Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What To Drink In Australia

By Patrick Daniels

There is an old Australian joke that goes a seven course Australian meal is a meat pie and a six pack of beer! Although Australians do love their beer they also enjoy the value of good wine. There are approximately 10,000 different Australian wines to choose from, alcoholic lemonade made from Australian lemon crops and another alcoholic drink made from rhubarb. Imported wines, beers and spirits are also available, but it is always suggested that you but Australian. Of course there are also a variety of non alcoholic drinks, for those of you who prefer not to drink or you are the designated driver for the evening.

White Wine: Australians first adapted table wine in the 1960's and 1970's. At first they prefer a sweet type of wine and later became found of the drier styles such as Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. A passion also began to evolve for wood matured wines, and today varieties such as Marsanne have become very popular.

Red Wine: Australia's benchmark red is Grange Hermitage, the creation of the late vintner Max Schubert in the 1950s.He preferred wines that required at least a decades cellaring. In contrast, Wolf Blass, a winemaker o the current style, championed the drink now approach with quickly maturing wines. Winemakers frequently blend wines from different districts and states. Lighter reds which may be served chilled have recently been introduced.

Beer: Most Australian beer is vat fermented real ale or lager, both consumed chilled. Full strength beer has an alcohol content of around 4.8 per centime strength beers have around 3.5 per cent, while light beers have less than 3 per cent. Traditionally heat sterilized, cold filtration is now becoming increasingly popular. Among the hundreds of fine lagers and stouts are James Boag and Cascade from Tasmania,Castlemain XXXX from Queensland ,Fosters and Victoria Bitter (VB) from Victoria ,Tooheys red and blue labels from New South Wales and Coopers Sparkling Ale (known locally as lunatic soup) from South Australia.Aficionados of real ale should seek out one of the pub breweries throughout Australia. Beer in Australia is ordered by the glass size or by the brand name.

Spirits: Australian distillers produce fine dark and white rums from Queenslands sugar cane plantations. The more notable labels are Bundaberg from the town of the same name and Beenleigh.Australia's grape vintage is also the basis of good value domestic brandies .Popular labels include St Agnes and Hardy's.

The one thing to remember is that it is okay to enjoy yourself but you must not drive after drinking EVER! Please designate someone as the driver for the evening or hire a car service. It's the only way to keep a happy and fun evening safe as well.

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