Friday, November 5, 2010

Help Please!

Can anyone fill me in on what happened in the first half of tonight's According to Jim?  I only saw the last 15 minutes and was not able to understand very many of the jokes.  It seemed like a particularly funny episode, so I am wondering whether anyone out there in the blogosphere would be kind enough answer a few of my questions.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Recipe of the Month


This is one of my favorite meals to make and it is simply perfect for chilly November days.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Taste

Falls here and that means its time to eat pumpkin flavored foods like muffins, donuts, and pies and coffees and also beers too.  I've been wanting to eat pumpkin Donuts from Dunking Donuts but there aren't any around here so I cant; but there is a bakery.  This has pumpkin muffins which I found out when I went in yesterday morning as it is on my way to campus.  There are actually three kinds of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin, pumpkin streusel, and some other kind of pumpkin that I don't remember- maybe with cranberries I think.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Post 5 (Three)

In response to my reviews of Sam Adams Octoberfest and Outback Steakhouse, many readers have reached out to me with their frustration and criticism:

"well thats nice and all but i dont really give two sh#ts how nice a steak and chowder combo tastes cause there is now way most of us could ever afford to drop that much money on a fancy austrelian dinner, im sure there are much more affordable restaurants out there that you could be reviewing that would not require a second mortage on my home"

As evidenced in the above email, most of these complaints stem from a misconception that The Dirtsmith is out of touch with the majority of Americans.  Rest assured, my faithful readership, that nothing could be further from the truth and that your feedback is well received.  Any perceived elitism or indifference to the struggles of everyday folks is both unintentional and much regretted.  In the future, I intend to strike a balance between reviews of high-end as well as "wallet-friendly" products and services, giving due diligence to value and practicality.  While I may enjoy the finer things in life, The Dirtsmith puts on his pants just like everyone else in this world, one leg at a time.

In that spirit, I visited a friendly neighborhood hamburger stand that offers affordable food at sensible prices.  More on this "Wendy's" later......

Friday, October 22, 2010

Local Restaurant Review: Outback Steakhouse

I knew this was my kind of joint as I listened to my waiter help the neighboring table figure out their order.

"Are you in the mood for steak or seafood?"

I immediately recognized Todd's question as a false dichotomy.  You see, Dirtsmith faithful, steak is my favorite food and so is seafood. Determined to have both, I quickly scanned the menu and, much to my delight, many of the dishes offered what in traditional Australian culture is known as a "Surf-and-Turf" combination.  However, this evening I was in the mood for liquified shellfish and, eschewing such choices as Alaskan king crab, lobster, and shrimp, opted for the 12 oz sirloin accompanied by a bowl of clam chowder.

My servers were attentive and the food was simply to die for.  The clam chowder arrived in no time and was served with the customary "skin" on top .  Although I had been warned that a "medium" sirloin would be pink in the center, I was delighted to find that the chef had intuitively known that I wanted it dark red throughout.  To round out the meal, my baked potato was slathered in enough sour cream and butter to mask the taste of the vegetable itself.  A half-dozen draft beers complemented the meal nicely.  Primo!

Needless to say, I will be returning to Outback in the very near future.  For first-class service, a festive atmosphere, and authentic Australian cuisine, my experience tonight would be hard to top.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Samuel Adams' Octoberfest

The latest iteration of The Boston Beer Company's seasonal series, Samuel Adams Octoberfest, is a truly delightful German-style lager brewed with a blend of five different roasted malts, giving it a rosy amber color suggestive of the autumnal foliage.  Hints of sweet caramel and toffee.  A faint smell of nuts.  Medium Bodied.  Good Depth.  Clean Finish.  Samuel Adams vaguely suggests pairing this selection with "the complex flavors of sausage."

Monday, October 18, 2010

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