I have a distinct memory from my childhood when I would go visit my dad for Spring Break in Washington DC.
St Patrick’s Day always fell during that week and my dad loved to take me and my sister to this adorable restaurant that would serve us green milk, and my dad enjoyed a tall green beer.
Thinking back on it now, I am not sure I would drink green milk, as the idea does make the stomach turn a bit…however, the green beer is always good.
If you too are in the mood, and the Greenville Ave festivities didn’t wear you out for the week, there are many options around town to bring out the Irish in us all.
Vino 100 is offering Green Bubbly all night for $5 a glass.
Sigel’s on Greenville is having a tasting with Kevin Merah, owner of 90+ Cellars, a new wine company that has been taking advantage of some struggles with the economy to buy 90+ point wine at a low price and passing the savings on to you. The tasting is free, but you must RSVP.
Head over to any of Kent Rathbun’s restaurants to try $4 tasty cocktail specials made of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey.
Or just go straight for the thick and robust Guinness, specially priced this week at Central Market.
If you are looking for a lighter green beer to celebrate the occasion, I’ve tried a few craft brews lately that would be even better green with a bit of Irish luck!
Deschutes Brewery Cascade Ale - Light and crisp with herbal notes, but not hop heavy as some out of the region are, and easy to enjoy more than one.
New Belgium Mothership Wit- Wheat Beers can be really good…or not so much…this is a good one. New Belgium’s organically-produced wheat is lively, with strong orange peel and coriander notes. Though it is a wheat beer, you don’t feel like you just ate a loaf of bread when you are done with one.
Abita Beer in Louisiana offers many tasty selections. The Restoration Pale Ale is a dense, hop filled IPA that was created immediately after Hurricane Katrina to raise funds for help and long term recovery. Over $500,000 was given to Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.
Abita Purple Haze - yes, I am a girl, and yes, I do like fruit beers…Purple Haze is a tasty one too. This American style wheat gets a dash of raspberry puree added after filtration, resulting in a beer filled with subtle citrus and berry aromas and flavors.
If you need a special cup to enjoy your tasty brews, consider Spiegelau’s new Beer Classic’s Collection. Just like wine, the taste of the beer is effected by the type of glass (which is why a Stella glass is different from a Chimay glass which is different from a traditional Pilsner.) Spiegelau’s are designed to enhance the aromas, flavors and mouthfeel of your favorite beer.3 Comments »
Several people have emailed me about the spelling of macaroons. Some say the cookie should be spelled “macaron”; others insist on “macaroon.” I debated the spelling with two food peeps who double as grammarians. They disagreed with each other. So, I picked “macaroon” because that is how it is spelled in Larousse Gastronomic. However, this person, makes a good point: the two spellings refer to two different types of cookies. Macarons are a French cookie made with almond flour, sugar, and egg whites. They are meringue-y. (Oh, that sounds like a new dance!) Macaroons are a coconut-based cookie made of egg whites, sugar and shredded coconut. I am so confused. The smartest person I know insists on “the double o” because it is the American spelling and we live and write in America. You guys decide. I’m sure Kirk is lurking out there somewhere. He’ll clear this up. Go.12 Comments »
At lunch today, I considered ordering the “rueben” sandwich on the Stephan Pyles menu, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.5 Comments »
Here is a report from a loyal Disher who attended last night’s dinner at 48 Hours, the guerilla restaurant in Oak Cliff. Anyone?3 Comments »
Today, Whole Foods Market will offer the Dallas Farmers Market Friends, the non-profit support arm for the Dallas Farmers Market, one percent of the day’s net sales at the new store as part of their Community Giving Days.
We all know the Dallas Farmers Market needs more than Friends—they need money. I haven’t been to the new store, but I hear there is plenty of grocery porn on the shelf to satisfy even hard-core foodies. Go. Buy. Report. The 64,000-square-foot store is at Park Lane and Central Expressway across from NorthPark.12 Comments »