Monthly Archives: July 2012

You are not Banksy

Have you heard of Denmark’s bicycle superhighway?

If you haven’t seen this list of Indiana Breweries You May Not Have Known Existed, give it a quick read, and add a few more breweries to your “to visit” list

I need to make sure you’ve seen this tumblr: Strunk & White Will Fight You (English. Motherfucker! Do you speak it?)

Why I love Paris reason #347 : a rainbow elementary school

How to keep beer from going bad

Oscar Niemeyer in 3D.

I’ve been talking about this a lot, but I’m still really unhappy about James Bond drinking Heineken now. So is Daniel Craig (plus, here’s the Skyfall trailer in case you haven’t seen it)

You know you want this for the squirrels in your yard

For your summer walks, a street covered with umbrellas


Have you noticed that anytime anyone mentions a “fruit,” beer people around you fall all over themselves to be the first one to say “Ugh, I really do not like fruit beers. It’s just not what beer is supposed to taste like.” Like it’s an embarrassing thing to enjoy, and they need to make sure it’s clear they don’t approve.

How is it that we decide an entire style is bad based on one sub-par, syrupy beer we tried? Where is the line of what beer is “supposed” to taste like? Since when is liking fruit beer a bad thing?

My challenge for you, that if this is still your opinion and you’ve only tried one or two fruit beers, keep trying. Fruit beer is really hard to get right, but when it’s done well, heaven help you.

This Festina Pèche is my Summer 2012 beer, and definitively in my top 5 favorite beers now. It’s the closest thing I can get to a juicy, tart, and ripe Georgia peach without making a road trip to go pick one, and since we can’t get Dogfish Head in Indiana anymore (insert sad face), you can bet I’m willing to make the trip to Ohio for these.

Dogfish Head Festina Pèche

Dogfish Head – Maryland
Berliner Weisse (I still can’t help but think of this as a fruit beer…let’s not get into the style debate, it’s Friday, just enjoy the weekend and go try this beer)
Happy Times Liquor, Decatur, Georgia (yep, that’s the package store name)

I’m never going to let the summer end. Especially this one. There have been a couple road bumps, a few missteps, but overall it’s been one of the best ever – I’ve made new friends, and reconnected with old ones. I’ve spent my weekends outside by pools, lakes, at the bars, at houses, instead of inside on the computer. Baking has been replaced by happy adventures with friends, and for the first time in a year, I’m totally confident in telling anyone who will listen about how happy I am. I obviously missed last weekend’s Monday Link Love post, but I just had such a great weekend, that I honestly forgot. I’m not letting this summer end. It just isn’t going to happen. Nuh uh.

There were bike races

Playing at the pool

And The Forest Feast’s Avocado Orange Salad. Dish #2, done!

Aren’t my girlfriends the cutest?

Remember Choose Your Own Adventure?

A happy, jump around song to kick off your week

Good conversation asking Who’s to blame when your beer is bad?

I want to run away with this ice cream cake

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style. Oh how I wish I could go see this.

A data analysis of the elements of Danish rye bread

American craft beer exports!

I don’t normally link to articles like this, but this except at the end about the French really rang true “In the end, I must admit that my curiosity about old-world philandering is probably just a distortion of our abiding national obsession with the French capacity to get away with anything: Eat triple crème cheese without getting fat, have children without turning into insipid mommies, turn 50 without losing sexiness, cheat without feeling the pain.”

I’m surprised this hadn’t been done before now: a human Pantone series

Have you seen this blog, Dinner, a Love Story?

P.S. Want to know more about that awesome lamp and where you can get one? 

This watermelon is brought to you by a front porch, thunderstorms, a new dress, veal ravioli (thank you Ricardo’s in Chicago), Moonrise Kingdom, and several nice martinis. Then by a Mad Men themed dinner party with good friends, dressing up for each other, gorgonzola and fig bruschetta (yes, please), and dancing on the patio next to candlelight.

It’s been a good week.

If “dessert salads” are a thing, then this watermelon salad fits squarely in that category. Watermelon salad with feta and mint is splashed all over food blogs now, so why not see what all the fuss is about? Why not try grilling fruit? And if you have a pineapple handy, why not throw a couple pieces of that on the grill too?

I think my new mantra for the summer is “why not?”

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

1 watermelon (seedless or not)
Feta cheese
Two sprigs mint

1. Grab your easiest ingredients in the world (see above)
2. Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick pieces leaving the rind on (it’s easier to handle large pieces on the grill, and you can cut the pieces more after grilling if you wish) and spray each side lightly with some olive oil Pam or brush a thin layer of oil on.
3. With grill heated to about 550 F, grill watermelon 1-2 minutes on each side.
4. Let drain on a drying rack, serve with feta and mint sprinkled on top!

You know when a dish looks so delectable that you almost start tearing up? Say hello to my newest blog crush and Muzzi in Caruzzi. On top of insanely delicious food, he features a Booze of the Month and he homebrews. Is this real life?

The Forest Feast
My buddy Christopher introduced me to the Forest Feast, and I’m in total blog love. I’m also completely envious over her (1) location: right next to tall, beautiful trees in California (2) her simple and savory recipes (3) her originality in combining the directions with her photographs in her handwriting and fonts. This blog is in the “everything they do is wonderful” stage, for sure.

Stouts and Stilettos
These ladies are awesome, and I love seeing a new post pop up in my Reader, because of the range of subjects related to beer they write about. That’s one of the best way to engage, and keep your readers coming back in my opinion. For example, you can find anything from “The Quest for the Holy Grail of Beer,” a recommendation on a beer and cake pairing, to a re-blog like “Some Thoughts on Beer Glasses.”

The Beeroness
This lady has it going on. If you Google search “baking with beer,” you are most likely going to come across a lot of chocolate stout cupcakes and cakes. Well this lady has my utmost admiration right now, because she keeps coming out with fantastic recipes using beer that are well beyond that traditional use. For example, Strawberry Beer Sorbet and IPA Marinated Citrus Porch Chops with Peach Poblano Salsa.

How Sweet It Is
I’ve been “starring” every single post from the last several weeks she has published, and I’ve re-read her Triple Berry Kale Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette at least seven times since yesterday. At the very least.

I hope you get to check some of these out soon, as they’re all staples in my morning routine these days. Spend some time with them, get inspired, get smitten.

A psychedelically transformed Grand Palais makes me miss Paris like woah

50 Ways to Afford Craft Beer… “Get a real job.  Wait, no, don’t do that.  That’s a terrible idea.”

I feel like I always include a post from the Times, but please check out this piece on a new documentary Herd in Iceland

As if I couldn’t love Hemingway more (thanks Rai!)

A book composed of the first Google image for every word in the dictionary. This book jacket is super cool.

“Ever walk into a pub, bottle shop, or brewery and have a similar thought? A thought that we beer fans, connoisseurs, and snobs will never experience all of it?” From a guest post on Beertography by Joel McClosky of the new Four Saints Brewing Company

Ohmygee! BEERsimple has a new post!

Roasted tomato caprese panzanella? Oh hush.

Craft beer turns down Nickelback *snicker*

Designers! Awesome people! Duvel is looking for a new glass design!