Roid Rage

January 9th, 2014 by destral

It’s not easy being a 4 ft tall Filipino with a mo-hawk. All he wants to do is karaoke and drink Kool-Loons in peace. But don’t let his wee stature fool you.  He will sell your ass in jail for 3 soups without batting an eye.

Punched In The Face

All Day Bro!

So with that being said, I introduce Rufio’s weekly top 5 list of douches that need to be punched in the face!

  1. Male nurse Michael Fischer
  2. Drool king Richie Plunkett
  3. Anyone responsible for brewing Sandia
  4. Girard Berry
  5. Bitches holding up the line at Walmart with their coupons

Until next week, Bangarang!

Bye Bye Burger

December 23rd, 2013 by destral

It’s never really a surprise when a restaurant closes out here.  Businesses seem to be as transient as the population here around Las Vegas.  Just in the last week Hops & Harvest, Top Notch BBQ, and a couple other spots all announced they were closing.  Normally these closings go unnoticed and with little fanfare, which is probably why they shut down in the first place.  But this time there is one that I’m actually disappointed about – Grind Burger is closing on the 31st.  I’m assuming it was their location that did them in.  Grind Burger was awkwardly tucked away in the Blue Green Condo complex on Tropicana just West of the Thomas & Mack.  If you didn’t know what to look for you easily would have missed it.

There is a disturbingly large group of people that have referred to me as Meat, Meat King, Meatball, or something along those lines at one point or another.  I do not shy away from it and I do not shy away from burgers.  They are my go to. I enjoy them more often than I should. They will be the end of me.  Grind was reliable.  It wasn’t some sort of fancy high concept fusion joint.  They kept it simple and they tasted good.  It was reasonably priced, at least in comparison to every other burger restaurant and bistro that’s popped up in the last few years.  They had long surpassed Burger Bar in my book. I put it right up there with Bachi Burger.

Grind Burger

Burgin' son!

So on Friday I stopped by there for lunch to say one last goodbye.  As far as last meals go, this one did not disappoint.  It was cooked perfectly (rare), the  marinated onions were flavorful, the bacon crisp, and the chipotle ketchup hit whatever spots were left. I even picked up a Juicy Lucy poster to remember them by.

Perhaps now I will live slightly longer since one of my favorite spots is closing. Nah, probably not.


Midnight Hockey!

December 17th, 2013 by destral
Midnight Hockey

Pre-game warmups

Last night and this morning was the 11th annual midnight game for the Las Vegas Wranglers.  Usually by this point in the season I’ve already gone to at least a handful of games and have done probably 10-12 once the season is done.  But last night was the first game I made it out to this season and Jeremy tagged along.  The team hasn’t been doing very well this year and they didn’t fair much better last night.  I’m not sure if the losing record or start time was to blame, but the game definitely didn’t seem to draw the same numbers as years past.  I do always love seeing the large amount of babies and children at the late games and the random hookers that are way overdressed (and/or underdressed).  Totally out of place but good for a laugh.

In any event, the Wranglers still had a chance to steal to victory in a game they were outshot 55-29 when they scored a go-ahead goal with 1:15 left in regulation.  But it wasn’t meant to be.  They allowed the tying goal with only 6 seconds left and then went on to lose 5-4 only 38 seconds into overtime.  No victory. No free tacos. No pants. No sleep.

I will say its always interesting to see how the Orleans changes their vendors from year to year.  The last couple years have been going downhill and it was just generic concessions, but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the new options they had.  Nothing great mind you, but not bad for seeing a minor league hockey team. Also a big plus was Nevada Beverage replacing the Kona and Redhook handles that always seemed to be diacetyl bombs with some Goose Island ones.

Grouchy John’s

December 12th, 2013 by destral
Grouchy John's

Grouchy John is grouchy!

In 15 or so years of blogging, I’ve never actually posted from a coffee shop.

Guess there is a first time for everything. I feel like a dirty hipster.

This eggnog latte tastes like holiday spirit.

Monta Chaya

December 12th, 2013 by destral

I am doomed.

It had been at least a year since I went to Monta Ramen off Spring Mountain, and recently a second spot opened down the street from Khoury’s.  Jesse and Bartlett have made it a habit of going following our usual Wednesday beer night but had been unsuccessful in getting me to tag along until last night.

I am an idiot for not going sooner.

I started off with an order of their spicy tuna and crispy rice.  This is a perfect snack that I could easily kill 5 orders of, and will have a hard time not doing just that in the future.  The spicy tonkotsu was hands down the best ramen I’ve had though.  My stomach was the real winner of the night.  I honestly don’t know which melted in my mouth faster, the butter or the chashu.  Their pork is simply incredibly.

First world problem time – I’m going to have to go to Monta every week now.  It is simply too good and close enough that I have no excuse not to go.

Midwest Shelf Whales & Asshole Traders

December 11th, 2013 by destral

For a long time in the various beer trading forums, California traders were the whipping boys for what was wrong with trading (incorrectly in my opinion).   As craft beer and trading grows in popularity there are definitely some regional quirks when trying to setup trades and the relative trade value of beers are all over the place.  But with every Founders release and the latest Goose Island Bourbon County fiasco, its clear that Chicago and other midwest traders have taken the crown of biggest assholes.

Binny's Beverage Depot

Get it at Binny's!

Long gone are the days of beer advocacy and sharing in the public forums.  Now its all about hoarding, auctioning, and trying to get one over on a fellow trader.  Each limited release is more of an eye roller than the last. Heaven forbid you are trying to track down a beer that’s readily available at a Binny’s and has a 10,000+ release.  It’s not going to happen unless you are willing to give up your first born for a midwest shelf whale.  The constant steam of diarrhea, I mean posts popping up for the Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, makes me want to avoid the community all together.

At least part of me takes solace in the fact that none of these completely ridiculous ISO:FT posts are likely being completed.  I’m also happy that MCGT3 has a good network of buddies and trade partners spread around so we don’t have to deal with all the bullshit.

Winter hit early this year

December 10th, 2013 by destral

Sometimes its 28 degrees outside and you think it’s a good idea to sit outside with some mead and a cigar. Yes or yes?

Had a little impromptu gathering last night at MCGT3 and I couldn’t feel my feet afterwards.

Even the Jack in the Box Munchie Meal couldn’t warm me up.

Well I’ll be damned…lets go for 3!

December 5th, 2013 by destral

So more impressively than not updating in over a year, is going over 2 years!  At this rate my next update will be in 2016!

I guess I really should try to start posting more.  Beer and meat exploits, trips, work design, etc…

Meat King, out!

A full year???

October 19th, 2011 by destral

No goddamn way!  How did I manage to go a full year without making a single post?  That is absolutely ridiculous.

Work at MGM Resorts has been hectic pretty much non-stop.  I can’t remember the last slow time we had.  The little remaining energy I’ve had goes straight to beer mostly.  Had some great road trips, flew to Denver for GABF, whale hunting, and everything in between.  Now its fall already.  Hockey has started.  Football is here.  Halloween and my birthday are in the next couple weeks.  Hopefully I won’t fall off the face of the internet again…

At some point I’ll be able to finally setup a real site here again instead of this temporary WP blog.  Big plans for the site, my freelance site, and some other projects.

HTC Evo 4G

October 6th, 2010 by destral

So last week everyone seemed to finally get the Evos back in stock so I picked one up from Amazon.

Loving it so far.

Just installed the WordPress app so I am posting this from my phone to try it out.

I’ll post a real update soon.