On the subject of loading a trailer

April 4th, 2018

This topic has come up of late and in one case has caused damage to a trailer that was improperly loaded. If you own a trailer, you should watch all of these videos:




This day in history

October 25th, 2016

Today is Oct 25th and everyone is posting memes about Henry V and the St. Crispin’s day battle:


I was drawn to look up other events in history and discovered that today is also the day Battle of Balaclava took pace. This is known for the charge of the light brigade. Also, made famous by the poem written by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

On the Wikipedia page:


there appears to be a recording of Lord Tennyson reciting his poem from 1890 recorded on an Edison wax cylinder. Listening to the recording, I am not sure if there is such a lack of emotion in the recording because of the technology or that Tennyson, did have much of an emoting personality. I have heard this poem read by others and have been brought to tears by the reciter. Listing to Tennyson left me with no emotion. Check it out and tell me what you think. The link to the audio (albeit poor quality) is halfway down the page to the right.

BBQ Review – Abby’s BBQ (update)

February 15th, 2015

I went back to Abby’s last week for lunch and was disappointed. Little changes and some big ones have happened at this restaurant. A few months back, it appears that the owner/operator quit or was fired. They wouldn’t say.

Their pork ribs are no longer prepared the same way and the last two times I ordered them they had silver skin on them (ack! my pet peeve). This last visit they were out ribs completely at 12:30 in the afternoon.

From the last three visits in a month, they have raised the price on brisket from +$.40, to $.60 to now a $1. Although the cost of brisket has gone up, this price is not justified. The quality of their food has dropped significantly.

The brisket and Pulled Pork is flavorless and just about everything requires sauce now. The sweet potato fries are overcooked to the point of being inedible.

This used to be one of my favorite places to go and I gave them the benefit of the doubt that last two times, but after this last visit I won’t be going back.

BBQ Review – Cali Comfort

February 14th, 2015

Name: Cali Comfort
Address: 8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Date of Visit: January 31st, 2015 (actually our second visit)

BBQ Style: Texas Style

Food Ordered: (we had a coupon the first time, so we got their combo plates)

  • Beef Brisket
  • Pulled Pork
  • Pork Ribs
  • Tri-Tip
  • Tater Tots (instead of the fries)
  • Baked Beans
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Cole Slaw
  • Corn Bread
  • Peach Cobbler

Food Review: 

  • Beef Brisket – The Brisket was perfectly cooked and had great flavor. The first time I ordered it it came as chopped beef instead of strips, but the second visit it was perfectly sliced strips.
  • Pulled Pork – The pulled pork was fantastic, one of the best I have ever had and I dare say it was better than anything I have ever produced. The texture was perfect and no fat at all. The meat was rich with flavor and didn’t need any sauce.
  • Pork Ribs – I was ultimately amazed with the ribs. No silver skin and cooked perfectly with fantastic flavor. These are the best pork ribs I have ever had in a restaurant.
  • Tri-Tip – The Tri-Tip had tons of flavor but was a little tough. I can’t fault this because it’s very hard to keep this cut of meat from getting tough. The flavor was amazing though.
  • Tater Tots – The tater tots were great and I recommend them as a slightly different side.
  • Baked Beans – The baked beans had good flavor and pulled pork in them was a pleasant surprise.
  • Mac and Cheese – The mac and cheese was good, but nothing special.
  • Cole Slaw – The cole slaw was just ok.
  • Corn Bread – The corn bread was nice and spicy with jalapeños, but may be too spicy for some.
  • Peach Cobbler – The cobbler was good, but your basic run of the meal dessert.

General Review – The restaurant is in an area of town that is a little off-putting. Don’t let this scare you away. Parking is pretty good with spaces behind and across the street. There is an assisted living home behind the restaurant that is available for parking. The place has a sports bar attached to the restaurant but it can be quite noisy. So if you are looking for a quiet spot, request to be seated away from the bar. The waiter recommended the rib tips as his favorite, but we didn’t try those as there was too many other items we wanted to have instead. The Iced Tea was really good, normally it’s too brisk or too sweet, this was brewed perfectly. The restaurant has large booths that can hold 8-10 people and the place has a nice cozy cottage feel.

Their sauce comes in mild and spicy. The spicy sauce has a good kick, but you have no need for any sauce on the meats as they all have excellent flavor. It is not very often that a BBQ restaurant can do good meats as most places try to mass produce their product like a certain place on Sports Arena and the quality suffers. But, it’s extremely rare when every meat that comes out is excellent and flavorful, not overcooked and dried out.

I was so impressed with the quality of their food, I wanted to wait until a second visit to make sure their quality was repeated and not just a first-time fluke. This is a place I will highly recommend and will be visiting for a long time.

Darkavich’s BBQ rating: I give it a 9 out of 10. (only because slightly tough Tri-Tip)

BBQ Review – Brazen BBQ

February 14th, 2015

Name: Brazen BBQ
Address: 441 Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103

Date of Visit: December 28th 2013

BBQ Style: Kansas City

Food Ordered:

  • Pork Ribs
  • Rib Tips
  • Pulled Pork
  • Beef Brisket
  • Cole Slaw
  • Corn Bread
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Baked Beans
  • Peach Cobbler

Food Review: 

  • Pork Ribs – The pork ribs were WAY overcooked, they feel off the bone when I picked them up and then fell apart.
  • Rib Tips – The rib tips were over cooked and chewy.
  • Pulled Pork – Their pulled pork was the worst I have ever had. It tasted like shoe leather. It had good flavor but was so greasy it was inedible. Over half of the pork could not be eaten. When I complained about the pork I said that this should have never even left the kitchen as it both tasted and looked unappetizing. All I got was a sorry and nothing else. No offer to replace it or refund my money.
  • Beef Brisket – The Brisket was cooked perfectly but it had zero flavor, it didn’t even task like meat.
  • Cole Slaw – The cole slaw was pretty good and had a nice light creaminess to it.
  • Corn Bread – The corn bread wasn’t gritty and they use poblanos instead of jalapeños which gave it a milder but good flavor.
  • Mac and Cheese – The best part of the meal was the mac and cheese. It had a great flavor and wasn’t too gritty or overpowering.
  • Baked Beans – The baked beans were very thick and hearty and had a consistency and taste like a light chili. Not really want I expected from a baked bean side dish.
  • Peach Cobbler – The peach cobbler was just ok. Nothing to write home about.

General Review – This restaurant has a small parking lot, so you may have hunt for street parking and walk a few blocks if the lot is full. We were fortunate enough that it wasn’t very crowded. The dinning room was nice and roomy with a full bar with some very unique drink selections. I had high hopes for this restaurant because of other reviews, but this turned out to be one of the worst BBQ joints I have visited. Their lack of service and ability to correct the problems with their foods prevents me from referring this location to anyone.

Darkavich’s BBQ rating: I give it an 2 out of 10.