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Saturday Sundaes: Try the Olive Oil Ice Cream at Sandy Oaks

Saturday Sundaes: Try the Olive Oil Ice Cream at Sandy Oaks

A new taste sensation: Sandy Oaks' Olive Oil Ice Cream

Deliciously confusing? Perhaps at first glance, but after one bite of an ice cream sundae, built to your specifications — you won’t care what day of the week it is.

Sandy Oaks has developed a signature Olive Oil Ice Cream, which makes this creamy treat different from other ice creams. You decide how to  gild the lily. Choose from fresh peaches with basil, balsamic strawberries, toasted almonds, Sandy Oaks dark chocolate sauce or their crunchy Gourmet Granola, developed by Sandy Oaks chef Cathy Tarasovic.  This is one Saturday you’re sure to remember for its sundae!

Saturday Sundaes at Sandy Oaks are Sept. 3 and 17, from noon – 2 p.m. $7.50 per person. Contact Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, in Elmendorf, at 210-621-0044. The olive orchard, gift shop, olive tree nursery and much more are at 25195 Mathis Road. Check here for more information.

 

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Beer of the Week: Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale

Beer of the Week: Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale

Smithwick’s (pronounced Smith’icks or Smiddicks, with the middle kept soft on the tongue) has been around since 1710. That doesn’t give it the right to call itself “superior.”

What does is the quality of the product. It truly is superior.

If all you know of Irish beer is Guinness or perhaps Harp, then you’re in for a treat with this exceptional brew.

Its color is reddish brown, and it is clear in the glass with a nice head. With one sniff, you’ll take in a heady mix of fruit, floral hops and a touch of caramel. The feel in the mouth is medium bodied, smooth and invigorating. The feel of the bubbles on your tongue make you wnat ot rach for another sip.

The flavors are a lively blend of fruity sweet (think peaches or apricots) and pleasantly bitter with a touch of roasted coffee toward the clean, dry finish.

If you want to pair it with food, Smithwick’s is great with rustic Irish or British fare, such as a plate of bangers and mash. Actually, any kind of mild sausage, from Italian sweet to German bratwurst, would work, too. So would Colcannon or cabbage by itself.

Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale is available at the Lion & Rose on tap, $5.75 for a 16-ounce glass, $7.25 for a 22-ounce pour. You can find a six-pack at specialty beer sections.

 

 

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