Thursday, June 25, 2009

NBA Draft 2009

I almost missed this post.

Last year we got Rush and Hibbert, and I wanted Koufos. I still think he would have been a better pick for the Pacers. This year, I want Jeff Teague (with his Indianapolis ties) or Ty Lawson, who seems ready to step in and contribute right away. Heck, I would be happy with Jrue Holiday, but please don't take Hansborough (he's nothing more than collegiate fluff) or Jennings.

If we end up with Jennings, we get the same style of players we had with Artest.

Go Pacers!

Indy Palomino's New Summer Menu

Just got an email about the new summer menu at the Palomino and a special deal for diners who stop by this weekend.

Just thought I'd share. Here's what it says:

To celebrate the arrival of both, Chef Amanda wants every table that dines with us this Friday and Saturday (6/26-27) to receive complimentary fresh mixed berries with zabaglione for dessert. Make a reservation by calling 317.974.0400 or at Let us know that you are coming in for “summer berries” and we’ll bring one to your table.

Starting today, stop in and try some of our fresh new summer entrees:

Little Neck Clam Linguini in a spicy white wine sauce.

Grilled King Salmon served with an artichoke remoulade, fresh grilled asparagus and a vine ripe tomato and basil salad.

Chicken Under a Brick (you’ve got to see it to believe it) served with a traditional panzanella bread salad.

Summer Ravioli stuffed with spinach, ricotta, artichoke hearts and pine nuts and topped with a roasted yellow pepper coulis and sweet pea slaw.

Brick Oven Roasted Lemon Dill Salmon topped with Greek tzatziki cucumber sauce and served with a summer fennel salad.

Gyro Spring Lamb Burger on focaccia bread topped with cucumber, tomato and feta.

Oven Roasted Long Bone 20 oz. Ribeye, char crusted in our 600 degree oven.

How about this for a sweet summer deal?

Join us each Wednesday for half priced bottles of wine!

Pick any bottle off our new summer list for half the regular price. All day, every Wednesday this summer.

Palomino | 49 W. Maryland Street | Downtown Indianapolis | 317.974.0400 |

Palomino is located at:

49 W. Maryland Street
Circle Center Mall #189 Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317.974.0400
Fax: 317.974.1865


Qball's Beer Review: Fat Tire Amber Ale

Qball's Beer Review: Fat Tire Amber Ale

Unfortunately, not everything lives up to the hype. Although it is well-balanced and malty, it offers up a slight biscuit taste. Not hard on the palette, but not spectacular. It's really more of a basic crossover beer for someone wanting to try craft beers, but unfamiliar with the options.

Additional information on New Belgium Brewing Company
Brians Belly - Beer Review

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing Company

Style / ABV:
American Amber/ 5.2% ABV

Qball's Beer Review: Jockamo IPA - Abita Brewing

Qball's Beer Review: Abita ~ Jockamo IPA

Coppery, slightly hazed reddish orange. The pour produced a slight pour and an orangish head. Good looking brew with a sweet citrus smell. For an IPA, the beer was balanced but less hoppy than traditional IPA's. It's a very drinkable beer, but only a mediocre IPA.

Additional information on Abita Brewing

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Company

Style / ABV:
American IPA/ 6.5% ABV

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June 25th - National Log Cabin Day


This means nothing to me. I don't really like cabins, and to be honest, I'm just more of a Ramada, pool, beach guy. I've stayed in some. Some really nice cabins, in fact, just a few years ago, I attended a pretty fun evening of 'Guy's Behaving Badly' for my buddies bachelor party. The cabin was nice. It had the hot tub, and the big television, and it was secluded, but its not something I wake up wanting to do.

I've also seen some pretty nice log cabin homes. Not the jankey, fake log homes, but legitimate, modern log homes. They're spacious and appealing, but again, not my thing.

But anyways, happy National Log Cabin Day to all you folks out there. I hope you avoid splinters, and spiders, and have a wonderful day in your cabin.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Matt's Grill - Awesome Horseradish Mustard Spread

Here's a great recipe for a Horseradish spread that is excellent with Brats, Italian Sausages, or Italian pork loins.

3 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tbsp chopped 'fresh' parsley
1 tbsp prepared horseradish
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Matt's Grill - Grilled Chicken with Southern Homemade BBQ Sauce

I haven't posted anything from my special recipe's this month, so I figured I would start with a great grilled chicken recipe.

1/2 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (16 oz) tomato sauce
3/4 cup warm water
3 tbsp light brown sugar
3 tbsp chili sauce
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp black pepper
optional {for a spicier kick, add 3/4 tsp of Cayenne pepper to the sauce)
6 skinless bone-in chicken breasts (2 1/4 lbs)

1. Heat skillet over med heat until hot. Add onion and garlic, cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender

2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, sugar, chili sauce, chili powder, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper, cinnamon, and black pepper; heat to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until the sauce reduces to about 1 1/2 cups. Reserve some sauce for basting while chicken is on the grill.

3. Prepare grill for direct grilling

4. Grill chicken turning several times and basting with sauce. (30 to 35 minutes or until chicken internal temp is a consistent 180 degrees.

5. Heat remaining sauce in skillet over medium heat until hot, spoon over chicken. The sauce will be thick.

Serving suggestions include grilled potatoes wedges and vegetables.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Amazing Childrens Choir Video - PS 22

This is a great video. They've been featured on the local news, ABC dateline, and several other media outlets. These students have found a connection with music, some of the students were struggling, but PS 22 helped them turn things around. The sad part of the story is the lack of funding for arts available as these students move on, most will attend middle schools that have no music programs.

Follow there blog:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

McDonalds Super Saturday

Super Saturday Sale.

June 13th, 2009, 8 am to 2 pm.

25 cent sausage biscuits and Hamburgers.

Valid only at three Greenwood Indiana Locations.
- 121 Marlin Drive
- 2556 S St Road 135
- 2252 US 31 South

Man, I love me some McDonald's, and my favorite location is now having the super sales. Check this out! Enjoy!

Free Tickets for New Kids on the Block

Free Tickets.

New Kids on the Block
at Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sunday, June 28!

Visit one of the Indiana Blood Center locations listed below
on Friday, June 12th or Saturday, June 13th and you'll receive
one free lawn ticket to the show, while supplies last.

Help keep the blood supply strong during the summer months.
You'll have someone's undying gratitude!

Or for more information, please call
(317) 916-5150 or 1-800-632-4722 ext 5150.

Avon Branch - 7655 East US Highway 36, Avon
Indianapolis East Branch - 10537 East Washington Street, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Main Branch - 3450 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
Indianapolis North Branch - 726 Adams Street, Suite 150, Carmel
Indianapolis Northeast Branch - 7458 East Fishers Station Drive, Fishers
Indianapolis South Branch - 8725 US Highway 31 South, Indianapolis

Hours for all locations are:
Monday thru Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday - 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Shout-outs: My favorite blogs

Okay, for all the dog lovers out there, me included, here's a must view. Dog Parks: for the love of dogs, is a blog that focuses on the community being created at the local Dog Park. Articles range in topics but mostly focus on the personalities of the dogs. The best part about this blog is the photography. The pet photographers do an excellent job. I love looking at the pictures.

So check it out, Dog Parks: for the love of dogs:

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Its 2 am - how about a pirate joke

A pirate walks into a bar with a peg-leg, a hook for a hand, and an eye-patch.

The bartender looks up and say, "Oh my god, you're a mess! What happened to you?"

The pirate says, "ARRRR, 'twas a stormy sea, and a giant wave - washed me overboard! And as me mateys were hauling me back, a shark leapt outta the water - bit off me leg!"

The bartender says, "Okay, that explains the leg... what about the rest of it?"

The pirate says, "ARRRR, we were layin' siege to a ship - and as I swung over, a sailor reached out - cut off me hand!"

The bartender says, "All right, that explains that... what about the eye?"

The pirate says, "ARRRR! A seagull - shat in me eye!"

The bartender says, "What?? You don't lose your eye from that!"

The pirate says, "ARRRR! But 'twas the first day with the hook!"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Storms a-coming.

Bring it!!!

Video Post - Wanna Get "Frosty" ~ Hilarious!!!

Why not? I love it, and who doesn't see themselves in a boyband?


I've been following the news surrounding the Brazil wreck pretty closely. The whole thing kind of scares the hell out of me. Personally, I don't consider myself a nervous flier, but I'm not big on the whole "flying through a storm and the plane breaks apart and crashes into the sea" bit.

At first, when they were unable to find the wreckage, I started to get a little creative about what happens. Mostly, I figured that the whole thing was tied to some sort of ABC marketing ploy for the final season of Lost. I mean, I could see corporate America going this far for ratings. And Squirrel made a good point, with so much communication available to passengers, where were those random, tweets or texts that we hear so much about from the passengers.

Maybe, with the investigation still pending, those things haven't leaked yet, but I bet someone on the plane was like "Shit, this things going down, I better tell my Aunt Lou goodbye."

Humor, aside, its still a tragedy and those families are suffering. We all should keep that in mind.

But, I keep going back to plane safety, and yesterday, while we were dining with a friends, drinking Sangria, I couldn't help but think about all the times I got a little scared while flying. One time, while we were flying out of O'hare Airport, our initial departure was delayed.

Most of the time, I try to set next to the window, unless, Squirrel steals the seat. I like the view. I like to see all the little roads and homes and baseball fields from 20000 ft. They all look like little mini lego sets that high up. It's pretty awesome. Sorry, I digress. Back to the story, so I'm at O'hare, seating window side, right outside the wing. Captain comes on, tells everyone that we're gonna be a few more minutes before take off because the weather has been holding up the other planes and there's a big back log of flights leaving. Well, as I look out, I see three dudes dressed in greasy gray jumpsuits.

These dudes don't look like Aeronautical engineers, they look like the mechanics at Rama Wash & Lube. So they are out there, starring at the wing, I'm starring back. They're pointing at things. One has a wrench in his hand. The conversation seems heated. But, hey, we're just waiting for clearance right? Yeah, nothings wrong with the wing. Well, I was sooooooo wrong.

Obviously, these guys were working on something. They had a wrench. I'm cool with that. What I'm not cool with is what happens next. In my head the conversation between the Greaser's probably went like this...

"Yeah, Bob, we need to reattach that thingymajinger." Greaser A

"I've tried to tighten the bolts, but it's just not working." Greaser B

"Well, you better call the bossman, because we gotta get these suckers in the air." Greaser A

Now on the radio, Greaser B, "Hey bossman, I can't get the wing to attach. Maybe you should call Greg the engineer out here, he has extensive training in Aeronautical engineer and I only took a class at the local Y on luggage handling."

Bossman replies, "Hell now, Greg costs $50 dollars an hour, that's not happening, just do what you gotta do. Get creative."

Greaser B, "okay boss, we got it."

By now, the guys are walking away, and as I'm watching them, I'm thinking. "Good, they must of got everything fixed." I was wrong. So wrong.

In a few minutes, they reappeared with duct tape. Which they continued to apply to the wing, the wing of the 75-something taking me 20000 ft into the air on my way to Denver. I could see the twinkle in their eye. They had gotten creative.

Concluding this rambling story, the point I want to make is this, especially if there are any airplane mechanics reading, don't use duct tape on planes when the passengers can see you. It scares them and they'll pee in their pants a little. Just a little.