Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel

While not much of a beer drinker, I do enjoy those hearty brews of the “dunkel” style. The Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel is my favorite so far. Here’s a look at the bottle:

1/2 a liter of Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel.

1/2 a liter of Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel.

I should have poured in into a glass, but tell the truth, I was guzzling this! It has a velvety feel and a hint of chocolate aftertaste. In other words, a mighty fine beverage, especially on a chilly fall afternoon. Fortunately, I have a store close to home that sells all manner of exotic beers, with knowledgeable people at the counter to help with making a selection. Bottoms up!

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Published in: on October 19, 2014 at 10:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cappuccino, Aruba (2014)

Coffee culture in Aruba comes in several different forms. Recently, I enjoyed a very nice cappuccino at Piazza Italia at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall. Here’s a look at the kiosk:

Piazza Italia located in the Palm Beach Plaza Mall, Aruba, DWI.

Piazza Italia located in the Palm Beach Plaza Mall, Aruba, DWI.

There are various seating options there including at the bar or tables around the side with waiter service. They serve a unique kind of pizza that I will try another time. Here’s a look at the cappuccino.

Cappuccino at Piazza Italia located in the Palm Beach Plaza Mall, Aruba, DWI.

Cappuccino at Piazza Italia located in the Palm Beach Plaza Mall, Aruba, DWI.

This was a delicious cup that really satisfied. Please note, this place is operated by a couple of Italians who know their coffee. The espresso here is full power. So, if you’re looking for a little “pick me up” a drink and a casual place ┬áto watch people, Piazza Italia fits the bill.

Published in: on March 22, 2014 at 8:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Signature Drinks, Aruba

Although I like my adult beverages simple, I appreciate the creativity of a good bartender. Hence, while having a few drinks at White Modern Cuisine (one of Aruba’s best restaurants), the bartender provided me with a handsome brochure of some signature drinks he created, each one a play on words and favorite cocktails.

Signature Drinks, Aruba, brochure cover.

Signature Drinks, Aruba, brochure cover.

This glossy foldout provides a photo and recipe for each of the drinks.

Aruba Signature Drink, "Windy Sour."

Aruba Signature Drink, “Windy Sour.”

Of course, you have to have the best ingredients and some equipment to make these drinks.

Signature Drink Aruba, "Conchi Cosmo."

Signature Drink Aruba, “Conchi Cosmo.”

As in the “Conchi Cosmo” above, you’ll be making foam to top it off, which might be just the trick.

Aruba Signature Drink, "Cave Cooler."

Aruba Signature Drink, “Cave Cooler.”

That “Cave Cooler” above does look very refreshing. I had the pleasure of watching Bartender AJ produce several of these drinks. The man is a master craftsman.

Aruba Signature Drink, "Bellini"

Aruba Signature Drink, “Bellini”

AJ also has a great rapport with the clientele, explaining the origin of his drinks as well as the various type of liquor in each one.

Aruba Signature Drink, "Haltorita."

Aruba Signature Drink, “Haltorita.”

As you, my loyal readers know, it’s the people that make the place. Stop in to White Modern Cuisine for a great meal and fantastic drinks. (Don’t forget, we all have our favorite watering holes. Be sure to enjoy yours responsibly.) Bon dia.

36,000 feet +/-

Commercial air travel takes you high above the surface. On a recent flight, are cruising altitude was 36,000 feet, give or take. At any rate, in the comfort of the cabin, I enjoyed an ice-cold Coca-Cola as you see here.

Enjoying Coca-Cola at 36,000 feet.

Enjoying Coca-Cola at 36,000 feet.

I have the protective cover on my phone coordinated with my choice of beverages. This was another great flight aboard American Airlines, with friendly cabin staff. No matter what you’re flying, ALWAYS do your checklist and follow crew instructions.