Lets talk turkey!

You might think from the first picture and the background that I was at a turkey farm.  But take a look at the second picture and you will see I was at a lumber company.  This is actually on a busy two lane road.  I had to turn around and park the car because this was just too cool.

wild turkeys

I have seen many hens in my day, roaming the fields and sometimes, backyards.  But this is the first time I saw several toms or gobblers.  They look like what we used to draw in grade school.

Turkeys

The other cool thing is that the gobblers don’t have a bounce in their step.  They simply glide along and appear to be floating across the grass.  There were three tom turkeys to nine hens.  You do the math!

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Dinner in Philly – El Vez

We had a nice dinner with friends this weekend in Philadelphia.  We went to a place called El Vez which is popular for Mexican dishes.

El Vez El Vez Sign

El Vez Bike too

We had a delicious “BAZOOKA” LIMON guacamole as an appetizer.  It is made with goat cheese, pistachio, chile flake and roasted tomato.

El Vez Guac

We tried the pulled pork tacos with slow roasted pork, avocado salsa and smoked jalapeno vinaigrette and sea bass tacos made with sweet potato puree, grilled scallions and fried jalapeno.  Delicious!

El Vez Tacos

For dessert we enjoyed the El Vez flourless chocolate cake, peanut custard with caramelized bananas, chocolate sauce, peanut butter ice cream.  Also, the tres leches cake and orange flan.

El Vez Deserts

Also pictured are shots of Philadelphia City Hall and a local landmark known as The Union League which was established in 1862.  The “League” was founded to suppress the rebellion of the American Civil War and to preserve the Union.

Philadelphia City Hall

Union League

Does this make cents to you?

Chipotle Mexican Grill is good.  Good food that is, but they also have quick service.  Did they find a way to make service faster?  Or did they find a way to raise revenue?  Or are they aiming to get rid of the penny in the US?

The Star-Ledger’s Karen Price Mueller investigated and found that in Chipotle’s busiest markets — such as New York City and New Jersey — its registers round down or up depending where the coin falls nearest to a nickel.

A spokesperson for Chipotle told the Star-Ledger that the company employs the practice to curb long lines and create greater efficiency in these high-volume locations.”The idea is simply to limit the possible combinations of change on cash transactions to keep the lines moving quickly in high volume areas,” spokesman Chris Arnold tells the newspaper. “It was never our intention to have a policy that was confusing or misleading,” he told NJ.com. (according to an article on Huff Post)

Canada got rid of the penny in March.  Is Chipotle onto something?  Should the US consider getting rid of the penny?  Does it waste time to make that change?  I heard it actually costs more than a penny to make a penny!

What do you think about Chipotle’s practices or the US penny debate?  Penny for your thoughts.  Share yours below.

The best scallops I ever tasted!

I don’t golf but if you do,and your ever in the area, be sure to check out the Crystal Spring Resort in Sussex County, NJ.  We stayed there over a weekend and had a very relaxing time.  The views were amazing!  The food was great!

This resort is were I went and then posted about my encounter with the bears.  So great hiking in the area as well.  The bears were not near this part of the resort!  It is near the Appalachian Trail.

Below are some pictures from the Bistro.  I had the steak and my wife had the seafood over risotto. (I can do without the foam)  The complimentary lobster with black pasta was a nice touch.  My wife never had scallops before.  I tasted them and I told her that after she eats these, she should never eats scallops again.  Others will never live up to her expectations after this meal!

From the website:

Crystal Springs Resort is a spectacular NJ vacation destination, acclaimed as the New York Metro area’s most unique four-season resort. Located in the rolling farmland of the Garden State’s picturesque northwest, our world-class NJ resort is just an hour from New York City.