Last post, then I promise to give the board back.
Spent last weekend working for the Mayor - refereeing the Mayor's Cup soccer tournament at Montrose Harbor, to be specific. Well paid, and under worked, though the days were long. Got there at 730 then sat around doing nothing until 11. Worked for 1 hour, then an hour off. The weather was great and it was fun.
First day chow consisted of the city's free hot dog, chips and pop, plus a taste of the $5 Robinson's boneless rib sandwich my son wanted. All awful. Also bought a lime ice from a vendor, which was also no good - sweet and artificially flavored.
Stayed in the city overnight so I would not have to do the long drive, and decided to try the Lincoln Noodle House after reading postings here (first thought was Argyle Street but I can get decent Vietnamese out west, then was going to do Korean barbecue, but ended up at the noodle house). Very good, and very cheap as advertised. Started with the little dumplings which were flavorful, savory, and tender - good on their own, and better with the sauce. Then on to the Kim Chee pancake, which seemed to be some sort of bean dough with onions, very nice when wrapped with Kim Chee. Then we ordered a dish called "Noodles with Cold Gravy". Sorry I do not have the menu with me so I cannot give the real name. A neighboring gentleman assisted us with seasoning - touch of mustard, dash of vinegar, avoid the chili and garlic. Light, tart and delightful - no idea what the flavors were. Thanks for the rec.
Late on Saturday a vendor had passed me carrying a cooler and quietly saying "gorditas" (the police had been aggressively ticketing) so I knew what I would do for food on Sunday. Never saw the Gorditas again, though, so I settled for a passable torta, and multiple ice cream bars (mamey, and rice which was great). Also spent much of the day directing people to go with the less expensive, locally made Mexican ices and foods, rather than the american confections. Disappointed that there was no real local made ice cream, and I missed the Gorditas, but much better than most soccer tournament food. Son enjoyed all the hot dogs...
There is another tournament by the Foster beach the weekend of August 2-3, and it should be fun both as entertainment and for grazing. Quite the family festival.