Archive | January, 2015

Review: Port Brewing Mongo IPA

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. It has a great balance between hops, citrus, and malt. Watch out though… this beer is easy drinking, and at 8.5%, it can sneak up on you. I can recall one lovely afternoon a few years ago. I didn’t have to work for some reason. My boyfriend had a meeting at UCLA; he said it wouldn’t take long. I decided to post up at Barney’s Beanery in Westwood. They had Mongo on draft and I had a couple (possibly a few) while I was waiting. When he picked me up, I told him I was “Bongo for Mongo”. Ever since then, “Bongo” has been shorthand for “tipsy” between us. Really good beer. I highly recommend it if you like IPAs.

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Review: Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is definitely one of my favorite beers. Grapefruit Sculpin is very grapefruit-y. If you are on the fence about grapefruit, this beer is not for you. This beer tastes very refreshing and bitter. It would be a good summer beer, but it makes sense it is available in the winter, since grapefruit is a winter fruit. It was nice to have a couple of these beers, but I probably won’t buy another six pack.

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Garlicky Sausage Broccolini Pasta – A Simple Weeknight Dinner

I make pasta about every other week and this one is a favorite. Especially for nights I don’t really feel like cooking. This recipe is adapted from a vegetarian recipe… which is very good, but we really like the sausage addition.

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Review: Stone Enjoy By 02.14.15

I have enjoyed all of the Enjoy By beers I have tasted, but this one is not my favorite. If you like a balanced double IPA, you will enjoy this one. There have been ones in the past that were more hoppy and lighter that I enjoyed more. Still, definitely worth picking up a bomber if you see it. In Orange County, they used to be more difficult to find, but it seems like they amped up production with the Enjoy By 12.26.14 release and now they are much more available. Enjoy!

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Review: Lincourt 2012 Lindsay’s Pinot Noir

For the past couple of weeks this Pinot has been on sale at my local Whole Foods ($20 instead of $35!). If you happen to see it on sale, you should pick up a couple of bottles. I don’t like wimpy wines, especially Pinots. This one is big, fruity, and spicy. I probably wouldn’t pay $35 for it, but at $20, I have bought four bottles. I enjoyed the first one watching Downton Abbey and eating garlicky sausage and broccolini pasta (recipe link). Enjoy!

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Sausage, Black Eyed Pea, and Kale Soup – Adapted Caldo Verde

Lately, I have been a bit obsessed with soup. I eat salad every single weekday for lunch and sometimes have salad for dinner as well. Soup is a great way to eat lots of veggies and feel satisfied… especially in the winter.

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Thai Butternut Squash Soup – Warm Up This Winter

Some people think they do not like butternut squash. That is because they have never had this soup. I have personally converted a few people with this soup. It is perfect for a cold day… which for me, in Southern California, is anything below 60 degrees.

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Chilaquiles – The Ultimate Mexican Breakfast

The first time I had chilaquiles was on vacation in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; they were part of the breakfast buffet every morning. That dish was very basic – tortilla chips cooked in sauce. If you have never had them before, chilaquiles are like breakfast nachos (sounds delicious, right?) and we  pronounce them (Cheel-ay-keel-ays).

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