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Rocky's Italian Grill
Posted January 31, 2008 at 10:24:36 AM by Bean in the Plugs category
I've become somewhat of a lunch regular at Rocky's Italian Grill in Jeffersonville, IN. As a general rule, I'd say the food is not very good. But if you know what to order and how to exploit the system, you can have a great experience!

For $5.99, you can get all you can eat soup, salad, and bread. Their salads are simple, but really good... lettuce, pepperonchinis, red onions, carrots, croutons, parmesan cheese, and 1 of 3 dressings (all of which are good). Their bread is a big round loaf, freshly baked, and comes with parmesan cheese and oil for dipping - a tasty combo! Their soups suck.

For a dollar more ($6.99), you can sub in an entree for the soup. Unfortunately, out of the 5 or 6 entree's to choose from, only one of them is any good... and it's not great. The baked ziti is basically penne pasta topped with mediocre marinara sauce and mozzerella cheese, baked in an oven for 10 minutes. It's decent reheated, on par with homemade pasta and Prego.

And now: the exploitation. When Stef and I go, we both get the ziti, but we eat the salads and bread there and get the ziti to-go. Since the salad and bread is endless and tasty, you always get enough, and the ziti makes for a decent lunch the next day. They throw an extra loaf of bread into the to-go bag too! Total cost, after tax and a hefty tip is $20. So for $20, we get 4 lunches. On top of that, they have a lunch club card that get's you a freebie after 5, effectively reducing the cost of each lunch to about $4. We get off with dirt cheap lunches at a fairly fancy restaurant, and the waitress gets a $5+ tip.

The best part is that this place is about 1/2 mile from work, so we can drive there, order, eat, and get back in 30 minutes.
More Big Sushi
Posted January 28, 2008 at 10:40:02 AM by Bean
We hit up the all you can to eat sushi joint in Louisville (Ichiban) again last night. Here's a breakdown of what 4 of us ordered and consumed:
  • Nigiri:
    • 1xOctopus (total of 2 pcs)
    • 3xCrab (total of 6 pcs)
    • 2xShrimp (total of 4 pcs)
    • 2xTuna (total of 4 pcs)
    • 5xYellowtail (total of 10 pcs)
    • 3xScallop (total of 6 pcs)
    • 5xEel (total of 10 pcs)
    • 1xSalmon (total of 2 pcs)
    • 1xTilapia (total of 2 pcs)
    • 3xAlbacore (total of 6 pcs)
    • 2xMasago (total of 4 pcs)
  • Maki:
    • 1xTuna (total of 6 pcs)
    • 1xSpicy Tuna (total of 8 pcs)
    • 1xSpicy White Tuna (total of 8 pcs)
    • 1xSpicy Yellowtail (total of 8 pcs)
    • 2xShrimp Tempura (total of 12 pcs)
    • 1xPhiladelphia (total of 8 pcs)
    • 2xSalmon Skin (total of 16 pcs)
    • 1xDeep Fried Kentucky (total of 8 pcs)
    • 1xDeep Fried Philadelphia (total of 8 pcs)
That's 138 pieces total (56 nigiri, 82 maki)! Using the conservative $3/$5 rule established in the comments of my last sushi blog, that's about $139 of sushi. The sushi bill, excluding tax and tip (since the $3/$5 doesn't take it into account) came to $88.
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Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
Posted January 25, 2008 at 08:23:36 AM by Bean in the Recipes category
Put a chicken breast in a frying pan and cut it up into small pieces as it cooks. Once it is thoroughly cooked, remove the pan from heat, coat liberally with Frank Red Hot, cover, and set aside. Chop about a cup of cabbage into thin strips.

Lay out an egg roll wrapper and put a small amount of chopped cabbage in the center. Put some diced buffalo chicken on top of that, and then sprinkle it with a small amount of feta or blue cheese. Wrap the egg roll tightly and deep fry it to a cripsy, golden brown.

Serve atop remaining chopped cabbage, with ranch, Franks, and more cheese crumbles for dipping.

I made this Wednesday night for dinner, and it was delicious. Take a look see: buffalo chicken egg rolls
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Demon Dreams
Posted January 21, 2008 at 11:21:38 AM by Bean in the Flashbacks category
When I was growing up, there was a single dream that repeated over and over again. I probably experienced it throughout a 5 year period or so... between 10 and 15 years old. I bet I had the dream 50 times.

I was standing outside of my parents old house, in the driveway, and a demon was crawling up the side of the house. It was scaling the siding that led up to the window of my room - which for atleast part of the time period, was actually my brother's room. I don't have clear memories of if ever actually making it into the house. All I can remember and all I can picture in my mind is the deftness with which the demon could climb, holding it's body so close to the house, and the surprising moment that always made me wake up: when the demon swung it's head around and stared directly at me.

There was nothing particularly gruesome about the dream, or even about the demon. From my best recollection, the demon's face was awkwardly triangular and resembled that of The Joker. Alas, even stupid nightmares are scary if you have them enough times.
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RC Heli Videos
Posted January 18, 2008 at 01:23:26 PM by Bean in the Obsessions category
I bought a couple more RC Helis... "MaxCopter" brand. A guy sells them from a small kiosk in the Greentree Mall in Clarksville, IN for $20. Score!

As promised, here are a few videos of me flying around my living room. And since I'm hip, I put them on YouTube:
MaxCopter1
MaxCopter2
MaxCopter3
Other small copter, with some Guitar Hero mixed in.

Here's a pic of my babies charging and video backups of the above YouTube vids here, here, here, and here.
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WineFetz 2008
Posted January 17, 2008 at 07:36:01 PM by Bean in the Parties category
Last weekend was the first annual WineFetz DuckFest. Twas a grand time. We started at the BBQ Ranch and piled into his inlaws' RV. Ma and Pa Betz chauffeured 10 of us around in their sweet ride (notice the Sparks)to 5 wineries for tasting, then to Happy Hour for dinner, then to a church-sponsored casino night. Here's a few WineFetz pics.

The wines were generally good, and we picked up 3-6 bottles each. The RVin' it was fun ass wheel... as we had beer (and wine) and snacks. After a fried chicken buffet at Happy Hour, we kicked it to the Celestine Community Center or some such thing. The Ducks racked up big time on the loosest craps table ever and took 3 prizes at casino night: a birthday party for AOD at the firehouse, 6 bottles of homemade wine (BANG!) and a catered 20 pork chop dinner, complete with fixins (MO BANG!). I believe the chop dinner is planned to be set up for lunch after CanoeFest '08, followed by a nap, and then Strassenfest '08! STOKED
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RC Helis!
Posted January 17, 2008 at 06:26:18 AM by Bean in the Obsessions category
I got a little indoor RC helicopter for Christmas. It was wicked fun to play with, until I broke it. Not being the type of person to give up on a possible new obsession so easily, I bee-lined it to the store and bought another. Then another one from the mall, another from ebay, and 3 more from Banana Hobby (one was for someone else).

I can't describe the fun I have flying them, so I wont. But take my word for it - they are fun, and well worth the $15-$40 you pay. I'm down to 2 now, due to many severe crashes, but I'm sure I'll stock back up soon.

For what it's worth: if you are going to buy one, a good first one to try is the HoneyBee.
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Grilled Cheese Taco
Posted January 08, 2008 at 06:55:42 AM by Bean in the Recipes category
The Cheesy Gordita Crunch is back at Taco Bell. Honestly, I'm not sure it ever left, cause I've had them on and off even when they aren't on the menu - but at any rate, they are being advertised again. The CGC is far and away my favorite Taco Bell item. It's a gordita shell with melted cheese on it wrapped around a taco - essentially a grilled cheese sammich merged with a taco.

So let's make one at home! I can make grilled cheese. I can make tacos. Surely, I can wrap one around the other. I figure the best way will be to make a grilled cheese in the standard fashion (don't spare the butter), then pull the two pieces of bread apart and wrap each piece around a prepared taco. Hell, I think a grilled cheese half on a taco sounds better than a gordita. BANG! I'm trying it tonight.

But here's the deal: I want YOU to make one as well. I mean, you know it's gonna taste great, so you might as well give it a shot. When you do, take a picture of the finished product, or yourself enjoying it, or both, and send them to me. I'll post the pictures (and associated notes) here for admiration and review, and the creator of the best Grilled Cheese Taco will win an AWESOME prize! Deadline: Friday AM.

Update:
I made a total of 3 GCTs last night... 2 for dinner and 1 later on for a snack. Divine. I highly reccomend any taco loving person to give it a shot (SS). Have a look.

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Info Merchal
Posted January 06, 2008 at 09:51:22 AM by Bean
The following is a list of infomercials I've seen in that past few weeks that I am considering buying. I'm going to limit myself to just one. Comment and let me know which one I should buy.

Mighty Putty
Nu-Wave Oven
Vidalia Slice Wizard

Update:
Looks like 3 votes for Mighty Putty, 2 for Nu-Wave, and a quasi-vote for the VSW. Stef had a great idea last night in the car. Hey Viv, since you don't use your food slicer much, maybe you can mail it to me so I can slice food evenly and quickly. In return, I'll buy some Mighty Putty and split it with you after it arrives. It's win-win!
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Antimissy
Posted January 03, 2008 at 03:40:26 PM by Bean
I found this picture on the tubes yesterday: It's Anti-Missy!
For reference: our cat, Missy, and the obligatory: Missy vs. Anti-Missy.

That's a lotta cat pictures!
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