Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
O’Duffy’s is an often overlooked Kalamazoo pub. It is located in an old residential neighborhood near old Central High School. The owners, Jamie and his wife, have created a nice establishment. O’Duffy’s is on the main floor and Cosmos Cucina is upstairs and is the main dining area.
With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the pub had a wonderful Irish Stew, which was very popular and delicious. Plus, of course, Guinness and Harps on tap.
If you prefer a green-dyed domestic beer, you may not have the patience to wait for the perfect Guinness, but to discerning beer drinkers -- or beer snobs, as those watery-beer-drinkers may call them -- there is a point to the proper pour. Few local bars follow the guidelines and fewer did it Saturday as I’m sure elbow-to-elbow patrons barked for drinks, but on Saint Patrick's Day it seems only proper to enjoy a pint as it was intended.
The best is O'Duffy's Pub where head bartender Amy Steger employs a rare three-stage pour and tops it off by drawing a shamrock in the head. Most bars pour Guinness all at once, and some will take two pours to finish the pint as recommended by Guinness. O'Duffy's was recently given the "gold standard award'' by Guinness for its delicate pour. When it’s done right, the rich smooth flavor of Guinness will be brought out.
The April MTTT will be April 19 at an undetermined location. I’m open for any and all suggestions.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
They thought they had him with the death of Ernie Dell, but no. The CSI writers have crafted quite the story here, possibly one of the best multi-episode arcs this show has seen yet.
It started off with a revelation when Grissom found the hidden message spread across all the replicas ("YOU WERE WRONG") and it ended with a shock and more questions. Every episode should be this good.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. In an impressive string of wonderful mockumentary farces over the past few years, guiding lights Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, and their brilliant comedic acting ensemble, have joyfully savaged the self-important cultural "worlds" of small town amateur theater ("Waiting for Guffman"), dog shows ("Best in Show") and folk music ("A Mighty Wind").
Monday, March 19, 2007
The Sol World Cafe team used Girl Scout cookies as one would use crackers to make five types of canapes. Ingredients that topped the dessert canapes included common items such as strawberries and strawberry jam, chocolate chips, peanut butter, apples, raspberries, blackberries, marshmallows and Cool Whip. When I stopped by their table, the chef told me she was trying to think of something that was easy to do. And this was indeed very simple and very delicious.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Then it got interesting.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Smash spends the majority of the episode feeling responsible for the fate of the players that have walked after Mac’s racist rants. It doesn’t help that the self-righteous Waverly won’t let him back down and just play. It took Mama Smash to slap the possibility of rising above and making a stand by playing and being the bigger man for Smash to swallow his pride and lead the rest of the team back to the field just in time for the playoffs.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Harry, of course, is immediately clued in that the woman is a lycanthrope (werewolf, though they never use that word in the episode). The FBI moves in and takes the case over, pushing Murphy and Dresden both out of the way and threatening Dresden with jail time.
Instead Dresden focuses on the victim's roommate, Heather, and is able to put the pieces together as to what happened to her. But there's a twist he's not aware of--the hostile female FBI agent is also a lycanthrope, and her partner is killing lycanthropes in order to cure her of her affliction. Unfortunately, he's been bitten, too.
This was a episode, with some genuine creepiness and strong emotion, and I hope the show continues with this trend.
Quote of the night: "I'm turning my sense of smell up to eleven."
Friday, March 9, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007
- Ralph Wiggum, at the school assembly to celebrate family history, is dressed as a puppy.
- Mr. Burns striking a Jack Benny pose when Smithers catches on fire and exclaims, "but sir, I'm flaming!"
- When Lisa is giving her speech, a Native American is wearing a shirt with the same corncob curtain design as Lisa's.
- The best exchange in the episode:
Utah minister: How many brides will you be marrying today, Mr. Simpson?
Bart: Just one.
Utah minister: What are you, gay?
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The energetic Melbourne, Australia, six-piece combo group, The Cat Empire, hits the States with Two Shoes, a magnetic blend of funk, soul, and frat-party raucousness. Two Shoes trumpets the band's arrival with Harry Angus's blaring horn on the irresistible opener "Sly."
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Watch the slug video above for a sneak preview on why I loved this movie!
Featured Attraction: Flushed Away
I thought that this movie was so funny and absolutely loved it. There is so much laugh-out-loud humor as well as a subtler humor running through it.
Quick synopsis: Roddy, a pet rat, is left home alone while his family goes on vacation. Sid, a sewer rat, gets caught in an updraft and arrives in Roddy's house. He quickly takes over and ends up flushing Roddy down the toilet where he discovers a complete rat city in the sewers. As he is searching for a way home, he meets Rita, a rat who runs a river boat, and gets caught in her run from The Toad.
If you like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, you will love it.It is wacky and silly, but great. The slugs are roll off the sofa funny and the French frogs (Le Frog is hysterical) are also very funny. Be sure to watch for a cameo by Wolverine's costume and another from "Nemo".
The voice artists (main voices by Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslett & Ian McKellan) are great at capturing their characters and the animation is great. It is a blend of claymation and computers and they do it very well.Although it has a few elements of gross humor, the rest is kid-friendly and clean. There is also a whole level of humor running through the movie that the parents will enjoy even if the kids don't get it.
1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
Onion, cut into wedges
1/2 cup Burgundy wine or beef broth
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
Salt, Thyme, and Pepper to taste
Hot cooked egg noodles
In a slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or until meat is tender. Serve over noodles.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
- Joy: “Yeah, great like a weenie wart!”
- The stuff Joy and Earl used Liberty’s money for: Paid for a homeless guy to get laser eye surgery and hired him as their butler for the day: “Your pockets are hot!”
- Randy gets to live his dream of “getting beat up by a woman in tights.
- Joy whips open her robe at Randy, and growls sexily, “You know where babies come from Randy?” He points at her “Yeah, at the bottom of that fuzzy lightning bolt.”
- Catalina sniffs Randy’s hair!
- Black Ladies of Wrestling (BLOW)
- Joy: “And that’s for paying my prom date to stab me!”
Friday, March 2, 2007
Thursday, March 1, 2007
And Lyla better watch out, as Tyra noted a probable affair brewing, if not already occurring, between her mother and Buddy, and aimed all of her anger at the situation towards Lyla. It was hard not to both wince, and laugh a bit, as Tyra ran at Lyla with a vengeance on the football field. Oh, and lest we forget, the Powder-puff game gave us a sight we never thought we'd see: Landry, in his role as referee, actually ordering Coach Taylor around, which was absolutely classic.