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London-Style Gastro-Pub Coming to Downtown Durham

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Eat | 0 comments

The British are coming! And they’re bringing fine ales and authentic curries to downtown Durham. Six Pence Ventures is bringing a new addition to the Durham food scene: an English gastro-pub featuring British and South Asian cuisine. The owners of Five-Points favorite Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, Rhys Botica and Malachy Noone, have teamed up with part owner of the Triangle’s Tandurm food truck, BJ Patel, to open an English-style pub at the current location of Beyu Caffe (335 West Main Street). Once Beyu moves to its larger building, old mates Botica, Noone and Patel will move into the space and begin work on the pub and restaurant. They expect the move in to take place in May, with an opening slated for ten weeks after. The London-style public house will offer a wide range of English, European and local craft beers, along with a fine selection of single-malt scotch. When it comes to the food, Patel will bring the South Asian flavors of his popular Indian endeavors, as well as an exploratory approach to British food culture. Expect to see dishes such as Curried Shepherd’s Pie with Patel’s British-Indian-Asian cuisine practically transporting patrons to the streets of London. Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in the U.K., after...

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Introducing Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company in Cyprus

Introducing Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company in Cyprus

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Craft beer is starting to make waves in Cyprus, which it’s quite fitting for this country surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is a deeply historic island and also a place of great importance when it comes to brewing. Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company is fully operational and the first high quality, small-batch craft brewery licensed in Cyprus. Less than 10km from the brewery are the 3,500 year old bronze-age remains of an ancient traditional brewery. According to history, the brewery would have been tended by the wives of the Cypriot nomadic hunter-gatherers of the time. Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company is committed to continuing history, and brews handcrafted beers in small, personally-tended batches using mineral-rich spring water from the brewery’s own well. The brewery is a family business employing well qualified and highly experienced brewing specialists from Great Britain and Cyprus who create a wide range of fresh, full-flavoured locally handcrafted beers. To ease newcomers into craft beer, the brewery’s Rock Premium is the perfect starting point. According to Aphrodite’s Rock Brewing Company, the Rock Premium is “a rarity in a world of ‘real ales’ – a precision hand-crafted Bavarian lager.” The brewery blends a rich base of Bavarian pilsner and crystal malts with grassy and flowery Hallertau Hersbrucker and other aromatic hops. The Rock Premium is a favorite among Cypriots who want to kick their typical lager beers up a notch. As you can imagine, it gets quite hot in Cyprus. Lagers and pilsners are quite popular, and this 4.8% ABV beer is a perfect introduction to the craft beer scene. Another favorite among the Cypriots is the London Porter. At 4.5% ABV, the London Porter is a very drinkable, refreshing beer with a slight roasted malt finish. It’s a faithful reproduction of a traditional 18th century English-style porter. Aphrodite’s Rock’s London Porter has delicious flavors of caramel and rich chocolate with a hint of spice, pouring dark and creamy. I enjoyed this beer at a locally owned bar in Nicosia called BrewFellas, and it was the perfect way to end a day spent touring around Nicosia, the only split capital city in the world — occupied by Turkey and...

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Create Industry City Distillery’s 20 Minute Limoncello

Create Industry City Distillery’s 20 Minute Limoncello

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Drink | 0 comments

Limoncello is my favorite of the liqueurs– tart, sweet and refreshing. Plus, it reminds me of traveling through Italy and lounging on the Amalfi coast amongst the lemon trees. Made from lemons, alcohol and sugar, this liqueur often takes over three months to create. Limoncello has a controversial, rich history. The original recipe of limoncello bends through a series of anecdotes and legends, competed by the Sorrentini, Amalfitani and Capresi. These three Italian populations boast of a production of limoncello passed on by various generations (Source: Sorrento Info). Although the origins of limoncello are controversial and we aren’t sure which population created the first batch, one thing we can all agree on is that this Italian liqueur is absolutely delicious. It’s definitely a ray of sunshine and the perfect pick-me-up on a cold winter day. So, how can you create this delightful beverage at home? All you need is time, a lot of lemons (we’re talking like 40) and tons of sugar. Yikes! I don’t want to zest 40 lemons either. Luckily, I’m here to bring you good news. The fine folks of Industry City Distillery have shared their 20 minute limoncello recipe. You heard us, 20 minutes is all it takes, and you only need about one lemon. Industry City Distillery is an experimental distillery located in Brooklyn, New York. The distillery is pursuing better craft spirits through science, and produces their Industry Standard Vodka using beet sugar as well as their newest product, Technical Reserve. Industry City Distillery created Technical Reserve specifically for the needs of the creative cocktail connoisseur. Distilled to 95.6% ABV (the highest possible), Technical Reserve is exceptionally high proof and the neutral character allows you to create limoncello at home. 20 Minute Limoncello  Ingredients 10-12 grams (1-1.5 lemons) lemon zest 150ml Technical Reserve 60 grams sugar 75ml water Directions Zest your lemons with a zester or microplane and place zest in a glass jar. Pour 100ml of Technical Reserve on the zest and stir or shake as much as possible while it soaks. Do not soak for more than 60 minutes for the best tasting limoncello. Pour off the bright yellow liquid into another glass jar without losing the zest (a tea strainer...

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Italian Aperitivo and the Aperol Spritz

Italian Aperitivo and the Aperol Spritz

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Drink | 0 comments

After spending over a month traveling in Italy, I must say the Italians definitely know their food and drink. I first learned about the Aperol Spritz and aperitivo in Modena, which is one of the most amazing towns in Italy for food. Heck, Chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana is located in this small Northern Italian town and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world! So, what exactly is aperitivo? It’s the time before dinner when Italians meet up with friends and family for a drink and light snacks. Aperitivo gives you a chance to socialize and nibble as the dinner hour approaches. Although it’s more popular in the north of Italy, you’ll find aperitivo throughout the country. Common foods served during aperitivo include olives and potato chips, however, some places are more elaborate with fresh pizza, cold cuts, savory pastries or even fresh mozzarella. Here’s one of my plates during aperitivo along with an Aperol Spritz. Friend and renowned Italian pastry chef Luca Balboni who I visited while in Modena explains, “Drinks during the aperitivo time usually include a bubbly wine or a bitter drink like an Aperol Spritz.” The carbonation and bitter taste of the Aperol Spritz is meant to “open” the palate. Plus, this drink is perfect before dinner because it has a low alcohol content of around 11%. Best of all, the Aperol Spritz is easy to prepare so you can host your own Italian aperitivo time at home. Just follow this simple recipe below. Aperol Spritz Ingredients 3 parts prosecco 2 parts Aperol 1 part soda water 1 orange slice Directions Pour all ingredients over ice in a wine glass and top with a slice of orange. Cin cin! Post originally from...

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Recipe: A Menshevik Ménages à Trois

Recipe: A Menshevik Ménages à Trois

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Drink | 0 comments

As an ode to Brooklyn and the borough’s amazing local producers, I recently visited Lofted Coffee in Bushwick to concoct a new spin on the traditional White Russian cocktail — A Menshevik Ménages à Trois. Located in a loft off Varick Street amongst Bushwick’s many warehouses, Lofted Coffee roasts high-quality, sustainable coffee. As co-owner Tobin Polk prepared a fresh pourover, operations manager Aric Carroll showed me around the 1000-square foot loft. Potted plants, old briefcases and coffee equipment lined the shelves, and the aroma of freshly ground coffee filled the cozy room. Charlie, Lofted Coffee’s friendly cat, even played amongst the burlap bags of coffee beans sitting on the wooden floor. Aric Carroll is also assistant distiller of Industry City Distillery, an experimental distillery located in Brooklyn’s Industry City. The distillery’s Industry Standard Vodka is a beet sugar vodka distilled on equipment the team designed and built in Brooklyn. This vodka is perfect in our new version of the White Russian because it has hints of vanilla and a touch of spice. By using Industry City Distillery’s Technical Reserve (think a classier version of Everclear) and coffee grounds from Lofted Coffee, Aric created a Lofted Coffee Technical Reserve Extraction. Along with Industry Standard Vodka, this coffee extraction is the perfection addition to the “A Menshevik Ménages à Trois” cocktail — a Brooklyn spin on the classic White Russian. You can easily create this cocktail at home by following the recipe below. A Menshevik Ménages à Trois Ingredients 1 tsp Fine and Raw chocolate espresso bar (chocolate from a local Bushwick producer) 1 large ice cube 10 mL water 20 mL simple syrup 30 mL Industry City Distillery’s Industry Standard Vodka 10 mL Lofted Coffee Technical Reserve Extraction (see directions below) 1 cup half and half or milk Lofted Coffee Technical Reserve Extraction Directions Grind 70 grams of Lofted Coffee and place into a bowl. Pour Industry City Distillery’s Technical Reserve over the coffee grounds and cover. Let sit overnight, and then strain. Place the strained extraction in a bottle and set aside. Cocktail Directions Finely shave Fine and Raw’s chocolate espresso bar and place shavings in the bottom of a glass. Place large ice cube in the glass. Pour water,...

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