Fun out with friends
Oct 26, 2013 / 5:00 am
Being a foodie married to a chef, I do have a disadvantage if you can believe it. We have a tendency to eat our own food instead of going out on many occasions. But living in such a paradise it behooves us not to get out and enjoy the many places that offer unique and enjoyable experiences of their own.
Last week we wanted to go for a beer and a bite to eat with friends and it was easy to pick a place to do that. We went to Smack DAB, in The Manteo Resort, where they specialize in craft beers and interesting bites. It was interesting to note that the crowd filling the room was from all corners of the community - there were families with children, couples of many generations, guys out with friends, gals out for a girls' night ... everyone taking in the ambience and sipping and sampling the fare. It was very convivial and warm with the forno glowing in the corner and the twinkling lights of the city glistening over the lake.
I stepped away from my usual wine geek persona and chose a flight of beer. Thankfully the staff are very knowledgeable and the notes on the drink list are helpful so making my choices was painless. The flight came to the table on a nifty little wheel with matching letters to my list, and I got the list back so I could remember which beer was in what slot :)
S - Tin Whistle Peach Cream Ale (Penticton, BC) - well named! a delicate creamy peach flavour.
M - Fernie Brewing Big Caboose Red Ale (Fernie, BC) - butterscotch & citrus were the flavours I noted.
A - Firehall Brewery Stoked Ember Ale (Oliver, BC) - a slight smoky element & rich caramel notes.
C - Driftwood Fat Tug IPA (Victoria, BC) - an interesting combination of citrus & coriander.
K - Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA (Bend, OR) - the same citrus note, but with grassy undertones.
I ordered the Fish Tacones which were full of fresh flavours from the lime and cilantro aioli and the snapper. It went well with the IPAs (which stands for India Pale Ale, if you aren't a beer geek - a refreshing slightly lighter style of ale that was first brewed by the British for export to India to be enjoyed in the hot climate there). Martin had their Smokin' Beef Burger and it was finger-lickin' good, I can tell you; just the kind of messy deliciousness that I remember from my Dad's burgers on the grill. Our friends ordered pizza and the Braised Lamb Pasta, and both looked delectable. We didn't leave any leftovers, and we even ordered dessert. I was the odd man out with the Lemon Curd Tart (delightfully refreshing and beautiful on the plate) and the others ordered scoops of homemade ice cream. Their only complaint with it was that they couldn't reach the very bottom of the bowl to scoop out the last drips!
We all left with big smiles and full tummies. We'll be back there soon, and I will certainly look to try out the lakeside patio when our summer weather returns (in May, yahoo!).
Next on my list is the new venture by the team at Raudz Regional Table due to open any day now, finally, after waiting patiently for the many approvals and permits: Micro Bar - Bites . We have had fun food, tasty cocktails and great people watching at this hip downtown spot, so I look forward to trying that out again.
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