May. 31st, 2014

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It feels like we are all in a bad mood all the time lately, which does not leave much to write about!

Let me see, what are some nice things? I have been slowly watching this year's Eurovision Song Contest. I DO NOT KNOW WHO WON! DO NOT TELL ME! Our partner & I watched the first semifinal together, but we could not find BBC video of the second semi, and for me part of the fun the snarky commentary. So we have skipped to the final (which has an even better snarky British commentator) and are halfway through it. I am not sure why but Eurovision is great, I love it. I wish my favourite acts from the first semifinal had gotten in, like the 'Bake a Cake' song and the cool warrior queen from Moldavia. Once I have finished watching it so I can search for videos without being spoiled, I will link some videos here. I am kind of hoping Austria will win, but I think my favourite song so far (that made it into the final) is Ukraine. Other people have other opinions. :-)

Also Cassandra has found a website where they are talking about our favourite anime (Shoujo Kakumei Utena) and got in at the very beginning of it. The guy who runs the website is watching one episode a day every weekday and posting his reactions to it (he does this as his job, isn't that amazing?) and then there is lots of discussion in the comments, which she is really enjoying. And also I think it is very satisfying for her, getting to use her mind and her sharp edges and stuff on something that is kind of objective and concrete so she does not have to remember to worry about the afterwards -- and since it is satisfying for her it is nice for all of my us.

Sean is drinking a beer while I type this. I mostly do not like beer very much, I think it is too bitter. But I had a very nice one when we were out two weeks ago to celebrate our anniversary with our partner, it was this Campfire Stout and it tasted like S'mores! It really did, smoke and chocolate and burnt sugar for the marshmallow. Everyone in our system was kind of rolling their eyes (in that nice family way) that I had managed to find a beer that tasted like dessert, but really it was good. Sean had a lot of other beers before that, she says she will write about them herself in her own post. So now I will let her do that!
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For our anniversary with our partner we went downtown to a vegan cafe, which is not my thing in terms of the food (I like meat, lots of meat, and some starch to ballast it with), but they had a really amazing beer list, with like 15 things on tap, which blew my mind. So being a sensible person, I had a small plate of food, and a beer flight, which is a fancy way of saying they gave me five small (3oz) glasses of different beers so I could try a lot of them.

The five I had were arranged from light to dark:

1. Sunshine Mead, which was mostly for Cass since she has this crazy honey fixation. It was dry and sweet and just fine but did not make me pass out with joy.

2. Trade Winds Tripel, a golden Belgian ale with a great kind of creamy mouthfeel.

3. Deschutes Mirror Mirror -- I am pretty fond of Deschutes beers, I visited their brewery once long ago, and this one was fantastic. It's a gorgeous glowing dark brown colour, it smelled fantastic, and it tasted like malt. I'm not good at this fancy description thing, which is why I'm linking the actual reviews, but I think this was my favourite of the five. Sadly it looks like a 22oz bottle of this guy costs about $15, so I'm not sure if I'll be picking any up for home.

4. Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe. This is a sour beer, which I have never had before, and to me the words 'sour beer' sound totally disgusting. My favourite beers are cream stouts, so I like them heavy and bittersweet and creamy, and a sour beer isn't any of those things. The thing is, this was actually great -- it tasted like sour cherry (real sour cherry, not mass produced candy flavour), it had an incredible bite to it, and I could really imagine how great it'd be after a few hours of doing work in the sun. It's exactly what you'd want when you're hot, sweaty, and knocking off for the day. But the awesome thing about it was that it was also really good sitting in a sketchy vegan cafe in mid-evening after eating Thai curry.

5. Narwhal Imperial Stout was the beer I was expecting to be my favourite, since I love stouts, and IIRC it was on nitro, which changes the mouthfeel to make it smoother and more creamy, and as established above, I love that. This was definitely very, very good, and it really balanced out the flight, but to my surprise I liked the Mirror Mirror a lot more.

So, yeah, beer. After the vegan place we went to a different pub and Bryn got her alarming Campfire Stout, which was pretty good, although by that point we were fairly drunk from the flight, since while it was only 15oz of beer total, some of them were pretty high alcohol by volume. I'd like to go back to both places sometime soon, try more beers, and maybe eat the duck fat french fries from the 2nd bar. Or the poutine, although I'm betting it doesn't compare to the place we went in Montreal.

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