Neon Up For Grabs… Maybe…

June 30, 2010

Yeah, Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…


His Royal Gizzzness (Bruce) has decided that a little “cleaning of the house” is in order. And that’s going to include some neon signs. Now don’t get your skivvies in a bunch, because Bruce hasn’t exactly decided what needs to go and what must stay. (I swear, if he takes more stuff from the back room and jams it right back out front, I’m going to meow!) Anywho… Here are at least some modern art that may be available (by sale or raffle or something else) in the near future…


Don’t the following light up the dusk???


Bud… Weis…


Here’s a nice group!


Greetings!


Fantastic colors…


And finally (for the moment…)


Bottom line? Da Gizz’s storage space runs near red line… Stuff has got to go. Who knows what he wants to part with, or even if he knows what he has… His artwork collection alone bends the brain – a building can hold just so much and the shingles on this one are starting to bulge. First things first… Let’s look at that neon… Thoughts are more than welcome…


See you by those colorfully-lit racks…


Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Summer Cooking: A Beautiful Watermelon and the World’s Greatest Burger Recipe

June 26, 2010

In keeping with previous cooking posts (ex. “Steamed Littlenecks via Beer or Wine“) here’s a new twist on an old fave…


How’s that saying go? “First you eat your food with your eyes, and then with your mouth…” Check this out…




Look, I don’t claim to be any great chef (I’m a cat for God’s sake!) but I do believe that even I could handle a project like that. (“McDonald’s’ Safety Alert!” As should be bleedingly obvious, care should be taken around sharp objects like knives!)


About that hamburger… Easy breezy… Just take a red onion (read on to understand just how many onions you’ll need) and dice it up into 1/4″ nibbles leaving them right on the chopping board. Next, roll your raw burger into the standard-sized balls, then smash them into the red onion cublets. Roll them, turn them, mash them, until the burgers can barely hold their shape. (We’re talking ground beef with bits of red onion through and through! Usually, a respectable patty will hold 0.5 onion.) Now, quick quick! Grill them puppies hot… When done… Surprise! Much of the onion flavor is gone… Here’s the deal as this old feline understands it…

As the beef cooks, its juices (fat mixed with blood) heat and look for cooler pastures. Why lookee there… Nice water-soaked Onion Bits O’ Heaven nestled in the meat… The dense fat/blood shoves the onion-water into the flames, then snuggle into the onion for their ultimate tasty demise… End result? You get a burger that tastes like a burger!

Yeah, I know… What to drink with über hamburger??? Beer. That’s what. Cold beer. Something like a fresh Bud from an old ice chest. Don’t let the flavor of the beer assault the flavor of the büger! And as for wine? Haw! Ask that snooty wine bustard Da Gizzz… Real cats eat real onion-laden quarter pounders and drink real beer. End of discussion.


Stay tuned for future cooking tips from between the racks…

Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Buying that “Surprise!” Wine

June 23, 2010

Hey, Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…


Man, I’ve been waiting 25 years (back to the “Off-Cape Days”) to write this post… The question is all too simple, and all too common… “What wine does a non-wine person buy when he (or she) wants to purchase a gift of the grape?” How many times have I faced this dilemma? There have been parties, weddings, birthdays, holidays, “Thank You” gifts, graduations, anniversaries, wakes… You name it, and I’ve been there. I’d explain that I didn’t want something that would gag a maggot off a gut wagon, but on the other hand I couldn’t afford more than a case of beer. And without exception, every time I asked that very simple question, I got a barrage of “wine-expert” questions back… “Red?”, “White?”, “French?”, “Californian?” Umm… How do I put this delicately??? I know far, far more about buying feminine hygiene products than I do about buying wine… And I know absolutely nothing about buying feminine hygiene products. The upshot was always the same – I bought the case of beer and left in Goober-like humiliation.


So, finally, I asked Cliff, one of the folks who runs Harwich Spirits Shoppe a very simple question… If he was forced to walk into a wine shop with a $20 bill and he needed to buy a bottle of wine as a gift, what would he buy? He gnawed over the question, milled about the store, and gave me a simple answer (gasp!) He’d purchase a 2005 Chateau Greysac Medoc. His explanation was simple – it’s a quality red wine, it has a nice aroma and color, it goes with a variety of foods, it has a flavor that holds its own, and is a good value at $18. Problem solved!


And there you have it… An answer to a question as old as the ages. And even better yet, you can leverage that answer to get other answers… For example, suppose you’re headed for a clam bake and you need to pick up a bottle of wine… Now you can confidently (non-Goober-like) stride into HSS, and step right up to Bruce (or Lena, or Cliff, or Biff) and say, “I’m going to a clam bake and I was thinking about bringing a gift… What do you think about a 2005 Chateau Greysac Medoc.” Now you have an anchor point. You’ve established a price and quality range… If that’s an inappropriate wine, fine. The right one isn’t far away and the staff will get you there.


It’s amazing how a cat can find insight into life’s most profound questions… Next time, maybe we’ll explore existentialism…


Pondering in the racks…


Two cats blogging,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Running Description of How to Make Real Spaghetti Sauce

June 21, 2010

Hey, Cisco the cooking Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here!
‘Bout time you heathens learned how to make real spaghetti sauce…

OK… First, gather the right basic ingredients… That’s:

  • two pounds of ground beef
  • two big cans of ‘shrooms
  • minced garlic
  • big honkin’ can of Hunt’s traditional spaghetti sauce
  • Tony Chacheire’s seasoning

Alrighty then… Now set aside the bare mins and get ready for seasoning!… Here we go!

  • more garlic
  • tomato sauce
  • Tobasco
  • chrushed oregano
  • dash of taco sauce

Are we done yet? Nope, but surprisingly close. Just brown the ground beef and drain. Next, add in the basics followed by the seasonings as appropriate and when appropriate. (If you don’t know how to add those seasonings, you’re hopeless, and probably a huge disappointment in bed even when you’re alone.) Finally, let simmer (not burn!) on low heat until you get bored.


So what to do with this mess? First, freeze all but two or three servings. (Don’t worry about future freezer burn… Sealed, this concoction has nothing to fear from the freezer, but the “cool’erator” has plenty to fret from your creation…) Beyond that, this “Goop Melange” makes for superb tacos, a compelling “Sloppy Joe” (beach towel not included), or even spaghetti sauce.


Still cooking by those racks!


Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Free Books on the Web

June 19, 2010

Hey cats and kittens!

Ever hear of “Project Gutenberg“? That’s just one of the growing number of free Web libraries out there that let you download complete, free (albeit usually old) collections of books. Let’s carefully roam around a bit and see what we can see concerning wine…

But Project Gutenberg ain’t the only show in town… How about…

By now, you should be getting the idea… But beyond all that, there now are online aggregators that collect lists of the libraries. Check out xmarks

But before you go off half-cocked, remember how I said we should roam around “carefully”? Well, we should. Some of these sites are fairly complicated, and it’s easy to get lost. (Who knows where you’ll end up?) So if you’re really not at ease browsing, seek out a more experienced friend, and take a few lessons over a glass of wine – never a bad idea.

Stay busy, and see you by those Alexandrian racks…

Two Cats Blogging,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Old Contests, Ave Maria

June 18, 2010

Hey!


Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe Cat here… Awww… Come on, you know me…




Yeah, I knew you’d remember me.


Anywho… I was just wandering around this old blog, and discovered that no one ever did win our anagram contest. What’s more I had recipe encryption contest on another blog that went unsolved as well. (Read the hints on that page and then follow the link back to the actual puzzle.) Should you solve either of those, I don’t know what Bruce would offer for a prize, but you’d probably have to pick it up at the store.


Finally, time to unleash a little culture on you bipedal heathens… Here’s Karen Carpenter singing Ave Maria…




Two cats and a box of Kleenex by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Summertime, Local Wines and Beers, Lena’s Fave Wine, and Cape Wind

June 16, 2010

Hi all,


Cisco the HSST cat here… Let’s see if we can’t get a tune into your head that just will not cease and desist.




Now that we’ve tangled the synapses, it’s time to take a quick look at the local beverages…


  • Nothing says “Cape Cod beer” like Cape Cod Beer. Granted, it only comes in big bottles (growlers), and it’s not pasteurized so you’ve got to keep it cold, but it lives up to its name. We carry Red, IPA, and Beach Blond. And, you can access their FaceBook site via our FaceBook site.
  • In the mood for wine? Try Truro Vineyards? This was one of our vineyard choices for a great Summer wine.
    Currently we have: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Cape Blush, Diamond Light, Cranberry Light. The last two come in lighthouse-shaped bottles and are very popular among tourists.
  • But what of the islands? Well, how about beer from Nantucket in the form of Cisco Brewers? These come in “big-ish” singles and 6 packs. This is another great local beer! Currently we have Grey Lady (a “hefeweizen”, or unfiltered wheat beer), Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and Sankaty Light.
  • Winding down… Who can forget our old standard, Mayflower Brewing?

And last but not least, Lena’s favorite all-around Summer wine… Ta-dah! Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a good example of a New Zealand Sauv. Blanc – crispy with good acidity, and a touch of citrus. It goes well with fish, chicken, cheese and crackers or you can just drink by itself. $20/bottle…


‘Til next time, it’s summ summ summertime by the racks,


Two cats blogging,


P.S. Of course I didn’t forget about Cape Wind! Did you?


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.