A few days later we resumed our road trip heading South under the most apocolyptic rains. Our goal was the famous Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, one of the precursors of the modern microbrew scene. On this picture you can see the wooden Tanks made of Paraguayan Palo Santo wood. They contain the Palo Santo Ale which has an awful wood aromatic. A shame since those tanks have cost a small fortune to build. But that’s only my palate striking here and I do like that Dogfish Head isn’t scared to experiment. Clearly a few very interesting beers have come out of this spirit. Read the rest of this entry »
Right after my arrival in NY, my friend Jeff and I picked up a rental car to tour craft breweries on the East Coast.
Yes, you heard right: Beer! Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s one of my last post about food in NY. In the East Village I paid a visit to JLOB where chef Brendan Mc Hale has internalized the degustation dish principle that has been taken over by, well… Degustation, the other restaurant of Jack Lamb’s small East Village empire. Read the rest of this entry »
The business district of Midtown Manhattan is unsurprisingly loaded with Sushi Restaurants. Among those many places, one that stands out and which I first heard of from Luxeat and Chuckeats is Sushi Yasuda. After I had lunch at Bar Masa on my last New York visit 2 years ago, I now felt compelled to give Yasuda a try. So I went there on my own for a late lunch on a monday and luckily it wasn’t a problem to get a seat at the bar right in front of Yasuda-San, a charming and funny person who – I found out during that meal – really knows what he’s doing Read the rest of this entry »
Touchdown in NY! Finally… after 2 years of abstention. You can’t imagine how many cravings have accumulated during that time… Well, maybe you can.
But this visit was ought to be slightly different than previous times since I actually didn’t stay in Manhattan but in Bushwick, the up and coming neighbourhood of Brooklyn. And no, don’t worry, I didn’t abstain on the merits of Manhattan dining (in fact I had a few nice meals there awaiting me), but Bushwick is a florishing hood with more and more “culinarities” to discover and if Read the rest of this entry »
Not far from Trafalgar Square, quite close to the Charing Cross tube station, wine lovers will find a noteworthy place to satisfy their cravings.
Terroirs Wine Bar, which we visited following a recommendation from Felix is a charming place with typical French Bistro traits like the metal coated counter, numerous French liquors behind it and the expected buzz of a brasserie (not too loud though – just right).
We sat directly at the counter and therefore had the privilege of continuously being able to get wine recommendations from the staff.
And you’d probably need some recommendations since their wine list is packed with interesting wines and mouth watering descriptions. The focus is set on natural wines from France and in particular with a wide selction from the not so common regions.
We started with a half of the Breton’s Vouvray “La dilettante” (around 20 GBP for 500 ml). A White wine whose remaining sweetness is perfectly balanced by a nice acidity (in the same way it sometimes happens for Saar Rieslings – but with slightly different taste of course). it is an energy loaded white wine that reveals itself a bit more with each sip! Exotic nose and vibrant body! Not the usual white wine, but which reader of this kind of blogs loves generic wines anyway?
The charcuterie platter is delicious. In particular the pork and pistachio terrine is a nice achievement. Of course this all goes very well with the wine and is priced fairly at 12 GBP considering the good quality.
I couldn’t resist trying another wine and so we picked a bottle of 2007 “Le Cousin” Grolleau vielles vignes by Domaines Olivier Cousin from the Loire region. Grolleau is the name of a red variety which is rather rare – at least I never heard of it before. The stinky nose instantly unmasks the genuine biodynamic character of the wine. But it also offers many fruit and earth notes. A truly gouleyant wine that is the opposite from generic and boring!
Now an old French Antilles Rum to finish? No that would be too much indeed after all this wine for lunch.
We left the bar with a feeling of happiness and the conviction that this place con be recommended on to any wine lover in the world. At least I wished there wa a wine bar with such a selection of charismatic wines in my hometown.
Terroirs Wine Bar
5 William IV Street
Phone: 0207 036 0660
Tube: charing Cross