Now here’s an Italian red wine that really knows how to stand up for itself. Â It’s a blend of 50% Whoop-Ass and 50% Take-Numbers. When Chuck Norris went to Italy as a baby, this what was in his sippy cup.
Nerelo Del Bastardo. Â Yep, I think you know what this goes well with. Â Big food. Â That giant hunk o’ vaca you’ve been marinating all day, cooked slow on the grill. Â Ya baby, this is where it’s at.
Trader Joe’s, $8.99. Â The wine guy pointed me at another bottle by these same guys he says is event meater. Â Yum, can’t wait.
Another nifty inexpensive sherrry! Â Happy day for us fans of tasty Spanish stuff!
“Cream” sherry is a sweet wine, often saved for desert. Â However, if you’re me (and some of you out there are) will find this yummy any time of day. Â This one is definitely full-flavored and it’s going down well with this delicioso Spanish chorizo which I happen to have handy. Â You might say it’s got a bit of carmel maybe, or maybe a bit of brown sugar flavor. Â For $4.99 at Trader Joe’s I say it’s darn yummy.
I never thought much of Sherry before I spent some quality time in the area around Jerez, Spain. While technically a white wine, Sherry is actually a little different. I like my sherry chilled a little bit. Â This Fino is light like it’s supposed to be a bit floral and fruity and of course, good with snacks!
The Spanish are your go-to people on snacking.
Pastora Fino Sherry. Â $4.99 at Trader Joe’s. Â Go get yourself some!
I love Asian grocery stores, because I like unusual food. Â So I couldn’t resist the Wonderfarm brand White Fungus Bird’s Nest drink. Â The can claims the ingredients are: water, sugar, white fungus and bird’s nest. Â It’s a clear liquid with chunks of white stuff floating in it. Â Oddly enough, it tastes like a liquid twinkie. Â The Wonderfarm web site claims this stuff is a “health supplement”. Â Nothing like a whole lotta sugar to turbo-up your health performance. Â Frankly, this stuff is kinda boring. Â Other than looking a little weird, it doesn’t bring anything to the game.
But then there’s Pocky. Â I happen to love Pocky. Â I could not turn down the chance to try some “Men’s Pocky”. Â At last! Â Pocky – for him! Ok, it’s dark chocolate Pocky, and of course, it’s delicious. Â WTF it has to do with Testosterone-Americans, I can’t say. Â Perhaps if you eat enough of it you become a sumo wrestler. Â Not a bad idea, really.
Here’s a wine one cannot taste without tasting the name.Â I mean really, “cupcake” wine?Â So far this poor bottle of inexpensive red stuff has been the butt of endless derision.Â What does it taste like?Â I guess you could say that it tastes like every one of those eight George Washingtons you dropped on it.
This week’s discovery: sometimes, if you can’t get an exotic ingredient, it’s because it isn’t any good.
Having been on something of an asian cooking kick recently, I noticed that I kept seeing recipes that called for Shaoxing rice wine, which is more or less impossible to find here in Pennsylvania.Â The longer I went without any, the better is sounded.Â Finally, the grass growing intensely green, and sucked in by the marketing promises ofÂ “drinking quality” rice wine, I asked my friend Steve to pick some up in Portland and ship it to me.