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  1. I spent a good part of the weekend propping up the bar at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast. It won three major awards at Tales and the manager, Sean Muldoon and the mixers, Hayden and Jack are top, top mixers. A must visit if you are in Northern Ireland

     

    Jack McGarry made some delicious cocktails while guest bartending at Pegu, a few nights prior to Tales. The Pharoah Cooler (Tequila as base spirit) was particularly good.

  2. I dunno. There's some stuff I always worry about being seen to know to much about.

     

    I mean, like, if I suddenly seemed very knowledgeable about the TV viewing habits of 11-year-old boys, say.

     

    Anyway, look into your PM account here for a request for an opportunity to participate in your acquisition of further cocktail knowledge.

     

    LOL - believe me, I will never know as much about cocktails as you!!! hahaha!

  3. My favorites are the whoopsy daisy and the watermelon sugar. Nux, the beer cocktail that you had - was it the El Jimador's Shifty? I love that one too. I think the other drink you mention is called an Italian Inquisition? The only think I remember about it (aside from the fact that it had tequila) is that it contains mole bitters.

    i don't think i had either. but, chances are, i'll end up going again :lol:

     

    yup, that was the shifty (which i only had because they were not officially open yet and out of mezcal - that was the only mezcal drink they had that night. i could see it being very nice on a hot day and it was also layered, with more mezcal at the bottom. let's face it, i like mezcal. not beer.

     

    and yes, that must have been the Italian Inquisition.

     

    have you tried any of the food?

     

     

    Yes - but only some of the food. Enjoyable without stealing the show from the cocktails. I very much enjoy the popcorn. The chips with guacamole and salsa are pretty good - the salsa is warm and smokey. Warm salsa was surprising to me, but it was very tasty. Not to be missed under any circumstance are the churros with chocolate. Those actually do steal the show. There's some heartier stuff on the menu - I've enjoyed the soft tortilla with chicken and beef and have heard good things about the pork belly.

     

    I think the chef is the same as the chef from Death & Co.

     

    The little forks are cute.

  4. They served an excellent (very spicy) cocktail at the SOS benefit. I can't recall the details, but I enjoyed it.

     

    Was it the "short rib"? tequila infused with jalapeno and some pomegranate molasses are the dominating flavors. It's one of my favorites. It used to be on the menu at Death & Co.

     

     

    Yes! Thanks, spaetzle.

     

    You're welcome :) I believe you can still get it at both Death & Co and Mayahuel, even though it's not on the menu, as long as they have some pomegranate molasses behind the bar.

  5. They served an excellent (very spicy) cocktail at the SOS benefit. I can't recall the details, but I enjoyed it.

     

    Was it the "short rib"? tequila infused with jalapeno and some pomegranite molasses are the dominating flavors. It's one of my favorites. It used to be on the menu at Death & Co.

  6. My favorites are the whoopsy daisy and the watermelon sugar. Nux, the beer cocktail that you had - was it the El Jimador's Shifty? I love that one too. I think the other drink you mention is called an Italian Inquisition? The only think I remember about it (aside from the fact that it had tequila) is that it contains mole bitters.

  7. I'm vaguely remembering a post from Rebecca a few months ago in which she expressed some concern over not seeing certain regular posters - she seemed worried that something bad had happened to them and feared that some potentially sad news hadn't spread to this community. I hope that somewhere Rebecca knows that we heard and that we miss her.

  8. Such sad news... She was eccentric but sweet and her posts were always caring. 67 is too young to go - such a pity.

    Carolyn and GalPalJoan, thanks so much for posting about this and making us all aware. Rebecca will not be forgotten.

  9. The pizza was pretty good. The menu has about 12 - 15 personal sized pies. The dough is a bit thicker, fluffier than say, Otto, but still somehow manages to be light. A little soggy in the middle of the pie, but the sweetness of the tomato sauce makes up for it. The ratio of cheese to sauce is more in the favor of the cheese. I got the prosciutto cotto pizza and found it enjoyable. I believe it was 15 bucks.

     

    My salad was a little one-note - pear, walnuts, greens and olive oil. I didn't taste much lemon in it, but I have a cold so my sense of taste is probably off.

     

    They serve desserts and have an espresso machine. I did not get either, but am relaying the info.

     

    Also, they don't seem to have a liquor license yet. No wine, but it looked like you can bring your own.

     

    A sharp little knife was served for cutting the pizza. I know some people care about that sort of thing. ;)

     

  10. Braised Kale:

     

    Slice up some shallots and garlic, let that saute for a little while in some olive oil.

     

    Add some kale and pour a lot of chicken stock on top. Add some white wine too, if you have it. Let it simmer, then put it at medium heat with a lid on the pot. I don't know for how long - I just do it until the kale seems soft enough.

     

    I usually have this with jasmine rice, scrambled egg whites, and a side of kimchi.

  11. I was there last week. The pretzel, one-eyed susan and the fried chicken were the same as I remember. We also had the grains with fried egg - delicious, filling, but healthy. The chocolate ginger cookie was also really good.

     

    We got there pretty early - around 6:30 and had no problem getting a seat. By the time we left the place was jammed.

  12. This is so tremendously sad. I keep hoping that we're hearing rumors and that she will recover.

     

    I don't think 45 is too old to start skiing. Natasha Richardson looks to be in great shape. This really sounds like a freak accident. I wonder if she was on any medications that could promote bleeding or if there was any aneurysm.

     

  13. Hahahaha! It was the whole "if you touch a single hair on his curly head..." threat that he made (to either Locke or Ben) that got to me... I like it when people are protective of Hurley.

  14. I sort of love Sawyer now. I started to skip LOST during season 4, but have been catching up (it's available on iTunes). Sawyer is so worried about everyone's well being - makes him totally hot.

  15. Did you see Gail's expression when Rocco was complaining about eating foie? It looked like the editors *really* must have wanted to showcase Gail's disdain. Not that I blame Gail.... Hahaha!

     

    I felt sad for Carla. I cried when she cried. She should not have let Casey have such an influence on her dishes, and she knew it, just a little too late. That was a bit heartbreaking to see, but I'm betting she'll never make that mistake again. At least she got the car, and I'm really hoping she takes the "Fan Favorite" award. Last season, it was $20,000!

  16. Read Gail's blog and you'll see she felt Carla and Stefan were the top two.

     

    I used to think the show was edited heavily. Now I think they reshoot some scenes with script. Like "we all agree that Carla, Jeff and Hosea are the top three". It doesn't seem t fit with the blogs.

     

    I agree. The thing that is telling is when the hair styles of the female contestants change within a challenge, or between the time of the challenge and judges table (I was always under the impression that right after the challenge, the contestants are stuck in the stew room until someone is sent home and a winner is declared).

  17. You gotta admit, Hosea really put some effort into this one. He made a real gumbo and got the kudos for it. Interesting how he sees Stefan as the only real competition. In fact, both Fabio & Hosea seem to completely disregard Carla's strengths and don't consider her a contender. And she knows that.

     

    This is a very good observation and I wonder if it will end up being the downfall of Hosea and Stefan. Although it's a competition, Hosea and Stefan are sooo completely obsessed with beating each other I think this could become some misplaced energy that ultimately distracts from cooking. Carla is just focused on doing her best and being her own competition. In the show (editing, etc..) she appears very thoughtful about the criticisms that she receives and mindful of her own ideals and priorities in cooking food she wants others to enjoy - it's proving to be a winning combination for her. I hope she takes it all!! :lol:

     

  18. I like Carla. She is always gracious, equally thoughtful about what she does right as she is about what she does wrong. When she does well in a challenge, she really seems to hit it.

     

    Leah was also gracious upon her exit. Her eggs didn't seem all that bad. Stefan's dish did seem like the worst, but he's had such a good track record thus far, I couldn't imagine them letting him go. The rules are that the contestants are only judged based on their dish in that particular challenge, not their past performance, but at this point in the series I wonder how much that holds true.

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