Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco 49ers’

Drowning My Sorrows in Guac or Let’s Go Pats… I Guess

January 22, 2012


You know I’m a 49er fan, so I feel I need to backtrack to earlier this day…

There was so much hope…

I made this killer guac!


We were headed over to visit some friends to see the NFC Championship Game.



Winner goes to the Super Bowl against the Patriots…

Loser goes home.

Considering this was a football party, I was prepared for copious amounts of “junk food”.

Knowing this, I was on the lookout for the perfect wine to pair for the event.

Here’s what I chose…

Piper Sonoma Brut sparkling wine...

Here’s how it went down…

Color: Pale yellow.

Nose: The aroma was dominated by lime fruit with a bit of peach, followed by a touch of yeast.

Taste: This is a mineral driven wine.  Tons of river rocks covered with a lime fruit acidity.  There is a medium finish of fresh-baked sour dough bread.  Quite dope.

Score: 88

First, I paired the wine with some potato chips… The acidity cut right through the fatiness of the chips to give a round and smooth finish.

Next, I tried the Piper Sonoma with some guacamole… The crisp wine provided a nice contrast to the creaminess of the guac.

Back to the game…

You can look up the final score on the interweb.

All I remember is that we went to overtime…

My buddies and I decided to text pictures of food to each other for luck.

Dave Thevegtetarian sent me a picture of pizza dough, so I fired back with this…

Cheese Balls!

He came back with some mixed nuts, so I shot this pic…

Deviled Eggs... Ewwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!

Next thing I knew, the Giants kicked a field goal to win the game…


The crowd scattered in an instant.

Now I’m home, and I just don’t know what to do…

At least I got this guac…

Let's go Pats... I guess.

Thanks for a great season, Niners.

Stay Rad,


Apocalypse Wow!

January 15, 2012


A few weeks back, I got a text from my old friend Nick Thedrummer with a photo of the Francis Coppola Monterey County Pinot Noir that read…

You should do a Stay Rad episode about this one.  I’d be interested to see what you u think cause I found this to be pretty damn delicious

My reply?

I’ve had other Coppolas, but not the peen-o

I’ll check it out

You know that all the Diamond Collection wines from Francis Coppola (the movie director turned wine maker) can be found almost everywhere… and they are always a good value, so I made a mental note of the wine.  The last time I was in Target, I saw the wine for 19 bucks, but I was in the mood for something else… so I let it slide (and subsequently forgot about it).

Last week, I came up on some tickets for the 49ers vs Saints playoff game.  Kara was gonna be out of town, so I asked Nick if he wanted to go.

He was hella down.


Early this past Saturday morning, Nick and I met up to head out to the game.

Once we got to the parking lot outside of Candlestick Park, I was prepared to throw back some brewskies when Nick pulled out this badboy…

Francis Coppola 2010 Monterey County Pinot Noir

Never one to turn down a taste of the grape juice, I was all…

Let’s do this!


Let’s do this!


Clear plastic cup. You know what's up.

Color: Classic burgundy in color.  Very light… As Pinot Noir should be.

Nose: This wine has a big, fruit-forward nose dominated by blackberry.  There are secondary aromas of green bell pepper and rubber.

Taste: This “value” wine has mad layers of flavor.  There is a huge, black pepper explosion with a twist of lemon juice up front that gives way to some good strawberry fruit.  I was surprised by the loooooooooong leather baseball glove finish.

Score: No doubt.  This wine was delicous.  As much as I love the varietal, I have trouble picking out Pinot Noirs at the store without tasting them because they are often over-priced.  With as many gems (like this one) as there are at this price point, there are twice as many disappointments.  The Coppola is not one of them.  Give it an 89, and don’t wait until the apocalypse to pick this one up.  Get it now!

The wine really set the mood for what turned out to be a pretty awesome day…


A view of The Stick from the lot. The bay gave way to an amazing combination of sea salt and rotten eggs.


Gearing Up!


Game Time!


"Who's got it better than us?"




Niners Win!


Victory Lap


Candlestick Park at night. The blurry white stuff is trash. It never looked so beautiful.

Stay Rad,


Hey Y’all! Hey Y’all!

September 10, 2011

Hey Y’all,

How are you?

I am fine.

I was just writing to let you know that I’ve got some really keen things that I will be writing about very soon.

Last night, I had a very dope dinner with Kara at Bubbles Wine Bar.

Today, I’m going to the Capitola Art and Wine Festival.

I am bummed out that I will not be making the Fury 66 reunion show at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz tonight.  They were my favorite band when I was in high school.  I also know that I will miss meeting up with some old friends at the show, but I’ve got an early day tomorrow.  When I go to a Fury 66 concert, I go all out.  I’m talkin’ stage diving and circle pits for days… You dig?

Tomorrow, I’ll be getting up bright and early to head up to Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  We will be tailgating hard core, before heading inside the stadium to see the 49ers destroy the Seattle Seahawks.  After the game, Kara and I are gonna stop by my Aunt and Uncle’s house for dinner.

What’s that?

What am I doing right now?

I’m slurping on some java and macking some tight breakfast…

Two eggs scrambled on a bed of rosemary potatoes.

These eggs are possibly the fluffiest and creamiest I have ever made.

Yeah… I’m pretty stoked.

I’ll write you soon.

Stay Rad,


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