Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
We decided to go to the Bishop & Firkin because they have some pretty good veggie selections on the menu, a half decent wine list and pool tables.
Here are Michelle and I playing a round. Neither one of us is a shark by any stretch of the imagination, but we like to play and have fun doing it.
Notice the orb on my back? Weird, eh? I had another photo of Michelle and there was one way up on the wall behind her. Could it be spirits in the pub?
We had a couple of games with the guys and then they decided they wanted to play video games.
Now we were starting to get a bit hungry. One thing I love about pub grub is making a meal out of appetizers. Jim and Joe are omni-men while the ladies are veg-heads. The guys got some chicken wings - passed on that photo-op. There were also some sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo that were gone before I could get my camera out of it's case.
I ordered vegetarian spring rolls with a hot chili sauce for dipping. These are one of my favorites.
Always crispy, always tasty.
This is hot spinach and artichoke dip. OMG!! This was so friggin' good. I could have bathed in it! I'd love to find a similar recipe to make at home. I'm going to do some searching to see what I can find. Does anyone have a recipe they would be willing to share? Please?
Their house wine was Mission Hill, so I had a glass of the merlot. It was pretty good for a house wine selection and the price was very reasonable.
While relaxing after we ate we decided to play trivia. You know the game you play at bars - used to be called NTN, now it's Buzztime. Well, Carrie was smokin' the competition and then we got the sweetest question:
Hey Kleo!! Look!
I answered lightening fast and scored 1000 points on this baby. Woo-Hoo! When all was said and done, I reigned supreme.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Even Italy is getting in on this wine craze. Two of the bottles above are Italian versions of Nouveau. They incorporate the same fermenting process that they use in Beaujolais. Italian bottles are called Vino Novello.
I was also surprised (and a few customers commented on this too) to see screw caps on two of the French varieties. With France being the wine capital of the world, they tend to be a bit stoggy in moving away from corks. Mommessin seems to be quite progressive. They even offer a version of their regular Beaujolais in a tetra pak! Since these wines are never meant to age, why not use a screw cap? It's a great seal and there is no chance of cork taint. I highly doubt you'll see a screw cap on a Haut Brion or Chateau Latour anytime soon though.
I thought one of these light, refreshing selections would go wonderfully well with a dish I've wanted to make for a long time and finally got around to doing so.
Here we have Curried Vegetable Pie with Chickpea Crust from The Garden of Vegan.
This was soooo good. Really flavourful and delicious. There was a lot of filling and it was a real "stick to your ribs" dish. The crust was very nice and provided a perfect contrast to the savoury filling. (A Hit!)
We had some beans & baby carrots on the side and mashed potatoes with Mi-So Good Gravy from The Everyday Vegan. Unfortunately, the gravy wasn't much of a hit with Jim. He said all he could taste was vinegar and he didn't like it at all. It was a bit overpowering, but I would like to try it again and do some adjusting; maybe make it a bit more mellow. (A Miss.)
I've been so tied up with work that I don't seem to have a whole lot of free time for baking. I did manage to make some scrumptious cinnamon rolls.
HA! You were getting all impressed with my baking skills weren't you? I really cheated on this one. These are Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.
They were pretty awesome though for a junky treat.