NPY’s PotD*: Day Fifty-Three

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He says, “Latte, chocolate strawberry cheesecake dessert at Cheesecake Etc.”

That’s one of my favourite concoctions at Cheesecake Etc., the chocolate cheesecake with strawberry topping! NPY’s work area is a fabulous place for after work meals.


Although I don’t drink beer–half a pint makes me feel sick and I drink it so slowly it warms up–I was honoured to receive and accepted the invitation to participate in J2’s 3rd annual beerfest held at J2’s home. They had carefully selected 40 beers from around the world for us to sample 1 ounce each. After three beers, I changed my pour line to the 0.5 ounce portion… and if Lil Sis walked away from her cup or, later, wasn’t looking and wasn’t sober, I would pour some of mine into hers!

I will not put my newfound knowledge into use often but I learned I don’t like lagers or ales. They just taste like beer. Like a typical girl, I like the fruit beers. I also like some dark beers if there is an intriguing flavour. It was such a Canadian evening in the suburbs surrounding Toronto, drinking a boatload of beer, and catching a Leafs-Canadiens game on HNIC.

The biggest winner was Cannery Brewery Maple Stout from BC (Penticton, to be exact) that I rated a 9/10 as it really delivered on maple and coffee taste. Someone remarked it tastes like “alcoholic ice capp”! The second winner was Waterloo Radlermass lemonade lager. I didn’t like it too much because it just tasted like a lager I wouldn’t like with real lemon squeezed in. Third winner was last year’s winner Innis & Gunn Original from the UK.

The biggest losers were both from the Great Lakes Brewery in Ontario. The first loser was Great Lakes Miami Weiss, a wheat beer that smells like a public bathroom at a beach and tastes like cleaning fluid. Second loser was Great Lakes Crazy Canuck, a bitter pale ale that smells and tastes like basil. Someone remarked that it had a “pot flavour” which I cannot corroborate!


* NPY’s Picture of the Day. While I’m in Toronto and he is in Vancouver, 3400km away, we will try to share with each other (and consequently this blog) pictures that capture our day.

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