Friday, August 31, 2007
The MAT, as it calls itself, is your typical generic Dallas bar/pub -- big screen TVs, lot's of the usual suspects on tap, generic bar food. They did have Sierra Nevada on tap, so there was something to drink. But the food is what was the real standout. They managed to be both generic and terrible. The jalapeno poppers had no heat whatsoever. And the artichoke dip had a Love Canal like after taste. And for you kids reading this, that's not a euphemism for vagina.
There's pretty much nothing to recommend this place. The patio was good for people watching the parade of characters marching up and down McKinney, though. And does every fucking bar and restaurant have to have 24 valet these days?? We got there around 6pm. The place was mostly empty. All the parking was being taken by valet. What is the fucking point of this? Shouldn't the closest spots be reserved for customers? The point of valet is that there are no more close spots left and you don't want to walk. I don't want to pay to have my car parked 10 feet.
D -- would have been C, but lost a letter for valet.
2822 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Texas 75057
We started out with some chips and guac. Their guac was good, but creamy instead of chunky. It could have used some extra onion or garlic and, of course, jalapeno. The chips were of the thin pasta flavored typed. The salsa was also good but nothing to write a blog about.
For my meal I had to make a big decision. There is one big rule in Mexican food dining -- never get the seafood. But this was a upscale restaurant, and I figured they would have good seafood. So I got the seafood enchiladas. They weren't bad, but they didn't have much flavor. Worse yet, they came with corn that was clearly out of a can.
For dessert we got this tortilla wrapped cinnamon cheese cake. It too was OK. The tortilla seemed a bit stale, like it had been made many hours ago. It did come with a couple of delicious strawberries. So it get points for that.
4020 North MacArthur Boulevard Irving, TX 75038-6413
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
- 0 breast
- 1 beast
- explosive decompression fu
- drill to the sternum fu
King Wally says check it out.
B for the first 90 minutes.
D for the last 30.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
SPERRY-SUN, Houston, TX 1991 - 1992
Designed and implemented a Microsoft Windows based application for simplifying the data input for the worldwide movement of capital equipment and related information. (MS C)
really make me feel like this has all been a waste and I don't want to do it anymore. I'm talking about programming. I'm not getting all Owen Wilson on you.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
For the uninitiated, The Hairy Eyeball is this country's finest beer. A petulant 22oz barley wine that deftly balances a strong malty sweetness with the bitterness of Oregon's finest hops. Besides the Vicadin Colada, it is the closest thing to a liquid orgasm available over the counter in the US. And I am now the proud owner of three (soon to be two, well probably soon to be none) of them.
This place is basically a gas station, but has a nice selection of beer and wine. But most importantly, it always has something good from Lagunitas.
18131 Coit Rd Dallas, TX 75252
Second, what has happened to the Texas tradition of a DQ in even the smallest of towns? I drove up Preston Rd all the way to Sherman and saw only 1 Dairy Queen building and it had clearly been vacant for a couple of decades. Instead, it seems, every town has a Sonic. So I guess Sonic is the new Dairy Queen. Still, how can you really grow up in a small Texas town without a single Dilly Bar under your belt??
Back when I was in high school, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, Carl's Jr was all over the area. And they used to be my favorite fast food place. Back then, they used to top every burger with an onion ring. Now that's class. So, when I found out there was one in Anna (ok, it's really in Anna, but Melissa is a funnier name) I had to make the trek.
This particular Carl's Jr. is located within a truckstop on US 75 in Anna, just north of McKinney. The service here was a bit, uhm, questionable. First, I wasn't even in the queue and was being asked what I wanted as I was gazing heavenward at the colorfor menu board. Then, after asking for the Six Dollar Bacon Cheese Burger (that's what it's called, the Six Dollar Burger, it's Angus -- giggle) the cashier blankly looked at me and asked what number that was. I only mention this since in 4-5 years Anna will be the new Murphy which is the new Allen. And for those planning on moving out there, I am warning that the schools may not be all that good. Just sayin.
The burger was good for a fast food burger. But not quite as good as a Whataburger. The fries were the strange battered type that Burger King has. And I made the cardinal mistake of not telling them to hold the cheese. Even though it was a Six Dollar Burger, the cheese was generic processed American cheese food. Do people really like this shit on their burger?? To me it leeches out the flavor of the burger. Now a nice aged cheddar or provalone or manchego (which I always get on my burger at The Libertine) can make a burger better.
Overall, this is not the Carl's Jr. I remember from my youth. Probably some kind of combination of refined palate, disappearance of the onion ring and countless nights of binge drinking.
1701 US Highway 75 Anna, TX 75409-4431
Friday, August 24, 2007
Hey. How's this for a opening line to a movie review? "Superbad was SUPER GOOD!!!!" hahahahahahahahaha. Thanks Norm.
This is truly the funniest movie I've seen in many years -- funnier than Borat or 40 Year Old Virgin. I'm not sure if you, my gentle readers, are aware of this, but I'm a bit of what they call a nerd. So maybe there is a great deal of relating to the material going on here. But this is a genuinely sweet and highlarryasslee funny teen movie the likes of which we haven't seen since Fast Times.
There's really not much more to say except "Stop reading this blog and go see this fucking movie. NOW!!!!"
- 2 breasts
- countless sketches of penises
- 1 drunken hobo
- 1 visiting Aunt Flo
- drunken fu
- police car fu
Academy award nomination for best conjugation of the word fellatio.
King Wally says check it out.
So, here she is:
The back with the hatch up. The ultimate bag already in place.
The vehicle comes with a first aid kit for all the Xtreme activities I'll be doing.
Cool stereo that plays MP3s.
The view from the Captain's seat.
It's hard to tell in this light, but it's not black. It's dark armor. Kind of a dark gray.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
- Is it stranger that someone left their cologne in my kitchen or that there were several packets of Splenda strewn about my kitchen floor?
- We're all getting old. It took me 15 minutes to clean my house. Come on people. We used to have blood and broken teeth at these parties.
- If I do buy the Blarney Stone, Scott should bar tend since he seems to have a knack for creating drinks that get chicks drunk. And really, isn't that why we go to bars?
- If someone has a good picture of Big Dave in his full Blues Brother attire I would like to post it.
- Thanks to Abel for supplying the tunes. But Garth Brooks at a martini party?
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Once again we got the overly minutiaed 10 questions that is the Sherlock's trivia night. Some questions of interest were:
- Chocolate, lilac and bourbon red are types of what kind of bird? (Turkeys)
- The maximum speed of the first locomotive was? (5 mph).
There was also a controversial question. What company distributed the first credit card? We both thought Diner's Club. But the "correct" answer was American Express. But upon checking with Wikipedia, Diner's Club is the correct answer.
However, officially we answered 5 out of 10. 1 worse than our score last week. However, this was good enough for a tie for 1st. After the first tie breaker (name the top 5 fruits produced world wide) we were still tied. So, The Jester went Mano-a-Mano with the best of the other team. The questions, "How many square feet in an acre?" was easy pickens for the realtor. So we got yet another $50 second place finish.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
And here's one taken during my root canal with the roto-rooters still in. Good times.
And if you live in Lakewood and need a dentist check them out. They just opened a few weeks ago, so there is seldom a wait. And, honestly, my crown has never felt better. Located across from Starbucks and just down the block from the Cock & Bull.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I took the Honda down to the Mighty Fine on Greenville and Walnut Hill. After perusing the fine scents and automotive accouterments, I noticed my car was getting dowsed with 3 colors of liquids (so you know it's good) and headed over to the cashier. And it is at this point that I realized that I have left my wallet at home.
"Uhm. This is real embarrassing. But I've left my wallet at home. If I leave my phone, can I go get it and then pay when I get back?", I meekishly asked.
The cashier, thankfully, agreed, and I raced home. Well, not really since I didn't want to get pulled over without a license.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
OK. I need to take a 20 here. So someone at United Cerebral Palsy thought it would be a great idea to put together a fun run commemorating the death of Elvis Presley -- a known avid jogger. And to promote their event, well, nothing says fitness enthusiast more than stuffing your face with a baker's dozen jelly donuts in 3 minutes. Oh, and for good measure, let's hold this outside, so the jelly donuts liquefy in the August heat. And let's make sure there's plenty of hot coffee.
So we're standing around sizing up our competition, the Dallas Fire Department. Then, a coordinator of the event comes up to us and asks "Uhm, so the Dallas Police have showed up and want to challenge the fireman. So if you guys step down, we'll give you each a $50 Brinker gift certificate." To which we replied in unison "Done and Done!".
We were still able to have our fill of donuts. I had 3. For charity I could have probably stuffed 10 into my donut hole.
It feels good to give back to the community like this.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
For BBQ, I think I will switch to a more formatted review. So here goes.
- Brisket -- Tasty, although drier than I anticipated from other reviews. Trent later admitted that the brisket was drier than usual. It was not as smokey as I thought it would be.
- Sausage -- Very good with a nice peppery flavor. A little bit more fat than at Peggy Sue's. But this is a good thing.
- Ribs -- Fantastic. I don't know what else to say. I brought the bones home for Alex, to which Trent commented "Why bother? You didn't leave any meat for her".
- Sauce -- The good news is this BBQ doesn't need sauce. The bad is that the sauce they do have isn't that good. In fact it mostly tasted of A1 Steakesauce to me.
- Sides -- I had the green beans and potato salad. Both were good but not spectacular. But I'm here for BBQ. So who cares.
- Atmosphere -- It's exactly what you want for a BBQ dive. An old lady manning the register, fake wood paneling. Absolutely perfect.
It's only open for lunch. Get there early.
3933 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75226
Like much of everything at Sherlock's, trivia was generically implemented. 10 questions were asked 1 each after a couple of songs. The questions were all over the place. From "What is the oldest continuously family owned business in the US?" to "Who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner?". Which begs the question, why don't we you use the word "spangled" anymore? It's in our national anthem. You would think we would use it more.
Once the answers were revealed, I didn't think we did well. I supplied the answer "Maxim Magazine" for "Which magazine outsold Playboy and Penthouse in advertising in 2000." The Jester foolishly thought it was National Geographic. Get it? Jester. Foolish. Anyone??
Glenn provided Oklahoma City for "Where was the first parking meter installed.". The question that cost us a tie for first was "What company invented ice beer". I immediately answered "Molson". And, as the next question was being asked, I mournfully cried "Now watch it be Labatt's." Indeed, it was Labatt's.
But the fun began as the manager/mc announced the winners. "Coming in second. Well, I'm not going to say their team name. But the team members are King Wally and The Jester". High fives abounded. The team next to us, who came in first, asked Glenn "Oh wow, what's your team name?" To which he replied, "Imma Dooshbague".
As Glenn spoke with the winners, the manager, who was a real Mr. Vernon, came over and handed me the $50 gift certificate for booze/food on our next visit to Sherlock's.
"I almost disqualified you guys for that name. Please don't do that again or I will disqualify you next time."
I replied, "Oh, sorry about that. We usually play at Flying Saucer where the dirtier the name the better."
"Right, well don't do it again."
So, since we have $50 burning a hole in our collective pockets, we will be going back. But next time, our name will be: Nicey McNicerstontonson.
And for this bland soulless pub, the Fish & Chips didn't dissappoint. They were bland and flavorless. The dish came with two pieces of fish and an abundance of generic chain restaurant french fries. Again, why would an English pub put Lowry's seasoning on their freedom fries?
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I'm taking a break from reviewing dreadful American teen sex comedies and switching to dreadful English college space/time manipulation comedies. Well, that's probably a bad adjective. Cashback isn't dreadful -- just tedious.
Cashback is the story of a art schooler Ben Willis. He breaks up with his long time girlfriend and finds he can no longer sleep. I think we can all relate to that. So, with the extra 8 hours he has every day, he takes an overnight job at a grocery store. It is here that he learns that he can stop time. And here is where the movie is the most believable. Because when he stops time, he disrobes the women shopping at the grocery store and draws their naked forms. If this were a Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler type movie they would use the extra time to work on the big account or do something sweet for their unappreciative wife/gf. But really, if the average 20 year old had this power -- off come the drawers.
Unfortunately this film can't decide if it wants to be The Office in a grocery store or a contemplative commentary on life using the sci-fi motif of time stoppage. And while that sounds like a combo-platter that should be right in my wheel-house, it comes up short. The laughs are few and the time stoppage is used only to get the chicks naked. I guess I'm getting old, because I need more than just that. I need some cuddling too.
- 19 breasts
- 2 old guy farts
- 1 soccer ball to the face
- 1 life altering naked Swedish exchange student.
- grocery item fu
- actual kung fu
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I thought this looked so pretty I had to take a picture. This is really not a The Summer of Steve Test Kitchen Item. I've made rosemary chicken dozens of times. But I have always baked it since, until recently, I didn't have a grill.
Here's the final dish with spinach pasta in a vodka sauce.
For the chicken, mix several cloves of chopped garlic, olive oil, rosemary, lemon zest, ginger and a little lemon juice with 2 whole breasts. Marinate for an hour or so. Grill until done. Pretty simple and pretty good.
The vodka sauce is from the Sept 2007 issue of Food and Wine. Unfortunately it is not available online at this time.
In order to properly judge the place I ordered two dogs, my usual (onions and mustard only) and one of their specialty dogs -- The Greenville Ave Dog (Shiner chili, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro). The first punch in the nuts was that these 2 dogs totaled just shy of $10. That's with no soda, no beer, no fries, no nothing -- just 2 dogs.
I started off with my usual and I knew something was wrong with the very first bite. The dog was mushy. No teeth are necessary to eat this dog. You can just mush it up with your tongue. And the flavor was way too similar to Vienna sausage with little smokey flavor at all. The dog by which I judge all Dogs is the Sabrett . A staple of the dog cart of the NYC, it is the best dog in the world and has a rich smokey flavor..
The Greenville dog was much, much better. The dog itself was the same. But the toppings really made a difference. The chili was flavorful and the fresh jalapenos and cilantro really brightened an already good dish. But I couldn't help but think that this would be just as good on a flavorless poached chicken breast.
They also serve a variety of french fries (garlic, chili, cheese ...) and shakes. Neither of which I tried. However I do plan to give this place another chance and at least try the fries. I really do want to like the place. It's open late on the weekends for the post bar crowd. That might be the time to go for not only the dogs but also the show.
3611 A Greenville Ave Dallas, TX75206
Monday, August 6, 2007
But what really sucks about August is that it's when the shortening of the days becomes palpable. You see, today was the first time I could tell the days have gotten noticeably shorter. For the last couple of months I can leave my house right after Community Quick Hits (6:52pm) and take a 2 hour bike ride up the White Rock Trail and back and get home with some daylight left. But today, not so much.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The movies starts with the dubious concept of a family owned golf course that is 3 months late on its rent. In order to drum up business, strippers are hired to frolic around the course. In absolutely no time at all, a cart-wash is built for slow motion, naked cart washing montages. So, you see, the movie is not without redemption.
Even with the sudden success of the family owned golf course, it still cannot get out from under the tyrannical thumb of the next door (of course) golf course. So the evil golf course owner proposes the obligatory 18 hole winner take all tournament. Guess who wins.
- 24 breasts (at least)
- 1 old guy getting racked
- 2 wacky Hasidim
- 2 slo-mo cartwash montages
- 1 cat fight
- 1 flatulent dog
King Wally says check it out.
- Saphire Martini -- It's hard to screw this up. And they didn't. It was big and tasty.
- Crabcakes -- I have to order them wherever I go. And these were the best I've had all year. Better than Truluck's even.
- Porterhouse, medium rare -- I always get a porterhouse for the fillet side and the strip side and the bone for Alex. Perfectly cooked with my preferred topping, Oscar -- asparagus, lump crab with Béarnaise.
I was too stuffed for dessert, although I had a bit of the creme brulee. It was OK. I'm not a huge fan of creme brulee, though.
I wish I had more to say. This place is great. Is it the greatest steakhouse ever? Probably not. And I will still go to my preferred Truluck's. But it does the job and serves up a tasty steak and a very nice scallop. And the service was great. Everything you can ask for in a steakhouse.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
If you are a fan of one of the current crop of serialized sci-fi dramas, Heroes, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, then you can thank Babylon 5 for trailblazing the concept. From its inception, B5 was to be a five year with a predefined beginning, middle and end. The show was a kind of Casablanca in space. However, there was a "Lord of the Rings"-like story going on in the background that eventually became the main story.
So, it's been nearly a decade since the show ended. And, with DVD sales starting to decline, it was time to come out with some new material. And, for the B5 fan, this may be a welcome Netfilx treat (i.e. not necessarily something you would want to buy).
The Lost Tales consists of three half hour short stories taking place on the 10 year anniversary of the end of the series. The first is absolutely dreadful. It's your basic satanic possession in space story. The main problem is that Tracy Scoggin's Colonel Lochley and her manface are ten times scarier than Satan ever could be.
The second and third story kind of meld together. As President Sheridan travels back to Babylon 5, he is first interviewed by an annoying journalist and then presented with the task of having to kill a young prince in order to save New York City in the future. Sure, that sounds silly, and it is. But it is the best of the three stories.
What's Good: Peter Woodward's Galen, a character from B5's short lived spin off Crusade, a beautifully rendered B5 using modern CGI.
What's Bad: Pretty much everything else.
Sometimes you can't go home again. And this is a good example of leaving sleeping universes lie. Unless you're already a fan, avoid at all costs. Get the original show DVDs, fight through the poor acting and production of season 1 and you'll enjoy seasons 2-4. Season 5, well, let's not talk about that.
But only if you love Babylon 5.
To properly rate this and any BBQ place, one has to order the 3-meat combo, the Holy Trinity of Texas BBQ -- brisket, sausage and ribs. The brisket was a little dry with very little smoke flavor. There was a nice pink smoke ring. So I know it spent some time in the smoker. The ribs too were lacking a strong smoke flavor. Although they were moist and tastey. The winner of the trifecta was the sausage. I got the impression that Peggy Sue's replaces much of the smoke element of their BBQ with pepper. The sausage, very meaty with very little fat, was loaded with pepper. Now I love pepper, so this was a delight. But the sausage too had very little smoke flavor.
Along with the three meats, I had two side dishes -- potato salad and green beans. Both were good. The green beans were especially good with generous dollops of pepper. The onion rings were tastey, but poorly prepared. It as as cook just took an onion, cut it in half, made rings out of one half and then just dump the other half in the batter.
Like I said, this place is good, but I know I've had better. So stay tuned for my upcomming best BBQ in the DFW list. So list your favorites in the comments.B
6600 Snider Plaza Dallas, Texas 75205