Cheyenne Mountain Zoo + A Lunch at Rudy’s BBQ

Twitter is much easier to use for capturing a single thought than taking the time build a complete mobile weblog post on the go. Here is an example from my twitter feed @nelslindahl “When will the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo get a honey badger? I’ll donate $50 to help get one.” Naturally, everyone enjoys random thoughts about honey badgers. From what I can tell only one zoo in the United States has a honey badger in captivity. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a honey badger. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs probably should get a honey badger. I understand the zoo staff would have to stay out of the honey badgers cage, but what could be more fun than a rocky mountain honey badger exhibit?

I digress. We should turn our attention to the second part of the story. After visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a relaxing morning walk Joni and I decided to purchase lunch from Rudy’s “Country Store” and BAR-B-Q! Sure I might have had lunch at Rudy’s on Friday, but who judges somebody for having barbeque for lunch on back to back days? Joni enjoyed a BBQ turkey sandwich and some peach cobbler. I am seriously considering adding Rudy’s BBQ to my restaurants favorites list.

Rudy’s BBQ Day

Lunch today happened to include a visit to Rudy’s “Country Store” and BAR-B-Q! Backstory: Apparently, during an early morning climb up the Manitou Springs Include a couple of weeks ago David (from England) had a singularly unique eureka moment. Within that moment of epicurean bravado David concluded that a lunch visit to Rudy’s BBQ should be scheduled.


  1. Rudy’s sells pretty decent barbeque.
  2. I am seriously considering taking Joni to Rudy’s on Saturday after visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
  3. The line service format is strangely compelling.


  1. I do not understand why the proprietors of Rudy’s have decided to forgo selling deep fried potato products and onion rings.
  2. Enjoying the BBQ from Rudy’s did involve having to concede to several coworkers that decent BBQ does exist outside Kansas City.

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Revised Recipe Update

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Revised Recipe Update

Test kitchen recipe update v8.02

The current test kitchen version of the salsa includes:

12 scotch bonnet habanero peppers,
30 serrano peppers,
67 jalapeno peppers,
16 bell peppers,
6 poblano peppers, and
8 Anaheim peppers.

Other than the wide variety of peppers:

2 whole onions,
9 garlic cloves,
2 tablespoons sea salt,
3 bunches worth of finely chopped cilantro,
2 1/2 cups of distilled vinegar, and
204 ounces of peeled whole tomatoes (without juice).

This recipe yielded about 13 quarts of glorious salsa.

Basic Salsa Preparation Instructions

1. Make sure you have all of the ingredients and about three hours of free time to complete the cooking process. This batch included the use of a food processor.

2. In multiple food processor batches combine the diced pepper mixture with a chopped up onion and the garlic in a large mixing bowl.

3. Use the food processor to process the peeled whole tomatoes and store them in a separate mixing bowl. In the tomato-mixing bowl, pour one cup of distilled vinegar, two tablespoons of salt, and about half a cup of finely chopped cilantro.

4. Bring all the ingredients for the salsa to a boil for about an hour or simmer the salsa for two hours.

5. Of course, the salsa has to be canned, refrigerated, and stored for about a day before it is ready for consumption. Some people do not boil the salsa and just can the salsa cold, but I have found that it never has exactly the right taste without proper boiling or simmering.

Planters Cheez Balls Discontinued

On the discontinuation of Planters Cheez Balls:

Why did the ‘evil’ Planters Corporation discontinue my favorite snack in a can product, “Planters Cheez Balls?” Whereas people all over the nation are unable to satisfy a specific food hunger: now is the time to take action by introducing a total boycott of all Planters Corporation products. My household will be officially boycotting all Planters products until the Planters Corporation decides to bring back Planters Cheez Balls. I would even accept an online order only product launch that sidestepped national distribution.

Wine Tasting Notes 20110409

Who knew an alumni association event could be so much fun?

This evening the Colorado Springs Jayhawks alumni group sponsored an event entitled, “Rock Chalk Wine-Tasting and Silent Auction!” The event occurred at the US Air Force Academy stadium press box. Overall, the press box provided a wonderful location for an event.

Wines for the tasting were selected by Ivars Spons of Sovereignty Wines. The wines were served by the glass with notes provided on the fly during the tasting.

1. Six Hands Winery Sauvignon Blanc
2. August Briggs Chardonnay
3. Alias Cabernet Sauvignon
4. Joffre Reserve Malbec
5. T-Vine Zinfandel
6. I am still working on hunting down the last wine of the evening. It might have been the 2007 LEO Eiswein “X-treme Sundowner,” but the exact wine has not been confirmed.

After experiencing the wine tasting event, I am thinking about signing up for more events. A wine tasting event can either be driven by the product or by the host. Without question, a vertical wine tasting of a world class wine can define an event. At the same time, a great host can define a wine tasting event.

Maybe signing up for a sommelier class would be fun?