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Blast from the Past: Hipp’s Bubble Room.

This place was a few blocks from my old man’s office on McCullough in San Antonio. Great burgers and decor! From the early 60’s? The cast of VIVA MAX ate and drank here a lot.

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Hipp’s menu.

Christmas lights up all year.. and a shelf all around the room  near the ceiling that had an electric train running.

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inside

Crossing the Border.

My wife’s job is moving to Kansas, 25 miles away. So we are moving to be only 2 miles from her work, rather than 25. We tried to find a place in Missouri without many steps and on the first floor since we have her mum with and she uses a walker. Hello Overland Park/Leawood!

I will at least be able to walk to the grocery store. In this area, there are two Whole Paychecks within 3 miles of each other. The closest one caters to rich hippies (more schnozz jewelery and lurid tattoos); they other is a haven for soccer moms who seem to be mainly tall Skandahoovian women. There is also a Dean & DeLuca, which is even more insanely expensive than Whole Paycheck. Hen House, a local chain, is more reasonable, and even has a whole kosher butcher shop and a wider selection of fresh sea food than the others I have mentioned.

There are also S. Asian greengrocers and halal butcher shops in the area. Olathe or KCKS is where I shall go to get my ingredients for comida mejicana.

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A recent painting of mine.

Who would believe they would freak out in Kansas, Suzy Creamcheese…” Frank Zappa.

Rheinlander, in Independence, MO

I had the bratwurst plate last night.. great German-style brats and the best home made sauerkraut that I have had in years. It had little juniper berries in it.

sauerkraut.

Daß schmeckt gut.

I had a wonderful Spaten Oktoberfest with this.

Pig roast at Local Pig, KCMO and another opening.

Wow.. this was great. They made their own beans and the cole slaw was not some bland and overly sweet grocery store salad bar mush. I was most impressed.  This was for the grand opening at Local Pig, a an artisanal butcher shop that produces charcuterie  in the East Bottoms. This is about two blocks from Knucklehead’s, a music venue where have I occasionally sat in on accordion at the blues jams, just north, across the railroad tracks.

Inside the Local Pig..

The Local Pig has a nice interior.

There was quite a crowd, even when I got there a bit after noon. It was chilly and windy, in the 40s, but pleasant. There seemed to be a rather well-behaved crowd.

behind the Local Pig

The crowd is served.

The plates were quite nice. The buns/rolls were amazingly good. Not some sort of  Bunny Bread/burger bun dreck.

Here’s a photo of my plate.

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Pork plate at Local Pig's grand opening.

If I had known, I could have gotten some ribs. But I didn’t. Here’s a plate of rib remains. Sigh. Whimper.

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Had I just know; I could have had a rib or three. Shucks.

Lest we forget, the guest of honor… a noble beast..

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Head office!

And here’s the guest of honor with the woman who was nobly serving the Boulevard Ales on tap. Good work, folks!

the guest and a minion

The Guest of Honor and one of his Minions..

Not forgetting, EL TORITO #3 (I think it’s number 3) just opened its new supermercado on the north side of Independence Avenue, across from ACE Hardware. It’s a really nice place to shop for comida and has a great carniceria.

Bourdain on the Simpsons Nov 13, 2011

And something on waiters from Houston..

Good for Wendell Pierce!

Antoine Baptiste! Bunk Morland! You tha’ man!

You gabacho honkies with broken innards,  new used kayaks, and PTSD ought to follow his lead..

Wendell Pierce, of ‘The Wire’ and ‘Treme,’ to open groceries in New Orleans ‘food deserts’

why I bet there are some food deserts in Richmond. Maybe the congresscritters and councilman Chuckie “Cheese” Samuels will pitch in. Fat chance.

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"Please sir, I want some more!"

The Ali G of Culinary TeeVee

Baron Ambrosia: From da Bronx.

a self-proclaimed “quaffer of culinary consciousness” and travels around New York City, mostly in The Bronx, documenting various ethnic cultures and their indigenous cuisines, represented typically by the small food establishments (including restaurants, food trucks, street vendors, and grocery stores) he visits. Baron Ambrosia has appeared in Fornal’s self-produced video podcast Underbelly NYC and currently stars in the public-access television cable TV channel BronxNet‘s Bronx Flavor.