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Dear Readers

On January 30, 2011, I posted my first culinary offering to the internet world. And now, here I am, a year later, more than 100 posts to my credit, and many more planned and coming. I want to thank all of my readers and my Facebook fans for sharing my pages with your friendsĀ and family. Your consistent visits and help getting my words to people I might otherwise never reach has kept me going. I especially want to thank my wife who has not let me stop doing this even when I was ready to give up and who has supported my passion for craft beers regardless of any liver issues that may come back to haunt me. Thanks love.

There is much more to come in my second year. Please continue to come back often, share my pages, and I encourage you to leave comments and send me pictures through the Adventures in Food Facebook page if you try anything or have a creation you want to share. I love hearing from you and it spurs me to continue what I do.

Thank you again and keep the adventure going.


2011 in review

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I come from a long line of Frenchmen. In fact, my dad has traced our lineage to 17th century France when our ancestors boarded a boat and travelled across the Atlantic ocean on their way to Canada. They settled in Acadia (Nova Scotia/New Brunswick areas) and stayed there for a couple of centuries until they were forced out by the British and emigrated to the United States. Some went down south and wound up in Louisiana where the Cajun culture was started, and others settled in Northern New England.

I don’t embrace much of my ancestral culture, and speak no semblance of understandable French, but I do know a few phrases that are held near and dear to my heart and remind me of home. So from my family to yours and everyone around the world

Joyeux Noel

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Adventures in Food will be on vacation and will return in the new year with all new recipes, ideas, rantings of a mad-man, and plenty more Mircrobrew Mondays. Eat well my friends.

Dogfish Head generally makes amazing beer and this seasonal ale did not disappoint. I ordered a pint at my 30th birthday dinner at The Gage – a gastropub in downtown Chicago. As a general rule, I tend not to enjoy pumpkin ales, but Dogfish Head has produced a sophisticated flavor profile that utilizes the delicious spices found in pumpkin pie blended together into a perfect balance.

The pour is a medium orange color topped with a light foam. The head begins to fade quickly leaving a nice lace on the glass. The initial taste reveals hints of nutmeg and cinnamon supported by a foundation of brown sugar, ginger, and pumpkin flavors. This is a phenomenal seasonal ale that unfortunately is pretty hard to find for most non-metropolitan areas. Punkin ale comes as a 4 pack for around $9 and on draft at your favorite beer bar. The 7% ABV doesn’t overwhelm your palette, but provides a little more punch than most pumpkin beers.

This is by far my favorite fall seasonal beer and I’ll be hard pressed to find anything I enjoy more.

Grade: A