Curry Leaf Scented Pumpkin Puree at Absinthe

I Love Pumpkins | October 17, 2008

The pumpkin soup at Absinthe – curry leaf scented pumpkin puree with vindaloo oil and cilantro – whets your appetite and piques your interest.
I enjoyed this soup because it had both nuance and clarity at the same time. I decided to contact the chef to understand how she’d made it, because this is a virtuoso [...]

Flemish Beer Masquerading as Pumpkin Beer, and Pumpkin Soup

I Love Pumpkins | October 17, 2008

Another great pumpkin night! We started at the City Beer Store with Aaron and his buddy Erick who was in town from Seattle.
Erick quickly became my hero when he professed that “there is a mystical relationship between pumpkins and cinnamon.” Right on, Erick! Does this mean you’ll create a pumpkin-and-cinnamon software stack for mobile?
City Beer Store always [...]

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Master P | October 16, 2008

Before I tried this beer, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical. Over the years I tried several different pumpkin beers, but none of which I found to be particularly tasty. Typically they are too sweet, and it tastes like you’re drinking a liquid pumpkin pie or something. Not that I don’t like [...]

Pumpkin Risotto at Slow Club

I Love Pumpkins | October 15, 2008

Slow Club has created a Pumpkin Risotto! It’s served with a roasted chicken breast, balsamic radicchio, wild arugula and a red wine reduction.
Chunks of fresh pumpkin are surprisingly refreshing in this sprightly risotto. It’s a nice change from highly-spiced pumpkin dishes that aspire to a “pumpkin pie style” of flavor. Slow Club’s unique treatment of their pumpkin risotto should really be tasted [...]

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

I Love Pumpkins | October 15, 2008

Pumpkin flavor jumps right out at you from the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. It smells like pumpkin bread soaked in vanilla and Irish Whisky. The rich taste fills your mouth and after swallowing the yummy stuff, you’re left with the lingering taste of cloves. 

In Portland Maine, where Shipyard is located, the Commercial Street Fishery paired this beer [...]

Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale

I Love Pumpkins | October 15, 2008

Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale has a tart smell, a sour taste, and an orangey color. Other than the pumpkin featured on the label, there’s nothing very “pumpkin” about this beer. It tastes like sour mash and isn’t especially delicious.

Lots of pumpkin on the label, not a lot of pumpkin in the bottle! They seem to have [...]

Pumpkin Beer, Pumpkin Risotto & A Full Moon

I Love Pumpkins | October 15, 2008

On Tuesday night I met with Dan O., one of my guest writers, to discuss his pumpkin article for the blog. We started at Monk’s Kettle, only to find that they’d removed the Punkin’ Ale from their draft beer selection! It was there just a week ago! Any bar that takes itself seriously CANNOT get [...]

Trader Joe’s “Baker Josef’s” Pumpkin Spice Bagels

I Love Pumpkins | October 14, 2008

Store-bought bagels are dense and lack the “chewy-outside-soft-inside” thrill of a real fresh bagel. As such, Noah’s Pumpkin Bagel was far superior to Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice bagel in texture. However, both bagels are equally guilty of tasting just like regular old cinnamon bagels minus the raisins. Tastes decent, but not pumpkinny.
Nonetheless, I’m giving a [...]

SMACKDOWN! Noah’s Pumpkin Bagel with Pumpkin Schmear

I Love Pumpkins | October 13, 2008

I’m eating my Noah’s Pumpkin Bagel with Pumpkin Schmear. It’s cold. The bagel has a slightly orange tint but doesn’t taste like pumpkins at all. It smells like a cinnamon raisin bagel and tastes like a cinnamon raisin bagel without the raisins.   
The chick working the toaster that morning was giving everyone’s bagel the SMACKDOWN on the counter. Using our bagels to [...]

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