Drunk Horses Make the Best Pulled Pig
“CENTRAL TEXAS BBQ WITH NORTHWEST FLARE” advertising on a pickup truck led me to Drunky’s Two Shoe BBQ. A sign on their building says “Two Shoes.” DRUNKYTWOSHOESBBQ.COM is listed on their website and redirects to twoshoebbq.net. Confusing. My brain is bewildered enough these days without it having to wonder if a fictitious drunk horse has two shoes or not. The food looks good though and that’s all that matters. They have live music.
Miscellaneous Media Mogul
Clark Humphrey has been producing a Seattle-centric newsletter called “MISC” for decades. It started as a one-page photocopied zine, then got picked up by the Stranger and at this point is a fabulous daily email newsletter which I look forward to reading every morning.
MISC is mostly a list of links to local news and events with brief commentary. Clark was doing this trendy Substack blog thing back before there was a Substack, or blogs, or a commercial Internet for that matter.
DISCLOSURE: Back when Elaine and I were publishing the Belltown Messenger our ol’ pal Clark Humphrey was the editor.
Domo ariblotto, Mr. Roboto
Miso Robotics is marketing a kitchen robot called Flippy 2. Dunking fried crap is certainly something we all wish a robot could do but most restaurants don’t have the space in their kitchen for a robot setup. This oily, messy job will always require humans. Labor saving machines for restaurants are not a new thing (think brands like Robot Coupe, Vitamix, Hobart, Auto-Chlor) but this seems like a dumb idea. Jack in the Box executive Tony Darden claims that Flippy 2 will be good for “promoting safety and comfort to our team members.” Good luck with that, Tony.
Reserve your Flippy 2 today!
I’m working part time at a restaurant where more often than not someone will cook lunch for everybody. A recent meal: Tostadas topped with chipotle pork, kale and onion salsa, crema, lettuce and cotija cheese.
A Microdose of Microdonations
Chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen, which responds to wars and disasters by feeding people. It’s financed by millions of dollars in donations. It’s a huge operation. Ron Howard is making a film about it.
On a much smaller scale, Nirvana Wok contributes microdonations. Fill a box up with stuff and cook a meal and go find people to give it to! That’s a microdonation. Anybody can do it.
We microdonated to a mutual aid group this month. A half pan of pork noodles in homemade Sichuan chili oil. Used Tsue Chong Rose Brand fine cut wheat noodles, of course. Also microdonated a box full of coffee, tea, Sichuan chili peppers, mac and cheese and eight dollars in cash. Every bit helps!
Rainier Avenue Gentrification Continues
Boycott Right Wing Food!
I recently expressed disappointment with J. Kenji López-Alt’s Wok book, but now I’m the guy’s biggest fan because Kenji recently called out a bread company for supporting right wing Trumpist candidate Doug Mastriano.
Mix up some social justice with your food, people! It’s great for your street cred.
Chariots of Alien Fire
Now on Amazon Prime: Chariots of the Gods, a 1970 UFO exploitation film. A silly mockumentary made by Germans based on a silly book of the same name. Sadly, COTG contains heartbreaking scenes of the Iraq museum in Baghdad, long before the place was pillaged during the 2003 USA invasion, resulting in the loss and damage of countless art treasures from the ancient world. Avoid Amazon and watch it at the Internet Archive.