The ‘Barista’, (from the Italian for ‘bartender) is a person, usually a coffee house employee who prepares and serves coffee based drinks.In addition to this above description, it should also be noted that the term ‘Barista’ is also one of the most overused and underestimated job titles known to man.
Coffee really is a basic necessity. Without my morning ‘get up and go jaguar juice’ I am likely to start flipping out and seeing bats like Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I basically have until 10 or 11 am until I turn into a raging, strung out, werewolf.
Sake is a Japaese alcoholic drink made from rice – it is brewed similar to, but not the same as beer and it should be drunk young, as it does not age like wine. Contrary to popular belief most of the sake in Japan is drunk cold.
Warm sake is drunk usually only in winter and only certain types of sake should be heated. Sake goes well with many cuisines but naturally it is best with fish. (Gauntner 2002)
BEER – that cool amber liquid from the gods that we all love. Often when we think of countries that are beer specific, we think of countries like Belgium, Germany and Holland, but today I am going to take you to a place that is internationally better known for its Sake brewing, than it is for brewing our bubbly little amber friend.
The good Doctors first flirtation with the Spritz was when he spent a month in Venice in 2002, doing…let me think here, nothing! But drinking Spritz! My last flirtation was Sunday night when I woke up with underwear on my head and wearing 2 left shoes.
Ask anyone in the wine trade who has spent time in China about the state of play with Chinese wines and you’ll usually get the gruff response of ‘save the glassware and directly pour it down the sink’. BOOM! Harsh but fair when 90%+ of domestic product is pretty average (real average = gag worthy).
I was up in Hai by Goga yesterday afternoon to say hi to Mr Brad Turley, resident Chef extraordinaire, mixer of Shanghai’s best ‘Spritz’ and owner of the greatest collection of Hawaiian shirts in the history of man.
He had just returned from a culinary adventure throughout France and Italy, and was positively bouncing around the room, running on the fumes of a once in a lifetime European gastro-getaway.
Recently, a good friend of mine donated some kopi luwak coffee to my personal cause, which is, to taste the best of everything in life – possibly without working, because A. I am rich; so i can B. Working is tiring C. There a lot of people looking to work that can do the work for me cheaply D. I dont really have a job.