Saturday, February 26, 2011

One Beer at a Time

Friday night I went out with a coworker/friend for dinner. He's into the bar scene ... I am not. I don't know if its the way I was raised (only child, quiet household) but noisy places are not my thing. I never go out drinking, I never go to dance clubs ... tried it, I actually get physically ill ... don't know if its sensory overload or what. To give you an indication of how quiet my house usually is when we have a few friends over, the cats hide in the bedroom the entire time and the dog gets over stimulated because there are too many hands to scritch her head and she paces back and forth between everyone.

Anyway, we went to British Beer Company for drinks and dinner ... I had a fantastic time! He's great company and it was such a drastic change for me, it was like a mini vacation from life. I really needed this after such a horrible, stressful week at work - which is apparently the norm nowadays. We decided to do this once a month ... there's a lot of beers to try, LOL! I don't drink and drive, so we'll have to do this for a long time before I get to try all the beers :o) I only have one drink with dinner, after being there that long and eating, I feel safe to drive.

Initially I planned on getting Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale, but my friend said that he'd had it and it wasn't good. He suggested I try a sample ... the bartender compared it to Bud Light ... yuck! So I tried it and indeed it was disappointing. So I perused the beer menu and I asked for a sample of Young's Double Chocolate Stout and after a sip, said I'll have a 16 oz. please! OMG - I love stouts, but combined with chocolate!!! I was in heaven! It was smooth and delicious and had a head the consistency of cool whip ... with a dainty after taste of ..... yup CHOCOLATE!!!

I also tried a sample of Lindemans Lambic Kriek (ale brewed with cherry),suggested by my friend ... super delicious! I think I'll get one of those next time. By the way if you were wondering, this friend is the one who gave me the Banana Bread Beer the other day, LOL!

I have been working on the In Dreams Mystery Shawl, but I'm not as far as I'd like to be. It takes a lot of concentration for this knitting, the pattern is easy to follow and well written and does repeat, but I don't want to be lulled into a sense of thinking I know the pattern and end up making mistakes, so I only listen to music while I am knitting this.

I decided to knit on an easier one so that I could catch up on some podcasts and not be worried about concentrating too much.

This scarf has been on the needles for a very, very long time! I'm guessing its more than half way done now, its hard to tell because the color repeats are not equal in rows, but I can see that I am clearly more than half way through all the color changes.

A coworker of mine has chickens so every several weeks he gives me a dozen eggs. I really was surprised at the difference between a really fresh egg and one you get at the grocery store. I don't like egg yolk, usually I get scrambled eggs. These eggs are so delicious, I even enjoy the yolk and don't have to really break it up in the frying pan like I usually do. I was hungry this evening, but not hungry enough to cook anything big, so I had a bagel with a fresh egg and cheese on top ... yummy!


Sue said...

That banana bread beer is good! I got one recently from the bottleshop....very nice. Small world isn't it when neither of us are in England, but are drinking English beer.....on different continents! Love the colour changes on your scarf. I'm tinking a beanie....all the decreases are on one Fresh anything is good, isn't it? I've been harvesting chilli, pumpkins and garlic from the garden this summer....YUM!

Chrissy said...

I know what you mean about the eggs. We always buy free range from the shop but we got half a dozen from my Dads chickens. I will be definitely asking for more. Yum.

Ziggyeor said...

I need to get me some fresh eggs from my friend Cristal and try them!

I'm glad you had fun. We have a place in Nashville where you can try a lot of beers. I've actually had Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale and didn't mind it. My BIL and hubby like the Youngs Stout. They're making their own Milk Chocolate Stout I think.

Faith (the Vampire Slayer) said...

The colors in your scarf look lovely. I'm sure it will be even prettier all laid out when it is done.

WildflowerWool said...

What is the pattern for the scarf? It looks so colourful!

Typstatting said...

Cant wait to see the scarf finished just love the colours!

Anita said...

I'm not a beer drinker but I'd love to try some of those. They sound wonderful.

Mmm, love fresh eggs! We have a customer that brings us fresh eggs in the summer. I'm looking forward to more this year.