It's Back!!!!!!

It's Back. My favorite drinking time of the year. The sun begins to set a little earlier. The trees begin to shed. College Football starts up. And Oktoberfest beers start popping up. The Marzen style beer is simply one of my favorites. To that end I grabbed a keg of Schlafly's Oktoberfest this past weekend. It didn't disappoint. Schlafy's take on this German style is very drinkable and it's modest 5.1% alcohol content makes it perfect for drinking more than one (or more than 6).

While you won't confuse this beer with a fellow St. Louis brewed macro beer (Michelob Ultra) in terms of calories (185 per 12 oz bottle), it does everything just right. Nice red hue... check. Great mouthful without an overpowering aftertaste... check. Affordability... check (usually Gomer's has sixers of Schlafly for only $5.98).

Overall, this brew is a perfect fix for that early fall drinking mood. Now if we could only get the Kansas City Oktoberfest to reverse their decision to suspend operations in 2009, the fall would be "legend"... wait for it... "dary".


Shit my Dad says

Damn this guy is funny.

"Your brother brought his baby over this morning. He told me it could stand. It couldn't stand for shit. Just sat there. Big let down."

"They serve Jim Beam on airplanes. Tastes like piss. You wouldn't be able to tell the difference, because you drink shit. I don't."

"I didn't live to be 73 years old so I could eat kale. Don't fix me your breakfast and pretend you're fixing mine."

UPDATE: The kid landed a book deal... the L.A. Times tells you all about it here.

Along the same lines is I've posted this link before, but it's my blog, so I can post it again if I want. It's just as funny. These two must be related.

What will you not eat? Find your food threshold

I go all the way up to shark fin soup. By doing this I am hopping right over cat and dog. Can't eat the kitties and puppies. Maybe bear heart..... but no monkey brains.



A challenge for our newest contributor

How many beers can Midtown Food Guy (a beer snob) get correct? I got 16.

More Ramblings from Andy Rooney: Kitchen Tools Edition

"I haven't cracked a nut in years."

Blogger Welcome

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience" James Beard.

It's time for me to join the fray and enter the world of reviewing good food and good drink from an average joe perspective. I know, I know. There must be 30 bloggers alone in KC who review places. So what makes me different? Probably nothing. But I know what I like when I see it (and eat it and drink it).

Food and beverages (usually of the adult variety) have become more than just fuel for my body, they have become events in an otherwise often mundane life. Eating out presents an opportunity to spend time with my friends and family in a magical world of unknown surprises (without all of the half horse/half human things that fill other magical worlds like Narnia or something).

In short, I'm going to provide simple reviews of local food joints and local spirits. The rating system will be fairly simple. A-F, just like school. I'll always provide ratings for Atmosphere, Food, Drinks, Service and Overall. Overall may include some intangibles so it may not jive with the other ratings when viewed together.

Most importantly, I realize I'm just one person, who may or may not have had a good experience at that particular establishment. Please don't base your dinner plans on my review alone. I may have ordered something bad or maybe the server had just gotten into a big fight with his manager over his schedule.
Feel free to let me know why my review may have been wrong (or right). If my little contribution to the KC Food Scene helps a business get more business or helps a place realize what some problems may be with their joint, great. If not I'll still get a place to share a little of my passion for food and drinks!



My man likes something unexpected now and then. That's why I serve him rice. Huh?

Crumbled bacon and sour cream?.... I don't know. I'll take mine with Kimchee thank you.


Absolutely, positively no ketchup on hot dogs. Never.

This is a pretty funny article on the subject. I'm originally from Chicago and they take this stuff seriously.

In the 2005 remake of the movie Bad News Bears, Tanner Boyle declares "My dad says the only people who put ketchup on hot dogs are mental patients, and Texans."

I found the article here:

Dog tales: What you need to know about hot dogs and sausages

Good stuff!

This what I imagine heaven to be like

Cochon Butcher!


The trailer for History's HD treatment of old WWII footage.

This looks fantastic! If you love freedom, you gotta love this.

Looking for a Bargain Dinner? Try Lobster

"At a wholesale price of $2.25, the once costly crustacean is a treat for consumers but a crisis for Maine lobstermen."

I'm heading to the market right now to pick some up.

Anthony Bourdain on Sandra Lee

Pretty scary account of Anthony meeting Sandra Lee.