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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


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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.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Almond x Woolrich Apparel and Surfboards


Coming this Spring (2015) Almond & Woolrich teamed up to produce a limited line, The Wax and Wool Collection, of menswear, womenswear, accessories and of course, surfboards!   Woolrich is the oldest continuously operating woolen mill in the United States and produces the iconic Buffalo Check plaid wool shirts that have become an American classic, Almond Surfboards & Designs calls Newport, California home and specializes in hand-shaped surfboards and producing essential gear for surfers.

Selected favorites from the collection after the jump...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Chris Cross 2 Featuring Chris Akrigg



B O O M !  Chris Akrigg is back for round 2 of cross biking!  Check out the latest video "Chris Cross 2" and watch him rip through the forest aboard the mighty Mongoose.  Whether you are a cross rider or not, you can definitely appreciate the style and perfection Chris brings to the table.  

Chris Cross 1 - here

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Etsy Spotlight: Glass Blasted Custom Engraved Glassware & Growlers


Glass Blasted Custom Engraved Glassware & Growlers


I'm very,very excited to share with you, for the first installment of "Etsy Spotlight", the wonderful store 
Glass Blasted Custom Engraved Glassware & Growlers!  They specialize in engraving glasses, growlers, bar tools with just about any type of customization you can imagine!  Artists Jennifer Harris and her partner Jeff Figg were kind enough to take some time and share details about their business and process.


What does your store specialize in?
Custom and personalized engraved glassware, ceramics, stainless steel  and other gift items.

What sets you apart from other people making/crafting/designing these items?
We offer unique art bases which allow for customers to simply give us their info which we plug into the art bases to make it custom for them. We also offer creative art services and can many times use customer provided art, sometimes for an additional art set up fee.

We also offer a lot of various types of items customers can get engraved. We use sandblasting techniques which allows for a smooth even finish. All items (except for homebrew growlers) are dishwasher safe which makes them easy to take care of.

Glass Blasted Custom Engraved Glassware & Growlers; pint glasses; beer; growlers; beer growlers; custom engraving; glass art;


What inspired you to get into this business?
We got into lampworking (a form of glass blowing) first. When we started doing art fairs we brainstormed on other things we could add into the mix to allow for diversity but still keep it in the glass family. We found engraving and although it didn’t meld as we had thought with the lampworked items, it has turned a corner into a larger world that we are very happy to have found.

What is your favorite brewery?
I (Jennifer) do not drink often, but when I do drink I like either Schofferhofer Grapefruit or Lindemans limbic in cherry or raspberry. Jeff  loves New Belgium and was very stoked to see Fat Tire on our grocery shelves here in FL last year. Soon we will be in Colorado so he will have lots of new beer to try out! 

What is your go-to beer?
Fat Tire

What is the turnaround for custom engraved items? 
Typical turn around on an order that is not wholesale is 1-2 weeks during non holiday times. During the winter holidays it is around 2-3 weeks depending on when you order.

Can you describe the process for engraving?
Yes I would love to! :)

- I create the art using our art bases in CorelDraw, everything can be manipulated in our art, so customers who want something changed to meet their needs have no problem.
- I then print out the art on transparency film, UV expose it on a special film, wash it out in a wash out machine that shoots out high powered super hot water and finally put the film in a dehydrator to allow it to dry

- Once dried I cut the art out and hand apply it to the item to be engraved. I then tape off the rest of the item to ensure areas we do not want to be engraved stays safe

- I then use a sandblast cabinet with specific media (sand like material) to engrave the item. This can take around 30 seconds for a pint glass or 90 seconds for a ceramic coffee mug. The sandblasting is the least amount time spent of the whole process. As they say.. ‘it’s all in the prep’

- Once item is blasted I let it soak in hot soapy water. Once the film is loosened off I take it and the masking tape off, rinse really well and then either hand dry or place in the dishwasher.

- Then it’s off to packing. We are very proud to say we have extremely little breakage and ship worldwide. We pack glassware and ceramics in bubble, wrap it in plastic wrap to ensure the bubble does not come away from the item, then place it in a appropriate sized box filled with peanuts.

- Then it’s labeled and shipped off. Many times we use USPS Priority for orders under 6 lbs and larger/heavier orders go via FedEx


Glass Blasted Custom Engraved Glassware & Growlers; metal pint glasses; beer; nonic; growlers; engraving; art; beer art; craft beer; homebrew


Anything else you want to share?
We are very excited to start offering some more items in the next couple of months including casserole dishes, beer flights as well as wood items once we get a laser to do that type of engraving.

We will be launching a couple of new sites soon as well including our Feelin Hoppy site which will feature items with various art with the wording “Feelin Hoppy” which we are aspiring to make the beer equivalent of Salt Life. As well as a beer themed wedding site.

We would also like to offer your readers a coupon to save 15% off their first order SHHH15 can be used at check out!



**Thanks again to Jennifer and Jeff for participating and getting this series rolling!  I'll be featuring more artists from Etsy for the "Etsy Spotlight" series soon.  Find out more about Glass Blasted below:



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