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Tokyo: BlendMeister Cafe

When I arrived at my hotel from the airport, I needed a small dinner. The only restaurant open was the bar. I ordered this miso chicken. It wasn't browned at all but the flavor was pretty good. The miso gave a nice flavor.

NRT: Caffe Lat 25 Degrees

After my flight, a warm cup sounded appealing. I had a few minutes to kill before my bus and this emporium offered a chai ginger. This drink was a confection: sweet ginger tea, a thick layer of whipped cream on top. It definitely kept me going through check-in at the hotel.

Delta One to Tokyo

An upgrade to Tokyo gave me the chance to try Delta's latest menu. Given that Japanese food would be plentiful on my arrival, I went with the American menu. The ribs were satisfyingly meant. The bowl on the right is mushroom soup. The second course included both cheese and chocolate cake. The cheese course was my favorite.

My KitchenAid Mixer

This video gives me a chance to express my appreciation for the many years of faithful service that my KitchenAid mixer has given me. I also take a moment to discuss those nylon gears---do you really want to spend your life oiling your kitchen equipment?

Chamblee: Lunch at Mediterranean Bakery

An afternoon of errands gave me the chance to enjoy a light lunch at Mediterranean Bakery. The bakery is located in that little corner of Chamblee on the east side of I-85. I have been a fan of their breads for a long time but usually don't order anything more substantial. My falafel on pita was fery satisfying and just the right amount of food. I'm not sure of the name of that little pastry but I couldn't resist---it was great.

Steak au Poivre

I've posted a video here that shows how I made steak au poivre.

Decatur: Lunch at Go Vegetarian

Go Vegetarian moved down a few doors from their original location at North Druid Hills and Lawrenceville Highway. This gave me the excuse to revisit. Their new space is much larger and very pleasant. The staff is very nice. This is my veggie burger with cheese. It was satisfying in both taste and texture: good umami hit, good crumbly chew. No carnivore would mistake this for beef but I certainly enjoyed it. The fries were excellent as well.

LAS: Ruby's Diner

I arrived at my departure terminal at 5 AM ready for breakfast. Ruby's Diner was open and busy, ready to serve me. In contrast, ATL is a sad place for hungry travelers in the early mornings. The service scheme was a little confusing. I thought they had a line for takeout on one side and table service on the other. It turns out that everyone orders from the takeout line; if you way, the food is brought to your table. The photo of my breakfast burrito was lost but it was pretty tasty. It was hearty with nicely cooked eggs. It had just enough heat to tingle my mouth. I'm really glad that the staff were there and able to provide me with a satisfying breakfast.

Las Vegas: Peppermill

The Peppermill is an iconic Nevada coffee shop with locations all across the state. The restaurant on the strip was visited by Jerry Seinfeld and his friend George Wallace on an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I'm no comedian but you can see a video of my visit to this fun spot right here on my new YouTube Atlanta etc. channel (not to be confused with my Embedded Computing Channel here). The elevator speech version: a tender, fluffy, and huge omelette; great home fried potatoes; very satisfying English muffin; continuous coffee.

Las Vegas: Westside Deli

When I hit the ground in Las Vegas, I wanted to see the show. I needed something to eat to keep me going but it should be fast. Westside Deli at Circus Circus gave me a decent lunch in a few minutes. It is a simple counter on the west side of the casino floor. Nothing fancy, exactly what I needed. My grilled cheese was made with American cheese, not my favorite but quite savory and satisfying. My tomato bisque was very enjoyable.

Rao's Las Vegas And My New YouTube Channel

I visited Rao's in Las Vegas for a wonderful meal---doesn't that meatball look delicious? I captured my visit on a video for my new Atlanta etc. YouTube channel. You can see the Rao's video here. And you can keep up with all the videos at the channel directory here.

A Stop at McDonald's

I haven't been to McDonald's for something like a decade. I needed a spot to stop my drive and make a call. McDonald's fit the bill and the chance to see what one looks like these days was intriguing. A set of kiosks stood near the line. Some people used them to order; I spoke with a very friendly pair of staffers. My coffee was fine. The fried apple pie has always been a treat. The new version, it turns out, has a lattice top rather than a solid top, depriving me of a bit of that wonderful fried pie crust flavor. Memories...

Breakfast at Zion Lodge

Breakfast at Zion Lodge is hearty and a pretty good deal. After a few minutes taking photos in the cold, I was ready for a warm breakfast. I picked out two kinds of eggs, a biscuit with gravy, and some melon. All were fresh and tasty. The buffet also provides a custom-toasted English muffin or toast. I enjoyed mine so much that I asked for a second helping.

Dinner at Zion Lodge

I managed a quick visit to Zion National Park. The dining room was, as always, very good food with very hospitable service. I started with a trip to the soup and salad bar. The beef soup was satisfyingly savory. My main course was this salmon. This is the pink-fleshed variety common in the Rockies. The salmon was superb and wonderfully prepared. No room for dessert...

Food Technology at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show presents electronic devices for all sorts of activities, including cooking. Here are a few things that I spotted during my time at the show. A 3D food printer that produced, among other things, a chocolate pen. This production bread machine can produce over 200 loaves per day. This blender uses a gesture-control system to provide touchless control of the blender. I waved my hand to turn on the blender, then twirled my finger to dial the speed up and down.

In-n-Out Burger To The Rescue

I hit the ground in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. I hadn't had much to eat but I didn't want to spend a lot of time on a meal. In-n-Out Burger turned out to be an excellent solution. My double-double burger protein style (two patties, two slices of cheese, no bun) was flavorful and juicy. My fries were also excellent. Their style is more old fashioned---thinner and seemingly without a coating. Everything I needed for the afternoon.

Tucson: Proof

My last meal in Tucson was a very enjoyable lunch at Proof. The food was excellent and the staff was very welcoming. I started with these crostini. They balanced crunchy bread and soft, savory toppings very nicely. My main course was this wonderful eggplant parmesan---very savory. The pasta was handmade with perfect toothiness. The sauce was hit that perfect balance of sweetness and roasted goodness.

Tucson: Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner is a West Coast restaurant chain with classic American food. My buttermilk pancakes were good---thick and fluffy. I must say that when I requested fruit with my pancakes, I didn't expect melon. A softer fruit is, it seems to me, a more traditional choice as a topping for pancakes.

Tucson: The Oink Cafe

As you might guess from the name, Oink's star ingredient is bacon. As you can see, they do it right. They serve eight different varieties; this one, as I recall, was applewood smoked. They serve a complete breakfast menu. My oatmeal was excellent. The pancakes and waffles that were delivered to other tables looked great, too.

Tucson: Another Feast at Feast

The Farmers and I enjoyed another outstanding dinner at Feast. These fritters were enjoyably savory. The muffin-looking objects were a seafood bread pudding that made for an excellent combination of tastes and textures. Several of us enjoyed the hangar steak for our main course. It gave a very meaty experience without requiring a huge chunk of beef. My chocolate cake was excellent. I think that was an ice cream on top although it was served in rather soft form. This napoleon was very elegantly constructed.

Tucson: Opa's Best

Opa's Best seems to be a new restaurant. The staff was very enthusiastic and the food was pretty good. The meal started with this very generous and delicious plate: bread, yogurt dip, hummus. My main course was an excllent plate of vegetarian moussaka---hearty and plenty of umami.

Tucson: La Baguette Parisienne

I stopped by Last Baguette Parisienne for a simple snack and was very happy with my Baguette . The crust in particular was crispy and flavorful in an almost buttery way.

Tucson: Claim Jumper

I was in the mood for a straightforward, decent dinner. I was familiar with Claim Jumper from Southern California but never had the chance to try them. I found a classic American menu very well prepared and very gracious, welcoming service. My blackened salmon was prepared just right. The blackening spices were flavorful without being overwhelming or burnt. The creamed corn was very tasty. I ordered my baked potato straight and particularly enjoyed the skin. I finished with this very rich cake, made with cream cheese and served warm. The strawberry sauce was flavorful without being overpowering. Tbe ice cream contrasted nicely with the sauce.

Phoenix: Pizzeria Bianco

My trip gave me a chance to revisit Pizzeria Bianco, widely regarded as serving the best pizza in the world. I found both their food and service to be outstanding on this trip just as on my earlier visit. The meal started with this bread from their wood-fired oven. I ordered a salad and a Margherita. The crust was just chewy enough on the outside, tender and pillowy onm the outside and the edge. The sauce was perfectly seasoned and herbed. The cheese was outstanding. So I ordered another.