Monday, November 23, 2009

See's Candies - Derby Street Shoppes - Hingham, Massachusetts

Chocolate lovers on Massachusetts' South Shore will be happy to hear of See's Candies newest location: the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham.

This store is one of the company's seasonal locations, open now through December 26th. Although there is no chocolate counter to choose your favorites, all the prepackaged chocolates are shipped fresh and taste great.

The See's employees were very excited during my visit, handing out free samples and talking about their favorite candies. The location is small and will likely be packed this Christmas season, so be sure to beat the crowds.

94 Derby Street, Hingham Mass.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


The first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts. On a recent trip, I noticed at the small gift "shoppe" a kitchen towel with a recipe for flip, a hearty beverage we can assume militia members were consuming the night of April 18, 1775, a few hours before English regulars engaged them near the town meeting house.

The recipe called for:

- 14 oz. of ale
- 2 oz. of rum
- 1 tbsp. of molasses
- one whole egg, or two tbsp. of cream

The ingredients were to be mixed together, and a red-hot loggerhead was to be applied to heat the mixture.

In recreating this piece of history, I used one 12 oz. bottle of homebrewed stout and kept the other ingredients the same. I also substituted a small cookpot and the stove for the loggerhead. I mixed all the ingredients and whisked to integrate the egg, before warming the flip over low heat for a few mintues. Alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, so I was careful to not lose the beverage's potency to evaporation.

The flip was warm, sweet, sharp, and thick, with a noticeable alcohol bite from the rum. While the depth of the flavor may be improved with some wintry spices like nutmeg or cinnamon, these four ingredients are enough to keep you warm all winter long.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

St. Peter's Sorgham Beer

The latest purchase from the beer and wine store included a bottle of St. Peter's Sorgham Beer. To drive the point home, beneath the name on the label were the words "beer made from sorghum." Years back I did try Redbridge, Anheuser-Busch's attempt at a sorghum beer, and walked away unimpressed. I hoped for better result with St. Peter's.

This beer poured a warm yellow-orange, with very little foam, similar in appearance to a flat ginger ale. The aroma alluded to a hint of apple sweetness.

This beer was not just crisp, but actually dry. Slight fruit and floral tastes accented the cleanliness of the lager. However, the lack of carbonation made for a flat drinking experience -- the accent tastes didn't have a great opportunity to shine.

Overall, this was much better than Redbridge, but still did not live up to its potential. I believe a little more fizziness is key for this beer to show off the strong flavor profile hinted by its aroma.