49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, in partnership with imagine1day, is giving 100% of proceeds from sales of their latest offering, the Sidamo Nekisse, directly towards funding a new school in Ethiopia. Although the bag is pricey ($30/340g), it is a totally worthy cause and a really neat coffee.
Upon opening the bag you will be met by sensuous olfactory pleasures, something that smells like tropical fruit and butterscotch. As suggested on the bag's tasting notes (with which I wholeheartedly agree), it tastes predominantly of fresh tangy raspberry (with some tropical fruit mixed in for good measure). Deeeeeee-liciousness.
Grab a MacDonald ($10) and a Queenie($20), head over to 49th Parallel's cafe (2152 West 4 Avenue, Vancouver) give it a french press, and you are golden. Everybody wins.
Ahh, Castillo de Monseran. Deliciousness.
The varietal is 100% Garnacha, and hails from vines that are at least 50 years old in the region of Aragon in Spain.
I find this wine to be an excellent bottle in itself (no need for pairings). Super ripe cherries, medium body, and a pleasant acidity on the finish. It is coming extremely cheap as well, retailing for $11-$15. It is a sweet wine that will please everyone sitting on yr couch.
I strongly recommend.
The Black Butte is my favorite porter, and the flagship beer for the much ballyhooed Deschutes Brewery located in Bend, Oregon. For me, it is a quintessential night beer.
It is extremely easy to put down. Any reputable liquor store SHOULD carry it. Most don't. Fools
Tasting Notes: Good and heavy, with malt and dark chocolate flavours complemented with a nice roastiness.
The best damn porter around, and well, not TOO pricey ($14-$18 for a 6 pk).