I totally forgot how good tootsie pops are.
Not sure how many people are familiar with the existence of the Fresno Pepper. I did not know they existed until this afternoon when I found some at the farm stand.
For the uninitiated (or googlephobic) the fresno pepper is like a smaller jalapeño with thinner walls.
I decided to make some nachos with them and ended up burning my mouth. It was one of those burns that makes you dance around the kitchen looking for the tub of sour cream to neutralize it. I had to pick half of them off.
Needless to say I will be getting a bunch more.
So a couple of weeks ago I was having my annual bloodwork done to check that my thyroid meds were doing their job and my doctor had also requested additional tests. Everything looked good except the A1c. Long story short they told me I was diabetic.
I did the “right thing” by quitting all the bad foods and cutting my carbs way back but that was not the end. 6 days later I had chest pain that I thought was indigestion. It started while I was eating apples with peanut butter of all things. The pain was intense and nothing helped so the after hours clinic referred me to the ER. Of course the ER wanted to rule out heart attack as the issue so they attached probes and sensors to me and started monitoring. Pain meds did not help at all, nor did the antacid and lidocaine cocktail that I had to drink to rule out indigestion.
So it turns out it was pancreatitis which sucked. That’s really a gentle way of putting it. I was admitted to the hospital and not allowed to eat or drink for 3 days. Now I have to be on a super low fat diet. For example most days my entire fat intake is below 50-60 grams of fat. For the sake of comparison this is the same as a roast turkey/Swiss sandwich and a medium curly fries from Arby’s. Note that Arby’s is one of the lower fat/carb fast food places that are accessible. A Big Mac has 27-29 grams of fat by itself.
Now I have to find an endocrinologist and deal with. The long term effects. Interestingly enough: long term chronic pancreatitis can mimic the symptoms of diabetes – which would explain why I had no symptoms before aside from what the bloodwork shows.
Since it’s the 4th of July we are going out for dinner. (Sister in law’s birthday). She has never been to Red Lobster before so of course they decide that we should. After all, we were already inside another restaurant when they came to this conclusion.
So here it comes… I’m going to have fish for the first time in over 25 years. Wish me luck.
Everything’s coming up roses, or at least blueberries.
I’m thinking that I am going to radically restructure the garden this fall once everything is harvested.
I was checking in the back yard and there are currently 5 planter boxes which have a total of 88 square feet if garden space. I could replace that with one single 2′ x 40′ box and have more useable space and the. Add on a few others. It would allow the watering system to be more efficient and direct a water line to the compost bins.
My peppers came up strong and are ready to start producing. I found a rogue tomato that somehow implanted itself within the pack of peppers that I planted.
Funny story. My wife’s mother told her and her sister for years that the reason that fireworks (we are talking about the big display type here) make their initial “poof” noise when they rise into the air is because far off into the distance, there is a giant drum ( I would imagine timpani type) that were beaten – sending the firework flying into the air. She was not being funny. She really believed this is how they worked.
We went to a barbecue and played croquet golf. Nikki sat on the couch instead. Then we went to the fireworks at the waterfront in Salem. The punch line here being that all of the fireworks were behind the huge tree.
Fun for all. Except for the driving.
We went out for Benny’s birthday, and Kwans had a special of the night…
A pineapple boat. Well, let’s open this bad boy up.
The sauce was a little overly sweet, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless.
So dearest wife and I decided to go to this great pizza place, Pizza Schmizza. However, It has apparently been closed for about a year or two. Lovely. In it’s place is Three Forks Wok & Grill.
To start, I ordered sweet potato fries.
They were okay, with 2 major exceptions. #1 is that they come with a terrible chili catsup. I found the flavor to be downright offensive. So I asked for some regular catsup. They told me they don’t usually have it. He found me a bit in the back however.
It came in what seems to be a salad bowl. The other problem is that they were so heavily salted that I had to wipe the salt off of each fry. It kind of ruined the taste. After a while, I started keeping it on the plate for visual.
Thankfully, the main course arrived. I had the Rice Wok with flank steak. I didn’t get the carrots I ordered in it.
To start, the steak was cooked competently. It was tender, juicy, and not overly seasoned. Pink in the middle, but not cold. The wild rice was blank and flavorless. The peppers and snow peas also seemed to have no real flavor. The only non-meat flavor that seemed to be from the almonds. The ones that were actually toasted and candied were decently sweet. I actually enjoyed those.
Dearest wife had the teriyaki tofu pad thai. She really liked it for the first 10 bites or so. The tofu was burned and overly firm. The mushrooms (which she generally loves, yech) were horribly slimy, and she described it as “like eating raw meat”. She said what left the worst taste in her mouth was the price.
The price is something to talk about as well. For the two of us, it was $29. That’s twice what it would have cost to go to Mucho Gusto, which is much much better overall. And the ambiance left something to be desired. The vase full of yucky lucky bamboo was cloudy with a chance of meatballs.Eww.
So with that, the two of us went on our merry way, $30 poorer to our final destination of the evening… that bastion of romance and delight
We looked at trees in the garden center, and it was actually kind of fun. A fine date night in the books.
Final verdict for the evening: Overpriced, under-flavored, unappealing. The best thing on the menu was diet dr. pepper. Three thumbs down for Three Forks Wok and Grill. Run, don’t Wok away from Three Forks. Also, I’m pretty sure Home depot has better food.
We bought some Dave’s Killer Bread the other night. It’s really a good bread. The Good Seed variety that we bought is different from other breads in that it’s somewhat sticky. It makes a good sandwich. Can’t really recommend it enough.