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The Sake Bomb

Sake Bomb

I was at the Wasabi restaurant down in Ottawa and I saw this thing called a ‘Sake Bomb’ on the menu. It turns out that this is actually a ‘thing’ these days (and not just unique to this restaurant) but, in any event, I had to try it…

My waitress brought me a small glass of beer (Sapporo, I think), and then she balanced a small cup of hot sake on swizzle sticks above it as you see in the left-hand picture above. Now, since I insisted on taking a photograph, she then did what the drinker is supposed to do. She yelled…

Ichi, ni, san, sake bomb!!!

And then she bashed her fist on the table causing the cup to drop into the beer…

Well… I am sorry I couldn’t snap a picture quick enough, but the result was like a little mini-volcano. You can see the resultant mess in the right-hand picture, and all I can say is that I am glad she got me to move my menus, Ipad, and camera case out of the way first.

Kind of a one-time novelty experience, of course, but the result actually tasted pretty good 😊

Posted in Notable Nosh

Notable Nosh: Irish Porter Cheese

Irish Porter Cheese 1

When I first saw this product at our local co-op, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of it. After reading the label, and seeing that it was a cheese made with beer, I just had to give it a try…

The label on the plastic clear package reads ‘Original Irish Porter Cheese’ and the ‘Irish’ in the name is not merely a fanciful marketing ploy as the product is made by the Cahill’s Farm cheese manufactory in County Limerick, Ireland. Being marketed in Canada, however, everything else on the package is printed in French as well as English and interestingly enough, although the English ingredient list includes ‘Porter‘, the French actually specifies that ‘Guiness’ is used. Guiness and other stouts or porters are something of an acquired taste, but I am quite fond of them and was interested to see how it would work in a cheese product.

The aroma of the freshly opened package was rather unremarkable – a cheese smell, obviously – but there was no particular sharpness or unusual notes. The taste, as best as I can describe it, is more like a fairly ordinary cheddar than anything else I could think of. It is moderately sharp, and there is a slight pungency at the outset but, again, there is nothing especially remarkable. In a blind tasting, I would say it would be difficult to guess at the presence of the stout but, once you know it is there, it is possible to detect a faint, slightly sweet, burnt taste that characterizes the beverage. It is alright, I suppose, but not likely to accrue any sort of cult following, I wouldn’t think.

My wife and I tried it alone, and then on rice crackers with a dab of redcurrant jelly (which was quite nice), and also skewered on toothpicks with sliced radish and a pickled cocktail onion. The rest, I think, will likely be used on the burgers I have planned for this evening’s supper and, that being the end of the little block I bought,  I don’t imagine I will feel any special urge to buy it again. Still, it was worth the try…

Posted in Restaurants

Review: Brothers Beer Bistro

366 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa – 613-695-6300 – Website

Brothers Bistro 1

Date of Visit: March 13, 2013

 Brother’s Beer Bistro attracted me initially after I saw a grilled octopus entrée on their online-menu. When I visited the place recently, however, I was disappointed to discover that the offering had been discontinued a few weeks earlier and I almost went elsewhere. I didn’t, as it happened, and, though the meal I ended up having wasn’t exactly spectacular, by any means, I still enjoyed a pretty nice evening… Continue reading “Review: Brothers Beer Bistro”