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Zardnaar

Legend
I'm sorry for your loss.
Batemans XP, Courage Directors, Landlord and Castle Eden are are all great bitters in traditional British pubs.
Yeah the Pale ale market has boomed to the decline of the bitter. Pale ale and Blond ale and Gold ale and anything else more creamy is popular. I don't mind them but bitter outside of pubs is getting a little more scarce IMO.

What is it abut cold drinks. Guinness, Even though it's not the great Irish stuff is now cold in the UK. It takes away the slightly bitter taste that makes it iconic and becomes more quaffable for the masses. It is no longer Guinness IMO not that it was the proper stuff anyway.
Not a fan of Guineas. I can drink it. Not a massive fan of dark beers but the ones I drink occasionally are 7-10%, Guiness is 4.2?

Don't really like bitter beer either.

Generally go for craft beers or a euro style lager if I'm doing a macro beer.

Last dark beer I had.


And


Drunk a Carlsburg pilsner tonight with dinner. Cheap macro lager.

Did not like the chocolate stout I had.

Lager goes with Indian meals. Generally have a Kingfisher or Budweiser.
 

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Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
The closest I’ve come to bovril is drinking hearted beef broth when I’m doing winter work, like shoveling snow.

As for dark beers, I most commonly drink Shiner Bock, certain Belgian beers like Chimay, Temptress and- when I could find it- a Jamaican beer called Dragon Stout. The latter three all have a detectible sweetness in their finish.

Guiness...I have drunk it, but I most commonly use it for cooking.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
The closest I’ve come to bovril is drinking hearted beef broth when I’m doing winter work, like shoveling snow.

As for dark beers, I most commonly drink Shiner Bock, certain Belgian beers like Chimay, Temptress and- when I could find it- a Jamaican beer called Dragon Stout. The latter three all have a detectible sweetness in their finish.

Guiness...I have drunk it, but I most commonly use it for cooking.
Packet beef soup or the water in beef noodles closest thing to Bovril I've tried.

Thankfully we have a lot more variety now. Trying to talk my SO into trying a new Syrian place.

Found another place that does Turkish kebabs but the guy doing it is actually Kurdish and they rock.
 

rgoodbb

Adventurer
Report on Cheddar, Marmite and Cucumber toasted Sandwich

I kind if knew that cheddar and marmite could well be a salty combo so chickened out a little and added seven cucumber slices.

1. A thin layer of Marmite on the bottom white toast (buttered) provided a base strength and underlying beefy taste.

2. Cheddar sliced medium thin on top provided a familiar flavour.

3. Cucumber added freshness, wetness and a slight dilute for the strong combo.

4. Top toast was also buttered.

Verdict:
A myriad of flavours that were all present throughout the feasting. Overall it worked out well. I would give it a 7.5 out of ten which surprises me. I was expecting somewhere between 3.5 and 5. I also, ten mins after eating, have a slight marmite aftertaste that is pleasant to taste through my nose and mouth.

I will also use the Marmite to add to some stews and sauces.

Good call Zard!
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Report on Cheddar, Marmite and Cucumber toasted Sandwich

I kind if knew that cheddar and marmite could well be a salty combo so chickened out a little and added seven cucumber slices.

1. A thin layer of Marmite on the bottom white toast (buttered) provided a base strength and underlying beefy taste.

2. Cheddar sliced medium thin on top provided a familiar flavour.

3. Cucumber added freshness, wetness and a slight dilute for the strong combo.

4. Top toast was also buttered.

Verdict:
A myriad of flavours that were all present throughout the feasting. Overall it worked out well. I would give it a 7.5 out of ten which surprises me. I was expecting somewhere between 3.5 and 5. I also, ten mins after eating, have a slight marmite aftertaste that is pleasant to taste through my nose and mouth.

I will also use the Marmite to add to some stews and sauces.

Good call Zard!
As I said I don't eat it. NZ marmite a bit different to UK one. Apparently yours is more tangy.

When they invented the stuff I suppose the Colonies followed suit.
 

rgoodbb

Adventurer
Fair enough, but you did put me onto it. Ta.

Just tried marmite and smooth peanut butter on a white bread sandwich with butter. Didn't float my boat. The two tastes did not complement each other, they just sat on their own lawn without mixing with the neighbours

The cucumber before is now repeating on me.

The cucumber bef....
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Fair enough, but you did put me onto it. Ta.

Just tried marmite and smooth peanut butter on a white bread sandwich with butter. Didn't float my boat. The two tastes did not complement each other, they just sat on their own lawn without mixing with the neighbours

The cucumber before is now repeating on me.

The cucumber bef....
I mix peanut butter and jam. Fairly standard.

Nephew was eating marmite and cheese the other day.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
Damn. Every time I think I am taking a step onto cool street, I quickly retreat into my retirement home to look for my cardigan.
Marmites a cultural thing.

My theory is you have to feed it to kids from a young age.

I didn't like Vegemite as a kid. Kiwi vs Aussie thing.
Got older and realized didn't like either one.

Marmite UK vs Marmite NZ vs Promite (Aussie) by someone who's developed a taste for Vegemite.

 
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rgoodbb

Adventurer
Marmites a cultural thing.

My theory is you have to feed it to kids from a young age.

I didn't like Vegemite as a kid. Kiwi vs Aussie thing.
Got older and realized didn't like either one.
I think you are right about the young age.

Just how strong is the rivalry down there?
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I think you are right about the young age.

Just how strong is the rivalry down there?
Depends if it's rugby season or not. They'll sheep joke us year round.

Generally it's insult them casually a lot unless there's an American or UK person in the room then they're our best friends. Then it's ANZACs vs the world then CANZUK with America at the bottom mostly because they invented the wrong shaped football to kick around;)

Mostly it's all good, they'll rip on us, we'll rip on them both will rip on UK/USA.

Fairly safe if you're Canadian.

Kinda like on UK programs that mock France/Germany. It's like that.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
FWIW, found a place near(ish) me that sells both marmite & vegemite, so no need to try an international smuggling ring! Thanks, though, Z!
 

Zardnaar

Legend
FWIW, found a place near(ish) me that sells both marmite & vegemite, so no need to try an international smuggling ring! Thanks, though, Z!
Lol you that brave?

Note there's two types of marmite. This is the NZ one.

Has the blue Sanitarium logo on it.
 



Zardnaar

Legend
Might be cheating but went out to a new place that opened just after lockdown.

Syrian place. No booze.

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Strawberry shake.

Starter.
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Baba ghounush with pita bread. Make your own sandwich.

And the main.
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Grilled lamb with more pita. Basically filled the wraps.
Everything was delicious, $14 USD for the lamb, starter and shake around $5.50.

Wife had the chicken shish.
 




Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
This sandwich is only SLIGHTLY unusual.

It’s a grilled cheese melt...but the cheeses are American, provolone, and smoked Gruyere, and the meat was prosciutto.

it was somewhere between a grilled ham & cheese and a grilled bacon & cheese. And that’s a good thing.

In my experience, grilled bacon & cheese sandwiches can have textural problems- too crunchy or too floppy- and if you’re unlucky, the bacon might try to escape in whole slices.

This sandwich had none of that going on. Instead, the texture was VERY like a ham & cheese melt. But the prosciutto’s more intense flavor was more like the bacon version of the sandwich.
 

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