When I was in Norway, one of my less frequently requested presentations was on food. My first incarnations of this presentation were a little dry, so I decided I needed to augment this first draft with some humor. One thing I added was an excerpt of the following video:

Yeah, maybe I was a little desperate--but I have to admit that this video made me chuckle.

Fast forward to 2011. Recently, I went to Kansas City for the National Writing Project's Web Presence Retreat. We spent most of the weekend in the hotel's conference room, working with really smart people to create individual protected social networking sites housed at NWP Connect. I was excited to meet some of the people that I've been following on Twitter, people who are committed to teaching with technology and who have all kinds of good ideas about 21st century learning. Even though it was a working weekend, it was exhilarating to be in the same room with such innovative teachers.

Saturday night, we actually left the hotel for the first time in 24 hours. A group of over 20 of us went to Gates Bar-B-Q, one of the two best barbecue joints in Kansas City, according to locals Michael and Steve. I don't eat a lot of meat, so I was a bit flummoxed as I stood in line waiting to order. I can't remember who was in front of me (Anne Marie? Beth?), but I decided to order the ribs that one of the Gates employees recommended. The ribs were so good that I commented, "I like the idea of being vegetarian, except for the part where you don't get to eat meat," much to the delight of my twitter pal, MsEstep. I also really loved the green beans which were, I'm sure, meat-ified somehow. I'd post a picture but, for some reason, my computer wants to protect my most recent upload. Suffice it to say that the ribs looked like ribs . . . and tasted like the most delicious food ever.

So . . . back to the video. Although the video is definitely a parody of regional culinary differences, I think it still illustrates a passion for barbecue that I now share. Last night, I went to a barbecue at a friend's house and ate . . . a veggie burger. It was delicious--there's just something about the smoke from the grill that adds such a nice flavor to food--but a veggie burger isn't as savory and jaw-droppingly mouthwatering as Gates Bar-B-Q.

Gates Bar-B-Q
various locations (see website)
Kansas City, MO