Peanut Butter Milk Stout c/o Belching Beaver Brewery (Review)

If there’s one thing I like about beer, it’s nothing.

Seriously. I’ve never been a fan of beer, and only recently have I attempted to train my taste buds to enjoy it. I’ve had very, very minor success, and most of my results only further solidify my dislike of beer.

HOWEVER. I’m not here to shit all over your affinity for cracking open a cold one with the boys. In fact, I’m celebrating it alongside you. Eh, maybe I’ll celebrate with a nice, crisp hard cider.

I’m joking. PARTIALLY.

In an effort to try something new, and at the recommendation of a coworker, I bought a can of peanut butter milk stout. Now, from my very limited knowledge, stouts are heavy; they’re dense, they’re dark in color, and they sit in the deepest pits of your stomach until you belch up the stench of regret. (I suppose the brewery chose its name fittingly.)

Look at this colorful ass can. In fairness, I applied a filter to it to make it more vibrant.

I feel the need to say that I did not buy directly from the brewery itself, as it is located in San Diego, and I’m way up north in the Emerald City. I did, however, find it at Trader Joe’s, where you can get a six-pack for $12.49. You can also buy a single can, for however the hell much it costs on its own, because I don’t remember.

As far as flavor profile, the peanut butter is there, but not overwhelming. Yet, nor is it terribly noticeable, but I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing. I’ve noticed that stouts are more apt to contain flavors that involve sweet, dessert-y influence, such as chocolate, peanut butter, sponge candy, and coffee. (If there’s an umbrella term to describe these types of flavors, please let me know, because I want there to be.) This one in particular has a nice, satisfyingly sweet, and yet not overbearing, taste to it.

When poured into a glass, a lovely, frothy head built up and met the brim, which I hear is a good thing. Really, I just wanted to use the word head, and act for a moment like I knew what I was talking about. I don’t have a photo of it, because I didn’t take one. Whatever; I’m not a beer sommelier. Leave me alone. There is another can in my fridge, so if I decide to crack open another cold one (sans boys), maybe I’ll take a photo of it then. And maybe I won’t. If I do, I’ll edit this post and insert it below this paragraph. Check back to see, if you care that much.

I won’t bother giving this beer a star rating, or anything definitive like that. I’ll simply say that it was pretty good and I enjoyed it, which says a lot for me. I will also say that due to its heaviness, I had to pace myself while drinking it. And as I sipped towards the bottom of the glass, I reached a point after which I inevitably made faces. This tells me one of two things: either I’m truly not meant to develop a taste for beer, or I haven’t drunk enough of it. I’ll decide which later on.

Have you tried the peanut butter milk stout from Belching Beaver Brewery? What did you think? What other flavors should I try? Happy drinking! 🍻

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Post-Therapy Indulgence at McDonald’s (Renton, WA)

I fucking love fast food. I’m aware of the glaring lack of health benefits, but you have to live a little, right? Right. Or a lot.

After my therapy session, I decided to stop off to indulge in some greasy self-love at the McDonald’s on Rainier Ave. S. This is the first location I’ve ever seen to have the word Hamburgers on the driveway entrance sign, as well as Restaurant on the marquee. Very old school. Very vintage. Very retro. Let’s not push it.

The quarter pounder deluxe was my poison of choice. I didn’t realize they created a ‘deluxe’ version of the quarter pounder until about a week ago. This one has lettuce on it. Big, leafy lettuce. That’s the only difference I could discern. But it’s delicious.

Also, McDonald’s has stopped using plastic cups for their large size. They now follow suit with the smaller sizes and use what I think is somewhere between thick construction paper, and cardboard. Maybe if the two had a baby? Yeah, that’s probably it. Anyway, less plastic is always a plus. Way to help fight the good (food) fight, McDonald’s. How politically astute. Brava.

I feel like I have the potential to be banned from this McDonald’s going forward, as I specifically selected Coke on the order kiosk, and then promptly walked my happy ass over to the drink machine and filled my cup with Sprite. Shh.

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Is that literal grease spilling all over my fry container? Or is that the love they made it with? Same difference.

My lips are tingling from the combination of salt, self-care, and imminent heartburn. Totally worth it.


I hope you enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek, half-assed ‘review’ of my trip to McDonald’s. Bear in mind I wrote this for the humorous and satirical aspects of it, and that a majority of posts on Foodsmith will not recount my experiences at chains. That said, I really, and honestly, and truly do love fast food. No judging.

Afternoon Chai at Burien Press (Burien, WA)

A friend of mine and I had a coffee date today, and at her suggestion, we winded up at Burien Press. It’s a quaint little coffee shop housed in Downtown Burien, along 152nd Street.

We talked about all kinds of things over the two hours we spent there, from work stuff, to death and loss, to love, to homesickness, to finding our place in the world. Natural light spilled in through the floor-to-ceiling windows on either side, providing a bright and cozy atmosphere, setting the scene.

The barista at the counter greeted me warmly, and asked how my weekend was going. Behind him, mounted on the wall was the menu. I hoped to snap a few photos of the interior, but I was apprehensive, as it was busy and some businesses aren’t fond of patrons photographing the menu. I didn’t want to take pictures I planned to publish online without anyone’s consent.

It’s been on my bucket list to visit as many local coffeehouses as I can. After all, Seattle is known for its coffee scene. Burien Press marks the very first one I’ve paid a visit to, and it more than surpassed my expectations. This was a great spot at which to begin such a journey, and I will definitely be returning in the future.

What I bought

I purchased a 12oz. chai which cost me $4.40, excluding tip, as of today’s date (April 7th, 2019). It’s house-made and ready to sip right off the bat, with the perfect amount of froth on top.

(I took this photo only after it was nearly gone.)

Perks

Burien Press is the type of place where you can bring your laptop to work, and do exactly that, without feeling pressured to continue buying things or leave after a certain period of time. There is outdoor patio seating located through the back door; cushiony chairs and a sofa sit just inside towards the back, as well.

It’s a suitable venue for a business meeting, a date, to catch up with a friend, or simply to go and spend some time by yourself to get some work done. AND one of the best parts is that it’s locally owned, operated, and sourced. 🙂

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Featured image courtesy of Julie DanPol, via Google Maps.

HEALTHIER Banana Bread

My friend Liann’s adorably enthusiastic banana bread recipe. It sounds fantastic- check it out!

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So today, while suffering from a pretty earth shattering, body stopping migraine, I decided to obviously sit on my couch all day and surf the net. 🙂

With that, i realized…..Wait. I have 3 bananas…..wait, I should totally make banana bread! OH! And I had 83% cacao chocolate chips. SCORE! AND homemade applesauce?! FREAKIN YES! End all, be all WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR! Done. Absolutely yes. So today, I share one of the first recipes I’ve ever made on my own! EVER! And yes, it’s delicious and yes, I’m going to share everything I did 🙂 AND……………GO!

Banana Bread
Prep Time: 10 mins
Bake time: 60 mins

Ingredients
3 over ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce, no sugar added3/4 cup honey
2 cups flour: 1 cup all purpose, 1 cup whole wheat
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon, nutmeg and any other stuff you wanna…

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Green Plant Juice: Looks Gross, Tastes Great

This past week at work, we’ve been demoing Trader Joe’s Green Plant Juice, and I’ll tell you right now, it looks disgusting. Its hue is a brown-green mix that, to my surprise, customers have been frequently mistaking for coffee. (I try my best to correct them before they mix half-and-half in with it, and so far, I’ve been doing a good job.)

So far, the descriptions I’ve been giving would disqualify me from any position in marketing or sales, but I’m not done yet. The stuff looks dissuasive, but it tastes delicious. I’m normally the kind of person disinterested in trying a green beverage, because its color implies that the main ingredients are vegetables or plant life. That’s not to say that I don’t love my veggies or my greens, just that I think they’re best separated from a liquid substance. However, in this case, that’s not my opinion.

When I work in the demo station, it’s a natural inclination to try what I’m sampling, so that I’m able to tell customers what it’s like and/or recommend it. When I tried the Green Plant Juice this week, I was pleasantly surprised! But in reading the contents, it makes sense:

Trader Joe’s Green Plant Juice is made up of five fruit juice concentrates. Its flavor is dominated by peach, banana, mango, apple, and pineapple. And to even the scale in terms of healthiness, it’s also got broccoli, spinach, barley grass, chlorella, and spirulina. Not sure about those last two ingredients? They’re types of algae. That’s a little off-putting, I know, but that’s where the health boost comes from, and you can’t taste either one. 🙂

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You can pick up a 64-oz. bottle at your local Trader Joe’s for $3.99. I’ve heard from many customers that it serves greatly as a smoothie base, but according to my taste buds, it’s perfectly fine on its own. 😛

This product is not gluten-free

Sesame Bagel + Goat Cheese

Hey! You…you, there. You look hungry. What’s that? No time to eat? No problem.

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a quick-fix solution for those occasions when you’re starving but pressed for time. It’s exactly what it sounds like and absolutely delicious. It only requires two ingredients and takes less than ten minutes.

Cream cheese is most often the accompaniment of choice when it comes to bagels, but the cheese of goats is among my favorite types of cheese, so I decided to substitute. Turns out my food-related hunches can be trusted, after all. 🙂

You’ll need:

  • A bagel
  • A log of goat cheese
  • Butter (optional)

I decided to use the blueberry/vanilla goat cheese from Trader Joe’s:

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Feel free to use your goat cheese of choice, especially because this kind is seasonal and won’t be around much longer.

First, you’re going to want to slice your bagel in half and toast it. Or don’t. Toasting is optional.

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Try not to burn the shit out of the part of the bagel that touches the bottom of the toaster, like I did.

Here’s where the butter comes in. When I tried this, my parents were over for dinner and my Mom had toasted and buttered some bagels. I wasn’t sure about adding the sweetness of blueberry and vanilla on top of something savory like butter, but I gave it a shot anyway. It actually pairs really well together, but is completely optional and up to you.

As delicious as it is, the stubborn thing about goat cheese is that it isn’t very spreadable. Start by cutting small slabs from the log. Be careful not to make them too thick so that they’re still somewhat malleable.

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And they should look like this:

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Goat cheese becomes more spreadable if you press down hard and then manipulate it with your knife, similar to butter straight from the fridge that hasn’t had time to soften. This is why I prefer a toasted bagel, because the crisp surface acts as a resistance when mashing the goat cheese down into spreadability. Untoasted bagels or bread may become mushed or ripped through if you push down too hard into them.

But with just enough force, it works nicely:

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Sidebar: Let’s talk about this somehow bypassed little pattern mishap:

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It’s driving me insane, and it’s on my kitchen counter. Mine. This is a picture I took with my phone. It’s not one of those ‘you had ONE job’ internet memes, but I wish it were. :-/

Once you’ve finished topping off your bagel halves, the final–and most important–step is to enjoy!

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This bagel + goat cheese combo fits nicely alongside dinner or as the perfect snack to hold you over until dinner.

Mangez!

Hello, world. My name is Todd, and you may know me from Wordsmith. Or you may not, in which case, never mind. (But click that link and check it out. :-))

With 2015 just gaining its wings, I wanted to challenge myself to make a dietary change going into the new year. (I’d like you to know that I’m face-deep in a giant chocolate chip scone as I’m typing this.) That said, I plan to eventually go completely dairy-free. It’s going to be tough, but I’m excited to make it happen, albeit a gradual process. I created this blog to document my journey into a healthier lifestyle, as well as to share with you my love of food. Take a look at my poorly-made and dimensionally-ignorant banner up there for some things you can expect to see on Foodsmith.

I’ve come across countless delectable-looking recipes and ideas on Pinterest that I want to try out this year, and here is where you’re sure to see how they turn out. The good, the bad, and the burnt. I’m excited.

I don’t have anything more to share with you at the moment, as it’s 11:02 PM and I’ve got to be at work in 7 hours. But to hold you over until the next post, please enjoy this photo of a vegetable roulade a friend of mine made that I had to Instagram before eating, because it looked cool and colorful:

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Look how fucking delicious that looks. And it was.

Until next time.