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Figgy Pudding – A Seasonal Stout

One tradition to which we adhere in our household is having a seasonal fermented beverage ready for the long, dark, cold months of winter here in Vermont. This year’s beverage is a recipe Rick created with traditional English Christmas pudding as the inspiration. This sweet stout starts off with the smell of figs and a hint of French oak, and orange peel. The sweetness of the figs is prominent with the first taste, but not cloyingly so, even with the vanilla that lingers on the tongue before being replaced with a hint of tannin from the wood. A lovely winter warmer, to compliment cookies, cakes, and other holiday treats.

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Trip to Montreal

Montreal 2018: Road Trip Wrap-up

Our latest excursion to Montreal was a belated birthday get-away for Sarah. Her only request was to surprise her. *gulp* No pressure from her, but plenty from myself. I did my best to keep my plans from her, but I decided to let her know about at least one of the places, a new-to-us knitting store.

If you have read posts of previous visits to Montreal you know that we have a few places we visit often. For example, we always stay at the Hôtel Château de L’ Argoat, and the hotel’s proximity to Cheval Blanc means we inevitably have a few beers there. Réservoir Instagram link is another brew pub we always seem to end up. However, other than these three places all of the spots listed below are new to us. And it looks like my months of planning paid off as we had a wonderful 48-hour adventure in one of our favorite cities. Please read on for a detailed report, and watch the video for more.

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