Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Amazing NOSH!
The beginning of another season, the start of something great and all full of delicious tastes!
Our first Albany Nosh Tour of the season began yesterday afternoon. And yes...it was the best. Beginning as always with a sweet, the black licorice caramels from Victorian Chocolates were delicious as always. Kelly does an awesome job in Lebanon at his chocolate shop. Belgium chocolate with Oregon ingredients makes a great combination.
After a sweet, we begin our tastes with Sybaris and yet again...Matt has truly outdone himself. I still can't remember exactly what it was called because he lost me at "fried pig ears!" Whatever it was, our nosh guests loved it. Raving about the food is kind of the point of the tour but the fact that we get to meat the chefs the restauranteurs and their staff, makes the tour!
Chad at Cappies really stepped out of his comfort zone and prepared something so tasty that people kept asking tons of questions about what it was. Thin slices of beef, braised and served with a few mashers and a mouthwatering reduction so tasty that we were wishing for more.
Novak's of course...as always the best Hungarian taste in the entire state. Serving their famous Chicken Paprikash and of course a sweet. Very sweet indeed and so was the visit from mama and papa Novak.
Oh then there is Calapooia Brewing Co. Wow...what can we say...what a fun ride. Their Class V Burgers, the Reubens that go perfectly with their tots and fries and that beer...well, let me just tell you, all that delicious bar food and beer makes the brewery tour even more fun. Paul...thanks as always...you make us smile!
Taste of Italy/Pizza King is probably our most amazing stop. Many people are unaware at just how much talent is in this pizza parlor. But, when our tour guests experience Ruby, her cooking, her cooking classes and then to taste her delicious Minestrone Soup fresh from her new COOKBOOK, amazing!
Did you know about Brewster's in N. Albany? They have the best drink in town! Their Brewster's Punch is so good that you drink it down so fast before you realize just what you did. And, by then...it hits you like a basket of homemade potato chips served with ranch dressing. Yeah...those are pretty darn tasty too! Thanks Stacey and as always...supurb!
The perfect ending...Boccherini's! Russian cookies made by Matt's sioux chef in cookie molds right from Russia. Delicious little bites and they went perfectly with the Allann Bros. coffee served with them. A special blend for Boccherini's, delicious bites and the end of another very nice ride.
Sweet nosh dreams, lots of photos, smiles, full bellies and our guests asking when the next tour begins. Well...it's April 30th and only have 16 seats left!
Thanks again to ALL of our chefs, restauranteurs, wait staff, tour guides and organizers. Can't wait to do it again!