Sunday, November 27, 2011

Burgatory

Sinfully good... From the same city that brings you incredible impieties such as the Church Brew Works and the Altar Bar comes the new burger joint Burgatory. Burgatory opened up just outside of Pittsburgh and serves you custom-made sandwiches stuck up with pitchforks and such good craft beers your hangover will be positively hellatious (because, frankly, you'll want to to try them all). For months I've been seeing friends reviews on Facebook and I was drooling. While out galavanting during Thanksgiving, I finally got to experience the sinfulness firsthand.

The place is a bit compact (there's always a wait) but has a nice atmosphere. There's a good variety of burger toppings and combos, and as aforementioned, the tap and bottled list was respectable. For the non-alcoholic scene there are milkshakes, but they'll run you about six bucks (Pulp Fiction anyone? The five dollar shake?). As usual- I'm jealous of myself circa 24 hours ago (although maybe I'd try to nix the last few brews I had for the sake of my six hour ride back to NJ). 

The best part was the build your own (and name it) burger. I fondly titled my veggie burger 'The Paris Hilton of Pittsburgh'. When it was served I was told they've seen "a lot of unique names, but never that one". Success!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Korean BBQ Birthday

The JLo family took me out the local Korean Barbeque joint this weekend as a late birthday celebration. Of course I was ecstatic - although a bit pricey, Korean BBQ is exceptionally tasty and very unique. The main meat, bulgogi (beef), is prepared on a charcoal grill right in front of you. It's not quite like the Japanese hibachi, but a little bit similar. You then take the cooked meat and place it on a giant leaf of lettuce along with a purple rice with beans, sauce, and any of the multitude of vegetables that are placed in front of you. The leaf is then rolled like a burrito and you nosh. It's incredible.

In addition to the lettuce burrito there are more side dishes than we can ever finish. I'm not sure entirely what everything is but there were turnips, kimchi, pajori (a green onion salad with almost a wasabi/soy-esque dressing), a lettuce salad with a spicy sauce, vegetable patties, a fish, and a huge soup with dumplings, rice patties, and noodles - all of which I enjoyed immensely. Deliciousness.

And for the record, Thank-You in Korean is 감사합니다 (pronounced kam-sah-am-ni-da). Be nice to your waitress when you test it out.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mystery

Hello From Wildwood, N.J.
Where is Q?

Q is a bit of a, well in polite terms, hooligan, who sends mail that it slightly disturbing and throws you off skelter. Once I received a decaying tooth in the mail. Q is also the one who sent the recent voting sober advertisement. I had suspected Q was behind the glowsticks, but alas that was my Aunt Lynne. No one knows who Q is. It's a mystery.

This is the most recent installment of Q. (S)he/it is getting unsettlingly closer.



Saturday, November 19, 2011

T2: The New Troegs

Troegs Co-Workers Only. Please Don't Bother the Beer.

JLo and I had tossed around the idea of visiting the much loved Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware for my birthday weekend. But after Dad reminded me about the recent opening of the new Troegs brewery in Hershey, and subsequently mentioned he'd be willing to go too, our decision was made for us.

If you recall, on my Summer 2011 to-do list was visiting the Troegs Brewery. I'd never been there before and prior to the trip I had not known they were in the works of creating a whole new brewery in Hershey, PA. And no better could our timing have been - the old brewery is now closed. JLo and I made it just in the nick of time.

The new brewery is pretty cool. Very big, very clean, lots on tap and even a few basic food selections. Brownies made from beer? Yes, please! Pretzels? Of course! And you can even add organic vanilla ice cream to your beer to make a beer float. Thanks Alex for buying that one for me!

Also available is a self-guided tour of the brewery. You are separated from the actual brewing merely by glass. It's like walking through a factory where you observe the process as it is taking place (hence, the notice on the door). Very cool. 

(Beer glasses) Not a bad shot for the new iPhone! Nice digs!



Friday, November 18, 2011

Beer Bulb

When a lightbulb goes off over your head it means you have a great idea while sober.

When a beerbulb goes off over your head it means you have a great* idea while drunk
*great ideas while drunk do not always = great ideas while sober. Not commutative.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Team Pumpkin

1 Week From T-Giv
1 Hour from Twilight Release
Dividing families, dividing friendships
It's time for you to choose your alliance

Team Pumpkin vs Team Apple
Their paths cannot cross.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Handvo

My coworker made me a dish for my birthday. It's called Handvo and it is authentic from the region she is from in India. Superdelish.


Monday, November 14, 2011

And So I Discover Instagram


Facebook relationship with my iPhone. And for the record, I won. And all I started out with was the slums and some boxed wine... Finished up with some French Bordeaux and the whole board.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Fall in New Jersey

Testing out my new iPhone (!!!! thanks boyfriend!) while out & about today. Welcome, iPhone, to my luxurious world of photographing, traveling, and drinking magnificently. So glad to have you as my sidekick. And don't forget about Scrabble-ing with MM.



Friday, November 04, 2011

The Awkward Chicken

Behold Baawk, the Awkward Chicken. Inspired by my Aunt Jul.

Not to be confused with the Auk, which is a bird that is Aukward by name. Baawk is awkward by choice.

See also the awkward mustache (moustache?). As it is Movember, it is better to have awkward moustaches than no moustaches.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Just Ta-ap It In

Happy Gilmore has a stint where he's a construction worker. He accidentally hits his boss, Mr. Larson, in the head, with a nail gun. Mr. Larson survives and walks around with the nail for some time until he has it removed.

After a few days of constant tire pressure decrease I took my tire to the tire doc. I learned that my tire, too, was embedded with a nail. The nail was removed and the tire was repaired.

By commutative property it is therefore proved that my tire is on the same caliber of toughness (albeit hopefully not insanity) as Mr. Larson. Six degrees of separation indeed.