Border Patrol at Pouring Ribbons NYC

9 Dec

My reviews tend to be positive, but I couldn’t not post about this cocktail. The group I was with had heard good things about the cocktails at Pouring Ribbons, so I was looking forward to checking it out. We even waited for about 10 minutes in the freezing cold to get in. Then, I made a terrible decision. I love tequila, and that led me to order the Border Patrol

Sombra Mezcal, lime, mole falernum, pineapple, angostura bitters.

Border Patrol at Pouring Ribbons NYC

This drink, quite literally, tasted like dirt. I cannot remember the last time I ordered a drink and actually could not drink it, but I could not take more than two sips of this cocktail. Not only did it taste like dirt, but the mouthfeel was gritty and dry (I mean, how is that even possible?). I did try the cocktails that my friends were drinking, and they were fine. So, word to the wise, avoid the Border Patrol at Pouring Ribbons, but their other craft cocktails are tasty.

Yikes.

Bub City Bachelorette

19 Jul

I love Bub City, but it’s even better with good friends when celebrating upcoming nuptials. Good drinks, good food and good music (as long as you like country) set the stage for a good time. Below is a quick recap of our mouth watering meal.

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Giddyup Fries
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Mexican Firing Squad & North To Alaska
(Mexican Firing Squad used to be the frozen drink, but the bartender was nice enough to make it for me on the rocks)
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Green Beans & Cucumber Salad
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Cornbread
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Delight
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Fireball
The amazing GM was kind enough to give us free shots for our celebration, and Bub City makes their own fireballs! He also taught us how to take down a shot like a champ.
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Justin 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Paso Robles

9 Jul

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Appearance
Clarity: clear
Intensity: medium+
Color: garnet

Nose
Condition: clean
Intensity: medium
Aroma Characteristics: black cherry, licorice, fig/plum, baking spice

Palate
Sweetness: dry
Acidity: high
Tannin: medium+ (smooth)
Body: medium+
Flavour Characteristics: fruit forward with black cherry and plum flavors, baking spice
Finish: long

Conclusion
Quality: very good

Jessup Cellars 2009 Estate Grown Merlot

10 Jun

I typically reach for any varietal over Merlot, but after tasting this gem at the Jessup Cellars tasting room I purchased three bottles and will most likely order more when I run out. I recommend this delicious Merlot that has an interesting nose, nice tannins and a wonderfully long finish.

Jessup Cellars 2009 Merlot

Appearance
Clarity: clear
Intensity: medium+

Nose
Condition: clean
Intensity: medium+
Aroma Characteristics: fresh red fruit (cherry/raspberry), fig, spice, licorice

Palate
Sweetness: dry
Acidity: high
Tannin: high
Body: medium+
Flavour Characteristics: cherry, bright red fruit, cinnamon/vanilla, dark chocolate
Finish: long

Conclusion
Quality: very good

Brunch at Publican

6 Jun

I’ve heard people rave about brunch at Publican, and since it’s in my neighborhood (and I’m a huge fan of Publican Quality Meats) I couldn’t wait to try it out. I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of options. I understand that this is weekend brunch, but my choices on the breakfast side of things were sparse. I decided to go with the most traditional breakfast on the menu and ended up with two eggs, sausage, cornbread and two sauces. I cannot deny that my food was good and well prepared, but I also cannot say that I was overly impressed or that I am in a rush to go back (although their current brunch menu does look good). Here’s what I had:

Two eggs, sausage, cornbread
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It was good, I liked the use of cornbread instead of traditional toast or english muffin. I also enjoyed the sauces that came with the dish.

Hasbrowns
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I am a huge potato person, but was not a fan of Publican’s hashbrowns. These hasbrowns were sweet, which is not what I expect when ordering a side of potatoes, and they were actually hard to cut through. I’d recommend checking out a different side dish.

Pork Sandwich
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As is usual, my fiancé made the proper choice, although I wasn’t in the mood for lunch. This sandwich was delicious, as were the fries. His dish makes me think there is reason to go back and explore more of the menu, but later in the morning when I’m ready for lunch.

2010 Girard Artistry

16 May

From here on out, I’m doing tastings WSET style!

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Appearance
Clarity: clear
Intensity: medium deep
Colour: ruby/ garnet
Nose
Condition: clean
Intensity: medium+
Aroma Characteristics: red fruits like cherry or raspberry, dried fruits such as fig, and strawberries, jamminess, a hint of toasted spice
Palate
Sweetness: dry
Acidity: medium+
Tannin: medium+ – grippy
Body: medium
Flavour Characteristics: dried/stewed fruits, bright red, almost a hint of green pepper
Finish: long
Conclusion
Quality: Good+

2010 CMS Red by Hedges

19 Apr

My local grocery store has a very limited wine selection, so when I’m in a pinch I tend to go for the CMS Red by Hedges. This is my grocery store go-to for two reasons, 1) I met the winemaker and that positive connection and deeper understanding of the brand always makes me more likely to buy a wine and 2) I think this wine is a good value.

My Tasting Notes
This Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah blend from Columbia Valley is pretty acidic with light tannins and could probably stand to age a bit. It had dark fruits on the nose with a hint of slate mixed in. The bright fruit flavor and medium body make this an easy drinking wine.

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