Archives for January 2010

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Sassy Bitch

by Michele January 27th, 2010| Wine
Nothing like an exciting title to get some attention!  That is exactly what those two words did for me on Saturday.  Attending the Boston Wine Expo, I had spoken with many wineries and distributors and was starting to feel a little overwhelmed with the data.  Even though I love wine, I really was thinking it was time to talk about something else, when I noticed the fuschia and black sign with the title, "Sassy Bitch".  As I enjoy moments of sassy-ness, I decided I could muster the energy to talk to one more winery before moving onto food.

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Beer Review: Ommegang, Hennepin

by J Frazzetta January 25th, 2010| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Tap

I met up with some friends at StrangeBrew a while back, and I found they had this beer on tap.  I’ve seen the bottle in many stores and never pick it up due to price.  However, the special of the night was $3 for any beer, so I thought I would give it a try.    When instances like this occur, I always take the opportunity to try something for cheap to see whether I like it or not.

Hennepin had a very hazy golden color in the glass; upon further inspection I noticed it had a familiar aroma as
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Boston Wine Expo 2010

by Michele January 21st, 2010| Wine
A quick checklist for Parched No More readers:

  1. Do you live in New England?

  2. Do you enjoy wine?

  3. Would you like to sample wines from 450 different wineries?

  4. In addition, would you like to sample a variety of foods?

  5. Would you like to meet famous chefs and watch cooking demonstrations?

  6. Would you like to learn more about wines, whether you are a novice or a connoisseur? (more…)
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Beer Review: Dogfish Head, Pangaea

by J Frazzetta January 18th, 2010| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle, Pint +9

This is yet another mythological Dogfish Head beer that I happened to find in one of my local spots.  I had heard about this beer before; I just never managed to locate it when it was in season.  When I saw it I took the opportunity and dropped the cash.  I split this bottle with a fellow beer drinker, and the two of us really enjoyed the complexity of this brew.

First, this beer is named after the super-continent Pangaea. I won’t bore you with the history, so you’ll have to do that on your own.  The
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Puzzle Me Pomegranate Martini

by Michele January 14th, 2010| Cocktails, Martinis
As a best friend, you have varying responsibilities.  Being available to listen, helping when an extra set of hands is needed, remembering the little details that matter.  And sometimes you need to create a cocktail for you and your best friends to enjoy while you build the 1,000 piece puzzle that they received as a Christmas gift.  Seriously.

Last Saturday we had a date night planned with our friends, OT and Vicki.  After dinner at a restaurant we planned to return to their house and work on the thousand piece puzzle OT had received.  I asked, jokingly, if we would be
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Bottles and Cans: No, Just Bottles

by J Frazzetta January 11th, 2010| Beer
I received a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas and began the process the next day.  I did all the mixing and let the keg sit in a dark, room temperature area for a little over a week before I bottled.  Bottling was more fun than mixing, and I only can imagine that tasting will be the best part.

I lined up my empty soldiers on the counter and sanitized them with the provided mix.  I looked at the plastic keg filled with two gallons of beer and thought: one day I will consume most of you, and then I can
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Beer Review: Manchester Brewing, Emperor Norton’s Peppermint Stout

by J Frazzetta January 4th, 2010| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle

The name alone drew me to purchase this beer.  In my mind I was thinking of a stout with a candy cane floating in it; 'tis the season, right?  I really haven’t tried very much from Manchester Brewing, and I wanted to give something new a try, so a peppermint stout seemed to fit the bill.

Since this is a 22-ounce bottle, I got out the big glass and poured away.  I did place the beer in the fridge for a short amount of time to chill before drinking.  As soon as I popped the top I could smell
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