Friday, September 9, 2011

Weekend Nosh: September 9

Short Week, so I hope everyone enjoyed it. Here is some stuff to do this weekend:

Food: Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill - First Caveat: This isn't "real" Mexican food. I am far from an authority on that, though I have had my share of legit tacos and tortas. This is NuMex casual dining, in the vein of Baja Fresh. However, I find their food to be much better and with a better selection. Personal favorites include the Stacked Chicken Enchiladas, the Nachos Grande (which are some of the best Nachos I have ever had) and their Pizza. The Pizza there isn't traditional pizza, it is served on toasted flat bread and has no sauce, just salsa. It's different, but really good.

Drink: Red Tail Ale - An impulse buy, it turned out to be a very solid beer. Very balanced, and with a high ABV it is a great sipping beer; great for drinking with dinner.

Movie: Letters from Iwo Jima - This war movie is a bit polarizing. It is set during the build up to the Battle of Iwo Jima, in the latter stages of World War II. This movie was a companion piece of sort, to Director Clint Eastwood's prior WWII movie "Flags of our Fathers". Letters is told from the point of view of the Japanese garrison, and does a very good job of humanizing the Japanese soldiers, who were essentially forced into a suicide defense of the island with no support. It has an excellent cast of Japanese actors and a great storyline that gives it a place second only to Saving Private Ryan in the genre. While many still are very critical (rightfully so) of the Empire of Japan's actions during the war, this movie portrays the nationalistic zeal that characterized the Japanese forces in contrast to the despair many of the rank and file soldiers felt. It is very effect, and I highly recommend it.

Anyway, good week, better weekend. Have a great one!

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