Sunday, October 17, 2010

Beer and Whisky

Sadly, my foray into whisky sampling by the dram hit a hiccup when I discovered that there was only one free sample per person! I don't blame Master of Malt, but it was a bit unclear at the start.

I did, however, order this neat pairing while ordering a bottle of whisky to take back home to my mom.  An English whisky and a London porter! Who could say no to a free bottle of beer?  The other night, with no where to drive, I sat down and opened the porter. The bottle LOOKS  big, but really it is less than 2 imperial pints so I didn't feel bad about not being able to seal it back up and drinking it that night.  I have had Meantime's London Porter before and I really love the chocolate and coffee undertones.  My 2 favorite and chocolate in a pint glass!  I then opened up the bottle of The English Whisky Co's Chapter 9.  It's nice and peaty, even though it is a very light colored dram.

Sip of one, then the next.  Hm.  Can I say "yum"? Perfect compliment.

Then I had a better brainstorm.  See...earlier in the day I had made some chocolate cookies with macadamia nuts and bourbon. Knob Creek bourbon, to be specific. One bite into the smoky flavored cookie was all it took for perfection.

So there you go. A fantastic indulgence.  Want to try? Click through my blog to Master of Malt before the special deal runs out! And have-at that cookie recipe, too.  You can diet next week!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Whisky Review : Bowmore 26 Year Single Cask

In most things, I do not profess to be an expert, yet I am happy to try, to learn, and to experiment.  A short time ago I came across a great little opportunity : whisky blogging!  I get a sample of whisky, I tell you all about it, and send you off to the Master of Malt shop for more information.  And, of course, to buy a bottle if you are so inclined.  And if you are so inclined, please click through from my blog!

The Bowmore 26
Monday morning this little beauty arrived for me.  Now, I couldn't really justify drinking the dram before lunch, or even after, so it was left aside for when I returned home from a night of JuJitsu. A lovely treat!

As I said, I am not an expert. To be honest, all of the tasting notes for whiskies tend to leave me a bit baffled.  But, I know what I like and that's a good enough place to start.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Vibram Report #1

I am not a runner. I am not a doctor, nor am I qualified in any way to make recommendations.  That being said, I got new shoes!!
toe shoes and toe socks!

I've was diagnosed with what I'll call chronic tendonitis in my quads, due to being slightly knock-kneed.  My doctor said, "don't run, but swim and bike". The problem was that my knees started to hurt long before I built up the surrounding muscles.

Recently, after getting my black belt and staring down my 2nd Dan test in about 7 months, I decided that enough was enough. I will not let this silly physical anomaly stop me! So shoe hunting I went, and I ended up with this daft looking creations! The Vibram FiveFingers KSOs!  And of course, fun toe socks for cooler days!

I started by simply walking.  Loki gets a daily walk, so what better way to break them in?  All the sources say to ease into them as they work differently than normal shoes...

Friday, October 01, 2010

Coming Soon!

very soon I will be blogging all about my new shoes and whiskey! Watch this space!