Monday, January 24, 2011

Fucking Bears...



The Chicago Bears played like little bitches yesterday and lost to the Green Bay Packers...the SAME Green Bay Packers that we lost to, to let them into the playoffs. I figure this photo would do them justice since all the millionaire athletes have to think about now is Valentine's Day instead of the Super Bowl.



Before this great letdown, I did get to enjoy my favorite comfort food during winter. A steaming hot bowl of Beef Pho. My staple is Tank Noodle but they is closed on Wednesday's so I opted for the second best in my book which is Pho 777 right down the street on Argyle. They had Whitney Houston's greatest hits CD playing as I dove my face into this beef masterpiece.



Had a big beer pairing dinner at work that I had to prep for. It was a great class with a great turnout. I wish I was able to take some pics of the meal itself but, it was pretty chaotic trying to feed 35 ppl at once. Here are all of the blood oranges I supremed for my roasted pepper blood orange salsa.



80 indvidual lamb chops marinating with beer, garlic, lemons, and some herbs. 24 hrs. son!



Here is one of the five courses finished. The lamb chop with the blood orange mint salsa or a piece of doo doo with a stick sticking out. My camera ain't got no flash.



After the hectic dinner was over, Sean our beer buyer and the pairer for the night decided that we should get the hell away from "craft" beers so we opted for Joe's on Broadway for a pitcher of Blatz's for 9 bucks. Complete with a Marlin on the wall.



This is my go to dive around my house. It's cheap, friendly and they have slim jim's here for a buck. Any place with encased meats and cheap beer with 50 year old bartenders is aces in my book.



Woke up next morning to what look liked a bunch of buildings on fire. This can only mean one thing in Chicago - Its gonna be cold as fuck outside.



On my way to a stout tasting at a friends house and had to represent on the bus son.



Making chili from scratch is so much easier if you prep the day before. Or have a Latin cut up shit for you. I didn't have one handy so I just did everything myself.



Jason and I made two different chili's for all the soon to be drunkards. Stouts and chili's? I feel bad for all of the toilets that were just wrecked that night.



Our buddy Harold offered some fresh pasta and octopus from Spiaggia for a "staff" dinner of sorts. This concoction had some shredded brussels, white wine, garlic, and mushrooms. I love cooking off the cuff with good ingredients. It makes my penis move.



So it begins...





So yeah, a lot of hot chicks up in this beer tasting.



There were over 40 heavy ass beers to be sampled. This is me 30 beers in, pretending to drink out of the spit bucket. The sick thing is that my lips did come into contact with the liquid. I would imagine the taste to be like tossing the salad of an overweight inmate who always over wipes his ass and then steeped in his sweat for a few days...in other words, unpleasant. I was also proud to wear an awesome tee designed by friend Sam Alcaraz for Thirsty Dudes.



To make things more interesting, Aaron from Stone Brewing Co. rolled through with this wicked box of goodies. A lot of offers were made to obtain this box but no dice. This later housed cupcakes to take back to the wifey.



Do you see that little circle with the 32% in it? This fucking beer made me almost immediately gag. 32% ABV is not normal. One sip is equivalent to a 24 pack of PBR's and three single speed bikes.



This was a beaut. Poured like diesel fuel, tasted like tree bark with chocolate.



Tasty, but lackluster compared to all of the hype that was surrounded by this beer. Label is cool at least, kind of like Humpty meets storm trooper.



The '10, '09, '08, '07 were all solid. The '09 was infected, but it was still a tasty beer.



I actually liked all of the Jackie O's that were present for this tasting. They all had a distinct chocolate, woodsy flavor that I appreciated.



I don't want to bother with a description of every single beer I had, let's just say it was a shit ton. This picture doesn't do it justice, along with the few growlers that were present as well. Lowdive member and friend John took awesome shots of the evening here and Jason cataloged almost every single beer we had in the evening here. Trust me, its worth taking a look.

This all led up to what was supposed to be a Bears victory. Instead, the weekend ended on a somber note with their loss and disappointing performance. There's a saying in this city that is often heard way too often - "There's always next year." FUCK THAT SHIT, I'm gonna start rooting for the WNBA teams.



P.S. Nephew is getting closer and closer to walking. Cuteness will prevail.

3 comments:

  1. i'd imagine cooking 80 lamb chops was no easy feat. nice job. the salsa sounds delicious.

    your chili was really good. i'm curious what your chili would be like had it been more complex ;) my favorite beers that night were the cascade vlad the impaler, followed by the jackie o's rum barrel aphrodite & sweet chocolate, then barrel aged autumn maple. good stuff.

    the low dive link isn't working, but in case any one actually wants to follow our progress, peeps can find us at lowdive.com. cheers!

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  2. I'll fix the link tonight...agreed though. The Jacki O's were pretty tasty.

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  3. straight up fantastic. i hate looking at food blogs because i want that shiz in my stomach now, but have no way of doing so. i love lamb

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