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Deep Fried Twinkies, Cookie Dough and Snickers – no problem! I can gain 60lbs in one sitting!

This is the first hot dog joint, where the desserts take center stage, although you may want to go ahead and sign that living will before you order. If they can batter it and fit in a fryer, then they will do it. It’s about as deep-fried, a festival-style you can get; including choices like a deep-fried Twinkie, deep-fried Ding Dong, deep-fried Snickers bar, deep-fried Oreos and deep-fried cookie-dough balls. Seriously!!! Pam’s offers thirteen different dogs to choose from. The one that bears the restaurant’s name, the Chicago-style hot dog, is served on a poppy-seed bun and topped with peppers, ... Read More »

Jerk Chicken in St. Louis … seriously! And it’s phenomenal!!!

In my travels, I am constantly surprised at how little I know about things I claim to know a lot about. For instance, I really like my Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas, swimming with gravy and with tons of hot sauce and some water cress salad on it. Simple food, with an extraordinary impact! Having worked in St. Louis for the last 15 months, I’ve had time to appreciate this city and the suburbs. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend St. Louis to anyone, if they had to choose from the multitude of other much more interesting cities in the US. As for ... Read More »

8 tips for hiking Mt. Pinatubo

My tips for going up Mt.Pinatubo Take a change of clothes. When you hike all the way up, you’re going to jump into the crater lake. You’ll need clean clothes for the ride back. There is also a full shower, that you can use at the spa town and even get a massage after the hike. Bring multiple bottles of water. You’ll need it. There is no clean water going up to Pinatubo. There is one toilet stop along the hike, you can wash your hands in the stream, however you can’t drink the water. Water is cheap before you ... Read More »

Monday Morning Consultant – Promos, Status and FourSquare?!?! Seriously!!!

When a consultant is on the road, we live and die by the hotel promos. It is the bread and butter perk of all perks (well that and the airline status). However in the chase for business, hotel chains are constantly competing with each other to get the most out of the business people and consultants who work on the road for a living. Every quarter, they come up with a new promo to drum up business. My Q1 promo was with the Marriott, where they offered a MegaBonus of 50,000 points, if you stayed 25 nights in a quarter ... Read More »

Three basic food groups in Montreal : Schwarma, Croissants and Smoked Meat

In Montreal, there are only three basic food groups: Schwarma, Croissants and Smoked Meat. Each of these food groups creates significant foodie discussions and most people are quite passionate about their chase for the best of each. Any full day in Montreal will include a combination of all three along with liquor and accoutrements. Schwarma – The Lebanese’ community has provided many things to Montreal, but nothing with more impact than a Coke, garlic potatoes and Schwarma – I have no cares about who invented the “trio”, but this was the best staple of university. I still maintain that Boustan’s ... Read More »

Monday Morning Consultant – Osama Bin Laden edition

So if you didn’t hear … Obama took out Osama. Rhymes doesn’t it? Mission Accomplished and now time for a lot of happy backslapping in the US Government. Good stuff, now the war on “terror” is over and we can go back to our lives. Here is the official Star post and obit : http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/983926–obituary-osama-bin-laden-was-the-face-of-terrorism?bn=1 I’m relieved and all will go back to normal. Yes, everything is back to normal. NOT!! When a consultant hears the news of a global terrorist icon like Osama being taken out, you know what goes through their minds? Good lord!! The lines at Pearson ... Read More »