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Zappa Beers No More!

March 11, 2009

Still relatively unconfirmed at the moment, but it looks to be the end of the series of Frank Zappa inspired brews from Lagunitas.  Brewed For Thought has the goods here.

Sayonara!

Sayonara!

Christians Marginalized by Kosher Salt

March 6, 2009

In a continuing effort to stay relevant, the Christian movement has seized upon Kosher salt as their latest bogeyman and developed this new and improved sea salt.  New and improved you say?

It might not have the power of levitation or the ability to kill a yak with mind-control, but yeah, it has been blessed.  By whom I am not too sure.

I hesitate to support them but what the hell…you can get it all right here.  Tell em the Rebbe sent you.

School lunches dropping into the abyss…

February 27, 2009

This is not looking good…NY Times piece on school lunches here.

I say scrap the hot lunches and give everybody a cheese sandwich!

Salazar off to Commendable Start

February 4, 2009

Not so food related, but since I railed on BHO’s picks for Interior and Agriculture a few posts back, I thought I’d add this update.  This Washington Post article details Secretary Salazar’s impending decision to cancel drilling leases on 110,000 acres of Utah canyonlands.  Chump change as far as total acreage sold off at rock bottom prices at the tail end of 43’s administration, but perhaps a bellweather moment for the Department of the Interior?  The angel over my left shoulder says yes, the devil on my right says SMOKESCREEN!

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is canceling oil and gas leases on 77 parcels of federal land in Utah, according to sources familiar with the decision, ending a fierce battle over whether to allow energy exploration in the environmentally sensitive area.

The truth, presumably, will be meted out in small doses which will be best kept under the tongue until dissolved.

Developing story at the Department of Agriculture

February 3, 2009

Here are a few links worth noting:  New York Times from yesterday.  Also, Food Democracy Now! has their petition for the Sustainable Dozen on their site.  Look, then sign.

Snoozing and Losing – Zappa Beers Going Fast

January 23, 2009

We may have been early to post the deets on the BHO-Luncheon, but regarding the Zappa beers not so much.

There have been two (2!) released since last I checked in with our good folks at Lagunitas.  Check the pic:

Thanks to zachy from the zappateers board.

Thanks to zachy from the zappateers board, though watch that flash man. Oblique angles are your friends.

I’ve been pwned by the beer demi-goddess and have missed out on both We’re Only In It For the Money as well as Cruising With Ruben and the Jets.  The trusty BevMo website says there’s 22 Rubens left at my local shop, but the picture they use shows the PIPCO version.  Might need to check them out on the way home.

AlphaInventions

January 23, 2009

I’m relatively savvy about how things work, or at least like to think so, but this one is somewhat well beyond me. AlphaInventions is an interesting little blog aggregator and reader that helps drive traffic to your site. Take a look and see for yourself.

Or maybe it’s an innovative cyber-ponzi scheme and I’m simply an unwitting fool? You be the judge.

AlphaInventions.

Press Button Receive Bacon

January 23, 2009
No explanation needed.

No explanation needed.

The Inaugural Luncheon

January 20, 2009

Must be good to be the King.  Props to Duckhorn for making the cut.

Check it here:

For reference, a brace of birds is in this case referring to a pair.  I prefer the use of brace as in Lord of the Rings when Sam tells Gollum how much he enjoys eating potatoes with a brace of conies.  In this case it’s a bit too Queen’s English for my taste, but I guess the Inauguration brings out a little pomp in everyone.

Ice Balls

January 13, 2009

If I had a dime for every time I wished that my ice cubes were ball-shaped I would probably have $0.45, but if your ratio is higher…Taisin Japan has the product for you:  Ice Ball Maker!

It doesnt look like much, but this thing really makes balls of ice.

It doesn't look like much, but this thing really makes balls of ice.

I stared at this for a little while trying to figure out how it worked.  Do you hook it up to refrigeration conduits?  Does it need 3-Phase power?  How many balls can it produce in one hour?  Does it hurt?

Then I realized there was a video tutorial on everything you ever wanted to know about making ball-shaped ice “cubes.”  My computer skillz have allowed me to share this video with you:

As if making balls out of ice weren’t enough, I can also point you in the direction of a piece of equipment that makes PERFECT CUBES.  It’s a bit larger and more expensive than the Taisin Ice Ball maker, but nonetheless, here it is:

Perfect cubes to add to your ice-making prowess.

Perfect cubes to add to your ice-making prowess.

From Kold Draft, The Kold Standard. I love that tag-line.

The Kold-Draft machines are great, but you don’t really need 400+ pounds of ice in your home kitchen…stick with the ice ball maker, you’ll be fine.