Leon Troutsky

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  1. I recently did a road trip through Idaho and hit most of the major scenic byways. It’s not as stunning as Mt. Rainier, Yellowstone, the Tetons, or parts of Montana. But during the fall, with the colors, it was very beautiful. The drive from Stanley to Missoula is very impressive in a rugid, barren sort of way. The farm land around Moscow is great too if the season is right. And if you visit the west side of the Tetons (Pocatella up to West Yellowstone), there’s some pretty scenary. I wouldn’t call it a “must visit” destination, but definitely worth a look if you’re in that area anyway.
  2. Cheyenne is beautiful???
  3. I mean, given how wrong he is about so many things...it’s kind of the only move he has left. Don’t think there’s anyone left on the boards that actually respects him or his uninformed opinions.
  4. It’s almost like Nate Silver knows what he’s doing and the partisan hacks shouting “RED WAVE” and predicting that Reps would keep the House were full of crap. Funny how that seems to work each and every election, huh?
  5. Been on a road trip for the last two weeks. Started in Salt Lake City, traveled the scenic byways (and fishing) up to Missoula, then over to Coeur D’Alene, up to Seattle for a few days, and now I’m spending the next two weeks doing the West Coast Highway all the way to L.A. Stopping over in Oregon for some salmon fishing, of course. Then finishing the trip with a few days in Vegas and a few days in the Colorado Rockies. Washington -> Oregon -> California -> Nevada -> Colorado Highway 420 the entire trip.
  6. Okay, so it’s not his place. He’s just creating hotdogs that the vendors offer. That’s still cool, but I doubt it’s the same as having one grilled in his place. Also, no duck fat fries.
  7. By the way, the original Hot Doug’s closed down about 2 years after I ate there. I also sat in the same exact seat that Anthony Bourdain sat in when he made his show.
  8. I thought Doug Sohn just stopped working and kind of retired. Did he reopen in Wrigley’s or did he just sell the license to his name?
  9. I’m pretty sure it was Giordano’s or something along those lines. It was one of the more famous places. I also ate at Hot Doug’s that year...had the foix gras dog, some others, a thai chicken sausage dog with seaweed salad on top, and their duck fat fries. I’ve always liked Chicago. Love to visit, but wouldn’t want to live there.
  10. True story, I was in Chicago and ordered deep dish from a rather famous pizza place. I asked for anchovies and sausage. Told them that was the “Chicago surf and turf”. Guy literally bent over in a guffaw. It was also the tastiest pizza I’ve ever had.
  11. Green beans are the worst beans on earth. Only a white man who is whiter than white bread would like green beans more than other beans. Red beans (with andouille susague) and rice...cajun awesomeness. Spicy chili with beans...southern awesomeness. Bean soup...okay, you can kiss my ***. But of all the beans out there, green beans are even whiter than white BBQ sauce. There is literally nothing more white than liking green beans.
  12. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but...
  13. Also, Regular Guy, you might want to consider blacking out the license plate numbers when you post pictures on here.
  14. Hey Regular Guy, are those actually scooters or are they motorcycles that you affectionately call "scooters"? Asking for a friend.
  15. He noticed.
  16. That’s no way to talk about Dago.
  17. Since you posted this in two threads, I’ll just copy/paste my response from the other one.
  18. Elder Scrolls Blades looks really good, too.
  19. So I’m going back through his Indonesian shows and seeing what else I’ve done (or missed that I should do while I’m here), and just realized that I also visited the same waterfalls in Ubud, Bali he went to on his No Reservations episode. I also almost broke my neck on those d*** stairs and slippery sidewalks on the way down. There is moss everywhere and even though I had hiking sandals, I slipped over a dozen times on the 20-30 minute walk. I’m going to try to hit the pork warung place he visited in Bali on my way through, hopefully next month, and maybe check out some of the other places he did. Here’s a video of his show:
  20. By the way, I found a YouTube video for the Hot Doug’s episode. I was sitting in that seat beside the window facing the customers walking in the door.
  21. One of my favorite things about Anthony Bourdain was his promotion of great hotdogs and sausages. I loved his special on Hot Dougs in Chicago and, several years ago, went to Chicago for a conference. So of course, I had to go to Hot Doug’s. After a train ride and a very long walk (got lost in the burbs), finally got there. Waited in line for about an hour and a half with a friend. We ordered a bunch of different hot dogs. Of course their foie gras dog and duck fat fries were on the list. But also had a cajun dog (okay) and a thai dog that was crazy good...it had some kind of thai flavored mayo and seaweed salad. Great experience that I never forgot. It also resulted in an insane rush back to the hotel and then an insanely fast taxi ride to the airport, with me getting to check-in just in time (they were literally about to close the check-in counter)! The week after getting home, I re-watched the episode and realized that I sat in the exact same seat that Anthony Bourdain sat in for the show! Several years after that, I was in Denver and discovered a great hotdog stand (now a restaurant) called “Biker Jim’s”. I actually met the owner (Jim) and chatted with him briefly. I found out that maybe 1-2 years after I “discovered” the place that Anthony Bourdain featured it briefly on one of his shows. I’ve also visited Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur and definitely walked past the place he’s at in the picture below. In Indonesia, I doubt that I visited the same places, but I’ve had the street food in Jakarta and Bali. Also in Banjarmasin, but I believe he went far inland on his visit to Kalimantan. In fact, Anthony Bourdain is one of the major reasons why I love doing “wisata kulinar” (“culinary vacations”) everywhere I go in Indonesia. He’s the primary reason that I first got into food adventures, starting with Hot Doug’s in Chicago and currently all across Indonesia and parts of Malaysia. RIP
  22. I deleted the other thread. But sh*t. Why?
  23. Or maybe just let the parties control who runs as their candidate?