Beer Flavors

17 Jun

When you drink a beer you do it mainly for taste. Nobody likes tasting a crappy beer, but each of us enjoy certain beer types with flavors that appeal to our taste buds the most while also quenching our thirsts.  Beer types can vary from IPA, Wheat, Pale Ale, Brown Ale and so on.

It’s often difficult to describe the flavors you are tasting, or know their origins and how it all fully impacts the taste and quality of the beer you are drinking.

Here’s something that should hopefully help you better determine the flavors of the beer(s) you are tasting.

This is a Beer Flavor Wheel taken from the book Craft Beer World by Mark Dredge

Beer Flavor Wheel

Cheese Puffs

18 Mar

They look funky
and taste like they are made from Styrofoam
that’s been painted orange.

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Cheese puff factoids from Wikipedia:

Cheese puffscheese curlscheese ballscheesy puffscorn curlscorn cheese are a puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese-flavored powders. Common brands include Cheetos (U.S.), Cheez Doodles(Northeastern U.S., Sweden), Chee-Wees (New Orleans, South Central U.S.), Chizitos (Perú), Boliquesos (Perú),Cheezies (Canada), Twisties (Australia), Kurkure (India and Pakistan), Utz (U.S.) Wotsits (U.K.),[1] Curl (Japan) andChee.Toz (Iran).

They are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape. They may be ball-shaped, curly (“cheese curls”), straight, or irregularly shaped. Some are even shaped as animals or other objects. Some cheese puffs are puffy while others are crunchy.

Cheese puffs were invented in the United States of America in the 1930s; there are two competing accounts. According to one account, Edward Wilson and/or Clarence J. Schwebke of the Flakall Corporation of Beloit, Wisconsin (a producer of flaked, partially cooked animal feed) deep-fried and salted the puffed corn produced by their machines, and later added cheese.[2] He applied for a patent in 1939 and the product, named Korn Kurls, was commercialized in 1946 by the Adams Corporation, formed by one of the founders of Flakall and his sons.[3] Adams was later bought byBeatrice Foods.

Sandwich Goodness

2 Aug

A simple sandwich with few ingredients, which must be fresh, makes for a great lunch both at home and when traveling.

Had this sandwich below at an Italian deli in London.
Fresh sourdough baguette, parma ham, fresh tomato and lettuce – very tasty!

L’Orecchietta, London UK

2 Aug

Yes more pizza.

I stopped by this bar/restaurant a few times for lunch while working down the street in London.

At first appearance it did not look like they would have good food here, it was a dark, subdued bar, but they had plenty of table seats and a menu so…

After finally figuring out I needed to order at the bar, I walked up and placed my order.

I was pleasantly surprised by the great quality of the pizza that I ordered and enjoyed it very much.

Lesson learned, never go by appearances only….this one was a hidden gem – if you like pizza that is…

This pizza is parma ham with mascarpone cheese – I love wood fired pizza’s!

L’Orecchietta is located at 29-30 Wakley St, Islington, Greater London

Yard Pizzeria, London UK

2 Aug

Yard Pizzeria London

After work, on another hunt for a local restaurant in London, I went searching for a few highly rated places to have dinner.  Unfortunately the first one was so crowded there was a line out the door and down the block – damn they must have really good food there!  It was time to revert to plan B which was a pizzeria that was down the road another block.

When I found the restaurant, I was surprised to see it was in a former fire engine house.  The decor was top notch and interesting, but instead of sitting inside I opted to sit at the outdoor seats and enjoy the warm night air and watch life go by in London.

Service was quick and efficient, the menu selection very good, and the food tasted excellent!

I had their Rocket & Prosciutto pizza which had black olives, mozzarella and tomato sauce, topped with prosciutto, fresh peppery rocket (arugula) and shaved Grana Padano.

This pizza paired nicely with a local brew called Camden Hells.

Having very much enjoyed the quality fresh pizza I had to also try their desserts and picked out their Vanilla Pannacotta that came with a mixed berry fruit compote.

I was really amazed how great a pizza could taste – this place wowed me on all levels.

Yard Pizza can be found at 140 Tabernacle St,Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4F
Website: http://www.yardrestaurants.co.uk/

From their website:

The Yard, Shoreditch is set in a converted fire station and retains many of its original features. Inside; The Yard has a unique warehouse feel – whilst outside you will find a great seating area, but we’re not just famous for our location and atmosphere – we are renowned for serving up a diverse selection of pizza toppings and our unbelievable ‘Yard of Pizza’ which is perfect for sharing.

Fish Central, London UK

2 Aug

Fish Central Restaurant London

On my first night in London, I was beat. After a long 25 hour day of traveling (from the time I left my house until I arrived at my hotel in London), I was beat and ready for dinner.

I knew of a couple of nice restaurants a few miles away but after the long day I wasn’t up for taking a cab or walking around so I searched my iphone apps for a local restaurant near my hotel and I found a well rated seafood place right behind my hotel.  Turned out it was even better then I was expecting.  Nice ambiance, good service and the seafood tasted very fresh and very good.

Fish Central can be found at 149-151 Central St., St Luke’s, Greater London EC1V 8BY
Website: http://fishcentral.co.uk

About Fish Central from their website

We believe the national heritage of the “Great British invention”, fish and chips, something we have built our reputation on for 40 years will always be with us.

However as eating out has become one of the nations favourite past times Fish Central has evolved into a bustling neighborhood restaurant with a private function room. we serve the well known as well as the more exotic varieties of the freshest fish, combined with daily produce purchased from borough market to create a value for money menu for everyone.

We endeavor to purchase the freshest fish and Crustacea from ethical and sustainable sources without compromising the high standards our loyal regulars come to expect.

In short we try to do the best for our customers, producers, fishermen and the environment, so we can be here for another 40 years.

Anchovy Appetizer

Port wine with chocolate souffle and sweet biscuit

House of Bols Experience, Amsterdam NL

2 Aug

While visiting a few art museums I found this place across the street and had to check it out….

House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

A visit to The House of Bols, Cocktail & Genever Experience on the Museumplein square in Amsterdam, is a unique adventure and an unforgettable interactive experience of the glamorous world of cocktails, liqueurs, bartending and the Dutch spirit Genever. At the House of Bols you will find all about Lucas Bols – the world’s oldest distilled spirit brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575! You will also discover Bols Genever – Holland’s rediscovered cocktail spirit, which dates back to 1820.

Explore your senses

House of Bols takes you on a spectacular journey through flavours, aromas, images, sound and film. The tour incorporates the Hall of Taste, where you will discover all 38 Bols liqueurs and how they are made, the Delfts blue room, the World of Cocktails ‘club’ and the mysterious Bols Genever Room.

The tour ends in the revolutionary Mirror Bar, where bartenders mix your preferred Bols Genever and liqueur cocktail before your very eyes.

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