Monday, December 31, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I'm not going to lie to you. I was pretty apprehensive about tasting my first attempt at home brewing. Over the years several people have brought their home brew out to Winter League and they have all been dreadful at best. But I had to nut up and find out just how much of a punishment my designated beer pong beer would be.
The first step of tasting any beer is to open the bottle. Unless it's not in a bottle. Luckily my beer was bottled and I was able to accomplish the first step. Upon opening, the beer smelled good. So that was reassuring.
Step 2: Pour the beer. There was very little head and only mild carbonation. I guess I should make a joke about liking a lot of head. But really, this is serious work here and I will not stoop to such juvenile levels of comedy.
Step 3: Taste. Oh my sweet clean baby Jebus -- this is actually good. And I don't mean passable, but actually good. Now I won't say it's great. But it is good enough that I have had at least one bottle each of the past two nights.
Step 4: Share. Even Kat thinks it's good.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
So when Trent notified me that he thought it had reopened, I wanted to check it out quickly.
The place hasn't changed much. The tables and chairs are quite a bit higher toned. And the animal heads have been replaced with a giant projection TV. They are definitely going for an older, higher income crowd. A couple of nice couches are also available for sitting.
In stark contrast to the Capital Grill which was packed on a Tuesday one month after opening, the Tavern had only a couple of patrons.
Food wise, the place is ok. My pulled pork sandwich was good while I was told by the Jester that the hamburger was nothing special. Beer wise, well here's where I have a problem. They have two beers on tap -- Newcastle and Boulevard Hefe. That's an odd twosome in my mind -- a second tier import and a Hefe that has only been introduced to this area.
It's a nice place that probably still in shakedown. But please get some more taps.
Seriously, someone needs to open a bar somewhere with a nice variety of American Microbrews.
Hold that thought.....
C but I'll check back in a few..
6326 La Vista Dr Dallas, TX 75214
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
- The Big Bender
- The Bed Spinnaker
- Long Island Ice Tea Cups
- The Runaway Mind Eraser
- Irish Bumper Car Bombs
- Cyrus Cosmo's Rotoricutini
- Labatt's Riverboat Ride
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
We started out with something from each of their columns. Cold tapas -- tuna tartar with crushed hazelnuts, anchovy, olive dressing and crunchy pears. Sound good? It was very tasty. From the sea -- scallops with creamy potato puree. They were scallops, so they were good, but not great. From the land -- grilled kobe beef. Again, good, but not the flavor orgasm (that's probably not the best choice of words) that I was expecting from my previous Kobe experience at York St. From the garden -- tortilla espanola. This was much better than I had gotten at Cafe Madrid. And the accompanying aoli was fantastic. From their specials menu -- clams with stuff. Well, it's not on their online menu so I forget what was in them. But they were good.
Add on top of all of this a generous pitcher of sangria, and this was a very pleasant evening.
4524 Cole Avenue Dallas, Texas 75205
On the plus side, at least on the night I went, it had quite a few attractive women (probably nurses from nearby Baylor). So, if you're into that sort of thing, you might like it. But, seriously, there should be no attractive women in a dive bar. I don't make the rules.
3239 Ross Ave. Dallas, Texas 75204
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The Pasttime Tavern was opened in 1937, and by the looks of it they have the original pooltable. And sitting at the bar appeared to be some of the original customers as well. I dare anyone to find any signage in this place that was put up after the birth of The Jester.
To seal the deal as a genuine dive, The Pasttime has both Schlitz and Pabst Blue Ribbon (in cans) on the beer menu.
So, when the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone -- think Pasttime.
1503 S Ervay St Dallas, TX 75215
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
But my main focus on Saturday was to reprise my role of Bad Santa and raise much needed funds to the North Texas Food Bank. As you can see, it's a tought gig. And yes I do like my gig even if that's not the question.
I was able to rally
to corrupt another generation.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Well, this was as good a time as any to head up to Bally's and work out. So I showered in the dark and headed out. And there, lying in my alley, was the very 3 dimensional squirrel that caused all this. I did the electroshock math, figuring that most of the dead squirrels in my alleyway are very 2-D.
When I got back, not only had the lights come back on, but the sad remains of the perpetrator were taken away. That TXU Energy is a full service power company.
BTW. This is not a picture of the squirrel. Since he was taken away before I got back I was unable to take a picture. This was just one of many picutres of dead squirrels I found on the internet. Good Times.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Ok. Gotta go. I've got some calls to return.
But my first impressions are.
- I like my team Lord and Lady Douchebag. Surprisingly there are no douchebags. Although, to paraphrase a famous saying, if you look around and don't see a douchebag, then you may be the douchebag. That may be true since I did yell at a child the first week.
- If global warming is going to continue to give us nice days like this, then I am going to go back to incandescent light bulbs.
- Do we really need high schoolers drinking discs??
No one photographs people just standing around better than me. Suck it Pokie.
Some big headed dog.
Sunderland uncharacteristically hucking.
Peach thinks she's Madonna.
Next week: Bad Santa Returns.
Cool my wort, if you know what I mean.
Freshly yeasted wort. That's what she said.
Beer being made. Thank you yeast.
I forgot to take pictures of the bottling process. The beer will be ready to drink one week from today. So mark your calendars. And if you're wondering, it's a pale ale.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Unfortunately this story is a complicated time travel tale with everyman hero Fry going, once again, back to that fate New Years Eve 1999 day when he fell into the cryogenic chamber. So I won't be describing it. The other part of the story involves a race of Internet scammers that takes over the Earth and how the gang gets the Earth back. Ooops, hope that wasn't a spoiler.
Personally, I was entertained. Futurama is heavy on Dennis Miller Factor Funny (Dennis Miller Factor: The humor in a joke is inversely proportional to the number of people that get the joke. Only one person gets a joke, it is infinitely funny to that person.) There were many "Hmmph, that was funny" moments, but few out load laughs.
A- For Futurama Fans
B- All others.
Monday, December 3, 2007
The original plan was to swing by Morton's before a Stars game for drinks. Well, I thought, if we're here for drinks (I had my customary Bombay Saphire Martini which was perfect) then we should also have some appetizers. Crabcakes (of course) and tuna tar-tar were ordered. Prime rib finger sandwiches were also served as part of Morton's happy hour. The crabcakes were nearly 100% crab -- and big chunks of crab at that. And, while I would say they were very good, they were not quite up to the level of III Forks or it's sister, Silver Fox. The tuna tar-tar, on the other hand was fantastic. It was presented on a tower of tangy tomatoes and avacado. The prime rib sandwiches were also very good and made me want to return for an after game meat snack.
And that is exactly what we did. Following the Stars game, the Lovely Lidia and I returned to Mortons and split a porterhouse steak, potatoes lyonnaise and grilled asparagus. The aparagus was perfectly grilled with a perfect addition of a balsamic reduction. The potatoes were just about the best I've ever had. Potatoes, bacon and onions -- could there be a more perfect "vegitable" dish. But these are just sides and thus barely count.
The strip side was flavorful, tender and even borderline buttery in tecture. The filet side melted in my mouth like a Listerine Breath strip. (I am a wordsmith, kneal before me). And Alex assures me the bone part was a delight.
If you're like me and enjoy good food -- Morton's is for you.
501 Elm St Dallas, TX 75202
BTW. Stay tuned for my public marriage proposal to Canada's #1 export, Cobie Smulders.
Well this is easily the worst movie I've ever seen.
From the comments on List Universe and IMDB, this movie was presented as a "Blair Witch" type movie only made two decades earlier. A documentary crew comprised of four Americans go deep into a South American jungle to do a documentary about cannibal tribes residing in the jungle. Of course they are never heard from again. So an NYU anthropologist goes to find out what happened to them, discovers the film they took and brings it back to America. The last half of the movie is made up largely of him showing the film to some studio executives who still want to make a documentary about what happened to those four people. We are then presented with a cavalcade of atrocities committed by the film crew until the natives have had enough and kill and eat the crew one by one.
When this movie first came out, it was thought that actual people were killed in it. I don't know why anyone thought this. All of the violence against humans looks extremely fake. The worst being the disemboweling of one of the film crew. It essentially looks like a garbage bag filled with organs sliced open. The violence against animals, however, is all too real. There is about a 5 minute interlude in which a tortoise is killed and sliced apart. Also killed on screen-- a snake, a monkey, a pig and a raccoon-like animal.
- breasts too many to count
- way too many man parts
- 1 turtle execution
- 1 impaled woman
- 1 castration
- 1 monkey brain appetizer
- tree-people fu
- cannibal fu
King Wally says avoid at all cost.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Greenville/Mockingbird intersection will soon be my new office as soon as I can dispatch that dude in the wheelchair that hangs out there.
Get a job, deadbeat!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I don't know. I certainly have been fairly aimless recently. And this has caused a lack of blogging. I've ramped up my job search since if I'm just going to waste my time I might as well get paid for it. I'm not happy about it. If anyone can figure out a way I can travel the world and get paid for it that would be swell.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Johnathan Goodwin can get 100 mpg out of a Lincoln Continental, cut emissions by 80%, and double the horsepower. Does the car business have the guts to follow him?
“Check it out. It's actually a jet engine," says Johnathan Goodwin, with a low whistle. "This thing is gonna be even cooler than I thought." We're hunched on the floor of Goodwin's gleaming workshop in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by the shards of a wooden packing crate. Inside the wreckage sits his latest toy--a 1985-issue turbine engine originally designed for the military. It can spin at a blistering 60,000 rpm and burn almost any fuel. And Goodwin has some startling plans for this esoteric piece of hardware: He's going to use it to create the most fuel-efficient Hummer in history.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Things are moving slowly here around the Wallagio. Even the dogs (I'm taking care of Sadie while Peach is off doing dirty stuff with her husband) are laying about more than normal.
The weekend was filled with all sorts of drunken hijinks, shenanigans and tomfoolery. We started off with the Peach/Scott wedding/reception where two generous individuals donated a keg of Sierra Nevada. Since this was a wedding, the mischief was kept to a minimum. But this was also the weekend of the Wednesday Night Ultimate 25th Anniversary Hat Games and after party. Much beer pong was played and many tiny quiches were consumed with the fury of someone with the drunken munchies.
Oh, and I beat the Jester in a best of 3 Mano-a-Mano beerpong championship. So I've got that going for me. Which is nice.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
For the fourth time in less than 2 weeks I found myself eating sushi. Not that I'm complaining. After all, I'm not much of a complainer.
Naan is an fancy-ish Korean restaurant in the Shops at Legacy sector of the northern gulag known as Plano. If it were in Uptown, it would no doubt be packed on a Tuesday night. But it's the northern burbs and Dancing with the Stars was on.
Since this is my first visit, I stuck with the semi-basics, tuna and salmon sashimi and two of their specialties. Their specialties are similar to a couple of the specialties at Blue Fish. So it is with Blue Fish, and not Piranha with which I will compare.
The sashimi was easily some of the freshest; tastiest I've had probably since Seattle. The only downside was that there was no white tune.
As for the specialty items – ahi tower and volcano roll – these were also quite good. I love the volcano roll at Blue Fish -- I'm a sucker for scallops. But despite the lack of scallops (there's crawfish and other goodies instead) it more than makes up for it with heat and tremendous flavor. I could not stop picking at it until the dish was empty. The ahi tower was also very good, but BF does a slightly better job.
Additionally, I was served a very good unfiltered sake. It was not slightly drier but more complex and flavorful than I'm used to with a nagori.
So, if you find yourself trapped up in the far reaches of Plano and you have to eat something up here, skip the dreadful Mi Cocina and head straight to Naan. And be sure to try the nagori.
7161 Bishop Road Plano, TX 75024
Monday, October 22, 2007
Here is part 2 of our Frugal living list - 10 inexpensive meals. The best thing about frugal living is that you get to enjoy much nicer food than you would if you were constantly buying fast food. So, here are ten great cheap meals.
10. Mac and Cheese
This is an easy one to make and doesn’t cost much. You will need 1 box of Elbows or Twisted Macaronis. You can usually get the 1 pound box for $1USD. Then you will need a block of cheese, the Velveeta kind. I would recommend the store brand as it tastes just as good. This usually runs between $1 and $2USD for the pound. Then you will need about 1/4 cup of milk. Boil the noodles until they are just soft, then take them off the heat and drain. Do not rinse with cold water.
If you feel you need to rinse them, do it with the hottest water possible. Return the noodles to the pot and add the cheese pre-cut in to 1 inch cubes. Mix together until the cheese is almost melted (the mix will be stiff and kind of hard to stir). Return to a low heat and slowly add the milk slowly creating a thick creamy sauce. This will make enough to feed 5-6 people generously. If you are making just for 1 person, store the excess in sandwich baggies (press out as much air as possible) or in a food sealer in the freezer. When you want to make some just pull out a bag in the morning to defrost. When you are ready for it, make sure it is completely defrosted, pour into a bowl, sprinkle a light amount of water on top and microwave for about 1 min (give or take depending on your microwave). You can compliment this with a can of tuna but do not freeze if tuna is mixed in.
It's a cool, gray, rainy day here in The Big D. So it seemed fitting to warm everyone's cockles (giggle) with a picture from sunnier, warmer times. Plus I wanted to use the word cockles.
Oh, and Blue Herons like to hang by themselves in the luxury suites.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
It is Saturday, so in celebration I thought we should have a list of drinking games. These will provide you with hours and fun and a massive headache. Enjoy! Warning: Binge drinking can lead to excess fun.
Flip, Sip, or Strip!
The game is best with 3 to 5 people, but more and the game will last longer. The rules are simple. Flip a coin and while it is in the air, call heads or tails. If you guess right, pass the coin to your right. If you guess wrong, pass the coin to your left and either take one article of clothing off (anything that is a pair counts as one item) or drink a shot. One catch, you cannot do the same thing (sip or strip) more than twice in a row.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Back in the early days of Thursday Night Liver Practice, we would gather on the patio of The Tipperary Inn and wonder what this little place across the street was. It was in a small old gas station. And we could not imagine the greatness that resides in this tiny package. Eventually I did make it over there.
Karen is over from that Germany and is trying to eat all her favorite places. Luckily I got invited to tag along for her York Street visit.
We started out with tuna tartar and raw oysters. I'm not exactly a huge fan of row oysters. I've only had one my entire life. But at places like this, I'll eat just about anything. The tartar was very good and fresh. With such a small portion split between 4 people, it was hard to figure out what exactly was in it. I'm guessing raw tuna. Try to prove me wrong. The oyster was already dressed in a citrusy juice. It was almost like an oyster ceviche. So, despite my limited oyster experience, I'll give it a thumbs up.
For my main course I ordered the off menu item of Kobe Steak. And from my first bite all I wanted to do was yell at the top of my lungs, "I love Colorado!"* This is easily one of the finest dishes I've ever shoved into my steakhole. It was heaven wrapped in nirvana and drizzled with an ecstasy beurre blanc. It rested atop a bed of stuff I have no idea what it was. But I ate every bite since I did not want to waste a single molecule of this delight.
For dessert, I had the lemon buckle with huckleberry sorbet. Yeah, it sounded a little frilly. And I may have to start looking for a condo off of Oak Lawn. But this too was over-the-top greatness.
In conclusion, mmmmmm mmmmmm good.
6047 Lewis Dallas, TX 75206
*Anyone get this joke??
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
It's been hard enough to get back on the bike. But today, while at the lake, I got a flat. No problem, I'll just change the innertube. Except that I'm a dumbass and forgot to bring a fresh tube. So, while enjoying the cool gray day at the lake, I got to take this semi-cool pic.
I was suspicious of the pie to begin with. You can't fry a pumpkin pie. But it's Whataburger. They know what they're doing. But the pie tasted remarkably like soggy Applejacks. So consider yourself warned.