Famous Dave’s Coleslaw

Creamy, crunchy and tangy.

What else do I need to say about this wonderful side sold by the Famous Dave’s chain.

This coleslaw is about the best I have ever tasted. Always cold and with a satisfying crunch you don’t often find in some coleslaws. The shredded pieces of cabbage and carrot have a nice texture when you chew it. The sew and sour dressing is creamy and has a kick of horseradish, mustard and pepper. This coleslaw is the perfect counter to the rich barbecued meats they serve at Famous Dave’s. I would swear there is a splash of vinegar in it, but that might just be the horseradish.There are flecks of parsley and celery seed in it also.

I usually order extra because a side order never has enough for me and someone else.

I could make a meal of this sweet and sour coleslaw and Wilbur beans.

If you go to Famous Dave’s (or, due to current circumstances) you order pick up, do not forget to order the coleslaw!

Mid 2012 MacBook Pro

About two months ago I saw a video on YouTube showing that you could upgrade a mid year 2012 MacBook Pro into something that would be nice to work on in 2019.

Not a big fan of the @Apple iOS I was still intrigued by the prospect. I searched on-line and found a reasonably priced model and after some searching on @Amazon I had the other parts and pieces needed to do the job.

I was a little frustrated (read very) that FedEx seemed unable to locate my address. I have had no issues in the past, but this package thwarted their best attempts at finding me. I finally had to drive into Madison, to the FedEx facility to pick it up myself.

When I got home and opened the box I could see some scuffs on the top lid and when I opened the clamshell there were some little nicks on the right hand side of the base. The keyboard, trackpad and display looked good.

I plugged the charger in and turned on the laptop.

It was very slow to boot up and the bezels of the display are rather large when I compared it to my work MacBook Pro, my home HP Spectre or even my Surface Pro 6. But for a seven year old machine, the display is crisp and sharp and it has a glossy finish that looks good.

I tried the keyboard out a little and then got down to business. I loaded YouTube on my Spectre and started the Macbook upgrade – 250GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. I had note purchased a replacement battery – I wanted to see if I would like the MacBook before I purchased that. It took me about 45 minutes to finish the upgrade because I wanted to be careful not to screw anything up and I had to clean the inside – should have been done by the reseller. Now that I have done it once it would probably take me about 15 minutes to do the upgrade.

Once all of the physical changes were made I inserted the thumb drive, turned on the MacBook and loaded the Catalina OS.

The change to SSD and the RAM upgrade have made a huge change to the boot time and how this machine handles tasks. Like night and day goes the saying.

I have to tell you, I am pleasantly surprised by how well this refurbished laptop works. The keyboard is very nice to type on. Key travel is very satisfying with a pleasant feel and sound. The track pad is also good. I must not be as perceptive as some who claim that the Apple Track Pad is second to none. To me it feels like the one on my 2016 HP Spectre.

I use the MacBook Pro mainly for this blog, but I see how Keynote, Numbers and Pages could work on a daily basis. Mail, Safari, Photos and Calendar seem fine. I only use them for this Blog and my Apple Account. On a side note; Garage Band has been fun to play with.

Overall I would say that it has been money well spent. While this experience has not swayed me to the Apple camp (there are too many excellent laptops running Windows for me to switch to a current Mac) I have come to understand why some people live and die with their Apple products.

Grand China – Middleton, WI

Having moved to Middleton and wanting some Chinese take-out, I did a quick Google search and found a few places close to me. One was named Grand China (the name of a Chinese take-out I love in Stoughton, WI) so I decided to try them out.

I ordered a couple of my favorites, steamed dumplings, broccoli with garlic sauce and General Tso’s chicken. After they took my phone number I was told it would be ten minutes.

Google showed me that I was about six minutes from the restaurant so I got ready and drove to Grand China. The Restaurant is located next to McDonald’s and Starbuck’s in a small strip mall. There are a couple of tables and chairs to sit and eat your meal, but most of the location is taken up by the kitchen and counter.

The staff, from my initial phone conversation to my visit to the restaurant, were friendly and very nice.

My order was ready when I arrived and after I paid for it and was leaving the lady behind the counter informed me I could grab a can of soda for free. Nice touch.

I was primed for the food by the time I arrived home – the smell of garlic had me salivating.

The steamed dumpling come eight to a serving and have a nice amount of filling while the dough of the dumpling had a pleasant chew to it. Not thin like a wonton but not too think. The dipping sauce had elements of soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. Very nice indeed.

I usually order steamed garlic, not as a meal, but to add to my plate along side the General Tso’s. I know, General Tso’s comes with broccoli but usually only has four or five pieces so there is never enough for leftovers, let alone the initial meal. This broccoli was perfectly steamed with a beautiful deep green color and cooked thoroughly but still crunchy. The broccoli came with it’s own small box of rice.

The General Tso’s chicken was very tasty. There was plenty of chicken and about six pieces of broccoli (told you). The sauce was sweet and tangy with only a hint of heat. The take-out menu indicates this selection will be “Hot & Spicy” but it is not. Not a deal breaker, I just made a mental note to request more heat the next time I order.

By ordering the steamed broccoli there is enough chicken and broccoli to feed four people. You would want to order extra sauce to coat the extra vegetables.

Grand China, located at 2608 Allen Blvd, Middleton WI 53562, is definitely a welcome addition to my take-out rotation. I would recommend this Chinese-American restaurant to anyone. Enjoy!

UNO Pizzeria & Grill

You Never Get A Second Chance To Make A First Impression. I should have run when the waiter’s initials we’re “B. M.”. Went out to dinner with my youngest daughter and we decided to stop at this restaurant.

This place is NOT an Uno’s. The service is terrible. The person playing host sat us at a table that was covered with water. It looked like someone had removed glasses from the table and left all of the condensation behind along with spilled puddles of water. The host actually stopped, saw the water on the table, thought about (maybe) doing something (like wiping the table off) but instead set our menus down in the water. Now, keep in mind that the restaurant was not busy – there were 4-5 tables and as many servers. Luckily there is a roll of paper towels at each table (maybe so the staff doesn’t have to clean the tables before seating someone else at them) so we picked up the dripping menus and wiped them and the table off.

Strike One.

The server (B.M.) finally came over and took our drink and appetizer order. He seemed about as happy to see us as we had been when we were seated at our wet table. After about 5 minutes he (B.M) wandered back over and wanted to know if “he could get us anything?” (A new server?) We placed our pizza order and waited for the appetizer. And waited. And waited. He finally brought it out and plopped it on the table “Enjoy” and walked away.

Strike Two.

We ate the appetizer but didn’t want to eat too much because our pizza would be coming – (right!?!?!). So we talked and waited and talked some more and waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, thinking our pizza must be coming soon, I asked to have the remainder boxed up. “Do you want me to do that in back or bring you the box?” Holy crap where do you find this class of people? I shook my head and told him to bring me the box. He came back with a box (fastest service of our dinner) and dropped the receipt on the table and started with the “you can pay me when you are ready.” To which I replied “Where’s our pizza?”

Strike Three.

The whole time we were there I never saw (B.M.) move that fast. Now if you have had the misfortune of visiting this restaurant you know that you can see into the kitchen. My daughter and I watched as (B.M.) and another server scrolled through the orders on the monitor. You guessed it. Our pizza order was not there. After many jerky movements (start to walk out of the kitchen, walk back in, stare at the monitor, walk back to the dining room) B.M. started to walk back to our table then thought better of it and fumbled his way to the register and yelled “You had the Numero Uno, right?”

Strike Four?

Wait. You don’t get four strikes.

Damn straight.

It went downhill from there. I can safely say that I will never go back. No apology. No offer to make things right. Google needs to make it so we can give negative stars when we review places like this. The only way this place can stay in business must be due to the close proximity of hotels with an abundance of guests that never return. I did not tip. I am hoping that B.M. realizes that he should not be waiting tables. I am hoping that he realizes that before someone else has to suffer through a meal at Uno’s with him.

Do Not Go There!

I can not recommend it.