Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Insider Tips to Install A Fleck 5600SXT Water Softener




For someone who's previous most challenging activity was changing a roll of toilet paper, this project was unnerving but ultimately a source of hopefully only pride of workmanship and not bragging conceited pride. Well maybe just a bit...because I felt really great and it gave me confidence to fix other things around the house. Confident but not overconfident.

Pictured above is the starting point.  Minimal 1 inch CPVC supply line to the water heater.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wedl's Hamburger Stand - Jefferson, WI



Featured on Burgerland.

I had a reader ask if I knew about a joint near Madison that cooked their burgers in lard.  I didn't until I by chance ran into Wedl's reading something on the web.  As I dug further, I'm sure Wedl's is what the reader had in mind.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baja Fish Tacos - Santa Ana, CA



Baja Fish Tacos is certainly popular and had so many more customers than Chipotle's across the street.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sushi Asahi - Corona, CA

You wouldn't think the Inland Empire to be a hot spot for sushi but a reader said to give the sushi in the area a try.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mi Habana Cafe - Corona, CA



Despite it's size, it wasn't that easy to find, hidden in a corner among the assorted strip malls in the area.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Phonomenon - Temecula, CA



I found Phonomenon looking for another restaurant which I never did find.  It was getting late for lunch and I saw the sign for Panera's and drove into the parking lot but Phonomenon 80 yards away easily won me over.

Randy's Donuts - Inglewood, CA



Which is more famous? Voodoo Donuts or Randy's Donuts?  Both have had national media exposure but arguably, Voodoo donuts is more famous with an almost constant long line.  That's not to say Voodoo offers better donuts though.

Chevy Sonic LTZ hatchback?



A solid if unspectacular ride.  Decent acceleration for a small car.

I don't recall if it was a LS, LT, or LTZ but most likely was a LS.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

John Hardy's Bar-B-Q - Rochester, MN



I'm a sucker for barbecue believing that somewhere up North, I'll find something as good as Southern barbecue.  That's why I stopped into John Hardy's.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Blue Door Pub - St Paul, MN



Featured on Bizarre Foods America and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Blue Door Pub is a neighborhood bar located in a comparatively quiet neighborhood with limited commercial business. Driving by it was easy to miss as sign isn't the most prominent from the driver's angle.

McDonald's - Tomah, WI



The great thing about McDonald's is that you pretty much know what you're going to get.  The business model is standardized.  The real difference is the workers, their attitudes, and the quality and care of the food assemblers.  Do they slap it together or do they care?  Sometimes the food is good, sometimes unexpectedly good but usually it's about par.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Best Chocolate - Lindt 70% Cocoa Smooth Dark


It takes some getting use to especially if you're use to Hershey's.  Sweet it isn't.  Creamy it isn't. But the more you have, the more it grows on you.