Pumpkins and Oktoberfest Beers: Harpoon Pumpkin Cider

August 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM (Uncategorized) (, , )

It’s the most magical time of year, friends: autumnal beer season! We all know I’ll try [almost] any beer once, but the brews of September through November are the ones I’ll try again and again… and again. This year I figured I’d catalog the deliciousness for both your and my enjoyment. With a new idea, we’ll start with a new beer… Harpoon Pumpkin Cider. Read on!

Image, beerBeer: Pumpkin Cider
Harpoon Brewery
Style: Spiced Cider
ABV: 4.8%
Where I Had It: Sunset Grill & Tap
What I Thought of It: A perfect transition beer for summer to autumn.You can certainly taste pumpkin, but it doesn’t overwhelm the crispness of a harvest cider. I admit, I was skeptical at first: while I love both pumpkin and apple pies, the thought of the two together just didn’t seem like a good idea. However, I was lucky enough to find myself at Sunset the day Harpoon sent their monthly newsletter announcing its inaugural release. Naturally I had to give it a try. I’m glad I did!


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Follow-up: Savored (Formerly Known as VillageVines) Now in Boston!

December 21, 2011 at 2:17 AM (Food, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

In June 2010 (I know, it seems like forever ago), I blogged about a company that I described as “Gilt for Restaurants,” at the time known as VillageVines, closing with the hope that the New York start-up would eventually come to Boston. In June 2011 (goodness, I have to get with the program here), my wish came true.

Along with a little re-branding, the artist formerly known as VillageVines, now Savored, is in Boston at last, currently offering insider pricing at 16 area restaurants. As a refresher, in case you don’t feel like reading my original post, Savored partners with restaurants to give diners solid discounts during off-peak times. In most cities, the discount is 30 percent, but due to Boston’s laws against discounting liquor, the discount is 40 percent on food only. After paying a $10 fee to reserve your table, just show up, remind your server you booked through Savored and enjoy your budget-friendlier meal. Pretty rad, right? Oh, and if your discount doesn’t cover the reservation fee, Savored refunds it for you. Win!

Restaurants Currently on Savored
Blu Boston
Central Kitchen
Da Vinci Ristorante
Gran Gusto
Mumbai Chopstix
Skipjacks (Both Newton and Back Bay)
Temple Bar
Tomasso Trattoria & Entoteca

Check it out and sign up. Or if you’ve already signed up, let me know what you think in the comments!

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Would You Visit Another Earth?

August 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM (Musings, Uncategorized) (, )

I recently did something very out of character: I saw an independent film. In case you don’t know me in real life, I tend to prefer my cinematic entertainment with a dash of defecation humour, or at the most culturally elite, witty back-and-forth with accents (and in that, oh, so rare best of both worlds, there’s both). Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, featured neither nor.

P.S. – While I won’t spoil the ending, I may mention some stuff not included in the trailer. You’ve been warned.

I’m no movie critic so I won’t waste your time with my moviegoer’s review (but I will say it was nice seeing a film for the first time in ages where I not only didn’t know how it would end, but I also had no idea what to expect next, in most cases). That said, Another Earth – and admittedly, the friend whose idea it was to go see it in the first place – made me think. If a planet similar to our own was discovered, and what’s more (and for me, too unbelievably), with what seem to be carbon-copies of ourselves leading similar lives there, would you go and meet yourself? At first, I thought not before anyone else went. While being a guinea pig can be glorious, it’s due in part to all the risks that accompany pigdom. What would you do if you met yourself? It could be cool and you might make out with yourself. Or it could be uncool and you freak out and murder yourself. Or, yourself murders you – either would be a bit of a bummer.

After a bit more consideration, however, I was a little less hesitant, figuring that the worst outcomes of such a journey would be the result of space travel itself – you know, the aircraft blowing up and whatnot. If we were going with the premise of the movie, the idea that this other earth was identical in every aspect of our own, including populace, I admit I think I’d be pretty stoked to meet myself. After all, not everyone gets all my stupid jokes. It’d be interesting to have a like-minded critic. More seriously, the idea of being able to talk to someone who has gone through exactly the same experiences you have (good and bad), and to be able to communicate via a similar wavelength of understanding, communication and interpretation, must be nothing shy of incredible. So, if I can be guaranteed that my mode of transportation won’t combust or otherwise tragically malfunction, yes, I would add my name to the sign-up list to visit Earth 2.

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Worth a Laugh

March 19, 2009 at 6:01 PM (Uncategorized) (, , )

I think so, anyway, and I needed something a bit more lighthearted after that last post.  I finally started reading my friend Christen’s blog, and came across this post featuring a YouTube video of Bizkit the dog sleep-walking.  I thought it was hysterical, and thus I will post the video below.  Enjoy!

Today’s Distraction
Bizkit running into the wall!

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