Wednesdays are for mulberries and (homemade) gin

When Pictory launched a theme focused food extremes, I asked my friend Tracy if I could follow her around with a camera on a food adventure. The challenge:

“Share your captioned photos of still-wriggling octopus, radioactive energy drink, grandma’s traditional pickled vegetables, your aunt’s raw vegan concoctions, or whatever it is that makes you think again before digging in.”

First up: foraging for mulberries. Okay, it’s not quite the same as a live octopus, but it is illegal—when you trespass to find the honey hole, that is. These little morsels are easily overlooked, but Tracy promises that once you’ve found a few trees to pick, you’ll notice them all over. (And Tracy doesn’t let the fallen berries go to waste—she’ll eat those straight off the side of the road)

Fresh berry supply in hand, we ventured back to my office to meet up with…well, let’s just call him E. An experienced brewer of craft beer, E brought a sampling from his latest experiment: gin. And once he convinced us that we wouldn’t go blind, we imbibed. (Note: I’ve had homemade alcohol before, but not like this—it was impressive.) We tried it straight, then with fresh lime and tonic.

E also shared some of his beer creations, and brought a bottle of fernet to chase everything down. Thanks for sharing, E!

And that’s Round 1. For the next leg of the adventure, we’re talking about a raw beef Armenian sandwich, or colostrum from the nearby raw dairy. I’m still not sold on that last one…

6 Responses to “Wednesdays are for mulberries and (homemade) gin”

  1. Tari Pie
    June 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    I’ve had the chocolate colostrum from Organic Pastures. Pretty darn good.
    Did you try the Kitfo at Lucy’s Lair? Maybe you could watch them prepare that.

    PS. I, too, love mulberries and am very jealous.

    • james
      June 13, 2011 at 1:07 am #

      Good to know, Tari – chocolate sounds like a nice transition ingredient.

      I don’t remember Lucy’s serving us raw beef, but we’ll add that to the list of future explorations. I’m still a little nervous about the fact that it’s ground!

      And don’t be jealous – I know a great spot for picking mulberries 🙂

      • Tari Pie
        June 13, 2011 at 2:23 am #

        You may want to try the Gored Gored instead. It’s raw cubed beef tossed with spiced butter.

        And I WILL hit you up for mulberries – maybe a trade for some of my blackberries?

  2. Mike Torosian
    June 11, 2011 at 12:14 am #

    For the raw beef Armenian sandwich is it Keyma that you’re trying?

    • james
      June 13, 2011 at 1:07 am #

      I’m not sure if that’s the name, but maybe – have you had it? You should join us!

  3. Mike Torosian
    June 13, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Ya I’ve had it, it’s very good.

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