August 21, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 67 - Sculpin

Home cookin' !!!

Kevs Kitchen (Twitter) joins us to talk all about food, home cooking, beer and whole lot more. To top it all off, we’re drinking a favourite of ours, the excellent Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point from San Diego.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:15 – Ballast Point Sculpin
01:30 – Tasting the beer
03:10 – Ballast Point and fishing
04:55 – Home cooking
10:00 – Immersion circulator cooking
12:10 – Chemistry in cooking
18:30 – The most expensive book ever
19:30 – Recipes versus techniques
22:45 – Planning versus ingredients on hand
25:45 – Sustainable and natural ingredients
29:05 – Motivations for drinking beer
31:30 – Making condiments and infusing liquors
37:20 – No excuses for not cooking
43:10 – Brewing beer, variety and consistency
49:50 – Wrapping it up

August 7, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 66 - Commander Imperial Stout

The BBQ episode

Abstract Artform is back on the podcast and he brought ribs! We’re talking all about barbeque, from our favourite sauces and rubs to cuts of meat and wild game. Dead Frog Commander Imperial Stout (2014) was the drink of choice.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Introductions
00:52 – Barbecue
03:25 – What makes good barbecue
08:00 – Barbecue competitions
12:55 – Southern barbecue styles
15:40 – Dead Frog Brewery
17:20 – Dead Frog Commander Imperial Stout
19:10 – Back to barbecue competitions
24:20 – Styles of barbecue by location
28:00 – Barbecue methods
32:25 – Wild game
35:50 – Why barbecue
40:15 – Cheap beer and the hood-est rats
41:10 – Wrapping it up

July 24, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 65 - Weizen Heimer

And Winnipeg!

This episode we’re joined by Audrey from GoWPG to drink a delicious summer beer, Weizen Heimer from Half Pints and talking all about our great city. There’s lots of great things to do in Winnipeg so we decided to choose a few of our favourites.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:10 – Half Pints Weizen Heimer
01:55 – Favourite Winnipeg pubs
03:40 – Winnipeg Fringe Festival
06:15 – Folklorama
08:20 – Belgium
09:25 – Things to do in Winnipeg
16:30 – Winnipeg Folk Festival
19:10 – Jazz Festival
21:25 – Table for 1200
22:45 – RAW:almond
25:15 – We have a barge festival?
26:50 – Winnipeg restaurants
30:35 – Wrapping it up

July 10, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 64 - The Purge

"Just the two of us" - Adrian sings

This episode it’s just the two of us and we’re talking about the movie The Purge, because the sequel is coming out next week. In addition to the movie, we’re also purging our collection of Pub Chat-destined beer.

There were a few beers of questionable freshness in the cellar, so we decided to fix that problem the only way we know how – drinking. The line-up is Inveralmond Blackfriar Scottish Ale, Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin Dubbel & finally Uinta Brewing’s Crooked Line Cahoots Rye IPA!

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
01:00 – Inveralmond Blackfriar
04:25 – High concept
06:15 – The Purge
16:45 – Uncommon Siamese Twin Ale
22:00 – More on The Purge
27:20 – The Purge sequel
28:45 – James DeMonaco
32:40 – Ethan Hawke, Johnny Depp, etc
36:10 – Uinta Crooked Line Cahoots
41:00 – Johnny Depp’s filmography
43:45 – Back to the beer
44:30 – The Purge going forward
47:00 – Wrapping it up

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