March 31, 2008

The Truth

Ok, so it might be obvious by now that I have not been paying close attention to the Poopdeck Challenges.... including what is arguably the most successful to date, the Jedlebrity Fat Club.

Well, I have a confession....

Shortly after starting these challenges, I got myself an Xbox 360. Ever since then, my free time has been devoted to both that, and the Wii. Yes, it is true... I am a video game addict.

Things aren't looking either. Not only am I addicted to such titles as Rock Band, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, and Super Smash Bros (to name a few), but April is not going to help things. Sometime this month, Mario Kart for Wii will be released, as will the new Grand Theft Auto for Xbox. Mario Kart and GTA have been my favorite 2 video game titles of all time, along side the classic Mario games, some sports games, and a few racing games. These two games, though, are games I wait for. They are games I preorder. They are the reason I buy a console... and they are both coming out this month.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I officially cancel my bid at project 365, and I also won't fool myself into thinking I'll get to 12 books this year (though I am halfway through A Cook's Tour, and I hope to read at least a couple more). Furthermore, due to a few bow outs, a couple late weigh ins, and my own personal lack of motivation, I am also canceling this years Jedlebrity Fat Club competition. I do say, though, that Meghan and Lauren were giving it a good fight, and if they'd like me to continue posting their results, I will be happy to do so.

So here we are... what do we do now. Well if there is one thing I learned during this years diet competition, it's that I truly and sincerely love food. I won't deny it- I love to make food, and I love to eat food. I still plan to exercise (we just got an elliptical, so I have no excuse) and I do know when to draw the line with fatty foods and snacking. But truth be told, I love to eat, and I'm gonna continue to do so.

This brings me to my final subject of the evening. Some of you may remember a food we used to eat in Japan, called Okonomiyaki. Well, this just so happens to be one of our favorite foods from Japan, and quite possibly one of my favorite foods of all time. Turns out, it's really easy to make, as long as you have the proper ingredients, so that's exactly what we did. Please note, however, if you want to make this, it is *essential* you have the two most important ingredients: okonomiyaki sauce, and Japanese Mayo (both can be ordered online, I think even at Amazon.com.) ¹

All it takes is: (per serving)

1 Cup Flour
1 Egg
1/3 cup water
Approx 2 - 3 cup cabbage, chopped (but not finely chopped, keep to about 1 - 3 inch pieces)
Ground Beef, Pork or Bacon, etc (optional)
Okonomiyaki Sauce
Japanese Mayo
Bonito Flakes (if possible)
Dried Seaweed (if possible)

Simply mix the flour, water, egg and cabbage together (plus meat, if you want it) to form a batter.

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Place on a non stick or greased frying pan, or griddle. Let it cook for probably 8-10 min on medium heat.

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Flip over, and cook for an additional 5-10 min. When both sides are just about a dark dark brown or even black, it's probably done.

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Top generously with Okonomiyaki Sauce and Japanese mayo. Add dried seaweed and bonito (optional). Serve hot.

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Easy! Piece of cake! It's doesn't sound that appetizing, but the sauces are what make it. There is nothing better than plain old cabbage beef doused with those sauces and served in pancake form.

I also uploaded some pics from our trip to Puerto Rico. I didn't take too many as I was truly as lazy as lazy can be, but if you're interested you can find those on my Flickr page.


That's all for now, cheers!
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¹ Some quick research verified that you can indeed get the sauces from Amazon.com. You can get there by clicking the following links:

Okonomiyaki Sauce

Japanese Mayo

You can also buy a kit, which includes both of the above, a small packet of dried seaweed, and a special type of flour. We used this the first time, and it does make a bit of a difference, but overall you can get by without it (plus it's all in Japanese). If you're interested though, click the link below:

Okonomiyaki Package

Posted by jed at 09:23 PM | Comments (2)

March 19, 2008

Closure

As my previous post suggests, I had a very disappointing experience at our local Applebees last night. I thought it is only fair to update the situation and commend Applebees for at least getting on this quickly and making an effort to resolve this situation properly. In my opinion, they did exactly what I was hoping for.

I received a phone call from the GM of Applebees this morning, at around 9:00 a.m. Pretty impressive, considering I sent the email less than 12 hours prior to a general inbox from the Applebees corporate website. I was expecting a couple days before getting an email, let alone a phone call.

The GM handled the situation professionally. He took responsibility, which is really all we asked for. It was not a conversation of 'acting' sorry and constant please and thank yous, it was simply a 'here is how we messed up, and I have taken all the steps to correct it.' The District Manager 'was furious' and called a meeting in Torrington tomorrow about it, and against my best wishes the GM insisted on sending me a gift card. He also verbalized his displeasure with the situation and his hopes that this might lead to her retiring.

I'm still not really sure what provoked us to take it to this level. I am fine with mistakes, I understand the waiter was new and I wasn't unhappy with that. I think what caused the anger was the way management treated us, as paying customers, that evening. Thankfully, they have a decent GM there who was able to pick up the pieces and put an end to my already overwhelming response of a boycott. (Let it be known, I had quite a following on this one.)

While it is fairly uncertain as to whether or not I will ever return to that Applebees, I am officially putting an end to my boycott. I am very pleased with the way this turned out though, and the speed at which it was resolved.

Again I don't even know why I bothered taking it this far, but I am proud of me and 'friend' (whose name I will not mention) for standing up for ourselves, for our wives, and for the good people of this town.

Hmmm, maybe I'll run for mayor... or governor... or President! This may have really started something...

Cheers!

Posted by jed at 04:05 PM | Comments (3)

March 18, 2008

My Letter To Applebees

"To Whom It May Concern,

I am normally not one to complain, but a recent visit to Applebees was so horrible that it leaves me with no choice. I would like to preface with saying I am not looking for a free gift, I am not looking for a free meal. I am writing to let you know that I, nor my friends, will ever visit Applebees in Torrington, CT again. Furthermore, I feel it is my obligation to spread this opinion throughout my network of colleagues, coworkers, and acquaintances in this town, of which I have many. In my humble opinion, Applebees in Torrington needs to be shut down.

The night started with an entire beverage spilled on my lap. The server, obviously new and not trained, handled the situation with little confidence and experience. I do not have a problem with this, my problem instead lies with management and their complete disregard to the situation at hand. My friend was left to find a trash receptacle to help clean (it was a large mess) and there was zero acknowledgment from management. We had a $3.00 comp on the bill.

The second instance came when my friend was given an incorrect beverage order. When he mentioned the mistake, he was assured the correction would be made on our bill. The correction was not made, we were charged twice for the mistake even after verbal confirmation from our server that it would be taken care of.

We waited at our table for nearly two hours before being served our meal. On occasion, our server mentioned to us 'your food will be out any second.' One hour and forty minutes later, it arrived. Coincidentally, we as a group had decided seconds before that we were going to leave. I wish we had.

The food was sub par at best. I don't want to focus on the quality of food, because that is simply opinion. However stale bread and things of that nature are not satisfactory, and that is what we received.

The worst part of the evening came when we mentioned our troubles to the manager. We did not receive an apology, but instead were reprimanded for 'not bringing this up earlier.' This is not our responsibility. Furthermore, I don't know how much more obvious it can be when an entire beverage spills on a customer. But I digress, and would instead like to really focus on the lack of apology, as well as the manner in which we, as paying customers, were treated by management.

I work as Vice President of Operations in my business. My friend is a General manager at another very large restaurant chain throughout the east coast. We know what to expect, and we know when to draw a line. I felt that we were treated as children, and told that we were wrong for all of the shortcomings that happened.

I want to reiterate that I am not looking for a free meal. I do not want my money back. I am simply making you aware that the operation in Torrington is absolutely pathetic. Tonight was not the only bad experience I have had, it just happened to be the worst. As I mentioned, not only will I not be returning, but I am going to make my opinion very well known to the people of this town. I would hope that no one has to have the same experience we did this evening.

Sincerely,

Jed A. Scattergood"

Posted by jed at 09:45 PM | Comments (3)

March 17, 2008

Weigh In 9

Time for this week's results. Let's see what happened when everyone had a week off!

Name Starting Weight Current Weight Difference of (Lbs.) Lbs. Lost This Week Total Percent Difference
Jed Scattergood
239
233
(-6)
+2
2.58
Chris Wallace
189
184
(-5)
-3
2.72
James Luurtsema
247
237
(-10)
-3
4.22%
Lauren Carlin
159
144
(-15)
-2
10.42%
Kyle Hanlon
257
257
(-0)
-6
0%
Aron Fecto
220
213
(-7)
0
3.29%
Meghan Cryan
203
185
(-18)
-5
9.73%

Blue - This Week's Leader (by lbs.)
Red - Overall Leader (by %)

Posted by jed at 09:14 AM | Comments (1)

March 04, 2008

Weigh In 8

Sorry for the delay! Been busy in the battlefield with Call of Duty 4. Here are last weeks results!

*NOTE: The poopdeck will be on vacation from 3/5-3/10, so there will be no weigh in this week!*

Name Starting Weight Current Weight Difference of (Lbs.) Lbs. Lost This Week Total Percent Difference
Jed Scattergood
239
231
(-8)
+1
3.46%
Chris Wallace
189
187
(-2)
2
1.07%
James Luurtsema
247
240
(-7)
-4.4
2.92%
Lauren Carlin
159
146
(-13)
0
8.90%
Kyle Hanlon
257
251
(-6)
0
2.39%
Aron Fecto
220
213
(-7)
-2
3.29%
Meghan Cryan
203
190
(-13)
-2
5.73%

Blue - This Week's Leader (by lbs.)
Red - Overall Leader (by %)

Posted by jed at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)