Grilled Hawaiian Plate Lunch - The star of this show is the delicious smoky and sweet chicken, more specifically, the completely addictive glaze. Let's start with the chicken first that we marinate in 1 cup of chicken broth, 1/4 cup of soy sauce and a tablespoon of garlic powder. We let the chicken thighs marinate for a day or two.
Before we head out to the grill, we can work on that glaze. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1/4 cup each of chicken broth, soy sauce and ketchup and a tablespoon each of brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic powder and minced ginger.
Cook this mixture down on medium/low heat for 45 minutes to an hour until the mixture has reduced by more than half and easily coats the back of a spoon. Keep the glaze warm.
Get a grill going to medium/high heat and place the marinated thighs directly on a well-oiled grate over the coals.
Cook the chicken, turning often to avoid flare-ups, until well browned on all sides.
If the chicken is browned, but not thoroughly cooked through, move the pieces to the cool side of the grill and cover until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove from heat and cut into chunks.
Transfer the chunks of chicken to a bowl and pour the warm glaze over the chicken. Mix well.
To serve, pile a big scoop or two of the chicken onto a plate or basket. Next up goes a scoop of macaroni salad then a Hawaiian roll to finish off the plate. The combination may seem strange, but the flavors really do work well together. The chicken itself is one of the best chicken dishes we've ever made.
Gigantic Brewing Gigantic IPA - In the already crowded microbrewery landscape of Portland, Oregon comes Gigantic Brewing. Their first offering into the beer world is this Gigantic IPA brewed with four different types of hops. Needless to say, we were excited. The beer pours a dark yellow, almost orange with a medium-sized head. The aroma is bright and citrusy with a good amount of honey sweetness. The beer is a pretty straightforward IPA. "Gigantic"? Maybe not. Hop assertive? Certainly. It's a crisp and bitter ale with bursts of lemon shining through and a tingling sharp finish. The light beer was a great match for the flavors going on in the plate lunch, complimenting them rather than overpowering them.
Bad Wizard "#1 Tonite" - "Thirty minutes is all it takes, to have a real good time" the band shouts on the title track. Truer words have never been sung when it comes to describing Bad Wizard. "#1 Tonite, the album, clocks in at just under a half hour in length but they don't waste a moment on it. The disc is pure kick ass rock and roll from the vey first note of the opening track "So Bad/So Bad". The song has a sound that is reminiscent of the breakneck-paced sleazy rock of the Datsuns. The title track is an updated take on Kiss' "Kissin Time". A classic road warrior, stadium anthem that details the cities the band has triumphed over while on the road. Bad Wizard's take is a lot more in your face and not as sing songy, but the message is the same: "We're coming to your town to rock your socks off and you won't be the same after we leave.". Some great guitar work starts off "Get Up and Move". The song grooves like there is no tomorrow recalling AC/DC in their prime. Continuing the band's tradition of having at least one song per album with the word "man" in it, "Six to Mid-nite Man" is a high energy punk tune that sounds a little like Zeke. The band then finds what would seem to be an unlikely artist to cover with Bob Seger's Teachin' Blues". We've always been big fans of Seger. Bad Wizard's version of this 1970 deep cut stays pretty close to the original solidifying just how much the 70s Seger rocked. "Can't Talk to You" has a certain Bon Scott sneer that goes along with the rest of the AC/DC vibe the song possesses. The album ends with "Wizard of Shackels", which takes things in a 180 degree turn from the rest of the album. The song is three times longer and three times slower-paced than the first eight songs. It is also an instrumental, which Bad Wizard doesn't dabble in too terribly often. "#1 Tonite" is the band's high water mark and their most consistent release from top to bottom.