AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…
Thank you for reading!
AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…
Thank you for reading!
Today’s read is from Wayne Allyn Root, a CEO, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and nationally syndicated talk show host on USA Radio Network. Here’s a brief excerpt.
Yes, President Trump has made America great again. The economy is booming. Jobs are plentiful. Wages are way up. The stock market is perhaps the best of all time. But it’s more than that.
On this Valentine’s Day, President Trump has made it fashionable to love America again. It’s hip to be American. It’s cool to celebrate America’s greatness. It’s politically correct to put America first. We’re encouraged to stand for the national anthem and to chant, “USA, USA!”
And the result of all of this is that Americans who actually love America are happy again. We’re feeling the most satisfied of our lives. We are free to be ourselves. We don’t have to be silent anymore.
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sunday published a 1,545 word story on a drag queen from Milwaukee.
Didn’t read it and won’t. And no, I’m not giving a link.
Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.
This week’s topic is…
Photo: Maria’s, Milwaukee
There are two important components to this week’s no-no, and they’re tied together.
First, interesting nugget according to PMQ Pizza Magazine’s Pizza Power Report 2020:
Pizza chains are growing their sales while independent pizzerias struggle a bit.
“Independents still lead the chains in total number of units nationwide, but CHD Expert says that lead is shrinking. The chains saw their number of units rise to 36,151 (from the 2018 total of 34,967), while independents lost a little bit of ground with a total of 41,573 stores (compared to 42,026 in the previous year).
“The worse news for independents, as CHD Expert reports, is that they continue to lag behind the chains in total sales. Independents saw their sales drop by 1.33%, from $18,780,796,296.57 for the previous year ending September 2018 to $18,531,653,875.99 for the same period in 2019. As in years past, the pizza chains showed some growth, from $26,952,859,714.50 in the previous year to this year’s total of $27,806,315,514.43, an increase of 3.17%.”
Personally, I prefer pizza from an independent than any chain. For example, I definitely would dine at Zapapizza in Portland, Oregon.
But I can’t. Why not? I’m not going to be in Portland anytime soon. And besides, the restaurant recently closed. Despite a unique menu and concept the pizzeria sadly closed after just five months.
Zapapizza quickly became known for going beyond the customary taco pizza by topping its pies with taquitos, chilaquiles and other traditional Mexican dishes.
Taquitos on a pizza (above). A taquito is a Mexican dish consisting of a small tortilla that is rolled around a filling of meat and cheese and then deep-fried.
Chile relleno pie. Chiles rellenos are a traditional Mexican dish made of roasted poblano chiles stuffed with Oaxaca cheese, dipped in an egg batter and fried, then covered with a rich salsa roja
Taquito Mexican Pan Pizza: cheese, green sauce, sour cream, avocado salsa, cilantro, pico…and a potato & cheese taquito PER SLICE.
This past week Zapapizza owner Nick Zukin was downhearted when he wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page:
“It’s funny because I was in knots all day yesterday knowing I would have to tell the staff we would be closing — telling them they would no longer have a job. I woke up at 4am unable to sleep. I had a headache and was on the edge of tears the entire day. But the first person I told, Christopher, gave me a big hug and said he was sorry — for me. Most of the rest of the staff was asking if I was okay and was worried for me after I told them. It was very humbling. It also makes me even more ashamed that I failed them.
“Harrison said, ‘It’s not your fault,’ but it is. There are things that definitely made success harder, from city red tape and fees to a contractor that took 6 months longer than he should have and cost me most of my cash reserves. But ultimately, we just never had enough business and that’s on me. I chose to serve a food that downtown lunchers weren’t really interested in. I chose too big a space for a new restaurant serving something unusual. It’s on me. Entirely.”
Zukin also offered some advice to patrons and consumers.
“Don’t order from Caviar or Postmates or Grubhub. Go out to a small restaurant that can’t afford a brand manager or PR firm. Find a place where the chef cooks what he loves, where they want to share something meaningful to them with you. Order the dish you’ve never heard of, that’s not on the menu because it sells, but because it’s too dear to the chef to remove it. Let yourself be educated. Let your palate learn and explore. Understand how much care and passion and hope and pain goes into your meal whether it’s a chef with a dream or an immigrant family trying to eek out a better life for their kids.”
In short, skip the chains.
BTW, Zukin operates another restaurant in Portland.
CULINARY NO- NO BONUSES
The Journal Sentinel tried take-and-bake pizza from Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Trip and four other stores. The verdict for these Wisconsinites? Cheesy is better.
ICYMI, Culinary no-no #641
A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.
1) U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by White House Senior Adviser, and his daughter, Ivanka Trump at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Feb. 10, 2020. One more look. Photos: Reuters and Getty Images
2) U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend a dignified transfer of the remains of U.S. Special Forces soldier Sgt. 1st Class Javier Gutierrez, who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan, as the president stopped for the ceremony on his way back to Washington from New Hampshire, at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
3) First Lady Melania Trump listens to US President Donald Trump and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno (not pictured) speak to the media in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock
4) An anti-government protester throws a large rock at police during a demonstration against a Parliament session in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: AP
5) A cashier in a plastic gown works at the checkout of a supermarket in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in central China’s Hubei province on February 10, 2020. Photo: Feature China / Barcroft Media / Getty
6) Sea foam flies at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches as a high tide and large waves impact the coast in Sydney, Australia, on February 10, 2020. The Sydney area experienced its wettest weekend in more than 20 years, with strong winds and torrential rain causing flash flooding across the city. Photo: Brook Mitchell / Getty
7) A bicycle is covered in a thick layer of ice in Chicago. Photograph: Victor Hilitski/AP
8) Spanish surfer Axier Muniain rides a wave during the big waves Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge in Nazare, Portugal. Photo: AFP
9) Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for “Parasite” from presenter Jane Fonda at the Oscars, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Photo: AP
10) A soldier with the Uganda People’s Defence Force holds a desert locust in Katakwi, Uganda, on February 12, 2020. Uganda has deployed soldiers to help combat one of the worst locust infestations in the region for decades. The United Nations warned that locusts can put crop production, food security and millions of lives at risk. The swarms also pose a threat to other countries in the region, including Ethiopia and Somalia. Photo: Luke Dray / Getty
11) A Koala keeper holds an adult female koala with her 7-month-old baby at the Lisbon Zoo on February 13, 2020. Photo: Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP / Getty
12) An orphaned kangaroo joey that was rescued during the bushfire season stands in the living room of partners Gary Wilson and Julie Willis, both of whom are animal carers, in the community of Wytaliba, New South Wales, Australia, on January 28, 2020. Photo released by Reuters on February 6. Photo: Jorge Silva / Reuters
13) Siba the Standard Poodle, winner of Best in Show, poses with trophies and awards at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, Feb. 11, 2020. Photo: Reuters
14) Siba, best in show winner of Westminster Kennel Club dog show, poses for a picture at the Empire State Building in New York City, Feb. 12. Photo: AP
15) A girl waits for the start of a llama race at the Llanganates National Park in Ecuador, on February 8, 2020. Woolly llamas, animals emblematic of the Andean mountains in South America, become the star for a day each year when Ecuadoreans dress up their prized animals for children to ride in 500-meter races. Photo: Dolores Ochoa / AP
16) Major William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, sits among thousands of Valentine’s Day cards with his great granddaughters at his home at an assisted living facility in Stockton, California. Some 70,000 cards and notes to “Major Bill” began pouring in after a fellow resident launched a social media campaign called “Operation Valentine,” asking friends and strangers alike to send greetings to honor White. Picture taken January 31, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Kate Munsch
17) A bride looks at her smartphone during a mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, on February 7, 2020. South Korean and foreign couples exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church’s mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, widow of the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the church. Photo: Ahn Young-joon / AP
18) Canadian Lego artist Paul Hetherington installed a four-foot-tall display in Buffalo Phil’s restaurant in Wisconsin Dells that covers an 8-by-10-foot footprint and incorporates buildings including Moosejaw Pizza, the Dells visitor center, Dells Train Center and Buffalo Phil’s itself. Photos: Carla Minsky, Buffalo Phil’s Pizza and Grille
Oh so good!
Sample some from the past week.
I love my Country, I served in the US Navy & US Army Airborne Infantry. Gulf war & Global war on Terrorism Veteran. I lost my legs serving my Country 🇺🇸 this is How I Roll..🇺🇸
Supporting our Commander in Chief
God Bless America
USA 🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸