Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Signs of the times.

Mildly curious but I'm not paying eight bucks admission for a bunch of quackery.

Much easier to catch.


Shouldn't this be posed as a question?

How to commit suicide by 'salad.'

'Nuff said. At Tequilas Liquor

Another name for senior living?

Saylorville via the back door.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Slices aplenty at Zio's Pizzeria.

Summertime visits to Omaha, Part 12;
August 9, 2014

Outside Zio's Pizzeria in Omaha, from left: Bold words albeit with a misspelling; neon signage.

At Zio's I opted to try a trio of slices – a Margherite, a Hawaii Five-O, and a New York Deluxe – instead of ordering a whole pie. I fear perhaps this was not an optimal way of enjoying pizza at Zio's. The crust was crisp and golden, but rather dry like something you expect had spent some time under a heat lamp. Also the slices could have used some browning on the cheese; they were quite pale.

The Margherite offers olive oil, Roma tomato, mozzarella, and basil. The Hawaii Five-O sports ham, Canadian bacon, pineapple, and Romano cheese. The Margherite is no slouch on tomato, and neither the Hawaii Five-O on its toppings.


Hawaii Five-O.

My favorite of the trio, the New York Deluxe, comes with pepperoni, mushroom, onion, green pepper, and choice of hamburger or sausage. I asked for one with sausage, but ended up with hamburger on my slice instead. The onion had some bite, but I barely noticed the pepperoni.

New York Deluxe.

An over attentive server started to get on my nerves. "Can't talk. Eating." Also I was trying to watch Spongebob on the tube. Zio's Pizzeria is a good place to feed a Little League team, or sate a drunken hunger. I could consider a return for a freshly made pie, but I'd much rather look elsewhere for pizzas to try. Or just go to La Casa instead [see blog post].

Zio's New York Style Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A drink and a smoke at Jake's Cigars & Spirits in Benson.

Summertime visits to Omaha, Part 11;
August 9, 2014

Feeling no pain after a few beers at Infusion Brewing [see blog post] and desirous for an annual smoke, I ventured into Jake's Cigars & Spirits for a quality cigar and a fine Irish whiskey.

A fine selection of package liquor at Jake's Cigars & Spirits in Benson; My once-a-year smoke.

Matchbook and matchbox advise.

A blood glucose of 115 after a day of indulgences – breakfast, beers, cigar, and whiskey – wasn't bad. I still needed supper but not before purging my nicotine/alcohol/caffeine buzz with iced Moroccan Mint tea, back at Aromas + Bliss [see blog post].

Time had caught up with me as the sun set lower in the west, so I abandoned any ideas for supper either in Benson or Dundee, instead settling on pizza at Zio's on Dodge [see upcoming blog post]. It was closer to the Megabus stop than the former, but as I discovered not that much. In the end it was a full three-mile walk to Zio's, and another one-mile walk back to return to the bus stop. Though nowhere near the half-marathon I walked on my last day trip to Omaha, I reckon I had equaled at least half that distance.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A beercation at Infusion Brewing in Benson.

Summertime visits to Omaha, Part 10;
August 9, 2014

After a morning in Benson, buoyed by breakfast at Leo's Diner [see blog post], caffeine from both Aromas + Bliss and Omaha Bicycle, and a snack from the Farmers' Market [see blog post], I was ready for a beer.

From left: Exterior; a vintage 1960s Hamm's tapper mini keg repurposed into a mail box; and a handsome flight of beers.

In advance I had scheduled a brewery tour at Infusion Brewing, and with a glass of their Radial IPA I toured the small facility, with but only a young couple as part of our tour. The brewery tour is a must do, IMHO. Informative, close-up, and even intimate at times. You get to taste what's brewing at the moment, malt at varying stages of roasting, and raw hop pellets if you dare… they are quite bitter. As for the Radial, it is an excellent West Coast-style IPA, with a hoppy bitterness that lends to its notes of grapefruit, a clean maltiness on the palate, and a dry finish.

From left: The Radial IPA is bright, clean and hoppy; the Joel Porter; the accidental selfie while taking a pic of the tap handles.

Returning to the bar, I settled into a flight of beers served on a handsome, industrial, sheet metal serving apparatus. Curiosity compelled me to try Infusion's warmly spiced Butcher Block Bier Likör, a 16% ABV liqueur made with the house Butcher Block Brown ale. Served in a aperitif shot glass with a dollop of whipped cream, its like a taste of the holiday season but available all year long. It was so delicious I had to buy a Boston round to go.

Infusion Brewing's Butcher Block Bier Likör.

Infusion Brewing Company on Urbanspoon