In 2006 Oprah announced her “favorite things” and millions of people (mostly women) went wild. If Oprah loves it, we’ve got to have it. Clearly I’m not Oprah. But I do experiment in the kitchen with alarming frequency and am always looking for interesting and out of the ordinary ingredients. This monthly column features my favorite food trends, gadgets, ingredients and restaurants in the hopes that you dear reader will be inspired to try something new in the kitchen. Check out previous lists here and here.
The Pegu Club
At one point the farthest outpost of government in the British Empire was the Secretariat in Rangon, (now called Yangon) Burma (now called Myanmar). Today it is a beautiful crumbling relic of red brick and yellow stone, empty after half a century of neglect. Not far from the Secretariat is another ramshackle building which is a shell of its former self: the Pegu Club. Once the social epicenter of the British colonial overlords, it is now completely falling apart. Esquire provides an excellent history of the club of and its legacy drink here. You can order a Pegu club almost anywhere in the world and I suggest you do. It’s a refreshing cocktail of gin, orange curacao, lime juice and bitters but perhaps the most authentic version is a few blocks away from the former Pegu Club in downtown Yangon at the Strand Hotel. The next time you’re about to order a gin and tonic, try a Pegu Club instead.
This sour as fuck beer originally from Germany is likely to make your lips pucker. A strong pungent lemon flavor is overwhelming at first but after a few sips it becomes pleasant and refreshing. I’m late to the gose trend but it seems like this beer is popping up on taps all over Brooklyn. A particularly delicious gose is called “To Øl Gose To Hollywood” which you can find at Budin. It’s 3.8% alcohol by volume so drink it like orange juice.