April 6, 2014

Grilled Cheese Month: Week 1

A month filled with melted cheese

So apparently it is grilled cheese month. I figured I would make a grilled cheese a day and then post it on Instagram. Then I realized how much grilled cheese photos I already put on there. So instead I am going to just do a weekly blog post for the month. Assuming I don't have a heart attack from all the grilled cheese first.

Each week will probably have some kind of theme cheese and bread. Much easier that way instead of buying different kinds for each day. The first week bread is rye bread, and the cheese is mostly jarslberg and gruyere.

Here we go!

Caramelized onions, mozzarella and gruyere.
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and jarlsberg.
Bacon and gruyere. 
Lime and cilantro chicken, Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and jarslberg.
Cantaloupe, prosciutto, gruyere, and mozzarella.
Bacon, shrimp, and jarlsberg.
Stir fry chicken, onions, red and yellow peppers, gruyere, and marble cheese.
Tune in next week for more grilled cheese goodness.

April 3, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 57 - L’Imperatrice by Le Trou Du Diable

Just another beer Colin can't pronounce

This week we’re drinking talking bourbon with whisky aficionado Riley McDonald. It wouldn’t be an episode about bourbon if we didn’t have a bourbon barrel aged beer, we went with L’Imperatrice by Le Trou Du Diable.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:30 – Le Trou Du Diable – L’Imperatrice
01:25 – Tasting the beer
03:50 – Bourbon barrel aged beers
04:15 – Innis and Gunn
07:00 – Bourbon
11:00 – All-time favourite bourbons
14:00 – Why the good stuff is better
17:45 – Remembering what you drink
21:45 – More bourbon talk
23:50 – Bourbon places in Winnipeg
25:40 – Composition of bourbon
28:30 – Some other bourbons
30:50 – Scotch
32:40 – Back to bourbon
35:45 – Woodford Reserve double-oaked
37:05 – Bourbon in New York
38:15 – Bourbon on sale
39:00 – Bringing liquor across the border
42:05 – Eagle Rare and Four Roses
45:00 – Favourite bourbon barrel aged stout
46:00 – Colin be reppin’

March 31, 2014

The Great Burger Hunt - Red Top

A Winnipeg staple

Red Top has been around for some time. They really are a staple (since the 60s I believe the menu said) in the Winnipeg burger scene. I think they always get left out when it comes to the discussion of great burger joints in the city. Sure they'd be lower on the list, but in the discussion for sure. One thing for sure they are always consistent on how good the food is.

This was actually the second time I stepped foot in Red Top with the intention of reviewing it. The first time I tackled the Monster Burger.

But I basically had a heart attack (not really) so that review never happened. The Monster Burger is a 6-patty monster, which is surprisingly tasty and easy to eat considering the size.

The second time I went back. I was a bit more health oriented and only got a Lot-O-Burger, with the exception of the bacon I added. James got the same thing. Both of us got the side of fries, which also came with coleslaw (the healthy part?).

They do have a liquor license but I just stuck with water (maybe the real healthy part of my meal).

The menu at Red Top is rather deep. Burgers of all kinds. Many different sides. Plus an array of other
types of food.

Red Top is a classic diner style with some of the friendliest staff I've ever come across. It didn't take them long to crank out our food.

James was instantly happy his burger had mustard on it. It smelled amazing. The positives of the burger were the patty itself and the chili have so much flavour. The negatives was the bun was too thick and they had a bit too many onions on the burger. I know I said they were consistent and I stand by that, considering the amount of times I've been to Red Top, this was the first time I thought there was too many onions.

When it comes to fries they do them well. Always a great texture and were piping hot. Lack of salt is a bit off putting, making them seem bland, but it's better to add your own than have them over salted.

I owed James for this one. So I ended up with the bill. Didn't cost me too much, an average cost for burger joints in my opinion, $22.25 for both meals.

What I got: Lot-o-burger and fries x2: $22.25 (after taxes).

Burger Taste: 4/5
Fries Taste: 3/5
Menu Selection: 5/5
Price Value: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Red Top
219 St Mary's Rd
Winnipeg, MB R2H 1J2
(204) 233-7943

March 27, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 56 - Southern Tier Creme Brûlée Stout

This beer is heaven, literally

Southern Tier Creme Brûlée. This is a beer we had on the podcast a while ago in the Dark Knight Rises special and we’ve mentioned numerous times how much we love this beer. We’re joined by Jacob the Intern to talk about music, our favourite artists, shows & more.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Welcome and introductions
01:35 – Today’s beer: Southern Tier Creme Brûlée
04:00 – About Southern Tier and Creme Brûlée
10:30 – Adrian’s favourite band
12:40 – Adrian guesses Colin’s favourite band
14:00 – Jacob’s favourite band
16:10 – Favourite albums
28:45 – Back to the beer
32:00 – Bands to see live, living and dead
43:45 – Wrapping it up

March 19, 2014

Truth in Advertising Matters

It really does

My classmates and I have all entered into the ASC PSA Creative Competition: Truth in Advertising Matters. The group I am in came up with a campaign based around half truths. We really think we have a shot at winning too. There is one catch. To be considered a finalist we need to be in the top twenty for votes. So it doesn't matter at this point that we have the best campaign - it's just a popularity contest.

That is why I need your vote(s). You can vote every day until March 31st, and I would love it if you did. But every vote counts so even if you only have time to vote once I will appreciate it just the same.

Below is the video PSA we produced. In the link here - is the rest of our campaign and the voting page too.

To sweeten the deal if you retweet this tweet from my Twitter account or share on Facebook I will enter you in a contest where I will come to your house and make you a three course grilled cheese dinner for you and friend. To make the deal even sweeter I will pair each grilled cheese with some delicious craft beer.

March 6, 2014

Pub Chat: Episode 55 - Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle

Untappd that beer people

This episode we are joined by two familiar faces: Mr Kevin Lawrence & the hot intern Luke Jacob Thiessen. We’re talking about one of our favourite apps: Untappd and we’re drinking River North Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle and Wake Up Dead from Left Hand.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:45 – First beer: Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle
02:40 – Intro to Untappd
04:40 – Bud free since ’93
06:00 – About Untappd
08:15 – Notes on the first beer
10:00 – Features of Untappd
11:10 – Kevin sucks
11:50 – Untappd badges
15:15 – Untappd check-in numbers
18:40 – Beer church
19:40 – Second beer: Left Hand Wake Up Dead
22:15 – About the brewery
23:40 – Brewery tours
28:10 – Nitro and Guinness
30:20 – Tim Mather, Untappd and Twitter
34:20 – Favourite badges, liver disease and more on Tim Mather
41:40 – Wrapping it up

March 5, 2014

Pub Chat: Two Year Anniversary Special - Very Mad Cow

Has it really been two years?

I kind of don't believe it, but it has been two years since we started this podcast and we’re still going strong. Adrian & I got together to celebrate over a bottle of Very Mad Cow milk stout by Revolution Brewing from Chicago.

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro
00:25 – Today’s beer: Very Mad Cow
01:40 – About Revolution Brewing
03:00 – Beer analysis and more on Revolution
06:05 – Promises from last year
08:10 – Guests over the past year
13:40 – Beers over the past year
16:05 – Topics over the past year
17:30 – Promises for next year
21:21 – Pub Chat roles and jobs
23:15 – Favourite episodes and guests
28:50 – Future guests
32:55 – Future topics
35:45 – Anniversaries
37:45 – Wrapping it up