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Playing With Your Food (and Your Mom Would Approve): Shabu Hot Pot & Noodle Bar

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This tale begins with a trip with my spouse into north Austin to buy a bicycle. Although the story has roots further back, for me…

A spring sale at Performance Bicycles had my wife looking to buy her dream bike for well less than list. Their closest outlet […]

I Guess I Need to Change My Cat’s Name…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

Animals. Pets. We don’t always give them enough credit. They’re smarter than we might realize. Provided they have the right name…

A woman, Amy Jung, was recently saved by a cat she adopted. The woman is diabetic. Although she originally visited the shelter with no intention of […]

Does Kung Fu Buffet Lives Up to Its Name? My Sample Says…

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Most of us have an image of what Kung Fu means. Unfortunately, in the States it usually comes from things like the TV show, or Bruce Lee movies, or maybe kids breaking things with their feet and hands. Yes, martial arts is the top response that […]

I Didn’t Know Sichuan, China Included Round Rock

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I often eat lunch at home, but every now and again I find myself “out and about” running errands and such just about the time the alarm goes off. The one in my middle, I mean. Years of working in the chemical industry taught me to […]

North Texas Heat, and Chinese Buffet; a Great Start to the Month

I’m visiting a conference in Denton, TX, on campus at the University of North Texas. It’s a nice campus, but it’s hard to tell these days; it’s so hot up here you can’t really get out and tour the facilities for any length of time! It was 107 in the shade today, and the […]

Movin’ On Up! Daughterperson’s Back to College

My daughter and all my money go to Texas Lutheran. It’s a good thing, really. She’s getting a top-notch education, she’s earning great grades while enjoying herself, and someday she’ll be able to support me in a lifestyle to which I hope to become accustomed. Maybe.

However, the odyssey isn’t over yet. Still lots of […]

Instant Noodles: Nong Shim Shin Big Bowl, Gourmet Spicy

While preparing for the Big Birthday Blowout scheduled for yesterday, I caught a quiet moment in-between chores and ate a bowl of instant noodles. A very satisfying bowl of noodles, I might add! (Actually, I DID add.) The noodles in question: Nong Shim’s Shin Big Bowl, Gourmet Spicy. (Since I’m traveling today to Washington, […]

How to Make Instant Noodles Taste Like a Feast

First, a quick reminder of what we’re up to here. We want tasty noodles, and we want them quick; we don’t want to make a lot of mess; we don’t want to break the bank. “Taste like a feast” is relative too. You can always splurge, but what if you’re on a tight budget? […]