June 26, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 63 - La Terrible

Tons of beer talk!

In this episode Craig Thorn and Phil Hinson join us to discuss Unibroue La Terrible. On top of the beer, which we both had different vintages, we talked beer price and availability, comparing Winnipeg to Montreal to Phoenix. This episode is all beer talk.

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Show Notes
00:00 – Intro
00:30 – Unibroue La Terrible
06:15 – Cheers, tasting the beer
11:00 – Prices and availability
13:50 – Standard Lager
14:45 – London breweries
17:35 – The state of craft in Manitoba
25:30 – Beer in Quebec
27:55 – Beer in Phoenix
29:00 – More comparisons
33:30 – Rogue
35:40 – Further comparisons
37:40 – Farmery
39:50 – Other breweries
44:50 – Creating scarcity, rare brews
48:15 – Big hype beers
59:15 – Brewheads and beer apparel
1:08:35 – Wrapping It Up

June 23, 2014

Winnipeg's New Culinary Trail

Should you eat here, or maybe there?

Trying to help you decide "where to eat," a new initiative from Tourism Winnipeg and Peg City Grub is the Winnipeg Culinary Trails. They put a heavy focus on restaurants serving local eats. The trail itself is a wide array of greasy spoons, high end dining rooms, and ethnic goodies. Other trails will be added as we were told "it's an ongoing project to help people navigate the food scene."

As a big fan of tasty food, naturally I was intrigued. I was lucky enough to be invited on the Winnipeg Trolley Company's trolley (which is awesome) with fellow bloggers to do a quick tour of three of the locations on the Culinary Trail.

We met at the Forks, one of my favourite places in the city, to hop on the trolley, where we all took dozens of Instagram photos and videos by the time we arrived at the first stop, Fusion Grill.

This place is truly a hidden gem in the city. Nestled on Academy, I remember this place being my first initiation into the world of great cuisine. It gets bonus points for being very local. Sadly I don't seem to eat there enough anymore. Making a promise to myself for changing that right now.

With our first stop we were greeted by owner Scot Mctaggart. He explained where he gets the local fish, daily (from Gimli Fish Market), and that it was actually Fusion Grill's birthday. We were served their most popular lunch dish - pickerel cheeks with pickled fiddlehead aioli and crispy yam frites. The lemonade was actually perfect too, not overly sweet with the perfect amount of tartness.

Scot sold me on the lamb dish for my future visit. I won't even try doing it justice by describing it as he made it sound like the most romantic dish one could order.

Needless to say it was fairly mind blowing. Our next two stops had a major challenge to top this.

As the bloggers filed out of Fusion Grill and back into the trolley it was a perfect day with a few clouds in the blue sky. This is kind of key for the next stop as the experience comes down to one important thing - the view.

The trolley headed back downtown and we disembarked at Prairie 360. This was my first time setting foot in the restaurant since they opened up. We were taken the long way to our table, so we can enjoy the all of the magnificent view of Winnipeg. It is a damn pretty city.

Executive Chef Alfonso Maury came out to briefly explain the dish we were about to be served, bison prosciutto perogies topped with garlic cream sauce. It was tasty too but not quite as good as Fusion Grill's dish.

We headed back to The Forks for our last stop, Tall Grass Prairie. Arguably the best bakery in town. Just try one of their breads, or their iconic cinnamon bun, and try and disagree with that statement.

Tabitha Langel, one of the owners, talked us through how keeping it local is best for everyone. She also let us try some of their delicious bread and cinnamon buns.

That was the end of the tour for us but their are more places on the Culinary Trail to hit up. My favourite on the list is Peasant Cookery, which I highly recommend the charcuterie and oyster night (Wednesdays).

Check out Tourism Winnipeg's site for the complete list.

June 14, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 62 - Chimay

Our yearly Mad Men episode

In this episode we bring back Ryan to discuss Mad Men once again. Like last time we are drinking a trappist beer but this time we are drinking Chimay Blue. Naturally we make predictions and get side tracked discussing other television shows we watch.

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Show Notes
00:00 – Intro
00:50 – Chimay Blue
06:30 – Chimay label changes
10:45 – Rochefort and Westvleteren
11:40 – Looking back at Mad Men predictions
14:25 – Contrasts to Breaking Bad and more observations
18:35 – Thoughts on the last season of Mad Men
22:40 – Questions going forward
26:50 – What do we think of…
41:15 – Community, food in Mad Men and Hannibal
43:45 – Possible predictions
47:30 – The Walking Dead, Fargo and avoiding spoilers
51:10 – Wrapping it up

May 29, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 61 - Bourbon County Stout

Good beer conversation with one of our favourite guests

In this episode we bring Ameya back to discuss our favourite beer websites. Before we get to that we drink some Goose Island Bourbon County Stout that we’ve been aging and discuss some very random things.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:45 – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
05:50 – Bourbon County releases
09:20 – Winter in the North
12:05 – Bad roads and repairs
17:20 – Back to the beer
17:45 – Imperial and barrel-aged stouts
21:45 – Canadian craft breweries
22:25 – Some travel plans
24:00 – Michigan craft beer scene
27:25 – Beer stuff in Winnipeg
28:15 – Sours
29:50 – Style, season and serving temperature
33:25 – Beer websites
41:35 – Beer Advocate and RateBeer communities
44:20 – Beer Pulse and beer label approval
52:50 – Twitter for beer
57:20 – Wrapping it up

May 15, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 60 - w00stout

We learn a ton about coffee

In this episode we are joined by coffee fanatic Jared Falk. He educates us on coffee and shows us how he brews his coffee. On top of that we drink Stone Brewing’s w00tstout while discussing Wil Wheaton.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:50 – Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout
02:50 – Tasting the beer
03:30 – About Stone Brewing
07:30 – Going to a baseball game
10:00 – Different kinds of coffee
13:25 – Freshness matters
14:55 – Coffee brewing processes: Chemex
17:05 – Aeropress
17:50 – It’s basically a Tassimo
20:40 – Jared’s coffee habits
22:15 – Direct trade and Ethiopian Coffee Exchange
24:00 – Finding good coffee
25:45 – Coffee from the farm to the store
27:55 – Roasting your own beans
32:30 – Tasting notes in coffee
35:45 – Will Wheaton and Star Trek
39:00 – Preparing to brew the coffee
47:30 – Starting to brew
50:25 – Equipment to use for Chemex coffee
53:10 – Serving and tasting the coffee
56:45 – Wrapping it up

May 3, 2014

This Blog

And its future

I really have no clue what is in store for cenquist.com. It will continue. In some form. But at this time I haven't decided what I will do. I'm going to kind of take a sabbatical from it. At least in the sense of regularly scheduled posts.

The Bi-Weekly Beer Reviews are officially retired. Thanks for reading them. It was fun and I learned a lot about beer but honestly, I never enjoyed writing them too much. Beer won't vanish from the blog, I promise. You will still get Pub Chat posts, and hopefully some photo essays from beer related events and trips.

Photos are one thing I want to bring to the blog. Something I want to improve upon doing and see what I can do in a sense to highlight them on here. Maybe my outlet for that will be here in a form of photo essays. Still not sure yet.

I will also be semi-retiring The Great Burger Hunt. The odd review will show up but not monthly anymore. I've done quite a bit of the big places in the city, only really a few left of the true burger joints to do anyway! The topic of food will not be going anywhere. I would like to post more recipes on here. I do have a few beer based cooking recipes I have been trying to master to post on the here. One or two should show up soon.

There are a few things in the works that may or may not see the light of day too. The suspense is killing you I'm sure.

Essentially though I am just burned out from school and life, so I am taking a mild break until sometime in the summer or so. Allowing me to figure out what is in store for the blog and myself. So really what I am trying to say is I have no idea what I'm doing with this blog and when I will return to regularly scheduled posting, other than Pub Chat posts.

May 1, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 59 - Electric Unicorn

Pizza, pizza, pizza!

In today’s episode we go to the vault of unreleased episodes from last summer (this was the only one). One of our favourite guests Kevin Lawrence joins us to discuss pizza, and berate Adrian, while we drink Electric Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing. We ate a bunch of pizza before. So we decided to talk about pizza. Because who doesn’t like pizza?

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:20 – Pipeworks Unicorn’s Revenge
02:35 – Tasting the beer
04:40 – Kevin imagines the brewery
05:20 – Back to the beer
06:30 – Pizza experiment
11:15 – Adrian’s pizza initiation
12:30 – Favourite types of pizza
13:55 – Thick or thin
15:05 – Best cheese options
17:20 – Best pizza in Winnipeg or anywhere
18:40 – Best late-night pizza
20:15 – Kevin calls his own phrasing
21:15 – Adrian’s fun fact
21:50 – Wrapping it up