Church Fair

Yesterday was our 7th annual church fair in my local parish. It’s a great way of bringing people together from our very own neighborhood. You get to see people that live few houses down but haven’t spoken to in months, or in my case, see people you haven’t seen in 17 years. I still can’t…

2nd Annual Beer Festival

This weekend was the second annual “Good Beer Festival” at the nearby castle just a short walk away from my house. I wrote about this festival a year ago here. Just like a year ago, I decided to taste all of the honey beer on tap and had about 4 pints before concluding that honey…

Last of England – Day 5

Our fifth day in England was very relaxing and after running around the previous few days it was exactly what we needed. We did however take a ride into St. Albans to see ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ , a pub which claims to be the oldest pub in England. Dating back to the 8th century,…

London Pride With Fish & Chips

Fish and chips has been England’s favorite takeaway dish since the late Victorian era. So it was without question a dish we had to have at least once while visiting the Queen. The Horniman at Hay’s was our pub of choice located on the riverbank very close to the Tower Bridge. It was quite nice…

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Even my mom remembered about Saint Patrick’s Day and sent us the card on the photo, so what’s your excuse for not wearing green today? With Guinness in one hand and a cup of must-have green beer in the other, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everybody!

Honey Beer

I can’t say that I was ever much of a beer drinker. I generally like the taste but most beers are just too bitter for me, especially all the IPA’s out there, and would leave a bad taste in my mouth for other beers afterward. That is until I had a taste of honey beer…

Jack Daniel’s Cola

Last summer in Austria we picked up this little known beverage. Jack Daniel’s and Cola in one. I’ve personally never seen this before, and oddly enough this drink-in-a-can felt stronger than the watered down Jack’n’Coke served to us in a local touristy bar. And who better to drink whiskey with than my buddy Jeff.

Gorkauer Beer Brewery

The Gorkauer Bürgerbräu beer brewery was built in Sobótka Górka in 1817 by Ernst von Lüttwitz. Beer there was brewed using traditional bavarian methods. His son, Wilhelm, expended the brewery in 1858. In 1864 tunnels were drilled deep into the granite rock of the Ślęża mountain to gain access to water rich in calcium which…

Wrocław’s Christmas Tree

This giant Christmas tree stands 22 meters tall (72 feet) in Wrocław’s city square. I thought I’d post this before Christmas which isn’t all that far away. While made of plastic, it’s very well decorated and creates a beautiful contrast in colors. We happened to witness a decorating crew a few days ahead of the…

Poolhall Junkies

The other night we stopped by Creator, one of Wrocław’s poolhall’s, with my cousin and his wife. Neither of us is great at playing pool, but no one sucks at it more than all of us put together. Of course it wasn’t about the game, but about spending some time with people I rarely get…

Grzaniec – Mulled Wine

There is nothing that will warm you up faster on a -16° Celsius night than a warm cup of wine. Well, I suppose I could think of one other thing, but certainly not in the middle of a crowded city square. Mulled wine, or Grzaniec as it is known in Poland, originated in Germany and…

The Mexican

It’s not just a bad Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt movie, it’s also a Mexican food restaurant in Wrocław that tries, but fails terribly, to serve food from south of the border. Well, south for the folk in the States that is. The restaurant has a pretty cool decor going, with tequila bottles lining the…

Palinka

I can’t leave Hungary without mentioning one last thing: Palinka. Shortly after arriving in Budapest, we were introduced to the Hungarian fire water. I wrote in an earlier post about “Nalewka” in Poland; mostly home made alcoholic concoction, very liqueur like, mostly based on some sort of a fruit. Palinka seems to be a Hungarian…

Nalewka

Nalewka (Polish term) or nalivka (Russian term) is a traditional Polish and East Slavic category of alcoholic tincture. The alcoholic beverage is usually 40 to 45% alcohol by volume and is made by maceration of various ingredients in alcohol, usually vodka or spirit. Among the ingredients often used are fruits, herbs, spice, sugar or molasses.…