Friday, June 25, 2021


Mead, often referred to as honey wine, is an alcoholic drink made by the fermentation of honey. Mead is, in all likelihood, the oldest alcoholic beverage known to mankind. Before agricultural techniques were developed, humans were traditionally hunters and gatherers. After gathering honey from the hive, the natural yeast and high moisture content would cause the honey to ferment, producing mead. It is no wonder mead is often referred to as ‘the nectar of the gods', as its appearance seemed miraculous. 

The term "honeymoon" has been associated with drinking mead during the month-long celebration following a wedding in pagan times. In addition to the health-giving properties of honey; mead was thought by the Romans to lengthen life and possess unique healing qualities. The ancient Nordic people considered the drinking of mead as the most important aspect of daily life. Legends of great mead halls, feasts, and celebrations abound in the cultural histories of present-day countries of this area. 

Mead (Honey Wine) is the oldest art of fermentation. Consumed by all, from kings to peasants, mead has gained a reputation as a giver of life, wisdom, courage and strength down through the ages. The traditional drinking vessel for mead is called a mazer and was generally bowl-shaped, made of wood and often inlaid with silver. 

Melomel: Mead made with fruit added 

Braggot (or Bracket) Mead made with malted grain (usually barley) 

Hydromel: This is the term for a weak or watered down mead 

Pyment: This is mead made with grape or grape juice added. This is also the term for a grape wine that has honey added to it. 

Cyser - A mead made with apples or apple juice 

Metheglin: A mead made with added spices - often considered to have medicinal traits. Some common spices are cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves 

Rhodomel : An ancient Roman term for a mead made with rose petals 

Sack Mead: A mead with a very high honey content. It has a high density and is often sweeter than typical meads. This can be thought of as a dessert wine of meads. 

Show Mead: This is a term that has come to define a plain mead with no spices or fruits added. 

Short Mead : (Also referred to as a quick mead) this is a mead that is made in a fashion so it matures quickly. Short meads are often very similar to ales. 

Great Mead: Kind of like the opposite of a Short Mead. This mead is designed to be bottled and aged for several years. 

Sparkling Mead: A carbonated mead much like a sparkling wine. This is usually achieved by adding a small amount of honey or sugar just before bottling. This causes a small secondary ferment while in the bottle that will elevate the pressure and sweetness. 

Morat: A Melomel made from Mulberries 

Hippocras: A Pyment to which spices have been added 

Omphacomel: mead made with verjuice which is the juice of unripened grapes. This is often considered to be a type of pyment. 

Oxymel - Made with wine vinegar 

Acerglyn - Mead made with maple syrup 

Bochet - refers to a mead that was made with the honey caramelized or burned before it is added to the water. Creates several different flavours including toffee, chocolate or marshmallow. 

Capsicumel - Flavoured with chili pepper 

Black Mead - Made with Black Currants 

Mulled Mead - This refers to a mead that is heated before drinking. Typically it has spices for flavouring. 

Chouchen - which is a French Brittany mead... which sometimes contains apple juice: 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021


A Glorious Day in Vancouver.

Barbara and I meet with four of our closest friends to visit the Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Afterwards, we were booked at the Cactus Clubs across the plaza.

The exhibition was truly amazing. Barbara and the gang took hundreds of photos as we watched the artistic displays. It was memorizing, What a talented artist!

We stayed until our old legs wore out on us as it was still too early for our reservation at the Cactus Club we settled in at the Lot185 cafe in the Centre. Where we were greeted like King and Queens the service was an exception. We drank a couple of rounds of BC wine from Mission Hill. Good time!

We can strongly recommend the fine hospital of Lot185. The chef was johnny on the spot when a glass of water (No one dares spill good wine) knocked over. Barbara received a small shower. We all laughed although the chef was more concerned that everyone was okay. 

We now walked across the Jack Poole Plaza to the restaurant.

We were amazed at the size of the outdoor patio and how busy the restaurant was. It was perfect on such a sunny warm day. Sadly we had made our reservation when it was raining and we were inside. The hostess overhears our comments about how nice it would be to be outside. She informed us a table was available on the patio. Now that hospitality!

Our server was charming and we all settled in with a drink as we studied the menu.

Two friends went for a shrimp pasta dish, two others for the Pepper Steak. Barbara had her favourite the Rocket  Salad and I had the Jack Daniel Ribs.  A most enjoyable diner with plenty of laughs.

A perfect day in the heart of Vancouver.

Did I mention we all had a Peanut Butter Crunch for dessert?