This year, although I live off campus, I still have a meal plan. As far as cooking goes, I’m largely clueless. I can make easy mac and ramen noodles with ease, and that’s about it. Now that I’ve started coaching, I find myself missing out on eating dinner at the dining services sometimes. Practice often ends after the dining services close. Usually, I will go grab food somewhere on my way home from the coaching practice rather than cook myself some food. It is exactly these circumstances that led me to go to Popeye’s Chicken for the first time. One of my friends back in Sioux Falls is a huge fan of Popeye’s, and I had never been, so I figured I may as well try it out since I would be going somewhere alone. I ordered the spicy chicken tenders and a side of mashed potatoes, and it was very delicious. I don’t really mind going to eat somewhere alone, I usually just check social media stuff while devouring my food. Popeye’s also has Hawaiian Punch in the fountain pop machine, which is really awesome. I’m a huge fan of Hawaiian Punch and not many places have it as an option for a fountain drink. I might end up at Popeye’s again after practice sometime real soon.
I now have a full week of coaching under my belt. I worked with the Under 12 boys team for both of these practices, and have already had some interesting experiences while coaching. For example, I didn’t think I would hear the 10 and 11 year old boys hashing out their political views on Donald Trump at practice but that happened. We have around 24 boys on the team, so learning names has been the hardest part of coaching so far. I’m pretty bad with names in general, and 24 names is a lot to take in over two practices. I’m looking forward to the summer when I will hopefully have all of their names down and we will get the opportunity to travel to tournaments and see how the team does against other teams. I will have the opportunity to work with two teams this summer: The U12 Boys and the U10 Boys. I am excited to be busy with the teams and hopefully they boys have a fun year all the while getting better at soccer. It makes me think back to when I was a young lad playing soccer in Sioux Falls on a traveling club team for the first time. It’s cool to see the coaching side of things now.
If you happened to see Sage’s blog, than you already saw that we cobbloggers all went out for a nice dinner together at a place in Downtown Fargo called Wurst Bier Hall. If you didn’t see his blog then now you know. It was my first trip to the Wurst Bier Hall and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Upon arriving and checking out the menu it was pretty clear they had some cool unique dishes you cold order and there was a pretty bug emphasis on different alcoholic beverages as well. We all know beer is a pretty important part of German culture, and the Wurst Bier Hall definitely has that aspect covered. Being as I’m not 21, my blog will instead focus on the food aspect. I ordered the spaetzle mac and cheese and got a rattlesnake and rabbit meat wurst for my side. I had never eaten rabbit or rattlesnake, and certainly not both of them mixed together, so I was excited to try the wurst. Once the food came and I had my first bite of the spaetle and the wurst, I knew I had made the right choice. The food was very delicious and the exotic wurst was great. I’ll be going back to the Wurst Bier Hall again for sure.
I recently saw on Twitter that Chelsea and AC Milan would be playing a game at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The game is being sponsored by the International Champions Cup. This is very exciting news, as one rarely gets to see European professional soccer teams play across the sea, let alone in Minnesota. The game is scheduled for August 3rd, and I believe will be the first sporting event ever held in the U.S. Bank stadium, which is kind of neat to think about. When I found out the news, I shared it with my roommates as well. Two are Chelsea fans which is especially relevant, but for the one who isn’t he, much like myself, is juts interested in seeing some top level soccer played. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this next Tuesday, and I plan on hopefully getting my tickets then. Sage and I plan on both bringing our girlfriends to the game and will try to get seats next to one another if at all possible. While it’s still a few months away, I look forward to hopefully attending the game. While I was in London with the Concordia College Men’s soccer team, we had the pleasure of watching a Chelsea preseason game and we all had a blast.
This year for April Fools day, I didn’t try any pranks or crack any jokes. It was a pretty mellow day as far as April Fools days go. What I did do, is go out for a dinner with Emily. We decided to go to Rhombus Guys in Downtown Fargo. If you read my previous blog about Rhombus Guys, you know that I have a very high opinion about it and enjoy their pizza a lot. Well second time around it surely didn’t disappoint either. Emily really loved the creamy Alfredo pizza she got the first time we were there, and opted to get it again. I was going to go with the flow and eat it as well so we could just share one larger pizza rather than get two smaller ones. We had one of my friends who used to play on the Concordia Women’s soccer team as a waitress, and she told me that would could get a larger pizza half and half with two flavors. This is obviously a huge game changer, not that I have anything against the Alfredo pizza- it’s actually quite good. I decided to go with my half the pizza being a “Girlfriend Diavolo”, which has spicy marina sauce, chicken, jalapenos, and pineapples. We both enjoyed the pizza thoroughly, and will probably use the split pizza method next time we come as well.