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Slacking…but back with a vengeance

One of my own creations – a Hanky Panky Photo by me

I have been slacking on posts lately, so it is time to get back in the saddle.

First off, I am going to sing the praises of Bellwoods Social House.
My buddy Arianne Fielder is heading up the bar program, and has an all-star staff on hand.
I have not had food, but I have been in two Fridays in a row for after-work cocktails…and I am impressed.

G and Tea. Photo by Me.

Week 1 I had a G and Tea. (Ford’s Gin, Cocchi Americano, black tea, lemongrass, lemon and thyme)

Week 2 was a Kentucky Sundress. I was a little concerned that it might be a girly drink, but Alyssa and Rebecca convinced me it was basically a Manhattan. Very manly. Made with Woodford Reserve, strawberry and rosemary infused blanc vermouth, St. Germain, and orange bitters (with a green chartreuse rinse).

Next time I am going to try the old fashioned. I just always try to order things in a bar that I do not make at home (and I make a mean old fashioned).

They are also doing a really cool shot program with shots and backs inspired by bars from around Atlanta and across the country.

I have not had food yet, but the staff had a great looking Asian noodle and shrimp salad. They really seemed to like it. Other folks seem to like it quite a bit.

Bandeja paisa from Kiosco in Marietta Photo by Me.

Speaking of food, Linds and I had a date night at Kiosco in Marietta. You can see my plate was full.  I am a sucker for the Bandeja paisa. We also painted ceramics for the kiln. She won the painting contest. Results (with photos) to come in a later blog.

Quick Hits

“I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.”

You’re the Worst. Is the best.

I bet your girlfriend loves the Leftovers?

Lemon Garlic Spatchcocked Chicken

The Good Doctor Cocktail

Momofuku Crack Pie

Cool things on the way in the next month or two:
Sean Brock‘s new book Heritage
Death and Company‘s New Cocktail Book
Justin Townes Earle‘s new album Single Mothers

 

If the Wife is Doing it…

I have not written on this page in a long time. I think if Lindsey can get her blog on … then I can definitely get back in the saddle. She is doing a great job. Posting about my severe toe injury and the odyssey of the file cabinet. I am writing this tonight as I slowly sip a
Bufflalo Trace and Cointreau Manhattan.
1 dash Angosutra Bitters
1 dash Cointreau
2 oz Buffalo Trace
1 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth

Oleo Saccharum – Fancy way of saying lemon peel and sugar

I have upped the game in my cocktail making lately. I have made a ton of infused simple syrups. I also tried my hand at Oleo Saccharum. The verdict is out…but I am pretty sure I will make it again.

Here are a few drinks I want to throw together: Bourbon Bramble
Homemade Zima
Blackberry Pimms Cup

Shifting gears…HomestarRunner is BACK! That makes me very happy. I hope there are some new Teen Girl Squad toons soon.

Vision S Series
Vision Grill…Not a Big Green Egg.

We made the plunge and got a kamado grill. Hopefully it will be here this week. I can’t wait to break out some pork shoulder, and all the other fun things you can do with a cooker and a smoker. I have heard great things about the Visions.  I am pretty sure I will be happy with it in the long run. I just could not justify the price of a Big Green Egg.  I am pretty excited about cooking on it.

Goodbye to a best friend

So  I realized tonight that my Facebook posting rules so some of you might not be up to date on what has been happening. We had to go to the vet and have Hugo put down this morning. It was a tough couple of days for the family, and I am not even sure that Sarah Kate has figured out what happened yet. We are going to wait for her to ask before we have a talk about it with her.

Hugo was my best friend for 13 years.  I will miss him terribly.
I wrote some things down earlier this week that I wanted to share about him.

To the best cat to ever utter a meow:

There are so many things that I can say about you.

You have been my best friend for almost as long as I can remember. From the day you showed up on my doorstep in LaGrange…we have been partners. Sitting in the north facing window (looking to your Canadian homeland), chattering at the various birds and squirrels that dared to cross your path, answering my whistle. (It will always be the Hugo whistle to this family), busting in like the Kool-Aid man to get your water from the shower. You loved to spend time in the sun, just lounging…but always quick to answer with a meow if I called your name.

You graciously allowed Frankie to join us when Linds moved in. You (begrudgingly) gradually came to know Lidsey as Mom.

Hugo did not like when Mom watched Glee.

I remember the time that I totally freaked out on a pizza man…because you escaped from the apartment. Luckily…you hadn’t gone far, and I corralled you back inside.

I think you spent most every night for the last 12 years sleeping between my legs, or at the foot of the bed. You were also pretty cool when we brought home a baby. Sometimes you even let Sarah Kate pull your tail without popping her in the head.

I am writing this while you are still around. I don’t want to try and remember these things after you are gone. My real hope is that I made your life maybe even half as awesome as you made mine.

I am not sure that I could have ever ordered a better cat. You did a great job finding me. I will miss you terribly. There will be a real void in my life without you around. I know there is a great debate about animals and heaven. But honestly if you are not waiting for me at the rainbow bridge…then I am not sure heaven will be what I expect it to be.

Laid Back….Sippin’ on Gin and Juice

I have some cool things to share. Hope everyone had a nice and relaxing Independence Day week. Time to get back at it at the office. Definitely hard to believe we have hit the mid-point of summer (and the year for that matter).

Found this link to some good summer cocktails. I have been on a gin kick lately. Mostly really good gin.

OK, add Mun, and this should be my most-viewed post EVER!
As Daniel Bryan would say… “Yes, Yes, Yes!!”

I could not go without mentiong how dissappointed I was to learn about the drug-related suspension of NASCAR’s A.J. Allmendinger. If it wasn’t a false positive, then I hope that A.J. can get his stuff together. There is no doubt that he is talented.

And congrats to Kevin and DeLana Harvick on the birth of their son…if you read his statement, you realize that despite his reputation…he really is a pretty good guy.

 ”Waiting on Keelan was the longest nine months of my entire life,” Kevin Harvick said in a statement. ”But time literally stood still when I held our baby for the first time. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life that I’m proud of, but those moments don’t hold a candle to becoming a father and seeing that little face looking up at you.

”DeLana and I are just amazed by how special and rewarding this is.”

This should do it for this week. Trying to get back into a regular posting habit. I got some good fishing stuff saved up to share. This was just more of a post about drinking.

Things I Have Learned in my “Transition”

I have a Dan Patrick mancrush.
The Georgia Department of Labor likes for you to call it the “Career Center” rather than the “Unemployment Office”
There are plenty of jobs out there in my field, but competition is tight, and you still get most of your good leads by word of mouth.
I can survive for several days without a triple venti no foam 1 raw sugar latte.
This is going to be a real positive when I come out on the other side.

Now on to the fun stuff:

This is not that ugly
Maybe I just hate yellow and green...but Under Armor > Nike

College football should be entertaining this weekend.

The Dawgs should get a W against the Chanticleers — The what you say?
Coastal Carolina’s head coach apparently likes Dogs.
(Can you believe that there are people who still have not seen that video?)

Oh, and I get to root for Clemson over Auburn.

Lindsey is addicted to Pinterest.  She has some great stuff on her board.

I am still using Google+, though not as much as I did at first.  Most of the folks over there are fishing types, and a couple of other real life friends.

Catch Magazine #19 is posted
Windknots and Tangled Lines also loves his Tilley

Recipes for the big finish
Grilled Chicken with White BBQ sauce (on our menu for next week)
Tomato Pie
Cooler Corn

Look at the Azaleas!

My wife is probably definitely tired of hearing those words from my mouth. I can’t help it. I love azaleas, wisteria, dogwoods and other plants that remind me of spring in the south.

The yard in our house is the total opposite of good taste. We have a few azaleas scattered around, but nothing else makes any sense. I have decided that whoever landscaped our yard was high at the time.

There is no rhyme or reason in how they threw out plants.  They also committed a cardinal sin that will take us years to rectify.  That mistake…monkey grass. The stuff will not die.  I will end up having to dig it up and move in new topsoil. It will be a total mess.  We are going to work on the yard a little over the next couple of weeks. Pulling mulch out of the front bed, and replacing it with pinestraw…which will look a ton better.

We are taking Sarah Kate to have photos taken with a real live bunny today, I will let you know how it goes.

And finally, say hello to Moldy Chum’s pinup of the week. (pictured at right)

Check out that flounder!

A Nice Win at Sebring…But Not by an Audi

Photo from the Last Turn Clubhouse

12 Hours of Racing and a difference of only 44 seconds between the winning Oreca Peugeot and the third place factory Peugot.
A disappointed Audi team finished in 4th and 5th in the old R15++.  It was the last race for the R15, it will be replaced by the R18 in the next LeMans Series event, as the team prepares for the 24 Hours of LeMans.

GT was a real fight as well.  A one-two finish for the BMWs over the two Corvettes. It appears that there are some kinks to work out with the new 458 Italia, and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is finally starting to show its age.

I would not be doing a good job unless I mentioned just how awful the current P2 prototypes are. Slow and fragile, the top car was 32 laps off the pace…behind nearly all the GT class. God, I miss the Porsche Spyder and Acuras.

I also have to comment on the broadcast package. The quality is not as advertised.  It was obvious to me (on a very fast home network) that the race was not the same as TV quality. I also was not as actively watching as I did in the days of TV coverage.  I am recording the ABC recap today. We will see how well that goes.

On to other Stuff!

Quick Hits
AP finally decides drop the hyphen.  Yay to the death of e-mail
We had a great steak dinner last night – including these, which are awesome.  The steak may have been the best I have ever had.