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EDDIE D’s Sandwich Shop

We went to Eddie D’s with some anticipation after opening the door and seeing the prep station was open to view and the nice welcome we got from the cashier.
Even though we were getting take out, she invited us to sit and brought us over a sample of their meat balls.

We ordered our pie to go and I tackled the meat ball. the sauce was delicious. while the meat ball itself was a bit dry, the sauce was 10x better so who noticed once you combine them.

Service was quick despite it being lunch hour and it seemed to be quite a few regulars since the counter staff called them by name.

Sadly when we got home with our pie, it was uber disappointing. the dough was cardboardish, the sauce was just a swipe and the extra cheese we’d ordered was none existent.

Since our dentist & new favorite bakery is there as well, we will go back and try the sandwiches. From the reviews here, it looks like their sandwiches fare better then that pizza. Of course there is the Vegas water factor in the dough.

Washington DC: GovGreen

Nov. 30 – Dec. 01, 2011. This conference and exposition is where “Government Professionals Find Green Solutions”, in areas as diverse as energy, transportation, conservation, facilities and spinach soup.  Actually we made that last one up.  Attendance was free for government and military professionals, who could “gain a valuable overview of the sustainability requirements mandated for every agency and program”, not to mention “learning best practice from successful green leaders across civilian and military agencies as well as the private sector”.  Washington was just the place for this since, surprisingly, it’s “where 70% of all federal government and military executives work”.  Green leaders?  They’re the ones eating the spinach soup.

Wisconsin Dells: MWFPA

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2011. The Midwest Food Processors Association (MWFPA) have a Mission Statement: it is “to enhance and promote the business interests of the Midwest food processing industry, to be the foremost recognizable legislative voice in the three-state area espousing the objectives and concerns of the food/vegetable processing industry, involve members in association activities, and promote activities which assure the safety, quality, and nutrition of our member’s products”.  Today the association “represents a more diverse group of food processors on a variety of food issues.  The primary role of MWFPA is to influence public policy and make the Midwest a great place for food processors to do business”.  The association’s activities can apparently be summarized in four words; advocate, educate, communicate, and facilitate.  And all that before lunch!

Phoenix: NAILBA

Nov. 17-29, 2011. The National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies’ (NAILBA) 30th Annual Meeting, was hailed as a success by exhibitors and attendees.  The event attracted 1,348 attendees,  an increase over last year’s registrations. NAILBA 30 also welcomed 97 exhibiting companies in 120 booths. The independent wholesale insurance brokerage industry’s premier event, NAILBA 30 featured education and networking opportunities for this specialized community.  “One of NAILBA’s great strengths is relationships,” noted NAILBA Chairman Christi Daughenbaugh. In her address at the Opening General Session on Thursday, Daughenbaugh shared the association’s newly adopted statement of purpose, which is to “serve as the national association of life, health and annuity insurance distributors.”  So your policy is already in force.

SEMA Day 2: Mario Andretti

The Classiest Driver ever. Especially when he says “Pen-knee. Nice to see you again” in his very special cute way.

SEMA Day 1: Star Wars Car

More will be posted later but this is a little sneak preview of the Star Wars car (hand drawn with a sharpie)

Las Vegas: Global Gaming Expo, Oct. 4-7, 2011

The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2011 took place at the Sands Convention and Expo Center Oct. 4-7, 2011.

G2E is the world’s premier casino-entertainment event and several thousand exhibitors and attendees participate in the event each year. The conference program with cutting-edge conference sessions led by leading-edge industry experts covers topics such as Casino Design; Compliance, Law & Regulation; Finance; Gaming Technology; Global Markets Forum; Human Resources; Indian Gaming; Marketing & Players’ Clubs; NCRG at G2E; and Retail, Dining & Entertainment.

The exhibition features hundreds of casino companies featuring their latest machines and table games as well as exhibitors from food and beverage and entertainment.