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December 21, 2008

Best Caipirinha in Bellingham, WA

Filed under: Bellingham Restaurants — Tags: — Bellinghamster @ 10:30 pm

A lovely drink = Brazil.

It is made with cachaca: pronounced kah-SHAH-sah.


Adapted from Cafe Atlantico, Washington

2 limes each cut lengthwise into eighths; 4 tablespoons superfine sugar; 8 ounces cachaca

1. Place four lime pieces in a 9-ounce rocks glass and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. With a wooden spoon, muddle lime and sugar for about 30 seconds to release oils in lime skin; do not crush lime.

2. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add 2 ounces cachaca. Cover with the lid of a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Serve in the same glass. Repeat to make 4 drinks.

This, my favorite drink, is vegan.

November 26, 2008

The Temple Bar, Bellingham WA

The Temple Bar has a laid back atmosphere with french kitchen work tables and mismatched chairs in two separate but adjoining rooms. Small curved bar in one room, live music stage in the other and attentive service. I like simple drinks. I am low maintenance, but with high standards. I ordered a caipirinha and a pot of herbal tea. My companion had a port. Simple enough. We added the pistachio bowl (served warm), took a seat by the window; we like views, any kind will do.

Port is no challenge; poured from a bottle. The caipirinha recipe was palatable, but not my favorite (my favorite was at Sensa which closed this year). I have provided another caipirinha recipe for comparison in a separate post. Try it , you may like it better…

The Temple Bar has become one of the good places to recharge in Bellingham. Live music, good drinks and a varied Italian menu: roasted garlic, salumi starters along with cheese, fruit or meat plates, salads and paninis.

I look forward to a Raindrop with my pot of herbal next time we steal out. Raindrop = blueberry stolichnaya, lemon, sugar rim.

PS Lots of vegan offerings, Wendy. Happy New Year! 11/26/08

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