Archive for March, 2010

365 Bottles of Beer For the Year

Posted in Beer and Wine, Travel with tags , , , , on March 23, 2010 by Aaron

For the holidays this year I got a desk calender. The kind where the fun part is ripping off a page each day. This one features a different beer each day that you are supposed to be able to get somewhere in the US. There is also a short description of the beers including facts about the brewery, the beer or even some history. A lot of the beers listed seem to come from Europe which makes them harder to find in real life.

Today’s beer for Tuesday March 23rd 2010 is from Scotland. Specifically the Orkney Brewery in Stromness, Orkney, Scotland. The beer is called Orkney Dark Island Brown. This one caught my eye more than most, specifically because it is from Scotland. A place that is close to my heart. I went on a trip there by myself last January. Here is a brief list of some amazing things that happened to me while I was there: I rode a sleeper train around, visited The Royal Oak, learned how to drive stick in downtown Edinburgh during rush hour, I watched a sunrise in THE Highlands, I drank beer, I got to walk around in really old, really big castles, I stayed with a girl I met on couchsurfing, climbed two mountains, and I am sure I could list a lot more. Anyways, if you know me in real life you can check out some of my pictures from that trip on Facebook.

Here is what today says about Orkeny Dark Island Brown:

“The bottle, the pour, the head, the aroma, the flavor, the aftertaste all bespeak of wealth. Dark chestnut brown, with a creamy head. Nutty, fruity, toffee and malty aroma and flavor. Not particularly hoppy, but that’s no surprise in this great session beer. At 4.6%/vol., you could enjoy a few without embarrassing yourself. Try it with some sheep’s milk feta, or aged Parmesan and thin sliced sausage.”

What drew me to this (besides the Scotland reference) was that it refers to this as a session beer. I feel like I keep coming across this phrase in my internet beer travels. All the people interested in craft beers have this sort of jargon. Session beer is in a way a nice way of saying this is a good beer to sit down and drink a lot of. So next time you are in Orkney, feel free to drink a lot of the Dark Island Brown because you won’t embarrass yourself.

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Hot Pockets

Posted in Recipes with tags , , on March 22, 2010 by Aaron

These ain’t your grocers frozen food isle hot pockets. These are your grandmas hot pockets. They can be quick to make to eat right then, or freeze so you can have them anytime.

There are two main parts to the hot pocket. Pastry dough and filling. You can make your own pastry dough, which takes some time and effort (not to mention letting you know exactly how much butter goes in), or you can buy it in the frozen food section of the store.

If you want a pastry dough recipe let me know and I will post it. Otherwise I know it is much easier to buy it.

Filling (obviously you can put whatever you want in) This should make enough for 2 large Pockets. Each pocket can be eaten by two people or one very hungry person.

  • A lot of Kale
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Portabello Mushroom
  • 1 t. Ground Coriander
  • 1 T. Basil
  • 1 T. Thyme
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Rice
  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese

Cook the rice and set it aside.

The kale will cook down (not as much as spinach) so use about 4 times as much as you think will fit inside your hot pockets. Put some olive oil in a large pan and cook the onions and garlic for a minute. Throw in the mushrooms for another 5 minutes. Put the Kale in and cover the pan stirring once in a while until it cooks down 5-10 minutes. Once the Kale is cooked to your liking, remove the pan from the heat and mix in the rice, cheese, herbs and spices.

Lay out a square of pastry dough and fill the middle with your filling. Fold it over and cut off extra so that you are left with about 1 inch of dough beyond the filling. Fold it over and then seal with a fork by pressing in through the layers. You can freeze it here or bake it right away. You can roll the extra pieces of dough up and bake them alongside the Hot Pockets for delicious baked doughy treats.

Have your oven preheated to about 350 degrees. Bake the Hot Pockets for 45 minutes to an hour. They should grow as the dough rises and will turn a light brown color. MMM……

Treat St. Patricks Day Like a Real Holiday

Posted in Beer and Wine with tags , , on March 17, 2010 by Aaron

Losing my Faith in the Internet

Posted in Games with tags , on March 8, 2010 by Aaron

I have lost some faith that I had in people. Previously my blog didn’t get much attention. I averaged around 10-20 people looking at it per day. Recently I wrote a post about how much I don’t like the game Farmville on Facebook.

Those two words started generating a ton of people looking at my blog. In fact, my highest number of viewings has reached 423 in one day. That many people looking for information on Farmville? Disappointing. Now, I know that it isn’t all that many people considering how many are using the internet. But still … Farmville. I still say it is a bad game and a waste of time.

So, now that my views are back to normal…. lets see what happens when I write some more about Farmville…

Crazy Can

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , on March 7, 2010 by Aaron

So the weirdest thing happened to me in the shower the other day. Wait! I know, I know, you are all going to say I have heard this story before and don’t want to hear it again. But, I doubt it.

I had just finished washing myself and was standing in the warm water not doing anything for a moment. ALL OF A SUDDEN I hear a boom! IN the shower with me! My first thought was it sounded like the shower head had blown off, but it didn’t hit me and the shower spray was still normal.

Maybe I died but everything continues on for me like nothing happened and in everyone elses reality I had died so now they split and there must be a bazillion different realities where everyone is still alive in theirs and nothing is real! Or, … not.

I blink a few times and then look around. Behind me there is white crap EVERYWHERE. It is all over all the shampoo and soap. It is all over the walls. It is all over the floor. It is all over the ceiling. It is all over my back. And then I hear a slight hissing and gurgling (btw – spell check wanted me to replace gurgling with smuggling) sound coming from a bubbling pile of white stuff on the floor.

I lean over to investigate and what do I find? An old can of shaving cream spitting out, that’s right, shaving cream. My can of shaving cream, which I don’t use since I don’t shave, had rusted through just enough so that the internal pressure caused it to blow. It wasn’t even that rusty, I musta had a bad can. Of course at this point I start maniacally laughing and my partner rushes in to see if I am okay after the loud bang in the bathroom.

Good thing it was in the shower and not in any other room. That would have sucked. It still took me about 30 minutes to wipe it off of every surface. The room still smells like shaving cream 2 days later and I stopped only yesterday.

This is probably the only time that I wish I had a video surveillance camera in my bathroom. You should install one before this happens to you!