Wednesday, December 30, 2009


It's not a good idea to eat at Jeanne Fleck's house if you are hypertensive, have any cardiac or circulatory problems or are sodium-intolerant. On the other hand, her bulgogi is sooooooo tasty that it may actually be worth a trip to the ER with congestive heart failure. This is because she doesn't skimp on the soy sauce, and uses only the Korean kind, the one that comes in a bottle with little drawings on the label instead of words.

And she makes sure the beef isn't too lean; fattier cuts really soak up the salty marinade.

Yes, Jeanne is a saltaholic.

And bulgogi is but one source of her chemicals (NaCL) of choice. She's been known to binge on potato chips. (Like former vice-president Dan Quayle, she spells "potato" with an "oe" on the end.)

And she can't get enough pizza, especially the saliferous ambrosia baked at Shamrock Tavern in Superior, Wisconsin. (Who can blame her?)

That's right, she's willing to cross state lines to get her fix.

The lure of Shamrock Pizza is intensified by the fact that the establishment has a great vintage jukebox. A Wurlitzer 850 Peacock, for goshsakes! And it contains a substantial "nouveau" classic rock library. As Jeanne crams slice-after-brackish-slice into her neck with her right hand, her left is feeding the insatiable Wurlitzer, out of which pours the soulful electricity of Stevie Ray Vaughan ("The Sky is Crying," "Scratch 'n Sniff" et al) and wonderful manic insanity of AC/DC ("Highway to Hell," "Love at First Feel," "Shoot to Thrill" et al).

Inasmuch as her blood pressure readings remain within the normal range, Jeanne has opted NOT to seek help with her problem, claiming as addicts do, that she is hurting only herself, not others.

Here's some other stuff you may not have known about Jeanne Fleck:

Occupation: Orthopedic Implant Rep for Biomet Orthopedics
College: College of St. Scholastica
Major: Accounting
Favorite Food: Pad Thai, Bulgogi, Pizza, Rocky Road Bars
Favorite Books: Anything by James Patterson
Favorite Movies: Blind Side, Old School, Race Across the Sky
Favorite Actors: Meryl Streep, Seth Rogen, Tina Fey
Favorite TV Shows: The Biggest Loser, Big Bang Theory, Dexter Favorite Bands: Nickelback, AC/DC, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Daughtry
Favorite Junk Food: Potatoe Chips, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite Restaurant: Shamrock Pizza, Superior, WI
Favorite Alcholic Beverage: beer (come on I'm from the Iron Range, what else would it be??)
Favorite Pro Teams: The Shack
Favorite College Teams: UW- Superior Soccer/Track (my son's teams)
Hero's: My husband (who puts up with, supports and helps me train for all my tri/du/cx/xc racing)
Dream vacation: Tour De France
Winter Training/Off season: xc-skiing, cyclo-cross

(WARNING: Some of the content contained herein may have been made-up. We thank Jeanne and Greg Fleck for being such good sports.)