Thursday, February 28, 2013

Words With Friends Snob

Sorry Allie, I just had to brag. Still proud of this one. Of course kharma comes around though, with the plethora of vowels.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

For my Gettysburg Friends.

Photo snapped from Glamour magazine. It always comes back to your education.

Update 2/28 - the link to the referenced New York Times article. Thanks Angela for locating this ridiculous portrayal of college life!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

South Side Soup Contest

On Saturday, Allie and I participated in the South Side Soup Contest. For anyone unfamiliar, every year various locations in the South Side prepare different kinds of soups in hopes to win the "Lombardi trophy of soup", shown to the right. Proceeds of this event support the Brashear Association, which enriches the lives of families in the south of Pittsburgh. I was told this year ~1,100 tickets were sold out in 20 minutes.

In 2013 there were 23 contestants, preparing up delicacies such as Crocodile Andouille Gumbo, Sunflower Soup, Pittsburgh Crab Bisque, Beef Oxtail Barley, Roasted Butternut Squash, and even a Bone Marrow Bisque (let me clarify: not human bone marrow, as Allie was concerned about). Some options were vegetarian, some even vegan.

Each chef was stationed to serve their soup at a place of business other than their restaurant. The hosting varieties included a flower shop, bike shop, bank, a dentist's office, and multiple others. The route spanned 17 blocks, so it was a workout included with the soup noshing - probably good to burn off the roasted pepper & leek beer cheese!

Allie and I were placed at Last Call Entertainment to serve Tootie's curried sweet potato soup. I had a ton of fun meeting the participants and dishing out the goods. Super tasty, and Tootie's has quite a reputation for a killer sandwich. I'll have to check that out soon - as should you, their restaurant is on 16th St. Multiple people who stopped by our station exclaimed their love for these sandwiches.

I wasn't expecting to find anyone I knew, but my parents surprised me at the event. How they manage to snag tickets to everything, I'll never know, but I was very excited to see them there. Funny how that doesn't get old.

Attendees could vote for the soup station of their choice for four categories:
Best Soup (Overall)
Best Veggie (Vegetarian and/or Vegan)
Most Unique
Best Host (Best Location)

In my personal opinion, Piper's Pub Boxty & Rasher Chowder was #1 for best soup (they did end up winning). The OTB Bicycle Cafe Bodacious Biketater Bisque took my Veggie vote, and Yo Rita's Sunflower Soup snagged my most unique. The best location -- well, I'm biased of course towards my spot -- but I was also partial to Commonwealth Press. They had a cornhole tourney going on. I mean, come on. How awesome.

Have to say though, thanks to all of the restaurants handing out free drinks & food tickets, and to all of the hosts, and to all of the specials for the day all along Carson St. Seriously made it for a souper Saturday.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

31 + 15 days of no alcohol

And so I give up lent for drinking to focus on my marathon training.

The rules:

  1. 1) I am allowed to drink on St Patrick's Day, or the day before St. Patrick's Day, since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, and the celebrations will be on Saturday. I am allowed to drink on either Saturday the 16th or Sunday the 17th but not both.
  2. 2) If I am out-of-state (where state = Pennsylvania), and there is a rare beer, I am allowed to have a taste of the beer, but that is all. Rare beers mean, not regularly available in Western PA, and not on my Untappd list.
  3. 3) If the Zombie apocalypse happens, this agreement is null and void and drinking shall commence without consequence.

Should I be successful:

The first night of my glorious leap off of the wagon will be sponsored by my sister.

Should I fail:

A vengeful night of drinking will be held by my sister, on my tab.

That is all. May you all keep me honest and help me run this marathon. Otherwise, Liar Liar PBR On Fire.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Bouncin, Flouncin, Rolling all around the show

Happy Birthday!!! Allie is showing off her $0.01 winnings voucher from this weekend. All the riches from the Mayans.

And thanks to that night, courtesy of Danielle&Daniele, I've also had this song stuck in my head for days. DAYS.