31 March 2008

Chicken liver souvlaki

Lately we've heard quite a bit about Serbia (and the newly independent Kosovo), and while there are quite a few interesting things to write about it on political terms, that's for another blog altogether... Here, I'll focus on the the food, the drink, the parties. Let's go to the photos. Exhibit A:
I don't remember where this one was taken, but if you drop me off near the parliament in Belgrade, I'm sure I'll find it. I ordered what seemed to be a simple dish, but did not expect the Serbian proportions: no less than 10 chicken livers, each wrapped in bacon, cooked on skewers, with a balsamic sauce. Fear not, the livers had their accompaniment of vegetables, not the side salad I eventually ordered, but the little bowl of chopped fresh onion, naked, no sauce. Garanteed to make anyone the popular guy/gal on the dance floor afterwards. The truth actually is that the onion was pretty tame compared to the appetizer of roasted garlic to go with the cornbread muffins (easily top 3 cornbread I've ever eaten--but i have to admit i've never been to southern USA).

25 March 2008

Einbecker Ur-Bock

I've noted before that all in all, I sometimes tend to shy away from German beers. Not that they're bad at all, I just prefer the crispness and hoppiness and bitterness of, e.g., ESBs and IPAs. That being said, Einbecker Ur-Bock (currently on draught at Milltown) is a lovely beer - sweet-but-not-too, more hops than many, and very nicely malty. A good bockbier - apparently Rogue Dead Guy was based on this.