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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.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

24 Dec

Today we are cooking the traditional Christmas turkey dinner with all the fixings. It’s one of our most favorite meals of all time.

We start off prepping a few side dishes consisting of mashed potatoes, sweet yams, glazed carrots, and a homemade sausage stuffing.

Now it’s time to work on the turkey.  After a long night of brining, its time to prep the turkey for roasting. We stuff it with aromatics of apple, rosemary, onion and cinnamon, get the pan prepped and oil up the turkey for a nice golden roasting.

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Our favorite recipe is Alton Browns Good Eats Roasted Turkey recipe which can be found at this link http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html
After prepping the turkey and all the side dieshes for about 4-5 hours, it’s time for our feast!

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Folsom’s “other” Farmers Market

30 Jul


Folsom’s Farmers Markets

The best fruits and vegetables are often not found at the grocery store, instead they can be found at local Farmers Markets, and Folsom is fortunate to have not one, but two!

Friday I went and checked out Folsom’s “other” Farmers Market that is run by the The El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market Association 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays, June 4, through Oct. 1, at Briggs Ranch Plaza in Folsom.

Featured market items include fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, berries, jam, olive oil, herbs, baked goods, flowers and local merchants.  There are about 20 vendors at any given time that participate in this Farmers Market making for a very nice variety of vendors. 

On this trip I purchased some freshly picked tomatoes, some baked garlic peas that were a gourmet snack, several very nice cheeses, and some candied walnuts. I also purchased some zucchini for a ratatouille recipe I planned to make over the weekend.

In case you haven’t been yet, Folsom’s original certified Sutter Street Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays, June 13, through October 3, in the 900 block of Sutter Street. (http://folsomfoodie.com/2011/03/13/shopping-locally-at-a-farmers-market/)

Check out both Farmers Markets, support our local farmers.

Grown locally, sold locally and eaten locally is the unofficial motto of regional agriculture boosters.

S. Pelligrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants

19 Apr

Organized by Restaurant magazine, the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 800 international restaurant industry experts. What constitutes “best” is left to the judgement of these trusted and well-travelled gourmets.

There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria; for example an interesting experience in a simple establishment, where exceptional innovation was discovered, could be judged better than a more opulent meal from a widely feted restaurant team. The results are a simple computation of votes.

Given that this well-constructed list is based on personal experiences it can never be definitive, but we believe it is an honourable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat around the globe.

World’s Top 50 Restaurant List

http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners

Shopping at your local Farmer’s Market

13 Mar

Shopping for quality fresh food items can sometimes be hit or miss at a grocery store depending on how long items have been on a store shelf and where the item originally came from.   I’ve had the misfortune of occasionally buying what looks like fresh packed produce only to find it spoiled or rotten within a few days of the original purchase.  That can be a major disappointment, especially when spending top dollar for those poor quality items.

As much as I love Trader Joe’s, I’ve found their produce to sometimes be too old to use and frankly they should not even be stocking that produce on their shelves after the item has reached a certain age after it’s been harvested.

Produce sold at a Certified Farmers’ Markets is freshly picked and very nutritious.  Unlike store produce which is picked many days in advance and hundred of miles away, most produce at Certified Farmers’ Markets is picked within hours of market days. And the visitor can talk directly to the farmer and learn about new varieties of fruits and vegetables, farming practices and special preparation suggestions.

A Certified Farmers’ Markets is not just a place of shopping but is a community event.  Friends meet friends, swap recipes and visit with the farmers who have become their friends.

The Placerville, Cameron Park, Folsom, South Lake Tahoe, and El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers’ Market Association, Inc. (CFMA) is an association of over 75 growers and producers who participate.

For more information about The El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market check out their website at http://www.eldoradofarmersmarket.com/

Folsom has a season farmers market that usually starts in June and is held every Sunday morning in old town Folsom on Sutter Street.

Sacramento hosts a dozen different Certified Farmers Markets on various days at several different locations in the area.  A complete list of all Farmers Markets can be found at the following website: http://www.california-grown.com/Market-times.html

One of the largest local Farmers Markets is held on Sundays 8am to noon in Sacramento at 8th and W streets under the highway 50 over pass.  This one has gotten some rave reviews and I plan to go there next weekend to check it out and report back with more details and photos.

Another local Sacramento place to check out is Denio’s Market.

A good farmers market usually has more then just produce, so you can do all your shopping at once in one place.  Many markets also have local vendors selling beef, poultry, fish, shelfish, baked breads and goods and a whole lot more.  Check out your local farmers market soon and you’ll discover an abundance of some of the best food products to be found… at the best prices to be found.

Until next time, Cheers!

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