Sep 242014

blacklistI’m a very bad serial television watcher.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I gave it up entirely after Six Feet Under ended, because I never wanted to be so involved with a television show again. However, there have been some major changes in how programming is presented since that Sunday night in 2005. I got excited about those in this post, back in the spring.

I’ve determined that I messed up starting with Breaking Bad. It’s one of the best ever, which is most of why I haven’t been able to keep interest in anything else, I think. I got through the first season of Orange is the New Black in about three days, and now I’m stalled out on the fourth episode of the second season. I think I’ve watched the first half of it four times. I need to pull that plug. I just don’t care enough. It’s not a crime. It won’t go on my permanent record.

A friend is after me to watch Luther so she and I can talk about it. It’s short, so maybe I’ll manage that one.

Most of what I notice now with modern television is that folks look vaguely familiar. This image advertising the show The Blacklist started showing up just about everywhere I went online last week, it seemed. Hmm. I know that guy. Who is that guy?

Ah! Of course! It’s recovering alcoholic, cashmere sweater-owning, nascent rageaholic Stanky Hanky!

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Sep 222014 is not a review site per se, but I’ve done enough of them now that it makes sense to gather them in one place. Hence, there is now a Bo’s Reviews tab on the navigation bar above. All of the restaurants, hot sauces, movies, or whatever for which I’ve written a review have a link there. The newest reviews are listed first in each category.

I lead the page with my restaurant reviews at Rocket City Mom, because I’ll reliably add to that list. My restaurant reviews usually appear at Rocket City Mom on the fourth Monday of the month. Hey, guess what today is? Head on over and check out my thought’s on a Huntsville mainstay, Big Ed’s Pizzeria.

 Posted by at 6:36 am
Sep 202014

volc1“Volcanic” is a rather enticing adjective for a hot sauce and pepper fanatic, don’t you think?

I went to Earth Fare this week to see if kefir was any cheaper there than at Publix (it is, but only marginally). On the way out, this little pint of salsa said “buy me! buy me!” Hmm. It was $3.79 out the door. Let’s see what we’ve got.

Ingredients (“organic” precedes every entry except salt on the actual label): Diced tomatoes, tomato puree, green bell peppers, grain vinegar, onions, apple cider vinegar, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic, cilantro, habanero pepper, oregano, and basil.

Sounds like it tastes good for sure, but with salt ahead of any hot peppers, I had my doubts about how “volcanic” it would be.

I tried a goodly amount straight and with yellow tortilla chips, and indeed, it’s quite good. There’s a uniformity about mainstream ready-to-eat salsa that is eclipsed by this Earth Fare offering. The vegetables taste markedly fresher, and the spice profile differs significantly from something like Pace or Old El Paso. It’s more complex, and there’s a strong garlic note that I like quite a bit. It’s also a lot more visually interesting, with spices and vegetables popping at you. It might be a little darker than usual offerings.


So how’s the heat? Turns out this is actually pretty formidable for something you can buy in a jar at a grocery store. There’s a little hint of it in the smell. The heat bites you just a little bit on the front end, and then the cumulative property of habanero kicks in shortly after you swallow. Your fourth bite is going to be much hotter than your first. After you stop, it’s a pleasant smolder that takes about ten minutes to get all the way back to zero. I’d put the heat in the neighborhood of a hotter jalapeno. No problem for a chilehead, but if Taco Bell Fire sauce scorches you, you’ll want to stay away from this.

I doubt the jar lasts the day. Good stuff, Earth Fare.


 Posted by at 11:35 am
Sep 192014

I was at lunch with a friend of mine once, and she wrote that on a paper napkin ring.

aornrNote that it’s a Mozzarella’s napkin ring, so there’s a good timeline indicator. How long has that location sat idle at Madison Square Mall? It’s been a decade, at least. So it’s even plausible that said lunch took place in the 20th century.

She moved to Seattle a few years ago, but I’ve never forgotten the lesson of the day. I won’t claim I always live up to it, but I think it’s a good individual guiding principle—professionally, personally, and spiritually.

Enjoy your weekend.

 Posted by at 7:43 am
Sep 182014
  • My friend Amanda, aka The Dining Dragon, has extensively redesigned her site and begun its second life as Huntsville Eats. Go check it out.
  • I thought it was kind of cool that the new U2 album was free to iTunes users, but then I learned that you just got it, man. There was no opt-in. That’s creepy.
  • I looked for a showtime for the Sin City sequel, thinking there might be a long lunch in my near future. Guess what? It’s not playing anywhere near here, and has totally tanked at the box office. I guess a bright spot is that I may have the Blu-ray sooner.
  • Next month will introduce a “kids edition” of its Fire HD tablet. It comes with a 2-year, no-questions-asked replacement warranty. Am I overly cynical to believe that a goodly number of these will find their way to construction sites?
  • Well, life without artificial sweeteners is interesting. I’m down to either unsweetened tea or water in a restaurant. I’m using a quart of lemon juice a week at home adding it to water.
  • Alabama and Auburn both have games this week that should provide a little more clarity. I think Auburn underestimates Kansas State tonight at its peril. And Alabama? They’re 3-0 against mostly air, and Florida is stumbling into Bryant-Denny after needing all it had to beat Kentucky in overtime at the Swamp. Sounds like a classic trap scenario to me.
  • It’s officially football weather. Only just, but it’s here.
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