We wanted to stand apart in the world of food and that is by no chance an easy feat. The two people who started this venture had been sous chefs together for a long time before moving on to head star restaurants. Our friendship though aged like fine wine and eventually we decided to start a venture that focused on opening a deconstructed fusion restaurant. And the business boomed.
We wanted to play around with age-old classics and build something new. Chaos is our secret.
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Dolores W. Smith
You might think you are eating scallops, but it could just be chicken. That air of mystery in their full course meal will get anyone to the edge of their seats in anticipation.
Colorado is popular by many things, like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods and food from this state is appreciated throughout the US, like Colorado lamb or Haystack Mountain cheese. Beside of all that, one thing is sure: Colorado takes beer seriously. It is no secret that some of the most essential beer brands in America are produced in Colorado. It is true that Denver is the capital of Colorado, but it could also be called the beer capital, because, after all, the world’s largest beer festival is Great American Beer Festival, takes place in Denver. In addition, Colorado has more microbreweries per captia than any other state. Here is the quick overview of the top 5 microbreweries in Colorado.
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
This is relatively new brewery. It was founded in 2005. It started as small, home-brew store, but now, it has expanded to one of the most popular brands in Colorado. In 2009, this brewery has won „Small Brewing Company of the Year“ award. Their most popular beers are Amber Ale, Apicot Blonde and Hefeweizen.
Strange Brewing Company
Maybe it is unnecessary to say, but this company has a little „strange“ story about its foundation. It was founded by two IT guys, who lost their jobs at Rocky Mountain News and decided to change their careers by starting a home brewery. They initially worked in the kitchen, but decided to expand the job in 2010, when one-barrel “Strange Brewing Company“ was founded. Their most popular beer is Strange Pale Ale, which is said to have a big, bold flavor.
Founded by former Mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper, in 1988, Wynkoop Brewery became a Denver institution. It is famous for its excellent small-batch beer selection. It is also placed in kind of a historic location (the 1899 JS Brown Mercantile Building) with beautiful landscape design. Decent prices and elaborate woodwork are among other things that customers of this brewery appreciate. The most famous Wynkoop Brewery’s beer is Rail Yard Ale.
Odell Brewing Company
This company was founded in 1989 by Dough Odell and his wife and sister. It is located in Fort Collins. The original brewery was located in 1915 grain elevator just a few blocks from the current brewery sits. Although, since then, company has expanded twice, ultimately increasing its capability to 45,000 barrels. Their first commercial release was Odell’s Golden Ale. The products of Odell Brewing Company found their way to 11 states across the country, as well as Great Britain and Scotland, although the amount that the company sends overseas is very small. Odell Brewing is now the 34th largest craft brewery in the country.
New Belgium Brewing Company
Maybe it sounds that the beer this company is making is from Belgium, but this company’s beer is actually brewed in north Colorado, more specifically, For Collins. New Belgium Brewing was founded by Jeff Lenbesch in 1991 after he gained inspiration on a bike tour through Belgium. Beside the wonderful flavor of the beer this company makes, NBB is also known for being 100% employee owned, and getting 90% of their power from the wind. Some of their most popular beers are Somersault, Abbey Belgian Ale and Fat Tire.
A good word of warning to anyone about to embark on a Thai food binge: keep a full glass ready. Thai food can get notoriously spicy, and trying to find a brew to extinguish the fire can sometimes be a hellish ordeal. Other than just calming down your palate, both beer and wine can be used to complement the multitude of tastes found in Thai cuisine (the latter much more so than the former). However, to truly have the drink agree with the food, you’ll have to make the right pick.
Good Types of Beer to Pair with Thai food
Beer isn’t the drink that first comes to mind when thinking Thai food, as we’re all accustomed to using it to wash down slices of pizza. Still, many food vendors in Thailand serve beer together with a variety of dishes. It’s cheap and goes along with the food well enough, although it probably won’t do much to calm things down after some of the spicier things on the menu.
When picking your Thai food beer, look for any brew with a lot of yeast in it. These beers’ heavy carbonation will make spices easier to wash off, and the high yeast concentration will bring out both the sweet and salty finishes in whatever Thai dish you’re enjoying.
Brown and pale ales are also a good choice as they won’t override the food’s various flavors. In particular, American pale ale will go along well with any spicy food and will also subdue the residual sweetness that can sometimes be unwelcome, as Thai chefs are known for mixing sour, sweet, bitter and salty. Nothing beats drinking an ice cold beer while staring out the door on a beautiful day and enjoying some Thai food.
Eating Thai Food with wine
There’s much to be said about wine when combining it with any type of food, and Thai dishes are no different. If you’re a lover of red wine, you’re probably going to be disappointed – red wines rarely go hand-in-hand with Thai food, as the strength of the wine usually pronounces the sourness of the food too much. If you’re looking to mix red wine with Thai food, the dishes should either involve fish or some type of heavier meat.
A white grape wine will work best at removing the negative effects of various spices, and can also introduce a welcome aroma of its own. Chilled Riesling is probably the most popular wine to have with Thai food, as it brings various specific ingredients to light with its high acidity, especially when served alongside salad. When picking a type of Riesling for your Thai food, make sure to go especially dry – Washington or New York State Riesling wines with a dry label are a safe choice.
Let’s not forget rosé, either – it’s the perfect blend of white(which is preferred in Thai cuisine) and red(which many people will pick over even the finest Riesling). As is the case with red wines, rosés with a pinot noir touch are the best option if you can get your hands on one. And just like Riesling and any other white wine, your Thai food-complementary rosé should be fully dried-out to avoid adding any sweetness to the meals.
So there are people who make rookie mistakes while drinking and then there are people who repeat those rookie mistakes and those are the worst kind. When we are talking about mistakes, we are referring to the type of food that you are not supposed to have when you are either drunk or before a session of drinking. These are some of the most commonly eaten food items and we understand why you have a craving for it, but the truth of the matter is that it can cause you a lot more damage than help before the night gets over. So if you don’t want to end up puking your guts out by the end of the night, then take a look at our list and heed carefully.
Your stomach is under a lot of stress trying to clean up after your mess of introducing alcohol into the system. In most occasions, people will feel acid reflux and end up having a gagging feeling. Imagine this is the situation and it can be compared to a small bushfire, if you go ahead and have oily food that is spicy then it is equivalent to pouring gasoline on that bushfire and wondering why the flames are so bad. You have to eat light after you are drunk so as to ensure that your stomach can digest the light stuff and break down alcohol without any added stress of breaking down complex fats and proteins.
Dark chocolate is our only recommended form of food that is allowed to be paired with alcohol, but the reality of the matter is the people don’t have a restraint on them in terms of how much chocolate they consume. Sweets, in general, are a bad idea, but an excess amount of highly concentrated cocoa product can surely cause a lot of chaos and havoc to your body and if you get too drunk then to people who are around you as well.
Soda, pop or aerated drinks
A lot of people mix alcohol with aerated drinks, rum and coke are still quite the classic. But nutritionists believe that aerated drinks are the last thing that you want to be included in a night fuelled by alcohol. Alcohol tends to cause a lot of dehydration because the liver uses up the water in the process of filtering out the alcohol and the aerated drinks put a lot of pressure on the liver as it causes dehydration and thus making it harder for you to recover.
We think tequila and beer are for the kid and Whiskey is for the man. We are not starting this on a sexist note; we are just trying to make a point. Whiskey cannot be chugged like beer or taken in shots; well it can, but it is better taken on the rocks and sipped. Whiskey, unlike rum and vodka, is best served with just ice. That raw taste of whiskey when it hits the back of your mouth is something truly divine. Whiskey is the level you reach once you are done with your binge drinking and chugging sessions in college. It is truly a gentleman’s choice. The biggest question that arises when dealing with whiskey is what do we pair the classic liquor with. Well, fret not because we have the answers for you. Here in this article, we have explored some simple foods that go amazingly well with whiskey.
Cheese has got to be a mainstay if you are looking for a great blend of food and alcohol. Cheese has enough options and varieties to ensure that any sort of whiskey can be paired with it to perfection. We suggest that you get the cheese spread from Costco and experiment to find the right cheese for your choice in whiskey. If you are hosting a party that is going to be whiskey fuelled, then an assortment of cheese makes perfect sense as it will appeal to a number of people with varying flavor profiles.
Whiskey is a drink that is quite an acquired taste and the sort of food that can be paired with it also falls into the same category. We found out that dark chocolate goes perfectly with whiskey and the darker or more bitter the chocolate, the better the pairing is. So if you are looking for an adventure in your mouth, then we suggest that you grab the most cocoa-rich chocolate you can find and relax while having a glass of whiskey.
You can either go for smoked meat or smoked fish. Both go splendidly well with whiskey due to the smoky flavor of the scotch or whiskey that you are having. A lot of first-time consumers of whiskey state that whiskey has this faint tinge of smoky flavor to it and it is true, whiskey does feel like that when you have it on the rocks. Smoky ribs have to be our favorite option among smoked meat, but the choice of meat is entirely up to you.
The biggest reason some people give up alcohol is because they want a super fit body and to a large extent they are right, alcohol does add extra pounds. Of all the alcohol, vodka is your safest bet to maintain your love for alcohol and to maintain your diet to get that beach bod that you have dreamt of. But then the question arises as to what one should eat while having vodka. To ensure that you get the best of both worlds, we went ahead and drew up a list of things that you can pair with vodka to make sure that you keep a check on your calorie count and get drunk as well. To quote Hanna Montana, you will be getting “The best of both worlds”. Without further ado, let’s kick things off.
So what do Putin, Vodka, and Caviar all have in common? They are all quintessentially Russian. Having Caviar not only makes you look classy, but it also ensures that you don’t add any sort of excess calorie into your system. As to how you are going to be able to afford Caviar, well that is an article in itself. Maybe keep an eye on this website and we might just tell you the secret.
Pickles are the perfect sidekick to your vodka shots. Pickles are normally sour and salty and thus go really well with vodka. The pairing only works, if the pickles are cold, because warm pickles leave an after taste in your mouth that just ruins the whole drinking experience.
Vodka doesn’t generally have a smoky flavor to it, but smoke salmon goes really well with vodka. And the best part about eating salmon is that it is super healthy for you. Salmon is predominantly present in the Mediterranean climate and is the perfect follow up to a few vodka shots that you had not so long ago. Smoked salmon also goes really well with vodka based cocktails such as Mojito and Moscow Mule.
When we steak, it doesn’t mean we are including roasted potatoes along with it. Steak alone is a great companion to vodka and doesn’t overpower the much loved alcohol. We suggest that you stick to steak while sipping on your cocktails, as shots are not really the time to be patiently cutting into your steak. Rare steak is perfect for the pairing and is going to definitely be a crowd favourite.
Rum is one of the standout drinks on the planet. Even though there is tough competition among light coloured and dark coloured alcohol rages on. Rum is definitely loved by a lot of people and is quite often the intermediary level between vodka and whiskey. Some people go their entire lives just falling for this beauty. It is quite difficult to pick a list of things that rum can be paired with because of how wholesome the entire alcohol is. Literally any food can be consumed during the consumption of rum. Here in this article, we have listed out the most popular food items that are paired with rum.
Salted Peanuts is a classic dish that can quite possibly be paired with any type of alcohol, but rum and salted peanuts are a class apart. Unlike other forms of liquor, rum has a distinct taste that doesn’t need to much flavour to be balanced. The pairing is a class apart because of how simplistic the whole ordeal is.
If you are into dark rum and we think you should because dark rum is just mouth-wateringly perfect. The best side dish to have while drinking rum is to have dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the better the whole process is. So make sure to grab the most concentrated dark chocolates from the shelf. Obviously, there is a distinct aftertaste in the mouth, if you have dark chocolate with colorless rum.
If you are not one for dark chocolate bars, then we suggest that you have a piece of rich chocolate cake with little to no icing or frosting. The chocolate gives a new layer of depth and intensity to the rum and that is among the reasons why there is actually chocolate flavored rum available in the market today.
Fish cakes are the perfect pair for rum-based drinks as it complements the punch that is present in the rum. Fish cakes are yum by themselves, but when there is rum around, the explosion of flavor that you feel inside your mouth is just surreal. The essential part is to ensure that the fish cake is not too overpowering.
Coffee like chocolate goes really well with rum, but we suggest that you make sure that you are someone who can handle both coffee and rum together. Caffeine in the coffee and lactose in the milk may at times react with the alcohol and result in a turbulent tummy.
Beer is one of the must drink things for most people. It has gained and sustained popularity because of its price and taste. Food has always been around the compliment the type of liquor you have and there are certain foods that are perfect for Beer by enhancing the whole beer drinking experience. Here in this article, we have looked at some of the best sides for all beer lovers out there.
To kick things off we have onion rings. Onion rings are quintessentially American though, but that is irrelevant since the country is among the top consumers of beer. The batter can either be beer based to give that extra bit of kick or can be regular wings. But the key to having the perfect evening is to have chilled beer and perfectly crispy onion rings.
If you are one of those people who likes to munch some chicken or lamb while having beer, then kebabs are the perfect bet. They are yum and flavour filled that will surely go with the bitterness of beer. There is something magical about the food from the Middle East and how well it goes with different types of alcohol. It is also ironic since the countries themselves have bans on drinking.
Fish and Chips
The Brits are known for a lot of things, but when it comes to pairing food with alcohol they fall quite short. But that hasn’t been the case when it came to pairing fish and chips with beer. It is by far our most favourite pair up. Because of how amazing everything falls into place.
If you are planning a night with your friends and you are wondering what food to order that the whole lot will enjoy?? Then trust us and get pizzas. Why? Well everybody loves pizza and secondly, it goes really well with beer. Think about it, Pizzas are cheesy, yummy and there for everyone to share. Basketball game on TV, a couple of six-packs and two massive pizzas; how can that evening even go wrong?
Chips and Dips
We have save the best for last. The reason why so many people enjoy chips and dips is because of how simple the whole thing is to put together. In addition to being simple, it is also extremely chip to use this as a side. But let’s for a second forget about how cheap or simple it is and focus on how amazingly well it compliments beer. Besides fish and chips, chips and dips is the closest dish that pairs really well with beer.
Almost everybody has had a bad hangover the day after getting sloshed the night before. The coolness of the whole drinking things ends as soon as you wake up and rush to the bathroom to puke your guts out. Having a hangover is the worst sensation in the world and it is almost impossible to combat, if you have no clue what the hell you are doing. So worry not, because we are here to swoop in and save the day. Here in this article, we have looked some of the stuff you should munch while you are drunk and some things to have the next day. But before we even begin our list, we would like to say that the only true hero who is going to save you is water. Your liver has used up a lot of water in the process of filtering alcohol from the body and most hangover symptoms are down to being really dehydrated. So the minute you wake up, go chug water and keep drinking water over the course of the day. To truly stay on top of the problem, keep drinking water throughout the course of your drinking session next time and see how big of a difference water makes.
When you get drunk, you tend to have this insane craving for salty items and this can cause us to order things that we generally wouldn’t even think of eating. To combat this need for saltiness, we ask you to watch mainstream media. Forgive our poor attempt at humour and get yourself a big bowl of popcorn that is freshly popped from the microwave. The popcorn is law fat alternative to fries and chips and also filled with a lot of fibre. You can splurge on popcorn and substitute alcohol with water and be doing a lot better than your friends in the morning.
So because of all the dehydration that you are facing, what happens is that your body starts to lose important electrolytes as well. So the next time you wonder why your leg is starting to cramp after a night out, know that your body is rid of essential electrolytes such as potassium. So how do we stay on top of this? We eat bananas. Bananas are a natural source of electrolytes and the best part about this curvy fruit is that have two and all of a sudden you are full.
What we are going to talk about is like warming up before a hard cold game out in the field. Drinking is an art and needs the right kind of preparation. Poor prep work and you could be facing the barrel of a gun, literally and figuratively. Because who knows what sort of stuff you end up doing while under the influence of alcohol. There are some dishes that prolong the inevitable; there is no dish that is going to prevent the inevitable. So without wasting any more valuable time, let’s take a look at a list of things that you can have before drinking your hearts out.
Salmon is a great way to start your night. It is by far one of the classiest and tastiest things that can set the tone of the night. But more importantly it has an abundance of Vitamin B-12, but you can sit there and wonder as to why we are signaling out that particular Vitamin. It is because when you drink, the vitamin starts depleting in your body and can thus cause adverse effects in extreme cases. So going overstocked with vitamin b-12 is a good way to ensure that you stay well within the optimal range.
Milk is the savior we all need, but one we don’t realize is required till too late. Before you go on a night out, make sure to drink a glass of milk. Milk has a lot of potassium and you are in need of potassium, as your body has lost a lot of it and other minor electrolytes due to your frequent trips to the bathroom. Milk is also essentially 90% water; so having a glass of milk followed by a glass of water is going to do wonders for your body and help you combat the dreaded hangover the next morning.
The debate still rages on whether the egg came first or whether the chicken did. But in your cases, the egg should always come first. You can either start your night by having a couple of eggs as pregame preparation or you can have it during the night as a way to improve your defenses you can have it in the morning as a last minute bet to ensure that you have some strength left to fight. Eggs contain a lot of amino acid that helps break down alcohol, that is the reason for all the hype.
Bourbon and Picked Vegetables
Bourbon is a niche drink and is enjoyed by a few compared to the popularity that whiskey and rum have. The thing is that there are not a lot of things that can be paired with Bourbon, but pickled vegetables and bourbon have silently formed a bond of sorts that has stood the test of time. The sourness of pickled vegetables then goes on to balance out the flavor profile of the alcohol, which tends to lean towards sweet and spicy. The contemporary mix is further explored by involving the crunchy texture of the vegetables into the mix with all other contributing elements.
Chips and Dips with Beer
Almost everyone who has tasted the alcohol at some point in time experienced what beer felt like. Beer is actually an acquired taste; that is acquired by a lot of people who are broke. Beer is something that you can get for the cheap, so can the sides. The sides are practically much cheaper actually. All you need is a packet of salted chips and three or four dips and your set for an amazing evening with your friends and a couple of six-packs.
Smoked Pork Ribs and Whiskey
Smoked meat is a definite yes when it comes to whiskey, but within that category pork ribs truly represent a classic pairing with whiskey. Whiskey is said to have a strong smoky taste to it and some have even gone on and said that they can taste a mild tinge of BBQness to the whole thing. The Pork ribs are quite perfect and properly cooked pork ribs basically melt in your mouth. The flavor of pork meat when it is smoked goes really well with whiskey and this is one of the reasons why pork ribs are preferred over other forms of smoked meat when pairing up with whiskey.
The fact of the matter is that each alcohol will for sure have an expertly chosen dish that balances and enhances flavors so that the consumer gets a mind-blowing experience. But alcohol for the longest time has been a sort of comfort zone for people and thus we believe that classic pairings only matter so much. So if you are looking to have a great evening with your friends, then we recommend you get a lot of fries, chips, cheese, dips, salted peanuts and some dark chocolate to finish things off. We are sure that everyone will have a blast with the best pair up we could think of; you, friends, booze and food.
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