Sitting at a bar

boozin foodieHere I am sitting at my very own private bar. Just a couple of seats for me and whoever decides to come on over. Usually it’s just me, and a collection of cookbooks and magazine that I  flip through.

Mostly empty bottle line the shelves. Nothing manages to stay full, not for long at least. They seem to be drinking themselves. Especially when time stops. And, time has stopped right now. The clock on the wall reads 2:08. It’s been like that for the past year and a half. Never felt like I needed to replace the battery. It’s an old Stolichnaya clock, probably worth something, but I doubt it. It was here when I got here, and it stays up on the wall.

Other than that, the music is always enjoyed as there’s no one picking the songs but me. I prefer it like that cause no one has better taste in music than me. Might put a tv up in the corner, but I have a feeling that it will disrupt the whole experience. Still the only thing that keeps me seated here is that no one will ever call out “Last call.”

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Bohemian Lager, Coming Soon

0012881617Queen are now the latest rockers to get involved in the beer business. The group has just announced that, in honor of the 40th anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it’s launching a new brew.

Billboard reports that Queen Bohemian Lager is described as a “golden hoppy” beer, with an ABV of 4.7 percent. Keeping with its theme, it is, according to The Week, brewed in Pilzen, which is located in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic and where pilsner types of beer originated. The bottle will carry Queen’s crest, designed by Freddie Mercury, and the image from the cover of A Night at the Opera, the album that originally featured “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The beer will start hitting shelves in Europe this summer, with a worldwide release to follow. It is brewed by RnR Brew Ltd., with whom Queen previously teamed up for their Killer Queen vodka and Millionaire malbec wine last year. RnR’s website says that the beer contains only three ingredients, all of which are GMO-free: Czech soft water, Moravian barley malt and Saaz hops. It will be sold in 11.1-ounce bottles, with six-pack, 12-pack and crate options available.

Many rock bands have put out signature beers in recent years, including Kiss, AC/DC, Motorhead, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden, whose Trooper ale has been quite successful since its release in 2013. Check out Loudwire for their rankings of 20 signature brews from rock and metal bands.

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The Art of Cutting Yourself

boozin foodie  It always happens when I use a different knife that I don’t have a feel for. It can be different weight or a different shape. Plus I’m in a hurry, and I don’t have time to take my knife out of it’s case. Chop, chop. Slice and there goes a little skin off of my knuckle.

You would think that after years of cutting vegetables, and meat that I would know how to use a knife. I do, at least I think I do. I can go a couple of months without cutting myself, but not when I grab a knife off of the shelf. Twice in five seconds. Serves me right. the first one was just a scratch, but I had to finish the job. Cutting my self, not the tomatoes.

Grab a paper towel, some scotch tape, a plastic glove, and you’re back in business. For the time being.

Some times you cut yourself and you don’t realize it until you start cutting lemons. That’s always a surprise, as you don’t know what the hell just happened. And there’s also the time that you cut yourself on the hand that you’re holding the knife with. Now that one was a shocker, trying to smash garlic and somehow you end up cutting yourself.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? April, 7th : National Beer Day

nationalbeerdayNot exactly a celebration of beer, National Beer day is a celebration of the Cullen-Harrison Act. Allowing us to buy, sell and drink beer. All thanks to President Roosevelt, who ended Prohibition a couple of weeks earlier.

Today, as most of us have forgotten the true meaning of National Beer Day, all of us must teach the others about the significance of this day. If it wasn’t for the Cullen-Harrison Act you wouldn’t be drinking that beer you’re currently holding. You’d probably still be in the bathtub trying to make gin.

Celebrate today by knocking back a few beers, whie telling everyone about the Cullen-Harrison Act.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? March, 24th : Harry Houdini’s Birthday

402px-Houdini_in_Handcuffs,_1918It’s funny cause I always thought that Harry Houdini had a mustache. Turns out he didn’t. But this article isn’t about the facial hair of Houdini, but it could be, if he wasn’t always clean shaved.

Houdini’s most memorable escapes include the Chinese Water Torture Cell, The Mirror Challenge, Milk Can Escape. He was even buried alive, thrown overboard in a wooden box. In 1909 Houdini decided to start acting and starred in a handful of films, before he decided it wasn’t worth it.

To celebrate Houdini’s birthday we’ll have a cocktail that is named after him. Sure it isn’t too popular at the moment, but we’ll enjoy it regardless. The Houdini drink.

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Lean Machine, Recovery Ale

lean machineWe might finally have a good reason to go to the gym. Not so much for the workout, but for the energy drink afterwards. Lean Machine Ale, produced by Vampt, contains 7 vitamins and 7 grams of protein and 0.5% alcohol. Sure, it’s not a lot, but you’re building muscle, or something to that extent. Did we mention it’s gluten free?

0.5% is really low, considering they could have made it 2.3% alcohol and get the same results. Beer is naturally made by hops, barley and yeast. It contains the same carbohydrates and electrolytes as a bottle of Gatorade, minus all the sugar and chemicals.

While it will take us more than a promise of a very light beer to get us to go to the gym, we  would rather be at a bar using a regular beer bottle as our dumbells. How many reps you do depend on how many beers you drink.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? March, 13th : William Herschel Finds Uranus

490px-William_Herschel01Looking through his telescope, on a cool March night, Herschel was searching for double stars. But he noticed something else. He thought it might be a comet and jotted it down in his notebook. After seeing it again a couple of days late moved from it’s former position he was pretty sure it was a comet.

When he presented his discovery to the Royal Society, he started comparing it to a planet. Although he still said it was a comet. It was confirmed that it was a planet on April 23rd. All he had to do was name the planet and everyone would be happy. He wanted to name the planet Georgium Sidus, after King George, but this name was not popular outside of Great Britain. They finally settled on the name Uranus.

While we couldn’t find a drink named after Uranus, we found one that is named after King George. Crown Royal, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup. Sounds like a win to me. Here’s the link to the recipe.

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Dunkin’ Donuts – Mint Oreo Donuts

mint oreoLooks like everyone is getting ready for St. Patty’s Day. While this is nothing new and pretty much the same old everywhere you look. Mint Shakes, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Irish Coffee, Guinness beer and so on. Dunkin’ Donuts decided to make a Mint Oreo Donut. Double checked and well I’ll be on my way to Dunkin’ Donuts soon enough. Luckily there’s one right across the street from me. Easier said than done,  because I am lazy as hell. True Story.

“For a sweet treat this St. Patrick’s Day, Dunkin’ Donuts has the new Mint OREO® Donut, featuring a yeast ring frosted with pastel green icing and crumbled mint OREO® cookies, as well as the new Mint OREO® Creme Donut, featuring a vanilla flavored buttercreme-filled yeast shell frosted with pastel green icing and crumbled mint OREO®. Finally, mint returns to Dunkin’ Donuts’ lineup of delicious, smooth and creamy hot chocolate flavors. Guests can once again enjoy Mint Hot Chocolate, which puts a spin on the classic Hot Chocolate with a cool, invigorating minty flavor.” Taken from the Dunkin’ Donuts website.

The real question is should I go right now? I’ll wait till tomorrow. If not than the day after that, but I will get my hands on them before March 17th.

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Butterfinger Cups

butterfinger cupI finally found some of these Butterfinger Cups. I would have taken some photos, but I munched away while I was driving back. They were pretty good, nothing too crazy about them, other than the fact that they were a bit crunchy in the middle. Nothing to write home about.

True I was excited when I found them at the store, and grabbed the last three that were in the box. Just the thought that it was something new, and maybe they would knock my socks off. But after a couple of bites, it was clear that Nestle wasn’t trying to re-invent the wheel. My guess is that they just wanted a share of all those Peanut Butter Cup sales. They did a good job at that, but is it enough to topple Reese’s. I think not.

Looking back at a list that I made a couple of years ago. That list is right here. It seems like I would have rated the Butterfinger Cups just under Reese’s.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? February, 11th : National Inventor’s Day

HamRadioIt is Inventor’s Day today. We look back upon the great inventors of all time. Men like Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb. No longer will we fumble through a dark bar looking for that small bottle of bitters that we forgot where we placed it.

If you’re up to it you can try your luck at inventing something. If not you can always read up on others inventions, like the cocktail shaker. It can be traced back to 7000 BC hailing from South America. Who invented it? Can’t reall say as there are no records on who invented it. Or maybe try and figure out who invented the blender. There’s a handful of people who can lay claim to that one.

To celebrate today, it’s time to try your luck at inventing a new drink. Not sure if you can call yourself an inventor for makng a new drink, but for today, we’ll say you can.

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