Friday, July 1, 2011

Stephen's Suggestions 7/1/2011

Look the NBA is locked out, the NFL is still not coming back, and the Astros are a train wreck. You need suggestions now more than ever.

SUMMER OF BURGERS: Rainbow Lodge. Every Friday Chef Augie at Rainbow Lodge creates twelve wild game burgers to be eaten for lunch by twelve lucky Houstonians. This Friday I was one of the lucky twelve. This week's burger was made from buffalo tenderloin, elk, and venison. It is topped with a generous portion of creamy Gorgonzola cheese and served with the freshest tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles you have ever topped your burger with. Sometimes you just want a candy bar, but sometimes you have to splurge for a chocolate mousse right? Well, this is the chocolate mousse of burgers. Priced at $11 this burger was worth every penny. It was an excellent mix of meat and did not taste too gamey in the least. If you are ever on the North loop around 11:30 on a Friday, then you should do your best to be one of the lucky 12 who gets to eat this rarest of Houston burgers. You will thank me.

TV: Colbert Report. I've been watching this show for several years now and it still can make me roll off the couch laughing. As the sports world goes silent, the political landscape is heating up. There are a lot of choices on cable for you to get your news from, but none of them are half as good as the Daily Show/Colbert Report double header. These shows get even more ridiculously funny as the campaign season begins. To be honest though, I find myself not only laughing with Colbert but often thinking he has the most accurate views on our government and political systems.

MOVIES: Bigger, Stronger, Faster. I caught this documentary on Netflix after a friend recommended it to me this week. I thought it was excellent. The film follows three brothers from New York who grew up taking steroids at various times in their lives. The brother making the documentary attempts to find an unbiased opinion of the benefits/drawbacks of steroids. I thought he did a great job demonstrating how to approach the task of making a moral choice by listening objectively to both sides of the argument and never taking a holier than thou attitude. If you think you know everything about steroids already, you should check this film out. I was blown away by some of the facts and interviews included, and the classic wrestling scenes were a huge plus too. In the end, the film examines the relationship between American competition and excellence to our history of steroid use. Beware, this doc may cause you to rethink some of your preconceived notions of "drug" use.

BOOKS: Classics. The NFL and NBA are not coming back right now so what better time to catch up on some classic literature that you never got around to reading? There is a reason these books have stayed in circulation long after they were initially written. Now is a great time to discover an old book that could fill your lazy Sunday afternoons. If you're like me, as soon as the NFL is back you're going to go on a football bender that would make Charlie Sheen and the dudes from the Hangover blush. Believe it or not, some women find a man who reads the classics much sexier than a guy who runs 6 fantasy teams. Lucky for me my wife digs both. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is a personal favorite. Some other suggestions would be: Slaughter-house 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.

Those are my suggestions for the week. Take 'em or leave 'em.

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