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DT #362, 28 December 2014 (Egg Nog)   Leave a comment

Egg Nog

The weather is right
And it wouldn’t be Christmas
Without some Egg Nog.

Name: Egg Nog
Type: booze
Recipe: The old family recipe, always delicious
Venue: house

Review/notes: I have this at least once every winter as a nostalgic way to prove I’m both fearless and foolhardy.  On the other hand, this is one of the finest concoctions known to man.  Twenty minutes in the freezer makes it a fine dessert (although I use it as a protein shake for breakfast).  Divine.

Not so divine was the run today…sore and cold and the pavements were icy and free from traction.  Was quite glad after 3.3 miles to return home to some household chores and the rest of the nog.

2014-12-28 town centre loop

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DT #351, 17 December 2014 (Pina Colada)   Leave a comment

pina colada

 

Pina coladas
And getting caught in the rain:
That’s England for you.

Name: Pina colada
Type: booze
Recipe: For two: Put 8 shots of rum, 6 shots of pineapple juice, 3 shots cream of coconut, and just enough ice to make it fill two glasses then blend like a motherfucker…you want it to be lump free.
Venue: house

Review/notes: By now, you have that insipid song stuck in your head (please accept my apology; really, I meant no harm).  I was running this afternoon in wintry precipitation and thinking about the big bottle of rum and what I should have but instead of Hot Buttered Rum (which makes more sense) I thought, hey, something tropical when I get home would be pleasant…pina coladas and some Peter Tosh.  It should have been white rum and the coconut milk just wasn’t creamy enough but it is what it is.

The skies opened about 10 minutes into this one...of course.

The skies opened about 10 minutes into this one…of course.

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DT #349, 15 December 2014 (Dark and Stormy)   Leave a comment

Dark and  Stormy

Hangover I have
Is frightful, the Post Office
Queue is just spiteful.

Name: Dark and Stormy
Type: booze
Recipe: Ice in a glass, pour to two inches from the top with some alcoholic ginger beer then float some dark rum on top (typically 8 oz ginger to 2 oz rum, but do what you like)
Venue: house

Review/notes: We had this, the national drink of Bermuda (the Dark and Stormy), on our first trip abroad together (for our 14th anniversary with the hopes that the Millenium Bug would leave us stranded there). They were absolutely wretched and sold pre-mixed in cans in the few shops we could find open during our holiday stay (at the time — and probably now as well — Bermuda shuts down over the holidays).

This version of the Dark and Stormy, on the other hand, was actually sublime although the actual recipe (I got it from the Mr Boston) is copyrighted and calls for two specific ingredients I don’t have easy access to.  Still, it is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone.  Especially if they spent the day getting their blood sugar to stabilise after a weekend bender.

The run was 3.2 miles to the Toys ‘R’ Us then the Decathlon Sport, but I didn’t find what I was looking for (I drew someone in the Secret Santa pool who is impossible to buy something for and thought ‘games’ would work but I think she’s just going to get a bottle of rum).

2014-12-15 secret Santa run

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DT #348, 14 December 2014 (Jägermeister)   Leave a comment

Jaegermeister for Christmas decorating

 

Making it noisy
In the silent lab I found.
Then, beating retreat.

Name: Jägermeister
Type: booze
Venue: house

Review/notes: Yesterday we went poaching greenery in the Lawns Park and today (when we both were finally home from work — I had a Sunday thing in the lab) we put on some Christmas jazz and polished off a bottle of Jäger whilst some duck legs roasted and Jackie arranged the pine, laurel, holly, and cedar snips on the mantle.  This feels like Christmas should do, and I’ll savour the murderous hangover to come.

The lab had to be shut down on Friday for some planned diagnostic power outages so I went in to bring the mass spectrometers back to life in time for the kids to have at them Monday morning.  As soon as the vacuum systems were started I figured I had at least an hour to kill and headed out to do a loop around Marston, North Oxford, Wolvercote and the tow paths.  Not as nippy yesterday:

2014-12-14 pumpdown break at lab on sunday

 

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DT #347, 13 December 2014 (Aberlour scotch whisky)   Leave a comment

Aberlour scotch whisky

Beautiful and cold,
Our day off together with
JMW Turner.

Name: Aberlour Scotch whisky
Type: booze
Venue: house

Review/notes: Ten years old but not at all harsh (although not as smoky-peaty as I generally like, either — Speyside’s like that).  Would be a good introductory malt and I’d really like to try one of their more mature bottles sometime…maybe next Holiday season.

We spent mid-day chasing last minute Christmas cards in Old Town and stopped in the Swindon Museum of Art to catch the last day of the JMW Turner exhibit…breathtaking although very limited.  I especially liked the watercolours he did around Bristol when he was only 16 years old (and there was an extension to the exhibit of other landscapes inspired by Turner).

2014-12-13 Burderop out-and-back

Brimble Hill run was a might nippy this A.M. and my fingers were cold and dysfunctional so I left the GPS on the kitchen counter whilst making a hot beverage (hence the especially slow pace the last 2/10 mile).

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DT #344, 10 December 2014 (Old Golden Hen)   Leave a comment

 

Marston's Old Golden Hen

 

My job’s just to be
A janitor, not a cop.
Just make the mess good.

Name: Old Golden Hen
Type: golden ale
Venue: Royal Standard, Oxford

Review/notes: Running to the Butcher’s Arms but couldn’t find it so, wanting to see if I could find Gadget’s trail after lunch, I headed back toward the main drag and, generally, where I expected to find powder.  No luck, as it turned out but on my return to the labs found equipment that everyone should know better than to fuck up and yet fuck it up they did despite my warnings that the thing was easy to fuck up and up with which fucking would be imminent should they fucking try to fix it on their own…on their fucking own.  Oh, well, top 1% of the academic world and all (bunch of fucking assholes).

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DT #341, 7 December 2014 (Morrison’s Caribbean Dark Rum)   Leave a comment

Morrison's Caribbean Dark Rum

 

Rum in the morning.
I’m not an alcoholic.
Rather, a pirate.

Name: Morrison’s Caribbean Dark Rum
Type: booze
Venue: house

Review/notes: I could have gone with a “Date that will live in Infamy” theme, today, but this one is still nautical.

As Winter settles in, dark booze populates the bar and I need the rum to make a few things like a Dark & Stormy and my annual/Christmas Egg Nog.  Since I only intend to use it to mix with strongly flavoured partners, I tend to go cheap so I don’t know the difference between fine rum and cheap rot gut.  But, as rot gut goes this is smooth and with a hint of molasses that makes it authentic.

I know the shot glass is wussy and I should be drinking it straight from the bottle, but regarless the haiku refers to this:

drinking-rum-before-10-am-makes-you-a-pirate

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DT #335, 1 December 2014 (Atomic Firewater)   1 comment

Atomic Fire Water label

DT #335, 1 December 2014 (Atomic Firewater)

Running in the dark.
There’s a hill climb either way.
But, booze greets you soon.

Name: Atomic Firewater
Type: booze
Recipe: vodka, apples, too much cinnamon, a minimum amount of sugar, and 8 weeks to infuse
Venue: house

Review/notes: See the recipe, above: it took so long to make it and I’ll never have that recipe again.  Okay, that was silly, but this is very good.

Update 2 Dec 2014: Sal Ferrara, whose company makes Atomic Fireballs after which the label (above) is patterned, died yesterday. R.I.P.  Here’s the obituary: http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/salvatore-ferrara-ii-dies-grew-ferrara-candy-company-maker-of-lemonheads-and-atomic-fireballs/

Atomic Fire Water

 

The run was pretty much a dealer’s choice: I decided to walk as far as the Oxford Train Station to clear foot traffic in the dark then run to Besselsleigh but as I passed the Bus Station the Swindon bus was pulling in so I decided to just catch it as far as the Gablecross Cop Shop and then run the rest of the way home:

2014-12-01 Gablecross to Old Town

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November Recap: DT, CC, GHad, and Pub Count   41 comments

DT nov recap

Thirteen of the Daily Tipples were in the beer category with 12 pub visits (6 of which were Wetherspoons, 5 of those were the Four Candles).  The highlight of the month had to be tasting the finished batch of Two Cures, though, with the worst experience of the bunch the very disappointing trip to The Lighthouse:

BEER
DT # Date Name Type Venue
305 01-Nov Wadworth Green Hopped Beer bitter The Prince of Wales
310 06-Nov Ellgood’s Cambridge Bitter bitter Four Candles
315 11-Nov Summerskills Ninja Beer bitter Four Candles
326 22-Nov Brewers’ Blizzard bitter The Bear
327 23-Nov Arkell’s Centennial bitter The Clifton
330 26-Nov Fireside Ale bitter Red Lion
334 30-Nov Bishop’s Finger bitter house
311 07-Nov Rooster’s Union Gap blonde ale Four Candles
333 29-Nov Cameron’s Gold Bullion golden ale Mug House
328 24-Nov Tuborg lager Four Candles
321 17-Nov Cotswold Spring OSM mild Four Candles
316 12-Nov Krušovice pilsner The Lighthouse
320 16-Nov Malmesbury Westport porter The Hop Inn
BOOZE/OTHER
DT # Date Name Type Venue
318 14-Nov Two Cures Sloe Gin booze house
322 18-Nov Sloe Gin Fizz booze house
313 09-Nov Wychwood Ginger Beard ginger beer house
WINE
DT # Date Name Type Venue
308 04-Nov Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Cabernet red wine house
309 05-Nov Villa Verde Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine house
312 08-Nov Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon red wine house
314 10-Nov Vaucluse Grenache-Syrah red wine house
317 13-Nov Viña Maipo Merlot red wine house
319 15-Nov Petit Monde French Red red wine house
324 20-Nov Corte Viola Cabernet Veneto red wine Bella Italia
325 21-Nov Hardy’s Bankside Shiraz red wine house
332 28-Nov Vinsobres Cru de Côtes du Rhône red wine house
323 19-Nov Hardy’s Bankside Rosé rose wine house
331 27-Nov Torretta Prosecco sparkling wine house
306 02-Nov Chateau Pierrousselle Entre Deux Mers white wine house
307 03-Nov Castelliere Pinot Grigio white wine house
329 25-Nov Sorso Pinot Grigio white wine house

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The Chippy Challenge dragged until the last week of the month but there were some spectacular examples (Crispy Cod and Robinson’s Traditional Fish and Chips) and some crimes against cuisine (Marmaris and WingLoon House):

CC nov recap

 

# Name Where Date Venue Type
109 Prince of Wales Shrivenham, Oxfordshire 01-Nov-14 Pub
110 Morrison’s Café Swindon, Wiltshire 08-Nov-14 other
111 WingLoon House Oxford, Oxfordshire 14-Nov-14 Chippy
112 Marmaris Swindon, Wiltshire 21-Nov-14 Chippy
113 Robinson’s Traditional Fish and Chips Bowerhill, Wiltshire 22-Nov-14 Chippy
114 Red Lion Marston, Oxfordshire 26-Nov-14 Pub
115 Pinehurst Fisheries Swindon, Wiltshire 28-Nov-14 Chippy
116 Crispy Cod Worcester, Worcestershire 29-Nov-14 Chippy

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The GHadHHH had two minor trails this month, one each versus the Oxford and Moonrakers hashes, both night efforts.  More importantly was the treatise on IntifadHHHa and CalipHHHate differences in this confusing era of global Hashlam and its various pretenders.

pub nov recap

 

Pub count: this month only added 8 more pubs to the total and all of them came on runs.  Started the calendar year with 1197 and the blog year (19 January) with 1201 so it is shaping up to the weakest effort of the 6 years so far but at 1280 I hope to hit 1300 before the end of 2014.

DT #322, 18 November 2014 (Sloe Gin Fizz)   Leave a comment

sloe gin fizz done simple

 

Jonestown Massacre:
Marking official start of
The Christmas Season!

Name: Sloe Gin Fizz
Type: booze
Recipe: 2 shots of sloe gin, a twist of lime, some ice, and club soda to top up a glass…but I didn’t have lime and I’m becoming too British for ice
Venue: house

Review/notes: The Jonestown Massacre has been an endless source of tasteless humour for me.  The sloe gin fizz was the nearest thing I could find to Kool-Aid for today’s tipple.

jonestownhash061028

 

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DT #318, 14 November 2014 (Two Cures Sloe Gin)   3 comments

Two Cures label lo res

 

Strangled up my mind…
People just get uglier…
Have no sense of time.

Name: Two Cures Slow Gin
Type: booze
Recipe: This batch started a year ago, with full description here and the final quality control tasting here.
Venue: house

Two Cures poured up

Review/notes: Sloe gin…takes a year to mature (more if you’re patient).  Didn’t pick any sloes this year because I waited for the first frost (which came a week ago, months after the greedy amateurs had obliterated the crop).  But, I have 3 litres of this batch so it will be a long time before I lament, “awww, momma, can this really be the end?”

Two Cures filtering

Filtering for quality

 

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October Recap: Pubs, Daily Tipples, Chippies, and the G-Had   81 comments

 

New pubs to the blog count, all on two day trip to IoW

New pubs to the blog count, all on two day trip to IoW

 

At first glance, October seemed a month of two halves — the first healthy and spry, the last stinking of death and decay.  Yet, closer examination reminds me that I’ve been ill more or less constantly since the 10th of the month despite making the Isle of Wight Marathon trip, another cancer surgery (and spillage from the same), and having a busier than usual month at work.  The weather has been spectacular, I’m told.

I added 11 pubs to the count entirely on the two-day trip to the Isle of Wight Marathon.  Two new ones appeared in Oxford (old ones but with major refurbishments and name changes) but they will have to wait until November.  The best of the new additions has to be the Red Lion in Southampton, but you could do a lot worse than The Crab and Lobster Tap (Ventnor), The Traveller’s Joy (Northwood), or most-up-my-alley The Painter’s Arms (Cowes).

The Daily Tipple list accurately represents the beer consumption for the month with a little more than half favouring darker varieties like stout, porter, and mild.  Choosing one per day was really the hard part as almost every new pub mentioned above supplied local brews that I have never tried before and the Swindon Beer Fest introduced 7 beers and 3 ciders new to me (and scores more I didn’t get around to):

BEER

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

274 01-Oct Thwaites Wainwright bitter Wheatsheaf
277 04-Oct Yates 130 Birthday Ale bitter Yates
296 23-Oct John Willie’s 100 bitter Four Candles
278 05-Oct Andwell Gold Muddler blonde ale Steam Railway
284 11-Oct Ale of Wight blonde ale Crab and Lobster Tap
287 14-Oct Old Growler dark beer Far From the Madding Crowd
291 18-Oct Trojan Horse dark IPA (IDA) The Savoy
297 24-Oct Edinburgh Pale Ale IPA The William Morris
285 12-Oct Theakston’s Mild mild Isle of Wight Community Club
292 19-Oct Colonel’s Whiskers mild The Savoy
293 20-Oct Moorhouse’s Black Cat Reserve mild Four Candles
298 25-Oct Plain Ales Inncognito stout 2014 Swindon Beer Festival
299 26-Oct Belhaven Black stout Beehive
302 29-Oct Marston’s Oyster Stout stout Four Candles

WINE

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

301 28-Oct Taylor’s Select Reserve port house
275 02-Oct Anciano Reserva Tempranillo red wine house
276 03-Oct Simo Crianza red wine house
279 06-Oct Trapiche Pinot Noir red wine house
280 07-Oct La Rabatte Chianti red wine house
282 09-Oct Banrock Station Shiraz Mataro red wine house
283 10-Oct Arpeggio Nerello Mascalese red wine Rustico, Swindon
286 13-Oct Desconocido red wine house
288 15-Oct Villa Garducci Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine house
289 16-Oct Morrison’s Claret red wine house
290 17-Oct Rosemount Reserve Shiraz Grenache red wine house
295 22-Oct Featherstone Ruby Cabernet Shiraz red wine house
303 30-Oct Bin 99 Cabernet Franc red wine house
304 31-Oct Navarra Old Vines Garnacha red wine house
294 21-Oct Luis Felipe Edwards Rose rose wine house
281 08-Oct Inycon Pinot Grigio Grecanico white wine house

BOOZE

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

300 27-Oct John Lee Bourbon booze house

 

The Fish and Chips Challenge was in a lull partly due to the ongoing medical problems and partly due to the remoteness of new venues and my ability to reach them.  My spreadsheet updates my days-per-fish rate and the minimum number for the year (based on one every 7 days until year-end) after each fish.  The average of these two appears to be converging on 124.9 for the year (let’s say 125).  I’m going for a pub fish and chip lunch when I finish this post, so this looks like a fairly good prediction.

103 Yates’ Swindon, Wiltshire 04-Oct-14 Pub
104 Stotesbury’s Fish and Chips Newport, Isle of Wight 11-Oct-14 Chippy
105 Tottie’s Fish and Chips Cowes, Isle of Wight 12-Oct-14 Chippy
106 Morrison’s Battered Cod Fillets Swindon, Wiltshire 17-Oct-14 House
107 The William Morris Cowley, Oxfordshire 24-Oct-14 Pub
108 Swindon Beer Fest Food Tent Swindon, Wiltshire 25-Oct-14 other

 

Chippy Challenge 2014-10-31 prediction chart

The G-Had has started to make an impact.  In October, the site had more hits than in all months prior combined.  It also led to paranoid behaviour by North Wilts HHH when they tried to pretend a run wasn’t going to happen and then came up with a clever (but easy to defeat) trail marking plan to foil the IntifadHHHa.  With local attention piqued and health poor, the war became one more of propaganda than contact but a fresh scalp was added courtesy the Isle of Wight HHH.

Also, the subtleties of the Intifad-HHH-a versus a Calip-hhh-ate became a matter of record, over on the G-Had HHH site.

 

GHadHHH Hits

 

DT #300, 27 October 2014 (John Lee Bourbon)   1 comment

John Lee Bourbon

Breakfast

 

Lottery numbers:
The Adver has future news!
Going to be rich.

Name: John Lee Bourbon
Type: booze
Venue: house

Review/notes: The Swindon Advertiser has ‘Stories from the Past’ in an insert today.  As the rest of the paper is static, none of those are stories of the present so by simple elimination the bulk of the journal is predictive.  I’ll drink to that.

Stories from the Past

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DT #278, 5 October 2014 (Andwell Gold Muddler)   Leave a comment

Andwell Gold Muddler

Qualification.
The marathon need only
Count as completed.

Name: Andwell Gold Muddler
Type: Blonde ale
Venue: Steam Railway, Swindon

Review/notes: First cool temperatures of the Autumn, today, so I picked up a bunch of windfall apples on today’s run to make an apple infused vodka.  I also had to drop by the Co-op for some supper ingredients (roasting a chicken and baking some cauliflower in gorgonzola), so popped into the Steam Rail for a pint.  The Gold Muddler had the crisp, steely edge that really suited the single digit (Celsius) temperatures.

Also, this was the end of the taper.  To qualify for the Ridgeway Challenge I needed to complete a marathon in a certain time-frame and I’ve trained for it as though I was planning to race but the pubs in the vicinity all open early and there are four of them on the race route…it will be a training run more than anything else.  Shooting for 4 hours including the 4 pub stops.

Here’s the apple pie vodka infusion to be named at a later date:

drunken bunny apple pie vodka to be named

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Royal Breakwater Hotel, Castletown, Isle of Portland, Dorset   Leave a comment

Royal Breakwater Hotel Castletown Isle of Portland

 

The bar was our introduction to the Royal Breakwater in Castletown, Isle of Portland, and though slightly shabby it was also welcoming and friendly in the way that only a dimly lit dive can be.  Worthy of an evening’s drinks if you somehow find yourself in this somewhat rundown part of town.  There are several other bars and hotels bunched up there as well so you could do a proper crawl with no more than a 100 meter walk between the farthest one.

We were staying there, too, and the room was absolutely adequate although the shower pressure was shit and disinfectant smell from the hallway seeped into the room.  For fifty quid, we got an en suite and breakfast, though. And, the staff were perfectly lovely (if a little tardy on repairs):

Royal Breakwater Hotel Portland room detail

Not all the neighbouring bars were still afloat and I was disappointed to find the Jolly Sailor shuttered:

Jolly Sailor Portland closed

Two doors down from the Breakwind, it looked like a grand old boozer.  Hopefully it will return to service in the future (there’s a large bank of flats going in right behind it in some old naval facility…fingers crossed).

Jolly Sailor Portland closed window

 

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July Recap — Daily Tipples, Chippy Challenge, Etc   200 comments

2014-07-31 shoe

The frequency and intensity of my running has increased with the rise in temperature this summer so I find myself ducking into pubs for respite more than in recent months.  Beer and cider are featuring more so than dinner wine in the Daily Tipple log as a result:

 

BEER

DT # Date Name Type Venue
184 03-Jul How Green Is Our Valley bitter Red Lion
188 07-Jul Titanic Ale Over bitter Old Crown
190 09-Jul Prescott Hill Climb bitter The Greyhound
199 18-Jul Enraptured bitter The Four Candles
204 23-Jul Brains SA bitter Red Lion
206 25-Jul Cross Bay Nightfall bitter The Vine Inn
208 27-Jul Stonehenge Ales Pig Swill bitter The Bell
211 30-Jul Swordfish bitter Victoria Arms
183 02-Jul Everard’s Sunchaser blonde ale White Hart
197 16-Jul XT Pi mild St Aldate’s

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WINE

DT # Date Name Type Venue
186 05-Jul Caberet Frank Cabernet Franc red wine house
189 08-Jul Co-Operative Côtes du Rhône red wine house
191 10-Jul Inycon Sangiovese red wine house
195 14-Jul Jubilum Pinot Nero Syrah red wine house
196 15-Jul Sierra Grande Pinot Noir red wine house
198 17-Jul Paarl Mountains Cab Sav red wine house
202 21-Jul La Metropole red wine house
205 24-Jul Le Cru des Amoreux Saint-Amour red wine house
212 31-Jul Quirky Bird Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier red wine house
182 01-Jul Sainsbury’s House Dry Rosé rose wine house
207 26-Jul Banrock Station Colombard Chardonnay white wine house
210 29-Jul Monte Giove Pinot Grigio Chardonnay white wine house

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OTHER

DT # Date Name Type Venue
185 04-Jul Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin booze Magnum Wine, Old Town
209 28-Jul Vodka and summer fruit frozen daiquiri booze house
187 06-Jul Weston’s Vintage Cider cider house
193 12-Jul Thatchers Vintage Cider cider house
194 13-Jul Thatcher’s Katy cider house
200 19-Jul Hogan’s Cider Panking Pole cider Groves Company Inn
201 20-Jul Thatcher’s Heritage cider The Clifton
192 11-Jul Lilley’s Apple and Pear Cider cider/perry Turf Tavern
203 22-Jul Thatcher’s Perry cider/perry The Four Candles

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Having logged all the chippies near work, I also find that pub fish and chips — at least in Oxford — are the way forward in the Chippy Challenge.  I’m also having to travel farther afield from Swindon although there are still a good number of fish and chip shops near enough home to add to the list.  The Chick-O-Land in Salisbury is the new southernmost member of the list:

fish chart

 

#

Chippies

72 Lemon Plaice Swindon, Wiltshire 05-Jul
74 Liden Take Away Swindon, Wiltshire 12-Jul
77 Sim’s Chippy Swindon, Wiltshire 19-Jul
78 Rainbow Take-Away Kidlington, Oxfordshire 23-Jul
80 Chick-O-Land Salisbury, Wiltshire 27-Jul

 

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#

Pubs/Other

71 White Hart Headington, Oxfordshire 02-Jul
73 Turf Tavern Oxford, Oxfordshire 11-Jul
75 St. Aldate’s Tavern Oxford, Oxfordshire 16-Jul
76 Groves Company Inn Swindon, Wiltshire 19-Jul
79 The Vine Inn Cumnor, Oxfordshire 25-Jul
81 Victoria Arms Marston, Oxfordshire 30-Jul

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july swindon salisbury chippies Red markers are July additions, go to full map by clicking on one of these graphics.july oxford chippies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The G-Had also continues to develop with July trails overlapping a Didcot HHH trail (the inaugural Didcot clash, in fact) and a Bicester HHH trail that was more personal than it probably should have been.  Those make G-Had HHH trails #36 and #37.

 

ghad map 2014-07-31

 

 

The new pub count (as in the Count of Pubs New to this blog) stalled the first week of June and I almost went the entire month of July without an addition to the list.  This was corrected last Sunday with an 11 mile / 6 pub jog from Amesbury to Salisbury largely along the River Bourne.  With the woman working Sundays and every other Saturday the numbers should pick back up in the coming weeks.

DT #209, 28 July 2014 (Vodka and summer fruit frozen daiquiri)   Leave a comment

Vodka and fruit

Covers 33.
The record store guy sent us.
Condoms for vinyl.

Name: Vodka and summer fruit frozen daiquiri
Type: booze
Recipe: For each beverage, 3/4 fill a glass with mixed frozen fruit and two spoons of confectioners’ sugar.  Add two shots of vodka and two of water.  Blend until mostly smooth.  We used a mix of black currants, red currants, rasperries and blackberries.
Venue: house, relaxing in the sunny back garden

Review/notes: We know it’s not a daiquiri, but it seemed like it would be refreshing.  It was, and spitting the seeds out was preety good exercise — an all around health tonic.

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

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Posted 2014/07/29 by Drunken Bunny in booze, Daily Haiku, Daily Tipple

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DT #185, 4 July 2014 (Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin)   Leave a comment

Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin

When in the course of
Human events if becomes
Independence Day.

Name: Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin
Type: booze
Venue: Magnum Wine, Old Town, Swindon

Review/notes: Unlike yesterday’s encounter with the fellow who declared independence from his pants, today was a relatively normal work day (albeit the first one I have ever had anyone outside the US wish me a Happy 4th, weirdos).

On the way home I stopped in the Magnum for a few bottles of wine and my buddy behind the counter asked if I like gin…silly boy. He knows I infuse spirits and just had a gin tasting session a few days earlier which included this Elderflower Infused Gin. Subtle and sublime and only slightly sweet from the added sugar, the wee dram he poured me lingered until late tonight, the elder perfume evoking Proustian memories.  Better than I deserve.

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

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Posted 2014/07/05 by Drunken Bunny in booze, Daily Haiku, Daily Tipple

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May Re-Cap: Chippy Challenge, Daily Tipple and the G-Had   Leave a comment

The 14 Fish and Chip meals this month marked new extremes, namely the westernmost (Pig and Fiddle, Bath), southernmost (Star Fish Bar, Warminster) and northernmost (Ye Olde Black Bear, Tewkesbury) fried fish this year.  I fully expect the German and Dutch visits to find either proper fish and chips or local delicacies (herring, of course) that fit into this challenges remit and blow the doors off the Eastern borders.  Until then, the May tally included:

#

Chippies

51 Gill’s Fish Bar Swindon, Wiltshire 03-May
55 Noffs Chippy Swindon, Wiltshire 13-May
56 Blue Sky Chinese Takeaway Swindon, Wiltshire 15-May
57 Roughmoor Village Fish and Chips Swindon, Wiltshire 17-May
59 Market Square Fish Bar Bicester, Oxfordshire 23-May
61 Star Fish Bar Warminster, Wiltshire 30-May

#

Pubs/Other

58 Dosa Park Oxford, Oxfordshire 19-May
49 Waggon and Horses Southmoor, Oxfordshire 01-May
50 Seacourt Bridge Botley, Oxfordshire 02-May
52 Far From the Madding Crowd Oxford, Oxfordshire 07-May
53 Pig and Fiddle Bath, Somerset 08-May
54 Wig and Pen Oxford, Oxfordshire 09-May
60 The Victoria Oxford, Oxfordshire 29-May
62 Ye Olde Black Bear Tewkesbury, Gloucester 31-May

 

may chippy chart

The DT’s continue unabated, as well, and while a colleague said of the Chippy Challenge that, “[I’m] going to swell up like a tick,” instead I think I’ve gained girth (though not weight) as a result of the daily drinking.  Mind you, I always drank copious amounts but this challenge puts me on a daily path at many times that I might have skipped a day or two (or more!).  Blasphemy, I know, but there you have it.  The tally this month entailed:

 

BEER

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

121 01-May Moreland’s Best bitter Waggon and Horses
127 07-May Monkholme Premium bitter Far From the Madding Crowd
135 15-May The Reverend James bitter The Steam Railway Company
136 16-May Wild Weather Little Wind bitter The Grapes
143 23-May That One bitter Penny Black
149 29-May Jenning’s Cumberland bitter The Victoria
122 02-May White Wych blonde ale Seacourt Bridge
142 22-May Wiltshire Gold golden ale New Inn
137 17-May Greene King IPA IPA Morris Street Club
123 03-May Staropraman lager house
124 04-May Peroni Nastro Azzurro lager house
125 05-May Bavaria Hofbrau lager house
126 06-May Singha lager house
129 09-May Keo lager house
138 18-May Stella Artois lager house
147 27-May Brutos Porter porter house
141 21-May Money For Old Rope stout Far From the Madding Crowd
144 24-May Mud City Stout stout house
146 26-May BV Stout stout house
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WINE

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

128 08-May Footsteps Shiraz red wine The Pig and Fiddle
130 10-May Rèserve de Bonpas Côtes du Rhône red wine house
133 13-May Cape Peak Shiraz red wine house
134 14-May Manon Tempranillo red wine house
140 20-May Bush Telegraph Shiraz Viognier red wine house
148 28-May Chateau Vieux Manoir Bordeaux red wine house
131 11-May Baron de Ley Pink Rioja rose wine house
132 12-May Mondelli Pinot Grigio Blush rose wine house
139 19-May Les Jamelles Cinsault rose wine house
151 31-May Echo Falls White Zinfandel rose wine Ye Olde Black Bear
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CIDER

DT #

Date

Name

Type

Venue

145 25-May Mr Whitehead’s Toffee Apple cider The Steam Railway Company
150 30-May Happy Slapper cider The Ludlow Arms

The Daily Haiku has been fun and I plan to continue through the year but I won’t review these till the end of the year, perhaps to rank a top ten or twenty of my favourites but so far all but a couple are rubbish even when including the background info that helps explain them.  I become more and more convinced you don’t have to be clever to be a poet at the same time that this project steers me in the direction of poets I consider remarkably clever.

And, so art brings me to religion or, at a minimum, dogma.  The G-Had has been going on for a while now since my initial treatise on Hashlam.  The Combat Season has given way to the Summer, it seems, with only the Bicester Hash taking a hit in May.  Still on 1-per-month or more, but the prophet hasn’t been speaking to me (or through me) these past few weeks; plus, no one is ever hashing near a pub I can add to the list at a time that I can set aside to help them find The Way.  And, so on to June.

Sloe Gin 2013: 6 Month QC   1 comment

Sloe Gin Quality Control 2014-05-14

The  Two Cures Sloe Gin continues to age gracefully and I am going to let it sit until pouring up time, 6 months from now.  The colour is deepening and the flavours remain spicy and maybe just a little harsh but mellowing well.  So, sealing it up and putting it back under the stairs until November seems the right thing to do, now.

After topping up with fresh gin, we have:

85.91% aged 6 months (the amount of original sugar, as well)
2.20% aged 5 months
2.26% aged 4 months
2.32% aged 3 months
2.38% aged 2 months
2.44% aged 1 month
2.50% raw gin

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