7 Minute Miles

Things that make me happy

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2019 03:27 pm GMT -6 in Food,Golf,Mini Posts,Music,Technology at 3:27 PM
  • My wife and daughters, who are so kind and whip-smart
  • Everyone who has supported my recovery
  • Driving on my own
  • The Saint Dinette cheeseburger
  • Our Lowertown loft
  • The choo-choo
  • Progressive jackpots
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Code (that works)
  • Live music
  • A well-struck golf shot
  • Sunshine (on my shoulders)

The flip side of that other mini-post

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm

All my favorites

Posted Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 08:45 am GMT -6 in Food at 8:45 AM

Another stop at the HCMC cafeteria

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2019 at 8:45 am

So glad this one’s still here

Posted Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 01:18 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:18 PM

Fudds Forever

Originally published by DK on February 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Tiny fries

Posted Friday, February 1st, 2019 09:59 am GMT -6 in Family,Food at 9:59 AM

I’ve never seen such a small clown serving

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2019 at 9:59 am

Brunch at the Dinette

Posted Sunday, January 27th, 2019 02:36 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends at 2:36 PM

Thanks, Jim and Darla!

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Dinner at P.S. Steak

Posted Sunday, January 20th, 2019 11:59 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 11:59 PM

Last year, we had a big blowout birthday party in the Sinatra Lounge (the invite we did still makes me smile). This year, I was planning to go on a ski trip in Banff to celebrate landmark birthdays for MK and I. Then I had my little medical incident and we postponed the big stuff and scaled back 2019 birthday plans. I still wanted to do something a little out of the norm, so we booked a dinner reservation at the new Minneapolis hot spot, P.S. Steak.

I will forever call Chef Mike DeCamp “YoungChef2,” as that is his Twitter handle. Young Chef is a busy guy for Jester Concepts, listed as Executive Chef at Monello and Constantine and Borough and Parlour. He is also behind the weekly Sunday old-school Italian pop-up at Monello, Mama DeCampo’s (which is great, BTW). Somehow Mercado slipped by him, but P.S. Steak is the latest DeCamp project for the group.

We never made it to La Belle Vie before it closed in the 510 Groveland location, but there is so much history there (Dara called it “heavier with history than any restaurant in the state” in her first bite review). Not only was Chef DeCamp in that kitchen, but so was Tim McKee, Matt Anderson and a host of Twin Cities cocktail pioneers (make sure and read this Strib article to find out the backstory on the “Obi Pip Kenobi”). Man, I miss seeing and talking with Pip at Marvel Bar

Joy Summers has some great pictures of the remodeled 510 spaces in her Eater story, including one of our exact table in the steakhouse dining room side (to the left as you enter – the lounge is to the right). There is complimentary valet parking and I don’t think I really knew how easy it is to get there from Lowertown via I-94 and Dell Place (and back again). In Dara’s story, she described the newly renovated dining room as “Ravenclaw-meets-Eyes-Wide-Shut-for-a-drink” and personally, I couldn’t stop humming the Haunted Mansion music (which actually made the whole night extra fun for me).

So how was it? You never know what service will be like at a place that just opened, but everything went swimmingly. Our server was wonderful, all of our questions were answered, the flow of food out of the kitchen was consistent and everything tasted great. The room is not overly loud and really looks spectacular (was that Norm Green at the table next to us?). Dara asks, “Is P.S. Steak suddenly among the most expensive restaurants in town?” Yup, for sure. It’s also an instant classic that will be busy with special event and corporate expense account business that will give Manny’s a run for their money.

SK and I are the steak people in the family, so one of us tried the 8oz beef tenderloin and the other had the Denver steak. Both were wonderful – I added Stilton blue cheese to mine, while SK had a side of curry béarnaise. We all shared some Aligot (mashed potatoes with cheese), roasted baby carrots and Parker House rolls. Colleen went with one of our Chef Ramsey faves, sautéed sea scallops, while MK had the sautéed chicken breast with smoked chicken thigh, mushrooms and kale. I also shared the P.S. chopped salad with Colleen, while SK had a bowl of the caramelized onion soup (which came with tasty rye gnocchi and cave aged Gruyere).

We saw Young Chef do the cool baked Alaska thing at the table next to us, but we passed on that one. They did bring out a birthday candle in my really good hot fudge and salted peanut sundae, though. The girls shared the Andoa chocolate brownie and added a scoop of the excellent vanilla ice cream (which we think is from Izzy’s). It was a great way to end my birthday and I would definitely go back again. Sorry for the highly filtered photos – it’s not an easy room to take pictures in at night. Oh, and a shout-out to my colleague Keri, who started a new food blog called Keri Tyler Moore that made me realize I need to write about food more often (and not just post pictures to Instagram).


Originally published by DK on January 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Posted Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 02:19 pm GMT -6 in Food,History,Quotes at 2:19 PM

We may live without friends, we may live without books. But civilized man cannot live without cooks…

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm

The Three Finger

Posted Sunday, January 13th, 2019 01:45 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:45 PM

Quick stop before errands and parties

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Dinner at Mac’s on Snelling

Posted Saturday, January 5th, 2019 06:04 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 6:04 PM

The fries still rock (walleye too)

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Grumpy’s is 100% gone

Posted Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 01:13 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:13 PM

Last building standing

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2019 at 1:13 pm

Thinking of grandpa (and mom)

Posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 07:20 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Personal at 7:20 PM

The holidays are still tough

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm

A Holiday Update from HCMC

Posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:44 am GMT -6 in Family,Food,Mini Posts,Personal at 10:44 AM

Quick update from the medical professionals this week on my recovery. I had two appointments this week, one with my occupational therapist and a rare one-on-one visit with my neurovascular surgeon, Dr. Tummala. He has been named a “Top Doctor” with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine three years in a row and only visits HCMC one half day a month, so this was a special treat to get to talk with him in person.

Good news to report on all fronts: the therapist has reduced my appointments from once a week to once every other week, Dr. Tummala was pleased with my progress and approved me to start running on the treadmill, OK’d air travel and said my eyes look like they will be strong enough in another three months to not need glasses at all. We went over the results of the recent MRI and looked at a lot of scans that showed the aneurysm and the stents. I learned more about “prominent infundibulums” and why they are important to what happened to me. I should also get to stop taking the new medications they added when I left the hospital by March. So good news all around.

The only sad thing this week was the letter I received from my primary care doctor, Dr. Amal Chaniara, which said he is leaving Allina Health at the end of the year. Dr. Chaniara has been wonderful and I wish him the best of luck with his future career opportunities. He is a great doctor who really took the time to discuss things with me and I will miss seeing him.

Lastly, big shout out to the HCMC cafeteria (see above). Hospital food gets a bad rap in general, but the food and service at the cafeteria has been great. Reasonable prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of options mean I usually stop in after appointments in the new building to grab a quick bite. Not sure they always follow the latest health guidelines when it comes to what they offer, but that’s fine by me…

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2018 at 10:44 am

Good Mexican Vittles

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -6 in Food,History,Travel at 10:04 PM

Elton & Sandra Davis – your fries made my childhood better

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 10:04 pm

A festive office break room

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 12:38 pm GMT -6 in Food,Holidays,Work at 12:38 PM

Thanks, Aramark!

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Top 7 French Fries

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 08:00 pm GMT -6 in Food,Mini Posts at 8:00 PM

Screw that Harvard guy – French fries are life. I had some especially good ones this week that made me think I should list my favorites in a mini post. It’s too hard to rank them in order, so here are my current top seven in alphabetical order:

Honorable mention (and RIP) – The Station House in Sagle, Idaho (which burned to the ground at some point – thanks to the Bonner County History Museum for helping me research). Platters of fries the size of your head (made from fresh-cut Idaho potatoes, of course).

UPDATE: After further consideration, I think that McDonald’s and Raising Cane’s should be in a separate big fast food chain category and that I should replace them with Meritage and Band Box Diner.

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

A Big River Christmas

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:21 am GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 10:21 AM

Nice job decorating, MK

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:21 am

Spice drops rule

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:49 pm GMT -6 in Food,Holidays at 1:49 PM

Pure sugar = pure awesome

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Week Four Update

Posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 07:26 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Food,Football,Friends,Hockey,Holidays,Music,Personal at 7:26 PM

A little tardy on the latest update, but all is well. I survived a four hour therapy appointment and apparently did well enough that my speech therapist thinks I don’t need to continue with that track any longer. I had my long-awaited appointment with the ophthalmologist and received a pair of “magic glasses” that have greatly reduced the need for future eye patch use. They have optical film from 3M (see above) that utilizes prism technology to correct my double vision. My left eye is slightly crossed, but this stuff really helps correct that (and it’s so nice to have both eyes open all the time). The extra good news is that there is nothing wrong with either eye – the double vision is caused by the nerves that control the muscles that direct each eye and the doctor is optimistic that this will eventually correct itself. I will also be starting therapy next week to work specifically on eye exercises to help this process along.

In other HCMC appointment news, I met with an awesome neurologist who showed me the “before” and “after” CT scans of my brain from the day of the incident and from when they discharged me from the ICU. It was really cool technology and the way she explained it made it crystal clear how serious the situation was on October 8th (and how much improvement there was after three weeks). Have I mentioned how big a fan I am of the staff at HCMC? I’ll return there again on Friday for another CT scan that will hopefully continue the trend. That will also be Colleen’s last full day with me, as she returns to work on Monday. After that, my next big appointment will be on December 4th, when I meet with the lead neurosurgeon to discuss continued recovery plans and possibly a return to work date.

We saw both Charlie Parr and Hippo Campus at the Palace Theater with no issues from the lights or sound levels (the infamous Palace talkers are another story). On the advice of my friend TG, I picked up a pair of Vibes earplugs, which seemed to work well at the Hippo Campus show (and dampened the discussions of the people sitting near me). Saw one Wild win (Ottawa) and one Wild loss (Arizona) at the X with my uncle, also with no sensory overload issues. Stopped by the stadium for the start of the very loud Packers game, but found it totally manageable. Left that game before halftime to beat the train rush, but had a great time seeing people and delivering thank you cards.

With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was a busy week for seeing family and friends. Had lunch one day with a friend at Dark Horse and went over to the Inver Grove Heights AMC to see Ralph Breaks the Internet (which we both liked). We took my mother-in-law out on Thanksgiving Day for lunch at the original Buca di Beppo in St. Paul, then had a more traditional dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house in the Mac-Groveland area.

This will be my last “weekly update.” Truly thankful for you all – thanks for reading!

Cheers, DK

Week 3 Update
Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update

Originally published by DK on November 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

Nice use of the shield

Posted Monday, November 26th, 2018 09:02 pm GMT -6 in Food,Football,Shopping at 9:02 PM

NFL-approved yard of Snickers

Originally published by DK on November 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm

Never wanted a hot dog more

Posted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -6 in Food,Football,Work at 8:32 PM

Can’t wait to work again

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Brunch by kid one with kid two

Posted Saturday, November 24th, 2018 12:56 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 12:56 PM

So convenient, no?

Originally published by DK on November 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm

This stuff is so good

Posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping at 8:21 PM

…but super expensive

Originally published by DK on November 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Week Three Update

Posted Friday, November 16th, 2018 06:03 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends at 6:03 PM

The third week out of the ICU started with lots of family time and a return to HCMC to meet with a neurosurgeon P.A. to have the sutures removed from the top of my head. Since we were so close, I also stopped in at the office for a short visit. It was so great to see everyone (and get more hugs than I can ever remember). After Colleen’s excellent suggestion, I also took the opportunity to clean out my office refrigerator and empty the trash and recycling cans. During my appointment, I was cleared to attend sporting events and concerts, so I hope to return soon for the basketball classic (as a fan) and get back to the Xcel Center with my uncle to catch a Wild game. My first concert should be a perfect one to ease back into live music – Charlie Parr tomorrow night at the Palace Theater up the street.

I was hoping the Monday appointment would be more definitive on determining clearance to return to a number of things, but that was not the case. It was great to get the sutures out (which didn’t even register on the pain scale compared to things in the ICU); a return to work estimate will have to wait until next month. We added some new future appointments and had to reschedule a few others, so now I have a pretty full schedule the next few weeks. It looks like spring will be a fine goal for a return to driving (seizure risk) and biking (warmer, head injury risk). My planned 50th birthday ski trip will have to wait a season, but truly just glad to have a 50th birthday. Haven’t talked much yet about a return to running…

My brother flew up from Orlando last weekend and my sister came down from Duluth, so we spent a lot of time together. We had Carbone’s for lunch at my aunt and uncle’s house on Saturday and my brother wanted to take us out to one of his restaurants in St. Louis Park Saturday night (Yard House). He’s now with Darden Concepts as a corporate trainer and really seems to like the company. Colleen, SK and I introduced him to the magic that is Raising Cane’s the day before he flew home. Also on the foodie radar this past week: lunch with another aunt and uncle at Handsome Hog, lunch with my friend and mentor Doug at Buttered Tin and SK’s first solo server shift at Saint Dinette. I’m really spoiled with so many great options within walking distance of our place (and to have so many kind offers to buy us lunch).

It’s been very strange defining my weekdays by Price Is Right in the mornings and Jeopardy in the afternoons, but I have been working on things other than sitting on the couch and watching TV. I designed some new personal business cards and the thank you cards with SK’s custom artwork arrived this week. Finding addresses and hand writing cards takes a long time, but is actually great therapy for me. I also rolled out the artwork on all the social media platforms, as there are so many people to thank (and I don’t have all those mailing addresses). I’m just amazed at all the communities who have supported us throughout this medical emergency:

  • U.S. Bank Stadium colleagues
  • Allina Health colleagues
  • Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority staff
  • Minnesota Vikings staff
  • National Football League IT staff
  • Hennepin Healthcare doctors, nurses, EMT and support staff
  • Metro Transit Police
  • Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments
  • Fortune Bay and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • High School for Recording Arts
  • Northwest Airlines alumni
  • St. Paul Central and Ramsey Junior High alumni
  • WeRunMpls and the online running community
  • MMR

This whole time period has felt like soccer’s stoppage time – I feel like every day I get beyond Oct. 8, 2018, is a bonus. It seems crazy to me that this could be one month or another 50 years. Appointments next week include the long-awaited ophthalmology session on Friday with Dr. Chang to discuss my daily occupational therapy eye exercises (see above) and options for prism glasses to help resolve the double vision.

Cheers, DK

Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Thanks DJP!

Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 01:49 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 1:49 PM

Lunch with Doug @ Buttered Tin

Originally published by DK on November 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm

The Darden exec is in town

Posted Saturday, November 10th, 2018 08:34 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 8:34 PM

Dinner at Yard House in SLP

Originally published by DK on November 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

Second Week at Home

Posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 10:46 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Personal at 10:46 PM

The second week out of the ICU was (thankfully) low-key. I had no outpatient appointments at HCMC and my vision is to the point where I have one eye that’s really good at close-up screens and one that can watch TV clearly. I’ve done my occupational therapy eye exercises every day and ordered a cheap pair of standard glasses from Amazon that I’ll bring to my ophthalmologist appointment on Black Friday – they want to customize the plain lenses to help correct my double vision. On Monday, I’ll return to see the neurosurgeon for an incision check (and hopefully the removal of the two sutures on the top of my head).

I should be getting my AARP card in the mail any day now, since I now have not one, but two daily pill boxes full of medications (see above). It’s actually not too bad – four pills in the morning and two at night, but it’s still a big change from the rest of my life (always had a goal of no pills). Only had to take Tylenol one day this week, when I woke up with a fairly intense headache. Last night I decided to elevate my head more with a second pillow and that seemed to help. Today was the first day I felt tired at the end of the day, but I really didn’t do much physical therapy-type activities.

Yesterday and today friends visited me at home, which was really nice. I have a fairly full schedule next week, but please let me know if you’d like to swing by Lowertown (a person can only watch so much Netflix per week). I received two awesome gifts this week: One from HSRA (big thanks to TC, Saintanne and crew) and one from my good friends at MSFA. My custom artwork thank you cards should arrive tomorrow, so that will be another project to start working on while I’m home. My brother flew up from Florida tonight, and I’ll be visiting lots of family this weekend. Nice to see the Wild playing good hockey too…

Week 1 Update

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Thank you, MSFA

Posted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 02:05 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Work at 2:05 PM

Took a lot of coordination for delivery, but it’s beautiful

Originally published by DK on November 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Fancy remodel on University

Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2018 01:19 pm GMT -6 in Design,Food at 1:19 PM

They have the meats

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Trick or treaters: 0, DK: 1

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 08:01 pm GMT -6 in Food,Holidays at 8:01 PM

Secure building = I get all the candy

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

We are all back in the game

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 05:11 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 5:11 PM

Pizza night in the neighborhood

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Post-race brunch

Posted Sunday, October 7th, 2018 12:01 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 12:01 PM

Parlour St. Paul has super-boozy malts

Originally published by DK on October 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

$6.75 is a steal

Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2018 01:12 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:12 PM

Best chain burger ever

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Need to try this next game

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2018 12:50 pm GMT -6 in Food,Football at 12:50 PM

Is the purple grape?

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Idéal pour partager!

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 12:06 am GMT -6 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 12:06 AM

Thank you Grand Marais Ben Franklin

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2018 at 12:06 am

Since 1969

Posted Saturday, September 15th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

…just like me

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Canadian bacon, eh?

Posted Saturday, September 15th, 2018 06:23 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 6:23 PM

Thanks, Sven and Ole

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

The Birch’s burger is top 5

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 10:02 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 10:02 PM

Nicely done, Chef Shane

Originally published by DK on September 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Favorite part of game day

Posted Sunday, September 9th, 2018 01:56 pm GMT -6 in Food,Football at 1:56 PM

They haven’t taken these away yet

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm

D. Brian breakfast for lunch

Posted Friday, September 7th, 2018 01:43 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:43 PM

That was a lot of food

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Still a great discovery

Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 11:37 am GMT -6 in Food at 11:37 AM

Downtown Arby’s rocks

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2018 at 11:37 am

Record-breaking! 2,046,533

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 02:01 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,History,Links at 2:01 PM


Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm

NotATweet: bad fair food

Posted Monday, September 3rd, 2018 03:57 pm GMT -6 in Food,Tweets at 3:57 PM

Thumbs way down on my one new item this year – the pepperoni chips (and I love pepperoni)

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm

NotATweet: Pronto Pup changes

Posted Monday, September 3rd, 2018 01:53 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:53 PM

The Pronto Pup sticks are longer and sharper this year and I’m not eating as many

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

My 2018 Champion

Posted Monday, September 3rd, 2018 12:06 pm GMT -6 in Art,Food,Pop Culture,Television at 12:06 PM

Have you turned it off and back on again?

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

50 Years at the Fair

Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 03:31 pm GMT -6 in Food at 3:31 PM

Kicking it off @ LuLu’s Public House

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2018 at 3:31 pm

NotATweet: Birch’s Lowertown

Posted Sunday, August 26th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food,Tweets at 1:28 PM

Too bad Birch’s Lowertown is going to miss most of Saints season

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Happy brunch times ?

Posted Sunday, August 26th, 2018 12:25 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 12:25 PM

So proud of kid one

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm

First time at Hyacinth

Posted Saturday, August 25th, 2018 07:40 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:40 PM

Some hits, some misses

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Needed a Punch fix

Posted Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 12:59 pm GMT -6 in Art,Food at 12:59 PM

Thanks for the reminder, CK & SK

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Even wore my Zantigo hat

Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 07:22 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:22 PM

Love this place so much

Originally published by DK on August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm

For the ride home

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 02:37 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 2:37 PM

Chicago Mix (of course)

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm

The Garrison Squealer ??

Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2018 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food at 7:11 PM

Bacon, wild rice and cheese from Von Hanson’s Meat

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Gaming the Clown

Posted Monday, August 6th, 2018 06:10 pm GMT -6 in Food,Games,Links at 6:10 PM


Originally published by DK on August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

Finally tried these

Posted Saturday, August 4th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -6 in Food at 8:21 PM

Hard to compete with Cane’s (and DQ, for that matter)

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Lindstrom loves cookies

Posted Saturday, August 4th, 2018 02:29 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 2:29 PM

More cookies than I’ve ever seen in one place

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Good capex or best capex?

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:28 am GMT -6 in Food,Work at 10:28 AM

Coming soon to the office – ice cream if the future

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:28 am

It was a good day

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 07:08 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:08 PM

Twofer between lunch and dinner

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Little Chef in her element

Posted Friday, July 13th, 2018 07:56 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 7:56 PM

She’s making my dinner

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Decisions, Decisions

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 11:31 pm GMT -6 in Food,Personal at 11:31 PM

I love to eat. Growing up, this was never a problem. I was a scrawny little kid, I ran in high school and stayed active through most of my adult life. Sure, I gained a little weight as I got older and my metabolism changed, but I felt like I could always eat pretty much whatever I wanted, as long as I stayed active. In my mid-forties, my running performance actually peaked, as I got faster and stronger (and amazingly got back to my high school weight). Life was good.

Then something changed.

The last two jobs have been stressful. Work priorities overshadowed personal priorities when it came to staying active. Stress eating is a thing. Ready access to all-you-can-eat buffets and fast food doesn’t help. Race results backed way off from the string of PRs and I had my first DNF (although it was a 50 mile trail run with 25,000 feet of elevation change). Then my doctor told me a number I didn’t want to believe…

Between 2012 and now I had gained 36 pounds. My arms and legs are pretty much the same, but the dreaded “donut around the middle” that so many men gain as they age had crash-landed in my little universe. Most of my lab results and other vital signs are perfectly normal – it’s that BMI that’s slowly creeping toward the obese level. I can still run and bike and golf and ski, but now I need to look at additional options if I want to get back to a normal weight (and head off other health issues).

As I wrote in my first mini post, I decided to go in and talk to my doctor about all these things. He looked at my knee and determined it was fine to start back slowly, with some stretching, added warm-up and cool-down periods during runs and an initial goal of keeping the pace slow. He also said I can bike and golf as much as I want. For now, I’m hoping to run 30 minutes three times a week, bike home from work 3-4 days a week and golf once or twice a week (closing those three pesky Apple Watch activity bands daily).

Two nerd colleagues of mine that I mainly know through social media started talking about something I hadn’t heard before: the ketogenic diet. Both lost impressive amounts of weight in a relatively short period of time and also talked about eliminating fatigue, increased focus and several other benefits. I asked my doctor about the health risks and he was not concerned, recommending that I research it further (along with diets like Whole30) and decide if I want to try one.

To be honest, once I figured out what a carb was, it became clear that they were pretty much my whole life. Almost everything in my snack drawer at work was loaded with carbs, my work fridge is full of “regular-strength” Coke and Mt. Dew cans and most of my favorite meals when I go out to eat include some form of grain and/or potato (not to mention pizza and pastas). My first question to Bynkii was how the hell can you stop eating those things? His response: I just did.

So now I’m in the process of researching this very interesting nutritional science and deciding what the priorities are for the rest of my life. My initial reaction was no way – this would be too hard. But as I read more, I think I can at least start to consider these types of changes (and things like cyclical or targeted ketogenic plans might be optimal compromises). Plus all the bacon, steak and cheese you want?

Mmm…bacon, steak and cheese…

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm

King of the North

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:36 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 8:36 PM

Long live Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

All the best places

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 07:56 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:56 PM

Nice to see Lynn at the candy store

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm


Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 11:31 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 11:31 AM

Don’t ever change, Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

Better than fireworks

Posted Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 10:54 am GMT -6 in Food,Holidays at 10:54 AM

My favorite thing about the Fourth

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

Happy birthday, CK ? ?

Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 03:36 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 3:36 PM

One more until the big one…

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Two of my favorite things

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2018 09:24 pm GMT -6 in Food at 9:24 PM

Nicely done, Dinette

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2018 at 9:24 pm

Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -6 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

I’d volunteer to research this

Posted Monday, June 18th, 2018 10:54 am GMT -6 in Disney,Food,Links at 10:54 AM

The Best Mac & Cheese at Walt Disney World

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

Disney Springs night

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -6 in Disney,Family,Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

Iron Chef, no more! Hitting up Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Smack Shack luck x2

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 10:46 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Charities,Food,Friends at 10:46 AM

They aren’t going to let Toyya and I play there any more

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2018 at 10:46 am

Wasn’t expecting this

Posted Monday, May 28th, 2018 08:35 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Shopping at 8:35 PM

Kinda like finding a “Bort”

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm

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