Saturday, January 18, 2020

Everyone's car sugar was low.

The SandHill show has been pretty sketch. The only reason I went today is because the last of my favorite restaurants is Los Altos. The rest of them closed. You can get dutch babies there and I don't know how long they will stay alive. So, if there are no cars you at least get a consolation prize.

To my amazement - EVERYBODY was out on a cold (for California) day. It was definitely the most well attended so far.

They have sort of been shutting these down all over the Bay Area because these are fast cars. And brakes are for sissy's. I'm guessing it won't be long before they shut this one down too. These people can afford expensive tickets. And the exit is two lanes. Not like Santana Row where you have one exit getting out. They already had the Sherrif sharking through this one. Canine and all.

This is the 2020 McLaren. But he had all the doors up - so Meh.

I just liked the they parked them according to age.


  1. The next time you're in Vancouver, Dutch pancakes are waiting for you.

    But your preferred pancake is really an American pancake with German roots, and elsewhere in the US it's called a Bismarck pancake. It's not to be confused with a Bismarck donut, which is something you can find in Toronto instead of Vancouver.

    But if you want one of these where you're more likely to travel, there's a donut shop in Seattle that can scratch your Bismarck donut itch, although they don't make them all the time, so they're not listed as one of their usual donuts.

    There's a Chicago Polish version that becomes popular for Fat Tuesday, which is why I'm probably remembering this other Bismarck.

    The apple ones are actually the best, I fucking love these things. :-)

    I was previously not aware that the LDS seems to have a craving for these pancakes.

    They have all sorts of funny cravings for stuff that isn't full of caffeine or alcohol, come to think of it. :-)

    If this is a serious addiction of yours, maybe you need to move to Fort Myers instead of Cary, North Carolina. They also have barbecue in Fort Myers, but they also have a ton of German restaurants. :-)

    But you say there aren't any tech jobs there?




    *makes you a few cardboard signs*


  2. Hahahaha. I appreciate that. Feels like you are looking out for me. I'm leaning Fort Myers - because there is that Cuban coffee thing.

    I do love those Dutch Pancakes though. The other restaurants probably closed because the one in Fremont it took 45 minutes to get one. You really had to carve out some time in your day. Especially if there was a line. The one in Los Altos is better, but there are tons of old timey resteraunts that are going out right now.

    I have tried them at other places and other States - but I like the one in Los Altos is the best right now. Somehow they just feel lighter than regular pancakes which I love but spike my blood sugar. Those pannekoeken look super interesting. I'm going to have to start making knock offs at home so when the eventual closing comes I won't be so bummed.

  3. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, January 19, 2020 10:06:00 PM

    "... but there are tons of old timey restaurants that are going out right now ..."

    Blame it on American tipping culture and how The Government inconsistently expects servers to get paid mostly from tips ...

    A lot of people have adjusted to the coerced 20% or more obligation by using restaurant delivery services and by picking up at fast food joints.

    Many of these "sit-down" joints could split the difference by adding a 10% service charge while also paying something more than $2.13 per hour.

    Florida goes some of the way to make this better without making it worse on people who want to eat at restaurants, but California goes too far the other way.

    It's not quite Seattle's $15 per hour, but $12 to $13 per hour obviously isn't something that a lot of restaurants in California can sustain, which is the more likely reason why restaurants around you are closing.


    Oh, yeah, someone a while back gave me a gift card for the Longhorn restaurant chain ...

    I didn't have the heart to tell him I'm more of a Smith & Wollensky's fan, but it's steak, so I gave it a try, figuring I'd use up the gift card, and I was almost right except for one thing.

    Had I put the tip on the gift card, I'd have used up the full $50.

    Now what's left is a small down-payment on a small lunch.

    So what did I get? The biggest steak they currently have (which is just a 22 ounce mostly bone-in Porterhouse, with about 18 ounces of actual meat) along with a drink and two extra sides.

    Add roughly $8 tip to that and you get $50.

    It wasn't a bad steak, but it wasn't a great steak, and the meal just barely filled me up. (Keep in mind I'm on a kind of keto meat-head diet, so the typical West Texas steak eating challenge just means I'd need to starve myself for a day and see how it goes, with about 50/50 odds.)

    If I'm eating at a restaurant, it's usually because I'm traveling, because I really do prefer my own cooking.

    My room service delivery charges in Chicago are often less than what I'd be expected to leave as a tip, that's how ridiculous this is. If I order up steaks for two, the room service delivery charges are always less than what I'd be expected to leave as a tip.

    $50 buys roughly two and three-quarters pounds of pretty decent tenderloin steak from Publix, a Florida grocery chain, and although it's not aged beef, by the time I give it the treatment with Polish salt and Turkish steak seasonings, I have enough for a full gut-filling meal plus a pretty good lunch later on.

    But another way of looking at it is that I'd get an extra half pound of tenderloin just by not having to pay the tip and by cooking food myself, or I could just buy two pounds of tenderloin, pick up the rest as veggies and seasoned rice, and buy some French butter for them.

    And I wind up with enough for an awesome extra meal this way.

    Or you could get five pounds of organic plastic slabbed ribeyes, eight pounds of decent "London broil", or a big stack of bags of individually wrapped chicken breast sections ...

    Yeah, there's still a bit of residual Scots-Irish in me. :-)

    It wasn't a surprise that the Longhorn was not even half-way full when I hit it at peak dinner time, and that most of the people there were for three big family groups having birthday celebrations.

    So yeah, it's a good thing to learn how to cook most of the stuff you really like.

    At least the De Dutch in Burnaby probably won't be going away -- that place is busy because it's near Simon Fraser University.

    They close early though, so I don't hit that place when I'm in Vancouver as often as I'd like.

  4. Yeah. It's one thing to "make things you like", but a little harder to make things that other people made without the recipe.

    There was this bakery in Ohio that made these amazing cherry rolls. Whenever we would visit family we always had to go there. Every once in a while we could bribe family to send them. It took us quite a few tries but we finally made a reasonable approximation right as the place closed.

    You had to think - what would they use 50 years ago that was cheap and plentiful. Turns out it was maraschino cherries.

    So - there was a restaurant in my city that tried to automatically add a 20% tip to everyones order. Thankfully that failed spectacularly. For all of what people say about socialism - their actions are quite different. Stated preference vs. preferred preference. I mean, no matter how crappy a server was - they would get a 20% tip. But California keeps doing all of this crap. Don't think there is a minute that goes by that even I will have to bounce.