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Friday, October 30, 2015

Be Epic

Conquer your goals. Make a difference. Work toward greatness.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Be Thirsty

Be thirsty for life, adventure, happiness, peace. Strive to quench that thirst.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Brews: 2015 Planning

In 2013, I paired movie classics, tasty treats, and dark and delicious brews. Pairing #1 was appropriate for interruptions handing out candy, #2 was really getting dark, #3 was Halloween cheesiness and cold breadsticks. (Full 2013 Post

Last year for Halloween, I paired Fade to Black Volume 5 Rye Black Ale with a brew session and O'Fallon's Imperial Pumpkin Ale with Dementia 13 and The Bat. (It was heavy enough for a double feature.) I wrote an amazing blog post about the brewing session. I put on my movie buff hat to recount the interesting background of the creepy doll thriller directed by none other than Francis Ford Coppola. Then...I promptly lost the post. In anger and in the interest of time, I abandoned the post and moved on to November.

What will this year bring? I have no plans. But it's the season for something dark, warming, and flavorful. Might I recommend a milk stout (Left Hand) to go with that milk chocolate? Maybe you'd enjoy a Flemish Sour (Monk's Cafe) with your skittles. You should get something boozy to wash down those nutty Mary Janes (Night Tripper). Make some boozy plans this Halloween. Take a bomber and a bag of candy to the party. Watch some scary movies at home and finish up what the trick-or-treaters left behind with a nice, heavy brew. 

Be Hopeful

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Be Resilient

In 2009, Kaimū was completely destroyed by a lava flow. Now you will find a paved road, a small town, and a new black sand beach. Slowly, but surely the coconuts placed here will grow through the sand and shade visitors once more.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Be Tranquil

Take a second to breathe. Remember those moments in life you want to savor.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Norwegian Salmon All Ways

One of Many Smørbrød
Meaty, juicy, fatty, and fresh, Norwegian salmon is unarguably one of the best-quality fish around. On a recent trip to Norway, one of my culinary goals was to eat salmon any way and every way I could. Years of watching New Scandinavian Cooking prepared me to read the menus to target the dried, steamed, grilled, and baked dishes. I started out with my hotel breakfast. It included a large selection of fish. Salmon was lined up with mackerel and sardines. When I went out, Norwegian salmon was on the menu as big hearty main courses and light snacks to hold me over to the next meal. There was no shortage of salmon in Norway!