Max, re: "@Duane: ...I have been forced to consume condensed milk and canned oysters...
I can't recall if I ever asked you -- who came up with this one? It wasn't another one of your mother's "experiments" was it?"
Well, my dad was a bit of a spy during the cold war and spent some time undercover in East Germany. I can only presume that he was captured and, as a condition of his release, was forced to take the recipe for this concoction home to my mom as a form of pre-torture to discourage me from following in his footsteps.
Attention Karen: Can't you make EELive a month later? Or get hold of the Gilroy Garlic Festival and tell them you'll have a bunch of hungry garlic-mad engineers in the area and get them to make theirs a month earlier? (or compromise - each of you move 2 weeks.... :-)
@Max....Well I guess that since, to my horror and consternation, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is a month away from EELive 2015, that will have to be Plan B...... For you to like it they would have to serve garlic flavoured bacon and beer?? (Not garlic flavoured beer....just the bacon....)