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Dixie’s Barbeque – BBQ or Toxic Waste? You decide…

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Dixie’s BBQ, 11522 Northup Way, Bellevue
Gene and Dixie Porter, (425)828-2460

It’s been about 2 years since I’ve visited Dixie’s and I honestly don’t miss it.  When I first moved to Kirkland in 1990, Dixie’s was quite yummy.  We enjoyed it every time we ate there, even if LJ (Gene’s daughter) was occasionally harsh.  Even the ever-popular “Man Sauce” had actual good BBQ-sauce flavor back then, very much unlike the toxic liquefied  “pepper spray” it’s now become today.



Red Robin “Some Pink or No Pink” Gourmet Hamburgers

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009


I saw someone eating a well-done steak recently and thought to myself, “What’s the point?”  The good news is that it also reminded me that I still needed to write a review for Red Robin, so here it is!


McDonalds “Sweet Tea” – well, it’s S W E E T, all right!

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I like iced tea.  I drink it often, and admittedly, I usually take it unsweetened.  But occasionally I do enjoy a nicely prepared sweet tea.  It’s a cold and refreshing treat that also adds a little burst of energy.

When I was driving by our local McDonalds a few days ago, I noticed they were now offering “Sweet Tea”, and it was only $1 for a large glass.  I was in the mood for something sweet to drink, so I decided to give it a try.  After all, their fresh-brewed iced tea was usually okay at this particular location, so they should be able to produce a reasonably decent sweet tea, right?

Swinging through the drive-thru, I picked up my plastic glass, condensation beading on it in suggestion of the icy chill contained within.  Pulling forward out of the lane, I quickly unwrapped the straw and poked it through the lid, immediately seeking a long pull.  Ahhh.  My mouth was awash with…

Gaaaah!!!!! The liquid was the lovely amber I expected, but nowhere was there the slightly astringent sensation or the rich earthiness of tea  to be found in that hideously sweet mouthful.  It tasted as if someone had barely kissed the water with something to color it, then mixed in simple syrup – maybe half a cup of it, based on the overwhelming sugary sensation on my tongue.

I won’t make THAT mistake again!


Monday, March 2nd, 2009


Yet another visit to Red Robin where something had to be sent back to the kitchen to get fixed.  This time it was the lukewarm "Gourmet" Mac & Cheese my wife ordered.  The good news is that they didn’t keep my wife waiting too long and they actually fixed the problem!  Halleluiah!


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