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Chicago, First Impressions (of Food)

Posted by on December 2nd, 2014 in Feature, Food, North America, Uncategorized, USA | 4 comments

So, apparently I’ve become an American. Alright, not like an actual password wielding citizen of the US of A, but an American in the sense that I have moved here. And by here I mean Chicago, the second city, the windy city, the land of Al Capone… Or more commonly, the city of pizza and hot dogs.

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How Beer is made – Tour of De Halve Maan Brewery

Posted by on October 29th, 2012 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Food | 11 comments

 Not all chemicals are bad.  Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer. Dave Barry I’d like to say that I’ve always loved beer, but lets be honest here, it took me years to get used to the taste after I first tired it. But I persisted and after countless bottles I finally started enjoying. And then I moved to England and found out that there are other beers besides lagers, beers that had taste and charisma. But still, I have known shamefully little of how beer is actually made. So it was time to fix that and go visit a brewery to see how it’s actually done; and what better brewery to choose than the De Halve Maan (the half moon) brewery in Bruges...

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Recipe for Thames Bacon Cruise

Posted by on July 29th, 2012 in England, Europe, Food, London, Photos | 10 comments

  Cruises on sunny Thames are always good fun, but it is also a known fact that anything is better with bacon. So by that logic, a Thames bacon cruise should be even better. And it is. Trust me. I’d like to give you a quick and easy recipe for one, but unfortunately they are a bit tricky to do properly. Some of the ingredients can be a bit difficult to get, but it is worth the effort. So here goes.   Ingredients 1 huge chunk of fresh Danish bacon 5 cases of beer specifically brewed for the occasion 1 Old schooner; preferably at least 90 years old 1 Giant piggy 2 Passes to open the tower bridge Few dozen fun people Plenty of sunshine for decoration         Method 1. Load up the ship in Copenhagen....

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The “No Meat, No Liquor” Restaurant

Posted by on June 12th, 2012 in England, Europe, Food, London | 10 comments

[Not a valid template] So, you’re planning on going on a date with a vegan girl you like; she also doesn’t drink at all, so you don’t quite know where to take her. Well, worry not, for I have a restaurant for you! Meat Liquor! No, don’t worry about the name; it’s just deep in irony kind of thing; much like the outside of the restaurant, where you can’t even read the sign of the restaurant properly unless you squint your eyes. [Not a valid template] Just have a look at their web site. They say “No Meat. No Liquor”, they also specifically mention that “We are a restaurant” which is always good to know about a place if you are planning on going there to eat. And that is pretty much the only thing they say on their...

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The 39th Cambridge Beer Festival

Posted by on May 27th, 2012 in England, Europe, Food | 16 comments

[Not a valid template] Sunshine, good beer and friends; there is not much more you can ask from a day out, which is why I headed to the 39th Cambridge Beer Festival in umm Cambridge. And if there were rumours of a barbecue afterwards, well that’s even better. We took the train from London to Cambridge which is only some 50 miles north of London; where we then met up with another friend and then headed on to Jesus Green Park where the festival has been held since 2001. And then we waited. [Not a valid template] We arrived a bit early, so there was still 15 minutes before they opened the gates. It’s good to arrive early if you want to get a good place. And once the gates opened, we dashed forward in mayhem of… Well actually...

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Okonomiyaki, the Japanese pancake

Posted by on May 18th, 2012 in England, Europe, Food, London, Photos | 26 comments

[Not a valid template] I love social food, you know, food that you share with others. I also love food that you can play with; so there is more to it than just moving it from the plate to your mouth with your fork and knife. Okonomiyaki is just the sort of food that fits both these requirements. It’s a sort of Japanese pancake, if pancakes were even more awesome than normally, think bacon and cheese! Abeno in London is the only restaurant outside of Japan where I’ve come across this food, and if you want something a bit different, this is a great option. Well actually they have two restaurants in London, one you can do reservations in, the other not. [Not a valid template] The first thing when you sit down is notice that most of the...

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