Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

DL: Los Bellos Portales, July 28

Hello dear ones,
It sounds like I'm smarting off but for once I'm not really. Can anybody keep up with the Republicans running for president? Kasich? Really? Have all of they announced? They do know that 20 is the upward limit for clowns in a car, right? (Next analogy: Monopoly board.)

I really really really think you should come out to Los Bellos Portales Tuesday because we're really nice, the food's magnificent, there are telenovelas, I may remember to make and bring banana muffins, I might introduce you to Frogula (I am not making that up), you can easily score a lot of CD racks (I switched to shelves) and you'll just dig the heck out of it. The address on the business card is 9313 Two Notch but the address on Google (and the cash register tape) is 108 Columbia Northeast Dr. A. Your phone will bring you; it's quite near the neighborhood (but not the high school) called Spring Valley, in the strip called Fortune Square with Racks and Kiki's Chicken and Waffles. The pernil (roast pork) is to die for. Don't miss it!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 28, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 108 Columbia NE Dr # A (at Fortune Square which is at 9313 Two Notch Rd.)

DL: Los Bellos Portales, July 21

Hello beautiful people,
I'm assured that it isn't my imagination that the pernil at Los Bellos Portales is really, really outstanding. Come out and try it or anything else on the menu. They're also at the Saturday Main St. market, directly in front of the museum store. Empanadas and chicken banana tamales and more! I'll definitely be trying this Saturday.

Thrilled to see that the KKKowards from out of state are gone already and hoping that they don't come back. Tickled that Trump is so intent on destroying his own candidacy that he's attacking McCain for being an ex-POW. Come out and discuss these or other matters, or just to try the pernil. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 21, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 9313 Two Notch Rd.

DL: Los Bellos Portales, July 14

Bon. Allons-y!
On espère que vous avez un agréable 14 juillet. If you aren't fluent in French, I just said, "The waffles are on the pétanque court. Zippy!" If I've used that joke before, well now I've used it again.

I was pleasantly surprised how quickly the General Assembly brought down the flag. I would be more inclined to award points had they done so without a state senator and eight of his churchgoers being murdered. However, they did the right thing for a change, and Nikki Haley showed leadership instead of vetoship for a change, and all are to be saluted. Now to tell the cowards (or if you prefer, KKKowards) in sheets to go home.

Of course we should have our Bastille Day meeting at a French restaurant, but the town isn't exactly overflowing with them, and particularly not French bars or cafes. Los Bellos Portales is almost perfectly delightful, however, and you can toast La France with sangria. Their pernil (roast pork) may be the best thing you ever try. You should come try it. Hope to see you Tuesday!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 14, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 9313 Two Notch Rd.

DL: Nor'Easter still, Los Bellos Portales, July 7

Hi cats!
Pho Viet was delightful last week, but slightly too noisy. Only Joe and I made it out. That in itself wasn't a problem, but even with only two of us, we couldn't hear each other well. So with great regret, I pass on the delightful Pho Viet as a DL venue. But I got ANOTHER idea! Let's try Los Bellos Portales! It's mostly a Puerto Rican place although they also have Central American and Mexican offerings. (And beer.) They are in Fortune Square behind the Dunkin' Donuts. The proprietor is nice and the food is excellent. If you go to the Saturday market on Main St., you've seen them there. Come on out!

This, we hope, is the week that the General Assembly finally does the right thing and takes down the battle flag from the State House grounds. Keeping up the pressure is a good thing, though. Here's the Post-Courier's survey of legislators' views on the issue: http://www.postandcourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/dcce?Site=CP&Date=20150622&Category=StaticPages&Module=15&Class=15&Type=StaticPages&ID=432782
Contacting the Undecideds, No replies and nos would be a worthwhile activity, don't you think? The eyes of the world and of the Klan are upon us. It would be so nice, just this once, to disappoint the latter.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 7, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 9313 Two Notch Rd.

DL: Let's head northeast

I've heard requests from attendees that we try meeting toward the northeast end of town. So let's try out Pho Viet on Decker Boulevard. It's consistently delightful, friendly, comparatively quiet, and serves beer and wine. Come on out; you'll like it!

I, uh, wish I could say something intelligent about Supreme Court actions of the past week. Grinning like an idiot is the best I can do. Obamacare is here to stay, same sex marriage is legal everywhere except in parts of Texas, Alabama and Kentucky where they're unclear on the meaning of the word "supreme"-- and Scalia led the fight against three strikes you're out laws. Granted, it was for a white supremacist, but still. We can definitely talk about it.

So come see us at Pho Viet Tuesday. (If you don't, I'll move it to a Jamaican place next week.) Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 30, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2300 Decker Blvd.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, June 23d

Hi,
I have a feeling that more of you were at the rally Saturday than I actually saw. There were certainly a lot of us! I hope we can finally get that flag down. I want to add my sympathy and sorrow on behalf of the club for the loss of Reverend Pinckney and his parishioners. If we can at least get the flag down, that will be something constructive. Another rally is planned for July 4th at the State House. We white people will try to learn "We Shall Overcome" between now and then.

I haven't heard any suggestions about moving to the northeast, so let's do Uncle Maddio's again. I had another northeasty thought, which was the Pho Viet on Decker and a highly northwesty thought, Delhi Palace, where the food is good and the beer is relatively cheap. Holler back if either of these have appeal or if you have any other suggestions or if you just want to holler back. But as for this Tuesday, I so hope to see you at Uncle Maddio's. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 23, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, June 16th

Hi,
There has been a suggestion that we try meeting out in the northeast. I'm hip, but I don't have any brilliant ideas for a venue out there. I personally would gravitate toward Red Bowl or Red Robin at Sandhills owing to gluten-free offerings there but am open to suggestions. Feel free to offer them!

This week, let's do Maddio's again. We can ponder someplace northeastwards for future dates and dig our pizza in the mean time. Hope to see you!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 16, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, June 9th

Hello beautiful people:
We had a wonderful, fun and even delicious meeting last week. You should really come out; you'd like it. Also it's only a matter of time before I move us on because, wonderful as Maddio's is, we're Drinking Liberally and the booze selection is minimal. But the pizza selection is a blast. Come see!

Also people seem to dig the heck out of my camera quadcopter aka drone. I will give demonstrations as usual at the least tiniest hint of a request, although probably not indoors. (We should go over to the Arcade for that!)

Also also our beloved governor is having a tent revival for a few thousand close friends at North Charleston Coliseum on June 13th. If you haven't heard the really really weird minute-long radio spots (probably the same ones are on TV but not during "JEOPARDY!" when I'm watching) I've taped all but the first three words and will happily play the recording for anyone who is interested. My take in a nutshell: Nikki Haley is welcome to hold a prayer meeting any day of the week, but it's more than a little shaky for GOVERNOR Nikki Haley to do so. Discuss among yourselves or better, come out Tuesday at 7:15ish to discuss.

Our pal Fred Ingram is part of a Songwriter Showcase at Conundrum tonight (Monday, 6/8) starting at about 7. Also performing: THE Dubber and Steve Bennett. Cover is $6. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting Street in West Columbia.

So come out, eat pizza and find out what fundamentalists our founding fathers were instead of the deists those kookoo history books tell us about. Perhaps we'll find time to make fun of Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry. Risk the consequences!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 9, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Pizza pizza pizza!

Remember us? I knew you did. Let's go do Uncle Maddio's again. Everyone who has been has enjoyed it. The pizza's good, the prices are right, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian are all available as well as beer, wine and one of those magic coke fountains that makes anything. The art is pretty and the tunes are good, which is lucky since we all have to cope with that one moment in the world's history when Rand Paul is the only clear-thinking politician in America. I know, right? Up is down. Come out and puzzle it out with us.

I also want to give a shout out to our friend Bradley Powell, off to conquer sweet home Chicago. Happy trails, vaya con dios, and best of luck. Sa-LUTE!

So come out and join us for eating pizza liberally before Rand can revert to his usual dirtbaggery. See ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 2, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: New Bangkok, May 26

Hi happy hooligans,
It's that time again, time to celebrate a very important birthday. I speak of course of Ms. Stevie Nicks. Coincidentally, however, it's also my birthday, and as it's a biennial tradition, IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL EAT THAI IF I WANT TO. Please come out to New Bangkok to celebrate May birthdays, including mine, Tuesday at the ever-popular 7:15ish. They don't seem to have a liquor license, so this is Drinking Liberally in quotes, but we'll still have a good time.

Remember: this is New Bangkok. Old Bangkok moved across the street into a new restaurant and then the cook from the old restaurant opened up New Bangkok in the old location. If this is confusing, just go to the one on the right as you're headed to Sumter; it's in the same strip mall as Ollie's Discount. It's delightful (as is Ollie's, come to think of it).

Also Tuesday, Bernie Sanders is officially kicking off his campaign. This is at 5 in Burlington VT; one assumes that MSNBC at least would cover it. You might want to give a look in, and eat some Ben & Jerry's in solidarity.

Meanwhile Huck Mikeabee has found that running for president for fun and profit doesn't go so well when you start defending child molesters. So yeah, we may have some things to talk about at DL.

Come on down, wish me a happy birthday (and hopefully Jim a happy belated one) eat Thai and we'll all have a real good time!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 26, 7:15ish
Where: New Bangkok, 7509H Garners Ferry Rd.