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Last Monday I wrote a post about the spoils from my travels over the past few years: my Starbucks mug collection. Today, though, is the collection in our house over ten years in the making… Shannon’s Hard Rock Cafe Teddy Bear collection.
I drink a lot of coffee and (as a result) I have a large collection of @Starbucks Global Icon Mugs (with pics!)1
Going to conventions around the U.S. is time consuming, but I get to meet a lot of great people and eat some pretty intense meals (Man v. Food, baby!) One thing that stays consistent, though, is my caffeine addiction – and the insane number of Starbucks locations in major cities.
Thus, I got into collecting the mugs from their Global Icon collection.
These fine drinking receptacles adorn some pretty neat-o Ikea hooks in our kitchen. My collection, though, is incomplete (as it relates to places we’ve actually visited.) Per this list, we still need:
- New Mexico
- New Orleans
- North Carolina
- Orange County
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- Washington DC (NOTE: I’ve ordered this one on eBay recently. Should be here any day now.)
The look on that kid’s face at the other table is priceless. His mom asked to take picture of it, too.
I occasionally update new photos (and old ones that I scan) on my Flickr account. In doing so, I get to revisit a lot of photos I’ve taken while travelling. Each Friday, I plan on posting a photo that I think is interesting. Maybe you’ll think so, too.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled program!
Thus far, I have eaten in two Man v. Food recommended restaurants: The Jack-N-Grill and The Vortex. Both offered LARGE servings of some fun food… but neither offered menu choices as odd and unique as the third eatery I’ve now been to, The Buckhorn Exchange.
From their website:
Prime grade beef steaks, buffalo prime rib, elk, salmon, quail, game hen, and succulent baby-back pork ribs are just some of the marvelous offerings on the Buckhorn menu. Exotic appetizers such as alligator tail, rattlesnake and buffalo sausage are available, and no dinner is complete without the house specialty, Rocky Mountain Oysters.
What are Rocky Mountain Oysters? Don’t ask. Seriously. You’ll regret knowing – and NO, I did not have any.
Shannon and I DID have a number of animals (all cooked) make their way across our table that evening, though. Seven to be exact…
- Cornish Hen
See the meat in the dip to the left? That’s rattlesnake. It tastes like a cross between chicken (shocker!) and tofu.
The restaurant is decorated with an inordinate number of animals heads. According to our server, two of the departed creatures fell at the hand of Teddy Roosevelt. Maybe one of these guys was one of them…
Where the deer and the antelope play… dead.
Would I go back? Yes.
Was the food good? Excellent. The elk steak was tasty- but the buffalo steak was amazing.
Was it pricey? Yeppers. Bring some cash.
Overall: another great experience. The atmosphere and service of the place were both top notch. Even if you can’t stop by for dinner, step in and enjoy the bar upstairs (their liquor license is number “1″). The entertainment in the upstairs area the night we were there consisted of a talented older gentlemen whose music and charms helped make the ambiance of the Buckhorn Exchange that much more enjoyable.
As reported earlier, I spent last week in Colorado for business. The weekend, though, was spent with my wife seeing the sights and having fun with some of the local attractions. It has been mentioned before (and bears repeating) that I and a number of my friends are a fans of the TV show Man vs. Food. So whenever a trip is scheduled for conventions, work or the occasional vacation – we look up the episodes to see where to eat while in town.
One such place was the Jack-N-Grill in Denver – home of the 7 lb. breakfast burrito. Here’s what it looks like:
What you CAN’T see in that picture – is the amount of potatoes in that damn thing. Here’s a pic of Shannon’s reaction. Note the kid sitting behind her. Also note that little chicken taco she ordered in an attempt to make me look like a starving pig:
Lastly… here’s my look of shame. I only made it through about 1/4 of the damn thing. Our plane was supposed to leave about three hours after this meal – so I didn’t want to push my luck. That thing hitting my stomach in the wrong way on an airplane would have been tricky business.
More Colorado photos and stories tomorrow…
Just a short note to update the world to my well being and the amount of things that keep me busy in life. Last weekend (the 4th of July) was my first weekend staying home in over a month – and things are picking up again. Here is, in no particular order, things of interest in and around my life right now…
- It seems that the discussion regarding my comments about the BotCon “Trade Show” is still alive and kicking. You can read it here.
- Next weekend I will be at Ancient City Con with the team from Wasabi Anime.
- The weekend after that, I am going white water rafting in Colorado. I also plan on making some Man vs. Food meal stops.
- The weekend after that: Weird Al Yankovic concert in South Florida.
- Wasabi Anime has announced Orlandia’s Got Talent for Anime Festival Orlando.
- I’m loving watching season 4 of Magnum P.I. on DVD. Just sayin’