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Archive for June, 2007

Immort Ale

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Dogfishhead has done it again with another incredible seasonal ale. This time they tried to out-pun the Monty Python’s Holy Ale people with Immort Ale.

It’s on tap at the Addison Flying Saucer. It comes in small glasses. Flavor-wise, I would have guessed a barley-wine. It’s good, with a perfect balance of sweetness and hoppiness, with vanilla, maple syrup, and juniper berries. (Adam can pretend it’s gin.)

It’s a perfect followup to last year’s Midas Touch.

Un Elefante

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

In anticipation of an upcoming trip to Costa Rica, I dusted off my online membership for RosettaStone Spanish I. As usual when this happens, I have to start over at the beginning. This time I noticed something that I had not noticed before.

One of the very basic noun constructs is “Un Elefante“. So, how often have you run across un elefante in a Spanish speaking country?

Good Cheese

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Millefoglie al Marzemino

Try it.

Stepping our way to the panopticon…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

OK, I admit that I can no longer count the times I’ve been waiting for a green light, see the opposing traffic slow and stop, have my light turn green and then see a car whizz past me through the light that just turned red. It’s stupid and dangerous (not to mention definitely a moving violation).

Some cities have begun using automated Red Light Cameras. Some of them have notable misconfigurations enhancing the ideas that it is merely all about revenue rather than safety. There are other devices besides only red-light monitors, and I just have to wonder if there are better ways.

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Phaal

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Several of our dear readers will remember me referring to the “hottest dish I have ever been served at a restaurant” being something called a Lamb “Fall” at India Palace in Dallas. Of course, no one had ever heard of “fall” as a curry dish.

Well, I found it–it’s Phaal , not “fall.” And according to wikipedia, it’s either an entirely made up concoction from NYC, possibly intended to be used to punish inebriated customers, or perhaps Bangladeshi in origin.

Where ever it is from, it has to date come the closest of any chile-based dish to defeating me.


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