Thursday, August 16, 2018

Eating the Globe: Congo


I've eaten South African, North African, West African, and East African food. But not Central African, until today.

When I planned my trip to Utah, I found this Congolese restaurant in Salt Lake City. Totally random, right?

The restaurant was nestled in a weathered strip mall between Korean and Vietnamese businesses. Upon entering, there was a chalkboard with a handful of items listed. I asked for something that is traditional Congolese. The waitress pointed to "Goat Meat".

And this is what I got. The goat was rich in flavor and contained unrecognizable spices. The rice was normal. The vegetable on the left is, I believe, matembele. It's like spinach.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bonneville Speed Week 2018 photos

I'm here! And it's amazing.


The salt flats are/is about 1h45m west of Salt Lake City, on the Utah-Nevada border. I checked into the casino hotel last night and made it to the cars first thing this morning.

The layout is interesting. Once you take the freeway exit, you travel north on a paved road on BLM land for five miles. Then, you are on salt. Vehicles stretch for another five to seven miles. This week, three straights are open. Two long ones parallel each other. A shorter rookie straight is perpendicular to the long ones. To the west of the long stretches, you have paddocks, concession stands (not many), and the scrutineering area. Because of the heat and low humidity, walking from end to end is not advised. I parked my car at three or four different spots and walked in between. This is what I saw.

Many of the cars need to be pushed to begin the speed runs. And on the returns, the cars have to be turned off and pushed/towed back. So these rigs are everywhere.





This old Autocar tractor brought everything to the venue from Montana.


I was particularly drawn to mundane 80s and 90s cars that have been turned into racers, like this Citation.



The salt was extremely flat and fairly smooth. Aside from a few divots, passenger cars can go 45. Someone told me that railroad ties pulled behind trucks were used to groom the surface of the straights.


This Dodge Shelby Charger was neat. It was never registered for street use because it was a test model for Chrysler/Shelby. It's owned by a former Shelby manager. It should be capable of running 200 miles per hour once the clutch is replaced.


I learned that the field was most crowded at the beginning of Speed Week (last Saturday and Sunday). Once the teams have broken their respective class records, they pack up and leave. Today, Wednesday, half the cars are already gone. That may be why I was able to get a hotel room so easily.

I did not take that many photos of motorcycles because I don't know anything about them. But this one looked cool.



I've been following this Jensen since it was in England.


This could be a GM ad.


Rotary pickup!



This is the line to do the speed runs.


Note the Crown Victoria being used to push the yellow dragster.


Another cool looking bike.


This badass Ford Torino Talladega was by far my favorite car today.


There were a lot of Kiwis at Bonneville.


This is the start line.


What a weird HHR.


Dodge truck pushing Dodge truck.


I had to go back to that HHR.


A lot of people commuted between the hotels and the track in rusted hot rods.


Isuzu!



I took this parting shot of an RV because Independence Day was filmed here. Tomorrow, I see where the trans-continental railroad connected. Just a short three hour drive from here!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Taiwan high speed rail

We are thinking of visiting Taiwan this winter. This bullet train certainly wasn't around when I was a kid there.

Thank goodness for nerds who meticulously document their travels.

French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte near collapse

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

BMW i3 one-pedal driving

This is a great explanation. It always feels weird when I'm driving downhill in the Acura TSX because I have to keep using the brake pedal.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

World Leaders Cars (12)

111. Lebanon: Mercedes S-Class. (2008 car: Mercedes S-Class)


112. Mali: Toyota Land Cruiser. (2008 car: Hummer H2)


113. Malta: Old BMW 7-Series. (2008 car: Cadillac CTS)


114. Mauritius: BMW 7-Series. (2007 car: Aston Martin DB9)


115. Namibia: Mercedes S-Class. (2008 car: Toyota Land Cruiser)


116. Papua New Guinea: Toyota Land Cruiser. (2008 car: Mercedes E-Class)


117. Paraguay: Toyota Land Cruiser. (2008 car: GMC Yukon)


118. Poland: BMW 7-Series. (2007 car: BMW 7-Series)


119. Qatar: Mercedes S-Class. (2007 car: Maybach 57)


120. Moldova: Mercedes S-Class. (2008 car: Mercedes S-Class)


Tally
Mercedes S-Class: 34
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser: 24
BMW 7-Series: 14
Lexus LS: 8
Audi A8: 6
Mercedes Gelandewagen: 6
Chevy Suburban: 5
Jaguar: 2
Land Rover Discovery: 2
Aurus Senat: 1
BMW X5: 1Cadillac: 1
Chevy: 1
Citroen DS7 Crossback: 1
Hongqi: 1
Honda Accord: 1
Hyundai Equus: 1
Hyundai Santa Fe: 1
Lexus GX/Prado: 1
Lincoln Navigator: 1
Mercedes GL: 1
Proton: 1
Rolls-Royce: 1
Skoda: 1
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: 1
Toyota Sequoia: 1
VW Touareg: 1
VW Transporter: 1