Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Uncle Jumbo Day!

Happy Presidents Day!

If you're looking for a fun, historical read about drinking, check out MINT JULEPS WITH TEDDY ROOSEVELT: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF PRESIDENTIAL DRINKING by Mark Will-Weber.

It's the perfect reading recommendation for the day, a fun, easily digestible look at the drinking history of the men who have been Commander in Chief (as well as some of the First Ladies).

I'm about halfway through but I think I'd have liked to hang with Grover Cleveland aka "Uncle Jumbo". He was a fan of chops, sausage, cheese, beer and cigars and once had a secret operation on a boat for fear of news of his health having an adverse affect on an already creaky economy.

Of him, Twain once wrote, "Cleveland drunk is a more valuable asset to this country than the whole batch of the rest of our public men sober... I wish we had another of this sort."


Friday, January 23, 2015

Morningstar Farms Recalls Spicy Black Bean Burgers

One of the most popular posts ever at this blog is our 2010 (!) review of Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. We don't really eat them anymore because a) our local Costco doesn't seem to carry them, and b) we're trying to cut back on the amount of beans and starches in our diet.

But that doesn't stop the comments and questions about the tasty meat-free treats from coming in.

So, this morning while perusing my emails and moderating comments I noticed that someone inquired:
what was the safety deal about these black bean burgers--recently in the news--
I had not heard anything before this but a quick Google news search confirmed that yes, it appears the Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers (including the Chipotle variety) have been voluntarily recalled due to an undeclared peanut allergen.

You can read the story here and thanks to the eagle-eyed reader who brought this to our attention.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

All I Wanna Do is Drink Beer for Breakfast...

The Replacements are my all-time favorite band.

Beer is my favorite beverage.

Scrapple is my favorite breakfast "meat".

Leave  it to the folks at Dogfish Head – who already make what we call at THG HQ "The Precious" – to combine all those things in the awesomely named "Beer for Breakfast".

No videos of The Mats performing it that I can find but here's The Get Up Kids doing a very faithful rendition...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Free Beer for Life? Now That's a Kickstarter I Can (Hic) Get Behind!

How many of you have contributed funds to a Kickstarter campaign?

I've done it a few times and I've received: a nice t-shirt or two (and in one case a nice t-shirt ruined with a graphic telling people I supported the Kickstarter campaign); a couple books; a DVD about my favorite band that I have yet to watch (actually, two DVDs because I contributed twice); and, some zines/self-published comics.

All of these things are nice and I probably could have done without all of them and saved whatever money I contributed. But, to be frank, I'm a little burned out on the whole Kickstarter thing thanks to people like certain directors who shall remain nameless that can surely find the funding for their latest movie but go this route instead.

But a savvy entrepreneur in Texas has caught my attention with his crowd-funding pitch. In an effort to raise $30,000 for his brewhouse, Cory Hodgson is offering those who pledge $2000.00 – get this – three beers a day for four days a week (plus 25 growler fills).

With less than a month to go, the campaign has raised half of its goal.

Check out CrowdBrewed – a crowd-funding site for craft beer projects – for more info.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Moriarty's in Philly Makes List of Nation's Best Wing Joints

I've never been a huge fan of wings.

Most places tend to go overboard with the sauce, making it either too hot or too vinegary. Plus, they're a lot of work for the end result, which is probably why I only eat steamed crabs once every couple years, too.

It might also have something to do with multiple trips to Wing Bowl, the annual chicken wing eating event held in Philadelphia on the weekend before the Super Bowl. There's something about that Buffalo Sauce stench and grown men eating wings till they puke that leaves its mark on your psyche.

You can read my original report on Wing Bowl 2000 here as well as our "triumphant" return in 2007.

Anyway, was glad to see a Philly joint like Moriarty's make this list of the best wing joints in the nation. It'll come as no shock that a good portion of the list features wing joints from NY state and the Northeast, but I was a little surprised LBI's Chicken or The Egg didn't make the list, especially after they gained some notoriety for being on one of those dumb eating challenge shows.

You can check out the full list here.

What's your favorite wing joint? Comment below to be entered in our random monthly drawing for The Complete Hungover Gourmet featuring all 11 past issues.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Supermarket Guru Predicts Top Food Trends for 2015

With 2014 drawing to a close – stores couldn't get Christmas displays up fast enough once trick-or-treating was done – it's time to turn our attention to 2016.

Just kidding! We won't skip 2015 like the stores and television channels are skipping Thanksgiving. Which just happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Hence the bitterness.

Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert has issued his picks for the Top Food Trends we can expect to encounter in 2015. Luckily, the list appears light on bacon, paleo, no-carb, low-carb, etc., though I'm sure one or more of these trends will come to annoy the living stuffing out of us over the next 14 months.

Lempert's picks include:
  • An increase in grazing among older shoppers
  • A turn towards online grocery shopping/delivery services
  • More fermented foods like sauerkraut being added to diets
  • Craft foods with specialized, local ingredients
  • And, smoked foods
You can read the whole list here.

Which of the trends listed are you most interested in? Comment below to be entered into a random drawing for The Collected Hungover Gourmet featuring all 11 past issues.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Thrillist Ranks Best Small Beer Cities in the US

I used to go to Asheville, NC for the annual ActionFest film festival.

Unfortunately, we would spend pretty much every waking moment either sitting in a theater watching a movie, in the lobby of a theater waiting for the next movie to start, chatting with folks like Michael Jai White (see photo), or stuffing our faces at Fryz so we had enough food in us to last through nine straight hours of movies.

But everywhere we turned in Asheville there were signs, magazines, brochures and tourism types telling us how it was one of the best beer cities in America. I always told myself that the next time I went back I'd spend some time appreciating the surrounding beer culture.

Naturally, they've never had another ActionFest. Sad trombone.

Anyway, when Thrillist popped up in my inbox this morning with the headline "The 9 Best Beer Cities in America?" I had a feeling that Asheville would be on the list.

No surprise, there it is, along with Burlington (VT), Bend (OR), Hood River (OR), Longmont (CO – home to my beloved Oskar Blues), Missoula (MT), Portland (ME), Santa Fe (NM), and Traverse City (MI).

You can check out the full list here.