Thursday, December 22, 2016


The Blackstone

Teak neighborhood grill is a wonderful gastropub, tucked into the Metro West/ Valencia area of Orlando. The burger list is extensive and everything looks hand crafted. The normal patty is a full half a pound and when you ask for medium rare it is spot on. The grill has an appealing atmosphere both inside and out, but it was a cool day so we chose the patio with the fire pit. Be sure to ask for the underground menu as well, there are over 30 burger choices when combined, and the only ones I was unsure of had doughnuts for the bun, and I may be a bit too conservative for that. What I did try was the Blackstone, which is like eggs Benedict and a burger having a baby. Awesome! It was 12 dollars for the burger, but I was do full when I left there, and the food is really at the level that fits the price. I give it a 10 on the Scales any day and will be back again.

Teak outside
Teak with the crew

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Half Mast

I pass old glory, on my way to places we just left
And last time we noted her half mast
Will she ever rise above half way, tis death
And how long shall it last
My friend cried out bout guns last week
And the media shares his mind
But in a place called Nice this week
Seems trucks are not so kind
It reminds me of a story past
When violence filled the earth
And God, from holy places, watching
Comes to regret man's birth
Then for 120 years a man is mocked and scorned
By his fellow men of course, who for pride cannot be warned 
And hear it is in my time now
Another crazy man has come
To tell old stories once again
But the world is growing numb
The Kentucky preacher will mourn the loss and speak out against man's disregard for life
But he bothers you so much with this that you must create such strife
I'm driving back, and on the edge of rain and burning dry
There rest a brilliant bow of color, a prism in the sky
A reminder of a promise made a long, long time ago
These waters will not rise again, though men may sink so low
So this finite raises the question then, of infinite, eternal good
And what of justice in such a realm, or an ark that's made of wood
It cannot make the trip this time for it was made with human hands
But the Son of God, my Savior, Lord, that Ark forever stands

- Calvin Yerke

Monday, June 13, 2016


If you like Brazilian cooking then this is my favorite so far. It is in an off location, tucked into a strip mall off Universal Boulevard, but somehow word has got around and the place remains packed. It is only open from 12pm to 4PM Monday Through Saturday, but the food is amazing, fresh and worth the wait in line. I asked one of my Brazilian friends where he preferred to eat and he didn't mention any of the usual places. He took us here and we enjoyed perfectly cooked steaks, this amazing pepper sauce, rice and brilliant beans. I also had a cheese empanada, and after that I have to think that Brasil must be the Wisconsin of South America. It was amazing. If you like good food, prepared with heart and wonderful ingredients then look no further. I can't wait to take my wife and kids to Ana's.