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Delerium2… with a fun bottle to boot! (Check out the pink elephants!)  Delerium Tremens is a strong Belgium pale ale — 9% — brewed in Melle, Belgium, and imported to the U.S.  It’s crisp and citrusy like the popular Belgian white ale “Blue Moon” but less sweet and more potent.   My waiter at Brasserie Beck calls this his “catch up beer” — perfect for joining a group of friends who are already a few drinks down.  Turns out DT was also named “Best Beer in the World” in 1998 at the World Beer Championships in Chicago.

So, what’s the name mean?  Delerium Tremens is Latin for “trembling madness.”

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There’s truly no cuisine like New Orleans cuisine. And if you ever watch Emeril — or saw this season of Top Chef — you know that it holds a special place in American culture. In honor of Mardi Gras last week and to satiate a craving, my dad prepared the spicy and savory Louisiana classic: Barbecue Shrimp over white rice.  The butter sauce is rich and flavorful — a blend of garlic, southern beer, worcestershire sauce, thyme, lemon juice, black pepper, and, of course, red Louisiana hot pepper sauce.

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Served over white rice and a hunk of crusty French bread, this is definitely a filling meal.  We also enjoyed these potato pancakes on the side — perfect with an extra dash of hot sauce or a dunk in the barbecue shirmp juices.

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Sake Bar Hage, W 49th St., New York, NY

Sake Bar Hagi, 152 W 49th St., New York, NY

My dad and brother have raved about this place for years. It’s been written up in the New York Times as a “critics pick.” And tonight, I finally experienced it for myself!

It truly is a slice of the Ginza transplanted to West 49th Street in NYC. The food is Japanese “bar food” at its finest. We certainly made a feast of it, and had several rounds of drinks, for under $100. That’s a deal by NY standards.

Ice cold draft Sapporo

Ice cold draft Sapporo

Over cold, draft Sapporo beer and dry, cold sake, we started with two rounds of sashimi, a plate of oshinko (Japanese pickles), and some Japanese cucumber slices with mayo and bean curd.

Yellowtail sashimi

Yellowtail sashimi

Then we moved to a selection of grilled skewers — chicken meatballs, chicken thighs, bacon-wrapped asparagus, and ginko nuts — all topped with a squeeze of lemon and pinch of salt. We also gave the chicken wings a try.

Skewered grilled meats

Skewered grilled meats

Grilled chicken wings

Grilled chicken wings

We finished by sharing this stir-fry/saute of pork, cabbage, and bean sprouts in a light miso sauce. Delicious!

Pork, cabbage, bean sprout and miso

Pork, cabbage, bean sprout and miso

Nothing fancy at Sake Bar Hage, but it definitely lived up to all the hype. Off Times Square and West 49th, it’s down in the basement on the south side of the street before 6th Ave.

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Yesterday was a quintessential midwestern Fourth of July. The weather could not have been better: sunny, low humidity and temps in the 80s. And for our pre-fireworks picnic, mom cooked up a classic American feast of fried chicken, side salads and ice cold watermelon. 

We spent several hours outside on the patio, just enjoying conversation and time together with family. Sadie, the dog, mingled playfully underfoot, trying to elicit a game of fetch; she even enjoyed the dripping beer froth from beneath the screen-top table. 

She is a lucky girl it seems, living in a home that doubles as a brewery. And judging by her eagerness towards the frothy stuff, I’m sure it wasn’t the first time Sadie savored the summery Klosch brew. My stepsister and her boyfriend have certainly become connoisseurs of homemade beer, and I always look forward to tasting their latest label.

Cold beer was the perfect accompaniment to mom’s incredible buttermilk fried chicken, fresh pea salad with radishes and feta, quinoa salad with fresh corn, tomatoes, black beans and cilantro, fresh bread and sweet seedless watermelon. (Recipes to follow!)

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