Today’s Reason To Drink

Fill my stocking with queso!

I’ve been waiting for a Christmas miracle, and I just think I found it.

Dundee Dip is now available in take-home containers for $4.99. Yes, it’s the best queso in town, and I’ll fight to my death defending that statement.

Dundee Tavern: Where diets go to die.

It’s one of my favorite places.

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Today’s Reason To Drink

Run, don’t walk, to Louisville Cream.

Holy lort! You must try this amazing piece of edible heaven.

I had a few minutes to kill last night and I was in NuLu, so I stopped by Louisville Cream to taste the Krampus Cookies & Cream goodness. Made with butter ice cream, sugar cookies and Oreos, it was melting magic in my mouth.

Of course I had to add some hot fudge, which made it even more fantastic.

As I sat and waited on my nephew, I devoured it like Meredith Baxter-Birney in a Lifetime movie about bulimia.

It was that good.

Today’s Reason To Drink

No. 2

Saturday, Oct. 28, is National Chocolate Day.

I love chocolate and often fantasize about bathing in it. I was always jealous of that kid in “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” who floated away in the Great Chocolate River.

Thought I’d make a list of my favorite candy bars in order.

  1. Twix
  2. Whatchamacallit
  3. Heath Bar
  4. Caramello
  5. Reece’s Cups
  6. Butterfinger/Fifth Avenue
  7. Hershey’s with Almonds
  8. Snickers
  9. Hershey’s Mint Chocolate Cookie Bar (not sure if they make this anymore)
  10. 100 Grand

Today’s Reason To Drink

Is she available? I’m talking about the pizza.

Still doing this low-carb diet thing. And although I’ve fallen off the no-carb wagon a few times, my weight is really coming down.

But here are some things I really, really miss:

  • Twix bars
  • Starburst
  • Pizza
  • Spaghetti with garlic bread
  • Black Beans
  • Ice Cream
  • Beer (although I’m allowed a few Mich Ultras)

Today’s Reason To Drink

I can eat all the cheese but none of the fruit.

So I’m doing this low carb thing for two weeks, and I’m learning tons of important lessons. For instance, did you know you get tipsy quicker without carbs? Sure, you can eat all the meat, cheese and eggs you want, but they don’t slow down alcohol processing at all.

Learned that lesson last night, and regretting it this morning.

Also, eating meat, cheese and eggs doesn’t quite fill you up like a good hunk of bread or plate of pasta. I’m starving, always. But I’m happy to eat cheese and not feel guilty about it.

Also, I can drink bourbon and wine. So there’s that.

So far it’s been three days, and I’ve lost three pounds. Woot!

Today’s Reason To Drink

Get in my belly!

Tonight my itinerary includes making a batch of chocolate cookies with those delightful peanut butter chips. Yes, there will be mass consumption of raw cookie dough, and I am not afraid.

I am afraid of North Korea and the ignorant mind of Donald Trump, but I am not afraid of eating cookie dough.

Call me crazy.

Today’s Reason To Drink

$1 train beers!

Have you ever wanted to escape your life for a night and rekindle those simple joys you experienced as a child? Like an impromptu trip to Dairy Queen, or capturing lightning bugs in a jar, or knowing your TV night includes new episodes of “Who’s the Boss” followed by “Growing Pains.”

I know a place where you can channel that joy but still be an adult — because you have to be at least 21 to participate.

It’s called Pleasure Ridge Pizza, or PRP for short, and it’s located off of Crittenden Drive, right near the train tracks. And while the pizza is good and the atmosphere is sporty, the true fun comes when a train goes by — which can happen quite often.

Because every time a train goes by, you can order a (domestic) beer for $1. And I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to have the bartender throw down a bucket of beer in front of you, and then hear that familiar blare of the horn and see the blinking lights on the gates as they close off the road. The bartender immediately will ring the special bell, and patrons high-five in glee.

One night I swear at least five trains went by within 90 minutes. Luckily I’m a quick Uber ride away. And I suggest you Uber, because you never know how many beers will be placed in front of you over the course of the evening. It’s like college all over again.

I never knew how much I loved trains until now.