Sugar Sugar and More​ Sugar

I’m convinced most Americans are addicted to sugar.

I went to 20 North Broadway Tavern last night with friends. We ordered wings, and one of the sauces we tried was the ‘triple threat’. Apparently, it’s popular and people really like it. But I found it lacking. It’s not a triple threat, it’s a single threat. Ostensibly, heat is one of the three threats, but in actuality, it’s only a threat to your blood sugar levels. It’s all sweet, with no heat.

I’m a big fan and sweet and spicy. But, it must be very spicy, with a hint sweet. I’d put the proper ratio at something like 80% spicy, with 20% sweet.

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What do you do when you have 10 days vacation and no plans?

You eat!

For the next 10 days, I’m pulling out all the stops and going on a restaurant binge. Normally I wouldn’t subject my wallet (and my waistline) to such insanity, but I have a rare opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m taking advantage of it. I’m going to eat at as many restaurants as I can during my time off.

I’m calling it a staycationaurant. It’s an amalgamation of the words stay-cation and restaurant. I actually think it has a nice ring to it! I’ll tweet it and maybe it will go viral. People all over the country will say to each other, “Where did you eat on your staycationaurant?” There’ll be debates on reddit over who invented the word. Eventually they’ll trace it back to me and I’ll become famous!

Yeah, probably not.

Today, mostly by chance, I visited three different places. They’re all unique, all small, all locally owned, and all special.

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Six Dolla, Make You Holla

Among my many idiosyncrasies is one that my wife probably dislikes the most.

I’m cheap.

Well, more accurately, others think I’m cheap. I think I’m “value conscience”.

There’s times when I can drop big bucks and not blink an eye. The laptop I’m typing this on is an expensive Apple Macbook. In addition to being a food geek, I’m a computer geek. And in my opinion, the Macbook is the best laptop one can buy, and as a geek, I’ve got to have the best. But it’s worth the extra money over a run of the mill laptop. In spite of being expensive, it’s a good value.

Today as we were driving out to Sharon Springs, the roads were wet, the car ran out of wiper fluid, and it became nearly impossible to see out the windshield. I stopped at a convenience store to get more fluid. It was $4. That hurt. I almost didn’t buy it. You see, it’s not a good value. If I went to Walmart I could get the stuff for $1.97. Fully 50% less. As I’m buying it, the only thing running through my mind is, “I’m paying double for this, it’s a ripoff”. I wasn’t happy. We’re talking $2 here. Hardly a princely sum. Yet, it caused me grief.

We were driving out to Sharon Springs for breakfast. An all you can eat pancake and waffle breakfast, with sausage, and coffee, juice, or milk all for just 6 bucks.

Now that’s a great value!

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