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July 9, 2015

Beer review: The Pitchfork Pear Cider

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The Pitchfork Pear Cider

The Pitchfork Pear Cider

The Pitchfork Pear Cider
Sonoma Beverage Co., Healdsburg, CA

I am a fan of ciders.  I particularly love pear ciders.  Ever since the 2003 IPMS Nationals in Oklahoma City where I tasted the most perfect of beverages, Ace Pear Cider, I’ve been a fan.  Unfortunately, Ace isn’t available in Kentucky, though it is available at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati OH.  (I stop by every time I pass thru.)

So, since I can’t get Ace Pear Cider, I am always on the lookout for something that comes close to that perfection.  Our latest entry comes close.  Out of California, it is 6% ABV.  It is slightly on the dry side.  It reminds you a bit of Strongbow or Smith & Forge.

Like most ciders it has little or no bite or aftertaste.  It is very smooth and enjoyable.  This firm also makes an Apple Cider and an Apple Cider blended with bourbon.  I will say based on this drink I will try the others if I get an opportunity.

April 13, 2013

Beer review: Banana Bread Beer

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Banana Bread Beer

Banana Bread Beer

I am generally not a fan of “flavored” beers.  (Yes, all beers are flavored, but you know what I mean)  However, I have to say that I enjoyed this beer.  It is brewed by Wells & Young in England.  The beer does have a distinct banana bread flavor, but it is not overpowering or unpleasant.  There is no harsh finish.  It was very easy to drink.  I came in a pint bottle for $4.99.  It has an ABV of 5.2%.  I would actually seek this beer out again.  Very nice.  Highly recommended.

March 5, 2012

Beer review: Brewery Ommegang Witte

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I am firmly of the opinion that there are certain foods that require a beer as your drink.  Pizza, Hot Dogs, Chips and Salsa or Guacamole, and a Braunschweiger  sandwich on Pumpernickel bread.

I had the latter with this beer, which claims to be made in the style of a classic Belgian wheat beer.  The brewery is actually in upstate New York.

The beer is rather strong.  5.1% alcohol.  It has a good body and has a vanilla taste.  It almost has a cream soda flavor.  I enjoyed it very much.  I highly recommend it, even though it cost me $9+ for a FOUR pack.

March 4, 2012

Can’t possibly be true # infinity

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:55 pm
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This story can’t possibly be true, can it?  Where does a local health department official think that they have this kind of authority.  Invest in tar and feathers folks.  Tar and feathers.

January 24, 2012

Gung hao fat choy!

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Happy Chinese new year.


Papaw and the kids at Jasmine Chinese restaurant.

November 6, 2011

Beer review: Widmer Hefeweizen

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 12:49 pm
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On a recent night out, I had a glass of this beer.  I’d never heard of the beer or the brewer before.  There is a reason for that.  Widmer is a small craft brewer out of Portland, OR.  For a smaller brewery, they make a nice selection of beers.

Having had their Hefeweizen, I am interested in trying their other beers.  It is a really good beer.  It is a classic unfiltered Hefeweizen.  It is smooth, with no bitterness.  It has a very appealing golden color, trending slightly toward orange.  It has a nice flavor, with a hint of vanilla and citrus.  I thouroughly enjoyed it and it went very well with the steak I had.

April 1, 2011

Restaurant review: Crabby Bill’s

Filed under: Dining,Family — dknights @ 7:59 am
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The family vacation this year was in South Florida.  After a day on Clearwater Beach we ate at Crabby Bill’s.  This is a small seafood chain restaurant.  The family was craving seafood and the place was recommended by the local visitor’s center across the street.

It was great.  I had raw oysters and a crab cake.  The oysters were fresh and wonderful.  The wife had king crab and a cocktail.  While the food wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t overly expensive either.  If you are in South Florida, I recommend stopping by for a meal.

We sat on the outside poarch area and got to listen to some music as well as enjoy the VCU/Kansas NCAA basketball tournament game.


July 24, 2010

Restaurant review: Lucy’s

Filed under: Dining,Family — dknights @ 6:40 am
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Lucy’s, on Shamain Island in the Pearl river in Guangzhou China, is an American style diner, located just down the street from the White Swan Hotel.

Map of Shamain Island

Lucy’s is a godsend for American’s traveling in China.  At any time of the day, the patrons found in the restaurant are almost all Americans and most are adoptive parents staying at the White Swan Hotel down the street.

By normal standards, Lucy’s would be an average resaurant at best.  Its prices are normal by American standards, but expensive compared to most restaurants in China.  The reason that Lucy’s exists is to supply familiar “American” food to travellers who have endured a week or more of sometimes strange asian fare.

On our first trip to China the modelwife and I ate at Lucy’s several times since we were staying in the White Swan.  This last time, since we were at a different hotel, not on the island, we only ate there once.  I had the fish and chips and it was good.  Not great, but good.  The modelmoppet enjoyed her onion rings and Gnat continued her love affair with french fries.

If you are in Guangzhou and hungry for food from home, Lucy’s is one of the places you must visit.

Modelfamily at Lucy's in Guangzhou

March 21, 2010

More helpful government

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:47 pm
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When the government gets involved in the size of your french fries, it is time to abolish the governments since they have clearly already dealt with everything important.  Story here.

March 15, 2010

Random notes from a random weekend

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 8:58 pm
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Note to self: Driving 1300 miles in 36 hours with a sick six year old is not a good idea. Ever.

I suspect that I-65 is finally going to be expanded to six lanes between Glasgow and Elizabethtown, KY judging by the thousand concrete barriers stored in an old rest stop on I-65 south of Cave City, KY.

Oppression of the state: Traveling north on I-65 in Alabama on a Sunday morning and seeing 10 State Troopers lined up on a blind on ramp while one at the bottom uses a laser to track the speed of oncoming traffic.  Revenue raising, pure and simple and just plain wrong.

Tuscaloosa Alabama wedding.  Best food ever.

Speaking of the wedding in Alabama.  It was in a beautiful old home.  More about the place here.

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