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  • Drinks: Dalmore 12 Year Single Malt

    Dave Faries, Editor|Apr 11, 2013

    Once upon a time, Dalmore 12 year old scotch ranked as the best single malt for the price conscious. When the distillery changed its aging process, splitting evenly the spirit’s time in bourbon and sherry casks, Dalmore disappeared from shelves. The new malt, which arrived in 2008, sacrificed some of its highland heft in favor of an approachable, almost timid dram. It sends sweet, floral impression to the nose, weighted by something akin to burnt fruitcake and candied orange peel. Work hard enough, and you also pick up on rye, espresso and t...

  • Restaurant Review: Java Blend

    Dave Faries, Editor|Apr 4, 2013

    Eight years ago, Java Blend was what its name implied. Owner Rebecca Brown gambled that Kimball coffee drinkers--enough of them, anyway--wanted something more than drip grind from Sysco and opened a storefront dedicated to espresso, cappuccino, cafe au lait...as well as unadorned brew. Or, as she explained, “it seemed like a good idea.” The concept borders on urban. Brown uses organic, fair trade beans grown in Brazil and roasted in Fort Collins, Colorado, to a point where bitterness and aci...

  • Drinks: Five Trails Sassy Apple Wine

    Dave Faries, Editor|Apr 4, 2013

    Yeah, I know—“Sassy Apple.” It sounds like one of those contrived car colors from that groovy era around 1970: Lemon Twist, Sub-lime and Vitamin C. My first car was a Dodge Challenger painted Plum Crazy, a supposedly hip shade of purple. But this apple wine from Five Trails in Paxton carries more credibility. With a nose almost akin to mulled apple with a faint leafy aura and impression of bruised fruit, it extends a promise of summertime and patios. The taste is pure, unsweetened apple—smooth and refreshing, with a noticeable flavor of skin... Full story

  • Restaurant Review: Peyton's Island Time

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 28, 2013

    A very brief and unfortunately illustrative era comes to an end on April 11, when downtown Kimball’s best sit down restaurant locks its doors. Yes--Peyton’s Island Time is waiving goodbye. Obviously competition has been limited since The Longhorn’s sorry saga came to an end. But Peyton’s offers local diners something unavailable elsewhere, even when the market was a little more “crowded:” scaled up burgers, creative sides and—occasionally—a selection of quiches. On good nights, the bacon avoca...

  • Drinks: Empyrean's Collapsar Oatmeal Stout

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 28, 2013

    When Empyrean first began pouring their oatmeal stout, reactions amounted to a resounding ‘not bad, but….’ You see, acifionados of the style have become accustomed to muscle-bound fillers, densely flavored and bitter in temperament. Empyrean’s effort drew furrowed brows due to its relatively easy nature and sweet disposition. The Lincoln-based brewery apparently learned from the early shrugs. Collapsar Oatmeal Stout rises from the glass with soothing hearthstone aromas: charred malt, dark roasted coffee, gritty dust—even a hint of chocolate...

  • Restaurant Review: Dozo

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 21, 2013

    The menu at Dozo reads at times like one at a college bar. For starters, you can sample hot wings drizzled with lava sauce, “dynamite” mussels, “firecracker” shrimp and spicy chicken nuggets. It’s almost as if that guy from the TV series Man vs. Food had a hand in things. At other times, Dozo’s listings resemble a catch all tourist spot: mixed seafood ceviche, New York strip steak, Hawaiian poke salad with “mixed greens” substituting for poke. One thing the sushi spot located in Lincoln’s Haymar...

  • Drinks: 2010 Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 21, 2013

    The 2010 growing season in Tuscany was marred by heavy rains in the early months. But folks at the Castiglioni estates claim perfect September conditions saved the harvest. One result: their Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese thrown in, yields brisk berries on the nose, deepened by dark cherry, the soft hue of rose petals and just a trace of pepper. Perhaps there’s more, but earthier notes fell victim to t... Full story

  • Restaurant Review: The Oven

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 14, 2013

    Believe it or not, The Oven boasts of an impressive collection of vintage wines. Nothing odd about a restaurant serving fine labels, you say? Well, this prominent Lincoln destination is known for its paratha, rogan josh, hyderabadi biryani and a range of regional dishes—and, let’s face it, few people associate fine wine and Indian cuisine. Yet The Oven has earned Wine Spectator’s coveted Award of Excellence seven times and they are justly proud of their collection. The owners even dedic...

  • Drinks: Empyrean Chaco Canyon Ale

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 14, 2013

    Chaco Canyon is perhaps the least intriguing of Empyrean’s lineup. It’s the light hitting shortstop or the tame top 40 song turned out by an edgy band. Of course, mainstream beers often reach a broader market, especially when they approach with a bright, crisp aroma laced with familiar grain—as well as a juicy whiff of lemony citrus, which exists more as a presence than a distinct layer. The Nebraska blonde ale would not offend the state’s mass-produced American lager fans, those who point habitually toward the Bud Light tap in a sea of craft n...

  • Restaurant Review: Pal's Pub

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 7, 2013

    Pal’s Pub has no kitchen and employs no cook. It is instead a gathering spot, a tavern so friendly the bartender and other guests share familiar laughs—even if one is a newcomer. Few local spots welcome outsiders so readily. At first we weren’t certain Pal’s served food. And a jaunty box of “Roadkill Helper” perched prominently on a shelf offered little in the way of solace. But in a crunch for time that rule out Rock Ranch, and with Rickashaw stripped down by its new owners, the bar was our onl...

  • Drinks: 8 Seconds Canadian Whiskey

    Dave Faries, Editor|Mar 7, 2013

    Obviously the name 8 Seconds pays homage to rodeo tradition. But this Canadian whiskey prefers to D up rather than provide a ride worthy of the dirt arena. While the label promises equal measures of hard work and finesse, the 30 or so oak-aged varieties blended to make up this brand instead yield more of the latter: on the nose a laggard sweetness like burnt honey soaked into a demure wood, to the taste rather gentle. It begins with a smooth, almost syrupy introduction. Very quickly a soft, earthy dried fruit note sounds, tamed by a something...

  • Restaurant Review: Golden Spur Steakhouse

    Dave Faries, Editor|Feb 28, 2013

    You could be forgiven for not expecting much more than flabby steaks and starters emptied out of a frosted plastic bag. Steakhouses wedged between an interstate highway hotel and an all-night Shell station rarely waste precious time on food preparation and good old-fashioned mise en place. But kitchen staff at the Golden Spur hand cut hunks of red meat into sizeable steaks. They also grind their own burgers, at least according to reports. Granted, the meat hardly approaches USDA prime. But a... Full story

  • Drinks: Budweiser Black Crown

    Dave Faries, Editor|Feb 28, 2013

    While American beer drinkers learned the beauty of craft and foreign brews, Budweiser stood fast as a bulwark for the lowest common denominator. As tastes changed toward more intricate and flavorful brands, Budweiser refused to budge from their proprietary white bread style. Now they are left to play catch up—first with their “Platinum” label and now with a trio of beers gleaned from their “Project 12” initiative. The program challenged the company’s 12 brewmasters to produce unique beers (with...

  • Library News

    Jan Sears, Kimball Public Library|Feb 21, 2013

    It was nice to have a long weekend. I took advantage of the time and went to Lincoln for a quilting class by a favorite teacher and visited my grandchildren (and their parents). It was very windy driving back to Kimball. A few of us enjoyed the visit and talk by C.M. Wendleboe. He has a great sense of humor and is very relaxed. He has another book coming out in June and working on two more. He wants to come back in a year or so. There are 49 entries in the HighPoint ShutterBug photography contest and they are all great photos. Now the photos...

  • Restaurant Review: Nathan Detroit's

    Dave Faries, Editor|Feb 21, 2013

    Trout amandine prepared by a skilled chef almost melts in your mouth. So what if gourmands are dismissive of the old-school restaurant classic? Jean Giono once complained “never with butter, never with almonds—that’s not cookery, that’s cardboard-making.” But I’ve experienced delicate, mellow and rich brook fish prepared in the despised manner. And when I spotted a twist on Nathan Detroit’s menu, I couldn’t resist. Nathan Detroit’s is a cavernous, worldly pub and restaurant on the northern edge...

  • Drinks: Samuel Adams Alpine Spring Lager

    Dave Faries, Editor|Feb 21, 2013

    Samuel Adams never met a season it couldn’t match to a limited run beer. Since the original Boston Lager hit the market in 1985, the popular brewery has produced Holiday Porter, Summer Ale, Oktoberfest and so on. The most recent addition to their regular line up, Alpine Spring, combines the crisp breeziness of a lager with the richness and heft of a cool weather beer. It approaches with creamy malt sweetness, dry orange peel, other citrus notes and a touch of honeyed spice on the nose—an aro...

  • New On DVD: Argo

    Feb 21, 2013

    “Based on true events” is generally the set up for a long, hard fall, as Hollywood plays roughshod with a story that would sell itself if left alone. Not in this case, however. Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans who escaped and found refuge during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis--the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. A CIA specialist named Tony Mendez (played by actor-director Ben Affleck) hits on a rescue plan so ridiculous it could onl...

  • Around The Area

    Feb 21, 2013

    February 21 Fort Collins, Colo.: Dance performance, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, Lincoln Center (7:30 p.m.) $ Denver, Colo.: Further in concert, Ogden Theatre (8 p.m.) $ February 22 Cheyenne, Wyo.: “Exit the Body”, Godfrey Playhouse (7:30 p.m.) $ Fort Collins, Colo.: Dance performance, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, Lincoln Center (7:30 p.m.) $ Fort Collins, Colo.: Savoy in concert, Aggie Theatre (8 p.m.) $ Broomfield, Colo.: Further in concert, 1stBank Center (8 p.m.) $ Stapleton, Colo.: Comedian Pauly Shore, Improv Comedy Club (8...

  • Library News

    Jan Sears, Kimball Public Library|Feb 14, 2013

    This is another busy week at the library with Library Board Meeting this evening at 5:00 and the Oral history Project meeting tomorrow afternoon and the photography contest entries coming in. The entries for the photography contest have been great and include some very interesting photos. After Tuesday, the photos can be viewed and voted on for Viewer’s Choice awards. Please come in and visit these entries and cast your vote. Each year, the Nebraska Center for the Book picks a book for the whole state to read and learn about the rich Nebraska h...

  • Restaurant Review: Wonderful House

    Dave Faries, Editor|Feb 14, 2013

    Wonderful House occupies an enviable space. The destination restaurant in Scottsbluff is a multiple winner of the local paper’s annual “best of” survey. It attracts near full house crowds at lunch and dinner—with respectable service in between. It is also one of a scant few Chinese sit down restaurants in the southern panhandle…unless you really want to count a handful of soggy buffets. Like most ethnic kitchens in this part of the world, staff members stick with dishes familiar to the less...

  • Drinks: Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila

    Dave Faries, Editor|Feb 14, 2013

    Sauza Hornitos reposado remains one of the best tequilas on the market, when price point is taken into consideration. While brands with bigger names and flashier livery demand $50 or more per bottle, it’s possible to find this aged, 100 percent agave beauty in the $30 range. That discount lends a tequila redolent of agave and wood, streamed with traces of juniper and salt, with softer, sweeter notions lurking underneath. It promises on the nose to be one smooth yet intense ride. Be aware that t...

  • New On DVD: Flight

    Feb 14, 2013

    Few films are as bracing, wrenching and morally trying as Flight. Yet it is hardly a thriller. Some may even reel from a viewing of this Denzel Washington tome. The veteran actor plays an airline pilot who brings a damaged plane down in a remarkable crash landing, saving all on board--but that’s just the set up for a more grueling, nuanced, story that probes our concept of behavioral rights and wrongs, social mores and turns hero into anti-hero. Washington’s performance dominates the film, and...

  • Around The Area

    Feb 14, 2013

    February 14 Scottsbluff: Bearfoot in concert, Midwest Theater (7:30 p.m.) $ Cheyenne, Wyo.: “Exit the Body”, Godfrey Playhouse (7:30 p.m.) $ February 15 Cheyenne, Wyo.: “Exit the Body”, Godfrey Playhouse (7:30 p.m.) $ February 16 Cheyenne, Wyo.: “Exit the Body”, Godfrey Playhouse (7:30 p.m.) $ Fort Collins, Colo.: “Amadeus”, Lincoln Center (8 p.m.) $ February 17 Cheyenne, Wyo.: “Exit the Body”, Godfrey Playhouse (2 p.m.) $ Fort Collins, Colo.: The Ten Tenors, Lincoln Center (7:30 p.m.) $ February 20 Fort Collins, Colo.: Russian National Ba... Full story

  • Library News

    Jan Sears, Kimball Public Library|Feb 7, 2013

    Wyoming book author C. M. Wendelboe will be at our library to talk about his books on THIS Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. His first two books, “Death Where the Bad Rocks Live” and “Death Along the Spirit Road” are part of a series set in Pine Ridge . Please set the time aside now to attend and hear the background. If there are any budding authors that attend, he will talk about writing also. The photography contest organized by the HighPlains ShutterBug Photography Club is fast approaching. The photographs are due at the library...

  • Restaurant Review: Tacos Mexico

    Dave Faries, Editor|Feb 7, 2013

    Tacos Mexico presents a dubious face. A plasticized banner strung outside advertises their breakfast burritos, calling to mind thoughtlessly prepared, Americanized things stuffed with sage sausage and scrambled eggs. And it shares space with one of the half-dozen or so tattoo parlors lined up along Overland Drive. Walk inside, however, and first impressions crumble into so much dry maize dust. The little kitchen serves tacos filled with beef, pork and chicken, of course. But the menu also lists...

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