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What is the Best Burger in Town?


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The last few screencasts we’ve uploaded from Joseph have been hits with our community. We love his fresh and unique style, and his personality. This time, he chose to go a different route, and talk about food instead of technology. Food is good… especially if it’s burgers and fries. Most Geeks I know love to head to the local fast food joint to bring home a sack of goodness. I have to agree with Joseph, though. There’s nothing quite like an In-n-Out burger!

In-N-Out Burger is all about burgers. You won’t find any type of chicken on their menu. They offer burgers, fries, soda and milkshakes. That’s it… that’s the menu. They do one thing, and they do it exceptionally well. These things are so delicious that I could eat them a few times a week!

I am a fan of Venn Diagrams, and I love the way Joseph incorporated one into this screencast. As you can see, there aren’t many intersections between jocks and Geeks. However, all of us love a good burger experience.

Joseph would love to see other restaurants try to do this same thing: perfect one dish, serve nothing else, and be done with it. The one place where this wouldn’t work, though, is with Chinese takeout. You need choices when you’re grabbing some Chinese food!

It’s brilliant the way that there is no line at an In-N-Out Burger joint. They serve burgers and fries. You know what you’re going to order before you ever walk in the door, so you aren’t making others wait while you decide. This, my friends, is nothing short of amazing.

Joseph – thanks for another fun and excellent screencast. We’re looking forward to see what you come up with next.

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Rock Bottom Brewery Review

I posted this to my Yelp account, but since many of my readers aren’t following me there, I thought it’d be just as wise to cross-post the review on my blog. Yes, I was THAT dissatisfied with the Rock Bottom Brewery at 550 106th Ave NE in Bellevue, WA 98004

The food is “okay” if you’re looking to fill your stomach.

However, their service (if you could call it that) was extremely questionable. We arrived in the late evening, expecting they’d know about our small group – considering one of us had reached out to their banquet manager a week or so before. Everybody [there] was clueless.

No matter, when a couple of us we found an area upstairs in which to gather, our waitress (who, I later discovered, had been there ALL day) seemed to be put off by the fact that we’d be bringing 20 potential-tip-weilding customers her direction.

So, she took our drink order. When one of us asked for a blended margarita, the waitress’s EXACT response is: “We don’t have a blender here.” To this, my friend replied: “Yes, you do – I was here the other day, and I had one.” Caught in a mistruth, our waitress floundered: “We don’t have one upstairs.”

You’ve. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.

So, instead of just taking the order and making the journey downstairs to fulfill her customer’s order, the waitress initially communicated a would-be unquestionable “fact.”

Indeed, after a brief period of silence, my friend just suggested she (herself) would go downstairs and get one.

WTF?

Now, I admit that the “Spicy Spinach Cheese Dip” dip was quite remarkable – but even that wasn’t enough to nudge me past a single-star review. I certainly hope management is trolling Yelp, and that they happened to catch my tweet out to 77,000 people when the waitress first pulled her stunt.

I did NOT stiff the waitress, mind you. I figured this review on Yelp was enough. I won’t be returning to Rock Bottom, because that’s apparently who they hire to wait tables.

Super Bowl Sunday Snacks


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Super Bowl Sunday is famous for something other than just football! It’s also all about the snacks you put out for everyone to nom on during the game! I had to call in an expert, since I’m not a football person myself. Thankfully, my Dad is here visiting and could give me a hand. I’m also not a cook, so I am grateful that Imei was here to lend a hand with food preparation!

Imei helped us come up with five traditional Super Bowl snacks, as well as five not so traditional ones! I’m happy to report that all of them are yummy, and sure to be a big hit with your crowd!

Traditional Snacks

  • Chips with guacamole dip or 7 layer bean dip – We used Fritos’ Scoops, and got store bought pre-made guacamole. If you want to go with homemade, use ripe avocados, diced red onions, and minced jalapeno pepper. The bean dip was also store bought, but it has refried beans, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, guacamole, lettuce, and salsa. I would add a top layer of crumbled bacon bits just to make you die and go to heaven!
  • Sliders – Mini hamburgers plus 2 or 3 accompanying sauces to choose from! We used grain-fed ground beef, formed into two inch in diameter patties, one inch high, cooked on stove top with light oil until juices run clear. Add some Tomato slices, onion, ketchup, and dijon mustard.
  • Nachos – Add melted shredded cheese, ground beef, sliced olives, pepperonchinis. We used whole wheat multi-grain Tostitos brand chips (there’s still corn in it, but less).
  • All-beef franks/wursts with sauerkraut – Hebrew all beef franks, boiled five minutes.
  • Veggie tray with assorted dips – You can easily buy these at the store, or make up your own! It’s fun doing your own, and choosing the types of veggies and dips you want to have on hand.

Non-Traditional Snacks

  • California Sushi Roll – You can use crab, but we used cooked wild salmon, which can be mashed with Rooster (hot sauce) or soy with Wasabi mustard; sushi rice with rice vinegar; seaweed on the outside. Roll and slice with sharp knife.
  • Prosciutto and Feta cheese – We used store bought Proscuitto, wrapped it with a spoonful of Feta cheese, and sporked it with a toothpick.
  • Fondue with apples and bread cubes for dipping – We used Laughing Goat Cheese, melted in the microwave! Add two tablespoons of Martini and Rossi or Vodka. Cut up some Granny Smith apples and cube some thick bread for dipping.
  • Tempura chips and fries – Instead of regular batter, use Tempura batter – took some of the salmon and dipped in Tempura batter (buy at store, add water and whisk gently). Cook thoroughly on stovetop. You can also Tempura vegetables, including green beans. This is a great way to get men to eat their vegetables! Use a good vegetable oil without transfats.
  • Boiled soybeans encrusted with rock salt – Edamame can be found in the frozen food section. Boil for five minutes and then drain. Add a tablespoon of rock salt.

Thanks to Imei, I know that my Super Bowl snacks will be a huge hit this year! What’s your favorite Super Bowl snack of all time?! What can’t you live without during the big game?

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Roy’s Fish Sampler

Roy's Fish Sampler

During my trip to Hawaii recently, we visited Original Roys. In this picture, you can see Bruce getting ready to chow down on the Fish Sampler. The sampler includes: Hibachi Grilled Salmon, Roy’s Original Blackened Island Ahi and Hawaiian-Style Misoyaki Butterfish.

Absolutely delicious, trust me. The food, the wine, the atmosphere… this is definitely a place I’ll be visiting again on my next trip to the Islands.

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The Business of Social Media

The Business of Social Media

According to my friend Michael, business is conducted during play time quite often. This held true during my recent trip to Hawaii, while we were having lunch at Tiki’s Grill.

Tiki’s has an awesome menu, and you have to try the Poke Bowl if you ever have the chance! Hawaiian ahi poke is chunks of fresh yellow fin tuna, seasoned with Hawaiian ogo seaweed, soy sauce and sesame oil. The Poke Bowl consists of this served over white rice, and topped with avocado and pipikaula aioli.

Tiki’s was the sponsor for my Gnomedex Hawaii Tweetup a few months ago, during my last visit to the Islands. They were fantastic, and even came up with some specialty drinks for us that night!

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Adventures in Hawaii

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Decided to ride around Ohau with my new friend, the ReThink Bunny. We had tons of fun with other Twitter friends – including @alohayaling, @alohabruce, @elliottng, @mikeprasad, @rickyli99, @dodeja, and @kaiserkuo (a Chinese rock star)!

Our first stop? Food! I loved the haupia – which was a jelly cube comprised of rice and coconut. They had to cut me off. Apparently, if you eat too much of it, you’ll not be able to walk for two weeks.

Our next stop? The Pali. None of us would be here if it weren’t for the fantastic [re]Think Hawaii conference. I certainly wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for an amazing travel deal through Hawaii Vacations (who put me up at the Outrigger Hotel).

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We drove around Oahu in style – in a limo, courtesy of @alohabruce!

How to Eat a Hamburger


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On a recent trip to Fatburger, I became involved in a burger eating contest. I thought “hey, no sweat! I can pack away a burger pretty fast”. This, of course, was before they brought out the WTF Burger. When I took a look at what I was supposed to eat, I indeed thought WTF!!! This thing isn’t a burger, it’s a monster. It is, however, delicious. I’m happy to report that I managed to eat about half of this sucker… even though it’s pretty much the size of my head.

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Loco Moco in Hawaii

The Loco Moco is a dish unique to Hawaiian cuisine. There are many variations, but the essential loco moco consists of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Variations may include bacon, ham, Spam, kalua pork, Portuguese sausage, teriyaki beef, teriyaki chicken, mahi-mahi, shrimp, oysters, and other meats.

It may not look like anything fancy – but it’s absolutely delicious!

Loco Moco in Hawaii

And apparently, it’s supposed to be topped with fried eggs (with runny egg yolk), but the server asked me how I wanted my eggs. Thank GOD I didn’t ask: “Do you have Egg Beaters?” Anyway, it’s not my fault that this Loco Moco experience was less-than-proper. I would like to apologize to all Hawaiians for this egg-regious error.

Bite of Seattle Features Interesting Desserts


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Over the weekend, I attended the Bite of Seattle with my friend Michelle. One of the vendors, Espis, featured Cascaron as a dessert. Once I had tried them, found how yummy they were, and realized the connotations… you know I had to go back for more!

Cascaron is a sweet dessert made of fried mochi rice and covered in brown sugar. It’s also very popular in Hawaii. Michelle has eaten it many times, and has only ever seen it served the way you see in the video – on a stick.

I admit it… the balls were totally delicious!

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