Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Las Vegas Weekend

Laurie and I loaded up her Chrysler PT Cruiser and headed to North Las Vegas, Nevada for a weekend with our son Andy, his bride Jenn and their two English Bulldogs, Blitz and Dooley.

After driving about 100 miles it was time for breakfast.

We were near Victorville, California so that meant only one thing. . .

Emma Jean's!!!

Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe is one of Guy Fieri's picks for his "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" TV show on the Food Channel. It was Laurie's first trip to Emma Jean's.

I think she liked it.

The Bacon and Eggs for her
The Kielbasa and Eggs for me

"HARDY" and "DELICIOUS" are the words that most come to mind.

"STICK-TO-YOUR-RIBS" is a good phrase too.

After leaving Emma Jean's, it was on to North Las Vegas!

Dooley and Blitz

I must admit, they are a riot to watch in their never-ending canine sibling rivalry.

Two Football Couch Potatoes

That's Andy on the right if you can't tell the difference in our two bald heads.

We spent Saturday analyzing a plethora of college football games and Sunday doing the same to the NFL games. For us, a Vegas weekend is a lot of time with family and hardly any time on the glitzy Las Vegas Strip.


Jenn and Andy at
Hash House A Go Go

Adam Richman has a food show of his own on TV's Travel Channel called "Man vs. Food".

The basic premise of the show is that Adam travels to a city and reviews three restaurants that serve either incredibly LARGE portions or incredibly HABAÑERO HOT food. When he came to Las Vegas, the Hash House A Go Go was the spot he recommended for breakfast.

On Monday morning we decided to take on the challenge.

"Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Biscuit Benedict"

Andy opted for Adam Richman's breakfast of choice at the Hash House A Go Go. By coincidence it is also named after an Andy. It includes fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomato, griddled mozzarella and chipotle cream.

"Hash House Smoked Salmon Biscuit Benedict"

Lauries's choice included fresh asparagus, sundried tomatoes, and chill cream.

"Hash House Famous Pumpkin and Chocolate Flapjack"

Jenn went "light" with a (singular) flapjack . . . good choice in this food orgy of a menu.

"The Tractor Driver Combo"

I was sold by the name alone!

Two eggs over easy, hardwood smoked bacon and a Hash House Famous Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack.

Large but manageable, I think I made the right call.

All Four Breakfasts before the carnage!

In the end, only one person could finish . . .

Hey, IT WAS ME!!!

It was a great way to end the weekend!


Wabash wins the Monon Bell!!!

The winner of the Wabash vs. DePauw game gets to keep the Bell for the next year. The Little Giants (9-1) prevailed this past Saturday 32-19. With this win in the 116th meeting between the two schools, the Little Giants now lead the series 54-53-9. Their win came at the expense of a 7-2 DePauw team that made the NCAA Division III Playoffs despite the loss. Even sweeter was the fact that Wabash was also included in the 32 team 2009 NCAA Division III Playoffs as they received one of the 6 At-Large bids. Wabash opens the Playoffs at 9-1 Illinois Wesleyen this weekend.


BRANDON: Willamette (8-2) finished their season with a 48-10 victory over Menlo.

TABER: San Diego (4-6) beat Morehead State 13-7.

JASON: Arizona (6-3) lost to California 16-24.

GEORGE: Washington (3-7) lost to Oregon State 21-48.

LARRY: Although his Nebraska-Omaha (7-4) team had already finished their regular season last week and did not earn an invitation to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, they DID get invited to play West Texas A&M (6-5) in the Kanza Bowl played in Topeka, Kansas on December 5th.


Tough weekend for Hässleholm's two favorite college teams as they were both beaten.

The Miami Hurricanes (7-3) lost to North Carolina 24-33.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane were handled by East Carolina 17-44 in a rare Sunday night college game.


I'm proud to announce that the New Orleans Saints improved to 9-0 on the season by beating the St. Louis Rams 28-13. Our Godson and Saints' linebacker, Scott Fujita, returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a torn calf muscle and played well.

Also of note was the Sunday night game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. I say this because it was my first chance to watch the Patriots' offensive left tackle Sebastian Vollmer. . . STUD!!!

Vollmer is special for all of us connected with American football in Europe. He grew up in Kaarst, Germany learning to play the game there before accepting a football scholarship to the University of Houston. Everyone in Europe was pumped when Sebastian was drafted by New England last spring in the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft with the 58th pick overall. He was amazing to watch Sunday night as he dominated the Colts' defensive end Dwight Freeney ALL NIGHT LONG!

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