What I Learned This Week: #231

Monday, February 21 – Sunday, February 27, 2021

The Week in Beef: I made a stir fry beef recipe that called for 12 oz. of sirloin. Since I’d planned to stay in all week (the theme of the week, it turns out) I decided to splurge for the expensive cut. Well, the butcher was having none of it. He asked me what I was making with it and suggested I try a cut called Teres Major. I don’t cook a lot of beef at home, I have been cooking for a long, long time, and have never heard of this cut, but as soon as he said it out loud, the lady next to me practically swooned in her love for teres major. I bought, cooked it, and had to admit, it is a really great cut of meat. And, to the joy of my frugal heart, clocks in at about $14 per pound, as opposed to $21/pound for sirloin. Suddenly, I’m weirdly looking forward to the next time I crave Beef and Broccoli!

The Week in Sophistication: I stayed in every night this week (M-F) but, since I’m not used to that kind of nesting, I got a little stir crazy. On Thursday, a cold and rainy night, I craved a glass of deep, dark red wine. I just wanted to leave my place for a little bit, so I headed to the new wine shop on my block to see what they could do.

Hart & Cru has just been open for a couple of months, and all their marketing suggests that the place is too expensive for me to make regular trips. Their wine shop seems to cater to bottle $50 and up and I’m a $20-$24 a bottle of wine girl. I especially love to find an under $15 bargain and this is not the place to make such a discovery. But, for one glass, and to get out of the house, I was willing to pony up. I found a red wine, a modest pour for $14, and not exactly what I was looking for, but close enough. The staff was friendly. The sound system, while too loud for the number of people, sounded great as the staff played actual albums. They have a small selection of food and I can see myself being the old lady who comes in and asks for the cheapest glass of wine and a bowl of soup!

The Week in Community: A buddy of mine runs a community organization, Spring in Our Steps, dedicated to preserving the history and reclaiming alleys, sidewalks, and steps of the downtown corridor. Yes, that is a niche interest, but he does great work that I support. This week he had a fundraiser at a local brewery, Listermann, across from Xavier University. Unbeknownst to my friend, Xavier basketball had a home game that overlapped the fundraiser. The place was packed. A bunch of basketball fans who bought the special dark beer contributed 10% of the sale to the cause. I love that!

The Week in Cheap: The charity drinking in the afternoon led to a marathon of drinking at various spots, a friendly bar crawl and something I haven’t done in quite a while. I faired pretty well, in my opinion. Our last stop was at the Drinkery, one of the bars twenty-somethings fill up every weekend. Me and my friend are WAY to old to be in the Drinkery on a Saturday night, and we were not there long. Two things struck me. First, the place was dead at 9:45 but there was a line at the door shortly after 10. And second, we order the 16 oz. Miller and a shot special…$9 for three of those. Holy Cow! That’s a deal! I had one and went home! LOL!

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