News and notes from the San Antonio food scene
I first drank Smithwick's in 1997, during my honeymoon in Ireland. What a revelation: Its weight fluttered between Harp and Guinness, and it arrived in a pint glass with a creamy, white head that left a mustache on my upper lip like milk. With a crisp, clean finish, Smithwick's (pronounced Smith-icks) was the beer über alles, and like most quality consumables, you couldn't buy it in America. I had my second pint in Toronto in 1999, and it's been downhill ever since - until last week at Lion and Rose.
As part of a new line of beers, the English-style pub received its first Smithwick's keg on March 11. Brewed by Guinness, Smithwick's has been available in select U.S. markets since March 2004.
Lion and Rose has also begun carrying Murphy's and the full Chimay lineup of the red, white, and blue labels, which is not to be confused with Red White & Blue beer.
By Lisa Sorg
The lovely Legume
Beto's, 8142 Broadway, is donating a portion of its sales on March 30 from 5-9 p.m. to the San Antonio State School Volunteer Services Council. A non-profit organization, the VSC raises money for SASS events and projects, including the memorial garden and wheelchair-accessible vans.
Koffee Kup, 1025 Donaldson, is offering wi-fi for $1.50 for the first hour. Subsequent hours are 75 cents or free with a purchase.
March is National Peanut Month, and in celebration of George Washington Carver's 300 uses for the peanut, here are five uses of our own:
5. Use peanut butter to get chewing gum out of hair. And if it doesn't work, leave the peanut butter in your hair and no one will even notice the gum.
4. Substitute peanut butter for shaving cream like former Senator Barry Goldwater once did on a camping trip.
3. Bait your mousetraps with peanut butter; mice actually prefer it over cheese.
2. Peanut butter is rumored to get scratches out of CDs. Creamy not chunky.
1. Boost your local economy: Texas is the country's second-largest producer of peanuts, producing enough to make 9 billion peanut butter sandwiches a year.