I woke up this morning, had a leisurely breakfast, headed to the gym, baked some goodies for my dad and then sat down to blog. I uploaded the pictures from yesterday onto my computer and only then realized what a wind whirl of a day it was. Seriously, my dad asked me how “yesterday was” when I talked to him today and I couldn’t even remember what happened. Good thing I take pictures of everything, huh? 😆
So get ready – you are about to go on a fun long ride with me. Let’s start with breakfast. You’ve heard it’s the most important meal of the day, right? 😉
French toast with yogurt cream and fresh local strawberries + coffee
I made the french toast by dipping 2 slices of bread in 2 egg whites, beaten with a splash of milk, salt and cinnamon; the yogurt cream is 2% greek yogurt with 1t of maple syrup. Yum!
The bread was not just some ordinary bread, this is When Pigs Fly maple, pineapple, raisin with toasted sesame and ginger bread. Oh yeah! See the pineapple chunk in the corner there?
After blogging about our dinner at L’Espalier the night before, I cleaned the house and got ready for the American Craft Beer Fest. I also made lunch to-go: fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato & sun-dried tomato pesto sandwich.
I ate most of it on our walk over to the beer fest. Unsurprisingly my craving for dessert hit immediately. The best part of it was that we were right by Flour Bakery in Fort Point. Sweet.
This location is so much bigger than the South End one. There was still a line for the goods, but at least I wasn’t elbowed every 2 seconds. I LOVE the giant windows too. Gorgeous space for sure!
So much to choose from… I changed my mind 4 times before it was my time to order.
It was definitely a tough choice but I finally decided to try the vegan low fat chocolate cake. Isn’t it pretty?
It was more of a double chocolate muffin in my opinion. It was moist and delicious. I picked at it throughout the afternoon. Thank god I plan these things because food offerings at the beer fest were pretty much my nightmare.
The fest was crazy. SO many people. This was taken about half-way through the line. At least it was moving the entire time.
Inside it was even more crowded. There were more than 400 beers available so I guess a lot of people are into that. 😉
There were lines for every booth but we still got to taste quite a few beers (I usually just took a sip or 2 and dumped it out).
-> Kinda Blue blueberry wheat beer by Boulder Beer
-> Jah-va coffee stout by Southern Tier
I think it’s around this time that I ran into Sues from We are not Martha. So fun. She quickly busted out her camera for a picture together. I followed suit. 😀
-> Sour beer from the Haverhill Brewery. I enjoyed it “straight” and with some raspberry syrup. It was very light and refreshing.
Left Hand Brewing Company had a pretty smooth milk stout
The Blue Hill brewery had a yummy watermelon wheat beer. I love 21st Amendment watermelon wheat beer as well (it’s in a can!). I didn’t do a side-by-side tasting but they tasted similar to me by memory.
A few random pics from the event…
Pretzel necklaces are awesome. I am doing this next time we go anywhere. 😆
We also saw another blogger celebrity. Hehe. Josh from Lost in the Beer Aisle.
He was working hard so we didn’t bug him too much. He did stop for a quick photo-op. 😉 Hi, Josh!
The event was 3.5 hours and let me tell you – that’s a long time to drink for… especially when you have to work for it. My feet were killing me from standing for this long. I was trying to be a good sport but Adam knew I was running out of fuel. Overall, I’d say this is a great event if you are a huge beer fan and want to sample lots of beer in several-hours’ time span. I am not much of a beer drinker so the crowds and long lines got to me. I think Adam (and our friend Gary who came with us) had fun but still prefer the more intimate atmosphere of the Extreme Beer fest at the Cyclorama so they most likely will not be back to this event next year.
By the time we walked home in the 90* weather, Adam and I were beat. We plopped ourselves on the couch on our patio and nearly fell asleep. A well air-conditioned apartment woke us up a bit and after a few hours we were finally ready to get out again for some Thai tapas at Ronnarong in Sommerville. We had a Groupon to use. 😀
Wait, wait – I did have a piece of cookies ‘n cream cheesecake first….
Ok, now we’re at Ronnarong!
They had a little patio outside and we chose to enjoy our meal (and the beautiful weather) out there.
Have you ever had Thai tapas? I’ve never even heard of this concept and was very intrigued by it. We orderd 5 tapas to share (they came out to roughly $35 which is what our Groupon was for… we paid just $15 for it!). The menu was very creative and the presentation of every dish was gorgeous (as you’ll see in a second). Not to spoil the surprise, but we really loved the place!
Homemade shrimp curry cakes – shrimp ground in patties, served with cucumber sauce (Tod mund)
These were a great texture and very flavorful. The sweet and spicy sauce was fantastic as well.
Ronnie’s spicy squid with Thai herbs and chili
The sauce was flavorful and I loved that the squid was grilled, not fried. Adam didn’t care for some of the herbs so I ate most of this dish.
Papaya salad with string beans, ground peanuts and tomatoes
This is a dish I always order at Thai restaurants to compare their quality. I just love it. It’s so refreshing and spicy. This is the best papaya salad I’ve had in the Boston area!!
Tofu satay with grilled vegetables and special spicy sauce
Simple fried tofu with a spice rub and really yummy zucchini disks. I liked this but wish that there were more vegetables as the description suggests.
Tasty pork bbq
Adam picked this one and basically ate it all. I had a tiny bite and didn’t really care for it. It seemed pretty bland and of course the fact that I didn’t know the source of this meat did not help me enjoy it either. Adam said that the spice really built up as he ate. He was sweating bullets by the time he was done with this one. 😆
Overall we really loved the restaurant. I wish we ordered the pad thai too but we tried to stick to our groupon budget. I hope they open another location in Boston. Going to Sommerville is a bit of a pain for us. 😀
And so, with satisfied bellies, we headed home and watched 3 episodes of Entourage season 6. What a fun day! I’m still recovering from it. 😎
Have you ever been to a beer or wine fest? Any Thai food lovers out there? Have you ever had Thai tapas?
I’m off to taste test some treats for my dad. 😉