May 28, 2014

Big Helga Comes Out To Play

Jesus Juice: Big Helga Comes Out To Play - Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Whilst staring at the plethora of Australian craft brews at my local IGA a couple of weeks back, there stood beside me an older gentleman who seemed to be carefully reading each label, in his left hand he held James Squires Sun Down, and in his right hand he held Matilda Bay Big Helga.

Jesus Juice: Big Helga Comes Out To Play - Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Sometimes my mind filter doesn’t work properly and I speak ‘it’, when I only mean to think ‘it’, if you know what I mean. I said to this nice old guy out loud, ‘Sun Down and Big Helga is sure to come out to play, reckon you are holding a pretty great night in your hands there!’ Now that could have gone one of two ways, Option 1) He would stare at me like I’m crazy or Option 2) He would crack a smile and say something equally as ridiculous.

Jesus Juice: Big Helga Comes Out To Play - Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Thankfully, it was sort of Option 2, he retorted looking at the beer bottles in his hands “Last time Helga and I got together, we had a great time, so I might take this big girl home again tonight”. With such a glowing review, my decision was made right there, I was going to have a crack at the Helga.

Snr. Supermarket guys come back got me to thinking about funny pick-up lines; I’ve had my fair share of guys who have used the standard pick up line… “Hey baby, how you doin’?” (like Joey from Friends).  Just quietly, I think you fellas need some new material, and should take a leaf out of this chaps play book, cos that was amusing! 🙂

Jesus Juice: Big Helga Comes Out To Play - Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

Big Helga is a dry Munich style lager, think Oktoberfest, I sure did….. It’s fantastic! It goes down a treat too. I could drink it often without getting bored. Now it’s not going to knock your socks off, and it’s not a super complex brew, but you should totes give the sweet malty amber ale a go.

The brewer suggests it’s the perfect accompaniment to a plate of Spanish tapas or a big continental sausage…. If you read that last sentence with a straight face I commend you on your maturity. If not, I commend you on your immaturity.

Jesus Juice: Big Helga Comes Out To Play - Recipes, reminiscences and reviews compiled by Australian award-winning writer, chef and globetrotter, Anna Johnston. www.shenannagans.com

So tell me my lovelies, what’s the best pick up line you have ever heard? And have you ever used one or fallen for someone who used one?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Amelia - February 22, 2016 Reply

Hahahaha love the photos and beer. I love beer.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - February 22, 2016 Reply

Love the outfit Anna 🙂

Rosemary - February 20, 2016 Reply

Love the humor….so funny with the “nice old guy.” Love the outfit…thanks for the laugh 🙂

    Anna - February 21, 2016 Reply

    Glad you enjoyed! 🙂 And the outfit was fun to get about it, my neighbours sure thought I had lost the plot. Haha

Lauren - February 20, 2016 Reply

Not quite the conventional chat up line but I was once asked if I preferred cats or dogs, definitely made me do a double take!

    Anna - February 21, 2016 Reply

    Not at alllllll, thank goodness too, Im often not great with the instant come back. Lol!
    Did you answer your fave? There isn’t any sexual connotation with this question right?

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - February 19, 2016 Reply

I just love your outfit!!! You look so lovely in it!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Teehee! Thanks heaps Rose. 🙂 The look on my neighbors face as I was standing holding beers in that silly costume was priceless. 🙂

Paula McInerney - February 19, 2016 Reply

I often say, “did that come out of my mouth’ so pleased it is not just me. Most people have a good sense of humour. Beer looks good too.

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Hahahaha! Nothing worse when you speak thinking you are being hilarious and you are met with *crickets* 🙂
    The beer is good. Although I think these days it is pretty mainstream.

Krista - February 19, 2016 Reply

I love this so much! 🙂 What a hoot. 🙂 The most hilarious one I’ve heard is when I was in a small town in Italy at a grocery store buying a cucumber and the Italian man in front of me turned around and said, “Remember that’s not a toy, it’s for eating.” 🙂

Sophie - June 12, 2014 Reply

You look cool & pretty in that outfit, Anna!! 🙂

Hahahahahahaaha! A fun post! 🙂

    Anna - June 12, 2014 Reply

    Nawh thank you lovely one. It was a lot of fun. You should have seen the look on my elderly neighbours faces when they saw me running a muck in the backyard dressed like a wench. LOL!

Sriprae - June 5, 2014 Reply

Cute post! Love your outfit. You rocked it! 🙂 Before I read the post I thought you were part of Oktoberfest. The brew sounds lovely. Will need to check if it’s available in my neighborhood. 🙂

    Anna - June 5, 2014 Reply

    Well I now own me the cute little dress, so can rock Oktoberfest me thinks. The brew really was pretty great, it goes down a treat. Let me know if its available in your neck of the words. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - June 2, 2014 Reply

Can I borrow your outfit? And your antipasto platter looks incredible xx

    Anna - June 3, 2014 Reply

    Hahah… Sure can Charlie, let me know when ya need it. LOL!
    Yes, the chefs at the Press Club are crazy talented and make the BEST food, this was one of their delicious platters. 🙂

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - May 31, 2014 Reply

Oh goodness, you’re adorable! <3

    Anna - May 31, 2014 Reply

    HA! Thanks Pamela. AND… Super appreciate you stopping by. 🙂 For those peeps that read all the comments, check out Brooklyn Farm Girl, she’s rockin it on the other side of the globe! #pamelafan

Choc Chip Uru - May 30, 2014 Reply

How you doin’? 😉
Sorry couldn’t resist, you look too cute! Ahaha guys do need new material!
AND this craft beer because the crap I have been offered deserves to go in a bin!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - May 30, 2014 Reply

    Hahahah! Too funny CCU. Some of the fellas def need some new material.:)
    Couldn’t agree more re the beers, some really are worthy of only the bin.
    Enjoy your weekend lovely one. xx

Elias Hallaj - May 30, 2014 Reply

Nice Helga! Can’t wait until we can share another stein of cold lager together! 🙂

Nathan - May 30, 2014 Reply

Darn. Not to mature 😉

But I’ll have to give Helga a whirl.

    Anna - May 30, 2014 Reply

    Don’t worry Nathan, neither am I. 😉
    Defo do have a crack at the Helga, let me know how ya like it.
    See you kids soon.

Mandy - The Complete Book - May 29, 2014 Reply

You look so adorable darlin Anna!
“Sometimes my mind filter doesn’t work properly and I speak ‘it’, when I only mean to think ‘it’, if you know what I mean.” –
Good to know I am not the only one!
What a dear fellow who engaged with you.
Have a beautiful day dear, hugs and kisses to you across these big oceans which separate us.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - May 29, 2014 Reply

    Haha… Love that we share the zero mind filter thing. Have found myself in some rather awkward spots with that. 🙂 Hugs & kisses right back at chya. Xxx

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - May 29, 2014 Reply

Love that the person engaged with you in such a great way! I often talk to people in supermarkets and not always with such great success 🙂

    Anna - May 29, 2014 Reply

    Yeah Tandy, I live in a pretty friendly neighborhood. Plus Canberra is crazy small, we all seem to know each other. 🙂

Hannah - May 29, 2014 Reply

Classic class from Snr. Supermarket Guy! I love the photos!!! Looking lovely as always!!!

I’ve revived the ‘Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?’ To which I most ungraciously laughed.

I have a fantastic friend that always has a pun or a horrible pickup line up his sleeve. He likes to drop them into conversation as often as he can with an amusing disregard for context.

    Anna - May 29, 2014 Reply

    I don’t know how else one is to respond, other than to laugh at the absurdity of a grown person actually using a pick up line. I want deats on what happened after you picked yourself up from the floor from laughing so hard… Did you become friends with Mr Did it hurt when you fell from heaven? I hope so, I want to meet him! 🙂

Angela - May 29, 2014 Reply

Ol’ Helga strikes again! Helga and I have had a relationship for the past few Octobers.

Helga might also be responsible for some of the lack-luster pick-up lines I’ve experienced. You know the ones, “are those space pants, cos your ass is out of this world” and the old “has god lost an angel” one. I like to think of their pick-up lines like you think of Helga….. Now it’s not going to knock her socks off, and it’s not a super complex line, but I should totes give this sweet gal a go.

    Anna - May 29, 2014 Reply

    Hahahaha… HA! Ange, you had me rolling on the floor laughing with your comment. Too funny. I can’t believe someone actually used ‘are those space pants?’ Oh to see your reaction… You’ve nearly gotta pay it right? 🙂 Ha, I think I will have to agree, look at it like I do my girl Helga, and give it a go. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - May 29, 2014 Reply

I’ve never had a good pick up line-actually I haven’t had that many pick up lines. Sad huh? 😛 Is there a good one? I thought that they were meant to be cheesy! 😛

    Anna - May 29, 2014 Reply

    Nope, not sad at all Lorraine. Get Mr NQN to try some out on you… Most would say it’s prob a good thing you’ve not experienced a pick-up line. I think they are meant to be cheesy, or maybe its the way they are executed. Either way, skip the pick up lines and be natural, keep it real. 🙂

Christopher - May 28, 2014 Reply

Helga, you have it ALL going on…….

Alice - May 28, 2014 Reply

Cute! Firstly may I commend you on the fact that your IGA has real craft beer! All I seem to find at mine are baking supplies, (which every gal needs) of course! Secondly, I smirked a bit, so that makes me incredibly immature, but partial to continental sausages & beer, I’m all class 😉

    Anna - May 28, 2014 Reply

    I know right, this is a real bonus, the owners of my local IGA must be beer lovers too. Winning for me! 🙂 You made me lol, welcome to the ‘immature & ALL class club’ girl.

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