Category: Brian-Food

Stuff I’ve eaten over the years – and blogged about it.

Pi Day

Each March 13 (3.14) I find it a moral imperative to celebrate Pi day with Pie! This year, I made pie!

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Genius part 2

And if you have a French toast bagel, and bacon, and eggs, and cheese…

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Two Words

Two words: “Genius”!

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Kony 2012

Total misunderstanding! I’ve heard about this Kony thing but finally got around to figuring out what’s up. Misspelling there made all the difference!

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For the record

For the record, you can indeed freeze gumbo.

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Clip Clop

So much food

I haven’t posted on this blog in what seems like forever. It’s not that I’ve stopped eating, heavens no. It’s a matter of what to post. Today I drove out to Blue Ball, PA and hit the Smorgasbord at Shady

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Let’s Get Some Chinese

Han Dynasty

I’ve lived in the Philadelphia area for about 2 1/2 years. I have yet to find any really great Chinese food. That is until now.

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Mmmm… burger

Burger and Fries

Don’t you just love a good burger? I know I do!

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COFFEE

Aeropress coffee maker

I got one of these Aeropress coffee makers for Christmas. I’ve been practicing and playing around with the process and amount of coffee for a few months, and I think I’ve really got it just right now.

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clean plate club

Mmmmmm dinner time! My very dear friend and land-lady Melissa made a quick hodge-podge of dinner happiness. Pierogies with onions and sour cream, fish sticks with tartar sauce, carrots, onions, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. The hardest thing for Melissa to

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Tiny Food

I recently had a late dinner special at a little pub. Little being the operative word here. Not only was the room small, so was the food. This “Petite Filet” came with an itty-bitty potato and snow peas. The Steak

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Food Challenge Fail

3 Massive Pancakes

I’ve hardly blogged since moving to the Philadelphia area and starting my new job, and bemoaning that fact recently inspired me to eat something I shouldn’t have. 3 pancakes! I know – three pancakes doesn’t sound like a big deal,

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Part of this nutritious breakfast

Texas! Part of this nutritious breakfast That’s right – Texas! An important part of this nutritious breakfast. The Residence Inn, Austin has been great so far. An easy walk to the Paramount Theater for the Q conference, and it’s got

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Foreign Language Skills

Russian Guy

Things I’d like to know how to say in a foreign language, like Russian: We’re in silent attack mode! I will be your friend. I am dangerous. Ha! I have your lawn chair! There are 10 cars parked here. 9

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I Kin Do It

So my plane was stuck on the approach to the runway in Philadelphia – number 23 for departure… I’m on my way to BibleTech in Seattle. My flights are scheduled to go from PHL to Dulles, to Seattle. That’s two

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tall lasagna

tall lasagna I’m not kidding, this thing is huge. A recent business dinner brought a party of 7 to Maggianos for family style dining. One of the pasta choices was Mom’s Lasagna. Will you just look at the height? It

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Why You Are Fat

Another food blog has taken up the challenge. Thanks to my friend Rob for pointing the way. Some awesome samples…The Mega-Stuff Oreo Corn Dog Pizza And my new favorite….The Double Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt And this time I can prove

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breakfast in bed

breakfast in bed Honestly!You know how in The Sound of Music, Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews are realizing that they are in love and they sing, “I Must Have Done Something Good”? Well that’s how I feel. However, that might

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shrimp po boy

shrimp po boy The Shrimp Po Boy is a bunch of fried shrimp on a roll. Sounds simple? You’d think so, but the location of the really good shrimp po boys is hotly contested. This particular po boy came from

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Good to be that guy

So now I’m the Director of Web Communications at my new company – a very old company – the American Bible Society. The pace is frenetic, the people are fantastic and I’m trying to clean up a bit of a

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Burgeriffic

Five Guys First of all, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and that’s not because I haven’t been eating – oh no. I’ve just been very busy… Getting a new job Moving to the Philadelphia suburbs Getting

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between the lines

Line at Pat’s In Philadelphia there are cheesesteaks. Today, I had them for the second time at Pat’s King of Steaks. Jeremy was kind enough to haul me around after visiting his church. In this picture, you can see the

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mmmm… Big sandwich

mmmm… Big sandwich Did you know Wal-Mart sells sandwiches? I didn’t either, but now I do. Living out of a hotel room in Philadelphia is strange enough and I honestly don’t feel like a daily diet of eating alone at

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Tony Packo's

Tony Packo’s I was in Toledo on my way to Philadelphia and I had to jump off at the Front Street exit.The chilli, the spicy dogs, the even spicier pickles are a magical combination on a cross-country road trip. …

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Saint Pat

Today is my first day in my new office and I’m excited to start my new job at The American Bible Society in Wayne, Pennsylvania – near Philadelphia. Pat’s With Philadelphia comes Philly Cheese Steaks. This is Pat’s King of

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Twitter with a raspberry reduction

Twitter w/rasberry reduction It’s Internet Ministry Conference time and the food is always amazing. Notice this dessert – white chocolate mousse in a chocolate shell with a raspberry reduction, next to an iPod touch with twitter running on it. That’s

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Fall – with a twist

Fall Whilst driving through my local Starbucks I like to make fun of Sylvia’s order. She gets a “Venti, skinny, vanilla, latte” but when I order it I like to say something like this. first I’m gonna need a big

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Crabs!

Crabs! My friend Steve Wilcox invited a bunch of us over for Maryland blue crabs. Sylvia and I had a great time and Zeke ate almost a whole hot dog. Note about blue crabs: after you cook ’em, they turn

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Best Juice Ever

Best Juice Ever Many years ago, Ocean Spray made Cran-Blueberry. It was amazing. Then, they stopped making it. It was sad. Today, I found this in the grocery store. It is fantastic. I’ve started hitting the juice pretty hard today.

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Wild Stallion

Wild Stallion As if we needed one more energy drink – this is mango flavored. I found it on tap at a gas station. When you think of wild stallions, raw power, rippling muscles, thundering hooves, and manes whipping in

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one please

one please There’s got to be a way that I can set this up in my own kitchen. I’d probably just end up sticking my face underneath and dispensing both barrels directly into my mouth. … maybe it’s just me.

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Red Knapp's Dairy Bar

Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar Rochester, Michigan is the home of Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar. Until I was on the way there, I thought is was the Dairy Barn. Clearly, I’m a moron. It’s a 50’s-style diner. It’s been a 50’s-style

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one pound of awesome

Pavilion's Wharf

1 pound… One of my favorite places in Grand Haven is Pavilion’s Wharf right there on Washington. It’s a cute little place decked out like a red, green, and white cottage, but inside it’s an awesome little restaurant and bar.

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Dairy Treat

Dairy Treat It’s Summer time and that means ice cream. In Grand Haven, a lakeshore tourist community, that means you have plenty of choices. Today I’m talking about the Dairy Treat – at the request of my special guest requester

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Rick and Aedan

Rick and Aedan So what do you say to someone when you haven’t seen them in 25 years? That’s what my friend Aedan said this week when we met up for a visit. He’s been living abroad for most of

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Instantly delicious

This is Jeff. Jeff wants his coffee. Jeff Parker is my oldest friend. He’s actually about the same age as me, but I’ve known him longer than nearly anyone I know. Jeff moved to Chile about 15 years ago and

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Dids Deli

Dids Deli I had to run some errands at lunch and just before I went home I stopped in at a Deli, just around the corner from my apartment. Sweet Fancy Moses!That’s what I call a sandwich. I’m never leaving.

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Donut Day

Donut day Wednesday at the office is Donut Day. It’s a day devoted to donuts. It doesn’t get much better than that. … maybe it’s just me.

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guest brian

Brian Tol Today I had lunch with Brian Tol. He and I used to work together at Gospel Communications and he’s recently gone over to 5Q Communications. We ate at one of my favorite places in Grand Haven, Pavilion’s Wharf.

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Table Scraps

Three Years of Brian-Food and 100 posts – a retrospective. It was on June 8, 2005 that I first posted about breakfast cereal. I’d been blogging since 1995 with my Wacky Thing of The Week – before there were blogs.

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Coffee Refils

I love eating at diners, drive-ins and dives. In fact, about the only cooking show I can stomach is the show by that name, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives“. As much as I love the food and the great variations on

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Movie Popcorn

Just in case you haven’t ever been to a theater with a refillable popcorn bucket, I need to explain. Movie Popcorn You see, you buy this bucket, then you fill it up with popcorn as much as you want until

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Chili Cookoff Real Winner

We had a chili cookoff at work. It was a lot of fun. There were chilies of all flavors, concoctions, colors, and spice levels. The big winner was Kevin Kyser and his Chicken Chili. It was overwhelmingly fantastic with an

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Now that’s a coney dog

Lafayette Coney Island Dogs

That’s a coney dog Living in Western Michigan as I do, there’s a huge hole in my diet. Namely, the Coney Dog. The Coney Island dog or chili-dog has somehow been perfected on the East side of the state and

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Peanut Butter Banana dogs

Peanut Butter Banana dogs Mmmm…So what you do is split a hot dog down the middle and warm it up. Bologna works in this, but bacon is best. The hot dog was a little improvisation. Then a banana and put

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Valentines Schmalentines

Every year the Hallmarkiest of Hallmark holidays comes around in mid-February. Of course I mean Valentine’s Day. People who are together feel pressure to do something grand and people who are alone get depressed. We all eat too much candy.

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Fruit Salad

Brian’s Fruit Salad Is that a euphemism?Sylvia says that I’m a good cook. I made up this fruit salad on the fly while I was at the grocery store picking up groceries to cook in my new groovy pad for

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Leftovers again

It’s Fat Tuesday again – kind of a second Thanksgiving here on the brian-food blog. .flickr-photo { }.flickr-frame { float: right; text-align: center; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Fat Tuesday. Since we’re still behind

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Steve-food

My friend Steve sent me this picture from a vending machine.I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to trust this salad for a couple of reasons.1) The window of opportunity for room-temperature mayonnaise is rather narrow.2) Is it Bumble Bee

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weigh-way-down

I’ve been working on some things in my personal life to be a better me. One of them is my weight. I’ve been trying to follow the plan laid out in the weigh-down workshop and it’s working pretty well for

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chipotle grilled stuffed burrito redux

Chipotle Grilled Stuffed BurritoWho knew that those four little words could mean so much to me for so long? Back in the early days of this blog I wrote a happy little post about a little something that tickled my

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and we're back

we’re back It’s been almost a year since the Peter Pan salmonella outbreak. The jars are finally back on the store shelves and display their fancy marketing slogan: “New Better Peanut Taste!”Wouldn’t it also be appropriate to label them, “Now

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Macaroni and Cheese 6pc

Macaroni and Cheese Yes that’s right gentle reader, a 6 piece of macaroni and cheese. I’m picturing 6 noodles laden with cheese. As it turns out they are actually those mac-n-cheese bites. Breaded and fried Macaroni and Cheese.Can life get

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Tradition

Tradition In Gulfport, Mississippi our family Christmas tradition includes Bruce’s famous gumbo. This time there was sausage, chicken, smoked pork, and shrimp. The Girls We had quite a crowd over to the house for dinner – they were all former

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So which is it?

Chinese buffet My good friend and co-worker, also named Brian, called me from the road to report this sign and he kindly sent me a picture. While I’m pleased about the Toys for Tots drop off site – what with

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Ham: it’s not just for Christmas anymore

I feel a little badly about ripping off another blog so, thanks to Seth Godin for his post. Ham for Channukah? Have they come up with some kind of kosher ham? … maybe it’s just me?

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cheese

cheese Cheese in a pump dispenser.mmmmm…..mmmmmmmmmmm….MMMMMMMMM…….. gnaaarrrrrlll….. maybe it’s just me?

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Thanksgiving Day

It’s Thanksgiving Day and since this is my food blog I thought I shouldn’t let this pass without commenting on a day set aside to give thanks to God and to eat pretty much anything that comes within reach.First of

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Eating in early childhood

Thanks to Dawn over at “Because I Said So” for making me watch this, the most frightening children’s video ever. It’s only recently come to my attention that some little kids (and some older ones) need encouragement to eat. Oh

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based on a dare

The Copenhagen It has been said that much of our cuisine is based on a dare. This was no exception. The CopenhagenThick dark rye bread layered with lean roast beef, smoked turkey, a salmon fillet, a fried egg, onion rings

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Mmmm… (cough!) Burger…

Mmmm… Burger Muskegon has provided us with yet another culinary… moment. Let’s just say, moment shall we? The Bee Bopp in 50’s diner Don’t get me started on the name. This little diner has been an ice cream store for

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Ginormous Carrot Cake

Big cake A meeting between my boss and the other managers in my office and me brought us to the Brownstone restaurant in the Muskegon Airport. The Brownstone specializes in some original soups and sandwiches and I got to enjoy

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PB&P

pbandp Yes gentle reader, I made a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. It’s one of my favorite peanut butter and something sandwiches, ever since I was a little kid. Made with the hamburger-dill slices and creamy peanut butter, it’s light,

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El Gigante

When you’re at a conference like this – where they don’t feed you as part of the deal, you need to go out. David and I ran into Tiffany from iStock Photo and we all agreed to go out for

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The Varsity

The Varsity This week I’m in Atlanta with my co-worker Dave for the Catalyst Conference. Our plane from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee was canceled due to weather, so we got a direct flight to Atlanta on another Airline. Midwest handled

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Food Rules!

Over the past couple of years, I’ve mentioned that I have some food rules. I’ve also promised to post them at some point. I’ve never tried to write out the food rules before, so this is as much an exercise

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unfortune cookies

Yesterday’s excursion with Paul and Dave to the Wok-N-Roll also provided some fortune cookies. However, the content provided was not so much about our fortunes. I expected a glimpse into our respective futures.Here’s what we got: Luck is what happens

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Oh Baby

Baby Face Buffet

Sometimes the sign outside a restaurant tells you what’s served inside. Sometimes it doesn’t.

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Tulips and Buffalo

Last night I dined at a lovely little Itallian place called Bela Mia. This ad appeared on the placemat. Tulips and Buffalo Sorry the picture is so fuzzy, but it says:Veldheer’s Tulips & Buffalo Ahhhhh… tulips and buffalo.Two great tastes…

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What's the point?

What’s the point of this? Microwaveable Milk Shake A Microwaveable Milk Shake. There are several things wrong with this product.1) it’s the Original – as if they had to worry about some cheap knock-off version of the Microwaveable Milk Shake

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Skyline time!

If you’ve never been to Cincinnati, or any of the other places where they have Skyline Chili, you need to make the time to go. Skyline time! What’s this cadre of cheese covered dishes, and who’s that guy? This is

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Birthday cake and a dog

If it’s your birthday, you gotta have cake right? So I’ve been told. But what if you don’t really like cake that much? What if you like blueberry pie? Portillos Celebrating my birthday in Chicago got me the following:a) my

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Things on my plate

I’ve had a few things on my plate since my last post, so here’s the update: New Plate 1) I turned 402) my birth mother adopted me3) I got a new plate for the MirthMobile Michigan decided to change out

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7 pounds of perfect

It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks since I last posted, so here’s what’s going on. Giordanos 1) I turned 402) my birth mother adopted me3) I got to eat Giordano’s Pizza in my home town If you’ve been some

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I didn’t eat it

Thanks to Jonathan, he took one for the team. I didn’t eat it I mean, we’ve all eaten Ramen at one time or another haven’t we? Sometimes they are very tasty and you get at least 100% of the USRDA

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Coke – the real thing

Coke – the real thing I love Coca-ColaIt’s not too sweet, it’s crisp, bubbly, and I find it refreshing at just the right times.I’ve blogged about Coke before:All Coked UpCoke BlechMy Hero Zero Best coke version ever is the 1984

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Best Ad Ever

Thanks to my friend Rachel, I can now enjoy my favorite television ad of all time anytime. It ran during the Super Bowl in 1998 and I remember every moment of it from that one viewing. I love Tabasco sauce

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a bone to pick

I find things in my food. This is an established fact.stuffthings a bone to pick This time it was the 44th Street Bistro, just up the street from my apartment. It was a chicken bone. I would have expected it

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Two Scoops

Unofficial start of Summer or not, to me the season begins with two scoops of heavenly goodness atop a sugar cone. Summer Cone I usually prefer soft-serve ice cream. My needs are simple and a plain chocolate cone or maybe

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Flavor of the Day

I don’t know where to go with this picture, but I had to share it. Flavor of the Day I went to Culver’s, home of the butterburger and frozen custard. This sign was next to the counter and both confused

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Popcorn Movies

I go to the movies a lot. I like to go with a friend or two when I can find them. Sometimes I go by myself. Sometimes I go just for the popcorn. My favorite local theaters in the area

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Fluffernutter

It’s been a long time since I’ve indulged in the sweet goodness of a Fluffernutter. If you’ve never had one, the recipe is simple. Clearly! Ingredients:2 pieces of sturdy bread (if peanut butter snags your bread, fluff will destroy it)Peanut

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Brann-tastic

No, this is not a post about fiber, unless you consider hard plastic as a source of fiber..flickr-photo { }.flickr-frame { float: right; text-align: center; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Fancy Crouton. I just

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What'll ya have Pal?

.flickr-photo { }.flickr-frame { float: right; text-align: center; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Pal’s Diner. There are restaurants, joints, canteens, eateries, chuck-wagons, bistros, snack-bars, cafes, deli’s and there are diners.Ideally, a diner should be

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Phat Tuesday

.flickr-photo { }.flickr-frame { float: right; text-align: center; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Fat Tuesday. Happy Paczki day everyone! This day, set aside once per year, to celebrate gastronomic indulgence is a major holiday

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Out of the Peter Pan and into the fire

.flickr-photo { }.flickr-frame { float: right; text-align: center; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Peter Pan Peanut Butter Peter Pan Peanut ButterNow with more real salmonella flavor! Bad news – the batch number on the

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Night-time at the grocery

There’s a moment on a Friday night when you realize that you might want to eat something the next day, so you make a quick run to the closest grocery store. After purchasing some soda (12-packs for $1.97), milk, eggs,

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Complimentary Cereal Bowl

.flickr-photo { }.flickr-frame { float: right; text-align: center; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Complimentary Cereal Bowl One of the things I do to keep myself entertained from time to time is shopping at TJ-Maxx.

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International Cuisine

European-AmericanOriginally uploaded by mirthmobile. Over Christmas I dropped my laptop. It seemed un-damaged until I rebooted. Then it was not usable. I did my best to fix it, but brought it to a shop for repairs. 4 days, $500 and

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BBQ Christmas Breakfast

Corky’s for breakfast! Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. Barbeque for Breakfast? Why not?I was in Memphis on a layover on my way to Gulfport, MS for Christmas, and there it was – heaven. Corky’s is my favorite BBQ chain. Yes, it’s

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cran-blogging

Cranberry Craziness Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. At this most wonderful time of the year, the Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hannukah through New Years and Kwanza holiday food is brought out and piled high. The Cranberry of course plays a major role

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Tea-riffic

Tea-riffic Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. Do y’all have sweet tea? (pronounced Sw-ay-et Tay)That’s one of the first things I heard my brother Dave say in a restaurant. I knew I was in the South and that Sweet Tea is the

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The only Cardinals fan in Michigan

The steam is being let out of the hot dog vendors carts tonight. The Tigers totally deserved to be in the World Series this year, and their season was miraculous. I, on the otherhand am tickled pink, nay – Cardinal

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Thai one on

Thai chicken curry with jasmine rice Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. Lunch today at Godblogcon was in the Biola University cafeteria. Apparently the long lines of sheep to the fodder are over. The students can choose from any number of different

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Tommy can you hear me

Oh how I’ve missed you Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. I’m in Los Angeles at Godblogcon learning more about blogging. However, I’ve still got to eat don’t I? Los Angeles is filled with sushi joints, falafel stands, strip malls, and a

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Oh yes – there will be blog

Godblogcon countdown Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. Dateline Los Angeles, California: home of themed restaurants and Knotts Berry Farm. I’ve got a view of both from my hotel window as I wait for Godblogcon to get started. I’m traveling with Andy,

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dog-food

Dog devours toy – film at eleven Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. Special guest – Walter! Here on brian-food, I do my best to tell people what’s going on in my life, share my observations, or simply make someone smile. The

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What up ‘G’?

Favorite Food Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. I’m from the Chicago suburbs. I grew up knowing nothing about the wonderfulness that is Giordano’s pizza until I was in my late teens, and by then it was almost too late. I managed

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Heaven in a box

Heaven in a box Originally uploaded by mirthmobile. The plural of ox = oxen…The plural of box = boxen.Boxen of heavenly goodness.Boxen of bodily badness. The White Castle hamburger, or “slider” is a thing to behold. A small, quite thin

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mouthful of pain

This is Steve. He’s an old friend of mine from my days working at Calvin College, and who now works for yahoo, and engages in shameless promotion of Target stores. Steve and I went to St. Louis for our friend

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