Friday, June 27, 2014

2048 owned again...and again


Yesterday and today. This game still frustrates the hell out of me but it's addicting!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Live a good life.

I've seen this quote attributed to Marcus Aurelius as well as Anonymous. I don't have time to research and truthfully I don't really care who said it. It just is...a good quote for all people of any faith, no faith or not sure faith.

Live a good life.

If there are gods and they are just, 
    then they will not care how devout you have been, 
        but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.

If there are gods, but unjust, 
    then you should not want to worship them.

If there are no gods, then you will be gone, 
    but will have lived a noble life 
        that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Another visit to Rollngo

Today I went to lunch at Rollngo again. I thought I'd try a little something different...again...this time around. I did order a couple of staple items like the pork egg rolls and the steame dumplings.
These are the steamed dumplings, #3 on the menu, or potstickers as called in some other parts. They taste pretty good and you get ten of them for $4.99. I actually could probably order two sets of these and consider it a full lunch item. I'm just not sure how filling even twenty of these would be for me: satisfying but maybe not satiating.
This is one of my banh mi sandwiches. They have a deal on sandwiches: 3 for $10. Otherwise one to two sandwiches costs $4.25 each. Once made and put in a wrapper (think of a Subway sub wrapper) the three sandwiches I got all looked the same. They wrap the sandwiches and put a sticker on the outside with a list of all the sandwich names. On this sticker, they use a sharpie to mark which sandwich it is. That's the quickest way to identify them. The other way is to open them up so you can see which meat is underneath all the veggies: primarily carrots and onions with a few slivers of cucumber and jalapeno and some pinches of cilantro. I don't like jalapenos so I removed the few slivers from each sandwich before taste testing.
I believe the three photos above represent the chicken, beef and pork sandwiches, respectively. I only ate about 1/4 to 1/2 of the sandwiches to properly taste test each one without over stuffing myself. So, on to the comments...

For all three, there is a bit of bread to bite thru/eat mainly at the ends. The fillings don't quite make it filled at the ends so the first bite or two is essentially bread. Once you get past that, it's a pretty even mix of meat, veggies and bread. The bread crust isn't too crunchy other than maybe the ends which is to be expected since there's more of a concentration of the crust there (scientific, eh?). I don't know how to properly describe the taste of the bread roll other than it's not really tasteless nor is it tasteful. I mean it's like toasting a piece of Mrs. Baird's white bread and eating it plain. It has a taste but it's not tasty. Make sense?

The veggies are just that veggies. The cucumber tastes like a raw cucumber. The carrots taste like sour (vinegar) carrots. The parsley is just garnish and doesn't really add to any of the flavoring in my opinion. I did bite some of the jalapeno in my second sandwich taste-tested because I wasn't paying attention——it was a tangy hot and I didn't like it but others might. The onions added an extra crispness and flavor. However, they aren't as abundant as the third photo above shows——my youngest had the pho and doesn't eat onions so I added them to my sandwich.

As far as the meats go,
  • First, I tried the chicken banh mi or #77 banh mi ga nuong. The chicken was more tender than I expected. I don't know why I expected it to be tough or textured differently. I guess it might be because I didn't pay attention to the menu. It clearly says 'grilled' but I expected fried or battered chicken. I'm a dummy. It was pretty flavorful and I was already starving that I almost just ate the entire thing. I restrained myself and I'd definitely recommend trying it.
  • I then took a few bites of the beef banh mi or #79 banh mi bo nuong. I liked it a lot. It was very flavorful. I could once again eat the whole thing but had to hold off for the last sandwich. I would recommend this one too.
  • For last, I saved the pork or #78 banh mi thit nuong. I've had Vietnamese pork before in a taco and vermicelli form and typically if you've had it one place it'll taste the same/similar at another. I wasn't wrong. It was pretty tasty and it was probably the best of the three although I felt like the beef was very, very close. Like the other two, I would recommend the pork banh mi.
Now, with my very basic review, I do recommend the 3 for $10.00 deal because you get more bite for your buck. Although all the sandwiches were good and flavorful, they weren't huge sandwiches. I guess the best size comparison I could give is to a Jimmy John's sub...if you've ever seen/had one.

I originally wanted the Asian Burger but they didn't have it available this day. I was kind of bummed as it sounded like a tasty burger/sandwich. I will probably go back and try three new ones just to get it out of my system. If you want to get some that you know are good and tasty, you can go wrong with #77, #78 or #79.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fried Chicken & Jack Sandwich at East Hampton Sandwich Co

Yes, I have been to East Hampton Sandwich Co many times in the past few months. I'd have to say at least ten visits by now. It's close. It's convenient. I have a few staples that I get there with the occasional veering off to try something new like the previously posted about Lobster Roll.

This is the Fried Chicken & Jack Sandwich. I ordered this along with my wife's staple of the Cheeseburger as well as my youngest's Balsamic Tenderloin Sandwich and my oldest's Roast Chicken & Ranch Sandwich. I didn't take photos of the kids' orders because they had already dove in and chowed before I thought to take a photo.

I've had the Roast Chicken & Ranch before. I got it with the Cheeseburger on my very first visit. It was fairly tasty and the price was acceptable. My oldest tasted it at that time as well which is why it was requested for this visit. They say it's pulled chicken but it looked more shredded to me. It was moist and tasty though. I prefer beef to chicken but I wouldn't hesitate to order this if they ran out of beef.

My youngest requested the Balsamic Tenderloin because price matters not when Dad is buying although it's "only" a few more dollars than the burger. This sandwich was pretty good. It comes with a sauce, for dipping I guess, but the youngest did not use it. Overall the tenderloin was flavorful. It was moist, tender and easily bitten into for consuming. I would order again but not often since it's like $12.

The Fried Chicken was pretty darn good. It had a pretty tasty fried chicken flavor. The chicken was thick, juicy and good-sized although I was still slightly hungry after eating the entire sandwich. The cheese and bacon helped with flavoring as well as holding it together. The lettuce was okay but it was more of a distraction for me. It stuck out of the bun and I had to nibble pieces of it off before I could bite into the sandwich. I think I would prefer more of a crunchy lettuce like Iceberg to add some refreshing cool crunch but that's just me. Overall, it was a good sandwich and I will order again if the craving for it happens on my next visit.

I'd have to say that East Hampton redeemed itself with this visit after the disappointing Lobster Roll. Being that I've been there quite a few times now, I'm starting to think I'd like a side other than the chips. I could see some thick mashed potatoes in a cup that I could spread on a part of the sandwich I'm about to bite or maybe even chase the bite with a fork full of the mashed potatoes. Ummm....

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Redbox Scratch Off

This is a pretty neat way to market to people. I texted to a number a particular phrase and I get a text back with a link. I visit the link and what you see in the video is what happens.

I'm easily amused and enjoyed the digital scratch off. It's still a pretty cool but simple way to interact with least it keeps people (me) involved.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Email humor 06/13/2014

An elderly man in Oklahoma calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day son, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 45 years of marriage... and that much misery is enough!" "Dad, what are you talking about?" the son yells. "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old dad explained. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Hong Kong and tell her!".

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this."

She calls her elderly father immediately, and screams at him, "You are not getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, you hear me?" she yelled as she hung up the phone.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay", he says, "it's all set. They're both coming for Christmas and paying their own air-fare."

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Water release from the fire hydrant

So, I know there is a reason why the fire department releases water from the fire hydrants but can they not find a way to capture this water and make use of it elsewhere instead of having it drain into the roads and down the gutters especially with the drought and water restrictions?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Test post from iPad (06/08/14)

I'm trying to find out ways to blog from my new iPad with various apps versus using the Google app or via the web interface. I've tried doing it thru Chrome and it doesn't allow me to upload a picture from my iPad photos.

Lost cat

I think we'll be able to find this feline pretty quickly with such a detailed description.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

French Open flashback

1977 French Open Mixed Doubles Champions —— Mary Carillo & John McEnroe.

If I didn't know better, I would say this is NOT a mixed doubles team.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Lobster Roll from East Hampton Sandwich Co

This is a photo of the Lobster Roll from East Hampton Sandwich Co. I didn't want to spend $17 on a sandwich but I figured it was time to take a chance and go for the ever-bragged about Lobster Roll since it's been my third or fourth visit. Again, I heard it was very good but the $16+ price tag was already causing me buyer's remorse without me even having it yet.

The picture I took does not look anywhere close to the picture the EHSC website has of the same entree. That's to be expected of most restaurant food photos done by the restaurant or their marketers.

Either photo doesn't properly relay the size, or rather amount of the lobster 'stuffing' inside the roll. It's not as much as it looks. You would think that the stuffing is indeed stuffed into the roll. Your thinking, as mine was, would be mistaken. I've seen this item be delivered a few times while waiting for my usual cheeseburger to-go order. I'd take a good gander as it passed to see how it looked and try to assess the amount of stuffing there was. I obviously didn't do a very good job in my assessment because I expected more. Truthfully, I expected about double of what was actually received...especially for the price. I know different 'meats' have different costs but the cheeseburger comes with two patties for about $10 and they aren't the smashed Steak-n-Shake or Smashburger patties. Even the salmon special I wrote about had more salmon in it than the lobster roll had lobster.

So, I'll try to give it a proper visual: take the roll and split it down the middle. Spread it a very little bit just enough to put a few spoonful scoops of the lobster stuffing in the roll from almost end to end. Ah! It's like a baked potato. Where the toppings are almost all piled high on top of the potato to make it look like the potato is stuffed with the toppings when in actuality it's all sitting on top of the potato. Then when you mix the toppings into the potato, it looks pretty small compared to the initial presentation. That's the lobster roll. Pushing the toppings into the roll makes the filling look pretty light.

That being said. The lobster stuffing was good. It was flavored but not overly so. I personally would have preferred it to be closer to overly so. It came with a side of butter, or butter drizzle as they list it on the menu. In my opinion, the butter drizzle added nothing to the meal. I just didn't get any kind of butter taste from it not even a hint of butter. I don't know why, maybe I'm weird and others have a different experience but that's how it was for me.

The bread roll by itself tasted good, like an actual dinner roll that you would eat by itself.

The chips are just chips. They added some crunch and texture to an otherwise soft meal.

Overall assessment of the lobster roll at EHSC: Truthfully, I still felt hungry after eating the lobster roll so I'd have to say skip it unless you don't mind paying a premium price for an unfilling amount of food. Was it good? Fairly, yes. Was it worth the cost? Definitely, no. I did not feel like I got my monies worth.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

DCU Son of Batman DVD scan

This is similar to a previous post here.

How many languages does the DVD Son of Batman need to be translated/subtitled in?

Apparently many.

Yeah, random. I know.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

2048 is possibly the worst game...ever!

After about 350 losing attempts, the most frustrating and yet addictive game has been owned! I will now happily move forward with the uninstall.


That's all I got to say about that!