Peking-a-Boo House

Peking House is our go to restaurant when our company goes out and we are hankering Asian food. We have even catered it in for a few events. Peking House has been suffering recently with the addition of a new parking structure just North of the restaurant. It has been a mess for months, making the restaurant hard to access and parking a pain. I have heard rumors they may close, albeit temporarily while they are under fire.

The restaurant is kind of nice, with a lazy susan style table, where food can be shared and passed easily. Meals start with Chinese crackers and a sweet, sour and spicy dip, which is pretty decent. Eggs rolls are ok, not my favorite, and usually brought with spilled (and very hot) Asian mustard. The wonton soup is good, but comparable to most Chinese restaurants in the area. Good, but nothing special.  I personally find their food just, well, meh. My coworkers rave about the chicken with string beans and black beam sauce, but I have not tried.  The dishes I have tried fall into the mediocre category.

Peking House is one of those places you will go to, may go again, but won’t rave about nor will you feel compelled to tell all your friends. Go there if you are nearby, but don;t go out of your way for.

Back to Sedona

Ah, back a Sedona Taphouse. I already told you about  the ambiance, the taps, the beer, the menu. Read HERE.

Did I mention That your sides are blues or greens? I had to ask what that was. Your choices are blue corn chips, or a green mixed side salad. OK, so that makes sense!!

I met up with a friend of mine, Mary, and Sedona Taphouse was a nice mid point to meet, and Mary had never been. You have to watch this place those, the menu is odd. The food is on the front page of the menu, and the back page looks like just wine and cocktails, but look carefully, and there is also more food in the bottom corner.  Under the martinis and dessert, lies small plates and sandwiches. That is where I found what I would be ordering that night. I opted for the Prime Rib Sandwich. Typically, I shy away from french dips, or steak sandwiches of any kind because they are usually tough and gristly. This sandwich however did not disappoint. Ordered sans mushrooms, the sandwich came with caramelized onions, fontina cheese, horseradish sauce on an artisan roll and served with natural au jus. Choice of blues or greens, I got greens. I think my only complaint here is the lack of fries, or dare I say tots? LOL. The food is good, ambiance pleasant and waitstaff friendly and efficient.

My flight:

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Stout Scotland – Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout, abv 7.4% – This English Stout is dark, very dark and complex with hints of oak, chocolate and vanilla. Feel is light for a stout beer.

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Brew – NY Imperial Stout – abv 11.5% – An American Double/Imperial Stout. The commercial description is “The Roman Empire had a certain “je ne sais quoi” – festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen – that’s still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient – keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.” This beer is strong, with overtones of almond, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Has a boozy edge to it, with a whiskey like kick. A good sipping beer but to heavy and too boozy to drink to much of.

Greenbush Brewing Company Jeeze O’ Petes – MI – Dry Irish Stout abv 10.5% – Another chocolaty yummy beer (do you sense a trend?) with a smooth texture and minimal carbonation. Dark and drinkable. Like a good after dinner Irish Coffee.

Paw Paw Rye Anna – MI Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout** abv 7% – Stone Brewing Company’s Milk/Sweet Stout. The “Rye” barrel aging didn’t really come through on this beer, and had some cherry undertones I did not care for. Yep, definitely too much cherry for me.

**this beer is now retired

 

 

 

I Did Not Shake My Shake!

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Shake Chocolate Porter is brewed by the Boulder Beer Company. I had the pleasure to try this beer and will order out any chance I get.

This beer, with a fairly low 5.9% abv is dark and aromatic, with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and caramels.  This beer uses chocolate wheat as well as cacao nibs in their brewing process to make a very creamy smooth mouth feel.  This beer is brewed year round and has won the silver medal in the 2015 US Open Beer Championship  and the Gold metal in the 2014 World Beer Cup – Chocolate Beer category.