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Working on cutting down and maybe stopping my coffee consumption.  I’ve lived for that morning cup for such a long time. Starbucks was always my coffee of choice. When I crewed on the hot air balloon Chameleon, I was so proud of my app. I could find any Starbucks wherever I was.

When I took this image, I used both @Starbucks coffee (which I drank) and non-Starbucks beans from the dollar store as filler.  Little did I realize then that it would have been better for me to use the non-SB coffee to drink and use the other as filler for the image.

They forgot they were simply purveyors of very expensive flavored water, and not a well honed PAC.  First the race thing.  Then the LGBTQ thing. Then the 10,000 immigrant thing, Then the President Donald Trump thing.  So the conservatives showed them.  They walked in en mass and demanded coffee.  They got it.  Only to find out that tests have shown it tainted with fecal material?  Dookie?  In our coffee?  <Chuckles> I am thinking everyone else’s too?

During the 10,000 immigrant ruckus, Black Rifle Coffee Company ( @blckriflecoffee made a big and welcomed stand for our vets declaring they would try to hire 10,000 veterans.  Next question, is there a little something extra there too?  But I’m buying.


Charcuterie #1


This is my first attempt at charcuterie.  I am most certainly not an expert, but give me a little time.  My first exposure to charcuterie was at the Rustic Goat in Anchorage (@rusticgoatak).

Meat:  choices  pickled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto piccante, Italian dry salami, peppered salami, Calabrese salami.  Cheeses:   Gruyere, Drunken Goat (goat cheese, rind treated with red wine), Stilton.  Misc: A medley of pickled olives, peppers, onions, stone ground mustard, dried figs.  Not shown: pepper water crackers and toasted baguette.

Beer: Denali Brewing Company (@denalibrewing) Agave Gold (#agavegold).  Visited the brewery and tasting room today.  Found everyone to be warm, knowledgeable and friendly. I will be stopping from now on every trip I make.  I would recommend you stopped and visited.

The desert, “Moose Droppings” from TheRoadhouse in Talkeetna, AK (@tkaroadhouse).

Special thanks my friend Pippa (@pscrogg88) for all her help and advice.

Rudy’s BBQ Sause


I don’t think Anchorage is a hot spot for BBQ.  At least I am still looking.  One place had the greasiest brisket I have ever had to endure.  Most are just cook-it-in-the-oven-and-put-bbq-sauce-on-it establishments.  I started working on my rub recipe when I remembered I could order Rudy’s.

I have to admit this was my favorite place for BBQ in Houston.  We were a group of people calling ourselves the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Ladies”, High Performance Computing types who would meet once a month at Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ off NorthWest Freeway.  It gave us an opportunity to talk nerd, discuss cutting edge research, and gave vendors a target audience while eating great bbq with our hands.

I ordered three bottles of Rudy’s BBQ rub and sause.

BBQ Pork Ribs


I was off from work today. So I decided to cook some BBQ ribs.  I slow cooked some pork ribs for 8 hours. Fall off the bone goodness.  Beer, Jublie, 10+% content.  Potato salad and baked beans.