Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Coffin Bar

So I've been to Brussels many times and I've heard of the "coffin" bar but had just never made my way to it. But since Halloween was approaching I figured now was the time.

Yes the name of the place is Le Cercueil, and it is located right off the Grand Platz.

This isn't just a Halloween sort of decorating thing but a year round event.

The table is a glass covered coffin.

I had heard it was expensive which was true. I heard it was cheesy which was also true. I heard you could get a great beer in a skull mug. Also so true.

My thoughts are you should check it out but don't plan a trip to Brussels just to see it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dublin and "The Bleeding Horse" Public House

Ireland much like the British are not known for their fine cuisine. Nice people yes, but I don't bid trips to Ireland to enjoy the meal.

On a recent visit to the emerald isle I went to the Bleeding Horse. I just had to! Yes you can bet I had a pint of Guiness, after all it is made there.
Looking at the menu it was a toss up for the mixed grill or a hearty roast beef casserole dish. The grill won out in the end. It was really good, or I was just very hungry.
The pub is really quite interesting, it was established in 1649. It was built or added to creating little quaint sections, a large bar, an upstairs with more little nooks and crannies. It was built centuries ago at a major cross roads now in the middle of town. The name has several reported origins but at one time they used to bleed horses ears as a remedy for the staggers. There was a farrier at the Inn located here who did this for the local's horses. Of coarse we bled people in the past too in efforts to cure them. They say George Washington was down a few pints when he passed. There is another possibility of the name's origin, during a battle in 1649 reportedly a wounded horse fled the battle and rested at this location.  Who knows

Next time you're in Dublin stop in for a pint and a warm fire, or if you aren't going to Dublin anytime too soon you can visit the web site below:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Museo Del Jamon

We headed towards the Plaza Del Sol in search of the Museo Del Jamon. (OK, so my spell checker thinks you don't know it is the Museum of Ham...) After feeling as though I'd been violated in many ways by an overly crowded sub way car, I was relieved to surface into fresh air. Rush hour in a crowded, shoving, sweaty, mass of humanity trying to escape the work place is not too much fun. But at last I was free gasping for air!

And what should I surface into but a mob of protesters upset by threats of austerity. Well someone's got to pay for it and for now let it be the Germans. Don't even suggest cutting the benefits! Anyway they were protesting peacefully to the the delight of the police.
After watching the parade it was time to continue our quest. Yes, the quest in the fashion of med evil crusaders, we were looking for the holy grail of ham and beer, Museo Del Jamon.

As I've commented at other times I find the Spaniard's love for dry cured hams fascinating. The other day I heard of a place in Madrid which specialized in these hams. The Museo del Jamon or translated, The Museum of Ham. Located between the Plaza Del Sol and Plaza Mayor, it is a fun place and an excellent value.

I apologies for the picture quality but it was a bit dark. Not really a museum at all but a bar restaurant deli, serving ham in many different forms. It is very difficult to see but there are literally hundreds of pig legs drying on the walls of the building.

The best part of this place is the price. Wow what a great value! The beers are €0.70 or roughly a buck.

I figured the cheap beer was a come on to get you to buy expensive ham. Not the case at all. I ate a house specialty meal which is also very typical Spanish.

Ham served with fried eggs, French fries, croquet's, salad, and even soup!!! Too much for one person at € 7.30.

Great food and drink for the price!!!!  Go to Spain quickly before it is Germany or our economy is equally devastated...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Easy Chicken Florentine Ala Chef Beau

I'm a huge fan of Sam's Club rotisserie chickens. They are big, tasty and such a great bargain. You can get these pre cooked chickens at any grocery deli and you can do so much with them.

If you want a low calorie dinner that is quick and easy just check this idea out. Start with some cooked chicken.

Place the required amount of chicken in your dish. Then in a skillet take some garlic and basil, maybe some onion and saute it adding some frozen, or fresh spinach to it, if you have to canned. Cook it until you and it are happy or hungry.

Now mix in some grated Parmesan cheese. The next step is to cover your chicken with the spinach.

Now place a piece of cheese on top. What kind? What is in the refrigerator??? I would suggest provolone, mozzarella, or in my case Gouda.

Put it in the microwave for a few moments, perhaps splash it with pepper to taste.

Dress it with tomatoes and serve it with garlic bread, a Caesar salad and presto dinner!!!!! So good. Ciao!