My food rating system

Effects of eating food with the following ratings:

***** (five stars)

Reverent silence. Praising God in heaven. Joy to be alive. Upper torso slowly rocking back and forth. Hope people aren’t staring. Whatever. Later, embarrassing gushing.

**** (four stars)

Slow deep breaths and contemplation. Gratitude. May hear a rousing hymn, or Stars and Stripes Forever. Soon, babbling. Sorry.

*** (three stars)

Life still good. The big drop is to the next rating.

**~ (2.5 stars)

My late father-in-law called this “gut-packing food.” Its purpose is mainly to keep you from starving. Really not a compliment.

** (two stars)

Wistful melancholy. Consideration of the concept of opportunity cost. Concern over the real possibility of forgetting and eating this again.

* (one…star…)

Frustration over the fact that there is now one less meal in this short life. Concern over how to save others from this, even enemies. Maybe wash out the taste with kerosene, but can you wash out the memory? Denial, but still, looking to the future with hope.


The best fish tacos overflow the plate

Large and wonderful fish taco, with cilantro, pico de gallo and sliced cucumbers added

From the amazing Fuego Tortilla Grill in College Station. Mysteriously wonderful food. In a good, er, great way.


Grocery store sushi rolls

Sushi rolls with orange spicy sauce#embarassedilikeitbutido

Twenty years ago when I lived overseas, I loved that I could get sushi rolls at the grocery. In the past several years I now see them in just about every grocery here. Very nice, especially when they’re good (like these from the Kroger in Bryan).

salmon sushi rolls


Frito-Lay: cool company

Ruffles bag with large clump of ruffles flavoring

Big clump of spice (“cheddar and sour cream”) in my Ruffles. Called the 800 number; no hold time and they’re sending coupons for replacement chips.

Even when I told them they didn’t need to since I’ll be using this spice anyway. Cool company.

Update: $2 worth of coupons sent (double what I paid for the Ruffles). Nice!



Flash Player everywhere. :-/

Please download Flash Player. Alert on a customer monitor at a Subway restaurantAnd kind of pushy



Chalupa. Taco. Warm. Juicy. Drool

taco and chalupaTaken at Coco Loco




A southern U.S. New Years tradition: blackeye peas and cornbread

Blackeye peas. Cornbread.


Huerta’s Taqueria

Taco truck

plate of taco truck food in foreground. feet of people in line for theirs in backgound

Much flavor. Much food. Located behind the under-construction Agrilife Headquarters building around lunchtime. (See approximate location on Google Maps.) It may be helpful to beat the construction workers by getting there around 11:45 or so. Note that they leave at 12:10-12:20 once everyone’s served.

Then, enjoy your meal on the nice tables in the Texas A&M Holistic Garden.

Once the Agrilife building is completed, of course, Huerta’s will no longer be in this location. But the Garden will still be there.

food motorcycles


Harley. 1200. Low. *smiles*

nachosShot using ShakeItPhoto, a cool iPhone Polaroid emulator. This app mimics that old camera’s style right down to the sound, having to shake it to speed up its “development”, and the color effect.