Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pic(k) of the Week: Two for Lunch

Potato Soup and Mushrooms

What was for lunch, for two, at Columbia Firehouse Restaurant, in Alexandria, Virginia, on 5 October 2010?

This was.

In the foreground:

  • Potato Leek Soup (vegetable stock)
    with Yukon Gold potatoes & truffled leeks.
  • Roasted oyster mushrooms.
  • Pint of draught Small Craft Warning Uber Pils.
In the background:
  • Kettle of Maine mussels, in a broth of coconut milk, curry, lemongrass, and cilantro.
  • House-cut French fries, and extra bread for 'sopping.'
I like the interplay of afternoon sunlight and shadow around the food in the photo; I, and my lunch partner, liked the food on the table.


  • "Uber Pils" is a neologism for a hoppy pale strong lager (the hops: Germand, Czech, and American). Risking style police approbation, one might say a hoppy helles bock. The beer, 7% alcohol-by-volume, is brewed by the Heavy Seas Brewery of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virgina— I sell the beers of Heavy Seas.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as subject. Commercial use requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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