Sunday, December 19, 2010



Sunday, December 12, 2010


Subway offered all military veterans a free six-inch sandwich on Veterans Day 2010.  I accepted the offer and visited the restaurant on Yadkinville Road where the clerk made the sandwich with the ingredients I chose.  I thanked her, said I would return to purchase a meal someday, and went home to eat the delicious roast beef inside honey-wheat bread.

I noticed the signage in the store involving nutrition and their new offering of a Better Breakfast.  I eat breakfast at home 95% of the time, but have eaten Egg McMuffin at McDonald's when traveling and recall the flavor of the breakfast sandwich.  It's tasty.

I returned to my neighborhood Subway one weekday morning.  (There are 33,800 Subway Restaurants in 94 countries).  The clerk prepared the Light Wheat English Muffin Melt with Egg (white and yellow parts).  She added cheese, tomato, and ham at my request.  This special breakfast included a 16 ounce cup of coffee for $2.50 plus tax.

I sat in a booth, ate the meal, and drank the coffee as two other customers entered the store and ordered takeout.  I noted the nutrition information on the napkin in the picture below.  The sandwich was not as tasty as McDonald's, but fulfilled its purpose.  I believe healthy food is served at Subway Restaurants and I will frequent them more in the future than in the past.

Have a good week!     


The sandwich bag used by Subway

Subway napkin, click to enlarge and read the nutritional comparison to  McDonald's.

My receipt

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Grains Exported to Asia

While touring Elliot Bay next to Seattle recently, the guide explained about the silos and tanker ships in the pictures below.  The silos receive grain from Iowa, Nebraska, and other midwestern states by railroad cars.  The grains are transferred into the silos.  The ships are loaded from the silos when humidity conditions are within a certain range.  If the atmospheric humidity is too high when the grain goes into the tanker, the seeds will swell and expand while inside the ship. This would be a big problem.  If the humidity is too low, there is a risk of fire from the friction of moving grain and the dust. Consequently, it can take as long as a week to load the ship and send it on its way to Asian markets.

Have a good week!

Double click on the picture to see the darker color along the ship.
When fully loaded, the dark red will be underwater. 

This ship is waiting in Elliot Bay for its turn to be loaded.
A  week-long wait is common.

Another view of Seattle from Elliot Bay.

The landmark Space Needle of Seattle is on the right edge
in this photo.