What is the most memorable line from the movie Forrest Gump? I hear Jenny hollering, “Run, Forrest! Run!” And Forrest expressing his undying love for Jenny, “Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.”
Or Bubba and his undying love for shrimp. “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That…that’s about it.”
I am going to go with, “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” Except my life is less like a box of chocolates and more like a six-pack of beer. I never quite know what I’m going to get…
Coffee – more so than chocolate – is the flavor I prefer when it comes to rich Stouts and Porters. Or so I thought. After trying a number of beers at Charlotte’s annual Oktoberfest festival (which is really a beer sampling on a giant scale), I picked two chocolate beers as my favorites. And one of them was a chocolate IPA. Who am I?
My boss retired today. At a luncheoun in her honor, she told us a story about an academic study that concluded incompetent people tend to overestimate their abilities while smart people tend to underestimate their abilities.
She went on about incompetence until she has us all thinking, “Well heck, is she implying we are all nincompoops?” And then she said, “So at this point she you are probably all thinking, oh gosh, what am I?!”
The point, she told us, was to achieve and maintain success by making a commitment to never stop learning. Even if you think you know something, sign up for a training or listen to what someone has to say about the subject or challenge yourself to learn about something new.
Four days ago, I would have told you I would drink an IPA only if it were the last beer on earth (unless it was Great Lakes’ Lake Erie Monster, for that I make an exception). But I tried something new, and now I am scheming ways to get my hands on a chocolate one. Four years ago, I would have told you that blogging is silly. I accepted a challenge to that notion, and now I’ve spent over an hour putting this post together for no other reward than that of sharing with you.
So keep learning. Less you end up described with a Forrest Gump quote: “Stupid is as stupid does.” Cheers!
In case you need more Forrest Gump, you can find 20 classic quotes here.
In case you are wondering about those two new chocolate beers I loved, they were Thomas Creek’s Chocolate Orange IPA and New Belgium’s Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. I used Atwater Brewery’s Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale for this recipe, and I loved it too.
- 3 medium to large bananas, ripe but firm
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup chocolate beer
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- optional: ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
- Place the butter, sugar, and beer in a large skillet and bring to a simmer. The goal is to get the sauce to a smooth and thickened consistency, but take care not to overcook.
- Slice the bananas, add them to the skillet of sauce, and heat until warmed through, about two minutes.
- Scoop the ice cream into bowls and top with the bananas and sauce.
- Top with the chopped peanuts if desired.