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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ostrich, dogfish and independence

So it's Thursday night, Independence Day eve if you will, and it also happens to be date night at my house. Typically Friday night is date night, but Independence Day trumps date night, so we shifted the schedule a bit...

To celebrate the start of a 4 day weekend, our nation's birthday, and our marriage, we went out for an expensive, yet tasty meal at Barcelona in West Hartford. A very pleasant spot, with a unique "al carte" sort of menu. We ordered a variety of Tapas, based on the recommendation from the other pregnant couple at the restaurant, that happened to also be sitting next to us. My wife thinks we were in 'the pregnant section'. I was tempted to ask the non-pregnant couple to leave, as their 'nasty habit' was offending me. But I digress...

I'm a big fan of eating obscure animals. I know that sounds strange, but it's true. Long story short, the menu had both elk and ostrich on the menu, and I couldn't resist trying at least one of them. So, ostrich it was... Oddly enough, those big goofy looking birds from Joust are pretty darn tasty, and more like cow than chicken... But what beer should I pair with ostrich, I thought...

While the food selection was diverse, the beer selection was just OK... I opted for a Dogfish Head... Not sure what style, the menu didn't say, and I never got around to asking. I believe it was a 60 Minute IPA.

Now Garrett Oliver recommends the following styles with ostrich; Biere de garde, tripel, Dortmunder, or hellesbock. But the beerselection was thin... And the ostrich had a slightly spicy paprika flavoring in the marinade, so it actually went pretty well with the IPA. Here's the thing, an upscale, trendy place like this has a wine list the length of a phone book, but the beer list was fairly short. They did have the Dogfish, and a local brew from Thomas Hooker, but those are the only two that really jumped out at me. I'm considering sending a note to the owner, recommending more craft beers...

Me and Garrett Oliver, no he didn't come out on date night... Can you identify who is who?

After the meal, we drove out to the park in our home town and caught the last half of the fireworks display. A nice night all in all. I think I'll try to eat some squirrel or platypus's tomorrow.

Have a happy 4th of July weekend, and remember the boys and girls fighting over seas...

Here's to them, CHEERS!

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