In April of this, I was fortunate to visit Louisville and we explored the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, check out the blog post here! As we left town, we had a few hours to kill, and it was drizzling out. As a lifelong baseball fan, I couldn't miss stopping by the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory!
While in the Granger, Mishawaka, South Bend, Elkhart area, you have to check out Primal Kitchen in Granger, Indiana! If you're in town, enjoying a Notre Dame football game, Primal Kitchen! This is the place to go for clean eating, paleo, and organic food, which is at a premium here in Northern Indiana.
Knowing the owners personally, their talent, desire and work ethic will serve this business well. This has been their passion for many years, and I'm so excited to see them bring this kind of food and drink option to the Granger and South Bend area. Primal Kitchen is new to the restaurant game, and this is actually the first Primal Kitchen Restaurant. The second one, will open in Culver City, California, with others coming to Santa Cruz, Portland, Sacramento, Anchorage, and Los Angeles soon!
One of my favorite breakfast/lunch options is chicken and waffles, and I was so excited to hear that Primal Kitchen would be offering their take on it, breakfast, lunch and dinner!
After finishing up with our first dive and changing out tanks, we were on our way to our second dive location. We went to a shallow location, which was protected from the wind a little better. We had a little snack on the boat before diving. There were plenty of options and some water for everyone. There were a few more new divers that weren't qualified to dive at the deeper depth, so they took a little while to get into the water and settled. Once they were off the boat, the certified divers were able to get in and have at it.
Immediately, we were surrounded by a bunch of fish! The first thing we saw were a ton of Sergeant Majors! Then we saw a bunch of Yellowtail Snapper as well. There were a couple parrotfish, of some variety that you could actual hear chomping on the coral! At the 32 second mark of the video, I snuck up on a squirrelfish, hiding in a coral alcove.
This being my first ocean dive, I was shocked and amazed at how big the ocean was, but how small these individual environments were, and they were teeming with life! A whole world and ecosystem could be find on each individual coral bunch, it was so cool to see!
At the :38 second mark, you can see the parrotfish, chomping away!
During the Fall of 2016, my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary with a trip to the Bahamas. A long 10 years ago, our travel agent recommended we go to Sandals Negril, in Jamaica, and we LOVED it! So for our anniversary, we wanted to go back to Sandals, and we couldn't have been happier with Sandals Royal Bahamian.
As a certified diver, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go diving in the Caribbean! One of the great things about Sandals is that they provide free SCUBA excursions for their guests. This made my decision to leave my wife for a morning a littler easier.
The process to dive was rather easy as well. I went to the dive shop they day or two prior to the day I wanted to dive. I talked with the dive staff, who were awesome! They made me feel right at home, and made everything super simple. They looked at my cert card, and logbook to make sure that I had dove recently. I dive regularly at work as a diver for the fire department. There was a medical waiver that I had with me as well, that was needed filled out by my primary physician. I had dropped the form off at my family doctor, who gave me a clean bill of health and filled out the paperwork. The Sandals dive staff wanted that paperwork as well.
The next day, I arrived at the dive shop around 8am. They handed out some rental gear, mask, and fins. I opted out of the wet suit, having become used to diving in cold water at home... I figured I'd be okay with the 70-80 degree Caribbean, and I was. Throughout the week, we had noticed the dive boat picking divers and equipment up at the main pier, but over the first couple days of our stay, the wind and waves had noticeable increased. We found out that for our dive, we had to board a small tour bus, travel to the other side of the island to escape the wind a little bit. We boarded the bus, drove for 20 minutes, to an inland pier where the dive boat was. Sandals dive staff did all of the heavy lifting, which was awesome! We boarded the boat, received some instructions and off we went!
The boat ride was about 30-40 minutes, and the waves made it interesting! I thought it was great, but someone that is prone to sea sickness could have had a problem with it. Everyone on the boat survived without yarfing up their breakfast and we reached our first dive spot.
Our first dive was the deep dive, max depth of 70'. We were going to dive along a shelf, then to a couple of wrecks. Here's the video!
On my fire department, and many other departments around the county, the fire service is the "tail wagging the dog". The fire service has become the big brother to emergency medical services or at times the not-so-nice step father... Where I'm from, our city had two different entities, fire and EMS, that were merged in the early 2000's. While this was seemingly a good thing, it was not and is not without it's challenges.
Fast forward almost 20 years later, we continue to be a slow changing, inefficient, stuck-in-our ways department that is teetering on the edge of trouble. We continue to have paramedic shortages, disgruntled paramedics and EMT's, and management that is hesitant to address the issue.
The Big Picture
We did ourselves a disservice by advertising the 911 system so well. We receive calls through the 911 system for anything from a rug burn caused by a piece of yarn, a toe nail that caught in a blanket and possibly ripped off, a quicker ride to the hospital because the waiting room was too busy, and someone who inserted something into something he shouldn't have. And YES, those are all calls I personally have been a part of! People are calling 911 and seeking help from the emergency departments for ailments and injuries that deserve a family practitioner, a nurse, or sometimes, just a little ice and to go to bed. Instead, ambulance calls are on the rise and emergency rooms are too full.
Last night, I was excited to try out a new bourbon. Our local liquor store had this bourbon from New Holland. I've had a couple of their beers: Dragon's Milk is my favorite of theirs, a kick in the head, 11% stout aged in a bourbon barrel. I've also tried their Poet, an oatmeal stout that was very good. After the good beer tastings, I thought I would give their spirit game a try!
I started with a small glass of the Beer Barrel Bourbon (BBB), an 80 proof bourbon, neat. I was surprised to find that the beer flavor caught me on the front end. It added a nice bit of smoothness before the classic bite of the bourbon arrived. I enjoyed the light smokey flavor and the light body. The second glass was on ice, and this really added to the flavor profile. The smoothness from the beer barrel was brought to life with the chill of the ice and a little bit of the melt.
Add New Holland's Beer Barrel Bourbon to the list of nightly drinkers. The 80 proof and smoothness from the beer barrel makes this a great bourbon, one I'm happy to have on the shelf as an option for visiting friends!
During the Bourbon Tour in Louisville, while at Buffalo Trace, we were treated with the milky, creamy, bourbony? goodness of Bourbon Trace's Bourbon Cream. Our first taste was straight. It's very creamy, cool, and had the right amount of bourbon aftertaste to make it wonderful! Next, we mixed it 1:1 with a local made premium root beer. This created the perfect ratio and an adult root beer float! Well I didn't have any premium root beer, but diet A&W Root Beer worked REALLY well! The 1:1 is a great ratio for a shot glass sized sipper or maybe even a slightly bigger quantity. My wife tried and LOVED it, and she doesn't care for bourbon... I know, I know, I'm working on it!
Give this one a try! Go out and grab Buffalo Trace's Bourbon Cream, throw it in some root beer, drink it straight, or a little bit in your morning coffee, I'm not going to judge!
Well, the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers run is over. So the season ended with the Cavs losing rather soundly to the Golden State Warriors. Shortly after that, the owner fired the GM David Griffin, who Lebron supported. Lebron went on record saying he wasn't happy and wasn't going to "actively recruit" other players to come to Cleveland.
Cleveland sat at watched as big name free agents moved on, i.e. Gordon Hayward, Andre Iguodala, Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague, J.J. Redick, and Blake Griffin. They also sat at watched as other teams around the league made trades for big names like Chris Paul and Paul George. And rumored trades for Carmelo Anthony and even the highly sought after youngster Kristaps Porzingis. Kyrie said that the Cavs offseason has been a "very peculiar place". And just a couple days ago, injury proned, no, injury PLAGUED Derrick Rose is making news for sitting down with Cleveland and having serious talks about signing with them....
A Review of Chubby Trout from Elkhart Indiana, RV Capital of the World!
This is the first time visiting Chubby Trout's new location. The building is awesome, super cool, barn wood everywhere with an amazing little patio area. We were there a little before dinner so the place was pretty well empty. Having been to their old location, we knew we were going to enjoy some sushi!
Jack of All Trades, Master of None