Me + Food.is_available = !Good

I should not be allowed to hang around a table of free food. When I do all good intentions fly quickly out the window as the food flies quickly into my mouth.

Bike Night At Mango’s : SausageFest
While there were a minority of women at Kat and Mango’s house for Bike Night, the count of those who were available were rather low. On my drive over that way last evening I sat behind a beautiful young woman, sporting a Six Gap jersey, on her bicycle and hoped she was riding over to Bike Night — of course she was not.

This being Biketoberfest there were more sausages than those in the pants of the night’s participants. Even though I should have been content with my Lee’s Bakery Banh Mi I decided to stuff a wurst into my pie hole and nosh on the other available snacks all evening long.

I’m pleased to announce that the Red Rocket is in perfect working order again, except that I need to harden up the tires with some air. Now if I could only get healthy and then try to find time to ride…

ITP Flickr Pic
Sorry kids, somebody has been a bad photographer…

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Yesterday I chose to take a gamble and take myself and co-worker Duke to a new restaurant on Buford Highway. I’d tell you the name, but I cannot remember it exactly; I’ll guess Hanwoon, though I do know it’s where First China used to be.

Normally I love being the only caucasian in a restaurant, it’s usually a sign that the menu will be challenging and that I’m in for a superior, and perhaps inexpensive, food experience. Yesterday was the exception to that rule. The lunch menu items, at least those written in English, were pedestrian at best so Duke and I opted for dim sum. The dim sum offerings were tasty but much more limited than those I’ve seen at weekday lunches at places like Royal China. Will I go back (to at least learn the name of the establishment)? Perhaps. But, if I do I am going to enquire about the menu items written in Chinese before I order. For the record, with tax and tip my portion of yesterday’s lunch cost me $9.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to the “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m surprised that I’ve never recommended All Recipes in the six years that I’ve been producing this blog. Related: I miss cooking at home.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 5, Carnivorous Days – 7
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

October Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to Me + Food.is_available = !Good

  1. And I’m still trying to decide whether or not I’ll be venturing to Asheville tomorrow night in preparation for making my way to LEAF on Friday. I wonder when I’ll be able to check in at LEAF on Friday — I guess that I should read their literature.

  2. Not it, but very close to that. The place I went to is next to Mozart Bakery (if I remember correctly), just north of Pinetree Plaza.

    And scrolling down ChowdownATL I see that they’ve reviewed Super Pan Latino Sandwich shop.

  3. Martha says:

    No traveling for me this weekend or next, Jerry and I are bailing on our respective races. It will be good to stay home. I’m still not caught up on my sleep. (the main reason I did not venture over to Kat and Mango’s last night, the other being that table of food)

    Any suggestions on a ‘nicer’ place, close in for a date on Saturday? I told Jerry no Buckhead/Midtown…

  4. Other than those places to which you’ve probably already been:

    Young Augustine’s (formerly The Standard): They have an upscale menu and great beer selection, and now the restaurant is non-smoking.

    Parish: I thought the food was really good, especially since they were so crowded on that night.

    Il Localino: This Italian place has always been a hidden gem for me. This was one of my favorite places back when I used to go out on those things called “dates.”

    Rathbun’s: Steak. Need I say more?

    Dammit! I used the phrase “hidden gem” and I just remembered about something that I was going to put into today’s blog.

  5. Beth says:

    Martha — I’ve heard good things about Sauced but haven’t checked it out yet ( it is on Edgewood — kind of near the Marta station). It has only been open for a few months.

    I like Two Urban Licks on the patio — nice view of the city — but its really loud inside (its over on Ralph McGill). We haven’t been there in a while but that used to be our favorite nice dinner place. I second what Paulie said about Parish — it can be really loud in there too so again, try for the patio. We’re checking out Parks Edge (also in Old Fourth Ward — basically its on the path) on Friday night before the Eagle’s concert. Friends of ours said it was good and we have a coupon (scoutmob I think). YAY for date night! Have fun!

  6. Does loudness still matter? Don’t dates just text each other these days? 🙂

    I wonder if Barb has woken up yet? She and Allan were some of the last to leave Bike Night. I forgot to mention that when I arrived around 8pm I may have taken the last parking space in Kat and Mango’s large back yard — it was that crowded. I left a little after 10pm.

  7. Martha says:

    We went to Two Urban Licks earlier this year, you’re right it was really too loud and it was too cold to sit outside.

    I think we are going to give Parks Edge a try on Saturday.

  8. Beth says:

    Martha — Parks Edge gets mixed reviews on Yelp, but friends of mine have gone and liked it (they have a band on the weekends) so who knows. If it REALLY sucks, we’ll let you know since you are going on Sat 🙂 We’ve been meaning to try The Iberian Pig in Decatur, too but that’s not walking distance for us nor on the way to the concert.

  9. Lisa says:

    Hey Paulie,

    Weather looks good for the LEAF weekend! I think Drive-thru check-in starts around 9 or 10. Let us know how that goes!! We’ll be leaving Raleigh at the butt-crack of dawn (when Nolan usually wakes). We’ll call you on the way.

  10. Will do Lisa. The more I think about it the more I think that I’ll be leaving at the butt-crack of dawn myself.

  11. Barb says:

    yep – I’m up, jsut busy as shit here at work.
    We were home before 11, I wasn’t paying attention exactly what time. The smell of that damn floor stain had taken over the house……. I still have a headache from that & the floor will get a 2nd coat tomorrow, so this headache won’t be gone for a few days.

    I’ve heard great stuff about Iberian Pig, but we don’t go out much, and for sure not down in your neck of the woods, so I’m no help there.

    Have fun in Asheville & LEAF – sounds so much better than what I will be doing all weekend.

  12. Jenka says:

    That is crazy. I’m an Epicurious junkie myself, but just this morning (before reading your blog) I was on All Recipes researching for a dinner party on Saturday. Great minds!

    Martha, as you know I am the queen of going out to eat. I’ve not been to Park’s Edge but, as others have said, I’ve heard mixed reviews. Wisteria, right nearby, is FAR better. P’Cheen has excellent international food. Paulie’s Young Augustine suggestion is good, too, I’ve been there many times now and love it, plus it’s not outrageously expensive and it’s cozy inside. Lastly I’ll throw out Cafe di Sol on Highland which is another one of those hidden gems, really good food, good wine and beer lists. Okay, now I’m hungry.

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