Domestic (Ostrich) Disappointment

A few years ago I traveled to South Africa.  In addition to having some of the best wine in the world, I enjoyed some of the best meat I’ve ever had.  One of my two favorites was Ostrich.  It was so lean and had a very unique flavor.  So when I got home I searched and searched.  You can occasionally… find it, but for a price.

I was recently able to get some.  Cheaper than before.  Ok, it was $40/lb. They sell it in 8 oz. packages for $19.99. Yes, GULP!   And it was ground, so we were making burgers.  My rationale on buying this stuff. You go to a restaurant and spend $10-$15 for a (beef) burger.  You buy the Ostrich, it’s $10 a burger and it’s good, healthy unique meat.  Then you serve your own good wine with it. That’s cheaper, or can be so, than wine per glass in a restaurant (which you wouldn’t likely order with a burger anyway in a restaurant) and get healthy sides vs. fries.  Perfect rationale, right?  You also don’t have to include tax and tip.

So it was purchased, we grilled.  Served it with kale chips and one of the great Trader Joe’s grain blends…oh and an amazing red!  Took a bite of the Ostrich meat. Really, that’s not what I had in South Africa.  I know it’s farm raised here and I was beyond disappointed.  But, you learn by trying and it was worth the experience.  To the next taste test.





I have a great side job of working wine and beer tastings.  You know when you walk into a wine store and get free wine or beer samples?  I’m one of the people who stands behind the table.  Talk about a great job.  I get paid to learn about, drink and advocate this stuff!

So I had to do a training recently about Goose Island‘s newest ‘campaign’ — the Sofie-Mosa.  It uses their relatively well-known Sofie Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale and OJ.  Hmmm.  Where did they get that name?  I tried it after the training.  That stuff is pretty darn good.  And, think about the ABV on beer vs. bubbly…about half.  Sofie is 6.5%.  I’m not advocating going crazy, but you’re not going to get as tipsy having the Sofie-Mosa.

So you can make this great drink 50/50 of each ingredient or do the ratio of your choice.  Definitely give it a try.