VOM FASS- a worldwide tasting room.
A extraordinary tasting room of gourmet items and epicures like no other we’ve ever encountered. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted by the knowledgable and friendly staff. Shoppers are teamed up with a staffer for a very personal tasting experience. With choices of oils, vinegars, spirits & liqueurs, absinthe, grappa, cognac, brandy, and whiskey, whew…where to begin? We spent a good hour tasting and sipping things foreign to our taste buds and reveled in our new discoveries. A few unusual items included: coffee infused olive oil, fig chili balsamic vinegar, lavender liqueur, and an interesting presentation with absinthe. We procured a bottle of Ginger Sesame Oil to cook up something special when we return home.
VOM FASS is German for “from the cask” and have 200 locations around the world, with 21 locations in the U.S. If you should encounter one, indulge yourself in something special.
A tasty life,
Eric and Lori
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey, that matters, in the end. ” Ernest Hemingway
Inspired by Papa Hemingway, and it’s not Key West, but The Villages in Florida. Hemingway’s, at the Havana Country Club is a place of fine food and incredible libations. In a quest to find the perfect “Bloody Mary” in a place where alcoholic beverages run rampant, our search is over. Thanks to an incredible staff of bartenders, but one in particular stands out among the rest…Whitney. From the moment we met her she was engaging, intellectual, and most importantly…kind. With an affinity for art, culture, and history, she exhibits a spirit for mixology that entertains and captivates her guests.
In a place with 60 restaurants to chose from, Hemingway’s keeps us coming back with an incredible menu and staff. We’ve found the “MacDaddy” of Bloody Mary’s along with our new favorite appetizer, Lavash!
I think Ernest Hemingway said it best….“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
Among the Village People,
Eric and Lori
There is more than sweltering temperatures in Florida, there is hot coffee! Held at the Eisenhower recreation center, and sponsored by the local Starbucks in Lake Sumpter, this coffee tasting was informative, fun, and delicious.
The Starbucks coffee masters presented two arabica coffees, a blonde and a dark roast. First, we examined the coffee beans to see the difference in color and smell between a light roast vs a dark roast. Using a French Press, our coffee masters brewed the blonde blend giving attendees a sampling with a pairing of a fruit cobbler. We were instructed to slurp, swish, and sip our coffee sample, keeping core coffee characteristics in mind: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor. Then we tried the pairing of cobbler with the next sip. Wow, what an awakening to the taste buds…the buttery oats and fruit was evident. We used the same method with the dark roast paired with chocolate and caramel…mmmm, chocolate never tasted so good.
The Starbucks staff did a fabulous job schooling us on the topic of great coffee!
Eric and Lori