29th November 2008

November 2008 World Finals

Road House 2008 World FinalsThe 2008 World Flair Finals are here with us, in London. The best of the best are competing for the most tricky, outstanding, catchy and stunning flairs. Placed in Covent Garden, central London, the Road House club is hosting the tournament. In a long lasting competiton, judges and players are facing each other with no mercy. We’ll keep you posted on the results and outcomes of the night. Just that, shows how a bar can make your night an interesting experience, a moment to remember!

Gathered from all over the world the 2008 world qualifiers’ names are: Read the rest of this entry »

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27th November 2008

Liquid Smoking

Liquid SmokingA new drink called, Liquid Smoking is hitting the UK’s market shelves. Initially designed and launched in the Netherlands, Liquid Smoking might be the solution for smokers to actually give up smoking. It’s cheap, which is good, and on top of that it is meant to give a very good feeling of euphoria and relaxation, sort of like getting high legally! No age resrictions, recommended to people over 15 years old though. With a price around £2.00 and available in pubs and stores, it might be a good idea to go out there and ask for it. Who knows, quiting might not be that hard after all. We’re expecting to see it in the UK before Christmas. Let’s see how many of us are going to turn to this for our new year’s resolution… Read the rest of this entry »

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26th November 2008

Sternthaler’s Nurnberger Christkindles Gluhwein

My hubby and I tried something different for a change…

We saw a bottle of Glühwein at Central Market in Dallas, Texas and decided to give it a try with a meal we just picked up that had a Thanksgiving twist.

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It’s a product of Germany made by Sternthaler; hence, the name, “Nürnberger Christkindles Glühwein”.

Now, typically, glühwein is a mulled wine made of red grapes wine infused with spices reminiscent of the Holiday season, such as cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom pods, cloves, citrus and honey, and is drunk warm. Glühwein translated actually means glowing with heat (not with light).

It’s especially suitable for after a full day of skiing, or cutting firewood in the snow!

However, nowadays, it’s not drank often, except around the Holidays.

In Germany, sometimes the grape wine is substituted with blueberry or cherry wine instead, then infused with the spices. Many different European countries have a version of this type of wine, maybe with slightly different flavorings or preparations.

Sternthaler has a nice product here, and reasonably priced at $7.99, with a super- Read the rest of this entry »

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25th November 2008

Thanksgiving Pairings

Beer on Thanksgiving?  Something ELSE to help pack on the pounds?  I say… why not?  Especially with these pairings thanks to Tastingtable.com and New York’s first beer sommelier, Café D’Alsace’s Aviram Turgeman:

Here are his easy-to-find picks:

Turkey with gravy – This classic American dish calls for a classic American ale like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which has a good malty weight and enough hoppiness to cut through the gravy’s richness.

Baked ham – For this popular turkey alternative, Anchor Steam delivers smoky, malty and spicy notes that go well with fruity glazes.

Stuffing – A slightly sweet, higher-alcohol Belgian dubbel, such as the spicy Grimbergen Dubbel, provides a lovely foil for stuffing’s salty, doughy pleasures.

Sweet potatoes - To offset their sweetness, pour a light beer with a crisp hoppiness and a tough of acidity, like Czech Pilsner Urquell.

Pumpkin pie – Instead of too-obvious pumpkin ale, try EKU 28, a fruity German Doppelbock packed with honey, apple, clove and cinnamon flavors.

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25th November 2008

Officials approve bar’s £10 “all you can drink” night

Pint of beerNovember, 2008
London, UK

Who else other than an Australian-themed bar in Acton, London, would take such a decision and move forward with what could be the start of an interesting ‘drinking’ era. One thing you could say about British people is that they surely know how to drink. A simple combo with our famous Australian friends and the party is on! Although, they tell us all measures are taken, and strict rules apply, we think the result will be somehow the same. Go to work, go to the pub, drink, drink, drink and then ask for directions on how to get back to your own place! For some of us, that’s surely the end of a ‘beautiful’ night, and the start of a horrific morning to work.

What’s even funnier is that the Ealing council has ruled that the Australian-themed bar in Acton is not encouraging irresponsible drinking with the cut-price deal. Yeah, right!!

Click here for the full article

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21st November 2008

Edible Cocktail

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So, I presented you all with this contest to come up with the best & most original holiday cocktail recipe in our ‘Holiday Spirit’ Contest and the best idea I’ve gotten so far is a poor variation of Egg Nog!!! 

That in mind I’ve chosen to give you a little help and steer you in the right direction.  Check out this recipe I found today, courtesy of Tastingtable.com:

Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots

Ingredients:

Makes 8 pies
8 Keebler mini graham-cracker piecrusts
1 envelope Knox gelatin
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 tablespoon cold heavy cream
Fresh whipped cream, for serving

Directions:

1. Arrange the piecrusts on a baking sheet. Place 1 cup cold water in the top of a double boiler and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Let stand for three minutes.
2. Heat the gelatin mixture over a gentle simmer until the granules have dissolved. Add the pumpkin, sugar and spices and heat, stirring occasionally, until the pumpkin and sugar are completely melted. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the vodka with 1/4 cup cold water and the heavy cream. Whisk in the pumpkin mixture and immediately divide it among the piecrusts. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours. Slice the pies into wedges, if desired, top with whipped cream and serve.

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20th November 2008

How to Make Kimberly’s Angel Kiss

These are beautifully delicious, and lovely for dessert liqueur beverages! Lovely for entertaining…
~ Kimberly Edwards 🙂

Type: Beverage
Serve With: whipped cream
Prep Time: 1 min
Yield: 1 shot

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19th November 2008

‘Black Wednesday’

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What is the biggest party night of the year?Halloween? Christmas Eve? New Years Eve? How about none of the above…

Its “Thanksgiving Eve”.

Somehow this family-themed holiday became a magnet for club-nights. Police Checkpoints are plentiful. Hangovers are certain. A little strange considering Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, family gatherings, stuffing our stomachs full of turkey, and of course watching football.

So, for those of you who wish to partake in this year’s eve festivities, here are some options:

New York City

Amalia – 204 West 55th St.

 General admission $30, live DJ, VIP Table Service for 12 $1500 includes 3 bottles of Grey Goose, mixers, no wait at the door.

Touch NYC – General admission $40, live DJ, doors open at 10 PM.

Bar 13 – 35 E 13th St, Union Square, $20 General Admission includes open bar from 9-10PM, 2 for 1 drinks from 10-11PM, Free Dinner Buffet from 9-10PM.
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14th November 2008

Bored of Plain, Old Egg Nog? Try Panama-Nog

Got Nog? Keepsake BoxServed on the rocks, this Holiday drink is sure to please! A twist on the traditional…Enjoy! ~ Kimberly Edwards 😀

Type: Beverage
Serve With: Holiday Cheer!
Prep Time: ~ 2 min

Ingredients:
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12th November 2008

Decorate with Wine for the Holidays

5 Bottle Wine RackI made an observation on Canadian Thanksgiving that solidified my idea of decorating with wine! We went to my in-laws for the Holiday, and they had thee most beautiful wine rack that displayed their wine bottles, and non-alcoholic wine bottles, on their bar right off the kitchen…

 It was so festive and chic! There are so many interesting wine bottles available nowadays, that they could be decorating items already…So, when entertaining over the holidays, don’t hide your wine bottles away, show ’em off on amazing wine racks!

In fact, my husband and I flip houses, and add decorator touches when showing a house…We will never be “wine-rackless” again!

Whether it be cute and romantic for 2 in a little nook of the home or by a garden tub, or more extravagant for those serious wine connoisseurs…

(My hubby and I have a great collection of wines, and would need this one for serving wine during the Holidays…)

How about on your beautiful granite counter topped bar, or on your perfectly set up buffet table?
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