Category: Beer

  • Current contents of our refrigerator: half a watermelon, Perrier, Dolin Vermouth, and. . .

this bowl of salsa

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  • Things to sell: microwave, apartment (first & hopefully only viewing tomorrow), sofas- deemed too brown to live (viewing tomorrow), oven (viewing tomorrow)
  • Things to book: movers (awaiting more quotes), flights, cleaners, new bank account, temporary accommodation on the other end
  • Things to terminate: internet, phone & tv, water, gas, electricity, box subscriptions, French bank account, leaving taxes, work contract
  • Things to aquire: new sofas- not brown, wines, Belgian beers, Champagne, jams, French parapharmacie goods
  • Things to give away: whatever is left when the dust clears

Feeling smugly ahead of schedule this time around.  Should probably get in the kitchen for a bit though.  😉

Vieux Port from Les Trois Forts

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Oysters & Clams

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Sea Snails

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Razor Clams

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Soap Museum

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Boteco Brasil

Caipirinha & Bolinho de Bacalhau

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Cours Julien

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Mama Shelter

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Église Notre-Dame-du-Mont

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Le Plan B

Basque Brunch

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We thought we’d sneak in another quick trip to Lyon before all this Euro 2016 nonsense starts.  Here are some highlights. . .

Les Lyonnais Bouchon

Oeufs en Meurette (Poached Eggs in Red Wine Sauce)

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Quenelle de brochet (Pike dumpling with Lobster Sauce)

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Terrine Maison (Veal Tongue Terrine)

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Magret de Canard (Duck with Honey Sauce)

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Tarte à la Praline

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Financier Maison aux Pralines

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Musée Cinéma et Miniature

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Bar Le Florian

Dark & Stormy

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A couple of years ago I managed to get my hands on some Westvleteren 12, often regarded as one of the best beers in the world. The beer itself is from 2011, so my remaining bottles have been aging nicely in the cellar. In the meantime, I’ve been collecting those beers considered most similar to the excellent Westy, along with newer beers inspired by the original.

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The beers are all between 1-5 years old by this point, so methinks a tasting is due!

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If you’re looking for craft beer in Central London, particularly near Fleet Street, I can highly recommend Harrild & Sons.  They have an excellent draft, cask & bottle menu!

As I turn 38, let me bring you some selected highlights of our birthday bar crawls with friends in NYC last week. Health note – this was not all in one day.  🙂

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Empellón Al Pastor – starting sensibly with awesome tacos

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Drop Off Service

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The Bao

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Alphabet City Beer Co.

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Ace Bar – my first ever game of skeeball!

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Upstate- Craft Beer & Oyster Bar– best happy hour in Manhattan?

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Good Beer NYC

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Proletariat – an incredibly well put together beer list full of rare, interesting and (best of all) great beers and ciders.

And a special thanks to my Precious for getting in touch with people and planning such an awesome surprise to make me feel special for my birthday!

Brunch Cocktail

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Selection of Complimentary Starters with Warm Pitas

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Alphabet City Benedict

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I’m a sucker for a good shakshuka, and the food at Timna is delicious.  Plus, it makes a nice change from the usual Cafe Mogador brunch, located just a few doors up.

aka. . . My Day!!!  🙂

Brunch & Cake

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Eggs Benedict with Turkey on Waffle

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Chicken Supersandwich

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BrewDog Bar Barcelona

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Delicious Complementary Olives

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Patatas Bravas

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Restaurant Bar B-12

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Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Cream Cheese, Walnuts & Basil

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Artichoke Croquettes with Hummus

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Indigo Restaurant & Lounge


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Gin & Tonic

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Bubbles Gastrobar

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El Primer Glop De Cervesa

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Sagardoa (Basque Cider)

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