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Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco

The Mikkeller Bar here in San Francisco is always one of the first places I hit when I visit. And look, they got a spiffy new sign…

While their beer selection is tremendous, it really is their sausage I come for, all made in-house by Chef Mike O’Brien. Bar none the best sausage I’ve had outside of NYC. Today, I was thrilled to find chicken and fennel back on the menu…

Made with chicken thighs, the sausage has a wonderful texture and consistency and stays incredibly juicy…

I was also pleased to learn that Mike will soon be launching Mikkeller Sausage Co. to supply restaurants and home cooks around the Bay Area with his incredible encased meats!

And of course, I couldn’t go to Mikkeller and not have a beer…

A Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery, in this case!

The perfect pick-me-up after my long flight!

MIKKELLER BAR

34 Mason St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-984-0279

http://www.mikkellerbar.com/

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Tržnica Dolac, Zagreb, Croatia

Not much to explain here. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… scenes from a Croatian meat market!

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Tržnica Dolac is Croatia’s largest daily farmer’s market, taking place in an open plaza just up the stairs from Zagreb’s central square. However, what many people do not realize, including myself until this past trip, is that there’s a huge indoor meat market directly underneath it. I ventured inside last week and immediately wished I had rented an apartment with a fridge and kitchen so I could have shopped, cooked and eaten my way through all the treasures the butchers and artisans have to offer. Here’s a look…

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Love the axe on the butcher block in the back…

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Sausage…

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More sausage…

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And even more sausage! It just didn’t stop…

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Dried beef…

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There were plenty of trotters to be had…

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Čvarci, or deep fried bits of pork fat, are Croatia’s version of chicharron and were “in season”…

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If you do ever make it to Tržnica Dolac, I recommend finding this stand and seeing this woman…

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She’s from Slavonia, the part of Croatia known for its sausages and cured meats. She was friendly, spoke English, welcomed me in and let me try an little bit of everything at her stand. Like this krvavica, a cross between head cheese and blood sausage…

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There was also plenty of non-dried or cured animal parts for sale…

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But you just can’t escape the sausage…

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And while I did by some čvarci from the woman I told you about above, a much older Croatian woman had a line at her shop, selling a meatier but more crispy version…

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These were actually much better and a bag came back to my hotel with me…

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And on your way out of the market, there is of course the local wine merchant, selling it not just in bottles, but in any container you bring or want to buy…

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Meats of all kinds and homemade wine, now all you need is some good cheese… which is available in the dairy market just next door!

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I was having lunch at a sausage shop here in Zagreb the other day that’s famous for its fried fish (long story) when I noticed they had bear sausage on the menu. My buddy Esad said it was rare to find places that still sell it and if they had any, I should buy it. And indeed they had a few links left, so it went home with us.

We cooked it up this morning for breakfast and it was amazing! Moist with a nice chewiness, not too gamey, and not overly spiced, just some pepper, in order to showcase the natural flavor of the meat. I would eat it again in a second!

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Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen

As the first few days of our trip to Denmark were for the Copenhagen Beer Celebration, it only made sense we began our visit at the world-renowed Mikkeller beer bar. Here’s a look…

This is the original Mikkeller Bar, located in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen…

Down the craft beer rabbit hole we go…

Plenty of outdoor seating…

Beers 1-4 are brewed specifically for this location and are always on tap. Tap 5-20 changed almost daily and rotate between Mikkeller beers and guest breweries from all around the world…

Even if you’re not the biggest beer fan, they have something for everyone…

Mikkeller also offers beer-infused sausages they make themselves…

We went with malt and chili…

And yes, every customer who orders sausage gets their own knife, which gets dangerous the more you drink…

Here you can see how some of the kegs had changed when we came back later that day to meet friends…

The place fills up rather quick after 4pm…

Trust Mikkeller’s knowledgeable bartenders! They will walk you through their beers and help you find something you like…

Yes, Mikkeller gets a big thumbs up in my book as well. Definitely one of the best beer bars I’ve ever been too!

MIKKELLER BAR

Viktoriagade 8 

1655 Copenhagen

Denmark

+45-3331-0415

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There were too many good eats in Chicago last week, but one that still stands out in my mind was the “Dark Lord Hot Dog” I had at Dark Lord Day at 3 Floyds Brewing Co.! And it wasn’t even really a hot dog. This was a house made chipotle sausage topped with onions pickled in Zombie Dust beer, mustard infused with Dark Lord porter, herbed mayo and purple micro basil! PHENOMENAL!!

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Fresh Broccoli Rabe

While visiting my parents over the Easter weekend, my mom took me out to the garden to help pick broccoli rabe that had started coming in…

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I was surprised there was so much of it already, and turns out there were two kinds growing there. One was planted, which our neighbor Mr. Bassani had simply thrown out seeds for in hopes something would sprout, which you can differentiate by the bigger blossoms and longer leaves…

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The other was the wild variety, with rounder leaves and multiple blossoms…

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Both kinds went home with me and went into a pasta dish tonight…

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Fried up simply with garlic and olive oil, tossed over fusilli with Italian sausage…

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The first of many dishes I hope to make with vegetables we’ll be planting in the coming weeks!

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