ! Here are the most common & useful apps used by the community (based on 17 comments, but still). They are all free, and some are ad-supported :
Android does have a huge advantage since version 2.5 (2012/08/10) since it can read and translate text through the cellphone camera and its pictures).
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Find Gas Stations, ATM, Bars, Cafés, Hospitals, Movie Theaters & Supermarkets near you
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Posted on 14 August 2012
Just wondering what everyone's favourite app is. Could be handy for a lot of people.
Mine is one called foodspotting. I'm not sure if it works anywhere else, but here in Australia it's amazing for finding new meals and how far away they are.
Posted on 4 June 2012
I think it was fear, I was afraid of what a hot dog topped lettuce, tomato, pineapple, cheese, bologna, green sauce, pink sauce, kechup mayo and a generous sprinkling of crushed potato chips. might taste like.
I finally decided to try.
It was glorious. Surprisingly balanced, and the chips added a nice crunchy texture. It sounds totally over the top and it is, but in a good way. Worth trekking a few blocks over from Roosevelt to Northern Blvd.
Posted on 25 March 2012
Posted on 2 February 2012
The corner store around from my office has super good chicharrones con carne. These are not like the typical chicharrones or pork rinds you find in bags in the snack aisle... they're chunks of fatty pork that have had most of the liquid hog fat fried out of them. They look more like pieces of roasted bacon or pork shoulder, skin-on, than the puffy type you usually see.
This is what they look like, not my photo but basically identical to what they have here locally.
Tough to find nutritional information, but I'm assuming they're about 50/50 protein/fat by weight. Might be hard to find outside of SoCal or the southwest, but something to try if you can find them or want to just fry up some skin-on pork.
Posted on 26 July 2011
I've got an idea I'd like to put some efforts into for something like foodspotting, but not for food. What would the costs and requirements of a website / business like this be?
I currently have the subject matter, name and an idea of branding / marketing, now looking for thoughts / advice on the stuff I don't know so much about...
Posted on 21 July 2011