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Cachaça Tasting

^ this photo by Ludovic Poitou reminds me of Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergére. Another group activity in Porto Alegre was an evening of cachaça tasting at Água Doce. Brazil’s national drink is made from distilled sugar cane juice, but beyond that there’s plenty of scope for variety in distilling and aging methods and Read More…

^ this photo by Ludovic Poitou reminds me of Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergére.

Another group activity in Porto Alegre was an evening of cachaça tasting at Água Doce. Brazil’s national drink is made from distilled sugar cane juice, but beyond that there’s plenty of scope for variety in distilling and aging methods and flavor additions.

Some of us tried a few during dinner; I especially liked a coconut-flavored one that Eduardo got. Then we had an official tasting of five different types (aged in oak, aged in cherry, “plain” as used for mixing caipirinhas…). Most of us bought a bottle or two to take home, my choice was a sweetish liqueur version.

Kiwi Coffee Billboard

Billboard in Wellington, New Zealand, which prides itself (rightfully enough) on its coffee. You might also like: Geek Humor This One’s for @Shamu Not Returnable Funny Sign: Fire Rescue Barbecue

Billboard in Wellington, New Zealand, which prides itself (rightfully enough) on its coffee.

Churrascaria

Of course while we were in Porto Alegre we had to go to a churrascaria. This method of cooking  originated with the gauchos of southern Brazil and is mostly about all kinds of very good meat, though there’s also a buffet of salads and vegetables, and you can get grilled cheese (in large, melty chunks, Read More…

Of course while we were in Porto Alegre we had to go to a churrascaria. This method of cooking  originated with the gauchos of southern Brazil and is mostly about all kinds of very good meat, though there’s also a buffet of salads and vegetables, and you can get grilled cheese (in large, melty chunks, not sandwiches).

Truly some of the best meat I’ve had in my life (there are times I am thankful not to be vegetarian), and the tableside capirinha service helped to wash it all down.

I was delighted to learn that the Fogo de Chao chain is of authentic Brazilian origin and considered good, so there are a few places in the US where I’ll still be able to enjoy churrasca.

San Lorenzo Dinner at the Symposium Quattro Stagioni – Gallery

In 2007, I won a deluxe dinner at one of Italy’s finest restaurants, and published several pages about it. Here is the full gallery of photos from that evening. You might also like: Favorite Restaurants, in Italy and Elsewhere High Water (Not Hell) in Venice, part 6 San Lorenzo Dinner at the Symposium Quattro Stagioni: Read More…

In 2007, I won a deluxe dinner at one of Italy’s finest restaurants, and published several pages about it. Here is the full gallery of photos from that evening.

Minnesota Hot Dish

This week I visited my colleagues in Eagan, Minnesota, to capture on film their various expertise (don’t ask me to explain what they do, I stay behind the camera for a reason). There were several other visitors, so the Eagan folks organized a traditional Minnesota potluck, with traditional Minnesota foods such as Mexican lasagna, jello Read More…

This week I visited my colleagues in Eagan, Minnesota, to capture on film their various expertise (don’t ask me to explain what they do, I stay behind the camera for a reason). There were several other visitors, so the Eagan folks organized a traditional Minnesota potluck, with traditional Minnesota foods such as Mexican lasagna, jello salad, and other hot dishes. Those Tater Tots took me right back to childhood…

Thanks, Eagan gang, for a yummy lunch and very good company. I’ll definitely be back for your next party!