Hops and Barley


Thanks to everyone for the kind comments about my “glory walk”! I got this flower pinned to me as well as the traditional Le Cordon Bleu pin from Paris, so that’s pretty cool. It was definitely very cool to shake  hands with all my Chef instructors knowing how hard I worked this past year. Hopefully it will all pay off!! 😉

This morning I snacked on this:


It was pretty meh. Ryan bought me a couple last month and I had one in Orlando that needed to be eaten. I don’t think it helped that it sort of melted in my pocket and was very messy to eat. It didn’t really have that proteiny taste and it did keep me going for another 2 1/2 hours, so that’s good I guess. I just think there are better bars out there. The best thing about it was that it had this top layer of something like caramel that was very tasty!

And then we had some beeeeer!

We were all surprised because we actually had a guest speaker! I’m not sure how many of y’all are familiar with Shipyard Brewery, but the partner/distributer for Florida came in and spoke to us today. It was very interesting to hear how he came into his job (his grandfather brewed beer during the Prohibition!) and he poured us six tastes. We tasted:

New England Brewing Elm City Lager

Shipyard Pumkinhead Ale

Shipyard Export Ale

Left Hand Jackmans Pale Ale

Gordash Brewing Holy Mackerel

Left Hand Brewing Black Jack Porter

……….and the verdict was?! I really really liked the Pumkinhead Ale AND the Shipyard Export Ale! I thought I might like the Pumpkinhead but surprised myself with the Shipyard Export Ale. It was really mild and clean tasting…not bitter like other beers I have tried. I will definitely look for this next time there is a calling for beer. It tasted so completely different than the Bud Light and (sorry to say it) the Naty Light of my past. MUCH better!

Another treat was that we got to try some root beer!!!


Oh my gosh, it was amazing. The best root beer I’ve ever had, hands down. It would be killer with vanilla ice cream. His root beer contains NO high fructose corn syrup and instead sweetened with brown sugar. No artificial ingredients at all. We each got to take home a bottle and I’m giving mine to the boy on Friday because he loves root beer too!

I also got a sweet bottle opener key chain. It was a fun day.

And then on to lunch! I had the last small bowl of my Chunky Lentil Soup this afternoon along with a morningstar farms black bean burger patty with ketchup and texas pete. And a huge apple.


It was sooo good.  Especially the black bean burger. I’m addicted to these!

Alright—I’m off to do some work, pack, study for my cost control final exam tomorrow and later, go on a run! See you for dinner!

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    September 23, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Glad to hear everything went well this morning. 🙂

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    September 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Sounds like the “glory walk” was, well, glorious!! 😀

    Gorgeous flower and delicious lunch!!

    Good luck with your busy schedule for today!!

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    September 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats on finishing school – amazing and very COOL accomplishment.

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    Christie I.
    September 23, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I am glad the glory walk went well!

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    September 23, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Congrats on the glory walk! January will be here before you know it and you’ll be wearing that chef’s jacket!

    I love pumpkin ale! Not sure if I have had that one – I think out of that whole list I wouldn’t like the porter. Those tend to be too dark and bitter for me. Sadly, my husband likes Miller Lite only! (that’s okay – more for me!)

    If you have Binny’s Liquor store around you, they have one whole wall of single beers, so you can try one and see if you like it. So cool!

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    September 23, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Words can’t express my envy regarding your beer tasting. Those beers look delish! I’m a sucker for a pumpkin ale!

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    September 23, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I am originally from Portland Maine, where Shipyard is brewed. It’s great to see people enjoying it in Florida!

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    September 24, 2008 at 1:53 am

    yum, good old natty light! sadly, that makes up a large portion of my alcohol consumption these days (i blame college). i’ve always wanted to try pumpkin ale- glad to hear you liked it!
    congrats on the glory walk!!!

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    Chef Erin (Pumpkin)
    September 24, 2008 at 4:47 am

    I have a six-pack of the Shipyard Pumpkinhead in my fridge waiting for me to do a taste test! I’ve been looking forward to it!

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    September 24, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Aww that brings me make to college…I went to UNH, which is right near Portsmouth, NH which is where Shipyard is!! Love their pumpkinhead!!

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    September 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Well no wonder you didn’t like beer if you were drinking Bud Light and Natty Light!

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