Guinness Cupcakes

guiness cupcakes

Made with Guiness Double Stout, topped with Mascarpone Whipped cream frosting.

– CP


Road Trip Munchies (Part 1.5): Portland Alchy

Alright, I personally expected to drink a lot more in Portland than we did, but we actually kept it pretty minimal. Went to Deschutes “public house” brewery for dinner the first night. We got the beer sampler with 6 different beers.


Thanks to our wonderful beer-snob friend, Becca, we were educated enough in beer-ology to taste the beers in increasing order of IBU’s. AKA, we tasted the beers from least hoppy to most hoppy. This way, our palates wouldn’t be overwhelmed with hoppiness in the beginning and we would still be able to taste each following beer.

I personally favored the Hop Henge and Rise IPA (yes, I’m an IPA girl). Hop Henge had a very fruity aroma and taste to it alongside with some hefty hoppiness. Rise IPA was much less hoppy and had a strong caramel aroma and taste to it with a good body. The Human Sacrifice Imperial Stout (brewed in honor of the Mayan end of the world) was also quite good, but I’m not much of a stout drinker so just a couple sips was good enough for me. We ended up getting a huge growler of it though to bring home to Becca, who thoroughly appreciated it.

We also got some of their food at the brewery, including an Obsidian Stout mac & cheese, pear & goat cheese pizza (our fav) and a salad with hoppy dressing. ALl of it VERY good, and obviously delicious when paired with the beer.

The next morning, while we were actually waiting an hour and a half for our table at Tasty N Sons (see next post!), we went next door to get oyster shots!


(Photo credit to Freddierick John Photography :])

Okay, it honestly wasn’t our intention to drink at 11am, but it happened. In my defense, I thought their “oyster shots” were going to consist of a raw oyster drizzled with some sauce that contained a tad bit of alcohol…I didn’t know it was literally a shot of alcohol with an oyster at the bottom. I’m not alcoholic, I promise.

Either way, it was quite an experience. I chose the shot with chili infused bourbon with lemon. Others got shots with chili-infused vodka or tequila. It was savory and pretty spicy, but also a little confusing…we weren’t sure whether to chew the oysters or just swallow them whole. That’s okay though–they made for a YOLO moment on our trip haha.

Stay tuned for part 2 🙂

– CP



Pubcakes is the perfect marriage between two of my loves: beer and cupcakes. Becca (who was interviewed in a previous foodcult post at Cafe Calabria) found this place by watching their “Sh*t beer geeks say” video.  It’s cute little bakery & cafe started up by a bunch of beer geeks who love to bake. They came up with the ingenious idea of making cupcakes with BEER! pubcakes

The one on the left is the “Super Pretzel”, which consists of a chocolate cake made from a Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout, peanut butter, buttercream and a chocolate shell. The one on the right is the “Stoned Portzilla” which is baked with a Stone Smoked Porter, coffee ganache, and caramelized coconut on top. The Super Preztel was a little sweet for me, but my friend who loves peanut butter loved it. The Stoned Portzilla, however, seemed to be everyone’s favorite. I’m not usually a huge fan of coconut shavings, but the caramelized coconut top on this one was so good, adding a great texture to it. On top of that, the cake was super moist. I couldn’t particularly taste the beer that much, since I’ve never had the Stone Smoked Porter before, but Becca, with her refined beer snob pallet, picked up on a lot of the flavors from the beer. At $3.50 a cupcake, this place, without question, beats Sprinkles cupcakes anyday. 

– CP


Beer-marinated steak and kale with Sam. We used Guiness black lager for the marinade with lemon juice, caramelized onions, garlic, brown sugar and olive oil along with a salt and pepper rub. Baked @ 500 degrees in the oven for about 6-7 min each side and it came out perfectly medium rare. Enjoyed this meal with the rest of our Guiness. One of the manliest meals ever. It was just missing some mashed potatoes and a violent action movie 😉 Next time… -CP


San Francisco Adventures (Part 2)

After resting at some random dimsum to-go place, we trekked back over towards Market, and walked what seemed like 50 blocks in 20 minutes—even making our way through the tenderloin district after the sun had set (aka not a good idea). All this was to make it to Sightglass, another legit coffee place we wanted to check out. If my phone wasn’t almost dead I would have taken pictures of the interior since it was so nice. High ceilings, 2nd floor seating overlooking the 1st floor, and lots of nice wood. They also had a cool coffee roaster and two really nice espresso machines, one of which is called the Slayer. According to a friend, it’s a hand-built machine that costs about $20,000. When I asked our barista what’s so special about it, however, she just replied “It’s just a really awesome machine”…thank you very much.


Ordered a cappuccino. It was just alright. The first sip was ridiculously bitter but afterwards it was a little better. I tried some of Esther and Becca’s pour-over coffee and it was too watery and too fruity. I watched the barista do the pour-over and it wasn’t very professional. She poured all the water at once and walked away as the coffee dripped through resulting in a watered down cup of coffee vs. pouring the water slowly and evenly like the barista at Four Barrel resulting in a coffee with a good body. Sad to say that we were all disappointed with this place 😦

Afterwards we headed back to the tenderloin for some good ol’ soul food at Farmer Brown.

jambalaya farmer brown

Thomas and I shared the shrimp and chicken jambalaya. It was definitely the best jambalaya I’ve had. Most other places drench it in a bunch of tomato sauce but this wasn’t at all and was packed with a lot of flavor and spice. I also got to try a bit of their meatloaf with sweet mashed potatoes and a carrot and kale salad. So. Good. Needless to say, by the end of the meal we were a bunch of happy campers.


And last but not least, we took the BART back over to west Oakland to go to The Trappist, the #1 beer bar in California and ranked #17 in the world. Becca knew one of the bartenders, Ray, so we got to try a bunch of different beers. They have a lot of interesting ones…including stouts made with hot chilis adding significant spice, to those that taste yogurty and fruity. I’ve discovered I’m more into darker beers, and ended up sharing the Gouden Carolus Noel (which also happened to be their strongest one) with Tom.

the trappist

Served in a glass with a golden rim…I felt so classy. It had a slight smell and taste of licorice and went down real smooth. I’m pretty sure now that I’ve only tried good beer first, if someone tried to feed me a budweiser or coors light, I would gag.

I’d say that was a pretty successful trip to the city. Excited to go back again and explore more places!

Peace out

– CP