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Restaurant Week!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Its been another busy week and I see no signs of it slowing down.  Work, beer, fights, more work, and now Restaurant Week.

The weekend was pretty decent and I’ve been getting over whatever cold I had.  I finally went over to the Joseph James Brewery to help judge an amateur beer competition organized by Alex and SNAFU.  It was interesting to follow the BJCP guides and see how the process works…plus the brewery is a cool place.

Aces had some good events in the last week too.  Friday was the monthly MeetUp group and we shared some good beers.  The day before the rep for Weihenstephaner was in town and they had a few of their beers on with some really cool glassware giveaways.  They have some new Dogfish Head stuff that just came in too…Theobroma and the Miles Davis Bitch’s Brew.

Saturday there were UFC fights.  They hyped a big boxing vs MMA match with James Toney debuting against Randy Couture.  It wasn’t hard to predict Randy was going to use a single leg, get the takedown, and have his way with Toney.  Not so predictably, BJ Penn got owned in the co-main event again by Frankie Edgar.

Now its Restaurant Week!  Last year we tried out Roy’s Hawaiian and it was great.  You get to try some fine dining places at a bit of a discount and it helps charity. Win win!  So this year I wanted to finally try Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.  We are going to be headed there tomorrow to check it out.   This year they are also doing a lot more events at the various restaurants in addition to the tasting menus.  The MGM folks hooked me up with a pass to the kickoff event at Wet Republic Monday.  The Jean-Georges short rib was absolutely incredible.  I just wish I had more money to try some of the other restaurants.

Aaron’s Birthday

Monday, August 9th, 2010

This was a pretty busy week.  Between having my first week and as manager and catching up on the new teams I’m over, working on some freelance projects, and weekend celebrating…I am worn out.

Friday night was pretty crazy.  I stopped off at Aces & Ales because they were doing their 1 year anniversary customer appreciation night.  Had a free beer and said hello to some people, then split for Firefly downtown for Aaron’s birthday partying.  Chris, Linda, some of Aaron’s coworkers, and other random people came and went through the course of the night.  Firefly at the Plaza has a pretty nice setup, but its basically the same as the place on Paradise.

After getting some food and a few drinks, the party moved from venue to venue downtown.  Fremont Street, Downtown Cocktail Lounge, Brass, Griffin, and Aaron’s hotel room at the Golden Nugget.  Downtown was pretty ridiculous considering it was First Friday.  The Cocktail Lounge and Brass suffered from some considerably bad bartending.  Griffin remains the best hangout spot down there.  All the specifics aren’t important, but it was a fun night partying with friends.  I ended up getting back to my car at the Plaza as the sun came up.

Saturday we had a more chill guy’s night.  Watched the UFC fights, had some drinks, and downloaded The Human Centipede.  Poor Chael Sonnen.  At least Hughes choked out another Disgracie protege.

I expect this week to be just as hectic.  Going to be meeting some of the MGM Grand Detroit people after work Monday.  Linda is having her birthday dinner Tuesday at Hot N Juice Crawfish.  Then this next weekend is the strong ale festival at Aces & Ales and a poker game at Ken’s new house.