THE SOUND- OPUS 99
Hailing from Portsmouth, Virginia, the band Opus 99 rocked Norfolk’s Belmont House of Smoke on February 28th. Playing loud and fast with a good humored snarkiness, this three piece band packs a lot of sound into their original tunes, which are reminiscent of early Green Day and Blink 182.
Founded in late 2012, the guys have been hard at work playing around the area and releasing the EPs, “Nice Coat, Nice Sheen” and “Worthless”, which are available as MP3 downloads on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.com.
THE BITE- BELMONT HOUSE OF SMOKE
Before the show I needed a quick snack so I grabbed a platter of burnt ends from the venue. I’ve eaten at Belmont House Of Smoke in the past, although it had been months since I’ve eaten burnt ends from the place. If you are unfamiliar with what they are, they’re the delightfully fatty/ charred pieces of meat cut from the point half of a smoked brisket. The burnt part or “the bark” as it is referred to, is what makes these little fatty meat bits delicious.
Unfortunately for me that evening, the charred/fatty nuggets of joy where not quite up to par. The fatty char, the whole reason you order this, was sadly missing. What I got was brisket chunks, which were still good, but they weren’t the same burnt ends I’ve had on past visits. They were still satisfying but not as sinful as I would have liked.
Two thumbs up for the coleslaw though. It was shredded and not chopped, which is my preference, and had a nice balance of tang and sweetness. The mac and cheese, was just mac and cheese. Homemade yes, but not so over the top good that I wanted to peek in the kitchen and find the grandma who made it.
Would I eat there again? Yes, because the price is right, I know they can do better, and it may have just been an off night.
For more information or to check out the menu, visit their website. Belmont House Of Smoke
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Usually I’m chasing rockers with my camera, but last night I did something different. My day job, Press 626 Cafe And Wine Bar, asked me to photograph the items for the new menu. Here are the ones that made me the hungriest.
You had me at “Pork Belly”.
Beets. They’re just sexy.
Duck Confit is never wrong.
Scallops? Don’t mind if I do…
Gnocchi makes everything better.
Hungry yet? Come see us at Press 626!
A couple of weekends ago I shot the Drendas and Hissy Fits at the Hershee Bar, Norfolk’s oldest lesbian bar. Affectionately known as “Hershee’s”, or just “The Bar” in certain circles, the place has been killing it over the past year or so with local punk/garage bands being added to the entertainment mix. Like throwing a deck of cards up in the air and watching them land, the result is a rocking mix of patrons. A show at Hershee’s is a guaranteed good time and one not to be missed.
Hershee’s is primarily a dance club, which for me poses a few lighting issues. The good news is that there is light, most of the time. The not so great news is that it’s unpredictable until you observe the patterns of it. Changing lights and a disco ball can make for quite a few “fails” but it can also lead to some happy accidents. Oh, and did I mention the mirrors? Those can be a beast if you decide to use a flash.
Keep an eye out for their self titled EP coming out in the near future. Check them out on Facebook- The Drendas
Always entertaining and equally unpredictable, the Hissy Fits are one of my favorite local bands to catch live.
Check them out on Facebook to see where they’re playing next- Hissy Fits
When we moved to our new place in October, we cut the cable. After months/years of paying for a service that wasn’t giving us much in return, we had enough. Done were the nights of channel surfing endlessly and finally settling on a show that was just “okay”. Or watching Hulu Plus or Netflix instead of the 100 channels we were also paying for.
So we got the latest Roku and kept our Hulu Plus and Netflix and started to enjoy television again. Any cable show that we couldn’t get through those services or any of the other channels on Roku (and there are a lot, including private channels- Google that to find out more), we could rent and still come out ahead. Perfect example is Top Chef for me and Doctor Who for her.
There was one thing missing though. We thought it would be nice to get our local stations in real time, and PBS as well. So we got a RCA flat digital antenna at Best Buy last night. We hooked it up and, we got a few channels but not what we thought we would. We played around with placement, did a few more channel scans and it wasn’t too great. We decided that maybe we just got a bad brand.
So this morning I began researching on line to see what was rated the best. The Mohu Leaf looked like a good one, so I dug deeper in my research for tips on placement etc. That was when I found the solution to the problem with the antenna we bought in the first place.
A guy had a youtube video with some tips and this was a HUGE one. His gaming system was right by the antenna, and when it was on, his stations went out or broke up. So, I looked at our setup. The Xbox was off but guess what was on? Guess what is ALWAYS on? The Roku box. As soon as I unplugged it, BAM, all kinds of stations showed up when we did another scan. And they came in clear as a bell.
So now we are set. Life is good. I’ve got a snow day today, and I’m going to pop some popcorn and dig into the couch. Take THAT cable.