Category Archives: Food

Coffee – Have a cup for a better microbiome

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – I came across the article “Could more coffee bring a healthier microbiome?” recently and wanted to share it.

The essence of the article is that research indicates that caffeine consumption is linked to a healthy gut microbiome. This can help you with your overall health. Evidence is suggesting that the makeup of your gut microbiome can affect your health.

A recent study shows that consuming coffee can improve microbiome health. This result was presented at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting, in San Antonio, Texas on October 28, 2019. In the study, those participants who drank two or more cups of coffee per day had better gut microbiome profiles.

This looks like one more reason to enjoy a few cups of coffee each morning.

Celebrate National Chocolate Day

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This seems like a good day for all to celebrate – National Chocolate Day!. I’ve already had a couple of small pieces to help celebrate. As said on the website:

National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, recognizes one of the world’s favorite tastes. While many specific chocolate related holidays exist throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  

Celebrate by consuming a little of your favorite chocolate dessert.

USA, Colorado, Vail – Bart & Yeti’s

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(See my other posts from our 2019 Road Trip) – While in Vail, Colorado we took time to have a bite of lunch. We chose Bart & Yeti’s restaurant and bar.

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It was very nice the day we ate there and were able to enjoy one of their outside tables. This is one of the only local pubs left in the valley and has been open for 38 years.

At first glance, you would think the name refers to the fabled two-legged hairy Yeti that is said to live in the Himalayan mountains. In fact, this place is named after two well-known dogs. The story about them on the website is very interesting.

rt2019-0213Their menu list quite a few items. We chose to share Nachos with chicken for our lunch. They were very good. If you are in Vail and want a bite, I would recommend stopping at Bart & Yeti’s.


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Good Instant Coffee?

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(See my other Coffee related posts) – I have never been a fan of instant coffee, but I came across the article “Waka Coffee: Bringing Instant Back” earlier today and I thought it was worth sharing.

This instant is made by Waka Coffee. The company offers both regular and decaffeinated instant coffee. As they say on their website:

Most products are made from inferior Robusta beans roasted in huge spray-dried batches. This production method – used by traditional instant coffee companies – saves the companies money, but it sacrifices taste. Waka Coffee sources only 100% Arabica beans instant coffee, which are commonly used in coffee shops, to provide the best taste. Our beans are freeze-dried to best preserve the coffee’s aroma and depth of flavor.

Our high-quality instant coffee solution provides a simpler coffee experience to fuel your entire day. No more spending money on coffee equipment that occupies valuable kitchen space and waiting for your coffee to brew.  We engage directly with fellow coffee lovers to continuously improve our product and make the coffee experience more enjoyable.

waka-coffee-best-instant-coffee_1_540xWaka offers single-serving packets as well as bulk instant. Prices vary but the single-serving packets start at about $1.20 each while the 8 oz/ bag (80 cups) goes for $38.99 or around $0.49 per serving.

I’m not sure I would want to forego my fresh ground coffee brewed up every morning for this, but it might be an option for those who are traveling.

USA, Colorado, Ouray – Mouse’s Chocolate & Coffee

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(See my other 2019 Road Trip posts) – While in Ouray, Colorado my wife and I visited Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee located at 520 Main Street, Ouray, CO, 81427. This was a very pleasant surprise in this town of only about 1000 residents.

When we were there it was full of many out of town visitors. We were driving through but wanted to stop for a little something. This place caught our eye and we got in line.

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It being a warm day, we opted for ice cream. At first we were each going to get something, but in the end, we were glad we decided to share one of their treats. The selection we chose was more than enough for both of us. That is certainly not the only choice. The Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee offers:

Handmade Chocolates, each made right here by the Chocolatier, using imported Belgian Chocolate. Coffee roasted on-premises. Espresso drinks, Coffee, Ice Cream, Milkshakes all served year-round. 

We really enjoyed our visit. It was very busy while we were there. The Yelp rating is 4.5/5 and the TripAdvisor rating is an even better 5/5. If you are interested in Mouse’s, you may want to also check them out on Twitter or Facebook. The shop is open 9 – 7 Sunday thru Thursday, and 9 to 8 Friday and Saturday.


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USA, Colorado, Durango – Lone Spur Cafe

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(See my other Food related posts) – When my wife and I were on our recent road trip we stopped at the Lone Spur Cafe for a late breakfast when visiting Durango. The Lone Spur we visited is located at 619 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301. There are two other locations in Flagstaff and Prescott Arizona.

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Keeping with the western theme, the restaurant has a very rustic appearance, the service though was very good.

As I said, we both ordered breakfast and we were very pleased with our meals. Even though it was late in the morning the restaurant was crowded, This confirmed for me that many found the food there good. Looking at TripAdvisor this opinion for the Lone Spur is supported by a 4.5/5 rating. Likewise, it has a 4.5/5 rating on  Yelp.

The Lone Spur is open seven days a week 6:30AM to 2:30 PM, and from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Fridays and Saturdays. They offer an extensive breakfast menu and a selection of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and specialty items for lunch.

If we are in Durango again, we will definitely be revisiting the Lone Spur Cafe. It is a location I would recommend if you are visiting Durango.


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USA, Texas, Pflugerville – Casa Garcia’s

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(See my other Food posts) – We have dined at Casa Garcia’s Mexican restaurant twice now. While they have six locations, we have only been to the one at 15803 Windermere Drive, Pflugerville, Texas 78660.

This location is open seven days a week (Mon-Thu 7:00am-9:00pm, Fri 7:00am-10:00pm, Sat 7:00am-9:30pm, and Sun 7:00am-8:00pm) and has a pretty extensive menu. It is just down the street from the Pflugerville ISD Football stadium, so we have found it a convenient place to have dinner before going to a game.

We have enjoyed sharing the mixed fajitas plate on both of our visits. The restaurant has been crowded on each occasion, so it seems to be very popular. The food, I believe, is above average for most Mexican restaurants. Unsurprising, Yelp gives them 3.5/5 as does TripAdvisor. I am sure we will be going back again.

If you are hungry and in the Pflugerville area, you might want to give them a try.


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USA, Texas, Austin – Tyson’s Tacos

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(See my other Food related posts) – After working Austin Museum ay at the Texas Military Forces Museum my wife picked me up and we decided to try a local taco place that a friend of hers had recommended. Tyson’s Tacos is located at 4905 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX.

We shared the $11.99 ‘3 Taco Plate’ – This came with rice and beans and our choice of three tacos. We picked two Tasty Basterd (Surf and Turf, Shrimp and Fajita with Sriracha and Cheese) and a Chicken Fajita (sauteed onion and bell pepper). All on corn tortillas. They were very good. Tyson’s has also earned a 4/5 rating on Yelp and 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor. Tyson’s has an extensive menu with over two dozen different taco choices as well as provisions for creating your own concoction.

All tables are outdoors, but most are undercover with fans. It was comfortable there yesterday afternoon. One of the very nice things about Tyson’s is that it is open 24/7.

This location is a few miles from home for us so we won’t be dropping in too often. It is though certainly a place we will return to.

If you are in northern Austin and feel hungry, Tysons might just be the answer regardless of the time or day.


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USA, Nevada, Las Vegas – The Original Rolled Ice Cream

rol-logo-150x150(See my other posts from our 2019 Road Trip and those related to desserts) – While on our road trip and visiting family in Henderson, NV my brother-in-law took us to a “The Original Rolled Ice Cream” location. The one we visited was at 9500 S Eastern Ave, Suite 110
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 (one of their four locations). This happened to be just across the parking lot from the Hot n Juicy Crawfish location where we had enjoyed lunch.

 

rol-aboutThis is your typical ice cream place in many regards, but their special twist is how they prepare the ice cream – into a roll. Liquid ice cream is poured out onto a very cold metal surface. It is spread over the surface into a thin layer which quickly freezes.

Then with a knife, one roll after another is scraped up from the cold surface.

The rolls of ice cream are then placed on end in a cup and the selected toppings are added.

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We had picked out the small version of their “Smores” creation from the menu. We enjoyed this somewhat unique ice cream dessert and look forward to trying it again one day


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