Picture of the Day: Huevos Rancheros

I love Huevos Rancheros and this is one of the breakfasts I like to order at Black Bear Diner in Colorado Springs.

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On Walkabout At: K-Bob’s Steakhouse In Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Recently my wife and I were driving through Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and stopped to get gas as well as find some place to get lunch.  I hadn’t realized it but TorC is home to one of the K-BOB’s Steakhouse restaurants.  K-BOB’s is the steakhouse my wife and I often stop at whenever we are visiting Ruidoso, New Mexico.  K-BOB’s is a chain of steakhouses located across 16 locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado.  What I find interesting about the locations of the K-BOB’s restaurants is that they are not located in any major city.  For example the two major cities in the area where I live, El Paso and Albuquerque do not have a K-BOB’s, but the much smaller cities of Ruidoso and Truth & Consquences do.  Even in the other states none of the major cities like Dallas, Houston, Denver, etc. have K-BOB’s.  It seems like they are intentionally targeting smaller towns that have a country/western vibe to it.

The K-BOB’s in Ruidoso is nicely furnished with of course country/western interior however the K-BOB’s in TorC is not as nicely decorated though I did like seeing the head of this oryx mounted on the wall:

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For those that don’t know, the oryx is not native to New Mexico.  According to the National Park Service website this animal was brought from the Kalahari Desert in Africa to an experimental range at Red Rock, New Mexico. Federal law prohibits introducing a wild animal from another country into the wild in the US, so offspring were obtained at this experimental range to introduce onto the White Sands Missile Range. Between 1969 and 1977, 93 oryx were released on White Sands Missile Range. There are now about 3000 animals roaming the wilds around WSMR. Annual hunts for the oryx began in 1974 on the Missile Range to keep their numbers manageable. The oryx is a large animal that can weigh up to 450 pounds and they stand 47 inches at the shoulder. Both males and females have horns that average 34 inches long. Their brown coloring with distinctive black and white markings allows them to hide among desert shrubs. I have seen these animals up close and they are extremely large. A friend of mine actually got a license to hunt one oo these animals and he told me the meat from the one he killed was not very tasty if anyone is wondering.

Anyway the ribeye I ordered at K-BOB’s that was smothered with cheese and peppers was tasty:

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My wife on the other hand just ordered a regular ribeye which is what she always orders at the K-BOB’s in Ruidoso as well:

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We both found our meals to be quite good.  Also the service here was excellent as well.  Our waitress was very friendly and made sure we received our food, drinks, and refills in a timely manner.  So all in all this K-BOB’s was of equal quality to the one in Ruidoso other than it is a bit smaller and not as nicely decorated.  However, if you are just looking for a good steak and friendly service you can’t go wrong with the K-BOB’s in TorC.

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On Walkabout At: K-BOB’s Steakhouse In Ruidoso

This past weekend my wife and I made one of our regular trips to beautiful Ruidoso located in New Mexico’s White Mountains.  Every time we drive up to Ruidoso we always stop to have lunch at our favorite restaurant in the area, K-BOB’s:

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K-BOB’s has 16 locations spread across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado.  What I find interesting about the locations of the K-BOB’s restaurants are that they are not ever in a major city.  For example the two major cities in the area where I live, El Paso and Albuquerque do not have a K-BOB’s, but the much smaller cities of Ruidoso, Truth & Consquences, and Socorro, New Mexico all do have restaurants.  Even in the other states none of the major cities like Dallas, Houston, Denver, etc. have K-BOB’s.  It seems like the intentionally target smaller towns that have a country/western vibe to it like Ruidoso has.

The K-BOB’s in Ruidoso is nicely furnished with of course country/western interior and most of the people you see eating there look like they just came off the ranch to grab lunch.  Since I am from small town Colorado, K-BOB’s is the type of restaurant I really feel comfortable eating at plus the fact that the food is great helps as well.  What I ordered was the ribeye steak, which is pretty much what I order every time I come here because it is so good.  They also serve a New York Strip here, which I have ordered before but I don’t like the seasoning on it.  It is too spicy where as the ribeye is seasoned just perfectly.  There are various sides you can order with the steak, but I always get the baked potato and broccoli with my ribeye:

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The ribeyes at K-BOB’s are so good you do not need steak sauce, which is a key sign of a good steak.  The broccoli always has a fresh taste and the baked potato with everything on it is always perfect.  My wife usually gets the ribeye as well, but this time she went with K-BOB’s kebabs:

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These are actually quite good as well and something I order occasionally just to try something different from time to time at K-BOB’s.  Like with the ribeye these kebabs do not need steak sauce because they are flavored just right.  My wife also always goes with the baked potato and broccoli for her sides.  Our meals along with the salad bar and drinks came out to about $35.  You really can’t beat the value for such high quality food.  I have eaten at much more expensive steakhouses before that do not match the taste of K-BOB’s.  I can’t vouch for all the other K-BOB’s franchise, but I can tell you that the one in Ruidoso has always treated us with great atmosphere, service, and of course food.  So check it out if in town.

 

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Picture of the Day: Japanese Pepsi

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Things tend to be smaller in Japan when compared to the US and soda cans are no different. This is the typical size of a soda in Japan.

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Picture of the Day: Another Bento Box

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Here is another example of the bento boxes I love to eat when visiting Japan. I have actually found these bento boxes for sale in the US in areas with large Asian populations as well. They make for a nutritious and easy lunch.

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Picture of the Day: Japanese Bento Box

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This is your typical Japanese bento box that can be bought in convenience stores in Japan. I live off these things when I am in Japan because they are so cheap to buy. A box like this costs only about $4 to $5 range. Definitely an affordable way to eat in Japan.

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Picture of the Day: Penfolds Rawson’s Retreat Wine

This is what my wife and I were drinking this past weekend:

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We both love Penfolds wine even a cheaper wine like their Rawson’s Retreat line.  Rawson’s Retreat is named after Christopher Rawson Penfold’s original stone cottage, which still stands among the vines at Magill Estate, in Adelaide, South Australia.  These wines are affordable, everyday, easy-drinking wines that can be found for sale here in the US.  This particular bottle I actually picked up at Albertson’s.  I have more expensive vintages from Penfolds that are part of my wine collection I brought over from Australia, but Rawson’s Retreat is a good, cheap, sipping wine to eat dinner with.

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Burger King Announces That “Whopper Bars” Will Serve Beer

So is anyone up for a Whopper and beer?:

Gimme a Whopper, fries — and a beer.

Those words are no longer wishful thinking. Friday, Burger King (BKC) will unveil plans to sell beer and burgers at a Whopper Bar — a new BK concept to compete with casual dining restaurants — in Miami Beach’s tourist-heavy South Beach. The South Beach Whopper Bar is scheduled to open in mid-February.

Don’t look for beer at conventional Burger Kings. That’s not in the plans. But more Whopper Bars — which offer an assortment of burgers, toppings and beer — could be on tap in tourist hot spots such as New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, says Chuck Fallon, president of Burger King North America.

A brewski at the new Whopper Bar — served in special aluminum bottles to keep them extra cold — fetches $4.25. Or, order beer as part of a Whopper combo and your bill will be $7.99 — roughly $2 more than the same combo meal with a fountain drink.  [USA Today]

I don’t each much fast food or beer so I won’t be eating here any time soon.

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Picture of the Day: Old Mesilla Valley Chile Salsa

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The last time my wife and I drove up to La Mesilla outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico we stopped by a store selling locally made chile and salsa.  We picked up this bottle of chuck wagon salsa.  We appreciated the fact that the salsa did taste fresh, but we were not overly impressed by the salsa.

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Picture of the Day: Cockatoo Ridge

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I brought back with me from Australia quite a robust wine collection, however I was at Albertson’s the other day and saw this imported Australian wine for sale.  I haven’t heard of Cockatoo Ridge before so I decided to pick it up.  This cabernet merlot was mediocre and not quite as good as Yellow Tail, which is average in its own right.  Australia has many fine wines, but these cheap exports like Cockatoo Ridge have been accused of ruining the Australian wine industry.

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