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Beer of the Year

As per Tiffany’s suggestion I’ll do a list of my favorite beers of the year. Clearly this is going to be limited by what I’ve tried and my lack of brewing knowledge. Next year I promise to do better since I’m going to use craft brewers as my PhD pitch (holla!).

Beers I loved in 2012

1. Narwhal – Sierra Nevada

An imperial stout, so not for the faint of heart. I love the chocolate-y texture and taste that completely washes over me when I drink this. Unlike other stouts, this doesn’t leave as much of a bitter/acidic taste afterwards. I think this is available at Whole Foods, so if you get your hands on it try it as a float because I can imagine it would be perfection.

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Slather this on everything I eat. Seriously.


I always find new reasons to love Trader Joe’s each time I browse its mouthwatering aisles. They’ve got me salivating like Pavlov’s dog just writing about it.

I stumbled upon this cilantro salad dressing in the area close to the salad stuff. I decided to give it a try since it had an appealing green color to it. Another plus was it said it was reduced fat, which makes my lard ass rejoice.

When I got home, with enough delicious food to feed a harem, I made a burrito and used this dressing to give it a kick. The amazingly fresh taste of cilantro gave it a perfect zing. Yeah, you may not want to kiss someone after chowing down on it, but its effects are like mint, quickly permeating every region of your mouth with delicious flavor.

The creamy, smooth dressing isn’t overwhelming and doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste. It’s a pleasant, crisp aftertaste that leaves you meditating on the spectacular food you jut consumed. I recommend it for people looking for a way to kick up their salads, burritos and anything in between. I could even see it as a zesty dipping sauce for onion rings or fries.

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