New York Hockey Trip.

UntitledThis year we put together a last minute trip as best we could in New York. Due to some logistical challenges we ended up watching the Penguins – Red Wings game at Bleecker Street Bar on the Lower East Side instead of actually attending a game in person. The Pens won 7-2 in convincing fashion. UntitledUntitledUntitled
On Friday night we had a light meal at McSorley’s before closing the place down.  This is still one of my favorite bars anywhere.

During our stay we spent the morning at Grant’s Tomb where we had one of the more in depth conversations with the Ranger and then had a light lunch at Dinosaur BBQ before heading to Brooklyn for the evening.

Side Notes:
1. The Penguins played the Rangers Sunday night, this was our original plan.
2. Our numbers were thinned this time around, but we should continue moving forward.
3. Previous Hockey Trips: Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, PittsburghChicago,

Winter in Lakeside, Michigan.

This past weekend Julie and I headed up to Lakeside, Michigan with some friends, for the first time in the winter.
UntitledAfter breakfast at the Inn we headed down to the beach to see what it was like in the winter. I had no idea or concept that there would be a buildup of ice like what we witnessed.

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Much like in the summer we stayed at the Lakeside Inn. It was surprisingly full of people for a weekend in February. The breakfast buffet leaves much to be desired but the inn has multiple large fireplaces and is always interesting.

Greenbush Brewing UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledOn Saturday we hit up a couple of the breweries that are part of the Berrien County Beer Tour including Greenbush, Tapestry, and Cultivate. We’ve been to Greenbush multiple times but I had no idea the other two were near by.

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Tapistry Brewing had some of the better beer on our stops and the largest selection. Food wise, the Charcuterie was great.

Cultivate Brewing Company
Cultivate Brewing Company seemed to be the newest of the bunch and a place much more suited for a summer afternoon. The brewery opens up onto a large field with large garage doors that transform the place into a large patio. Probably the most light I’ve ever seen in a brewery.

Overall we had a great time. It was much different than the summer but it was a really neat experience to see the area without the summer tourists and the ice formations on the lake were amazing.

Hockey Night in Canada: Leafs vs. Pens

After the World Series I headed back to Toronto for the Penguins – Leafs game on Saturday night. This being the first game back to Toronto for Phil Kessel I expected more of an aggressive crowd. It was not to be. The arena was really subdued and not at all full. Pens pulled away early and ended up beating the Leafs 4-0.

Hockey Hall of Fame
UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledAfter getting into town Julie and I went over to the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF). The HHOF is setup into three basic sections. The display cases which we believe rotate out yearly with game used memorabilia and various exists, the coolest being the defunct team sweaters. Then there is a large interactive section where one can play goalie or take shots on goal. Finally there is the Grand Hall which holds all of the members as well as the trophies including the ‘Presentation’ Stanley Cup. There were no real crowds and you could more or less spend as much time as you wanted with the Stanley Cup. Most interesting parts of the Cup: UntitledUntitled2004 lockout and the 1917 winners: Seattle over Montreal.

Bellwood Brewery UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledBefore the game we headed over to the Bellwoods neighborhood and stopped by the Bellwoods Brewery. Decent beer selection.

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We grabbed some sandwiches next door at the BQM (Beer Quality Meats).