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Beer for Cigars

Been experimenting pairing cigars and beers. What I've found doesn't work at least for me are hoppy beers, saison, yeasty Belgians (Tripels, Strong Dark ales), and imperial stouts. What does work I've found are German styles pils, marzen, Doppelbock, etc. I think the German styles can accept the spice, pepper, and wood flavors of a cigar. Where the previously mentioned styles can clash.
Thoughts?

Mar 29, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

Trend for US gas station beer taps grows

Seen alcohol served at gas stations in Europe.
Growler fills at stations isn't a bad idea. Altho' I wouldn't support bars there.

Mar 26, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

Trouble brewing: how craft beer fomented a battle for the soul of booze

"London, which had two breweries in 2006, now boasts close to 70."
Nice

Mar 24, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

British dinner thoughts

UK breweries readily available in my town are: Coniston, Timothy Taylor, Samuel Smiths, T & R Theakston, Orkney, Meantime, J.W. Lees, Adnam's, Belhaven, Wychwood, Harviestoun, Greene King, Whitbread, Fuller's, and Wells & Young's.

Mar 09, 2015
Chinon00 in U.K./Ireland

British dinner thoughts

So the idea to serve all small plates service à la russe. There will be 3 courses from each country; first Britain then France and so on (total 6 courses). I hadn't planned on any dessert courses, but it isn't out of the question.

Mar 07, 2015
Chinon00 in U.K./Ireland

British dinner thoughts

I'm planning a meal for friends featuring food and beverage pairings from Britain versus France. I've decided in 3 courses per country.
For Britain I've chosen the following (and would appreciate your opinion):
- Welsh rarebit (cheddar) served w/ Samuel Smith Taddy Porter (beer also used in rarebit)
- Lamb Curry served w/ a dark English mild
- Pork Pie & salad served w/ Fullers London Pride (or cider)

Thoughts?
Too heavy? Sequence wrong? Better dishes or pairings?

Thanks

Mar 06, 2015
Chinon00 in U.K./Ireland

Let's talk about blood sausage.

Irish breakfast ...

Mar 05, 2015
Chinon00 in General Topics

Let's talk about blood sausage.

Berliner Schlachtplatte

Mar 05, 2015
Chinon00 in General Topics

Mailly Grand Cru Wine Maker

Cool ok. Yeah I did find your response rather cryptic. No worries tho'.

Mar 03, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

Mailly Grand Cru Wine Maker

Please clarify.

Mar 03, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

Mailly Grand Cru Wine Maker

BTW the lineup of sparkling for the tasting was as follows:

1. Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro “Rive dei Ciliegie”
2. Bacharacher Kloster Furstental Sekt Brut (Riesling) Weingut Ratzenberger (2008)
3. Chinon la Cravantine Vignoble Gasnier (Cabernet Franc)
4. Gruet Winery Brut (New Mexico)
5. Mailly Brut Reserve Grand Cru

The only disappointment for me was the Ratzenberger. The weight I expected from it wasn't there. Served w/ crabcakes and the wine kinda got lost. Would have been a better choice for sushi I think.
The surprise was the Gruet. Lots of green apple and baked apple. Intense. Although the Mailly had more weight and was overall a better wine.

Mar 03, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

Mailly Grand Cru Wine Maker

Ok so it's not necessarily the sign of an inferior Champagne?

Feb 27, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

Mailly Grand Cru Wine Maker

What's a control label?

Feb 27, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

Would you make the risotto ahead of time?

If I has to I'd stop the cooking halfway and then finish it when convenient and serve immediately.

Feb 27, 2015
Chinon00 in Home Cooking

dinner host responsibilities

Yeah a friend and I have been going out to lunch together every Thursday for maybe over a decade now. Neither of us treats the other but we are always courteous to each other nonetheless and mindful of each other's time. He'll ask me or I'll ask him if he has to be back sooner (or later) and that dictates if either of us has dessert.
What you are describing is just common courtesy regardless of whether one is being treated to the meal or not.

Feb 27, 2015
Chinon00 in Not About Food
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Mailly Grand Cru Wine Maker

Hello, I'm having a sparkling wine dinner/tasting this weekend and am creating a guide sheet w/ wine info including each the name of each wine maker. I cannot find the name of the wine maker(s) at Mailly Grand Cru. Can anyone help?

Feb 26, 2015
Chinon00 in Wine

dinner host responsibilities

You would hesitate to order tea until you saw whether the host ordered tea? And if the host didn't you wouldn't?

Feb 26, 2015
Chinon00 in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

But how is it unmannerly to order differently than the host? Not excessive ordering just different.

Feb 25, 2015
Chinon00 in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

How do I define excessive? My rule is simply to not take advantage. I could be taken out to dinner by Bill Gates and I'm still not gonna order the most expensive entree on the menu or a $35 bottle of beer. But if a friend who's vegetarian takes us out to dinner I should be mindful to not eat meat as well? We're all different I guess. You go girl.

Feb 25, 2015
Chinon00 in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

You keep placing cost constraints on the host in every situation. Imagine he's your uncle who's doing ok financially. And he's not a strict adherent to any faith. And we're not saying that you should feel free to go ape shit and order a bottle of vintage champagne w/ a lobster entree. But would you follow your rule of letting your host's meal selection dictate your's?

dinner host responsibilities

Maybe? Well then under what circumstances would you not allow your uncle's dinner choice to dictate what you order?

Feb 24, 2015
Chinon00 in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

Gee that sounds like a ball.
What if you are being taken out for your birthday next week by a loved one, say an uncle. You would let his choice dictate how you order your meal in this situation as well?

Feb 24, 2015
Chinon00 in Not About Food
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Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

Yeah and in the comments section of the attached article the comments altho' limited to only 4 were nonetheless expressed displeasure w/ the commercial.

Feb 24, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

dinner host responsibilities

Some religions are vegatarian or obstain from pork. Do we have to follow that too?
Bottom like if it's on the menu of the restaurant (that the host apparently chose) then feel free to order it. The only issue is don't over do it in regard to price w/ anything on the menu.

dinner host responsibilities

There are restaurants that don't serve alcohol. Take the clan to one of those next time.

dinner host responsibilities

What else on the menu must people "offered" before ordering? Tea, coffee, dessert?

Feb 23, 2015
Chinon00 in Not About Food

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

Do you drink any light craft styles by the pool? Wit, hefeweizen, Munich helles?

Feb 22, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

When is it appropriate for you to enjoy an IPA?

Feb 22, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Sushi is fine but I have issue w/ eating at the bar. I wanna face my date so I can have a proper comfortable conversation; sitting at the bar frustrates that.
My other requirement is a quiet place so again I can hear what my date is saying. Back in the 90s (when I dated) there was a trend where restaurants would blast music. I hated that.

Feb 20, 2015
Chinon00 in General Topics

Desperate Budweiser add screams "we are cheap beer"

You are correct in regard to your point. I got you confused w/ someone else.
Sorry.

Feb 18, 2015
Chinon00 in Beer