A pale ale in the Belgian tradition. Clean grainy malt character provides crispness to a soft, delicately fruity yeast with earthy, spicy hops in the finish. Notes of pear, hay and earth. 16 ounces $5 Urban Family Public House, Seattle WA
This was a tasty local brew by Urban Family. I enjoy Belgian style beers because they tend to be lighter and easier to drink for me. The Muscles from Brussels went down smoothly but still had a lot of flavor and personality.
Fountain of the Northwest, by James FitzGerald, Intiman Theater at Seattle Center.
Ginger Julep: Bulleit bourbon, house made ginger syrup, Evolution lemon juice, muddled fresh mint, Bundaberg ginger beer. $6 Nola, Palo Alto CA
You never know how a bar is gonna pour when they have happy hour cocktails, but these drinks were quite large and actually had alcohol in them! Score! The bartenders at Nola were super nice and made great, tasty cocktails. Perhaps the sangria was a bit sweet, but I can forgive that for the enjoyable experience.
Saucy’s Sangria: a refreshing house infusion of red wine, apples, oranges, lemons, limes, pineapples, agave nectar and fresh fruit juices with a brandy float. $6
Pink flower that I can’t seem to identify by appearance (Vasona Reservoir). Help, anyone?
Pork with sauerkraut and cream, served with gnocchi. $14.50
Paprika, San Francisco CA
I can’t say I’ve eaten much goulash in my life, but this was delicious and SO comforting! All the food at this restaurant would be great on a cold day to perk up your spirit and soul. The pork was tender and the sauce had so much flavor. The gnocchi were soft and pillowy and great for sopping up more of the tasty sauce. Noms!
Staropramen Lager. The well balanced, full bodied, highly drinkable and pleasantly smooth taste of our Premium Lager offers a rewarding pleasure of the Czech beer. $6
Weihenstephan Hefe. A brewery licensed by the City of Freising in 1040 and has a credible claim to being the oldest working brewery in the world, nothing refreshes you more than this naturally cloudy wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. $6.50
I’m really not sure how to review beer. I generally just decide if its drinkable for me or not. These were pretty good and I love the large glasses they were served in.
Chicken sandwich, chicken satay, chicken cheese balls with sweet and sour sauce, Diet Pepsi, Guinness beer. Complimentary Star Alliance Gold Lounge, London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
This was one of several plates I managed to devour before boarding the plane back to San Francisco. I was really impressed at how many food items, both hot and cold, that they carried at this lounge! The fried chicken cheese balls were my favorite though probably because everything tastes better fried and covered in sweet and sour sauce. And they also served a nice variety of sodas and beer. I will admit that I did stuff several bags of potato chips and Diet Pepsi’s into my carry-on bag, but only because I knew the food on United was going to be horrible and I didn’t want to starve for the next 11 hours. Lol, I’m pretty ghetto!
Omg, this spot was SO perfect for people watching. Calle de Marques de Montroig is centrally located and packed with all kinds of pedestrians visitng from everywhere. It was also nice to take a break from walking around and to cool down in the shade with some beer. I thought it was awesome that they served Filipino beer, so we had to order some! Parrots Pub, Sitges ES
Looking towards downtown Sitges from the Dolce Sitges Hotel. The hotel is situated up on a hill and surrounded by a golf course.
Onion confit in cider, tomatoes, ham, anchovies, raw milk gruyere cheese, sunny side up egg, herbes de Provence. Galette made with organic buckwheat from Brittany and local eggs. 12,50€ Breizh Cafe, Paris FR
Wow, this galette had a combination of some of my favorite things! And it just looked SO scrumptious and beautiful. I definitely enjoyed devouring this delicious packet of food. NOMS!
Biere blanche Lancelot. La bout 33 cl 6€
Caramels. Complimentary with check
Jardin du Luxembourg. I really loved the combination of flowers that they used throughout the gardens. They were an eclectic mix of unrelated plant families, but they looked beautifully together in both form and color!
The more I drink beers from different countries, the more I realize that I really like Belgian beers. They go down smoothly and usually taste really good. This was a great beer to relax with before continuing our whirlwind sightseeing adventure. 3€
L’Arganier, Paris FR
Paris is full of love indeed! Sidewalk stencil art.
Sauteed mushrooms, gruyere cheese, scrambled egg, bacon, farmhouse creme fraiche from Bordier Creamery, espelette pepper. Galette made with organic buckwheat from Brittany and local eggs. 12,50€ Breizh Cafe, Paris FR
Mmm, I really loved these buckwheat galettes! They were nutty tasting and perfectly cooked and the ingredients were of high quality and delicious. They weren’t overly huge so we were actually able to finish them. To stay with the regional theme, we also ordered Bretonne beer. Perfect!
Biere blonde Lancelot (Roc-St-Andre). La bout 33 cl 6€
Jardin du Luxembourg. These gardens are absolutely beautiful and immaculately kept. During our visit, there seemed to be an army of gardeners edging paths and cleaning brush. There were even these guys who were just pulling out dead flowers from all the flower planters, amazing!
Paris is beautiful at night and probably even more lively. People seem to be everywhere, and why not? There’s so much to do and even the sights you saw during the day take on a completely different look and feel in the dark – it’s quite magical. Of course, it’s always good to intersperse some drink breaks throughout the evening.
We came to this cafe for a late afternoon snack because it had really good online reviews. And boy was it popular! There was no place to sit outside when we arrived so we just grabbed some beers and waited for a table to open up. Like I said, hardly anybody eats inside here unless it’s during the heart of dinner service. We finally got a seat, ordered some food, chatted, and watched all the random people walk by – a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
National Museum of Natural History, Jardin des Plantes. Omg, we walked here one sweltering afternoon and I was sweating like crazy! The grounds were beautiful though and there were plenty of plantlife to admire. I really couldn’t check out all the plants though because it was just too hot under the direct sun. I do love how all the trees were perfectly trimmed to form beautiful walkways and there were plenty of open areas and benches to rest and relax.
Pulled pork slow cooked with red oak and hickory, shredded and mixed with Cowboy BBQ sauce, served on a fresh roll and topped with Kansas City slaw, side of potato salad. $11.95 The Cowboy Way BBQ, Palm Springs CA
Noms, this was delicious! Tender pulled pork, delicious bbq sauces, and a fresh crisp slaw on top – you really can’t go wrong. There were so many great flavors in this sandwich that I’m drooling just thinking about it.
I really liked this smoked salmon bialy. The beer cream cheese had great flavor and wasn’t as heavy as normal cream cheese. The salmon also seemed lighter and fresher. Overall, it was a great way to start the day.
Narrowleaf self-heal (Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata, Lamiaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.