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This looks good enough to drink to.

Join the Beachbum and 200 seminar attendees June 12th at the historic Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, where we'll separate fact from fiction with a two-hour event entitled "Who's Your Daddy? A Mai Tai Paternity Test." The seminar is part of the Hukilau, Florida's annual four-day festival of all things Tiki. Drinks, we are happy to report, will be served.

Mai Tai One on in Florida

  Drink Scotch Like a Man

... or like a manly woman.

If You Drink Scotch, Love Scotch

"It's the people that want to impress me by asking for Scotch and then putting a ton of ice in it, letting that melt, and then leaving with it three-quarters gone -- it's those people that need to die," White warns. "[But] my girlfriend's mother loves Johnnie Walker Blue. She's about 70, from Mexico -- to see her face light up when you give her a little splash, neat, in a good Scotch glass -- that's a cool thing."

Ron White Wants You to Drink Scotch Like a Man

  Tonga Room to close?

Oh no! This place was the mecha of Tiki culture in San Francisco!


Will The Tonga Room Be a Casualty of The Fairmontâ..s Condo Plans?

An alarm is going up amongst tiki-lovers and all those who appreciate San Franciscoâ..s eclectic (hic!) history! The Tonga Room, the much loved tacky tiki bar in the Fairmont Hotelâ..s basement (California @ Mason in Nob Hill), is at great risk due to its ownerâ..s plan to convert a large portion of the hotel into condominiums.

The plan would replace the existing Fairmont Hotel Tower with a new Residential Tower and in the process convert 226 hotel rooms into 160 condos. The Tonga Room is at the base of the existing tower.

We don't really get much exposure to Trader Joes up here in Canada, but I remember loving it when I was visiting the U.S. Such a crazy store. It was like a small hometown food surplus store with a tiki theme. But in a good way.

Apparently, they don't allow photography in the store. Huh.

YouTube - If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe's

  Fast fry potatoes

  Mike Nelson to eat bacon

... for a whole month. His diet will also include beer and martinis.

Bacon Stupidity

Iâ..ll get right to the good stuff: for the entire month of February, 2009, I, Michael J. Nelson will eat nothing but bacon. Nothing, my friends, but bacon.

Why? Because bacon is natureâ..s finest and most nourishing food. Also, because several doubters on the RiffTrax staff had the unmitigated gall to insult bacon by making the outrageous claim that, as good as it is, no one could eat very much of it and live. I can and will. Therefore I will spend the month proving it.

  The boxing diet

Interesting to see how a boxer would eat in order to cut weight before a fight.

This link actually has a workout routine mixed in with the diet, so you can get an idea of how many calories the trainee is burning compared with the food intake.

Leave off the training, and you have a diet that will not lose you any weight. I did some rough calculations, and it looks like you'd be eating about 2267cal, 34g fat, 360g protein, 80g carbs each day.

Also, is it just me, or are we working ourselves a little too hard by going to bed at 2am every night?

A Boxer's Workout

  • 9:30 - Whey Protein + coffee
  • 10:00 - run 45 minutes
  • 11:15 - 1 Cup cereal + 2 tbs milk
  • 2:00 - chicken breasts and veg
  • 5:00 - Can of Tuna and veg
  • 7:00 - 30g of Whey + coffee
  • 8:00 - Boxing workout
  • 10:15 - Post Workout Shake (40g protein, 40g Carbs)
  • 11:30 - chicken breast and veg
  • 2:00 AM - Bedtime

  10 Worst Types Of Drunks

I know at least 4 of these types, and I've been told I'm one of them. #9 I think ... hi-five!

The 10 Worst Types Of Drunks |

10. MRS. "I WILL BE CRYING BY THE END OF THE NIGHT" Itâ..s the end of the evening and everyone in the group you came with have all decided to look at your phones, try to find a cab, or pay your bill, for a total of about twenty two seconds. Unfortunately this is twenty two seconds you could have spent paying full attention to this girl. This causes this girls self esteem levels to fall dangerously low, and they can only be raised by the insertion of a random manâ..s penis inside her vagina, or by getting as many of her friends to pay attention to her as possible.

  How hot dogs are made

Weiners weiners weiners, put 'em in your mouth.

Hey, now I remember why I was a vegetarian.

YouTube - How It's Made - Hot Dogs

  100 foods you should try

A little while back, I posted an entry in response to a list of 100 drinks to drink. The blog entry that inspired that post listed the 100 food dishes you must try at some point in your life. Turns out I've eaten a lot of food in my life.

Here's my list. I've left "Whole Insects" unbolded, even though I've swallowed my share while riding my bike. Since it wasn't in a restaurant, or even planned, I'll pretend I've never consumed insects. The crossed-out entries are things I don't think I would ever try. But you never know....

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

  How mustard is made

Hey, want to know how mustard is made? No? Come on...

YouTube - How it's made - Mustard

  Happy Repeal Day

December 5th marks the 75th anniversary of Repeal Day, the end of 13 years of prohibition in the U.S. You should celebrate tonight.


Prohibition - Celebrating the End of an Era - Slashfood

  A thousand grills

Well, there's a top 10 list in there, but it just keeps going afterward. Big grills, small grills, grills that look like other things, grills made from cars and trucks, cars made from grills, smokers, fireplaces ... so much to look at on this page.

Top 10 Coolest BBQ Grills (And Then Some!) - Neatorama

Some good Canadian references follow...

Topless Robot - The 10 Greatest Superheroes to Get Drunk With

7) Wolverine

There are three things you need to know about drinking with Logan. One, sometimes he can get drunk, and sometimes he canâ..tâ..depends on whoâ..s writing his healing factor that day. Two, heâ..ll drink any beer until heâ..s good and drunk, at which point only Labatt 50 will do. And three, when he starts talking about â..missing the stubbies,â. donâ..t worryâ..heâ..s still talking about beer. (Oh, and one more thingâ..if he starts singing "O Canada," youâ..d better join in.)

Many of you will think Dan Aykroyd's lost his mind with the new viral video about "Crystal Head" vodka. Some are probably even thinking that it's a really clever Ghostbusters 3 teaser.

Canadians know full well that Aykroyd: a) lost his mind a while ago; and b) sells a lot of booze in Canada.

His weird "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal" television show was so over the top that CSICOP awarded him a "Snuffed Candle" award, for "contributing to the public's lack of understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry."

I'm really torn. I like Dan Aykroyd; I find his deadpan humour really funny. And I like booze -- a lot. And I really, really like the idea of a skull-shaped bottle with booze in it. But I can't justify spending a bunch of money on some questionable vodka made with Newfoundland water and "filtered" through diamonds. And it's not the Newfoundland water I object to.

YouTube - Dan Aykroyd has lost his mind

  Paul's Falernum #8

A decent falernum recipe for when you absolutely need to make a cocktail with falernum and can't find any falernum.

What is falernum? OK, let's back up a bit. Falernum's a Caribbean rum-based liqueur/syrup used in several tiki cocktails. According to CocktailDB, to simulate its flavour, mix orgeat syrup with vanilla. allspice, clove, ginger, Angostura bitters & lime juice.

What's oregeat syrup? Let's backup a little more. It's a sweet almond syrup used in tiki drinks and Italian sodas. The Mai Tai uses it.

The Cocktail Chronicles - Falernum #8

Is it the be-all and end-all of falernums? Of course not â.. rather, itâ..s an easy and cheap way to make a fairly obscure flavoring thatâ..s essential in a class of exotic drinks. As it uses fresh ingredients, it has (to my palate) a better aroma and snappier flavor than the commercial brands Iâ tried. Of course, this freshness also limits its shelf life, so make small batches â.. this recipe may easily be halved â.. keep it refrigerated and use it within a month or so. Either chuck the old falernum or, better yet, just have a big swizzle party before your batch expires.

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