Facebook Cover Schedules, Vol. 2

After we covered the American Conference yesterday, we still had four teams (and their fans) that needed Facebook cover schedules! Again, when I made these, my template was set for 2015 Facebook rules – since Facebook LOVES changing arbitrary things all the time to make it impossible to keep one set of standards, the current setup for profile pics will probably block out the “2016” part of your schedule. You’ll just have to remember what year it is on your own.

Without further ado, here are the National Conference schedules:

2016 Arizona Rattlers' home schedule

2016 Cleveland Gladiators' home schedule.

2016 Los Angeles KISS' home schedule

2016 Portland Steel's home schedule


Facebook Cover Schedules, Vol. 1

Now that the Portland Steel have finally been named and their logo has been announced, I’m able to finish the home schedule graphics I’ve made as Facebook cover images. Of course, after using my template from last year to show what areas would be covered, it appears that Facebook has made it so even more of your profile pic will be in the way of the image, removing the 2016 part of the image.

I hope you’ll be able to live with having to remember what year it is. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Anyway, here are the American Conference’s team schedules; you can see the National Conference schedules at this link.

2016 Jacksonville Sharks' home schedule.

2016 Orlando Predators' home schedule.

2016 Philadelphia Soul's home schedule.

2016 Tampa Bay Storm's home schedule.


Adisil (Irving, TX)

Recently in my neighborhood, signs have poppedย up advertising this place – they’re similar to political candidate signs (which have been surprisingly rare here in Texas, thankfully) in that they’re unsightly. They differ, however, in that I was actually interested in giving Adisilย my support.

My friend and former co-worker agreed with this assessment of the adsย and we, along with a mutual friend, visited Adisil last week for lunch.

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Palio’s Pizza (Las Colinas, TX)

If you’re going by on Royal Lane, you’re unlikely to see Palio’s Pizza if you’re driving safely – it’s offset from the street, behind another building that contains a WingStop and some other restaurants. Conveniently, it’s withinย a mile or so from my apartment, so when I want to go pick up some pizzas, I like to frequent them.

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LA Burger (Irving, TX)

I think the picture up there says so muchย that even I wouldn’t bother reading the things I’m typing.

I’ve been to LA Burger twice and I haven’t even ordered the burger I would normally get (the Holy Smokes) because I’ve been enticed other directions (the LA burger, sans jalapenos, and the Cali Sunshine). Hell, I may not get to the Holy Smokes the next time I go, either, as there are several other options that look amazing.

Emoji review: ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ”+๐ŸŸ =ย ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ Continue reading LA Burger (Irving, TX)

Subway (North Lake College Campus, Irving, TX)

Of all the Subway restaurants I’ve been to (or even worked at), this one is the most-prepared I’ve seen – they’re never out of cookies or bread types, and they’re usually close to full stock on everything.

Emoji Review:ย ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช (๐Ÿ˜) or no ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช ย (๐Ÿ˜)

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Empa Mundo (Irving, TX)

Sometimes I don’t need burgers, despite what it may seem from the blog. Sometimes I may need to check out the No. 1 ranked restaurant in the city via Travelocity, a 4.9/5.0 on Google reviews, an all-in-all beloved cheap eats joint.

Empa Mundo serves empanadas. If you don’t like fried pies filled with food, then a) you’re wrong, and b) you’re not going to like Empa Mundo. Since I didn’t know how often I’d have an opportunity to get back, I ordered six of ’em on my trip. I’ll review each of ’em below. Again, decor isn’t anything particularly special, but I don’t care about decor – I’m here to eat.

Emoji review: 5๐Ÿ–๐Ÿž+๐Ÿ ๐Ÿž=๐Ÿ‘ผ

Chilipanzingas: On the one hand, it was good. On the other hand, it’s probably best eaten by people who are better capable of handling spicy food than me.

Chicken: It was probably good, but I still wasn’t able to taste after the chilipanzingas.

Chorizo: Still recovering. But regaining taste and hey, I see theย reason this place is well-liked.

Texas Brisket: Welp, yep, gimme more of these. Sweetish, and who doesn’t like brisket? I should’ve saved this for last, I think as I finish it.

Criolla: Yeah, it’s all-meat empanadas; I’m not paying $2.50 per pie to NOT have meat in it. This one was also really good. Who knew raisins went so well in meat pies?

Camote: Okay, I had to have a dessert pie. Now shhhh, no more words. More miniature sweet potato pies.


New York Pizza & Deli (Euless, TX)

We went out to a late birthday party in Arlington a whileย ago and, because it was set to start late, we thought we’d need to eat before we got there.

New York Pizza & Deli was mostly empty when we arrived, with a family gathering of some sort going onย at one table and the rest of the restaurant to ourselves. The decor was what I rememberย local pizza joints to be from growing up in the ’80s – cheap tables, cheap chairs, self-serve soda machine in the corner; even an old arcade game and the games I only really remember as “The Claw” (Thanks, Toy Story). What’s really importantย is that they had Sicilian style pizza, and the other important thing is that it was both tasty and filling. Check out that cheese in that picture!

Emoji rating:ย ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•=๐Ÿ˜

I’ve had far too much great pizza to say it’s the best I’ve ever had. However, as one of the few non-national chains that isn’t pushing the wood-fired, thin-crust trend in the DFW area…it’s a welcome respite from the same ol’, same ol’. Look, I like wood-fired pizza. But not EVERYONE should be doing it. We need Sicilian-style pizza. We need cracker-crust. We need New York-style thin crust. We need Chicago-style deep dish. Sometimes “it’s pizza” just doesn’t cut it. NYPD’s offering was covered in lots of cheese, nice thick crust – the toppings were typical pepperoni and olives – and the family split a large and we barely got through half the pizza before we were stuffed.

Of course, when we got to the party, it turns out they were waiting for everyone to get there to order food. The food everyone hadย was…pizza. Sigh. While I may have regretted the choice of pizza when free pizza would have been available, that was the only regret – the pizza was good, worth the price, and the leftovers were great, too. Now to find a place that makes a good Sicilian crust in Las Colinas.

Raising Cane’s (Irving, TX)

Raising Cane’s has a very simple menu. If you like chicken tenders and fries, you will have a good time. If you don’t like chicken tenders and fries, then you’re not likely to find something you like (unless you want to make a meal of coleslaw and Texas toast).

Of course, if you don’t like chicken tenders and fries, it’s time for some soul-searching to figure out where you went wrong in life.

Emoji review:ย ๐Ÿ”+๐ŸŸ+๐ŸŽฒ=๐Ÿ’ฃ (orย ๐Ÿ˜’)

The chicken there the first time I went was amazing – both it and the crinkle-cut fries were fresh. It wasย one of the best baskets of chicken and fries I’ve ever had. The second time we went they weren’t as fresh and they were just average. So I’d either request freshly-fried chicken or just be aware that your experience may be wildly different based on when you go.

The Elf tie-in was cool – the kids’ meal came with a Candy Land-esque board game that I’ve played a few times with my daughter. It’s simple, fun, and something you can play with multiple times.

When Raising Cane’s is on, it’s a delicious experience. When it’s not, it’s still adequate for fast food and appropriately priced. I’d recommend it and hope for the best.