Ramblings Posts

Miscellaneous musings about food.

Drinks to Serve When Hosting a Poker Night

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Guest post

Make poker events great by serving good wine

Good ambiance, comfortable facilities, and great drinks make a poker night successful. For some poker players, it’s not just about the intensity of the game that they enjoy, but also the round of drinks that keep them calm and refreshed.

Drinks to Serve When Hosting a Poker Night

Why does the McRib come “back”?

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Interesting explanation of why the McRib comes back.

Southern Tier Pumking Ale

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Southern Tier Pumking Ale

Last Fall, I did a little write-up about pumpkin beers. I tasted them and used my patented “pumpkin meter” to rate each beer. The highest mark went to Terrapin Brewery’s Pumpkinfest – still a great beer and one I highly recommend.

At the time, though, I had not yet discovered Southern Tier Pumking. And thus I write today, as the fall seasonal beers hit the shelves for 2013: buy this beer. This is the gold standard, the king, if you will, of pumpkin beers.

Southern Tier Pumking Ale

Up in the Air

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

I am right now about 36,000 feet in the air, on my way with Teresa to San Francisco for yet another trip based primarily on eating good food. Today is our 5th wedding anniversary, and we have an exciting couple of days ahead. Tonight we have a reservation at Boulevard in SF, and tomorrow evening we dine at Thomas Keller’s restaurant, The French Laundry. To say I look forward to it is an understatement. I’ll be sure to share that experience here.

Any tips for other great food in San Francisco? Leave ‘em in the comments.

Dining in America

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Dining in America

Ranting time…

Dining in America

Just a Photo

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Just a Photo

Just a photo for today.


iPad App Giveaway: Photosmith

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. As you may have noticed, I take a lot of photos. Like many photographers, I love Adobe Lightroom – it’s probably my most-used application on my computer… well-designed, fantastically organized, and very powerful. I also love my iPad and take it with me a lot more often than I do my laptop computer. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a Lightroom for iPad? Well, there isn’t.

But there is something that is just about as good: Photosmith for iPad.

iPad App Giveaway: Photosmith

The Photosmith app allows you to, among other things, work with RAW camera files on the iPad, applying Lightroom tags, color labels, picks/rejects, star ratings, sets, etc to your photos right on your iPad. All of that then gets synced to your desktop Lightroom library. It allows you to basically review and start the process of managing your photos before you ever even sit down to your desktop Lightroom library.

The biggest surprise for me was that it works amazingly fast, even with huge RAW files. It’s about the best $20 I’ve ever spent on an app.

And I’ve got a free copy of Photosmith for 3 lucky winners. You’ll get the app as well as a lifetime of free updates (they just keep improving the software). All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, below, about the type of photography you do. Be sure to fill out the “email” field (will not be posted or shared). If you’ve got Twitter, make sure you tweet about this contest, too. You’ve got until midnight (EST), on Tuesday, June 12th, to enter. 

I’ll randomly select three winners and, if you win, contact you with a code good for a FREE copy of Photosmith. One entry per person, please!

You can also learn more about the app here. Good luck!

“You`ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.”
~ Julia Child