Sip Trips #129: In Transition

As the Sip Advisor began my first official week of parental leave, there was plenty of action… and we’re not even counting taking care of a baby full-time! Here’s what we got up to:

The Vancouver Whitecaps season opener took place on the first Sunday of March and the Sip Advisor was in attendance. The outing began with a stop at the beer garden outside BC Place stadium, where I bought a can of Stanley Park Day Trip Lager. This snapped my five-day dry streak, as I was hoping to lower my tolerance level for our upcoming Las Vegas getaway. Once inside the stadium, I picked up a 24oz serving of Postmark West Coast Pale Ale, which lasted me most of the contest.

A couple days later, I met Ma Sip for lunch at Mahony & Sons along the Downtown Vancouver waterfront. I really enjoyed my Fish & Chips meal, paired with a pint of Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale. With ordering this drink, I was entered into a draw for a trip to Ireland. This was a nice little bonus from the visit.

Fish & Chips Deal

Later that day, the Sip Alliance attended the Craft Beer Launch at Craft Beer Market. Tickets were only $5 (plus taxes) and featured 18 new menu items available to be sampled. All proceeds went to the YMCA Annual Campaign and I felt the event was well worth it, despite a couple hiccups.

The beers were mostly comprised of IPAs and sours, so if you weren’t into those two styles of beer, you were kind of out of luck. Among the brews, my favourites were the Boneyard Incredible Pulp, Ninkasi Juicy IPA, Beau’s Fulltime IPA, and Gigantic Imperial IPA. A cider, red wine and even gin could also be tried.

Aside from the beverages, a number of Craft’s appies were served, including BBQ Beer Can Chicken Sliders, Proscuitto Arugula Flatbreads, Wings, and Veggie Platters. Our group arrived close to the start of the event and staked out a spot near what became the food table. This was very fortunate, as whenever items were served, they didn’t last very long with the buzzards circling. Also, there was about an hour gap at one point where no food arrived.

Buzzard Loyalty

The biggest issue was that some of the company reps ran out of supplies before the three-hour event was halfway through. That left me wondering: “If these were the new products available at the restaurant, how could they possibly run out?” We were impressed to learn that the Whistler Brewing rep went across the street to Legacy Liquor Store to buy more beer when her stock dried up, while other servers gave out half glasses from the start, to make sure their wares lasted throughout. The woman running the Copper & Theory table was hands down the MVP of the night, serving brews right up to the end, which meant she was incredibly busy as the other tables closed up shop early.

The week ended with some shopping and new product discoveries. Ma Sip informed me of Mott’s Clamato Verde being in stores. I’m assuming the green mixer is available for St. Patrick’s Day Caesars, but can’t confirm as there’s no mention of the drink on the Mott’s website. The drink is tasty and interesting, reminding me of a green salsa-based beverage. I also came across Crown Royal Salted Caramel Whiskey, while perusing a BC Liquor Store. Given the release is of the limited edition variety and there was only one box left, I felt things were meant to be and I had to buy the treat for myself. I can’t wait to do some mixing with it when the opportunity arises.

Next up, Mrs. Sip and I (along with Baby Sip) will be in Las Vegas. You can expect at least a two-part Sip Trips upon our return home!


Snack Time #43 – Triscuit Nutmeg & Cinnamon Crackers

Mrs. Sip, one of the biggest cheese and crackers fans I’ve ever come across, recently picked up a box of this Triscuit Crackers product. Although initially hesitant, the Sip Alliance all enjoyed the snack after giving it a chance.

The Nutmeg & Cinnamon Crackers are good, with a nice mix of sweet and spice. Given their dessert nature, though, finding toppings for the cracker is a bit of a task. The box shows a cracker topped with sweet potato, apple and walnut, which is intriguing.

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Mrs. Sip and Cousin Sip went with a pomegranate-habanero jelly and aged white cheddar combo, which they devoured in short order. The limited edition release hit store shelves last month and should remain available through the holiday season.

Triscuit has put out a number of flavour variants in recent times, including Dill Sea Salt, Smoked Gouda and Roasted Garlic. I just don’t get as excited for crackers, as I do potato chips, but I do like Triscuits in general.

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Snack Time #41 – Lays BLT Potato Chips

The day has finally arrived when a BLT flavoured potato chip has been created, thanks to the fine folks at Lays Potato Chips. Why it took so long to dream up such an internationally recognized and beloved flavour, I don’t know.

These chips are fantastic. The bacon, tomato and light lettuce tastes are there, but I think what I love best about them is they managed to include the mayo finish you typically get when consuming a BLT. This really puts them over the edge in the delicious category.

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The BLT has always been one of my favourite sandwiches and my adoration of potato chips is well documented. Combining the two is like a dream come true. I only hope these aren’t just a limited edition flavour; however, sales may decide that.

To this day, I still weep that my suggested PB&J potato chip flavour was rejected by Lays because of nut allergy concerns. I believe they should make the product and those who have the allergy can choose to stay clear.

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Snack Time #16 – M&M’s Strawberry Nut

M&Ms are very good at routinely releasing different limited edition flavours and for the most part they pass the taste test. Mrs. Sip spotted this variation while we were recently in Las Vegas and I’m so glad she did.

The Strawberry Nut variety is delicious. The key is that the strawberry flavour is kept light and then you have the usual peanut and chocolate enjoyment that is typical from M&M’s Peanut products. The strawberry adds a touch of decadence.

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Coming in red, pink and green candy-coated shells, it’s taken great willpower for me to ration the little treats. I don’t know whether they’re available outside the US and how long they will remain on store shelves before disappearing.

This isn’t M&M’s first foray into strawberry fields (forever), as the company has also released Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberried Peanut Butter and plain ol’ Strawberry recipes. Keep em’ coming, guys!

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