A Dad Blogger Teaches You To Cook the Perfect Steak- A Post People Will Read

Dad can cook, clean and parent.

Dad can cook, clean and parent.

Five days ago you and I talked about Triberr And The Challenge Of The Twitter Thank You and I watched as traffic exploded.

Some of it was because it is a timely subject and some of it was because Mark Schaefer linked to me in a post he wrote about the same topic.

Initially this post was supposed to talk about what happens when a popular blogger links to your post(s) and how to take advantage of the opportunity to convert new visitors into subscribers/readers but there are a million posts out there that deal with that already.

So then I was going to write about the best way to become a billionaire while blogging but that kind of bored me too, because the answer is so simple.

How do you become a billionaire while blogging? Win a billion bucks.

How To Cook The Perfect Steak Is Far More Interesting and Practical

If you want to write posts that generate comments and traffic than all you need to do is blog about blogging. Write about social media and use titles like How To Monetize Your Blog, How To Write Headlines That Work or 18 Ways To Publish A Successful Ebook.

That is low hanging fruit and I guarantee you that some of the bloggers who are sharing those “powerful Ebooks” are rookies who have barely been blogging and are just jumping on the bandwagon.

Maybe one day I’ll write an Ebook about how to become a dad blogger but right now I am more interested in just writing and in continuing to build a community.

Community interests me, they evolve and you see people come and go. After almost 10 years here there are only a handful that have been with me from the start.

Maybe it is because the others got bored with my blog and or decided that it didn’t provide the same value anymore. That is cool with me, no one is obligated to stay but if you go remember that there are blog cancellation fees. 😉

So maybe the best way to protect and prevent losing readers is to share valuable information like how to cook the perfect steak. BTW, that is not intentional keyword stuffing, it is heading towards midnight in Texas and this old man is tired.

Blogs and Bloggers Evolve

Blogs and bloggers evolve and if they didn’t I think it really would be sad. Evolution is growth and if you aren’t growing, than what are you doing? Maybe you are trapped in cleveland.

Speaking of growth it has been sort of a bizarre week for me.

The kids went back to school last week and for the first time in their lives I wasn’t there to be a part of it. That is because they are still in Los Angeles and I am here in Texas.

It is supposed to be a temporary thing, a transition for all of us. I am here for work and they will eventually join me but not until next summer so for now I head back to LA as often as I can.

But it is not easy to try and help with homework over Skype or to be  the sort of father I want to be from here. If I were in the service it would be similar to being deployed, but I am not.

My MOS is civilian and my objective is the same as every other parent, to give my kids the best life possible so moving here for work makes sense, but it is not always easy.

And life experiences are a big part of what makes a blog and a blogger evolve so consider this part of my evolution.

The Bachelor Lifestyle- Cooking

I have always enjoyed cooking but it has been a while since I have done as much of it as I have had to do this last year. It has been a lot of fun and my only complaint is that I hate having to do the dishes.

Anyhoo, one of the things that I have enjoyed doing is finding useful YouTube videos like the one below that provide a quick overview for cooking a meal.

I have cooked a lot of steaks in my life, but almost all of them have been on my grill and since that is back in L.A. I have been doing the stove top thing.

And with that my friends I bid you good night, hope you enjoy the video.

A Restaurant Surprise

This is kind of a cool idea.

Cabel Saasser brings word of a mysterious cafe that he recently experienced in Kashiwa in Japan. Located inside the Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha, the Ogori cafe looks innocuous enough, but holds a surprise in store for its patrons. In a nutshell, you get what the person before you ordered, and the next person gets what you ordered. Thus, if you’re in on the game, you can choose to be either a generous benefactor, and treat those that come after you – or try your luck at being cheap. Either way, it’s an interesting experiment that explores surprise, kindness and encourages interactions.

Americans Toss Out 40 Percent of All Food

This story is more than a little disturbing. People go hungry while others throw it away. Something needs to be done.

U.S. residents are wasting food like never before.

While many Americans feast on turkey and all the fixings today, a new study finds food waste per person has shot up 50 percent since 1974. Some 1,400 calories worth of food is discarded per person each day, which adds up to 150 trillion calories a year.

The study finds that about 40 percent of all the food produced in the United States is tossed out.

Meanwhile, while some have plenty of food to spare, a recent report by the Department of Agriculture finds the number of U.S. homes lacking “food security,” meaning their eating habits were disrupted for lack of money, rose from 4.7 million in 2007 to 6.7 million last year.

About 1 billion people worldwide don’t have enough to eat, according to the World Food Program.


Bad Meals Aggravate Me

If I was still writing a weekly column you can be assured that food would be a relatively consistent topic. I love to eat, wouldn’t cliaim to be an expert. You aren’t going to label me as a gourmand or foodie but I have a decent palate.

In the old good old days when cash wasn’t flowing straight into the coffers of private schools there was enough left over to enjoy nice meal at a restaurant that wasn’t represented by creepy kings or clowns.

The chance to go out and have a good steak or enjoy great sushi once a month or even every couple of months was something that I really enjoyed. Ah, fond memories of my youth and days of fewer responsibilities. Someone hand me a skull so that I can do my bit from Hamlet, “alas poor Yorick, I knew him well.”

And now back to food. For the three people who read this and know me in real life, a bad meal really irks me. It is not like everything has to be perfect. It would be great if every meal was exceptional, but that is just not reality. I get that, I understand it and I don’t mind.

But a truly bad meal is something that just sets me off. On the grand scale of things, the great injustices of life this is truly trivial. But sometimes when you are really hungry the last thing you want is a meal that is bad.

So let me lay out what I consider a bad meal to be. There is the obvious choice of consuming food that makes you ill. That is a bad meal. However, it doesn’t always start out that way. If you think about it I am sure that you can remember having eaten something that tasted good, but made you sick.

The truly bad meal is the one that you eat when you are starving but find to be bland, burned, dry, overcooked, undercooked or whatever other adjective you want to add. Think of eating a bar of soap or brussel sprouts and you’ll get what I am talking about.

That is a bad meal. It leaves you feeling let down and discouraged. And now that I have vented about that you’ll excuse me as I have to go get something to eat.

Take Your Toilet to Dinner

I mulled over stealing Time’s line Diarrhea for dinner? but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead I chose the less outrageous title so that I could blog about a restaurant called Modern Toilet.

Now that is the kind of thing that you don’t really considering as the name of an eating establishment, at least not as an adult. However as the father of young children scatalogical humor is something that we use frequently. Let’s take a look at part of the article:

Diarrhea for dinner? That’s the point. “It’s supposed to shock and confuse the senses,” says Modern Toilet Manager Chen Min-kuang. But as Jennifer Finch, an American who was dining there described it, “They do it tastefully. It’s all very clean.”

Every customer sits on a stylish acrylic toilet (lid down) designed with roses, seashells or renaissance paintings. Everyone dines at a glass table with a sink underneath. The servers bring your meal atop a mini-toilet bowl (quite convenient, as it brings the food closer to your mouth), you sip drinks from your own plastic urinal (a souvenir), and for dessert, soft swirl ice cream atop a dish shaped like a squat toilet.”

But wait, take a look at the names of some of the dishes

The reasonably priced food ranges from curries, pasta, fried chicken amd Mongolian hot pot, to elaborate shaved iced desserts with names like “diarrhea with dried droppings” (chocolate), “bloody poop” (strawberry), and “green dysentery” (kiwi). Despite the disturbing descriptions, the desserts were great. But after seeing curry drip down a mini-toilet, I may never have that sauce again.

I may have to take a trip to Taiwan just to get my own souvenir urinal because that is the kind of thing that you can’t find just anywhere.