November 30, 2010
The Dunkin Donuts "Wake up wrap" is probably the worst 105 mg of Cholesterol I've ever consumed.
Lance and I were on the road. The last stop before getting on 95 in Connecticut is a Dunkin Donuts. I'm not likely to go in a Dunkin Donuts in Philly, but while traveling it's okay. Right?
I didn't know DD had a new item- the wake-up wrap. It's part of their "eat smart" menu.
It was cheap and not large, and I was hankering for a little mornin' snack, might as well be smart about it.
What I got was gross.
Or as my dad would say, "grossnosity."
It's gross for many reasons.
This is the list of ingredients- my favorite is Annatto and Oleoresin Paprika Color (if colored)
INGREDIENTS: Egg Patty: Whole Eggs, Whole Milk, Soy Oil, Water, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Xanthan Gum, White Pepper, Citric Acid; Flour Tortilla: Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Contains one or more of the following: Cottonseed Oil, Soybean Oil) with Mono and Diglycerides and/or Citric Acid, Contains 2% or less of the following: Salt, Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Fumaric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Dough Conditioner (Wheat Flour, Calcium Sulfate and Sorbic Acid), Preservatives (Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate); Cheese: American Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Water, Dry Cream, Milkfat, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Annatto and Oleoresin Paprika Color (if colored), Soy Lecithin (non-sticking agent).
It wasn't that warm. And you know they just nuked it- so it should've been warmer.
And this is sort of #1. The lady, Wendy, that served it to me was gross. I told her they were out of napkins. She proceeds to come over to customer side to fill the napkin holder. But not before she reaches her hand down into the trash to push it down and make room for more trash. She then loads the napkin holder without washing her dunkin donut garbage hands. And that's just gross.
November 29, 2010
November 28, 2010
A few times a month- beer reps sort of team up. A"supplier" (that's me) joins a Wholesaler rep for the day.
You hope like heck you get a long because in most cases you're sharing a vehicle from bar to bar all day long- or distributor to distributor.
You get to know each other. You talk shop. Sometimes you find out what his or her favorite beer is, how they got into the industry, or maybe how they can't wait to get out. Some bars and stores are overwhelmed by the idea of being perhaps "double teamed." Others don't mind it at all and look at it as a way to meet people that otherwise aren't in their "territories" that much.
More often than not it's a win-win- and if you're lucky -or if you stop by and see Frankie Bell on Front St. in South Philly-you'll get to try some Basset's ice cream in the middle of a sticky summer day.
Two weeks ago- I had not one, not two, but three ridewiths. They brought me through bars in Montco, Ches Co and of course Phila Co. My day in Philly had me chatting Sly with Urban Saloon, The Blockley Pourhouse, City Tap House, Capogiro, missing managers at Landmark, and Distrito. We talked Christmas beer, always a seasonal crowd pleaser.
Any place would have been great for lunch, but we did Distrito. Jose Garces' University City cantina does two courses and an ice tea or soft drink for $15.
I opted for the Tortilla Soup with chicken, pasilla chile broth, queso fresco and avocado. The sinkin chicken at the bottom of the oval bowl was some of the most tender bird I've tasted in a while.
Stayed with pollo and went with chicken enchilada for the second course. It was served with chihuahua cheese and a delicious red chili sauce, scented with epazote. Perfecto.
The food rocked, but better than the edibles is the incredible Kim Murphy. She's a funny ginger. She works hard, and she manages to still get out there and sell beer after a liver-exhausting trip to Mexico. Chances of you hanging out with Kim Murphy any time soon are pretty slim. But chances of you getting to 40th and Chestnut in the near future are pretty good.
Distrito also does brunch every Saturday and Sunday- perhaps a li'l Revuelto-=- shirred egg, goat cheese, chive, smoked salmon, dill cream, caviar toast?????
CHIFA hosted Iron Hill in November. I tweeted between bites. I had the most amazing stew of my life. How sweet the sound of conversation surrounding the slurping of root vegetables, chorizo, braised beef and rabbit loin. Our entire table was talking about how each spoonful provided a different taste.
Thursday, December 16th it's TROEGS turn.
The Troegner brothers are trekking east from Harrisburg. 7 pm $65 Plus tax and gratuity. I can't make it- I will be at Standard Tap toasting my ladies beer club on another year of drinking beer well done. But what a great Christmas present for your favorite beer/ Jose Garces lover. If not for the award-winning beer, or the nationally recognized cuisine of CHIFA, chances are beer ambassador, Nick Johnson, is most likely to get drunk on Mad Elf sitting at the round table behind a sexy beaded curtain. Tis the season. Oh wait- that's every season.
November 26, 2010
I think I'll be thankful for sleep tomorrow.
I'm tired after all those trimmings. We did a cornish hen this year instead of a turkey. I made turkey meatballs, roasted and mashed butternut squash, and brought my dad mince meat tarts. Dad went all out. I thought he was just doin the hen, but he made a bunch of sides as well. Michelle and Deepak brought one of those Tofurkeys. Everyone seemed to enjoy it- but me.
Lance always takes off early for Guilford, Connecticut where the rest of the Lapierre clan reside. I always head up there first thing on Friday. So it was just two of my sisters, my sister's boyfriend and my dad sharing stories over soon-to-be empty plates and full bellies.
Last year, I put together a huge list of things for which to be thankful. Unfortunately, I have to be on Amtrak in less than 5 hours and I need a li'l shut eye. Maybe I can work on it while I'm on the train.
When most people count their blessings, one and two are usually friends and family. That holds true for yours truly. The beer-soaked days are definitely made better with the people that I pass the hours with. And speaking of beer, I'm thankful for the McNeill's Dark Angel imperial stout they had on tap at the POPE on Wednesday night. Vermont brewery. You should try it.
November 24, 2010
November 22, 2010
They're kicking off the day with a Brewmaster's Breakfast featuring the culinary genius of Chef Andrew Deery of Majolica.
*Five courses for $35
- Fresh Donuts- Paired with Kimberton Coffee Porter
- Potato and Leek Veloute. Smoked Salmon Croque Monsieur- Paired with Saison Vos
- Truffled White Sausage. Mashed Celery Root- Paired with Royal Weisse
- Maine Peekytoe Crab Benedict. Wilted Spinach. Sauce Choron- Paired with Odyssey Imperial IPA
- Spiced Pumpkin Biscuit. Cinnamon Ice Cream- Paired with '10 Christmas Ale
*The release of Majolica coffee porter and Succubus- a bit of a switch up on Incubus.
All day long they will be tapping a variety of beers, a special tapas menu will be featured all day and Holt 45 will play at night.
November 17, 2010
Event goes from 7 till 9.
I suggest Beer Club ladies get there closer to 6:30 so we can get seats.
$5 a raffle ticket
Guests get to fill out a ballot with each ticket to vote for a local brewer to join them on the trip.
Here's a list of local brewers to pick from:
Ben Potts from Dock Street
Bob Barrar from Iron Hill
Bill Covaleski from Victory
Brett Kintzer from Stoudt's
Brian O'Reilly from Sly Fox
Casey Hughes from Flying Fish
Doug Marchakitus from Manayunk
Gordon Grubb from Nodding Head
Jon Carpenter from Dogfish Head
Rob Pfeiffer from Twin Lakes
Tom Kehoe from Yards
More details here at the PBW website.
November 15, 2010
We'll be pouring the very first keg of Dunkel Lager in the city and one of the first kegs of our 2010 Christmas Ale. And there will be the last keg of Grisette ( Belgian farmhouse- lighter than a saison in body and alcohol).
The Dunkel is one of the best burger pairings out there.
Also good to make burgers with if you buy Dunkel at a distributor.
This Saturday- join me and Wendy Domurat of Dogfish Head for brunch at Wishing Well, home of the Shame burger.
If you haven't been-it's at 9th and Catherine.
We will be there from 12-2.
You can order a la carte or do the whole shabang for only $27.50
DFH beers to be announced.
Blue Moon Acres Greens, Pickled Mushrooms, Shaved Onion, Roaring 40’s Bleu Cheese & Saison Vinaigrette
Sly Fox Dunkel Lager
Pulled Short Rib Taco, Scrambled Egg, Pickled Tomatillo Salsa, & Cotija Cheese
Sly Fox 2010 Christmas Ale
Brioche French Toast Stack, SNAP & Blackberries
Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Stout
Irish Breakfast with a twist
Blood Sausage Benedict, Poached Eggs, Tomato, Stewed Beans & O’Reilly’s Stout Hollandaise
There's a lot going on in the beer world this Thursday.
Schlenkerla is at Brauhaus (with their chef too). That's sold out.
Lance has his dinner at CHIFA.
And Fork and Barrel is pouring what Brian Ewing (Founder, Pres) Of 12 Percent Imports says is without a doubt the best lineup of his beers he's had since starting 12 Percent.
Guests get to try 11 beers and 11 cheeses for $65. Its a great deal when you think about the obscurity of the beer.
Murrays cheese is New Yorks oldest cheese shop
Also- have you been to the Cask Saloon upstairs?
Lance and I checked it out for the first time last night. Artisan hot dogs. I think the dog was all beef. Even the roll was toasted and better than your average hot dog roll. We went with "New Orleans" that had Mornay Sauce, fried egg and ham like a Monte Cristo and the Montana which consisted of baked beans and crumbled sausage.
Peanut shells cover the floor, American Flags are on the wall. Vintage photos are up. Barrels serve as tables and Dixieland/old jazz is blasting through the speakers. It's awesome.
November 12, 2010
As most of you know- Monday nights I am pulling taps at Bridgids in Fairmount. Every week I look forward to seeing our cook Eugene. He's adorable. He tells me when he thinks I've lost a few pounds, and he also tells me not to eat after 7 when he thinks I could lose a few.
He's a sweetheart, probably about 60 years old.
One night about two months ago he returned home to his house in the NorthEast and it was gone.
Everything was gone. I still don't know the entire story- but his wife went a wack and set the fire.
Her new house is the jailhouse.
I know what it's like to lose everything but a pulse. I may have mentioned before on IHAS that I had a 7 alarm fire when I was a sophomore in college because of a careless roommate. Whenever I have a few extra bucks around, I make sure the firemen get it.
And this Sunday I will make sure Eugene gets it. BRIDGIDS is hosting a benefit 2-? this Sunday afternoon. $15 for all you can drink.
A few local breweries have donated beer. You can look forward to drinkin' some Iron Hill Belgian IPA with Lance Romance if you can make it down for a couple. Then you can crawl around Fairmount- hit Bishops and the Belgian. If you have any questions- please email me.
Iron Hill Belgian IPA
November 11, 2010
If you look up SIXPOINT's report card on Beer Advocate, you'll see that it's not quite straight A's.
Only because there's a few B+'s thrown in. These Brooklyners make great beer and as of Beer Week have someone in the market to spread the word, Jersey Dan. Dan is working with Bella Vista distributors to get taps all over the city. This is the first time their Belgian Rye, Enterprise is being poured in Philly.
So... what's happens at a POP UP?
Bengali Tiger IPA 6.5%
Righteous Ale (Rye Pale Ale) 6.4%
Otis Oatmeal Stout 6.1%
Brownstone (American Brown Ale) 5.7%
Pumpkin Brewster (Pumpkin Saison, last keg in town) 5.5%
Old Krusher (Barleywine, last keg in town) 10.4%
*Vienna Pale Ale (exclusive) 5.2%
*Bark Red Ale (exclusive) 5.0%
*Enterprise (Belgian Rye Ale, exclusive, Philadelphia DEBUT) 6.8%
November 10, 2010
Just got an email from buddy, Jim Kirk- co owner of Kite and Key regarding the upcoming Craft Beer Express.
Get your tickets yet?
Also make sure to follow CBX on twitter to see what's shaking throughout the day.
The taps are all coming up Rob Todd that day...
Here's the Devil's Den Lineup:
From the Stockertown coolers
Pretty Things 1901 KK
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcella,
Boaks Wooden Beanie,
Mikkeller Simcoe IPA,
Southampton Pumpkin & a German firkin.
Back Up kegs include: Founder's Breakfast Stout, Roy Pitz Fat Daddy Sacs & Cricket Hill Fall Festivus.
November 9, 2010
Woke up on the right side of the bed this morning and the day just keep getting better...Fergies gets a new chef
Foobooz reports this morning that BBQ mistro and all-around good guy, Mark Coates (former Bebe's bbq in Italian Market) will be taking over the kitchen at Fergies.
If you've never had Bebe's bbq - this is very good news.
If you are wondering how bbq can fit in at an Irish pub...Ireland actually hosts the World Championship of BBQing every year. Read more here.
Next is Adoration, Ommegang's first Winter Strong Ale. Adoration is an assertively spiced, malty ale that the brewery claims is best consumed in front of a roaring fire, but we think the glow of sports from the flat screens will do just fine.
Rounding out the flight is the always reliable Three Philosophers. What else can we say about this beer that hasn't already been said? Except that we're sad that is only available on draft seasonally. Fortunately, that season is upon us and having this beer as part of the flight makes the chilly winds a bit easier to deal with.
November 8, 2010
Starting at 3 pm.
On the Hand Pump
WET CHINOOK DOUBLE IPA
Ever year Lance romance holds an "Iron Brewer" competition.
He gives the 2nd runnings of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale to local homebrewers and they have creative freedom to do any style they want with it.
The winners got to brew on the IH system.
And you get to drink it tomorrow night at 7 pm at Iron Hill Maple Shade.
It's a coffee stout and you can read more about it here, or watch this great video produced by
Jeff Linkous and the Beer Stained Letter.
I will be attending a New Jersey beer club tomorrow led by Tara Nurin called the Beer Babes at Brewer's Towne Tavern at 7 pm. It's open to all ladies and no rsvp required.
Brewers has been kind enough to make it a complimentary evening.
I will be guiding you through 6 different beers.
The drinking starts at 7. Join if you can.
It's located at 239 Haddon ave.
*This isn't a chapter of In Pursuit of Ale. The two are unrelated.
November 6, 2010
One week till the CRAFT BEER EXPRESS. Get your tix yet?
Go to this website- click oin the bar that you wanna start at and go from there.
A seat on the bus for unlimited stops is $10.
Every bar on the list will have a special event of sorts that day.
Johnny Brendas is doing their 2nd annual WET HOP Rodeo.
They will be kicking the day off with Ranchero Brunch from 11am-3:30pm featuring huevos rancheros, cowboy steak & eggs, and chilaquiles among other brunchly delights.
On tap starting at 11am (and going all day and night) they will have:
Victory Harvest Pils
Victory Harvest Ale
PBC Harvest from the Hood
Weyerbacher Harvest Ale
Brew Works Harvest Ale
Troegs Scratch #35 -Wet Hopped Citra Ale
Port Brewing High Tide
Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale
Chatoe Rogue Wet Hopped Ale
Ithaca Outdoor Ale
Earth Bread Brewery Wet Hop Ale
Tasting flights will be available. Pay as you go.
As Green Aisle turns one year this week, I thought I would put up a Happy Birthday post for the Erace brothers that have brought a boutique grocer with the best foodstuffs out there to Passyunk Ave.
They continue to expand if you haven't been in in a while- there's always something new. Since they've opened they've added meats, and ice cream. They continue to seek out new purveyors and they can educate you on every item and ingredient in the store. I love it.
And I love Ric's Iced Raspberry Swirl bread. Growing up we would find iced raisin bread at our local market, Hennings, in Harleysville. I haven't had it in 16 or so years. I thought Lance would like the iced part but not the raisin part. So this was perfect.
I waited a day to eat it- so I bet it was best the day before. But it was still pretty damn good.
And just excellent with a cup of Stumptown coffee-Costa Rica blend-beans also available at Green Aisle.
Go check out their website and learn about E. Halen's Pumpple and Adam and Andrew's recent outpost at Bodhi coffee in Head House.
November 5, 2010
|Taking Juicy to the Tenth Power|
It was 2:30 pm on a Wednesday and I was totally spoiled.
They are a BYO open Tuesday-Sunday 5-9:30.
The Veal is $25 and worth every dollar.
The four month old Palate is located right on State St. in Newtown.
You can enjoy an elegant meal there then head to Isaac Newtons or the new Black Horse after.
There's also a great record shop on the opposite side of the street with new and used vinyl.
Look for my review in the next issue of Bucks County Women.
Wow- Two years have passed and the South St. Bridge is opening tomorrow at 2 pm.
Selling beer for a living and spending my days in my Subaru, I would often get frustrated that I would have to detour to get to University City.
Frustrated no longer.
Well- I'm sure I will find something else that irks me.
If you head to Percy St. BBQ after 2 (and this goes all night) you get 10% off the entire menu.
New Yorker, Aaron Goldfarb is releasing his first novel on Nov. 9th.
He plans to do a 30 day-30 bars book tour, which will take him to both Drinkers Tavern and the
P.O.P.E. on Nov. 12th and Nov. 13th
Here's a bit more:
November 4, 2010
I'm gonna be missing out on the Brauhaus Schmitz Schlenkerla dinner, but this should be a good one. Plus you'll get to see Lance Romance speak about his craft.
Thursday, Nov. 18th 7 pm
$65 not including tax and gratuity
To make a reservation, please visit www.chifarestaurant.com, or call (215) 925-5555.
Hopuka Ceviche with sunchoke leche de tigre, sunflower tuile, pickled fresno and sweet potato
Rising Sun IPA, (Sorachi Ace hops)
Peruvian Stew with root vegetables, chorizo, braised beef and rabbit loin,
Victoria’s Bitter, a traditional, easy-drinking English pub ale
Roast Pig with apple-porter glaze, spicy wilted baby black kale and pork-porter humita
Pig Iron Porter
Five-Spice Bread Pudding with ginger-pecan ice cream and malted chocolate sauce,
Weizenbock, a full-bodied ale with a bready malt character and banana and clove notes.
Something to be thankful for. Randy Mosher takes the guesswork out of your Thanksgiving beer pairings
Craftbeer.com is one of the websites of the Brewer's Association. In this month's Brewers Association newsletter, author of Tasting Beer, Randy Mosher, shares some advice on pairing beer and food sur la table.
Here's the link.
The list is up and the comments are rolling on in.
Check it out.