Logos, Burgers and Social Media Blackouts Ending

By William Kristoph

Logos

The anger I saw from the vocal minority over the new Seminole Head logo and the new uniforms was interesting. Personally, I don’t mind the new uniforms (football is a bit too Boston College for me) but that new logo is a disappointment. Why? Yet again FSU had a golden opportunity to make something awesome and potentially more accurate to the Seminoles and yet again FSU failed.

Either way the outrage was interesting to me mostly because there are plenty of people who think FSU (or any major corporation school) has much interest in the vocal minority. The average fan is going to buy merchandise. FSU and Nike will make money. And if it doesn’t sell after a couple of years, then they’ll change the logo again. By now, everyone should know that FSU does a lot of shoot first and ask questions later moves. They also play up guilt (you’re a bad fan if you don’t do this, this and this). How this was handled is nothing new. I hope it changes in the future. Maybe I’m getting old, but outrage about it isn’t worth my time.

Burgers

No full review for BJ’s because I didn’t feel like taking pictures of the food, but it was the definition of “meh.” I rated it “I Like It” on Urbanspoon, only because I didn’t dislike it. It’s typical bar food, that’s pricier than most with an odd atmosphere of dark cozy bar / sports bar. It’s a really strange combo. The service was fantastic and it looks like they had a huge bar menu which appeals to a lot I’m sure.

Social Media Blackout Ends Sunday Night

On Sunday night / Monday morning, I’ll check in with Twitter for the first time since the start of Lent.

Here’s what I missed:

  • The occasional interesting question / discussion with a bunch of Twitter friends.
  • I realized that I get a lot of my first news tidbits from Twitter, so I haven’t stayed up to date on a lot during the blackout.
  • Television commentary / jokes while live watching with others.

Honestly, it’s been easy to give up. It was so easy, in fact, that I decided to give up some other stuff for Lent. The blackout might become a yearly thing. I’ve truly enjoyed unplugging.

What Should Tallahassee Eat? – The Melting Pot

Frozen Grasshopper at The Melting Pot

Guess who drank the Frozen Grasshopper and who had the Scotch?

 

The Melting Pot (Tallahassee, FL) Review

By William Kristoph

Last Sunday my wife and I headed out to a romantic evening at The Melting Pot for some fondue and relaxation. We’ve been huge fans of it for a long time, but we haven’t been able to make it there in a while. It was just as good as I remembered, and The Melting Pot even managed to improve in some areas.

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What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Gaines Street Pies

Gaines Street Pies (Tallahassee, FL) Review

By William Kristoph

A couple of weekends ago, my wife and I decided to try some pizza at Gaines Street Pies.  Ordering was quick and easy. The waitress was friendly and we had the entire place to ourselves prior to an afternoon FSU Baseball game. I went for “The Saucy Minx” and my wife thought the “McBurger” sounded great so we went halfsies on a pizza. We chatted over a couple of beverages, took a window seat, checked out the comics on the dining tables and waited a few minutes for our pizza.

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Cake, FSU Baseball and Social Media Blackouts

By William Kristoph

Let’s catch up on what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks – In order, as the title states:

Cake
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I decided to put my bundt pan to good use over the weekend and made a dark chocolate cake with vanilla icing and sprinkles. It ended up looking like a giant donut. I’m not a big fan of donuts, but at least this one is of the cake variety.

FSU Baseball

I believe in this Noles team. The N.C. State series sweep is similar to the massive victory FSU Football had over Clemson. I started to believe that the football team could win the national championship after the beat down they handed Clemson. I’m totally on board with thinking that the 2014 Noles might finally be the team to give Mike Martin his first CWS title. Continue reading

What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Midtown Caboose

Midtown Caboose (Tallahassee, FL) Review

By William Kristoph

Rain washed out our baseball plans last Sunday, but pushed us into Midtown Caboose for an early lunch. It came highly recommended by a couple of different friends in the relatively short time since it opened. My wife and I checked out the latest Well’s Bros offering in Tallahassee prior to the lunch rush and we were very pleased with our decision. The food at Midtown Caboose is great.

Parking, like is the prerequisite for all good Tallahassee restaurants, sucks. It’s tight, especially when the restaurant is busy. Be prepared to stalk a parking space for a few minutes. Inside, the restaurant definitely has that train / train station feel. The staff is friendly and seated us quickly. There are plenty of HDTVs spread out around the restaurant. The tables and chairs are spartan: steely, cold and uncomfortable. That’s all irrelevant to the food, of course. And the food is what I truly care about.

First, Midtown Caboose is not for your light lunch affairs. It’s unapologetically fried, large and high calorie. It’s perfect if you want a take home box with half of your meal. The menu is large, but my wife and I settled on an appetizer of the Peppercorn Goat Cheese. Then, she went for The Mac Daddy burger and I asked the waiter if the S’More Than Words was worth a shot. He said that he had tried it and couldn’t finish it, but it was worth a look at least once. I decided to go for it.

Peppercorn Goat Cheese
Peppercorn Goat Cheese Dip

Tangy, peppery and served with warm pita slices. The Peppercorn Goat Cheese is a creamy way to start a meal. Continue reading