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CNN reports here on a study of the relationship between climate change and coffee bean cultivation.
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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.
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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.
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CNN reports here on an Arizona truck accident this week that spilled 40,000 pounds of liquid chocolate onto a highway. No injuries were reported. To put this event in perspective, NBC News reports here on the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 which killed 21 people.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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