New Pearl Jam Album, “Lightning Bolt,” Out October 15th

Pearl Jam

Big news in PJ land.

After months of speculation, Pearl Jam will indeed be releasing their tenth studio album this fall. Titled, Lightning Bolt, the album looks to be a punk-sounding record if their first single, the nervy punk energy of “Mind Your Manners,” is any indication. Guitarist Mike McCready had mentioned earlier in the year that the album would be a lot more experimental, and that could be true if you don’t count “Mind Your Manners.”

Still, this album is hotly anticipated as Brendan O’Brien, who was responsible for producing Pearl Jam’s 1993 Vs. album, 1994′s Vitalogy, 1996′s No Code, 1998′s Yield as well as 2009′s Backspacer, is behind the boards for the this year’s Lightning Bolt.

According to Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam also announced before the album announcement a North American tour for the fall – although, no dates for Florida are included… hopefully, that will change for 2014.

Dada – Gastropub – Delray Beach – Florida

Dada – TripAdvisor.com

Dada
Gastropub
52 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Dada Website

Foodie-Dar: 10/10

  • Food: 10/10
  • Drinks: 10/10
  • Service: 10/10
  • Price: 10/10
  • Experience: 10/10
  • Location: 10/10

There are two types of foodies in South Florida: those that have dined at Dada, those who haven’t. For myself, going to Dada is like a rite of passage — I first went there in 2000 as an impressionable college kid. It’s a place that will open the doors to anyone’s foodie adventure. That may be a bold statement, but simply put, there are few places in the South Florida area that match the charm, the cool, the chill and the cuisine of Dada.

Courtesy of Dada

Part of Dada’s appeal, besides the fantastic gastro-American cuisine is its delightfully, confortable vibe generated thanks to its old house location, situated under gigantic, overhanging birch trees. Originally constructed in 1924, the building is a site to behold with each room having its own distinct character. You can tell what the original purpose of each room was when you walk in. The best is being able to sit at the table located in front of the fireplace, which generates an all-intimate vibe at night without feeling isolated or remote from the rest. The experience is great, whether you want to dine in one of the many rooms in the house, have a drink at the bar or hang out in the patio or outside seating – mental note, the love sofas on the porch are awesome to enjoy an evening at Dada.

The great décor is matched by the great cuisine, which is absolutely tantalizing. Appetizers like their crab cakes and Stilton endive salad are delicious as well as their Baked Brie appetizer. However, the best starters of the menu have to be tie between the Dada Dates, the Pork Belly Waffle Dog and the Dada Flatbread – each has its own uniqueness, flavor and character that will just leave your taste buds screaming for more. The dates are wrapped in bacon and stuffed with goat cheese and chorizo that are to die for. You can also say the same about the flatbread that has braised beef, blue cheese, guava with a sweet soy drizzle that completes the dish. The waffle dog is definitely tasty with its candied pork belly and raspberry maple syrup.

For entrees, you can’t go wrong with such dishes as the butternut squash ravioli with a thyme cream sauce that is simply yummy, while the Flat Iron Steak and the Braised Short Rib are tasty and tender. And if you feel like a sandwich, the 7-Cheese Grilled Cheese is absolutely divine, served with a creamy and zesty tomato soup that makes it the perfect dipping condiment. To finish off the meal, have a Dada S’Mores, which is served in a mason jar, and I will leave it at that.

What makes the food even better is that you don’t have to drain your bank account to eat there! Most of the items on the menu are moderately priced with only a few items past the $20 range. For a gastropub, you can’t beat the prices at Dada. The appetizers are perfectly priced for what you’re ordering, and some of the main dish items are below $15. Definitely worth it when you consider this factor. And if you’re waiting for a table, or just want to hang out, Dada has a nice drink menu, where their mojitos are quite nice and refreshing.

Of course, service matters just as much as location and cuisine, and Dada has an awesome staff that are not only friendly and accommodating but funky – some have an eclectic array of different piercings and tattoos that help complete the experience.

Not only is Dada a great restaurant to dine whether outside or in, they have a multitude of different events that go on during the course of the week and month such as open mike nights, live band performances and movie nights. Dada is one of those places where you feel right at home – an incredibly chill yet cool environment that doesn’t have the loud, obnoxious quality of most bars and larger restaurants. Just remember, if you’re someone that likes to dine between 5-8pm, make sure you reserve a table a couple of days in advance, especially if you’re looking at a Friday or Saturday night – it gets filled fast. However, once the time gets past 9pm, you generally don’t need to make reservations to get a table – the restaurant stays open usually until 2am most nights.

Whether you’ve lived in South Florida for a while or are just visiting, if you haven’t been to Dada, this is one of the top 10 places to dine, drink and relax. Its eclectic setting, laid-back vibe and enticing cuisine will make you want to come back over and over again.

The Office – Gastropub – Delray Beach – Florida

The Office – Delray Beach, Florida (Yelp.com)

The Office
Gastropub
201 E Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444
The Office Website

Foodie-Dar: 8/10

  • Food: 9/10
  • Drinks: 9/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Price: 4/10
  • Experience: 8/10
  • Location: 10/10

Along with Dada, the Office is one of the most recognizable restaurants in Downtown Delray Beach. It’s 60s retro-Office vibe interior radiates a chic cool with red leather chairs, stylish wooden wall panels, old books and publications from yesterday stacked on the shelves. It also happens to deliver as a gastropub with some yummy grub that’s quality – you just have to pay a pretty penny to enjoy it.

Although the Office radiates a trendy environment, it doesn’t come off as snobby, just pricey once you read the menu, which is really the only major deterrent about the restaurant. You can go to places like Tryst and Dada and get the same if not better dining and overall experience without feeling you just threw out $100 for a drink and an appetizer. My own personal m/o is you shouldn’t have to spend $20 on an appetizer at a gastropub. Unless what you eat is the best thing you have ever had in your life and never will come close to experiencing again, the Office could benefit from dropping its prices substantially, especially with its appetizers and sandwiches.

Still, the Office is worth dining at when you try some of the food, which is quite delicious. Their brussel sprouts pan-seared in bacon fat is absolutely fabulous, the same goes for their truffled deviled eggs and adult tater tots – although, I’m still kind of perplexed as to what makes the latter “adult?” The truffle fries are yummy, in fact, you can’t go wrong with most of the items on the menu.

The favorite dish though is their CEO Burger, which is simply mouth-watering, tasty goodness. High quality meat, combined with the bleu and gruyere cheese, arugula and always wonderful bacon is delicious with every bite – it gives Charm City a run for their money; only it’s double the price, which you can decide whether you can justify spending $20 on a burger. Some do, some don’t.

The drink menu is nice and welcoming without being too extensive. Their beer menu is nice, full of craft beers and imports; while their cocktail menu is inventive such as the Creamsickle and the Coffee Break.

The service is top-notch and friendly, which if you combine with the seating decor, provides for a lovely night or afternoon out on the town. The Office’s location on NW 2nd Ave and Atlantic Ave in the heart of Downtown Delray doesn’t hurt either, especially with all the people watching you can do.

Overall, the Office projects a cool-ass vibe with some great grub to match. If you’re willing to spend more than your average gastropub, you will be satisfied – you just have to get past the fact you’re going to be throwing some money down to eat here and enjoy yourself.

Apparently, There is an Espresso Liquid Cocaine Drink

No, there is not any actual processed cocaine in this drink before you fly off the handle.

No, there are no coca leaves in it either.

Till recently, I only knew of one alcoholic drink called “Liquid Cocaine,” which I used to imbibe at Lost Weekend in South Beach back in 2002 and 2003 – the bar is still booming (one of the few haunts I liked to go to when I did go to South Beach). Granted, there are actually at least four different alcoholic recipe versions for this drink, but the one I remember was jacked with different liqueurs (including my arch enemy, Goldschlager) and you did it as a shot.

But then I discovered that there is a espresso drink of the same name created by a Starbucks barista. It does sound really good… except that you will be wired off your gills probably.

So therefore, I thought it would be super to go ahead and explain the recipes for both drinks; just for shits and giggles.

First, the Alcoholic Drink as I knew it:

This you served chilled and strained into a shot glass, throw back… and repeat a couple of times. I haven’t had this in over ten years… mainly because I stopped drinking Goldschlager in 2003 after a couple of brownouts too many. For those who haven’t tried, if you have been throwing back a barrage of drinks like it’s no tomorrow and you do one shot of Goldschlager… all bets are off. I will leave it at that.

Now, the Espresso Drink, which I have not tried yet, but sounds cool:

  • 4 shots of espresso
  • 4 pumps of white chocolate syrup

This is done over ice in a grande cold cup.  Stir and enjoy.

NOTE: DO NOT DILUTE WITH MILK. You should only be consuming the caffeine from the espresso and white chocolate syrup. No dairy.

So anyway, drink either of these at your risk. I am not responsible for what happens to you if you have either; especially if you end up like this:

“Gimme my Liquid Co-CAAIIIINNE!”

Bloc Party – Four – 2012

Bloc Party
Four
French Kiss

Rating:  1/10

Why Bloc Party returned after a prolonged absence is anybody’s guess. The British quartet had produced underwhelming results following their promising 2005 debut, Silent Alarm. Four won’t change the opinion that the band should have continued to pursue their own endeavors away from each other. The album is an unmitigated disaster.

The hour that you spend listening is one that you will wish you could take back; especially with the three dreadful numbers opening the record – “So He Begins to Lie,” “3×3″ and “Octopus.” Not only are they flat and uninspired, but mind-crushingly derivative. It’s only worse when Bloc Party sound like Blur a la “Song 2″ from their 1997 eponymous album on “Kettling,” only without the punk energy that drove the former. The meandering acoustics of “Coliseum” comes off like a third rate Days of the New – remember them?

Despite a couple of moments of potential such as on pulsing “The Healing” and the seductive guitar grooves of “Real Talk,” Four is just a dismal waste of time. It’s an album created by a bunch of former students who tried to act like musicians, and should have just gone the route of being accountants instead. If this was Bloc Party’s last chance to try to make an impact, Four fails with flying colors.

Keith Richards Interview in Men’s Journal

This was a pretty good read that I found in the latest issue of Men’s Journal on Keith Richards.

It seems hard to believe that Richards is turning 70 this year. After everything he’s put into his body, you would think he would have died decades ago. But alas, he has survived more people than naught. If the nuclear holocaust happens, Richards would be one of the few survivors along with cockroaches and bacteria.

Still, it was a cool read, finding out his thoughts on his image, how he is at home, how he stopped hard drugs, his current relationship with Mick Jagger, having Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman step in for a few numbers on the 50th Anniversary tour, being a family man in Connecticut, if he does anything to stay in shape, his love of animals,

Demimonde (noun)

Would this lady in this late 19th century poster be considered a demimonde?

This is an interesting word. You don’t really hear it much. I suppose you still could apply it in some form of context, but everyone would look at your like you had nine heads. Ultimately, the word has negative connotations. But since the noun is derived from France, it sounds non-threatening. Hell, it even sounds downright smart and hip — wait, wait, not with the hipster shit again. Just kidding. But anyway, here we go.

As defined by Dictionary.com:

1. (especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity.

2. a demimondaine.

3. prostitutes or courtesans in general.

4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: a demimonde of investigative journalists writing for the sensationalist tabloids.

5. a group characterized by lack of success or status: the literary demimonde.

Use in a Sentence:

1.) “After Doris had the affair with Jon Steede, everyone in town branded her a demimonde. As a result, she was blackballed from attending local social events.”

2.) “Why is it in this day and age, if guy sleeps around, he’s a God; when a girl sleeps around; she’s a demimonde?”

3.) “Anthony thought it would be cool to go to the Red Light district to pick up a demimonde. He just forgot to bring his wallet with him.”

4.) “A demimonde of politicians in Washington made shady deals to insource Chinese immigrants to work in U.S. based factories, paying them on a fraction of the current minimum wage.”

5.) Big Star’s lack of success, left them with the reputation of a demimonde.

6.) Everyone in Ohio branded Charlie Manson’s mother as a demimonde — a loose woman.