New Night Ranger!

Wow… the synth walks that line of retro cool and stale. Awesome guitars. This is damn catchy and I can see this being one I’ll crank this summer.

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Guss’s Pickles are back (for a short while)!

It’s unclear if this is only a one day event (as The Village Voice says) or until November (as Gothamist reports), but Guss’s Pickles are back on the LES, baybee! Now I need to go down to the Hester Street Fair! My Thanksgiving relish plate has not been the same since they left….

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Hoist a cold one next week!

Guess what time it is? Yup, it’s American Craft Beer Week! There are events in all 50 states so get out there and find a nice American microbrew. There’s a page on their website that lists events… it’s not the easiest interface to navigate, but it’s there. Go forth and drink!

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Facebook makes yet more changes, affecting contests

Once again Facebook is making changes to their contest guidelines. Some of them merely conform to current regulations, basically equal to the old standby “no purchase necessary”, but others go way past that. I just wonder how this will affect how companies use Facebook to market? Food for thought, and a reminder to always keep on top all things digital, as it is ever changing.

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Good Eats is over… long live Alton Brown

So, it seems my earlier post about GE continuing was premature.

As much as I love the show, if he feels like he’s said all he can in this format I’m ok with that. So long as we still get to see him creating shows and not just hosting Iron Chef America, that is.


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Happy wine fact of the day

Fact: exposure to wine can help fight gum disease. Exposure to wine had a persistent antibacterial effect, due to the organic compounds that fight bacteria. Of course, the acidity in wine can be bad for your teeth’s enamel, so as always enjoy in moderation and wait 20 minutes after eating or drinking anything acidic before you brush.

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Maryland is a go!

Wine lovers in MD rejoice! You can buy direct from the winery starting July 1.

Now when will my home state get on board??

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Tablet computing… in a restaurant

I was just having this discussion the other day with my husband. Soon tablet style computers will be inexpensive enough that we’ll get to the tipping point, where it will become more than a novelty to see one used in a restaurant. I love the idea in theory – wine lists and menus can be updated easily, and search functionality can be integrated (show me all of the items on the menu made with cream as an ingredient). Special requests and allergies can be easily noted for the kitchen. A big boon would also be readability, since I know I’ve nearly lit some menus on fire trying to hold up a tiny candle just so I can read the darn thing in a dark restaurant. Backlit tablets can easily be read in low light, and the font size can be increased with the press of a button.

But in practice… as was mentioned in the article, the tablets will have to be pretty durable. You would also have to limit the functionality so people don’t use them like their own personal computer and sit there using it to read emails while other diners need it for ordering.

All of the downsides I can think of are pretty easily rectified. I know some places already have them, but I wonder how long it will be until it is considered common?

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No beer at the royal wedding!

Makes the Queen seem rather easily offended:

“Let’s face it, it isn’t really an appropriate drink to be serving in the Queen’s presence at such an occasion.”

I’m wondering if there will really be English wine served. Global climate change in action, my friends…
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Do you QR?

If not, you should think about it. I’ve got a QR code right here, and I’ve even considered sending it out instead of an actual resume… but I’m not sure how well that might go over.

The thing that brings this to mind this morning is this article about J Wines putting one on their labels. I love this idea, but I have not seen it in action yet. Maybe I just don’t frequent the right wine stores? I think QR codes are ideal for shelf talkers.

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