Many apologies for today’s missing food and drink reports

Today I was supposed to be meeting people for lunch at the brilliant [link2post id=”351″]Franco Manca[/link2post] pizza establishment which would have been, no doubt followed by some reports on quality beer from a decent drinking venue. However, on Monday morning I developed a cold of such impressive nastiness that it resulted in me spending the … Continue reading Many apologies for today’s missing food and drink reports

A happy, if slightly weird, anniversary to remember

My long-time reader may recall that I have paranoid-schizophrenia; this is why I have a generally low-intensity life writing opinionated drivel about booze and food. I developed it during the late 90s whilst I was studying at Oxford for my doctorate. The screaming intensity of the paranoid delusions and hallucinations became so powerful and intolerable … Continue reading A happy, if slightly weird, anniversary to remember

How to stop the neo-prohibitionists from winning

[image image_id=”2342″] I mentioned the article on Velvet Glove, Iron Fist about the real history of binge-drinking in a tweet earlier. It is well worth reading, lots of interesting data there, and good criticism of the BBC News website’s latest bit of anti-drink propaganda. It makes the point very clearly that the moral panic over … Continue reading How to stop the neo-prohibitionists from winning

A surprisingly small-scale Australian Pinot Noir

Difficult as it might be to believe this, we don’t always drink flash Burgundy at casa Strange. The partner has just received a case of affordable wines for general drinking from the Wine Society. If this first wine from his selection is anything to go by we will clearly have some fun, and reasonably interesting, … Continue reading A surprisingly small-scale Australian Pinot Noir

Finger lime marmalade

I’ve [link2post id=”695″]tried one of these ‘Oooh fancy!’ Australian lime marmalades before[/link2post]. This example comes from Rainforest Foods and it is made solely from finger limes which grow in the rainforests of Australia. Here’s the jar of it: [image image_id=”2274″ align=”left”] So, how does it taste? The texture of it seems a bit strange, slightly … Continue reading Finger lime marmalade

Affordable Burgundy

I’ve been reading a new wine forum, Wine Berserkers, it is quite a fun place. People there seem generally enthusiastic and knowledgeable about wine, and they are a friendly lot too. One of threads I followed was a request for recommendations for sub-$50 Burgundy that is very Burgundian. The fellow posting had little experience of … Continue reading Affordable Burgundy

An even more booze-tastic reward for skipping lunch

[image image_id=”2388″ align=”left”]This [link2post id=”295″]‘missing out on lunch’-method of losing lard[/link2post] seems to be working quite well for me. What is even better (although not perhaps on the ‘minimising calorie intake’-front) is that I am so pleased with myself for fighting off the crazy hunger all day that I feel quite justified in rewarding myself … Continue reading An even more booze-tastic reward for skipping lunch

Four truly stunning bottles of Alsace Riesling and a blind-tasting challenge

The first three bottles of Alsace Grand Cru Riesling were showing terribly well. Then we had a blind tasting challenge courteousy of the that excellent chap Captain ‘The Kid’ Peter, before we finished up the evening with a quite obscenely brilliant bottle of (again) Alsace Riesling. I present the blind-tasting challenge in the form of … Continue reading Four truly stunning bottles of Alsace Riesling and a blind-tasting challenge

Food news of the day – Kraft buys up Cadbury

[image image_id=”2226″ align=”left”] If you live in the UK you will have encountered the news that Cadbury, the iconic British chocolate manufacturer, has been snapped up by the American ciggie company Philip Morris in the guise of their subsidiary company Kraft. The outgoing chairman of Cadbury has even pronounced that job losses in the UK … Continue reading Food news of the day – Kraft buys up Cadbury