This might be a little weird, but, I hope, my motive is clear. I went to Caplansky's for lunch this week. Everything was fine. Mr. Caplansky came around to see if everything was ok.
I'm very interested in food and beverage pairings. And I've noticed the past few time that the beer I drink with the sandwich, never really works that great. My goal this time was to find a great pairing. In the past I've tried Guiness and Boddington's. The beer selection at the Monarch is, let's say, a little limited. This time I tried Stella, Root Beer, and Glenlivet, neat. Root beer overwhelmed the food. Scotch and smoked food is a pairing some people like, I've never really been convinced. It seems a little too strong for the food. Stella seemed to be the best out of all the beers. Its not like both flavours expanded in my mouth, but the beer didn't overwhelm the food and there was some balance. There is an Ontario smoked beer, Church Key Holy Smoke, which pairs amazingly well with smoked salmon. Its hard to get, but I imagine this would be a great pairing. Next time I go, I may sneak in some Lapsang Souchong tea and see how it works. Who knows what selection will be available at the new location.
Does anyone else have some ideas?