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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sharp Park Golf Course - Environmental Controversy

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I've played at Sharp Park Golf Course only once before.  I was looking forward to playing it again this weekend, but alas, the week-long winter storm dashed any hopes of that happening today (had to cancel our reservation). I'm sure the pond is flooding the fairway and standing water must be everywhere.

So it's interesting timing that this SFGate news article caught my eye, Frogs, golfers both endangered at S.F.'s Sharp Park.

Frogs, and snakes, and a San Francisco golf program putting a drain on the city General Fund ... oh my!

You might also be interested in learning more about the course's architect (he also designed Augusta National):
The Life and Work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Start Flocking To These James Beard Nominees

OK foodies, time to descend upon these James Beard 2011 nominees, SF Gate - James Beard Awards 2011 nominations announced: Danko, Phan, Boulevard, rising stars represent.

Looks like California is reasonably represented.

You might also be interested in:
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HR 1161 - Booze Shipping

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Lots of controversy here.  The posturing is palpable.

Dr. Vino says, "Now known officially as HR 1161, and unofficially as the Wholesaler Protection Act, the bill seeks to restrict legal challenges to the interstate shipment of wine (and beer and spirits) and keep the legislation that affects wine shipping at the state level."   As for me, I prefer to have as many imbibing choices possible, and access to all the products crafted across the country.

Fermentation - The Daily Wine Blog asks, "What lies and fallacies lie ahead in the effort to prevent America's beer wholesalers from passing HR 1161 and keeping craft beers, wines and a spirits out of consumer hands?"

Learn more about the subject, and follow the rich and interesting discussions, at the two blogs above, or start following:
Facebook - StopHR1161

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

All You Can Drink Cruises - Controversy

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I'm glad to hear that "all you can drink" packages are rolling out, Cruise Critic: Cruise and Booze: All-You-Can-Drink Packages Coming From Royal Caribbean.

We drink a fair amount on cruises, so the convenience of a package makes sense to me. However, there's a buzz of controversy. Cruise Critic Editor in Chief, Carolyn Spencer Brown, asks, "Will all-you-can-drink packages encourage people to drink to excess, or simply offer a convenient and money-saving option for those with big bar bills?"

What's your opinion?

You might also be interested in:
Complete Guide To Cruising & Cruise Ships 2011 (Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships)

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Finicky About Wine Alcohol Levels

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When we're drinking wine, it's often fun to try and guess the alcohol level. For us the alcohol level is something to observe, and not something that detracts from our enjoyment of the wine.

However, if you're interested in or finicky about alcohol levels, or don't like high octane wines, then this Jon Bonne' article is worth a fun read, Should We Print Alcohol Levels?

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