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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hobby du Jour: Inky Amusement


Dip pens are the ultimate throwback for the modern writer. Dipping your nib in an inkwell can help you channel the great writers and icons. Ink-stained fingers, crisp paper, a fine point, this is how it was done. Presidential correspondence, scripts, scientific notes, all had to be written down using the ink and point.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Symphony in the Park


It's summertime and time to enjoy all the events your area has to offer.

Last night, I attended the Grant Park Music Festival's Haydn London Symphony. Fawzi Haimor conducted three lively orchestral pieces. He performed with such energy, I thought he'd fall off the platform more than once!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Drive through Tuscany

500 Touring Club
www.500touringclub.com


This past month Mr. K and I were on a return trip to Firenze, and I wanted to do something different. We are normally not an excursion/guided tour kind of couple. We like to do our own thing at our own pace. But we decided after reading the rave reviews to try out the sunset Fiat 500 tour with wine tasting. Even though with the publicity and the very polished website this was probably going to be a very commercial tour. But when else would you be able to get behind the wheel of a classic Fiat 500L?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Stefan's Indian Ale (Maisel & Friends)


I'm going back to the basics with this beer notes post. A 5-hour layover hurts less when you're in the fatherland of beer. I passed on the liter of lager for this nod to the English IPA.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: It's clear gold with a frothy white head with a thick layer that sticks around for the full sitting. It leaves moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is more floral than expected for an English -style brew. The orange comes through in the smell.

Taste: Pithy, pithy, juicy orange. That pithiness brings it into the IPA category. The thick may gives it nice body and makes the bitterness fade nicely.

From the bottle:
Inspirierend und exotisch. Überrascht mit Zitrus-noten und floralem Touch. Im Abgang Anklänge von Waldhonig und karamellisiertem  Malz. Eine Reise durch die Welt der Aromen.