I just got word from Dave Faries that his new restaurant review website, Critic’s Guide, is scheduled to go live on Monday (Oct. 25). Mark Stuertz has a hot review!1 Comment »
We were transported into a world of single malt scotch whiskey this week as Nicholas Pollacchi, Global Ambassador of The Balvenie introduced us to a range of Balvenie scotches accompanied by a five-course meal at Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse. The highlight of the tasting was the Balvenie 17-year old Peated Cask. This single malt whiskey came about when Malt Master David Stewart mixed a peat and barley mixture and then distilled it in oak casks. Then he emptied the casks and filled them with 17-year old Belvenie scotch. The whiskey took on a distinct peatiness. He mixed that with 17-year old Balvenie aged in American oak. The result is a whiskey that has a distinct peatiness that is not to the exclusion of other aromas and flavors. In the mouth, there is toffee and peat. In the finish a pronounced smokiness emerges at the back of the mouth. This is a complex and likable whiskey.
Another special member of the Belvenie family is the Belvenie 21 yr. Port Wood Cask. As its name suggests, this is matured for 21 years in barrels (known as pipes) that previously contained Port wine. The nose smelled of rose petals and oranges. The woody flavors in the mouth were explosive. This whiskey won Single Malt Whiskey of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Festival.
The evening started with an excellent Blood and Sand cocktail. You can ask for this made with Balvenie when you visit Nick and Sams. Recipe follows: Continue reading "Special Report: Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Tasting at Nick and Sam’s in Dallas"4 Comments »
The average resident of Alsace weighs over 1.3 Walmarts. That’s because, from the start of fall until the last flake of snow has melted on the Vosges mountains, they eat nothing but Choucroute Garnie . There is no set recipe, but the essence is sauerkraut with a variety of cooked meats, potatoes and vegetables. The version at Lavendou in north Dallas has cabbage cooked in wine with potatoes, onions, carrots and spices. This is topped with an array of smoked meats, bacon and different types of sausages. It comes with optional hot mustard. A three-course Degustation Menu d’Alsace is $36.95 and the Choucroute Garnie dish on its own is, $26.95. However, the quantity is so huge you are guaranteed to take half of it home. The look on your workmates faces when you warm it for lunch – priceless!
We visited anonomously this weekend and found it to be authentic, tasty, and filling. Great with Alsatian Riesling or Gewurztraminer. The choucroute items are available through the end of October 30th, then…no more until next Fall.
He’s packing up the family and heading to Santa Fe. Ho, ho, ho, Santa Fe for Santa Claus at Christmas. Tell him where to go.
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Any chance you can ask your well traveled readers if they know of a place for Christmas dinner in Santa Fe? There’s always loads of people from Dallas up there so I reckon there might be some suggestions.We don’t care if it’s homey or fancy, just keep it local (i.e. no Asian etc
The Texas Rangers are one win away from owning the American League and competing in the World Series. (It felt weird to type that sentence.) That historic victory could take place THIS AFTERNOON. Game 5 of the ALCS starts at 3:00 this afternoon. I say we all call it a day at 2:59 and head somewhere to watch the game. Hey Dallas restaurants and bars, what have you got to offer us? Spill the details below. Let’s go, Rangers!16 Comments »