Originally posted on Never Dry In Seattle:
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…
View original 311 more words
Gouden Carolus Easter Beer
Brewed in Belgium.
There, did you know there was a beer brewed especially at Easter?
You can read about it on Gouden Carolus homepage.
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)
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…
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:
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.
The wine collector’s dilemma
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.”
Van Gogh’s Still Life with Quinces and Lemons
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: etílicos.com In Portuguese
Originally posted on Texana's Kitchen:
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…
View original 1,136 more words
The Hennessy Olympic Editon
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.
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
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.
Originally posted on A Ph.D. in Beer :
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…
View original 1,346 more words