I consider myself an expert on BBQ. I have sampled it all over the US, logged hours watching episodes on the Travel Network and Food Network documenting it, and read countless articles highlighting regional differences. I admit partiality to Texas style (dry, smokey, and a bit spicy). With that said, I tried Cooper’s Pit BBQ’s brisket over the weekend. Quite simply - it’s the best. It has the right balance of burnt exterior, savory seasoning, and the meat is melt in your mouth tender. While many BBQ joints will say the meat literally peals off itself, Cooper’s completely delivers. So if you are in the mood for brisket and you are near New Braunfels or Llano, Texas or the Fort Worth Stockyards, hit up Cooper’s Pit BBQ.
I am not sure how this will work in practice, but it certainly will provide exposure to the independent companies powering the portal’s features (Rodale, Patch, DonorsChoose.org, etc). That being said, once people discover what services work for them, users will find a way to connect to them directly outside of Starbucks.
The Gear Junkie has released his Best in Show from the Outdoor Retailer trade show. Since I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to attend, I’ll have to take his word for it. Of the products he likes, I’d have to say I am most excited about the following:
1. nPower PEG: I have always wondered why someone hasn’t put together a device that harnesses kinetic energy, like a self winding watch, to power other devices. While I haven’t tried many of the solar charging devices, I have heard from many people, including Everest summit guides, that the solar charger require significant time to actually charge devices. It remains to be seen whether this device will produce enough juice to get the job done.
2. La Sportiva Morpho: I love trail runners. They were my goto shoe on our around the world tour and I wore them the majority of the way up Mt. Kilimanjaro. While mine were Vasque ones, I am always interested in new shoe technology (and I love my La Sportiva climbing shoes). These look to include a new take on the sole of the trail runner. I’ll definitely be trying a pair fo these on when they come out.
3. Steripen Sidewinder: This is a hard one for me. We travelled with a Steripen Journey on our aforementioned around the world tour. It worked sporadically on Mt. Kilimanjaro and was a complete “fail” in Nepal. One of the main complaints I have heard about Steripen is their battery life. I am not sure if this was our problem, but a device designed to purify water needs to be reliable at all times. Perhaps this new handpowered version might be the trick.
4. New Balance Minimus: After reading "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall, I became a bit fascinated with the barefoot running phenomenon. I used to stare dumbfounded by Vibram’s Five Fingers and chuckled whenever I saw someone wearing them. McDougall makes a pretty good case for returning to barefoot running. I even went out and bought a pair of the newest Nike Free shoes as I wasn’t ready to make the immediate jump to the Five Fingers. New Balance has historically been a top performer in the running shoe market. Here’s there first attempt to tap into this market.
After several attempts at blogs, some successful and some not, I am here just writing about what I know. It will be me talking about what I find interesting. If you find it interesting, then enjoy. If not, there is definitely someone out there talking about what you will find interesting.