Posts tagged ‘the common table’

September 3, 2012

Bob Schneider and Cougars

The husband kind of has an affinity for cougars.  Or maybe they have an affinity for him.   Whatever it is, it keeps me entertained.  I should note these women are not the aggressive Capital Grille or Dragonfly cougars.  They are nice, older women in their 60s that happen to think the husband is adorable, so they engage him in conversation.  I plan to keep telling myself that, so I continue to find it entertaining.

On Friday evening, we had drinks at The Common Table and then saw Bob Schneider play at the Granada.  Both happened to be full of cougars that were flirting with my husband.  One woman walked up to him to tell him she liked the look he had going on and then gave him the once over with her eyes.  I was standing right next to him!  I can’t even remember what he was wearing. I even looked in the laundry basket to try and piece it together to share it with you, but I got nothing.  The drinks before the show might not have been the best idea after doing a juice detox all week…

While the husband was flirting with the old ladies, I was dancing and singing to every song Bob played.  I have lived in Dallas for 5 years, and this was my first Bob show.  *shame*  When he was playing Big Blue Sea, I was particularly enthusiastic.  I looked at the husband with a huge party on grin, and he just shook his head.  He then leaned over to tell me that Big Blue Sea is a song Bob plays for all the d-bags.  He should know.  Not because he is a d-bag, but because this is at least his 10th Bob show.  I just shrugged my shoulders to say whatever and continued dancing.  Big Blue Sea might be a d-bag song, but the entire audience sang and danced to every song Bob played that night.

That most definitely will not be my last Bob Schneider show.  I can also guarantee that there will be plenty more cougar encounters to document.  The husband needs to earn his keep!

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November 23, 2011

Jester King and Mikkeller Beer Dinner

We attended a Jester King and Mikkeller beer dinner at The Common Table last week, and I think I had more fun taking photos with my friend Tait than drinking beer and eating food.  It was quite the collaboration.  The photos are below.  Favorite beer of the night…Das Wunderkind.  It is surprisingly sour and funky.  The majority of the table loved Mikkeller’s Barrel Aged Black Hole.  Not my palette at all.

Favorite photo of the night…you decide.

January 9, 2011

Vertical Epic

Stone Vertical Epic Ale.  It is on my top 3 beer list now.  I am the fist to admit that my beer knowledge is very limited, but I am developing my palette.  It was delicious at first sip and didn’t stop there.  The fiance even liked it so much that he had 3 glasses in a row.  That does not happen.  He is pretty non-committal with his beer.  Thankfully the same can’t be said for his ladies (lady).

It immediately reminded me of my wine of choice, Sauvignon Blanc.  Turns out it is made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  I knew the Epic and I were a match.  I even got my typical wine buzz with its 9.5% alcohol.  No beer bloat here!

Apparently this beer is so good that it is a special release and available for a limited time.   I had my experience at The Common Table on Friday night.  You might want to stop by soon.  I heard the next release isn’t until November!

http://www.stonebrew.com/epic/

November 10, 2010

Saison Sunday School

I finally found a Sunday School that is my cup of tea beer.  Saison Sunday School.  Another Sunday funday in the books and I even gained a little knowledge.  The Common Table (our home away from home) hosted the event on the day of Sabbath with Jeff, the beer specialist, and Chef Lee making excellent beer and food pairings.  6 (big) beers to taste, cheese galore, meat balls, beignets, oh my!   My inner chubby girl was so very happy.  At this rate, I might become the chubby girl, especially after the third beignet.  I had the self control to cut myself off before the fourth.

When I started TPJ, I set the Food & Wine category with the intention of focusing on wine.  Beer took over the category before I even wrote a single wine post.  I blame The Common Table.  TCT has a special place in my heart and so does their beer.  When I finally stopped selecting beer that I thought would be similar to wine or champagne, I found my palette.  Saisons are a fav because of the acidity and fruitiness.  Brasserie Dupont is my beer king and of course he is expensive.  Champagne taste, beer budget does not apply.

Jeff and Chef Lee’s menu is below.  I highlighted my loves.  I strongly encourage you to visit TCT asap.  Order a flight (Brewsday Tuesday!) and save room for food (everything is good).  I’ll be at the bar.  Stop by to say hello.

Spicy Chorizo Puff
North Coast – Le Merle

Cheddar Wafer
Boulevard – Saison Brett

Barbecue Fries
Brasserie Dupont – Saison Dupont Vieille

Coconut Shrimp Shooter
Boulevard – Tank 7 (not be confused with Tanqueray 7…)

Stroganoff Meatballs
Brewery Ommegang – Hennepin

Blackened Tuna Carpaccio
Brooklyn – Sorachi Ace

Peach Beignets (oh girl…)
Avery – 16th Anniversary

October 22, 2010

Beer Bitch

You all know about my fondness for wine.  Now I am becoming a beer lover and dare I say snob.  Don’t get me wrong, I still know nothing about beer other than what I think tastes good and a little about what’s “cool” in the beer world.  I owe the expansion of my palette to the bf and The Common Table.  I taste every beer they put in front of me and the people around me (I’m not afraid to share).  I even listen to the story of how it was created.  Who knew I would stop playing camera 1/camera 2 and pay attention to all the boy talk.

I’ve come across a couple favorites.  They both happen to have a champagne cork and loads of bubbles.  Just my style.  The first is a sour beer, Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze Vieille.  We discovered this beer in Seattle and it is #1 on my list.  The second is Brooklyn Local 2.  I was slightly scared of its dark color but the sweet taste had me at the first sip.  I know I can’t fake it until I make it with beer knowledge so read the scoop from the experts themselves.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/828/2595
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/45/47678

There is still one problem I have yet to overcome.  I get so full and beer bloat is not cute.  However, it prevents the appearance of the saucy minx (that would be me) typically caused by excessive consumption.

September 7, 2010

Top 10 songs you are not supposed to love

I know you all have one…a favorite song that you would get ridiculed for if your friends knew it was on your playlist.  A favorite song you have to secretly love to avoid the shame yet you know all the words and want to break into a dance when you hear it.

While hanging out at The Common Table this weekend, we came up with the top 10 songs you love that you are not supposed to love.  The list is pretty bad and in no particular order.  Perhaps the vodka blind taste test prior to this discussion lowered the group’s inhibitions.

Bennie and the Jets. Elton John (this one is all me!)

Paper Planes. M.I.A.

Sexy Back. Justin Timberlake

California Girls. Katy Perry  (shout out to Philip)

Jessie’s Girl. Rick Springfield

Party in the USA. Miley Cyrus

Big Girls Don’t Cry. Fergie  (Corey…wow)

Whatever You Like. T.I.

Island in the Sun. Weezer

Fly. Sugar Ray

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