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Seattle Loves Chai: The Chai Normandy Cocktail

Originally posted on Never Dry In Seattle:

I like to think of myself as a cocktail genius… I like to think I can just play around with ingredients and come up with the next big thing and I’ll end up on stage at Tales of the Cocktail accepting a “Best Cocktail of All Time” award…

This delusion of grandeur has been proven wrong on many occasions… it’s not even close to true.  It might even be the opposite of true.

But, lets back up a bit… I love Chai tea, it’s hugely popular in the area and there are some great places offering chai in Seattle.  However, there aren’t a ton of great chai tea cocktails at local bars.  So naturally, being the alleged cocktail genius that I am, I made some Chai infused vodka and started playing around with it.  I was inspired by  Woodinville’s own Project V Distillery (and sausage company?) after having their product…

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Sunday Art Fare


Wine and Cheese

Couldn’t load the page, but there’s the credit link.


Satireday on Fizz


What beer be this?

Gouden Carolus Easter Beer

Brewed in Belgium.

Gouden Carolus Easter Beer 2

There, did you know there was a beer brewed especially at Easter?

You can read about it on Gouden Carolus homepage.





Wednesday Whine

Missed yesterday, I was having mouse issues…

Peeping into my wine rack.

This is another that didn’t last long in the rack.

Convento da Serra – White 2009

Another wine from the Alentejo region in southern Portugal.

Grape types: Fernão Pires, Rabo de Ovelha and Roupeiro

My view: Damned fine wine, looking for more.

On-line wine sellers note: Aroma muito fresco e limonado, denotando a juventude do vinho.  (Very fresh aroma, lemon, denoting a young wine).

Price: R$27 ($12)

How stuffed up is that?

Being Easter week, I thought it would be nice to post about Easter food.

So I googled ‘Easter food’

Yup, I got chocolate Easter eggs!

This is how stupid Google is, chocolate Easter eggs are NOT food.

Now this looks like food, Ukranian Easter Food…


Sunday Art Fare


Still life – Georg Flegel

Germany, Baroque (1566 – 1638)



Satireday on Fizz


What beer be this?

From the Harviestoun Brewery…

Old Engine Oil – Engineer’s Reserve


and the more refined Porter


You can find more of their unique beers here.

Here’s a suggestion from their page:

Ice Cream Float

Ice Cream Float

Wednesday Whine

I missed last week…

Peeking in my wine rack


This week a wine that is still in my rack.

Alentejo is a region in the south of Portugal famous for it’s red and white regional wines.

The bottle I have is a Loios dry red, 2009


Grape types: Aragonez, Trincadeira and Castelão

The historic name Loios comes from a sect of monks who dominated the area in the 14th and 15th centuries.

For me this will go with a very rare beef.



Drink it or save it?

The wine collector’s dilemma


Royal Wedding This magnum of 1961 Dom Perignon was disgorged in 1981 for the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. (Christie’s Images Ltd)

It’s a drip, drip process. It starts somewhere between buying a bottle or two for dinner and having a couple more bottles of a favourite vintage on hand for unexpected guests. Before you know it you’re stashing cases to be savoured over a few years and suddenly, wine enthusiasts become avid collectors.

Their passion is so strong they will reach across time zones, interrupt business meetings and call from airports while rushing to catch a connecting flight just to discuss their collections.

“I remember it was in 1980, I tasted a bottle of ’71 Musigny by Roumier. It was a great Burgundy and the shop where I bought it had slashed the price from $45 to $15 a bottle,” recalled Joseph Rescigno, the principal conductor of the Florentine Opera Company in Wisconsin. After he first tasted it, he ran back to the store. “I bought 11 bottles. It was as much as I could afford. And to this day, my favorite wine is a red Burgundy.”


The Parrot Sketch


Sunday Art Fare


Van Gogh’s Still Life with Quinces and Lemons

Satireday on Fizz

Grapes of LOL

Grapes of LOL

What beer be this?

Germania 55

lata-germania-55-988x1024A recent addition to the lines of Brazilian beers.

Brewed by the Germania 55 brewery  in upstate São Paulo.

Tried one can, bought three more the same week.

The cans are 710ml, 110ml more than the normal Brazilian bottles, so there is value for the R$4.99 price (on special), that’s about $2.oo.

Great beer, more flavour than the usual Brazilian offerings which tend to be bland. Styled on draught beer from the barrel. One review said it had ‘an odour of soap and sulphur, but tasted okay’. I don’t agree, but then I’m a drinker, not a sniffer. Classed as a Standard American Lager…

More info: etí In Portuguese

Going Hog Wild, With Whole Hog

Originally posted on Texana's Kitchen:

WARNING, WARNING, WARNING: members of PETA and those who do not eat meat, you should prolly keep right on scrolling past this post. I’m from Texas, and we love meat up in here.  

Fresh on the heels of my post about big (pork) butts, I thought now would be a good time to share with you what it means in my house to go Whole Hog.

First of all, pigs are really cute, right?


You know what these are?

That’s right…Bacon seeds!!

 And bacon is yummy. In fact, the whole darn pig is yummy—from the cute pink nose to the curly little pig tail. When I see a cute little pink piglet, I think: “aweeeee, that’s the cutest little pre-bacon EVER!”

Many cultures around the world have a traditional feast built on this premise.

First of all a very brief language lesson…

The Spanish word for milk is Leche…

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April Fool 2012

The Hennessy Olympic Editon



Satireday on Fizz


What beer be this?


Betty IPA


From: Hanger 24 Craft Brewery


Wednesday Whine

Welcome to the second installment of Wednesday Whine.

Another part of my wine rack, very rustic; complete with dusty bottles and a spider’s web.

I use anything that will store bottles horizontally

I use anything that will store bottles horizontally

Even resorting to fruit boxes where necessary.

It’s a sad story, today’s wine is like last weeks, no longer in the wine rack. I drank it yesterday with a fish casserole for lunch.

Based on a part post from yesterday on Life is but a Labyrinth. It is a mere coincidence that this is also an Argentine wine; I do drink others.

Candela Legend Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion 2003

CandelaLegendExtThe wine that found its way into the freezer before lunch.

The legend – “The legend speaks of a shadow of light, dancing through the vineyards in the heart of the night. Everyone knew her name and many were captivated by her splendor. Candela, a magical enigma, igniting passion and inspiration with the light of her dance”.

There is very little on the net about Candela Legend wines from Argentina, some info about reds, but no whites.

Produced by Bodegas Escrihuela Gasgcón, which returns no results, although I have managed to track the bodega to the Cuyo area of Mendoza.

I was again confronted with a black zit, that black rubber ‘cork’. Which despite the hype on the bottle dampened my ardour somewhat.

The wine itself was a reddy-brown which took me by surprise; I was expecting a white; and as per the blurb with greeny tinges. This looked more like iced tea.

The taste, musky, palatable, but definitely musky. It’s not a tip-it-down-the-sink wine by any means. I will persevere and over the course of the afternoon the bottle will empty.

I wouldn’t rush to buy it again.

To sum up my experience in one word, disappointing; although I will say their reds get good write ups.

Bourbon Barrel Meat Smoker

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Originally posted on A Ph.D. in Beer :

barrel This isn’t EXACTLY a post related directly to beer but I consider it beer-adjacent in my interests. I love beer, bourbon, bourbon barrel aged beers, I also love BBQ. For a long time I’ve had a fantasy of converting a used bourbon barrel into a meat smoker. An opportunity presented itself in the form of a cheap 2005 Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel used by Heavy Seas Brewery outside of Baltimore.

photo(4)I was able to scurry up to the brewery one morning and pick up the barrel for a mere $60….the modifications to the barrel itself ended up costing that much but in the end I have a hand made, custom smoker that accents my interests. It is a great conversation piece. This post is going to be a little photo heavy so bear with me. First thing, this barrel is heavy. I was able to pick it up and carry…

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Sunday Art Fare


Tomatoes – Sarah Lynch


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