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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby balzaccom » Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:34 pm

I still remember a scene in a TV special on climbing in the Himalayas. After many episodes of the Western climbers trying local food and making disparaging remarks about it, the camera focused on one of the climbers offering an energy bar to one of the Sherpas...apparently this had not been done before.

The Sherpa carefully studied the bar, then took a bite... and spat it out almost at once, gagging at the same time, and later spitting repeatedly to get the taste out of his mouth.

Hysterically funny, and a good reminder that food is all in the eye (and stomach) of the beholder!
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby ERIC » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:26 pm

markskor wrote:
but - Those big, dark-chocolate, Milky Ways =D> always yummo!


Wow. A potential Rachael Ray fan. Never would have guessed, Mark. :p
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby markskor » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:28 am

Eric,
Heck yes...Healthy diet of the Food Channel (in HI-Def) here.
Good Eats and EVOO for everybody!
It would be nice to have the knowledge of Alton Brown...maybe spend one night as a sous chef teamed up with Mario, in a 20-mile-in, wilderness (back-packable) Iron Chef Kitchen stadium, battling Bobby Flay where the secret ingredients are crushed, a week old, and all "Bearikade"-able.
FYI, I have been known to cook a mean trout...BAM!

...sorry, just winter wanderings...
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby oldranger » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:25 pm

I can vouch for Mark's culinary skills when it comes to trout. He even serves it in 5 star restaurant style! (debones it right before your eyes!) I can also vouch for his consumption of milky way candy bars. He generously shared part of one with me this past summer. I used to bring snickers in but they made me fart so bad even I couldn't stand it! :crybaby: But I created my own favorite candy bar this summer when the Premium Raspberry M&Ms that I mixed with my Costco Tropical Trail Mix melted and made everything clump together. What an unexpected combination. Several accidental food mixes turned up during my trips this summer. The other of equal significance was the accidental mixing of Trader Joe's Wasabi peas with Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Peanuts. A bag of each in a gallon ziplock. Lasts about a week in the backcountry for me and mixes nicely with a backcountry daiquiri. :D

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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby frediver » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:23 am

Or make your own bars.
Mix up your favorite Gorp or Granola then stir in some marshmallow fluff till it all sticks together. dump it into a shallow buttered pan then chill to set. Cut into whatever size bar you want, wrap it up, there you go.
Just like rice crispy squares but more !
OR
Does anyone here remember the old H&M pemmican bars?
IIRC
they were a puree of
Nuts, coconut, & mixed fruit with raisins.
The puree was a very very thick consistancey then spread
on some sort of plate, cut and wrapped.
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby markskor » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:03 am

“Of equal significance was the accidental mixing of Trader Joe's Wasabi peas with Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Peanuts…I used to bring snickers in but they made me fart so bad even I couldn't stand it!”…
(Used to?)…Dream on my friend!

Truth be told, I had the good fortune of hiking with Mike and, while he is quite the nifty fisherman and an almost tolerable backcountry companion, I wouldn’t ever think of sharing a tent with him…or setting up mine too close.

I just have to ask…Why do you think I was constantly third in line as he led us up the trail? The clouds of Ambiance…For a smaller guy, he can really bring it!
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby cmon4day » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:29 am

My most favorite bar after a backpack trip was the Cutthroat Saloon in Markleville. Some good times spent in that place. Remember all of the bras hanging in the rafters
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby dave54 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:05 pm

cmon4day wrote:My most favorite bar after a backpack trip was the Cutthroat Saloon in Markleville. Some good times spent in that place. Remember all of the bras hanging in the rafters


Local favorite: The Pioneer Saloon in Susanville. Operating as a saloon since 1859 and is considered the oldest business in NE CA.
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby frediver » Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:58 pm

A new source of stove fuel, Snickers Power/BioGas !
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby Rosabella » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:00 pm

fishmonger wrote:
BSquared wrote:Surely at this time of year it shouldn't be necessary to purchase a fruitcake! I think a little careful dumpster diving is likely to turn up an arbitrarily large number of discarded fruitcakes... :D


mine went out with the garbage this morning. Can't eat that stuff, adn the ingredient list was also scary.


Yah.... I think they really load up the comercial fruitcakes with a LOT of preservatives....but that's the good thing about making my own :) . I think I'll make a couple loaves and start "soaking" it for this summer... woohoo!
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby BSquared » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:48 pm

markskor wrote:Truth be told, I had the good fortune of hiking with Mike and, while he is quite the nifty fisherman and an almost tolerable backcountry companion, I wouldn’t ever think of sharing a tent with him…or setting up mine too close.



Probably a good thing we didn't manage to meet up, then, Mark. I have been known to increase my uphill velocity considerably with jet propulsion, to the substantial discomfiture of those unfortunate enought to be hiking behind me. :D
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Re: Favorite Bars

Postby JWreno » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:22 pm

We tried to bring 2 or 3 kinds plus a lot of dried fruit for breakfast.
We take them out of the wrappers and pack them 3 or 4 to a ziplock.
Saves on bulk and trash and the ziplock bags are used as trash bags to
contain used tissue.
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