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11/04/2011

Guest post: Great Sage’s vegan beer-pairing dinner exceeded expectations!  »

I am embarrassed to admit that I showed up about 40 minutes late to Great Sage’s beer-pairing dinner last week, and they still so generously served me all five courses of the meal, and even poured me a little extra brew to make up for my date abandoning me, even more embarrassingly. Good thing I am an emotional eater, and we all know a little alcohol solves everything.

Here is what you missed:

Tasting 1: Organic Lager, Grilled Romaine, roasted pepper, hearts of palm, chili crackers and rosemary-black truffle vinaigrette.
The grilling made this salad—the smell, the taste, the appearance. All of the textures together were spot on, and I cannot even get over those chili crackers, just like vegan Cheez-Its! The lager was light and clean, the perfect match for this light and clean salad.

Tasting 2: Tadcaster Ale, Quinoa and lemon-herb “tabouli” with red bell pepper and parsley garlic emulsion.
I was honestly full after the salad, but I managed to forge on through the second course. The tabouli and Tadcaster were the perfect combination of sweet and bitter. The lemon and bell pepper was zesty and light while the ale balanced it with a smooth, thick sweetness. The Tadcaster was my favorite beer of the four, as it was thicker than the lager, but not too heavy to easily down two (or three, or 10).

Tasting 3: Indian Pale Ale, Crimson lentil stew

with coconut and tomato over Indian curry fire rice.I keep referring to this dish as a risotto, because that is what the texture reminded me of. When the waiter sat it down on the table, the smell of coconut wafted from the bowl; when I dug my spoon in, it smelled instantly of sweet curry. Everything about this dish made me feel so comfortable and relaxed.

While I know many people seem to have a distaste for both curry and IPAs, I found this combination to be phenomenal. The stew was sweeter than spicy, and the beer was less hoppy than other IPAs I’ve had.

Tasting 4: Italian Oatmeal Stout, Crisp seitan-“feta”-spinach phyllo tart with garlic whipped Yukon potatoes and stout glaze.
The phyllo tart was incredible; it melted like (vegan) butter in my mouth. The filling had a strong black pepper taste that mellowed out with the addition of the sweet stout glaze. Not to mention, I freaking love Brussels sprouts!

The stout really surprised me. I usually hate stout beers because I think they taste like flat soda—sweet, but lacking that necessary carbonation. However, this stout was not missing that added element to me; it was just naturally smooth.

Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake with pomegranate syrup
I want to describe this to you but I can only think of an incoherent synonyms for “epic deliciousness”—silky, pumpkin, chocolate (yeah, I think the crust was chocolate!), sweet, sour, crunchy, candy, creamy, yum.

The food was phenomenal, the beer was phenomenal and the combinations were perfect. The best part is that all the beers from the Samuel Smith Brewery, like all of the food at Great Sage, are 100 percent vegan!

Shay Kemble is an aspiring lifestyle writer in Washington, D.C. She believes she can bring humor to any situation and will do so on her upcoming blog.

10/17/2011

Guest Post: Vegansaurus D.C. and Baltimore: Great Sage’s Beer Pairing Dinner!  »

I found out a few days ago that an employee at Great Sage considers me a “regular.” I really shouldn’t be surprised considering I eat there at least once a week, but I thought that I was more discreet than that. Going in twice in one day probably didn’t help, but come on, a girl has to eat three meals a day plus dessert, right? Now I just imagine that every time I go in, the wait-staff must snicker.

As a regular, I feel it’s my duty to spread the word about Great Sage’s beer pairing dinner that is going down in just over a week. Of course I’ll be there!

Here are the details:
Beer Pairing Dinner
, featuring vegan beers from Samuel Smith Brewery
Monday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville, M.D. (443) 535.9400
$55 per person (plus tax and gratuity, reservations required, limited seating, not gluten-free)

MENU
Tasting 1: Organic Lager, Grilled Romaine, roasted pepper, hearts of palm, chili crackers and rosemary-black truffle vinaigrette.

Tasting 2: Tadcaster Ale, Quinoa and lemon-herb ‘tabouli’ with red bell pepper and parsley garlic emulsion.

Tasting 3: Indian Pale Ale, Crimson lentil stew with coconut and tomato over Indian curry fire rice.

Tasting 4: Italian Oatmeal Stout, Crisp seitan-“feta”-spinach phyllo tart with garlic whipped Yukon potatoes and stout glaze.

Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake with pomegranate syrup [Ed.: HOLY SHIT].


How delicious does this menu sound!? Make your reservations now, Washingtonians and Baltimoreans!

Shay Kemble is an aspiring lifestyle writer in Washington, D.C. She believes she can bring humor to any situation and will do so on her upcoming blog.

[photo of Great Sage’s Peach Napoleon via Yelp]

02/16/2011

This is the proposed ad Peta wants to place at the Edgar Allan Poe house in Baltimore. In exchange, Peta will help fund the museum as the Baltimore gov wants them to be self-sufficient or shut down. Um, HILARIOUS! This ad makes little to no sense!
I can’t be that offended though because there are like a million Poe houses; homeboy was a rolling stone! I know there’s one in Philly, one in Richmond, VA and one in the Bronx—do we need four Poe museums? Let me tell you what a Poe museum looks like: there’s a desk with some old-timey paper out, where he may or may not have written such-and-such story, and then there’s a big stuffed raven. That’s about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s sad for historical landmarks to close, but it appears he only lived in this house for three years. Big whoop. Slap a plaque on there and call it a day. 
But really, Poe house aside, is this ad going to do ANYTHING? My only response is WTF? You people are crazy. It’s a bit hilarious though; the guy is having a heart attack next to a terrible play on words. Poor wordplay makes me a bit queasy, too, but it doesn’t make me not want to eat meat (meat makes me not want to eat meat). I know it’s a publicity stunt, but really it’s so bizarre. It has nothing to do with anything! It’s not like Poe died from eating too much meat; no one knows how he died, actually, but a heart attack is not one of the proposed theories.
I know I’m in the minority, but I generally think Peta’s antics are pretty funny. This time though, even I’M perplexed by this one. Who thought of this? Did they have this ad on the back-burner, just waiting for the opportunity to bust it out? Other than the punny humor, veganism has no tangible connection to Poe. I can imagine the weirdos that go to the Poe house thinking, “those vegetarians are such weirdos.” When the Poe enthusiasts think you’re crazy, that’s a better diagnosis than any DSM classification.

This is the proposed ad Peta wants to place at the Edgar Allan Poe house in Baltimore. In exchange, Peta will help fund the museum as the Baltimore gov wants them to be self-sufficient or shut down. Um, HILARIOUS! This ad makes little to no sense!

I can’t be that offended though because there are like a million Poe houses; homeboy was a rolling stone! I know there’s one in Philly, one in Richmond, VA and one in the Bronx—do we need four Poe museums? Let me tell you what a Poe museum looks like: there’s a desk with some old-timey paper out, where he may or may not have written such-and-such story, and then there’s a big stuffed raven. That’s about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s sad for historical landmarks to close, but it appears he only lived in this house for three years. Big whoop. Slap a plaque on there and call it a day. 

But really, Poe house aside, is this ad going to do ANYTHING? My only response is WTF? You people are crazy. It’s a bit hilarious though; the guy is having a heart attack next to a terrible play on words. Poor wordplay makes me a bit queasy, too, but it doesn’t make me not want to eat meat (meat makes me not want to eat meat). I know it’s a publicity stunt, but really it’s so bizarre. It has nothing to do with anything! It’s not like Poe died from eating too much meat; no one knows how he died, actually, but a heart attack is not one of the proposed theories.

I know I’m in the minority, but I generally think Peta’s antics are pretty funny. This time though, even I’M perplexed by this one. Who thought of this? Did they have this ad on the back-burner, just waiting for the opportunity to bust it out? Other than the punny humor, veganism has no tangible connection to Poe. I can imagine the weirdos that go to the Poe house thinking, “those vegetarians are such weirdos.” When the Poe enthusiasts think you’re crazy, that’s a better diagnosis than any DSM classification.

Big surprise: meat industry hates Meatless Mondays!  »

Due in no small part to Megan Rascal’s marvelous cartoonsMeatless Monday is taking over, and those fuckers with big beef and pork are shitting their ugly, ill-fitting pants. GOOD. I wanna see you sweat, assholes. And look really, really stupid. Fortunately, that is something they do really well, as evidenced by this bit of gold:

The American Meat Institute, a trade group, unsuccessfully urged the Baltimore public schools not to join the Meatless Mondays campaign, arguing that poor kids needed the meat. “For proper nutrition there are a large number of lean cuts that you can eat and it doesn’t take a lot of it,” said Gregg Doud, an economist with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

LOLZ WHAT? That’s the best they’ve got? That’s how their ECONOMIST speaks? I mean, damn. With the addition of food service giant Sodexo to the Meatless Monday campaign, the movement is only going to get bigger and bigger. If the big animal ag wants to stay in the game, maybe they should get into broccoli-farming, or get the fuck out of the way. OK, I know that last bit is wishful thinking as there is STILL meat on the menu on Meatless Mondays and oh, yes, ON EVERY OTHER FREAKING DAY. Anyway, let’s keep this movement moving like a freight train and give these jerks something to really cry about. 

Oh, and why you’re at it, pass on Rascal’s adorable-ass Meatless Monday cartoon:

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