Friday, May 29, 2015

Pulp Fiction Cocktail, Ice Plant Bar, St. Augustine, Fla.

St. Augustine, Fla.--If you get a chance, drink the exotic, delicious cocktails at Ice Plant Bar. They use as much local ingredients as possible in their drinks. They also make ice with purified water that is free of air bubbles and impurities. This allows their drinks to be colder and the ice to last longer. 

Florida sourced Pulp Fiction cocktail, Ice Plant Bar, St. Augustine. Fla.
Copyright 2015 by Helen A . Locked
I got to taste their newly launched Pulp Fiction cocktail ($9) made with Florida kumquats, purple basil, lime, orange flower water and Novo Fogo cacha├ža.

It had a wonderful new rain earthy quality to it and tasted like an aromatic herb garden in a glass.

Ice Plant Bar hours are Tues.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun & Mon 11:30 a.m. to Midnight

They serve lunch Monday to Friday and dinner seven days a week. 

They are located at 110 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 829-6553

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hard Red Winter Wheat, Organic Methods, N.C.

Davidson, N.C.--Farmer Brad Hinkley grows wheat in North Carolina. He grows many other things at Coldwater Creek Farms but for the past few years he's been growing hard red winter wheat using organic practices. I interviewed him at the Davidson's Farmers Market in April.

Farmer Brad Hinkley with N.C. grown ground hard red winter wheat and grits,
Davidson Farmers Market, N.C.
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey
He used to be a certified organic farm so he knows what he is doing. He has 18-acres of wheat that up until recently he had ground at a local restaurant.

"I bought a mill to grind our wheat," he said with a broad smile that lit up his bearded face. He also grind grits.

If you want to try his products you can either go to the Saturday morning Farmers Market in Davidson, find a restaurant in Charlotte using his products or contact Hinkley at (828)406-0849.

He'll sell and ship them to you if you pay for them and shipping.

I think these grits could easily compete with Anson Mills Grits.