April 2007 Archives

Sun Apr 08 1:13AM (2007)

Rude Awakening

Yawn.... check out the timestamp. Just got back in our room after an hour of being evacuated. Gas leak. Who needed that hour of sleep anyway?

Posted by Ed | Permanent link | File under: Travel

Sat Apr 07 8:53PM (2007)

BBQ and Japanese in Phoenix

Ginger's been hankering for Tempura, so we asked our hotel clerk for a good Japanese place. She answered instantly: Ichi Ban, just up the street. And so there we went.

A word about Japanese food: it's not really meant for Eds. Eds love it, but Eds are big people. They need a bit more than is usually served at these places. Fortunately for us, Ichi Ban didn't open until 5PM... and there was a barbecue place, Honeybear's, right across the street. What better way to occupy a half hour?

Honeybear's pulled pork sandwich was exquisite. Tender pork, wonderful tangy sweet oniony sauce. So good, in fact, that I went back to the counter and asked if their brisket was as good. "It's better. That's my favorite", the young man replied. So I had a brisket sandwich too, and a piece of sweet potato pie to top it off. (Yes, three pieces of pie in one day. I try to break all seven Cardinal Sins every day... and now I have even more to aspire to).

The brisket was indeed even better than the pulled pork. Tender, and robustly flavored so the BBQ sauce complemented it well but did not overpower. And so much! Both sandwiches were enormous, more than enough for an Ed on a regular day. The sweet potato pie was loaded with ginger (lower-case 'g') and a perfect accompaniment.

Ater that, on to Japanese. Oh, what a meal. We love our local Los Alamos sushi place, but this is a league apart. We started with an albacore roll with garlic sauce that was absolutely incredible. Ginger had unagi and didn't share. She seemed pleased with it. We both had tempura that melted in our mouths and left us full but oh so happy.

Phoenix is a big city, and not really very pleasant, but if one has to be here, there are certainly some benefits!


Posted by Ed | Permanent link | File under: Travel

Sat Apr 07 8:09PM (2007)

Pie City, NM

Mmmmm, Pie. Halfway between Socorro and the Arizona border is, believe it or not, Pie Town, New Mexico. How could we not stop at the Pie-o-neer Restaurant? We were welcomed in style and had a delicious Second Breakfast of blueberry pie and Oatmeal Pecan Pie. At 10:30. Isn't that Pie Time? Ginger had a Mounds Bar Pie -- coconut, dark chocolate -- that was fresh out of the oven and absolutely stunning.

Posted by Ed | Permanent link | File under: Travel

Sat Apr 07 7:50PM (2007)

Trinity Site

If you plan to go to Trinity Site, leave your personal protection at the hotel. No firearms allowed on the base, even on Open To The Public days, even if in a lockbox in the trunk. Oh well, there's always next time.

Posted by Ed | Permanent link | File under: Travel