Archive | October, 2010

Blowing Through Chicago: Pubs, Grubs and Train Hubs

Chicago Skyline

Skyline from the Navy Pier

This past weekend I went to visit my cousin in Crown Point, Indiana, I know what you are thinking, “Indiana, what does that have to do with Chicago?” Well, as luck would have it he is only a train ride away from Chicago, seeing that the windy city borders Indiana. To make it more confusing along I94 you pass Michigan City which is in Indiana. Anyways, after a Friday night of boozing, reminiscing and relaxing after the drive we got up at the crack of noon to head out and explore.
OK, to be honest  I was up bright eyed and bushy tailed before 8 am but after eating, stuffing our flasks with the choicest of alcohols (Hey, it’s expensive to drink in Chicago), and calling Verizon for my 3rd new phone (Stooopid Droid) because mine had decided to freeze up and die on me once again we were ready to explore, or so we thought…



New Brew Tuesday: Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch

Image taken from Metro Brewing

Type: BeerKölsch
Name:Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch
Price: $6 at a pub in Chicago
Made: Chicago, IL
Alc/Vol: 5%

“Brewed in homage to the beer of Cologne, Krankshaft is a pale straw hued smile in a glass. We throw in a little wheat malt to round out an easy Santiam hop bitterness. There are no Köbes to serve them up, but you should feel free to have as many as you like.

Krankshaft Kölsch style beer goes great with fruit salad, sailing, pot stickers, graduation parties, gyros, kick ball, pistachios, cole slaw, Star Trek marathons, miso, rye vodka, canoeing, dinner waffles, dal, gelato, star gazing, popcorn, beach combing, barbeque, lawn chairs, chiles rellenos, muenster cheese, Black Jack, hummus & pita, pinball, guacamole, gardening, French Onion soup, and yoga. “

This is a little hard to believe, a German beer with French onion soup….seems like an insult to one or the other and I’m sure there is a French joke in there somewhere.



Teaching In Japan 101

5th graders By jmurawski (Jennifer Murawski) on January 2, 2006 via Creative Commons on Flickr

You want to travel but don’t have enough money saved up, yet you want to leave now! Problem solved, you can teach English for a year overseas right? Yes and no.

YES: Teaching overseas is a great opportunity to travel to a different part of the world and be employed at the same time.

NO: You need to pick a country, and while places like China and Korea offer many great opportunities going to Japan is not what it used to be. The days of showing up and landing a job on the spot are long gone, nowadays the demand is much higher than the availability. You need to work on getting your TEFL/TESOL certification, do you have 2+ years teaching experience as well because that might help. Great now that you have the basics we need to start doing the hard stuff like picking out a company, preparing for interviews, and understanding our obligations as an English teacher in Japan.



New Brew Tuesday: St. Peter’s Sorgham Beer

Type: Beer – Sorgham
Name: St. Peter’s Sorgham Beer or @StPetersBrewery
Price: $4.99
Made: St. Peter’s Hall, Nr. Bungay, Suffolk, U.K.
Alc/Vol: 4.2%

As usual, before I start flinging my opinion let’s see what the beer has to say for itself…


“A Clean crisp beer with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin from American Amarillo hops. Made from Sorghum, not wheat or barley. Brewed with skill and patience in Britain’s finest small brewery.”


“St. Peter’s brewery is located in medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. There our beers begin their lives deep below the brewery with water drawn from a pure source – as it has been for over 700 years, essential for the full flavour and pure character of all St. Peter’s beers.

Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St. Peter’s Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth  Century beer bottle.”



Blog Action Day 2010: Water

"The world of water" By Snap® May 5, 2007 Via Flickr Creative Commons

Time for this funky monkey to fling for a cause. What cause you ask, well the chosen cause for this year’s Blog Action Day hosted by is water. A great cause that I caught on my RSS feed from, so I signed up to fling my concerns and the importance of water from a little bit of a different perspective than most. It could be that I’m shorter than you, or that I’m a monkey, either way you see it I see it as a chance to fling something liquefied….wait no that’s not right.

You humans seem to forget that we animals need and would like some clean water now and again as well. As our oceans become polluted and fresh water lakes and rivers become depleted we are being left with very few options. So why does this affect you? Well because in 1968 man and monkey worked together during the Planet of the Apes, and I say it’s about time we join forces again for change, for a better future and for that stuff that makes up beer!