cupcakes and beer mix

Cupcakes and Beer Mix: Sonic Avenues, Childish Gambino, Total Slacker, Swiss Lips, My Empire of Sound, Now Now, Thee American Revolution, Cloud Nothings, Loves It! and the Menzingers

I drink my cupcakes with soy milk. You do yours with beer. We come from seemingly different planets. Here is my attempt to understand. Tender Branson-Cupcakes and Beer Mix by (0:01) Sonic Avenues-Television Youth (2:54) Childish Gambino-Heartbeat (7:23) Total Slacker-Secret VHS Collection (9: 39) Swiss Lips-U Got the Power (13:26) My Empire of Sound-Early Morning (A New Beginning) (16:45) Now, Now-Dead Oaks (18:23)Thee American […]


Lavendar Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Citrus Cream Cheese

This is a shot of my birthday cupcake baked by J-Fur. It was Lavendar infused cake, filled with homemade lemon curd and iced with Citrus-Lavendar icing. As one of the kids in my class would say “I have just one word for you. It was Marvelous.” Hey, I didn’t teach those guys how to count, I just multiply and divide with them. We drizzled the […]


Food Pairing 101: What goes well with “Christmas Time” by the Time Out Tykes

The Time Out Tykes are the Skunk Ape of Christmas music. After piecing together a number of different clues what starts to materialize is a murky picture at best of who or what this band is. Are they really pre-schoolers who sound well beyond their years? Is it true that they hung up on grandma? What do these “pint sized punk rockers” have planned for […]


Where We Eat: The Pierogi Grill Nestled Beside Jackson Hunt

Traffic was at a standstill. Stupid Bucs game. Here it was, my birthday dinner and I was going to show up late. I looked into my rear view mirror, met my eyes and thought, nope, not gonna happen. I quickly swerved my car onto the shoulder and began passing all the football fans. 40, 50, 60 miles an hour. I hit the CCC in no […]


Irish Au Gratin Drowned in Sound by Sleigh Bells and SONOIO

Last weekend J-Fur and I sat in La Crepe Bistro with two of our friends from Chicago. The four of us enjoyed fresh squeezed orange juice alongside crepes, omelets, quiche and Vegetable Au Gratin. While all the food was good, the highlight was the Vegetable Au Gratin. This thing was packed full of zucchini, mushrooms, onions and asparagus and drowned in a waterfall of butter […]


Fennel Franks and White Bean Stew Prescribed by The Connects and Secret Music

It 6:53 on Saturday morning and I am awake, eating soup, writing and listening to music. It is taking a lot of effort to hold my head up as it is swimming, probably somewhere out in the Arctic Region by this time. This is my yearly ritual as we close in to my birthday: head colds, congestion, sometimes writing on the floor of an airport […]


2 For 1: Vegan in the Morning and Cuban Cigar Crisis

I’ve met quite a few crazy vegetarians in my life. There was the music teacher who told me she was vegetarian between mouthfuls of fried chicken. Another lady I worked with suggested that she was a vegetarian except for when the school cafeteria served “turkey and stuffing and pepperoni pizza.” A recent tasting introduced me to a fellow writer who told everyone she was “almost […]


Fryrito Bundled by PropaneLV, the Jefferson and Skizzy Mars

At recess today I taught a girl how to dropkick a soccer ball. A few minutes into the lesson, after varied success, the girl said to me “Mr. Branson, do you love kids?” A trillion things flashed through my mind but the only thing I uttered out loud was “Yeah, of course.” The girl got a little red and walked over to her friends. I […]


Fried Mashed Potato Balls with Various Sauces Pankoed by Frankie and the Heartstrings and School of Seven Bells

While Mr. Dunderbak’s is a great place to eat, what puts it over the top is the condiments that are offered. I can slather my Pomme Frites in curry, spicy, barbecue or thai ketchup. I can also cover them in wasabi, spicy, stone ground, jalapeno or horseradish mustard. Combine these options and the condiment bar is sent through the roof. Earlier this week when I […]