October 27, 2007

After Hours- Salon Style!

I have a new bar set for my salon experience.
As most of you know, I am not a super "girly girl."
Beauty is not really in my budget...

I do get pedicures but I am very ticklish when it comes to the exfoliating feet part..so I wish I could do them myself in the privacy of my own abode.
I do get manicures every once in a while before an event of some sort. But I keep them clear and natural looking.
and I get my tresses trimmed about 4 times a year.

I've lived in the city for about 6 1/2 years now and I never went to the same stylist until this year.
It feels weird to even say "My stylist" but now I can and do.
My stylist is Matt Di genarro.
I met him during my time at the royal Tavern. Matty would come in, drink Hoegaardens and Tullamore Dew. the Tully part was more than acceptable, but I always tried to ween him off the Ho. Recently he has even trekked to the Foodery to pick up Delirium Nocturnum and the Kostritzer schwarzbier!

His salon is Ground Zero south about Sweat Gym on Passyunk. I used to belong to Sweat, but never really went. I remember one time I worked out then went straight to Vintage Wine (and beer) Bar on 13th st.

I have always enjoyed my salon experience there, but Matt decided we would make a bit of a bash out of my most recent appoinment. We invited a guest hairwasher, and a few friends to share beers...afterhours....oo la la.

I proceeded my appointment with some beers at Bridget Foy's and some yummy pot stickers (great happy hour there) and glass of prosecco at Ansel (also a great happy hour $5 proseccos.)
and O'reillys stout on tap!

We got things started in the salon around 9:00. The Motley crew there for the cut included:
Gillian: my coworkers girlfriend
Junior M: Billly's Life coach
Matty: Stylist/ owner of Ground Zero
and a guest appearance was made by a guy named Chris.
Myelf: No longer an infidel to a salon...I have finally found a stylist I can commit to.

Here's the my salon soiree step by step.
The before...
I told him not to take too much off and that I wanted a bit more of a swoop in the front...but definitely not bangs.

Billy, my washer was a bit tardy. He also decided to have some pre-salon party pints. Billy works for Fairmount park by day but secretly would love to moonlight as a hairwasher. I was only his fourth hairwash ever.

The Hairwashing task was handled superbly....However, we did acknowledge that I was a bit too distracted by conversation and cans of sly fox pilsner to truly appreciate his techniques.

The cut went on, the drinking went on, and by the end of it, I even pulled out what has been known as my "not so fancy footwork"...a dance party right there on the salon floor!
Sprinkled with my fallen hair --t'was a bit of a slippery platform for our moves.

If you need a cut, trim, dye whatever, let me know...I can get you a friends and family discount!

October 25, 2007

Not too Foxy

Hey there. I have tons of stuff to get you caught up on in my calorie laden life, but for right now I want to share this not so amazing window display with you.

I went to lunch at Monks (note this is not monks display window) yesterday in pursuit of the Founder's breakfast stout that I had heard about from at least 12 people. I knew I should have taken advantage of my late night invite on Monday, but alas- I didn't and it kicked Tuesday night.
I was pretty bummed, but life goes on.
I am still standing in one of the nation's best beer bars surrounded by my buddies smiling faces and I know I have hundreds of other beers to choose from.
I choose to share a Gouden Carolous Grand Cru of the Emporer with Johnny. It is brewed only once a year on February 24th , the birthday of King Charles.
We enjoy that, as well as a Charcuterie platter. The dijon has apples cut up into it. delicious.
Now afterwards I have to drop off some Tap handles at Jose Pistolas. They are putting on our gold medal Pikeland Pilsner.

On route, Johnny and I notice the quite shabby display window of Corporate Giant, and meeting place of crazed Steelers fans, the one, the only, the ever Greasy -Fox and the Hound. I think I went there once for a corporate event where I had a tower of Onion Rings in front of me, and it was at that moment I knew I wouldn't see 99. Oh, I went there twice, when my sister dragged me there to meet men.
Also greasy, also taking a year off of my life, from the stress of having to respond to cliche question after cliche question.

So back to the window- you can't really see from the pic, but all the items, once cotton white, are approaching cream and the corners are turned in. I would think for a company that brings in 149.2 million buckaroos annually, they could pay more attention.
Maybe not use the same OPEN sign that the new deli has on South st. Is this chain too big to see demise? It would be almost be cute if they were buried next to Buca.

October 17, 2007

beer, beer, and more beer

I have been back from Denver's Great American Beer Fest for a few days now and I think I am pretty readjusted.
I stopped the noon to moon drinking and dining.
I had an absolutely golden time.
(No, I never made it to Golden,CO - Coors, who?)

Literally- the weather was wonderful 90% of the time...AND
my favorite fellas at SLY FOX took home two medals. (read more)

A Gold for our Pikeland Pils and a Bronze for our Instigator Doublebock.

But prior to my departure...my cheap hewlett packard diggi broke...alas, no pics from my trip.
I am awaiting some photos from a few traveling companions of mine and will then share a few more details.
They will include:

*A drag queen brunch
*The silliest titled beer at the GABF
*My favorite moment
*My favorite one ounce sips
*Brewer with the most game (wish I had a snapshot of the macking for supporting evidence.)
*The breweries I toured-- Left Hand, New Belgium, Great Divide ( a bit too weary to truly appreciate...but I did enjoy their 2006 hibernation).

s t a y t u n e d.

October 9, 2007

Ramblin' Man

I was 21 when I read Jon Krakauer's"Into the Wild"
I was introduced to the best seller by my college boyfriend.
jay gibble. he was a pretty neat fellow.
He thought I would like it and gave me his copy.

I remember reading it in one sitting.
I remember feeling inspired.

"Into the Wild" is the story of young lad who abandons his family, their wealth, and their expectations in search of a life of meaning in the wilderness. He meets a cast of characters while he is on route to Alaska. Regardless of how much fun he is having, he always moves forward, northward to his dear Denali.

I would continue to reflect on Alex Supertramp (chris mccandless) and his adventures throughout the years. So I was happy to hear that Sean Penn finally after almost a decade of effort was able to bring Chris Mccandless's crusade to the big screen.

I knew I should have been packing for Denver ( I am off to the Great American Beer fest, which in addition to being a three day mile of beer...it's kind of like the academy awards for the brewing industry) But I really wanted to see this movie.

I could picture myself 24 hours from now possibly flanked by two brewers-and it might be an interesting change of subject to discuss Sean Penn's project instead of predicting what breweries might take home medals.

I packed my purse full of sly fox cans and biked down to 2nd and walnut.
There's something about smuggling cans onto trains and into theaters that I enjoy almost as much as the actual consumption.

So what did I think? Solid B.
The most common critique I have heard is that it could have been condensed to under two hours. I disagree. I am trying to figure out what it would have taken to get an A...I think I will have to reread the book instead of going around like one of those viewers that claim the book is so much better. I am pretty sure it is but I need to revisit it after 8 years to confirm.

Alex was charming, and determined. Emile portrayed him with a look in his eye that convinced the viewer he could climb any mountain and kayak through any rapid. He had no need for the distractions of women or alcohol so it seemed he was on a quest for a spiritual fulfillment that he could only find within himself. (And with a little help from his friends Tolstoy, London, and thoreau.)

Eddie Vedder does the majority of the soundtrack.
I was a little annoyed with the
Prince of Pearl Jam by the end of the movie.
But I know a lot of fans and will probably bash me for saying so.

I get out of the movie and immediately look forward to my evening ride home.
Until I see it's raining.
Not quite pouring- but more than a drizzle.
I figure if Alex Supertramp could brave the rapids I could ride 20 blocks in the not so cold October rain.

I get drenched. Hit puddle after puddle. I barely see a human on bike, foot or car my whole way home. I am the lone lunatic cruising down Lombard.

Right around 12th and Bainbridge it starts raining a bit harder.

Only 8 more blocks I tell myself. I try to think of something positive...and I come up with "a chick biking in the rain with drenched dungarees probably looks pretty sexy."
Which is admittingly a really lame thought plus the only person to impress is on the other side of the country so that doesn't make 1155 seem any closer.

I get home and remember that my printer is broken.
I can't print out my e-ticket.
I CAN go into my fridge and pour me a pint of double bock.
So that's what I did.

Time to go pack.... but a quick week in review on the next blog....

October 1, 2007

And the winner of my cheesy blogger poll is.....

As you can see from the Poll, "I'll have another Stout" readers have selected Octoberfish to be there preferred fall potable.

It was bad when Casey took the cake at Manayunk Beer fest in May.

Then slightly annoying when CityPaper said the Farmhouse Summer Ale was their favorite summer beer. I had to "hear"about that one for a while.

But now, my very own poll has him as the head honcho yet again.

I guess I am going to have to stop busting his balls. maybe.

This is from the website

First released in 2002, and sold out in two weeks. A tribute to the classic Fest styles of Germany the O'Fish uses European malts hops and yeast. A beautiful reddish color, a savory malt profile and nice hop flavor, make this Fest beer quite drinkable. OktoberFish is great with food and especially great with Lederhosen.

Malts: Weyermans Munich, Dingemanns Aromatic, Dingemanns De-Bittered Black and Two-row pale
Hops: Horizon, Crystal
Yeast: Dusseldorf Alt
Original Gravity: 14.3 Plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.5%

Here's casey in action...always pimpin'