February 21, 2017

Cocktail Talk: The Third Man

http://www.easyreaders.eu/media/115489/978-87-23-90103-3.jpgI recently re-read (for the, oh, let’s say, fourth time) Graham Greene’s classic short post-WW-II Vienna thriller The Third Man. It was written specifically to be made into the (possibly) more classic movie of the same name, and is entirely worthwhile. And a quick read, too, as it both keeps you on the edge of your reading chair or couch – as you, along with the amazingly-named Rollo Martins, unravel the mystery of Harry Lime – and because as mentioned, it’s short. It also has a couple of neat bar scenes. I especially like the description below.

After he left me, Martins went straight off to drink himself silly. He chose the Oriental to do it in, the dreary smoky little night club that stands behind a sham Eastern façade. The same semi-nude photographs on the stairs, the same half-drunk Americans at the bar, the same bad wine and extraordinary gins – he might have been in any third-rate night haunt in any other shabby capital of a shabby Europe.

– Graham Greene, The Third Man

January 10, 2017

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

Well, the holidays have passed, and I of all people know how busy they can get. Which means that maybe you’ve missed some of my recent blog posts for the swell Seattle magazine. No problem! You can read them now. Make a resolution of it. Oh, a couple of these are gift posts, in the holiday way, but you know, people deserve gifts all the year round. So, still relevant. I swear!

•    Seattle Bartenders Talk Holiday Drinks
•    Cocktail Lover’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Local Edition
•    Cocktail Lover’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Local Edition
•    Three Impressions of Cursed Oak

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

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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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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June 28, 2016

G&T Evolution at Seattle’s Naka

Hello G&T lovers! It seems this summer stalwart is having yet another moment in the sun, as every bar and their bar’s mom are talking about how they have the finest types of gin mixed with the finest types of tonics and more variations than you could count. However! One of the actually finest G&T programs is at Seattle’s fresh Naka (the bar, not the restaurant, which is also fresh, and really, they’re connected, so who’s pulling hairs? Not me), where I recently went, had their newest G&T, talked to energetic and awesome bar star Nic Virrey, and then wrote about it in a Seattle magazine article you should read right now. Thank me later!

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