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Whiskey Wednesday!

Whiskey Wednesday!

Earlier this week the first blizzard of the year hit. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The blizzard got me thinking ahead to Whiskey Wednesday.

The blizzard hit on the Sunday following Thanksgiving. My travelling family had already left for their homes to beat the snow.

In typical Kansas weather fashion the blizzard also came the day after we had a 70 degree day in November. It’s true what they say in Kansas; if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes. We got to enjoy every season in a four day period.

With the coming of the blizzard I made sure to have made preparations in case we lost power or couldn’t leave the house. In addition to extra toilet paper, bottled water and foods that could be eaten without heating them up I made sure to have Whiskey.

Whiskey is an all-around good idea to have during an emergency. First of all, it calms the nerves for anyone in a panic. Second, it has a warming effect, and third it can be used as an antiseptic.

The blizzard kept the girls out of school for a day, but did not cause any major power outages or problems for my family.

However, I’m glad that I was prepared – just in case.

With winter soon upon us I strongly suggest that you prepare for blizzard season, too. If you don’t need it there’s always another Whiskey Wednesday.

To your health!

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2018 in Drinks

 

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Whiskey Wednesday

Whiskey Wednesday

William Shakespeare coined the phrase “too much of a good thing” in the 15th century. It is still valid in our world today, when there are times that excess can do harm. Here is a Whiskey Wednesday tip that will defray the harm that your excess may cause.

Whiskey Wisdom

Most cheap whiskeys and other spirits, such as gin and vodka are produced on a column still. Good whiskey is made in a pot still, which is a more precise way to cut out the distillates that make people sick – when they drink too much of a good thing.

That tip, paired with the following Whiskey Wednesday Wit will not only assist you, but also the Top Shelf Whiskey industry, as well.

Conserve Water

Conserve Water, Drink Whiskey

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in Drinks

 

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Whiskey Wednesday 5

Whiskey Wednesday 5

Happy Whiskey Wednesday! I hope you enjoy today’s wisdom and wit!

Whiskey Wisdom

Remember Age is Just a Number. Older doesn’t always mean better, even with Scotch. If you give me the choice of drinking a sub-par fifteen year old whiskey versus a sublime younger whiskey, I’m going to have to go with the younger one. After all, it’s all about the taste. So, while there are some whiskeys that are aged to perfection, don’t get hung up on the age! After all, it really is just a number.

Whiskey Wit

The best bottle of whiskey

The best bottle of whiskey

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2018 in Drinks

 

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Whiskey Wednesday

Whiskey Wednesday

This Whiskey Wednesday Post is going to the heart of the matter.

Wisdom

Today I am giving a bit of the history to the origin of the word whiskey (whisky).

Uisce beatha in Irish or Uisge beatha in Scottish is the literal translation in Gaelic for “water of life”. Uisce Beatha was translated from the Latin aqua vitae, used to describe spirits.

You can see why so many with Scottish or Irish heritage feel compelled, nearly obligated, to drink Irish or Scotch Whiskey. It is, after all, The Water of Life!

Wit

Home is where the Whiskey is

Home is where the Whiskey is

So, today when you pour a dram, make sure to toast to Life! Have a wonderful Usquebaugh Dé Céadaoin!

Sláinte

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2018 in Drinks

 

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Whiskey Wednesday 3

Whiskey Wednesday 3

Happy Whiskey Wednesday! Let’s start with a bit of Whiskey Wisdom.

If you have ever seen wine drinkers swirl their glass and take a sniff of their wine before drinking it, it isn’t just because they are pretentious snobs.

Whiskey drinkers are also, occasionally, seen swirling the glass and sniffing it prior to drinking. There are a couple of reasons for this.

First, after a good swirl of the first pour (careful not to spill any) hold the glass up so that light shines through. You can see the liquid run down the sides. The lines of running liquid are referred to as legs. The legs on whiskey are thicker and slower, which indicates higher alcohol content. Compare your whiskey legs to wine legs sometime and you will see the difference. Trust me, my whiskey legs are definitely thicker and slower than many of my wine drinking friends legs!

Next, take a small and gentle sniff of the liquid in the glass, with your mouth slightly open. Do this directly after the swirl. This allows you to smell the alcohol, and also allow the evaporating alcohols to take their first dance on your taste buds.

While it isn’t necessary to do this, it does give you an added level of enjoyment to drinking whiskey. Plus, it looks kind of cool.

So, when you go out or stay in this Whiskey Wednesday, give a swirl and a light sniff.

Whiskey Wit

Whiskey is a solution

Whiskey is a solution

Cheers!

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2018 in Drinks

 

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Whiskey Wednesday

Whiskey Wednesday

While some people call it Hump Day, I like to call it Whiskey Wednesday!

Here is some Whiskey Wisdom for the week ~

While some people love their whiskey (or whisky) on the rocks that is not the recommended way to get the fullest flavor. This Whiskey Wednesday try to drink your whiskey neat. Adding ice dulls the flavor of whiskey by lowering the temperature inhibiting the flavor and freezing the aroma. If you feel you must, add one cube – no more.

Now for a little Whiskey Wit ~

Whiskey Fundraiser

Whiskey Fundraiser

Also, when you’re feeling alone or down just remember…

Whiskey Understands

Whiskey Understands

Cheers to a great Whiskey Wednesday!

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2018 in Drinks

 

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Bourbon and Baker – Restaurant Review

Bourbon and Baker – Restaurant Review

As mom and I were on our shoe finding adventure we took time out for a food adventure. I had heard of a restaurant, Bourbon and Baker, in Manhattan, Kansas. Not only is this a restaurant and a bar, but there is also a bakery. Of course I needed to try it.

The food adventure was wonderful. We pulled up right outside of Bourbon and Baker. The parking was great, at least on this day.

Upon entering we were offered seats at high top tables or the bar. The booths were all full. We chose the bar.

There is some interesting and fun lighting in the restaurant, which added to the overall ambience for me. The décor is not too down-home or too upscale so anyone should be comfortable. Also, the bar has one of the most important things for women: purse hooks.

We ordered some drinks to celebrate the shoe success. Because the name flaunts the abundance of bourbons I did have a whisky drink, Redundant Redhead. My mother had a Kansas Territory brewery beer. We both enjoy craft beer and local is always a good choice.

The menu is small, but offers a good variety of foods. We shared some small plates, which were all excellent. The flavor profiles in each thing we tried was well thought out and well executed. We had asparagus fries, truffle popcorn, shrimp and grits, and grilled cheese with tomato soup.

Not that I can do justice, but let me try to break it down a bit more.

The asparagus fries are lightly battered in a Pale Ale batter, fried, and served warm. It is laid on an unobtrusive poblano tartar sauce and topped with a cool shitake relish. The brightness of the relish, with celery seed to add an earthy taste, is excellent. There is no oiliness or sogginess to the asparagus. It is delightful.

With the truffle popcorn I was expecting much more powerful truffle flavor. The olive oil and foie gras butter added more dimension than I was expecting. It was buttery, like good popcorn should be, but did not leave me feeling greasy. The truffle salt gave a hint of truffle without overpowering the other flavors. Also, the Manchego shredded on top added a nice bit of creaminess.

Truffle popcorn

Truffle popcorn

As a huge fan of shrimp and grits that was a must try. The flavors in the grits were spot on. I was disheartened to find only three shrimp. Honestly, I would have not thought much about it if there was even one more. The shrimp was cooked well, though.

Another food favorite of mine is tomato soup and grilled cheese. Again, the flavors in the tomato soup were outstanding. This is not a bisque, so expect some texture. The Gruyere and Red Rock cheddar paired nicely with the soup, although the sliver sandwich could have been doubled. Between the size of the grilled cheese and the excessive oiliness this was my least favorite part of the meal.

For dessert we split a cinnamon roll. Actually we attempted to split a cinnamon roll. The Bourbon frosted skillet cinnamon roll, baked in an individual cast iron skillet, was enormous. It sits in a wonderful caramel sauce and is slathered with a Bourbon frosting. The flavors are all very complimentary and the presentation is great. I personally prefer a softer, lighter cinnamon roll, but wouldn’t turn one of these down for sure.

Bourbon frosted cinnamon roll

Bourbon frosted cinnamon roll

The service was also magnificent. As it was our first time at the restaurant our server / bartender explained a bit about the menu and offered suggestions. There was no rush to order and we did not feel pushed into any certain food. Also, he provided answers to our questions and was never overbearing. A good blend of helpful without being too present.

In all this was excellent food at reasonable prices.

The Baker part of Bourbon and Baker comes from the back of the house. Yes, there is a bakery onsite that makes specialty cakes, brownies, cookies, and cast iron skillet-baked bourbon glazed cinnamon rolls.

While I did not go crazy with the baked goods I did buy a few to share with my family later. I got a Snickerdoodle, Molasses Cookie, and a Snack Attack Cookie as well as a brownie. The Hubs and I both liked the Molasses Cookie the best. A close second was the Snack Attack. I believe the girls liked that one the best. Huge, moist, and delicious cookies that really are reminiscent of childhood.

If you are in the area I highly recommend stopping in to Bourbon and Baker for a treat or a meal. It is a wonderful local addition to Northeast Kansas and made for a great food adventure!

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Restaurant Review

 

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