Well...it's that time of year again. Who doesn't want to chill by the water and listen to some smooth jams? Well, OSR, the finest reggae outfit in all the land asked me to put a line out in case I came across some fitting venues or festivals. Posting to my blog and a few other places was the least I could do. If you love smooth jams, warm ocean breezes, and the USA then you MUST check out http://www.oceanstaterollers.com
I've been to La Cucina for breakfast a few times, and for lunch once, and it is a great and fast place to grab a bite. I'm a very antisocial breakfast eater, and usually don't want to go somewhere to "see and be seen", I just want my delicious food and I'm out of there. This poses a problem with most weekend breakfast places, because if you wake up after 8 on a Saturday pretty much every place in town is crowded.
La Cucina combats this by being among the biggest places, because it also functions as a normal Italian restaurant. There's plenty of parking, and even if there are a lot of people, you're not elbow to elbow with people like you are at so many other places. Overall, just a better atmosphere.
I always get eggs, toast, home fries, and bacon (because the person I usually go with loves bacon but never orders it.) The breakfast is always super fresh, and they have plenty of hot sauce on tap, because they know I like my eggs like I like my women. Spicy.
When I went there for lunch, I had the Chicken Parm sandwich, I wasn't planning on going to lunch that day, but my father didn't want to golf because it was too windy. (coughcoughWIMPcough)
The chicken parmesan was great, and they had an awesome balsamic pasta salad that is a great fry substitute.
Would I recommend La Cucina for breakfast or lunch? Yes.
Dinner review coming soon!
Ok so it seems as if no one has written anything about the CCRI motorcycle class from the perspective of a student. I thought this could be a cool idea so that people would know what to expect should they decide to take the class. I'm taking my classes at CCRI Lincoln - Flanagan Campus, and have taken one 4 hour class and one 5 hour riding range so far.
The classroom part is basically watching videos and answering questions, the answers to which can be found in the booklet that you get on the first day. It's all pretty self explanatory, which was cool because I had zero experience.
The first riding range was pretty intensive, we did drills over and over, and the instructors were there any time you wanted to pull over and ask a question. Once again, they went over every little thing from getting on the bike, to how to work the clutch to get going, to shifting. They really work for a long time on every little thing, which is great for a beginner, such as myself. There were some experienced riders in my group, and they were helpful as well when the instructor was on the other end of the course.
The majority of the bikes were Honda Rebels, which look like the pic below (pic courtesy of Honda Motorcycles)
I did some research and they are pretty much the go-to for beginner cruisers. (super reliable, manageable, but fast enough for highway. I'd definitely consider one for my first bike, it was fun to ride.)
Would I recommend the class so far? Yes. If you have no motorcycle experience, it will definitely get you started the right way.
Went to my family's in Greenville for Thanksgiving. It was harder to get out of bed for this than it is for me to go to work, I think I stayed out way too late last night. Tonight was supposed to be the night that I went out with everybody, and we all ended up meeting up with other people separately and partying...and now I don't think anyone's up for going out tonight. The Megster looked a bit tired today as well and I think she said she twisted her ankle last night. Seems like such a waste though...to have tomorrow off and not do anything....might have to grab a coffee and reevaluate.
What a t-shirt idea, right???? What a campaign slogan even!
I'm not into politics. At all. I just don't care about who lies to me next. I glazed over 12 years ago and just want to work, snowboard, play music, and pet my damn dog. So don't hold it against me if someone's already come up with this.
With all of the hippies and hooligans occupying major streets throughout the USA, I CAN'T be the first person to think of this as a campaign slogan. Or...am I?
Picture this: RP leaning against a crisscross street sign with arrows, kind of like the one from the old Looney Tunes cartoons where they change them by spinning them to throw Wile E. Coyote or whoever off track. One sign says "Paul St." and points to success, the other one points to some type of epic fail, possibly keeping with the Looney Tunes idea and having the other sign point off a cliff OR into a wall painted like a train tunnel (my personal favorite)
I thought of it tonight because a lot of my friends are following the whole thing, and I might make some shirts to sell...the official shirts could be a lot cooler (no offense). Even though the "LOVE" one backward was pretty creative.
I didn't make the jedi pic below, I just thought it was funny and like Star Wars too much.
I sold some business card magnets to a pizza shop the other day...we currently have a special, 500 magnets FULL COLOR for 0.15 each. No setup charges.
I THEN sold some to a salon in North Kingstown, where the owner told me that they are using them as a followup to their wildly successful groupon campaign. They will be inserted into their next mailer. What an idea!
I just dropped off these custom tote bags to a RI shopaholics group for their anniversary trip. We developed the art custom for this project.
Every time a company or individual surprises me with great service I feel the need to mention it. I was cranky about MF having closeouts on only their low end amps, and one of the guys from Musician's Friend wrote me directly to see what I was looking for and if he could offer a better price on the item I was seeking.
A pleasant surprise from one of the country's largest musical equipment retailers!
I should have known. This week has been good, but mostly because I see myself as having a decent sense of humor. It's been the type of week where the world is Lucy and I'm Charlie Brown running to kick the football. I fell for it. Every. Time. On the bright side Meghan got some points this week, everybody needs the friend that says "yeah I'd leave that alone". Even though I didn't listen and got slammed, I still appreciate that she gave me sincere advice. Not too many friends like that these days.
ANYway I woke up this morning after an interesting Friday night, with that familiar super hungry/super thirsty feeling that comes right after certain Friday nights. I went to McDonald's with the intention of getting a large orange juice and a large coffee, but there was a huge line because it looked like someone punched out the screen that you look at when you place your order. Did I mention that I love NP?
So I went to Dunkin Donuts, still hoping for a juice, but was swayed by the great product photography of the new apple cider. I ordered an iced cider and a large iced coffee. The first impression of the cider is that it really does taste like cider. It's more in the aftertaste that you realize that something isn't quite right. It doesn't taste BAD, but it's so loaded with cinnamon that it's almost like they're trying to hide something. And did I ask for cinnamon? I asked for cider. It also tasted sweeter than normal cider, and without the "bite" that comes with real cider. It's like someone who's never had cider had someone describe it to them and then took it in to a lab to build the perfect cider substitute.
Anyway, it's not bad, but it's not good. If anything, I think their cider offerings may actually boost the business of local orchards because that was completely unsatisfying and now I'm craving the real thing, for enjoyment and comparison purposes. Also, I'm not sure if I just drank it too fast, but now I feel kinda sick. How much sugar is in this stuff?