Every Friday afternoon is what has become known as Men in Sheds at work. Basically myself and the other two men at work gather in our groundsmans shed for a couple of beers and some banter. No these are not just megaswill beers, no not for us, we look for craft brews and beers from around the word to satisfy our palates. Last Friday was my turn and I took along a red ale, haven’t had one for ages and had forgotten how good they can be. The low hop profile combined with rich gentle red hues and a lightly balanced malt profile are a joy to drink. This got me thinking, time to brew and an Irish Red Ale was born…
We ventured out to for a wander around Maylands, there are a lot of new shops and restaurants in the area so a stroll was needed to check them out.
The area is undergoing a transformation and becoming quite interesting with a mix of businesses, both old and new. After wandering around we decided to try Chapels on Whatley for a late lunch. Being Mothers Day they were flatour, but after a few moments they did find us a table. The decor is inspired by Asia, mainly a Singaporean feel. The artefacts around the room are bright and colourful, many for sale as well.
The menu is a mix of Western and Eurasian cuisine, if you can’t find something here to try then you just aren’t looking hard enough. The wine list is quite good with many by the glass, they also have a fine range of local and imported beers and cider for Helen. We made our selections and sat and listed to a string duo playing mix of classics and modern music, very soothing it was too. The food is very good, I tried the Vietnamese Chicken Pho and it was excellent, a clear broth with poached chicken and flat noodles with chilli etc on the side. Helen had the Chicken Satay skewers, a large serve of chunky skewers with a very tasty house made satay sauce and gado gado salad.
If you’re in the area this is well worth a try, although as their website says I’d suggest booking if heading there on a weekend as it does get very busy.
So ignore the style on this one! this was more about using up some hops and grains, hence the name Odds & Ends! Have to say though it did smell quite good, remains to be seen now how the final brew winds up… Still have to say that brewing with the Braumeister is a great experience, no more remembering to switch pumps on or off or change valves, just set the PID controller and let it do its thing….
Watched The Cobbler last night.
Not a big fan of Adam Sandler’s comedies but like him in more serious roles.
This is a quirky film but worth a watch. A little slow to begin with but stick with it.
Imagine being able to walk in someone else’s shoes literally. The things you could do.