October 2014

Traditional Method Sparkling: A Closer Look

traditional method sparkling wine

So now you know about the main ways to make sparkling wine, including traditional method. You know what food goes with each style of bubbles, their taste profile, and how much you should expect to pay for them. Now, let’s take a closer look at traditional method sparkling wine, and the different styles available. (more…)

Sparkling Wine: Bubbles of a Different Kind

sparkling wine kinds

Whenever someone buys Champagne, I have to admit I cringe a bit inside because I hope that the person paying knows what they are getting themselves into. Champagne is king, everyone knows it. The price. The allure. The status. The glitz and glamour. But, do they know what it tastes like? How it’s made, and the amount of labour involved? Probably not, and that’s fine. (more…)

Fall Drinks: Sazerac Recipe

sazerac cocktail

Sazerac is widely thought to be America’s first official cocktail, dating back to the mid 19th century. While I normally wouldn’t recommend such a bizarre cocktail, especially since you need absinthe for the real traditional way, if you are like me you have a bottle on hand.  (more…)

Wine and Food Pairing: Thai / Vietnamese

thai food spice

Sometimes, you need a break. As much as I love cooking, I don’t want to do it when I’m tired. It should be fun, not a chore. When it feels like a chore, put the knife down and pick up the phone – get some takeout. (more…)

Pumpkin Risotto Recipe

pumpkin risotto recipe

Following the trend, here’s another pumpkin recipe. After making this last night, I felt like this would have been just as good, if not better served with the braised lamb (instead of mashed potatoes). But anyways, then I would have had to come up with another idea for a post. (more…)

Pumpkin Beer and Braised Lamb

braised lamb pumpkin beer

Fall is my favourite time of year, because it is around now (actually about a month ago) that pumpkin beer is released. I could drink buckets of this stuff. This is not going to be a review of specific beers, because I’ve only had a few different brands this season, and they are all ones I’ve had before. If you want a review of the best ones, go here. (more…)

Amazon Promotion of “Beyond Ramen PBR”

beyond ramen pbr

This bachelor’s guide to quick, easy meals and tasty intoxicating wine is one click away. Whether you want to impress a lady friend, or throw a dinner party for a few people this book has you covered.

Learn about wine pairing with specific types of food, as well as the history and styles of well known wine areas and grapes.