Eleven Eleven Mississippi (St. Louis, MO)

I decided to spice things up a bit with this latest post. Instead of my usual restaurant review, I wanted to try to write this post how I would normally try to pen one of my novel chapters as a challenge to myself and a way to shake things up a bit. Combining the novel … Continue reading

Zombie Burger (Des Moines, IA)

“I’m excited to be in Iowa.” Are words no one has ever said. Ever. Yet here I was giddily driving down I-35 and actually smiling as I crossed the statuesque, stone monument telling me I was leaving Minnesota…and then crossed the shoddy, plastic “Welcome to Iowa” sign a few second later. Oh Iowa, you sure … Continue reading

Nicollet Island Inn (Minneapolis, MN)

Continuing the recollection of my last few months of culinary indulgences, the next decadent memory is of Minneapolis hotel and restaurant, Nicollet Island Inn. This quaint little restaurant is an old, yet beautiful, three-story building on the bank of the Mississippi River. The first floor houses the elegant dining room, while the second and third … Continue reading

Song of the Week: O’Brother — “Ascension”

It’s very rare that I find a new song that I think is something special, so when I found this track while looking through the bands Circa Survive is touring with this fall, I was blown away. From the slow, building intro, to the first haunting echo of the main guitar riff, to the unexpected … Continue reading

RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack (Mission, KS)

It’s been awhile since my last restaurant post. I have month’s worth of mouthwatering food stories to share now that I have time to write again, so I guess we’ll get started with a joint I visited way back in May. For my birthday and last hurrah in Kansas City before the big move to … Continue reading

Brand New, Cursive, and An Horse — Live In Winnipeg, Manitoba

This past week, I took my first big-boy job vacation days…and went to Canada. I know, what you’re thinking – “That sounds horrible.” And it was. Driving through North Dakota and southern Manitoba may be the most painful 4 hours I have ever spent in a car. There’s nothing there, and when I say nothing, … Continue reading

4 Olives Wine Bar and Restaurant (Manhattan, KS)

Before I left Manhattan, I made a point to visit all of my favorite restaurants in town one last time. The best of the best of those, and also the most expensive, was 4 Olives Wine Bar and Restaurant. 4 Olives is far and away the best restaurant in the Little Apple. Harry’s (featured later) … Continue reading

My 10 Favorite Albums of the Last 10 Years — #10

Ten years ago, I was eleven years old and had no idea who or what I liked yet in the various categories that fill this blog. I would have scoffed at movies like The Artist and spat out even the most deliciously expensive Champagne. Hell, I hadn’t even heard of a little band called Brand … 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

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