Ice getting you down in this armpit of a month called February? Let your icy creative juices flow with Hello Luvvy’s Melinda Acewicz by making some “flower ice.” Don’t forget, part of being an excellent bar tender is treating every drink as a piece of art. Luckily Acewicz has you covered on an upgrade for your personal bar – “This ice will step up your cocktail game. It’s not jut about tasting good, it’s about looking good.”
What is better than beer and cold, icy weather? Beer in the spring. Thankfully, Arkansas knows how to pair the two. The folks at Flyway Brewing posted on their blog this week about some key dates for this outdoor festival goodness. This means a trip up to NWA with samples of their brand new Magdalene Tripel and Free Range Brown Ale for the Home Grown Brewhaw. To catch the Brewhaw, head to the Chancellor Hotel on March 1st in Fayetteville. Also on the horizon is Central Arkansas’s 18th annual Beer and Foam Fest. This year head on down to Dickey-Stephens on March 5th. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for May 30th for the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival.
Perhaps you’d rather listen to your beer news, than read it? Little Rock Foodcast’s Steve Shuler shared a podcast this week focusing on Blue Canoe Brewing, a nano-brewery located in Little Rock’s River Market. Shuler focuses on “how they started brewing beer together, why they decided opening a brewery was a good idea,” among other topics with the Blue Canoe team.
Not to focus solely on beer, but Arkansas Beer Scene uploaded a video of the collaboration between Moody Brews and Apple Blossom Brewing for their Earl Grey ESB. Check it out … and then head to Flying Saucer Little Rock to taste some before they run out.
Back to food. Looking towards the weekend, Sync Weekly reminds food truck lovers of the first ever West Little Rock Food Truck Meet. At Chenal point on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can expect “food from local trucks, live music and vendors.”
Also, if you are in Hot Springs, pay homage to the oldest bar in Arkansas by visiting the Ohio Club. Eat Arkansas’s Louis Williams discusses why visiting is a treat. Built in 1905, that alone should be enough to fuel a visit, but as Williams says, “Walk in, see the pictures, check out the building, hear the stories — but let the food keep you there.”
Perhaps you’re farther North than Hot Springs? Kat Robinson on Tie Dye Travels this week suggests eating at the Sweet-n-Savory Café in Eureka Springs. Not quite a year old, the restaurant “serves up breakfasts and lunches at a reasonable price.” Biscuits, sausage gravy, pancakes, and seafood crepes … sound delicious? And that’s only breakfast. Robinson agrees – “ Go eat. And then tell your friends.”
That’s it for this week in food blogs. Do you know of any interesting blogs I left out? Send me a line.