Food Week at the Fool: Pizza Day!

One of the perks of working at The Motley Fool is how awesome of an environment it is to work in. Before the Fool, I never really cared about sharing the details of my job with anyone, because really, they’re all the same.  There are varying levels of purgatory, but most jobs are still squarely in purgatory.  I can only imagine Dante rolling around in his grave at such thoughts.  

I hesitate to say thiss, for fear of being struck down from the heavens, but the Fool is stationed in paradise.  And not just because of the pizza, though that’s what I’m covering today.

Pizza day is a tradition at the Fool, insofar as it has its own ‘time of the month’ and that stays constant.  The last Friday of the month is the customary time for Pizza, as it should be.  When you need to feed hundreds of people, you can’t just call up your local Papa Johns and tell them you need 100 Pizzas.  It doesn’t work like that.  So we have pizzas from just about every local Pizzaria in town, as well as the standard ‘chain’ pizza stores:

In Google ranked order for “Pizza, Alexandria VA”:


  • Valentinos
  • Monterey’s Pizza
  • Bugsy’s Pizza
  • Faccia Luna
  • Delia’s Brick Oven Pizza
  • Bertucci’s
  • Pizzeria Venti
  • Pizza Pan
  • Red Rock’s Pizza
  • Generous George’s Positive Pizza and Pasta
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Vocelli’s Pizza
  • Primo Pizza
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • and others I may have missed.
The Pizza is ‘old hat’, something we do every month.  What makes this particular Pizza day special (or more special than having work sponsered Pizza every motn) is that today’s Pizza is accompanied by Wine tasting from Le Tastevin Fine Wines.
But wait, there’s more!
Not only do we get to sample wine, but also making an appearance are the craftsmen of Alexandria’s newest (and only) brewery, Port City Brewery! If you’re interested in a history of Port City, there’s a great write-up here.
I’m on vacation, so I won’t be able to live-tweet images from today’s events. Mea culpa and all that.


Food Week At The Fool: A boatload of Cereal

Just after I put in my vacation notice last week, I received the following email from our amazing Office Ops team:

Wednesday, June 22: Cereal Extravaganza!

Enjoy this morning of childhood. Head to the cafeteria to enjoy all your favorite cereals. We’ll have Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, Honey Bunches of Oats, Cherrios, Smacks, Special K, Reeses Puffs and more to satisfy your inner child. Enjoy them topped with Skim, 1%, 2%, Whole Milk, Soy Milk, Lactaid Milk, Chocolate Milk, or mix in some Nesquik! We will also serve fresh fruit (to be eaten on the side or on top or your cereal!), danishes, croissants, and the like.

All I can say is, it’s a bad week for me to take vacation.

To Tag or Categorize?

I have a hate-hate relationship with BlogEngine.NET.  As I mentioned so long ago, I want to replace it as the blog that runs this site; and as a programmer I’m reasonably qualified1 to do that. Part of replacing it is dealing with the categorizations that Blog Engine.NET does.  There are ‘tags’, and then there are ‘categories’. I’m not at all sure the reason to have two things that categorize content.  Why can’t it just infer what I write about by using a word cloud or something?  

So I’ve done what any cantankerous human would do when presented with two near identical choices: I chose neither of them.  The end result is that I have a few years worth of blog data that isn’t categorized at all.  Since this is a low-traffic blog, I don’t have that much of a problem with it right now; but I would like to have a way to categorize content.

Update: It appears that BlogEngine.NET has upgraded to 2.0. I’m going to download it and see how it goes. I’m still building my own lightsaber though.

1It’s really bad when I sic the snark on my own writings. By reasonably qualified, I mean that I’ll probably screw it up big time and hate myself when it’s done.

Food Week at The Motley Fool: Rocklands BBQ

If you live in NoVA (Northern Virginia), you’re on the fringe of birth of Barbeque.  It isn’t as if this is Lexington, NC or anything. That doesn’t stop the word barbeque from taking on a whole ‘nother meaning when discussed in polite company, generally with lots of napkins.  Words like, “whole hog“, “vinegar based” and “dry-rub” permeate the smoke filled atmosphere.  I have it on good authority that if you were to pit the barbeque peoples of Kansas City and North Carolina against each other, a new reality series would be born of their blood, sweat, and barbeque sauce.  This shit is that good.

BBQ sandwhich.

Rocklands is a BBQ venue that is renowned in these parts (to use the vernacular of our time).  Our awesome Office Ops team arranged for Rocklands to cater lunch for all of FoolHQ

On the menu:

Pulled Pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket. For our vegetarian friends, portebello mushroom sandwiches on a potato split roll.

Can you say, delicious? 

The sides are your traditional southern fare: Mac and Cheese, BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, traditional potato salad (we have traditions, duh), and if you’re low-carbin’ it, grilled seasoned vegatables.

Sadly, all that’s lacking is cavity-inducing Sweet tea.

Food Week At The Motley Fool!

One of the perks of working at The Motley Fool (other than the killer PC rig used to write teh codez) is the food.  Besides Pizza Day and Cake day, we have Food Week! Food week was started as a reward for hitting the My Watchlist challenge (You do have your own watchlist, right? Right??!?).  Originally it encompassed just waffles, but when have we ever stopped at just waffles?

So here’s the lineup for food week:

Monday: Waffles
Tuesday: Rocklands Lunch
Wednesday: Ceral Extravaganza!
Thursday: Soft Taco Party
Friday: Pizza Day + Wine Tasting

(I’ll be out the Wed-Fri, so sadly I won’t be able to partake; but the blog posts will be pre-recorded so you don’t have to miss out on fun).