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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Weekend Getaway

Surfboard - Almond Surfboards - Pinwheel Soap - Camp Soap Shoes - Birkenstock Boston Clog Beer - 21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison Camera - Panasonic DMC ZS7 Dog Accessories - Lime Green Leash Beer - Saison Dupont Shorts - Jed and Marne Barnett Binoculars - Nikon Aculon A211 Lighter - Zippo Waterproof Shell - Ekman Ultra Marine - Finisterre Sunglasses -  Kaibosh A Scandinavian In NY Sunglasses Camp Accessories - Pocket Chainsaw

Mornings are still crisp here in Philadelphia.  Despite the weather, trees are now in full bloom and my allergies are acting up!  It's Spring for sure.  New adventures await and more places to explore on the horizon.  Though it may be too early for me to graduate from the foam surfboard, I still have my eyes on the Pinwheel.  Hard to justify, especially living in a landlocked state, but the "shore" as we say, is not too far away.  Anyway, here are a couple of things that would be perfect for a weekend getaway to the beach (of course with your dog in tow).  Make a campfire.  Have a beer (or two).  I command you.


Surfboard - Almond Surfboards - Pinwheel
Soap - Camp Soap
Shoes - Birkenstock Boston Clog
Beer - 21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison
Camera - Panasonic DMC ZS7
Dog Accessories - Lime Green Leash
Beer - Saison Dupont
Shorts - Jed and Marne Barnett
Binoculars - Nikon Aculon A211
Lighter - Zippo
Waterproof Shell - Ekman Ultra Marine - Finisterre
Sunglasses -  Kaibosh A Scandinavian In NY Sunglasses
Camp Accessories - Pocket Chainsaw

Thursday, April 9, 2015

French Roast by Fabrice O. Joubert


The French Roast is a short film by Fabrice O. Joubert.  It's taken home quite a few awards since its release in 2009.  This is the first I'm hearing about it, but certainly happy to have stumbled upon it.  Less than 10 minutes and worth a watch.  The animation is brilliant and really well done.  Enjoy!


Have you watched any good shorts lately?  I also love La Luna which is a couple years old now, too.  


Friday, April 3, 2015

Vans x ASPCA

Vans and the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)



Vans and the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)


Vans and the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) teamed up to produce a small line of animal-themed authentic shoes, slip-ons, hats, and t-shirts to support the cause.  The iconic waffle treaded slip-on shoe comes printed with furry little friendsCheck out the full line and replace your old beaters with something cool.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wissahickon and Forbidden Drive Trails in Philadelphia















































Rain had a threatening presence on my weather app since the day before.  So I decided to get an early start and make the short trip to Forbidden Drive with Muffin in tow.  The sun peaked out through the grey sky every so often, but that didn't make the visit any less fun!  Little signs of life crept out through rocks, in the creek and all around.  Though the forest isn't too colorful yet, the different greens, browns and greys were a welcomed sight coming from the city.  It's been a bit of time since I've left the grid and pavement for the trails.

Muffin bounded along ahead of me only stopping when she heard a squirrel flee the scene or when the ducks quacked below.  We had a great morning romp through Wissahickon and thankfully avoided the rain that still lingered in the forecast.  Currently, as I type, Muffin is having puppy dreams on the couch and has avoided movement otherwise for an hour.  I feel accomplished!  Have a wonderful week welcoming Spring in.

Other trips to Wissahickon from the archives: here and here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Beer Review (45): 21st Amendment Brewery Sneak Attack Saison

Beer Review (45): 21st Amendment Brewery Sneak Attack Saison--Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery Beer: Saison | Beer Advocate Score: 81 Abv: 6.2%     It's been a minute since I've had a good farmhouse ale.  In fact, the last one of note was Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale.  So I was on the hunt for something to usher in the Spring-like weather we are finally having.   The Sneak Attack saison was refreshingly sweet and a little spicy.  It pours a light yellow color and has a bubbly yet light mouth feel.  And check out that sweet design!     21st Amendment is one of my personal favorites and continually brings good beer to the masses.  I even made a special visit to their brewery last May!  This is already on the grocery list for Easter.
Brewery21st Amendment Brewery Beer: Saison | Beer Advocate Score: 81 Abv: 6.2%

It's been a minute since I've had a good farmhouse ale.  In fact, the last one of note was Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale.  So I was on the hunt for something to usher in the Spring-like weather we are finally having.   The Sneak Attack saison was refreshingly sweet and a little spicy.  It pours a light yellow color and has a bubbly yet light mouth feel.  And check out that sweet design!

21st Amendment is one of my personal favorites and continually brings good beer to the masses.  I even made a special visit to their brewery last May!  This is already on the grocery list for Easter, but will only be available for a short time so grab a pack!

 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Grifter Company: The Bandoleros

Grifter Company: The Bandoleros Gloves, Committed to bringing you quality, American made gloves Grifter Company sought out the experts in Gloversville, NY to bring an idea to life.  The Bandoleros gloves are a mix of bison leather and Mexican serape designed fabric.  One of a kind and tough as nails.  $69 Available here.  I'll take a pair in medium, thank you ;)



Grifter Company: The Bandoleros Gloves, Committed to bringing you quality, American made gloves Grifter Company sought out the experts in Gloversville, NY to bring an idea to life.  The Bandoleros gloves are a mix of bison leather and Mexican serape designed fabric.  One of a kind and tough as nails.  $69 Available here.  I'll take a pair in medium, thank you ;)

Committed to bringing you quality, American made gloves Grifter Company sought out the experts in Gloversville, NY to bring an idea to life.  The Bandoleros gloves are a mix of bison leather and Mexican serape designed fabric.  One of a kind and tough as nails.  $69-available here.  I'll take a pair in medium, thank you ;)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Food Bible: Nigel Slater's Real Fast Food

Nigel Slater's Real Fast Food, Very few food writers are as thrilling and skilled as Nigel Slater.  I know I've mentioned him a number of times on here, but he's too good to go unmentioned this spring.  I'm getting sick of the same old things I've been cooking and looking forward to a new season and new varieties of fresh foods at the market.  The way Nigel Slater talks about making food...the passion and knowledge behind every ingredient and the willingness to "wing-it" now and then with whatever is in the pantry makes him my culinary hero.  These aren't just recipes, but a whole conversation about food, food choices, patience and nourishment.  If you've never read Real Fast Food or you need inspiration to cook good, real, healthy food for yourself or others, pick this up.

Very few food writers are as thrilling and skilled as Nigel Slater.  I know I've mentioned him a number of times on here, but he's too good to go unmentioned this spring.  I'm getting sick of the same old things I've been cooking and looking forward to a new season and new varieties of fresh foods at the market.

The way Nigel Slater talks about making food...the passion and knowledge behind every ingredient and the willingness to "wing-it" now and then with whatever is in the pantry makes him my culinary hero.  These aren't just recipes, but a whole conversation about food, food choices, patience and nourishment.  If you've never read Real Fast Food or you need inspiration to cook good, real, healthy food, pick this up.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

John J. Audubon’s Birds of America: Via Digital Library

http://www.audubon.org/content/john-james-audubon


http://www.audubon.org/content/john-james-audubon



http://www.audubon.org/content/john-james-audubon


John J. Audubon’s Birds of America is an amazing collection of watercolor paintings reproduced from hand-engraved plates of North American birds.  The full size, high resolution files are all available for download (for free) over on Audubon's website, here

Learn more about John J. Audubon, here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beer Review (44): Weyerbacher Brewery Verboten Belgian-Style Pale Ale


BreweryWeyerbacher Brewing Co. BeerBelgian-Style Pale Ale | Beer Advocate Score: 85 Abv: 5.9%

Muffin The Dog felt she and I deserved a bit of R&R after a couple long walks.  She needed to rest her head on my lap and I needed a refreshing drink in hand.  Perfect.  Last Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day to enjoy a nice Belgian-Style Pale Ale.  One of my favorites as of late is Weyerbacher's Verboten.  It is a curiously mild beer with lots of crispiness and fluffiness in the pour.  I tasted a bit of orange and nutty caramel.  Definitely a Belgian-style beer with a lot of attitude.  You can enjoy a few without the buzz as it has a relatively low alcohol content.  Belgian-style weekend session coming up?  

Many thanks to Jen over at Glass Blasted for the custom nonic pint glass!  Find out more about them here.