Sol Spa Wine Club and Thirsty Thursdays

October 29, 2010

Hey,

And you thought all us cats did was dig jazz, cook, and swill Da Gizz’s wine… Hah! Wine and a spa… Heaven!

Check this out…

Yeah, we’re talking a full-service spa here… Name it and we got it… And if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you! Take it from a cat who has been there and done that… Join! Join! Join!

See you by those relaxing racks!

Two cats blogging…

P.S. And what ever became of the word search and tell a story contests???


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.


Cleaning Out Congress, etc…

October 27, 2010

Hey!

With all the crap politics and crap politicians (and politician wannabes) around, how’s this for a simple idea. Non-politicians (Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, Alex Trebek, Neil Cavuto, Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, bloggers, etc. ) offer a simple challenge for all our elected officials (local, state, federal). We film them live taking a simple 10 question quiz that reflects the stuff that all adults should know. No cell phones, calculators, computers, or assistance is allowed. Here’s a good quiz…

1.) Name 10 U.S. states that claim salt water as a border…
2.) Within +/- 20%, what is the current U.S. GDP?
3.) Within +/- 20%, what is the current U.S. debt?
4.) Within +/- 20%, what is the current U.S. unfunded liability debt? (SS, Medicare/Medicaid/pensions)
5.) What is 1/2 + 5/31? (Eek! Adding fractions!)
6.) Within +/- 20%, how wide is the continental U.S.? (In miles.)
7.) Name the United States’ major enemies during WWII
8.) Within +/- 20%, how many people are there in America?
9.) Write one trillion as a number using 1’s, 0’s, and commas.
10.) Solve the following equation for “x”: 3x + 9=15

And that should do it… Assuming our elected ones have a decent education, keep up on current affairs, and have just a tad of world experience, this should be a sleeper within 10 minutes… If they drop below 70%, look out. (Answers are at the bottom of this post.)


Two cats blogging,

See you by the racks…

P.S. What about that word search contest or that “write a story” contest???


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.


Spaghetti Night Fever

October 23, 2010

Hello all, Ponchita here chatting with you tonight. Cisco is sleeping off his dinner stupor so I’m grabbing my opportunity to give all my adoring fans today’s news.

And today’s news is that we made a big tasty batch of spaghetti for supper tonight. It was a chilly day that was just begging for some comfort food, and there was the ground beef, and there were the tomatoes, and… voila!

Actually, it started with about 1 1/2 pounds of browned ground beef, to which this kitteh added one jar of Emeril LaGasse ‘s Tomato and Basil spaghetti sauce, one large can of mushroom pieces, one 15 oz. can of diced tomatos, and various and sundry herbs I keep hidden from Cisco (but not my catnip!!!). Let simmer for half an hour or so, add salt to taste, cook up some mouse tail pasta, and you have a feast worthy of two cats who live in a liquor store!

See what I mean?


Let me tell you, friends, that was one delicious dinner! We got some crusty bread from the bakery to clean up the sauce left in the bowl (we may be cats, but we’re far too refined to stoop to licking the bowl!) If you’re human, you could add a green salad for a well-rounded meal, plus a good bottle of red wine, but since we’re cats, and cats are obligate carnivores, we skipped the salad, and chose a well-aged can of beer as our beverage of choice. Or at least Cisco did; the bubbles get up my nose and make me sneeze!

Anyhoo (oh, how I hate it when Cisco says that!), that’s what happened today. The really great thing is there are lots of leftovers. I smell spaghetti for tomorrow’s dinner, too! Hurray!

Best wishes to all my adoring fans,
Ponchita


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.


Vote “Yes” on Question 1 to Eliminate the Sales Tax of 6.25% on Alcohol

October 21, 2010

Hey…

A couple of thoughts…

First, here’s the blurb on the alcohol tax issue…

But secondly, I can just hear all you non-drinkers out there saying, “Well, it serves those boozers right… The cost of alcohol consumption to our society is outrageous! Tax them back to the Stone Age! “ One small problem – taxing alcohol simply suckles the warm teat of the “Sin Tax” Mama. True, booze is more detrimental than garden salads. But what next? A case of beer already costs $20, and a carton of cigarettes costs a mind-numbing $80. The ingredients for those products cost virtually nothing, but the taxes* are stifling. (* Yes, Anheuser-Busch, the distributor Louis Knife, and Bruce Gibson all have to pay taxes…)

Mark these words Fatty McButter Pants… There are more “Sin Taxes” to come from Big Mama. There’s already talk of a sugar tax in NYC, and a fast food tax in Virginia… Is nothing safe??? Even if we try to live perfect lives we get socked in the gym

We all have a vested interest in this one… Tell Gov’ment Big Mama to stop taxing and go on a diet of her own!

Vote “Yes!” on question 1!!!

Two cats blogging by the racks…

P.S. It’s now official, the word search contest is wide open to all who dare!!!

 


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.


Mike’s Hard Lemonade and One Heck of an Amateur Space Shot

October 20, 2010

Sure we sell Mike’s!

You name it, we got it or we can lay our grubby paws on it… (At last count, we have 10 flavors!) The weather may be cooling off, but football season is just starting to heat up. What have we got… ten more weekends to go??? An ice-cold lemonade sounds just right for Brady and hot wings…

And about that space shot…

I don’t know how the FAA felt about that, but it was still pretty creative work.

Two cats blogging, sippin’ ‘ade, and lookin’ up by the racks…

P.S. Contest, contest, contest


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.


Home Brewing 101?

October 17, 2010

Cisco the HSST cat here,

Forget about what D.C. is telling you about no new taxes for folks making under $250k/year. What are you stupid? Prices have already gone up on beer (and who knows what else…) That’s like the promise of all those “shovel-ready jobs…” Wanna buy a bridge? One way or the other, Gov’ment is going to get you.

So… Maybe now is the time for all of us to start thinking about home brewing and home wine making to prep for down the road.  (Da Gizz and I have been talking about this for years…)  Maybe, just maybe, in the not too distant future, we’ll be headed to the Spirits Shoppe not just for the best beer or wine, but perhaps for the makings of the best beer or wine. (Remember, this is all in the “Hmmm…” stage.) Thoughts on that possibility (especially concerning beer…)

  • Get into the Tao of  brewing… Read that “kitchen cleanliness.” If your kitchen isn’t clean, all is for naught.
  • Do your research… The Web is loaded with info… Beyond that, no soul is complete without Charlie Papazian’s “The Complete Joy of Home Brewing”. This book is everywhere including Amazon.
  • Start collecting those 22 oz. re-cappable bottles, cleaning them, and stuffing the tops to keep the nasties out. Trust me… A brief cleaning later on is a wonderful thing.

Beyond that, only time will tell. Just know that Da Gizz and I will be looking out for you.

See you by those bubbling fermenters maybe…

Two cats blogging…

P.S. Word search contest


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.


German Bike Ballet

October 15, 2010

Hey! Cisco the HSS cat here,

Bet you thought that the title was a joke… Hah! Well, the world isn’t just beer and wine…

Kind of reminds one of our “Sand Art” post or our Bela Fleck post… And who can forget the Ella/Karen Carpenter video?

And then there’s the pesky word search contest and the write a story contest

Two worldly cats chilling by the coolers…


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.