As you may know, I'm more of a cocktail guy. It's not that I don't like wine, I just don't know that much about it. I can tell the reds from the whites, but that's about where my knowledge leaves off. What I do love is a well done subculuture documentary - and I found one in "Somm." This film is about the hardest test you've never heard of (big up to T. Price), and follows four individuals as they put their lives on hold to study for, and test to join the ranks of Master Sommelier, a distinction held by only 200 people on our planet. You can't write characters like these, and that's why documentaries will always amaze and inspire me. Check out the trailer on YouTube and/or the full feature on Netflix Instant. And then pour yourself a glass of wine.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Earlier this Summer, a very kind client gave me a terrific book. Even though he is a newer client, through the nature of our conversation and his keen insight, he knew this book would be perfect for me. And, he was right on. The book is called The Bar Book by Portland's own, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, and if you have any interest in stepping up your cocktail game, I suggest you have a look. Yes, it has a handful of delicious cocktail recipes, but it is much more about technique, and the wonderful blend of art and science.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I like it so much I've already been twice. First, with the crew from the shop, during which we had a fabulous time sampling all sort of goodness off the outstanding menu. Second visit was with my man, Mike B for a little cocktail recon, and I think I've found my new favorite drink..... Doctor Boggs: housemade pecan-infused bourbon, chicory syrup, bitters, and a nice big hunk of orange peel. The story is that Matt Lewis - of "Where Ya At, Matt" food truck fame - had so much success on the streets of Seattle that he decided to go brick & mortar. And, with that, in the vacant spot that used to house the Buckaroo Tavern at 42nd & Fremont, Roux was born. You will not be disappointed.
Monday, January 20, 2014
It was a cool night in 1994, and as I stepped out of RKCNDY with a with a few friends, I have to admit, I was in a bit of a daze. A good daze. As a long-time hip hop fan, I knew I had just witnessed something extraordinary. It was a rap group, but it was also a live band. And, because it was both of these things, it provided a foundation and an agility that I hadn't really seen on the live stage. The Roots are now easily recognized as the late night band for Jimmy Fallon, but it would be a shame to forget their humble Illadelph beginnings. Their unparalleled drummer, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson has documented much of it in a memoir titled "Mo' Meta Blues" and I highly recommend you give it a read.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
As you may (or may not) know, I'm a big fan of street art. Yes, it comes with all its inherent conflict, but for me, when done with class and conscious, it showcases true creativity and beauty. Case in point, a quick snap from a boarded up window on an abandoned house I spotted while on a Ballard walk with my wife. Love it or hate it, but have a look regardless........
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Yep, you guess it, "Ryan" came in for a haircut today. Walked out looking sharp as a tack. I'm a man of my word, so I have to honor my promise. It was good timing because I stumbled upon something a couple days before that I thought would be blog-worthy. I don't know how many of you follow "street art," but if you don't, let me introduce you to a British street artist named Banksy, who took the month of October to do an "artist in residency" in New York City. Now, street art is one of those delicate and controversial subjects that spawns many a debate. Is it art or is it vandalism? Are these folks geniuses or criminals? I, too am not free of the struggle of this complex dichotomy. I love to look at it, but I'm not sure I would like to have it show up on the side of my house. So, have a look, walk the fence, and regardless of which side you come down on, I think you'll find Bansky's NYC blog musings provocative.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Have I ever sung the praises of Monkey Bridge? Well, if I haven't, this is the sound of me clearing my throat. We just polished off a delicious Vietnamese dinner of fresh rolls, bahn mi, and chicken bun. The beauty of Monkey Bridge is that they have transported all the tastiness of 12th & Jackson right to the gateway of beautiful downtown Ballard. Great atmosphere for a sit down meal, but also an easy spot for take out. If you like what I'm singing, put it on your list of place to go.