Saturday, November 10, 2012

SAT R' DAZE

bd's Mongolian Grill

It's Saturday, time to pick up friends and head out for a regular  weekend outing for us, a trip to the Mongolian Grill, followed by Mountain of Geese, a couple markets to visit and adult beverages to be purchased. It's on 82nd, near the Babies R' Us, on the northeast side of Indianapolis. 

First a little "gift bag" for someone.  The Obamacare post surgery treatment kit (with a little help from Scout 26 for the glasses). WITH borrowed Chinese currency to pay for it! Plus there was some water balloons that look like grenades (since the hospital had that "no gun" sign), Heavy Metal Heat Hot Sauce for that bland hospital chow and some other things to entertain (or just get one to shake the head  and say "B - you need to cut back on the caffeine").
We have our bowls!  "Let's go Conquer!"

We went for what we call the "all you can conquer" lunch which is unlimited bowls to fill up and have stir fried. They have about every meat on the planet including duck and rib eye, veggies and all kinds of sauces and spices.With it you get white and/or brown rice and tortillas to eat with your creation. The one above was my second trip to the grill,  shrimp with water chestnuts, sprouts, onion, and sweet and sour sauce with red pepper added.

Our first bowls prepared, our food is on the grill.  There's a "master griller" that in a few minutes is tossing broccoli through the air like one of the flying Wallendas.

This was another plate, meat and tofu fighting it out in the battle of herbivore meets carnivore.  Delicious either way.

Then it's off to Mountain of Geese to check out any sales on clothing and gear and pick up some snap caps.

Oh My! Who would buy these??

And what's this?  Partner in Grime spotted some Dwarf Zombie Archery Targets?

Hey, they have SWAT magazine. And look! There's Tam's name on the inside pages again! Cool. What other magazines do they have?


Ewwwww.  Maybe that's good for an attack by a dwarf zombie archery target, but I'll stick with my "non tactical" good old 1911.

Bolt Action lighters - Probably illegal in Indiana.
While we were there Old NFO called with some cheer. I realize, wandering around the store, making fun of some of the items for sale, looking at the stuff I'd like to have someday, how lucky I am NOW, with the friends that I have, some of them, company included, I knew long before Home on the Range took to paper.  I appreciate all of you,  even if it's hard to say so sometimes.
After catching up, we were back to shopping.

I know the Morel Mushroom is ever so popular but somehow, these walking sticks are just wrong.


Look At the Sale Rack. Pre Rut Decoys.  This apparently is to see if other bucks are in the area and territorial.  I wonder if it  just sits there with a "rack that's larger than yours"  or has voice activation that gives out some sort of Tourettes Syndrome like buck challenges  "I'm SO going to kick your ass and take your doe."

With a few minor gun tending things in a small bag it was time to go. (I'm telling you . .  the aerosol can of Buck Bomb and some tie wrap would make a very handy SWAT weapon).

Parked next to the bat truck "hey Tam, I think I know who's going to buy those sneakers!"

And it's time to drive back into the heart of the city, with a stop at the drug store for bandages and a few other household necessities.

No, we'll pass on buying adult beverages at Walgreens (what a bargain.  Jameson regularly $25.99 now on sale for. . . . $25.99!)

So it's off to Kahns which has a selection of beer like nothing you've ever seen. 

Beer made with genuine Weasel Poo (or there's Pabst Blue Ribbon, for the exotic beer challenged).

And finally, a stop at Locally Grown Gardens in Broad Ripple.  Who knows what will be on the menu tomorrow (and why can I only grow 3 inch mutant carrots?)




Their barbecue pork is the best we've ever had up "North", but we're too full.  But, with a cold drink in hand , one that Miss D. introduced me to a while back, we continued on our way.

Time to head back homeward to tinker in the shop and have a cold brew with friends, raising a toast to Old NFO and other Vets we know for this coming Veterans Day.

Hey!  Look what I found down in the basement.  Hmmm.  Critter trap. We can make our own Weasel Poo Home Brew!


14 comments:

  1. 5 Chinese Yuan(? Ruan(?)isn't much anymore. Look up 100 000 000 000 000 dollar notes from Zimbabwe. They'll get you a nice (but cheap) cup of coffee. Not the fancy-dan candy coffee, though.

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  2. I think you meant "Mountain of Male Geese".

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  3. Wowzers...

    You certainly know how to have fun and enjoy life.

    I often wish I had neighbors like you.

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  4. I am glad y'all had a great day!

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  5. Beer with Kopi Luwak. Interesting.

    Don't bother wrangling the critters. A good gourmet coffee place will have the "weasel poo". It was everywhere after Dave Barry penned this column about 15 years ago.

    http://www.davebarry.com/gg/decaf.htm

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  6. Yup, those Morel walking sticks ARE just wrong!

    Whenever I am in Missoula or Spokane, Mongolian grill is a must stop, for lunch.

    Bob
    III

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  7. We're able to sit around sipping our cold weasel-poo beer because of vets like you.

    Happy Veterans Day and thanks for your service!

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  8. As devastating as the election was, your kit gave me a big laugh. Laughing will probably be the only medicine we will get so we might as well get as much of it as we can.

    Sorry I can't stop by your blog so often as usual - we are at sea for another ten weeks. I'll stop in when we are in US ports and I can use my Verizon air card.

    Thanks for your service on this Veterans Day and every day.

    All the best from Port Canaveral, FL,
    Lois

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  9. What a Rooney gun on the cover of Combat Tactics!

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  10. Looks like so much fun!

    A heart felt Thank You to my Dad...my Brother...my Daughter...my Grandson...You and all the others who have served.

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  11. Brigid,

    Hope you have an outstanding Veteran's Day!

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  12. NICE!!!
    Been gone a while,lurking daily, though............

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  13. This is a good picture and description of Mongolian's cousin, the Taiwanese "hot pot," found at certain restaurants in the US:
    http://alexandriaruthk.hubpages.com/hub/Hot-Pot-Style-of-Eating-and-Cooking-Hot-Pot-and-Foods-That-Can-be-Cooked-with-Hot-Pot

    Customarily you cook at your own table, after selecting ingredients (sliced meats, prawns...) and sauces (ready-to-go or customized from ingredients) out of open refrigerators.

    There are several physical ways to accomplish this. Restaurants usually provide a specialized cooker like the one shown. An annular cooking surface, sloped downward toward a trough to let you choose whether to broil or fry any particular item, is covered anew with aluminum foil for each customer. A metal pot in the middle holds water -- essential for thermal ballast, but you'd might as well make soup with fish balls, prawns, and Chinese greens while you're at it. Underneath is a bottle-gas burner.

    This is a fun if somewhat grease-spattery way to cook (often there's a ventilating hood above each table) and if you don't like the results, there's nobody to blame but the chef!

    Well, that or the ingredients. I don't know if all busy hot-pot restaurants are good, but I guess that good ones are busy -- they have enough turnover to keep fresh ingredients on hand. As in any cuisine, limp veggies and rainbow-sheened meats are a warning sign. (The upside is that you choose the ingredients personally instead of having to trust the kitchen.)

    This style of eating is very social -- just designate a boss at each hot pot who pays attention, as the apparatus can be heated violently if you choose, but never quite evenly, and some of the thin sliced meats don't take long to cook.

    It also helps if everybody at the table is okay with garlic (I'm not sure what food tastes like without it, or why I'd want to find out, but not everyone agrees) and peanut allergy sufferers should beware of satay sauces, etc., but otherwise, there is pretty much something for everybody.

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