December 6, 2016

Encircle the Ouroboros at Canlis

Canlis is one of Seattle’s restaurant gems, and I (and wife Nat of course!) recently got to stop in and sit at the re-designed bar and sip and chat with friendly bar manager James MacWilliams and bartender José Castillo. One of the sippers was the Ouroboros, a mezcal-based delicious drink that José came up with. Then, I got to write about the drink (including the recipe for it) and the place and the people for Seattle magazine. You should read about it now. Then head to Canlis yourself.

November 22, 2016

Cocktail Talk: You Can’t Live Forever, Part II

you-cant-live-foreverSee, I told you (in Part I) that I’d probably have a second quote from Hal Masur’s (aka Harold Q. Masur) lawyer-y pulp-y book from last century, You Can’t Live Forever. And here we are! Check out the below, and know that I can predict the future.

It was a nice quiet bar on a side street off Park Avenue, cool and dim and silken, a high-class oasis with retiring waiters and a hushed atmosphere. The chairs were softly pliant to make you comfortable and the pretzels crisp and dry to keep you thirsty. Enclosed booths ringed the room and smoke wove a gauze-like web that hung motionless in the still air.

We were on our third pair of Martinis and were calling each other by our first names. Conversation so far had been limited to that polite badinage used between two people on mutual fishing expeditions. I was in rare form.

— Hal Masur, You Can’t Live Forever

November 8, 2016

Fly the Eagle at The Nest

I, not too too long ago (in the grand scheme of things), traveled way up to the 13th floor of Seattle’s new-ish Thompson Hotel to check out The Nest, the bar that’s settled there, run by bar manager John Nugent, who also made me a drink called the Eagle. Pretty fitting for the pretty views, and tasty, too. And then I got to write about the whole thing in an article for Seattle magazine. You should check it out so you can fly the Eagle, too.

September 27, 2016

Fire and the Masa y Aceite at Bar Noroeste

One of the friendliest newish spots here in Seattle, Bar Noroeste knows how to heat things up – as you’ll see when ordering their Masa y Aceite, garnished with a corn stalk lit on fire at the table. That’s fun stuff! And I’ve had a few of them – for research, of course – made by bar manager Cara Stuber. But hey, why not go read about it in my Bar Noroeste Masa y Aceite article on Seattle magazine and get your flame on!

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September 6, 2016

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

Hey, guess what? I’ve written some fun and exciting (well, I think so!) items about booze, bars, and booze for the mighty Seattle magazine lately, and just in case you might have missed them (which would make me sad), I’m going to list them right here and now:

•    German Cocktails at Altstadt, Vote for Local Distillers and More
•    Three Impressions of Corvus & Co.
•    New Gin from Wildwood Spirits and More Distillery News
•    Super Chilly Summer Drinks in Seattle Bars
•    Three Impressions of The Nest

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August 30, 2016

Bringing the Corpse to New Life at Brimmer & Heeltap

While there are only two versions in circulation today (and really, only one in a big way), the Corpse Reviver family brings a, oh, fun-dead kind of excitement when it’s brought up. Such a great name! And a great idea. So much so that Nick Barkalow, the bar manager at Brimmer & Heeltap, a swell spot here in Seattle, you should stop by, recently made a Porch Reviver as a descendant of the Corpse Reviver family. And I recently was happy to write all about it for Seattle magazine. Read all about the Porch Reviver here.

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August 2, 2016

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

Well, it’s that bubbly time again, where I walk you through recent Seattle magazine pieces and posts that you may have missed (which would make me sad – maybe it would make you sad, too?). There is so much awesomeness going on here in the Emerald City bar and booze scene; it’d be a shame to not delve in a little deeper. So check out the below:

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July 12, 2016

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

Ballard's GraciaHello! I’ve been having lots of fun recently writing about booze, bars, and bumbling about for the Seattle magazine lately, and, well, cause I care about you (I do, really), and know you’re busy, what with the busy things, I figured I’d list out a few of the Seattle magazine things done in the near-ish past, so you can catch up. See, I do care. Read the below to see how much:

•    Prohibition Drink Picks for the New Smith Tower Bar
•    3 First Impressions of Gracia
•    Upcoming Festivals, Distillery News, and Ultimate Bartending
•    3 First Impressions of the No Bones Beach Club
•    3 First Impressions of Meet the Moon
•    Oliver’s 40th and Local Distillers Win Big

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