Hear Ye, Hear Ye – More Than Turkey Legs at Ren Faire

Summertime for my family usually includes at least one trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. With opening day right around the corner (Saturday, July 11th), I thought I’d share some bellytimber methinks thou shalt golp during ye olde carousing of the Renaissance Faire.
If you are looking for gluten-free (GF) and vegetarian (V) options, Shehadeh may be the place for you (close to the mud pit).

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From falafel (GF, V) to yellow rice (GF, V) to homemade baklava (GF, V), the Shehadeh has many Mediterranean specialty dishes as well as fruit juices.

Near the Globe Stage is where you’ll find the famous turkey legs.

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You can get turkey legs with BBQ sauce, but this is another gluten-free option if you get a sauce-less leg. Pulled pork sandwiches and steamed artichokes (V) with butter are also served at this eatery.
In the mood for Shepherd’s Pie? Look for this building near the turkey leg stand –

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You can also get sausage calzones, spinach calzones (V), iced coffee/cappuccino and gelato here – great for cooling off if the weather is stifling.

One of my favorite stops, the tempura stand, is also in this area.

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Shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura (V) and onion strings (V) can be found here along with some sweet treats – grilled pineapple (V) and ice cream crepes (V).
The area surrounding Lord Mayor’s Forum Stage also has plenty of goodies.  Look for this building for pork ribs, grilled chicken skewers and cheese fritters (V).

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I cannot stress this enough – the cheese fritters are delicious!
In that same area, you can also find curly fries (V), jalapeño poppers (V), beignets (V) and coconut shrimp at this stand.

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Close to the Midsummer Stage, you’ll find steak on a stake, pretzel dogs and baked potatoes (V)

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And don’t forget about the corn (V)…

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There’s also a lot of fun drinks available, including Bob Chin’s Mai Tais (woohoo!), at the various taverns located throughout the faire grounds (Pig & Whistle shown).

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Whether you’re going to fill your tummy or just to people watch (doing both at the same time is the best!), heading to the Ren Faire always makes for a great day.  Mayhaps, I shall seeth ye thither (yeah… I don’t know how to talk like that).  🙂

Five Drinks Your Grandma May Have Tossed Back

Retro drinks have been making a comeback for a while now – they’re usually pretty stiff and likely to have a great name. Whether you’re planning a theme party or just looking for a new favorite, here’s a list of some of my favorite old-timey drinks.

THE MONKEY GLAND (I told you these had great names) –

If you were a man in 1920s who needed a little *coughcough* “help” in the bedroom, you might go visit Dr. Serge Voronoff. Obviously Dr. Voronoff couldn’t offer you a script for Viagra.  Instead (yes, this is a true story!), the good doctor would implant thin slices of a chimp’s testicles into the patient’s scrotum. So popular was this “treatment”, a drink boasting the same “vitality” was born.

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1 1/2 ounces gin

1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon grenadine

1 teaspoon absinthe

Since Absinthe may be difficult to find, another anise-flavored liquor, such as Herbsaint, Pernod or Richard,  will do.


Named to poke fun at the 18th Amendment when, alcohol wasn’t just illegal on American soil; it was also a no-no a certain distance off the coast as well. So, if you wanted to throw a party, you got a boat and headed three miles out (the law was later changed to 12 miles and a new cocktail, 12 Mile Limit, was born).

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1 ounce white rum

1/2 ounce brandy

1/2 ounce grenadine

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

Garnish with a lemon twist


I can’t think of too many drinks named after sporting figures – Harvey Wallbanger maybe, although that drink was around years before the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers picked up the nickname “Harvey’s Wallbanger’s”.  So why someone would chose to name a drink after an early 20th century French Olympic fencer, I have no idea. But they did, and I’m glad.

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1 ounce gin

1/2 ounce Campari

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce dry vermouth


A popular actress in the very beginning of Hollywood “scene”, Mary Pickford was a tiny, blonde star of silent movies. This drink has great potential of becoming my favorite summertime beverage.

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2 ounces light rum

2 ounces pineapple juice

1 teaspoon grenadine

1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice


The Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 as a way to drum up business for vodka.  Popular perception at that time was that vodka was mainly a Russian product. If you order this and it’s not served in a copper mug, they’re doing it wrong!

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1/2 ounce lime juice

2 ounces vodka

4-6 ounces ginger beer

Garnish with a lime wedge

Do you have any favorite drinks from long ago? Let me know. I’m very willing to compile a list, do another tasting and report my results. 🙂