Sunday, February 28, 2010


I was recently on a trip and I had a few fun surprises:

Driving out of Kansas City, I found a few more neon signs I hadn't seen. They won't be posted for a while, for me it's November in AZ.

We went to Dover, MO to Terre Beau vineyards. The web site said they were open but the sign on the door said closed. But the door was slightly ajar. We caught the sister of the owner there and we did get to taste and buy some wines. Whew! I have to learn to be social and call. Maybe that's my new month's resolution.

We stayed in the magic city of Moberly, MO. The title "magic" because of explosive growth in 1873. We're members of the Holiday Inn Priority club and we got to stay in a suite - for free! We went back to the Cooper's Oak Winery in Higbee, MO. Yeah, I've talked about the wines, the wine barrels. They recognized us again (I'm going to adopt them as my family - not sure how) and they had a great story about a 17 point buck and a new Deer Beer. And The owner's father, Dale, has his picture on the 2008 Norton wine. Plus, they're about to open a new location. I'm glad to see they're doing so well. I knew their hours because I did call. Funny how that works.

Then off to Ladora, IA. We show up at the Holiday Inn and they had a happy hour going on. Snackies and wine. Yes! And they had upgraded me to a whirlpool suite. It had a kitchen and pull out bed. James and I spreading out all our shit so not needing to call room service (for extra room - zing!) is a bonus. We hurried to the Ladora Bank Bistro. And there was a great cast of characters at the bar. There was a niece of Nancy Drew writer, Mildred Benson, who lived in Ladora and cashed her checks at the Ladora Bank! They have the ledger to prove it. And a hospital CEO charmed us with his skunky wine collection stories. James was impressed by the group of snow mobilers at a big table. The owners have more plans in the works. If I really love a place, I'll call. Maybe it's because I have a recognizable voice and I'm always asked, "Uh did you call before?" I really love the bank bistro.

So James and I are filled with happy stories about to come home. We go past the very cute, St Francisville Toll bridge. I get out James' notebook so we can find out how some bridges can charge a toll. It was privately built. Cool.

We had a really good run of tiny diners. Could we find one last cute ma and pa restaurant open for dinner? We drive through Pine Island, MN. The Historic Rainbow Cafe is open, filled with people. It's a more upscale restaurant, with innovative dishes and wine. Plus historic photos of Pine Island and the interior of the cafe. Joy! It was so unexpected.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

BBQ Bucket List

Today, I had LC's BBQ for the first time. It was ok. Just ok. But it's near Raytown, where we're making the ice cream truck menus.

My favorite KC BBQ is Jack Stack. Martin City. I swear there's a picture of my great Uncle Max there. It was the first Kansas City BBQ I ever had. I'm loyal to my first love. Gates was second. Luckily, you can get Jack shipped maybe we can get some to go. I have a cooler currently filled with ice cream for our best friends.

I'm crazy and would even try to cross off four more BBQ joints. Screw it, five more!

I got this list here. Don't mention the "F" word to me. I have eaten at the F word. Past tense.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hey, Kansas City

where everything is up to date.

Jack Stack, Arthur Bryant, Gates, I am heading your way. Get the smokers ready!

Oh and Valomilk, extra candy to the Hen House - STAT.

Attention the Ladora Bank bistro and Cooper's - be on alert - we'll be rolling your way (in more ways than one!) after all that BBQ.

Is there enough links in this post?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

You don't know...

...what the ellipses stand for. For what unfinished thought, I refuse to complete, to admit. You don't know.

You don't know how to ease my pain.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tonight!!! Scary Numan, at Lee's Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis, MN

Scary Numan, my band at Lee's in Minneapolis

Come spend Mardi Gras with Scary Numan, this Tuesday at 9:30 pm at Lee's Liquor Lounge. No cover!

Address is 101 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Need a map?

Scary Numan is a "psycho retro" new wave dance band. The Youtube link shows video used during the performance and has the best sound sample.



Happy Ballentine's Day

Or Valentine's day to you and yours.
love, Debora

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Head like a hole

I know far too many smart people. Smarter than me. They're way too knowledgeable on the bible, politics, music, you name it. I have no idea why they hang out with me. I'm mostly a sleepy paperweight. I must make them look even smarter by comparison. Or they're just coming for the BBQ.

I was thinking how I could get these friends more on my level. I thought what about the old practice of trepanning? I'm not sure if it would reduce their smartitude. It's only a guess. I don't even know what parts of their heads I'd drill. Probably just random spots. Or until they start drooling.

This morning it hit me, not the cruelty or pain of drilling holes in my friend's heads. Nope. What if I was with one of these really smart friends and we were trapped in a collapsed building. Sorry, collapsed building near the bar (I'm not going multiple days without liquor - not even a made up scenario). What if this friend could've used their super smart powers to get us free but since I've reduced them to a drooling paper weight, we'd starve or have the DT's.


Time has come today. Not today. Not yet.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tick tick tick to heavy metal