Monday, August 13, 2012

Week 10: 

Note: I do apologize for the delay this week, it's been a little more hectic than normal. This write-up will be very short but I promise, it's not a trend. Thanks again for everyone who reads this, I truly do appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

Beer (ABV): 
Lakefront Organic ESB (5.42%)
Lakefront Wheat Monkey (4.2%)
Lakefront IPA (6.9%)
Harpoon Belgium Pale Ale (5.8%)

Beers Already Tried From This Brewery: 
Lakefront (Wisconsinite Summer Weiss, Kilsch Pilsner)
Harpoon (Winter Warmer, Celtic Ale, Hefeweizen, Raspberry Hefeweizen, etc)

I have to say, nothing really wowed me this week with the beers. Surprisingly, the one I enjoyed more than the others was the Lakefront IPA. It had some good flavor to it and wasn't overly hoppy. The Wheat Monkey was more bland that a Coors Light frankly. The other two were just meh.

Album: The Rescue by Explosions In The Sky (2005)
Length: 32 Minutes, 48 Seconds

Already being a huge fan of Explosions In The Sky, I realized there were a few albums I hadn't checked out so I decided to check out The Rescue. The Rescue is a concept album of sorts.

Back in 2005, while on tour, their van broke down and they had to wait eight days in order to get it fixed, which is where they got the eight title tracks from (Day One through Day Eight).

If you didn't already known, Explosions In The Sky is an instrumental band that has no lyrics. With that in mind, it's a little more difficult to break it down by song so I'll just say that while not as good as the Friday Night Lights soundtrack or The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, this was a very good album and I'd suggest everyone give it atleast one listen.

Movie: To The Arctic/Tornado Alley (IMAX)
Length: 40 Minutes each
Main Cast: Narrated by Meryl Streep/Bill Paxton

I have no idea the last time I saw an IMAX film so when I decided to go see these two, I was very excited. The screen was even bigger than I remember it. Just absolutely massive.

I have to say, both of these films definitely had their positives but did also have a negative as well.

With To The Arctic, you start off with a beautiful footage panning over glaciers and the waterfalls. Being on the IMAX screen, it looked simply stunning. Throughout the whole movie, it was just fantastic. Getting to follow polar bears, which by the way I'd like to see about adopting one because they are so freaking cute, was really cool. You get to see a mother bear protect her young from being hunted, which was nice to see.

My only negative with To The Arctic was that it was clearly trying to push Global Warming/Climate Change throughout it. I'm not here to argue on either side of it but it just wasn't what I was anticipating. I guess I just wanted forty minutes of something pretty to look at.

Despite that, I'd still suggest you go see this.

With Tornado Alley, I was simply giddy. As most of you know, I'm a huge severe weather/tornado nut so this was right down my alley, no pun intended.

Right off the bat, I was excited because who else other than Bill Paxton was narrating this film. If you didn't know, he was the main male casted in the movie Twister, so it seemed fitting to say the least.

Throughout this movie, you get to follow two different people. The first is a group that is trying to collect data, much like in Twister and the other guy is trying to get in the middle of a tornado. He built this tank that can withstand wind speeds up to 200mph. Really impressive.

Like To The Arctic, it did have a negative and that was it ended very anti-climactically. The movie ended with him getting inside a tornado but it never felt like it happened. I guessed I expected it to look different but once it was over, I was like...that's it?

Overall, I still felt both films definitely had more positives and are worth going to see.

Food: John Deere Snowcone Supreme from Jerry's Snow Cones (Nut Bush)
Yedoro Key Wot from Abyssinia (Midtown/East Memphis)

Without question, the most interesting week of food that I've tried to date and probably will try.

As my friends and I look for the list of Top 100 places in Memphis to eat, we came across two items at Jerry's Sno Cones in Nut Bush, which is hardly the best part of town. The two sno cones are Wedding Cake and John Deere.

When I placed my order, I noticed everyone was ordering a sno cone and saying "Supreme", which I thought was the size. After ordering my John Deere Supreme, I realized size was hardly what it meant. Supreme, in fact, meant that it had soft serve vanilla ice cream in the cup. For those that have known me long enough, I have never tried ice cream in my life (as well as cake, pies, cupcakes, sundaes, pudding, etc) so if I decided to eat my ordering gaffe, this would be HUGE.

After hesistating, I finally took my first bite. Needless to say, it wasn't as awful as I was thinking it would be. The texture wasn't bad however I didn't like the flavor. I think that has more to do with my not liking anything vanilla.

After Jerry's, we headed into town to go to an Ethiopian restaurant called Abyssinia.

I decided to order the Yedoro Key Wot, which is chicken stew on flatbread. The sponginess of the flatbread was very weird to me but the chicken was okay. Too much stew for me to enjoy the chicken itself. By the way, I forgot to take a picture while I was there so that's the closest I could find to what I had, minus the eggs.

I also got to try some cabbage for the first time, which was pretty tasty actually.

Overall, I'm glad I experienced Ethiopian but I'm certainly in no rush to do it again soon.

Also Tried: Guacamole at Fox & Hound


  1. Dammit, we need some beers like that out in South Dakota. It's Bud Light or bust out here it seems.

  2. Tyler, I like your blog, and I hope you keep it up, but I really had to respond to something you said.

    "My only negative with To The Arctic was that it was clearly trying to push Global Warming/Climate Change throughout it. I'm not here to argue on either side of it but it just wasn't what I was anticipating. I guess I just wanted forty minutes of something pretty to look at."

    First of all, I'm not really sure what you mean when you say that a documentary is trying to "push" global warming. Global warming is a fact, and I would think that someone as interested in the weather as you would know that. There is no debate among scientists over the topic of climate change. I haven't seen the film, but I know enough about polar bears and climate change to know that you can't discuss one without the other. Polar bears hunt seals from a platform of ice and since the ice is melting (due to a warming climate) they have to swim longer distances, and many of them die of starvation or exhaustion. I feel strongly about Polar Bear conservation because we humans are the reason that their population is dwindling. Panda bears are going extinct the natural way, despite the many effort made by science to preserve the species. But polar bears are not going extinct naturally, we are pushing them to extinction with our greedy consumption of fossil fuels and our need to cut down every tree that stands in the way of "progress". The fact is, whether you like it or not, that reality is not always "pretty to look at" and if you're looking for something that doesn't make you think, then go see a regular movie at a regular movie theater rather than a documentary at a museum.
    I truly did not intend to rant, but it's really critical that people realize that the climate is changing as a result of humans and its directly affecting other species and ecosystems. Real scientists aren't debating this.
    Bill Nye puts things into perspective in the video below.

  3. I love how you say Jerry's Sno Cones is in Nutbush?? Is that what they call that area now? I remember Nutbush, but not part of where I lived! (you know my dad lived a few blocks from there right?)