Tuesday, February 28, 2012

kids swede movies

so, i was sorta sad to see more people doing swedes, since our fresno boys @ dumb drum have made it so spectacular and it feels like a little bit of "our thing" (i say our like i've done one) is leaving us.  then again, i think they would like more people to do them and to have fun.  (i haven't asked.)

so, here is some kids sweding the fight with the black knight from monty python's holy grail

it seems they have several more, all using kids that don't know the scene/lines/movie and are given them as they go.

Friday, February 24, 2012

brick - restaurant review

i recently read about a new place opening downtown.  remember hero's? austin's? heroes?  well, in that seeming cursed spot a new restaurant has arrived.  it's called brick.  they're no longer a sports bar, instead trying to be a classier joint, with a grand piano, a fresh menu, and suggested upscale attire.  i didn't exactly know when or if i'd head down there, but a friend mentioned on facebook that tonight the restaurant was bringing in a concert pianist, so we headed down for some dinner.

now, this review can go a lot of ways.  and, i think the restaurant could go a lot of ways.  i'll keep it nice, but i'll also try not to pull any punches.

first of all, it looks very nice in there.  they haven't done a ton to change the decor, but it does feel cleaned up, sleek, and not just another sports bar.  they've talked about having classic movies going but i didn't see if they had one going tonight.  what i did notice is that they have tv's, and tonight i saw the food network on one and cnn on another.  honestly, if i think upscale, i don't think tv's.  really, i would pull all the tv's out if it were my place.  i just don't understand why so many places put tv's in restaurants now.

to the menu - they have a decent, smallish menu.  honestly, i appreciate that they have a limited menu instead of pages and pages of crap.  on the menu are a few salads, some wraps and burgers, some pizzas a chicken dish, a steak and a few other items.  however, i wouldn't say that the menu isn't all that upscale.  seems pretty basic to me, at least in writing, but it could still be presented and taste high quality/upscale.  i'm not sure if they have any sort of appetizers.  i didn't see any on the menu, other than soup, but our waitress asked if we wanted any starters, which confused us since we didn't see any, and hadn't been told about any.  the same thing happened with dessert - the waitress asked if we would like any, to which we asked what they had.  it seems that their dessert menu varies at each service, which is fine, but it does make it a little hard to order dessert if you have no idea what they might have.

tonight, i tried out the chicken under a brick and my wife had the spicy thai salmon salad.  i really liked my chicken.  it had a great flavor and seasoning to it.  it came with green beans & potatoes which were both good, but the potatoes were a tad greasy.  my wife's salad looked pretty good, and tasted decent, but she felt it could have been a bit better.  she liked the mix of the salad greens, but some of the items used in the description (cilantro, peanuts) were more of a garnish than actual ingredients integrated into the salad.  we didn't have any wine, but it seemed like they had a decent selection.  their coffee, however, was not good tasting. it tasted like it had been on a burner for a long time.

finally, the service.  this is the third restaurant i've been to at this location, and i've yet to see any of them do a good job on the initial point of service.  you enter, and it seems like you wait and wait for anyone to welcome you or seat you or anything.  still that way, which baffles me because it seems so basic to have someone welcoming patrons, making sure that people know that yes, you will be seated.  this seems to be falling on their wait staff, who is understandably doing something else (their jobs).  our particular waitress seemed pretty nice & helpful, but she also seemed a bit scattered at times.  we didn't see her after getting our meals until we were already done.  that's not terrible, but then again, i would've liked a refill on coffee.

so, would i go back?  probably.  i really do like the idea.  i enjoyed the piano in the background.  i liked my food, and wouldn't mind trying a few other things.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

do i like miley?

okay, i feel like someone should just punch me repeatedly in the head right now.  why, you ask? well, i was catching up on my episodes of jimmy kimmel from the week, and on wednesday night miley cyrus was on the show.  and i liked it.

now, she is doing a bob dylan song, which means it is infinitely better written than any of the songs she has done before.
and, she is doing it country style, which means it won't be poppy screeching or auto-tuned nonsense.

honestly, at the start of the show i heard she was doing an album of dylan songs and thought that it would have to be terrrrrrrrrrrrrrible. right now, i'm not so sure.  if the other songs are like this, it could be worth picking up. furthermore, if she were to shift her career in this direction, she could possibly be a respectable artist.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

god bless america

bobcat goldthwait has a new film out that looks sorta interesting.

on a real level, the idea of just killing anyone that annoys you is a bad idea, but on a cinematic level, i see how the idea could be sort of interesting.  then again, it also sounds a little bit like how this movie turned out.

Monday, February 06, 2012

monday haiku 2/6

uninspired ads
during super bowl left me
wanting less of them

Thursday, February 02, 2012

baby hawk 3 on vinyl

vinyl. i loves it. there's something about putting a record on the turntable and letting it spin.  i've talked to several local musicians about trying to get a record done on vinyl, and it seems that cost is what always keeps it from getting done.

lovable fresno favorites rademacher is trying to make it happen.  instead of asking for carwash donations, they're trying to see if their fans will give a little bit so they can press the third installment of the baby hawk ep's onto vinyl & head on down to south by southwest.  so, why not give?

here's malcolm with a better sales pitch/oddly beautiful video

did i mention you can give?

also, check out the things in the sidebar at the link that you can get for donating.  i kinda wish i had a grand so i could decide what a rademacher song would be about.  then again, i'd also be happy if they'd play their song arguments for me.


i was thinking today, i haven't had a fast food burger since the beginning of november, probably the 1st or 2nd.  basically, when i didn't eat meat in november, it killed off my going to fast food.  since then, i just haven't really felt the desire.  i've had some fast food chicken (popeye's), and i've hit robertito's for a california burrito a couple of times, but no burgers. 

well, check that, i did have a double double from in n' out.  but, they're not fast food, right?  well, at least they're good fast food.

this all comes to mind because we received some carl's jr. coupons in the mail.  as i stared at them, i contemplated if any of the burgers were worth the money.  none seemed appealing at all.  i used to really enjoy a western bacon cheeseburger.  now, not even tempting.