Sunday, February 17, 2008

How to Spend a Nice Winter Day

From the Defeat the Winter Doldrums Dishcloth Swap:

If money were no object, and the day was just perfect - not to hot, not too cold, sun shining, slight breeze - how would you spend a perfect day out that had been given to you in the middle of a cold and blustery winter?

Fairly much as we spent it this weekend; going to the zoo or the Metroparks and taking a walk, with a little picnic. Maybe there would be a special program or naturalist-led walk. If the day was very nice I would probably not be able to resist going to the garden center and looking through the new seed packets and seed-starting kits.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Best Beer Ever

Go out right now and buy this beer.

I'll wait.

doo dee doo....

Ok, you're back. Now open it and take a drink. Is this not great? This is a Belgian ale with cherry juice and it is full of win and awesome. Beer that tastes exactly like cherry pop. $1.99/bottle at World Market. Sweet, with a sour cherry aftertaste. This would go well with dessert, like a big slice of cake, or if you are a masochist, a handful of Sour Patch Kids.



Friday, February 1, 2008

2 More Beers

bottled by Okocim Brewery, Poland

Sharp, stingy, unpleasantly bitter taste. Reminiscent of the Blatz I reviewed earlier but not as nice. I would not get this again.

Hue Beer
brewed and bottled in Hue City by the Perfume River, Vietnam.

I never had Vietnamese beer before. The initial smell is fruity and bready. The taste is very complex and I'm having a hard time describing it. It's full and not very bitter and I seem to taste it most on the back of my tongue. My husband suggests describing it as tart, light, and crisp with no aftertaste. This would go with Vietnamese or Thai food. (Ok, that was kind of an easy guess, but after having some now I want Pad Thai.)

Quidditch Answers


1) b. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill him

2) a. it vanishes after a few hours

3) c. Malfoy attacked Harry when Harry's back was turned.

4) Snape

5) c. The special protection Harry received from his mother would also pass to Voldemort

6) d. 77

7) b. The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures

8) Neville

9) a. 30th

10) a. Navy Blue