Browse by:

Nectar of the gods

Maple syrup is the gastronomic analog of pharmaceutical grade crack cocaine. But not just any maple syrup: I was educated in this by a Québécois chum of mine who sent me two items — Beurre d’érable and Tire à l’érable — that disappeared within days — neat, right out of the jars. This was recently…

Piri-Piri Sauce

If you think that you know what peri-peri sauce is via a certain high-street grilled chicken franchise and it’s supermarket bottles then you have something coming. Try a drop of this on grilled/roast chicken or prawns for the real deal. But beware . . . it’s not for the faint hearted. chilligastronomyhot saucepiri-piriportugal

Ardbeg Drum (Committee Release)

The year’s most noteworthy release: Ardbeg Drum is a no-age statement single malt initially aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in rum casks. Like previous Fèis Ìle bottlings, Ardbeg has released two versions. This one, bottled at 52% ABV, is sold exclusively to Ardbeg Committee Members. Not surprisingly, it has great appeal to Islay…

Olde Winston Smoked Porter

A positive review from BeerMeBC. As an aficionado of Islay single malts and of course cigars, I couldn’t resist checking this out — I’m not overly convinced but it’s a decent enough effort. Despite the regressive licensing laws and ridiculously high tax rate on booze, BC is a hotbed of very experimental breweries and distilleries,…

Cajun culture

Unsurprisingly, much like all the individually rich cultural streams that feed emergent Louisiana culture, music and food plays a profound role in Cajun culture. Look out for this documentary “On Va Continuer!” and explore this excellent guide to the Cajun Bayou country and especially the Food Trail. Cajungastronomylocalismlost bayou ramblersLouis MichotLouisianaroots music

Annual Cairdeas release

Still on a boozy note, the annual Cairdeas (Gaelic for ‘Friendship’) is set for release. This year’s release is matured in first-fill bourbon casks before being double matured in Fino Sherry casks. In lieu of my main man, Horst Luening’s assessment, here are Canuck enthusiasts Trenny and C from a year ago. alcoholgastronomyHorst LueningIslayLaphroaigSingle malt Scotch