February 26, 2015

Pub Chat: Three Year Anniversary Special - Burly Wine 3 Year Vertical

It's been 3 years?

Today we’re celebrating the three year anniversary of Pub Chat. To be honest, I don’t think either of us thought we’d make it this far. To celebrate, we’re doing a vertical tasting of Half Pints Burly Wine. We’ve got 2008, 2009 and 2014 vintages on deck and the sexy intern is along for the ride.

We’re pleased to announce that starting today we’re going to release episodes every week! In addition to going weekly, we’re launch a new site and logo this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled. Finally, in addition to twitter, you can now find us on instagram at@PubChatPodcast!

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Show Notes
00:00 – Introduction
01:30 – Half Pints Burlywine
10:30 – Aging and vertical tastings
15;15 – Adrian needs more glasses
16:30 – Pub Chat celebrates three years
19:00 – Pub Chat’s year in beer
21:30 – Pub Chat’s year in guests
29:30 – Pub Chat’s year in topics
35:30 – Future guests and announcements
42:20 – Promises broken, kept and made
45:30 – Wrapping it up

February 19, 2015

Pub Chat: Episode 83 - He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

Homebrew talk

We’re drinking He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing with local homebrewer Mark Mruss. Mark has been brewing beer for a few years, sometimes with a few more interesting ingredients.

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Show Notes
00:00 – Introduction
00:30 – He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.
06:45 – Mark getting into homebrewing
14:15 – Higher ABV brews
17:25 – Mark’s homebrew highlights
20:45 – Half Pints Simcoe Spruce
22:30 – Beer ingredients regulations
23:40 – Anniversary beers and high ABV
27:25 – Stone opening a brewery in Germany
28:50 – Back to homebrewing
34:30 – Open fermentation and sour beers
37:05 – Europeans, washing and cheeses
38:40 – Mark finding time to brew
40:20 – The brewing process
47:40 – Wrapping it up

February 11, 2015

Winnipeg For Lunch - Famenas Famous Roti & Curry

Massive portion of roti

"It reeks of curry in here." - Sterling Archer.

He wasn't describing Famenas Famous Roti & Curry but if he was it would be accurate. It smelled like curry right when we walked in the door. Sorry I shouldn't say it smelled like curry, rather the smell of curry was wafted into my nostrils.

It was a small place. Underneath a parking garage. That smelled like curry. It was awesome.

Kevin and I sat down in front of the kitchen, which is the only counter. Famenas seats maybe 20 at a half circle counter. Behind the counter stand the team, of what I assume is, husband and wife.

They happily greeted us and were very attentive when we sat down. Kevin ordered chicken roti ($9.75). I ordered lamb roti ($11.99). They also have the prices after taxes on the menu too, which is helpful. You can also choose your roti to be filled with chickpeas or potato, or a mixture of both.

Ten minutes later we've got two giant roti's in front of us. And I do mean giant. It also came with a side of soup, which, as my friend put it "the only thing going for it is that it's kind of free." He was right, it was very average.

The lamb was really tender and the spices used were very nice. The mixture of chickpeas and potato was well balanced as well. I may have doused my roti in hot sauce, which is house made.

The house made hot sauce is also for sale. They've got hot sauce for $13 and sweet and sour for $15. You can also get dhalpuri shells for $30/dozen.

So much food. I was in a roti coma while the owner gladly told us stories. If roti isn't your thing they also have curries and jerk chicken. Your lunch will likely be just over $10 but can be higher depending on what you order.

Their website has their hours from 4:30-8:30 (7:30 on some nights) but they were definitely open for lunch at 1:00 when we went. So I'm honestly not sure on their normal hours. Urbanspoon says they open at 11:00am though.

Taste: 7/10
Speed: 4/5
Price: 2/5
Overall: 13/20

Famenas Famous Roti & Curry
295 Garry St, 
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1H9
(204) 414-9040

January 29, 2015

Pub Chat: Episode 82 - Favourite Beer of 2014 and Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

Japanese craft beer!

January is almost over, but we decided to look back at 2014 one more time, at our favourite beers of year. We’re drinking Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery in Japan, Sapporo this is not.

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Show Notes
00:00 – Introduction
00:50 – Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
04:55 – Kiuchi Brewery
10:40 – Back to the beer
11:25 – Colin’s year in breweries
18:35 – Adrian’s year in breweries
21:40 – LJT’s amateur hour
23:25 – The year in pubs
30:50 – The year in everyday beers
38:20 – Adrian drops the ball
39:50 – LJT’s top 10
45:55 – Colin’s top 10
48:55 – Misses of 2014
50:55 – Best breweries of 2014
55:00 – Manitoba’s year in beer
57:45 – Wrapping it up

January 26, 2015

RAW: almond Documentary

My love of food porn in documentary form

The RAW: almond Documentary is about the pop-up restaurant on the frozen river in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

RAW: almond runs for three weeks on the coldest months in Canada. A number of different chefs handle the menu to serve three seatings each night. The documentary focuses on the founders of RAW: almond, Mandel Hitzer and Joe Kalturnyk, in their second year of running the frozen river restaurant. Anthony Carvalho and I follow Ben Kramer and Aron Epp on a dinner service and Talia Syrie's team during weekend brunches.

Anthony and I started this as a school project for Red River College's Creative Communications program. The project became something we both felt passionate about and wanted to share with the world, while expanding on it with the final cut you see above.

January 15, 2015

Pub Chat: Episode 81 - Favourite Albums of 2014 & Old Rasputin

Top 5 albums of the year

This week we’re rounding up our top albums of 2014 with regular guests Chris Rohlingand Brett Enquist. 2014 was an interesting year for music, with only a few true standouts but tonnes of very good stuff. Reflecting this diversity, all of us had quite different choices. We also thoroughly enjoyed the always-great Old Rasputin from North Coast.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Introduction
00:55 – North Coast Old Rasputin
05:00 – 2014 in music
11:50 – Adrian’s top 5
24:50 – Brett’s top 5
30:45 – Colin’s top 5
38:50 – Chris’ top 5
50:00 – Taylor Swift 1989
56:40 – Luke Jacob
58:15 – Other albums and soundtracks
1:01:55 – Upcoming albums
1:04:25 – New Surly beer hall
1:08:10 – Wrapping it up

The LJT Top 5

5. Little Hurricane – Gold Fever
4. Jack White – Lazaretto
3. Taylor Swift – 1989
2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
1. Hozier – Hozier

January 8, 2015

Winnipeg For Lunch - Shawarma Time

"How much kafta did you eat?!"

Surprise, surprise, I am eating lunch again with Kevin. Funnily enough it was a different Kevin that first introduced me to Shawarma Time years ago. I've had a few different things here in the past but this time, after staring at the wall of food pictures, which is as a picture menu, I decided to try something new to me - kafta.

The kafta caught my eye because I've heard it talked about before, probably most recently on, Archer, one of my favourite TV shows, but I have never had it. It was mixed plate #9 according to the wall and it cost me $16.81 after taxes (with a bottle of water). Kafta in Lebanese cuisine traditionally consists of ground beef mixed with onion, parsley, allspice, black pepper and salt.

Shawarma Time is always spoken about as having some of the best shawarma in the city, and I can agree it deserves to be in the discussion. Hoping the kafta lives up to the high praise the shawarma gets.

We placed our order shortly after 1pm. There wasn't too many customers dining inside but a few customers were grabbing their pick up orders while we waited.

After sitting for 7-8 minutes after we ordered someone from the kitchen came out to say our skewers would still be another 6 minutes. They offered some Turkish coffee on the house while we waited. It was very coarse and gritty, but really sweet with a long, lingering aftertaste. Preparing Turkish coffee is easy, I think, you take roasted and finely ground coffee beans, boil it in a pot with sugar, and serve with the grounds at the bottom of the cup. Or that is my understanding of the process at least, but I have never done it myself.

The kafta was pretty good. It had a nice spice and I'm definitely going to order this again. Like usual the tabbouleh was really good but you need to love onion and parsley to love this style of salad. The rice was a bit bland on its own but I mixed it with my tabbouleh and pieces of kafta, not taking away from any of their flavours.

While my meal was a bit pricier than I intended you can easily eat for much cheaper here. The samosas are recommended for a cheap lunch. You could easily keep your lunch to under $10 if you wanted to.

I'm pretty sure they also do breakfast but I don't know anyone that has gone so I can't really say anything about it. Anyone gone to Shawarma Time for breakfast?

Taste: 8/10
Speed: 4/5
Price: 1/5
Overall: 13/20

Shawarma Time
616 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G0
(204) 774-2109