Real Fantasy

It’s officially Spring Break at Kansas State University, but because of my lack of funds and work schedule, I’m stuck in Manhattan (not the New York one) instead of sitting on the beach drinking Corona and getting my tan on. That wouldn’t be so depressing if the weather in Kansas hadn’t decided it was going … Continue reading

Nara Japanese Robata (Kansas City)

Boy, it’s been a busy week, as evidenced by my lack of recent posts. However, with that busyness comes a few good stories to tell, including several from my recent foray into the Midwestern metal jungle of Kansas City. I’ll start by saying that Kansas City is a vastly underrated metro area. Although it doesn’t … Continue reading

Homework: Drink Wine (Odd Reds)

This week we tasted odd reds in class, and thus, our homework was to go out and buy one of the varietals of wine we tasted and drink it for homework! It’s a rough life… Wine:  2010 Codirosso Chianti Price:  $12.99 Region:  Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy Sight:  Ruby red with some purplish tint to … Continue reading

Without The Sun, There Is No Moon. Without Me, There Is No You.

Is there anything better than wine with food? Seriously, what other combination can turn a $5 Little Caesar’s pepperoni pizza and a $12 bottle of Chianti into a meal fit for kings? Those two things are what my Saturday night has consisted of…that and replaying one of my favorite videogames, Mass Effect. Now that I’m … Continue reading

This Week’s Wines (Feb. 21)

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I was a bit behind on my wine posts. This, however, is the wine list from the most current week of tasting, in which we sipped on some delicious, and some not so delicious, odd reds.  Odd reds include anything that’s not Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or … Continue reading

This Week’s Wines — Feb. 14

Hello all! Last week I was unable to post my usual wine column due to having two exams and then being in Chicago for the weekend, so I’m actually a week behind right now. There will be another post with this week’s actual wine list in a few days. Last week, we tasted the big … Continue reading

Pizano’s Chicago

This weekend I traveled to Chicago with my fellow fraternity brothers for a convention…which is essentially an excuse to eat and drink excessively until the wee hours of the morning. They say the city never sleeps. This has to be true because the bars are open until five and I certainly didn’t get much shuteye … Continue reading

Bargain Bin Rantings — Paper Rival

There are a few things in this world that truly peeve me: 1.  People who shuffle their feet when they walk. Seriously, if you can’t perform the basic function of picking up your feet, please don’t bother me. 2.  Smokers right outside the gym. The last thing I want to inhale immediately following a run … Continue reading

Homework: Drink Wine — Odd Whites

As I mentioned in this week’s wine post, we tasted odd whites in class. That means homework was to find one of those wines and drink it! Wine: 2009 Salomon Undhof Hochterrassen Gruner Veltliner Price: $10.99 Region: Austria On the Nose: This wine had a fantastic fruitiness on the nose. I smelled notes of grapefruit, … Continue reading

Mike Goes to the Movies…At Home — Drive

In my last “Mike Goes to the Movies,” I mentioned my affinity for seeing movies on the big screen. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible or economical for an out-of-state college student on a budget. Fortunately, however, I work at a movie rental store and basically get all my rentals for free. This allows me to … Continue reading