2007 – The Year Without McDonalds

In December 2006 I decided to not eat fast food (mainly McDonalds) anymore. The last time I had McDonalds was December 26th 2006 – I had breakfast with my stepsister Mel in Hibbing. I went all of 2007 without Mickey D’s and I would have to say that I am happy. I don’t really miss it. Sometimes I crave some chicken nuggets, but overall I am good. As far as other fast food, I did go to Burger King around 3-4 times early 2007 – Jan/Feb time frame, but since then I haven’t hit anything like that, Taco Bell, Arby’s, etc. Although I will have to admit sometimes it is hard to find a place to grab a bite, say if you are traveling, on the side of the road, that IS NOT fast food.

On a side note, in late September I heard October was Vegetarian Month, so I decided to try not to eat meat for all of October, and, believe it or not, I did it, and no, I did not die.

The year without fast food added in with walking around PDX like crazy, plus running (oh yeah, I started that again in PDX – for another post), I did lose some pounds, which is always a good thing..

Now just to not drink as much beer, give up wings and pizza and I will be really good… 🙂

Total Geekdom: Ordering Pizza Via Text Message

So I read last week you could order pizza via text message now, from Papa Johns. Was feeling like some pizza last night, so I decided to try it out. I already had an online account at Papa Johns, to order delivery, so I went there and checked it out. I set up 4 favorite orders, and then texted FAV to 47272. You have to have your mobile set up in your online account so it knows it is you first.

Once I texted FAV, it texted me back with my 4 options I set up, and I texted back FAV1 to order my first favorite. It wanted me to confirm, so I texted Y1 to confirm. Since I already had it set up online to deliver to my apt, and the tip amount set, and to use my check card as payment, I didn’t have to do anything. 35 minutes later, the pizza shows up, I sign the receipt, and all is good.

I think the next logical step is for me to just “think” about pizza and they just bring it to me automatically.


Yes Mom, your son can cook…

Cooking. A chore if you will. Usually takes too much time, comes out wrong, and makes a mess of the kitchen. I usually don’t cook and if I do it is something simple. Last week Emily made us Lasagna (which was very good), so I thought I’d return the favor and make Salmon.

I’ve never cooked it before, so it was something new. Also, I have zero spices (why have them? for pizza?) so I ran to the store to pick them all up. After all that, I started on it. Mixing the spices and such, and then cooking it. It turned out OK I guess, I really don’t eat salmon that much, but we ate it and it didn’t kill us, so that’s a good first sign.

In a way, cooking is like programming. Take the requirements (the recipe) and then take some constructs (ingredients), put them together in a logical way, following some set of standards, and then test the output (eat! :))

Spiced Maple Glazed Salmon

Serves 2

1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 tablespoon chopped green onions

Step 0 – Crack open a Coors Light – use throughout all steps

Step 1 – Make sure the salmon is defrosted – so if you buy frozen fillets, let them sit out for a day, or buy fresh fillets

Step 2 – Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 3 – Create the spice mix. Paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and brown sugar

Step 4 – Put salmon on a baking dish

Step 5 – Sprinkle salmon with sea salt, then rub with spice mixture from step 3

Step 6 – Combine melted butter and maple syrup, and drizzle on the fillets, and sprinkle green onions on top

Step 7 – Bake for 10-12 minutes (15 at most)

Step 8 – Server with Salad, vegetable, rice, or something similar.

Step 9 – Open Wine, enjoy 🙂

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If anyone is ambitious, try out the recipe and let me know how it tastes. Now if Microsoft would only make Namespaces in .NET called System.IO.Eating and System. Cooking I’d be set 🙂

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Portland Differences #5 – Fred Meyer

In Minnesota, you go to Target, or Walmart, or Shopko, or something else. In Portland, you go to Fred Meyer (wikipedia). Fred Meyer is a grocery store type Walmart but nicer type store. It usually has a Starbucks, electronics area, organic section, etc. There is one a few blocks from my apartment, and there are stores all over the city (all over the Northwest for that matter).

It is a refreshing change from running to Super Target every other day, or Walmart, or even Cub Foods or Coborns Grocery store.

Coborns Delivers!

What a great service – grocery delivery!! So last night I logged into http://www.cobornsdelivers.com and signed up. I browsed around and chose what I wanted, filled in my info and said, deliver my groceries Monday night between 8 and 10 pm. So tonight at like 8, ding dong. Here they are. Everything good to go, easiest shopping I think I have ever done. And no dealing with people at the store! No more oblivious people wandering the aisles thinking whatever they are doing is more important than everything else around them. No more loading your car, driving home and smashing up your bread. And the best part – they even deliver beer! – money!