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A glass of “brandy” for Grandpa Schultz

My grandpa is 93 years old. He drinks a glass of brandy every night. Since purchasing my rotoary evaporator, I’ve wanted to make him some brandy… here’s what happened.

A roatary evaporator (rotovap) is basically a still… as in distillation, as in moonshine. Of course, like many modern cooking apparatus, it got it’s start in laboratories. Mostly scientists use it to boil off solvents thus purifying what remains.

For much more detail on how the system works, read this. But here’s the quick nitty gritty.

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Grapes Vs. Grains

Fancy a drink with dinner? When you sit down to a great meal do you reach for a cork-screw or a bar blade? Whatever your default answer is, The Tasting Room and The Ladies of Craft Beer are looking to broaden your horizons.

On Monday, November 7th Tasting room Chef Steve Marques will challenge Sommlier Gary Lapuyade and Cicerone Will Sandifer to pair drinks for a five course fall menu. I had the opportunity to preview the Grapes Vs. Grains menu and pairings last Sunday and the clear winner will be the guests attending.

Pho

Pho… Salad

I like Pho. I grew up on the national dish of Vietnam. If you’ve never had it, I feel sorry for you. It’s got a light but flavorful beef broth flavored with five spice, lemongrass, ginger, and garlic. When you order it you get a side plate of lime wedges, thai basil, cilantro, jalepeno, and bean sprouts. If you’re at a proper Pho selling establishment, you’ll quickly receive a big bowl filled with broth and rice noodles topped with raw thinly sliced beef. The heat from the broth cooks the raw beef perfectly. I always order Pho with the beef raw and on the side to ensure that the kitchen dosen’t pre-blanch the meat for the american pallete. If your Pho shop won’t serve you this way, find another pho shop.

Beer Snob

St. Arnolds DR#11 And How to Be a Beer Snob.

Throw away your favorite frosty beer mug… it’s doing your beer a dis-service… Trust me. Don’t trust me? Let me explain.

St. Arnolds is my favorite brewery… It’s the oldest craft brewery in Texas. I love the fact for that $7 you can visit the brewery, get a souvenir glass, try at least 4 craft beers, tour the brewery, and on many days meet and talk to the owner. One of the best $7 experiences that can be had in Houston!