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Education is where you find it, and as an indolent nerd growing up, I learned a lot from gangster movies. I found out about safe houses, and how to get rid of your victims, and exactly how RICO predicates work. But along the way I also l...
Education is where you find it, and as an indolent nerd growing up, I learned a lot from gangster movies. I found out about safe houses, and how to get rid of your victims, and exactly how RICO predicates work. But along the way I also learned som...
about 7 hours ago
The Caipirissima, an easy to make rum cocktail (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
The Caipirissima, an easy to make rum cocktail (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
about 7 hours ago
Ever ridden a grape harvester? I did; last week as it happens. In Spain!
Ever ridden a grape harvester? I did; last week as it happens. In Spain!
about 8 hours ago
RT @cooksisterblog: Oh dear, I fear I may choke on my muesli! Funniest thing I've seen this year, bar none,
RT @cooksisterblog: Oh dear, I fear I may choke on my muesli! Funniest thing I've seen this year, bar none,
about 9 hours ago
Unlike Sugar Mamas's Cafe, the Iron Town Diner doesn't make homemade cinnamon rolls but it is local so you don't have to journey to Oregon for a good breakfast.The Iron Town Diner is located in the Village Park Shopping center on Main St...
Unlike Sugar Mamas's Cafe, the Iron Town Diner doesn't make homemade cinnamon rolls but it is local so you don't have to journey to Oregon for a good breakfast.The Iron Town Diner is located in the Village Park Shopping center on Main Street in Saugus, at the former site of J.Pace & Son. It has been open for only several weeks but I have already dined there multiple times. As it is new, it is still working out a few issues but is headed in a very positive direction and I have no issue recommending it for breakfast and lunch (and note that it closes every day at 3pm so does not serve dinner).Breakfast is available all day and the menu includes all of the basics, including eggs, omelets, pancakes, French toast, waffles, breakfast sandwiches and more. They offer some interesting variations on the basics, such as Nutella & Banana French Toast, Sweet Chocolate Chip Pancakes, and Strawberry Belgian Waffle. They also have a number of different Eggs Benedict and Omelet options. Nearly everything is priced under $10 (except for Steak & Eggs at $10.99) and as an example, Two Eggs With Meat (plus home fries & toast) costs $6.99.The Iron Town Combo ($9.79) includes two eggs (any style), home fries, choice of meat, and either two slices of French toast or pancakes. On one visit, I got eggs over easy with bacon while on another I chose poached eggs and sausage. The eggs were all cooked perfectly, the home fries had a nice crisp edge to them, and the bacon was crisp and meaty. Simple foods but prepared well.I also tried both the pancakes and French toast, and they were both good choices. The pancakes are quite large, taking up much of the plate, and were mostly light and fluffy, not the heavy, cakey versions you find in many places. I am picky about my pancakes but these make the cut. The French toast is also tasty, with a good eggy texture. They come with powdered sugar but if you don't want it, just ask them to omit it (which I do).Rather than toast, you can opt for a jumbo English muffin.The Lunch menu includes salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees & more, with most items under $10 except for primarily the entrees, which are still under $14. The Entrees include dishes such as Steak Tips, Fish & Chips, and Open Faced Roasted Turkey. As for sandwiches, there are Deli sandwiches (from hot pastrami to tuna melt), Pockets & Wraps (from souvlaki to grilled chicken caesar), and Clubs. There are also usually daily specials available, such as Eggplant Parmigiana.The Gorgonzola & Bacon Burger ($8.49) comes with French fries, spicy fries, coleslaw, potato salad or Caesar Salad. I opted for the fries which are steak fries, one of my favorites. The burger is large enough to cover the entire sesame seed bun, was cooked a nice medium, and still was juicy. I enjoyed the tang of the Gorgonzola and the crisp, salty edge of the bacon, both which complemented the burger. For the price, this is a good burger and something I would order again.The Steak Tip sub, a new addition to their menu, was smothered in cheese and the tips were tender and savory. No tough steak here. The roll was also fresh and soft, though the rear fold of the roll did get a bit soggy and came apart. Taste wise though, I had no complaints. There were a few service issues on some of my visits but I chalk that up to the newness of the restaurant, and I expect them to clear up in the near future. They resolved all of the issues promptly and the servers are generally accommodating and personable. The food is tasty, reasonably priced and quantities are good. It has become one of my top, local breakfast spots and I recommend that my readers check it out.
about 11 hours ago
Here's a look behind the curtain here at BWR on how wines are ordered in one of my posts. For the photo, if there's not a logical order like vintage, I'll line them up however the light works best for the situation. Particularly beauti...
Here's a look behind the curtain here at BWR on how wines are ordered in one of my posts. For the photo, if there's not a logical order like vintage, I'll line them up however the light works best for the situation. Particularly beautiful rosés get the most focus in terms of sunlight coming through the bottle. When it comes to the listing of wines, I tend to start with lighter whites and end with heavy reds, which is how I tend to serve them during a dinner party. This often corresponds with a gradual increase in price, so that the less expensive wines are at the beginning. The most expensive isn't always the best or most memorable, but when that special bottle of aged Bordeaux or Burgundy is brought out at the end of a magnificent dinner, it makes a great closing, both in tasting and in writing. In honor of the Southern Hemisphere, I'm turning this trio of reviews upside down. Two Chilean reds and an Argentine white. There is a connection between the three, with the reds representing the venerable Montes winery of Chile, and the newer Kaiken winery in Argentina run by Aurelio Montes, Jr.2011 Montes Alpha Cabernet SauvignonColchagua Valley, Chile90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot$22, 13.5% abv.This is the classic wine that launched Montes 25 years ago. It opens up with rich aromas of tobacco, coffee, blackberries, and a touch of pencil shavings. On the palate the flavors are mellow and well balanced with medium tannins and a smooth finish. A great bargain, and one that would be an elegant accompaniment to rare prime rib. 2012 Montes Twins Red WineColchagua Valley, Chile50% Malbec, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon$13, 14% abv.The more whimsical Montes bottle features label art by the great Ralph Steadman. That splatter style is so unmistakable and I smile every time I encounter it. The curious wine (Chilean Malbec?) is tart and tannic with dominant aromas of black cherry and leather. It needs a little breathing before settling down with a pizza or burger at the end of a long day at work. 2012 Kaiken Terroir Feries TorrontésSalta, Argentina100% Torrontés$13, 13.5% abv.If you ever encounter a Torrontés, it probably came from Argentina. If you got some in a blend from Chile or Spain while doing DNA analysis on your wine, it might even be a surprise to the winemaker. But I like these grapes that have found niches in various parts of the world, and this bottle does not disappoint. The nose has pleasant lime peel scents with a touch of grapefruit in the background. Low acidity with a smooth, mineral finish. There's a lot of complexity in this inexpensive bottle and it's worth bringing to a tasting party to share something that's not just citrus from start to finish like a few Sauvignon Blancs that are out there. Should be delightful with shellfish. Note: These wines were provided as samples for review.
about 16 hours ago
7. The Date and Time: Monday, September 23, 2013 6PM to 9PM The Event: Tasting KWV of South Africa wines with Richard Rowe, chief winemaker, followed by dinner paired with wines. The Venue: Biff's Bistro, Front Street T...
7. The Date and Time: Monday, September 23, 2013 6PM to 9PM The Event: Tasting KWV of South Africa wines with Richard Rowe, chief winemaker, followed by dinner paired with wines. The Venue: Biff's Bistro, Front Street The Target Audience: wine writers The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are here at LCBO or Vintages. The Quote/Background: Richard Rowe spoke about the changes in South Africa and at KWV. The Wines: We tasted 11 wines. The Classics wine series is currently being proposed, coming in at $11.95 or $12.95 depending on currency. **** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms): -KWV Café Culture 2013 [tank sample, current vintage 2012 is $12.95] -KWV Cathedral Cellars Chardonnay 2012, $14.95 Vintages ***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 ? 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms): -KWV Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2013, $12.95 -KWV Classic Chardonnay 2013, $12.95 -KWV Cathedral Cellars Sparkling 2010 [2009 vintage $12.75] -KWV Roodeberg Rose 2013, $12.95 [coming next year] -KWV Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $15.95 Vintages Essential *** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 ? 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms): -KWV Chenin Blanc 2013, $9.45 LCBO [new vintage] -KWV Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $12.95 -KWV Classic Pinotage 2012, $12.95 -KWV Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 [new vintage], $15.95 The Food: we ate off a small menu. I had the steak tartare with lentils, the roasted lamb sirloin, and the yoghurt panna cotta. Before dinner we had a variety of five cheeses from France and Quebec (Bleu de Bresse, goat Riopelle from PQ, goat Pave from PQ, Cantal, and Mimonette) plus fruit. We got pours of whatever wine we wanted. I tried the Café Culture with the panna cotta, a terrific match surprise. The Downside: it was my third winetasting of the day, and second meal. The Upside: a chance to talk with Richard Rowe. The Contact Person: rsandham@thekirkwoodgroup.com The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89. Chimo! www.deantudor.com
about 20 hours ago
This Pumpkin Mudslide is the perfect way to kick off the holidays! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
This Pumpkin Mudslide is the perfect way to kick off the holidays! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
about 21 hours ago
Spike your old-timey cream soda with tequila and Campari. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
Spike your old-timey cream soda with tequila and Campari. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
about 23 hours ago
If you spend as much time in kitchens and restaurants as we do, it can be hard finding time to go to the gym. But don't worry! We've scoured the web to find kitchen workouts to help you keep your eye on your risotto and your waistline. F...
If you spend as much time in kitchens and restaurants as we do, it can be hard finding time to go to the gym. But don't worry! We've scoured the web to find kitchen workouts to help you keep your eye on your risotto and your waistline. For those o...
1 day ago