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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Review: Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky


The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky was the greatest discovery of my trip to Japan in 2007: an absolutely brilliant whisky, fully on par with its elite American and Scotch peers. Hakushu is produced by Suntory, the same conglomerate responsible for the better-known (and wonderful-in-its-own-right) Yamazaki single malt whisky brand. As of this writing, Yamazaki is […]

Japan Trip and Photos


In late September 2007 I traveled to Japan with The Wife and several of our friends. It was our first time there, and in just over a week we traveled in and around Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima. My dominant recollection of the trip was its overwhelming heat and humidity. But we managed quite a few […]

My Favorite Funny Signs (Flickr)


I started a Flickr set of photos I’ve taken (or that my friends have sent me) of funny signs. As always, I recommend viewing the photos directly on Flickr here – especially in slideshow format here. But I’ve included a small gallery below.

My Favorite Budget Bourbons (and Ryes)


Bourbon is hands down the best value to be found in whisk(e)y in the US today. Quality is high – very little of your grandfather’s rotgut can be found on contemporary shelves. And the prices, while rising far faster than inflation, can’t be beat – especially when compared to Scotch whiskies of similar quality. Following […]

Review: Epiphone Limited Edition “1959” Les Paul Electric Guitar


This attractive Epiphone guitar laudably attempts to be the “high end of the low end”, but it ends up caught in a disappointing middle ground of uncertain value for the price. Disclaimer: I am not a guitarist. I am barely a bassist. But over the past couple of years, as I’ve picked up the bass […]

Photos of the Liberace Museum and the Hoover Dam: November 2009


Last weekend I took my Dad to Vegas – his first visit. While there we saw “The Beatles LOVE” Cirque du Soleil show (report here). But we also visited a few off-Strip attractions, including the Liberace Museum and the Hoover Dam. Following are photo albums of each. The Liberace Museum (originals on Flickr here, slideshow […]