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My Favorites: Fried Chicken

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Finding yourself at the end of Kimberly Rd in Tst after dark can be a bit sketchy. It’s definitely not the dirtiest place in town, but it’s not where I would typically send my readers for a great bite. Yet here we are. Just on the corner you’ll see the grey blue walls sticking out like a sore thumb. Just slide open the door and you’ve reached fried chicken heaven! Or have you? I doubted it the first time I was brought here. The majority of the staff don’t speak English, or Cantonese. If you happen to know a bit of Korean or Japanese you’re in luck! Otherwise you’ll be going over your order a few times. Just order like this: “I would like an order of the fried chicken with no sauce.” It also helps to point at the first picture on the fried chicken page of the menu. Once they confirm your sauceless chicken you may request mayonnaise and/or spicy sauce on the side. I’m simply a purist and will have beer as my only condiment, thank you. With kpop videos blaring away, crispy juicy fried chicken in one hand and an ice cold glass of Hite in the other you too will be saying, “move over Kentucky, Korea has this fried chicken business on lock down!”

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*Caution* The rest of the food isn’t really up to par and the chicken is enough for two.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Beer, food, My Favorites, Restaurant Review

 

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My Favorites: Morning Indulgence

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As many of you may know, I am a bean head.  This refers not to the shape of my cranium but my love of coffee and espresso based beverages.  I’m sure this has something to do with years of conditioning from my mother who every morning at her first sip of java with announce with glee, “COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE”.  Yes, it is five times in a row….every time.

My father then took the liberty of turning me into a I must have a cappuccino after a nice meal kind of guy.

Then comes university with late night cramming where coffee and straight espresso got me through many finals.

I’m a rather frugal feller when it comes to spending on myself so a triple tall caramel macchiato and a sausage roll from Starbucks is a real treat and my favorite morning indulgence.

Are you a bean head?  What’s your favorite morning indulgence?

 

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Ice balls: Novelty or Necessity?

For me, the answer is yes.  An ice ball can be both a necessity and a simple novelty.

I received an ice ball mould for Christmas this year. Santa apparently knows that I’m a fan of whiskey. I thought that might have put me on the naughty list but Santa seems to approve and wishes to encourage properly chilled whiskies for 2013.

My original thought about these huge rounds of ice was pure awesome! I love anything a little funky and different and these sure do look cool in a glass!   Once I started using them on the higher proofed whiskies I completely fell in love with them as they last.  The worst is trying to enjoy a single malt on the rocks and the second half of your beverage being thin and tasteless. This of course being due to all the ice melting. At this point you would have been better off just doing a shot as you are now forced to slam it to get to the next full flavored one or dump it.

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You may also note that I am on need of rocks glasses haha!

So for my single malts and higher proofed whiskies I prefer an ice ball to maintain the flavor through the whole glass.  When it comes to the lower proofed stuff you may catch me with a ball in my cup but this is simply because it looks cool.

How do you take your whiskey?

Drink responsibly! Have a fantastic 2013

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Beverage

 

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Christmas 2013

The only good thing about working Christmas day and coming home after dinner is all cleaned up is being able to skip straight to sandwiches! Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the individual components that complete a Christmas dinner. I just feel like when they are all laid out on the table that I have to take certain proportions of each dish and enjoy them all separately. This is fine and dandy but what I really like about Christmas dinner is everything. So when I have the opportunity to cram as much as I can of everything between 2 slices of bread I’m a super happy camper. Paired with the last glass of a fancy bottle of wine and it’s instantly Christmas in my mouth!

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Dinner, What I'm eating, Wine

 

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Kaffir Lime, Kiwi Mojito

Kaffir Lime, Kiwi Mojito

*Warning* Kaffir limes are higher in acidity than that of normal limes, so unless you like your drinks sour I’d stay away from this one.

1/2 Kaffir Lime (juice only)
1/2 Kaffir Lime cut into wedges
1/2 Kiwi
5-8 Mint Leaves
1 1/4 oz Rum
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
Ice cubes

Muddle together in a shaker the lime juice, kiwi, mint leaves, and sugar.  Add the lime wedges and use the muddle to lightly squeeze out the juice.  Add the rum and fill the shaker with ice cubes.  Lightly shake until well chilled.  Serve and enjoy!

*If you feel it’s too sour feel free to switch to normal limes or take out the lime juice.
*If you don’t like kiwi, change it to an equal portion of your favorite fruit!  Ones that work well are mango, strawberry, and blackberry.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Beverage, Cocktails

 

Hot Buttered Rum

Somehow this post that was supposed to be posted immediately went into my drafts and I’m just noticing now..
Happy very belated Hot Buttered Rum Day!

 

January 17th is hot buttered rum day.  Unfortunately I had to work the night shift yesterday so was unable to participate until the wee hours this morning and soon there after passed out.

Having learned from my previous experience with ordering obscure beverages at restaurants I decided it was worth the wait to make it myself.  Also, having done so I can supply you with the recipe:

55g Butter
100g Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4tsp ground nutmeg
1 dash ground clove
Rum of choice

Cream the ingredients together and return to the fridge until ready to serve.

Serving:  Take one heaping tablespoon off the butter/sugar mix and plop it into a coffee mug.  Add 1 and 1/2 ounces rum (my rum of choice was Captain Morgan’s).  Fill the mug the rest of the way with boiling water.  Stir until all the sugar has dissolved and enjoy.

Simple as that my friends and it was quite delicious if I do say so myself, and of course I do say so myself.

Happy hot buttered rum day!

 

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Unexpected Feasts

Ever had your day all planned out only to have cash thrown at you and be told you need to make dinner a littler more special tonight?  Well, there is a lot more context that belongs in this story but it’s funnier without it so I’m going to stretch the truth with you knowledge (That’s not lying is it?) and tell you that’s exactly what happened to me.  At 11:30am.  Guests will start arriving at 4pm.

So wait, shop, cook, and have a meal ready in 4 1/2 hours….AND make it special!?!?  I have to admit, I panicked for about 15 minutes until I decided to grab little miss cupcake, head to the store and hope for the best of luck.

The following is what happens if you put me on the spot:

We’ve collected a few mini bottles of vodka and had been meaning to do a side by side comparison tasting for weeks now so I decided it would be a perfect time to bring these out.Of course you can’t just taste a bunch of vodka without anything to eat so our first course was a cheese and charcuterie platter:

The platter consisted of sweet chorizo, parma ham, crottin de chavignol, aged gouda, goose liver pate with sauternes, water crackers, and baked goats cheese stuffed figs wrapped with parma ham (not pictured).

Next up was the “salad” course with salmon 3 ways. (ceviche, pan fried, & smoked)

The mixed greens were tossed in a bit of the ceviche liquid.  The smoked salmon was wrapped around avocado slices and asparagus spears.

Next we had the red course.

Marinated, pan-fried lamb chop.  Oven roasted cherry tomatoes. Seared beef cubes stuffed with roasted garlic and toasted pine nuts topped with homemade demi-glace

Last but not least was a veggie course.Asparagus spears sauteed in butter and black garlic, topped with lumpfish roe.

Of course cupcake pitched in and made us two wonderful desserts.Strawberry & basil parfait.

Follow by the piece de resistace…A sponge cake layered with fresh strawberries and strawberry basil cream.  YUM!!

So after the 20 minutes of panic dinner turned out to be just fine.  In fact, it was pretty good if I do say so myself….and of course I do say so myself.

 

**FYI** Happy pound cake day!

 

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