Review: Pirate Hat Stand

Rating: ★★★★★
Captain Jack’s Pirate Hats

Proving once again why he is amongst “The Enlightened”, Captain Jack’s Pirate Hats now offers the most wickedly perfect hatstand imaginable. If you’re at all like me, then one look at the picture above and you’re instantly salivating, knowing your life won’t be complete without one. All you need is reassurance that it’s all it appears.

So…. let me reassure you. This hat stand is top quality through and through. Not a single sign of plastic or shoddy craftsmanship – like Jack’s hats, it may as well have fallen into your lap from the 17th century. Not that you’d want it to – it’s deceptively heavy, which is good because it will stubbornly display your hat for all to see, defying nor’easterly winds and playful cat paw alike. Continue reading

Review: Spiced Butter Rum Marinade

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Spiced Butter Rum Marinade
by Shore Lunch

Really now, how could I see this on the supermarket shelf and NOT buy it? It’s made with rum and has a pirate on it, for cryin’ out loud! I slathered it all over my dinner that very night. Fortunately it was barbeque chicken night – had it been speghetti night things might have turned ugly. Sadly, the bottle is the best part of this marinade.

The flavor claims to be “rum butter,” but the butter was all I tasted. And butter just doesn’t seem like an appealing barbeque flavor. I was ready to write this stuff off, but then it was suggested I might try marinading corn on the cob with it next time around. Now there’s an idea! I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Review: Pirate’s Alley Rum Cakes

Rating: ★★★★☆
Pirate’s Alley Trading Company

Although experienced in rums, the vast world of rum-cakes is largely uncharted territory for me. So when Pirate’s Alley contacted me and offered to send “the finest rum cake on the planet,” it seemed a fine time to broaden my horizons. The cake, as chance would have it, arrived on my birthday, thus proving that Pirate’s Alley not only has fantastic cakes, but impeccable timing.

The cake arrived in a large tin with the company logo on it – a menacing jolly roger that let’s you know it was made by folks with piracey coursing through their veins. Opening the tin revealed a plastic-wrapped, donut-shaped pastry that smelled both rich and slightly nutty. Upon tasting, the cake itself is heavy and moist with a buttery-rum flavor that borders on creamy. Densley made, a small slice goes a long way – none of your crew should have to go hungry with one of these nearby. Never ones to do things the simple way, my own crew and I opted to sever up the cake and serve it with vanilla icecream and home-made caramel sauce, which proved to make for a fantastic (and wonderfully rummy) experience. Continue reading