Friday, July 10, 2015

Boom Town


A bit of provocative street art from the bustling blocks of Ballard Avenue. On an abandoned building across the street from the Hotel Ballard and Stoneburner. To me, it says Amazon is wrecking/changing the face of the city, yet it remains veiled in the fleeting beauty of a pretty pin-up girl. The vibrance is alluring, but the dramatic changes could prove destructive. What does it say to you?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Bricks

The other weekend, I was strolling down an alley in Montlake with my friend, Casey and our respective kids. As I looked to my right, I spotted these bricks - part of an exposed and well-aged retaining wall. I'm not sure why I was so taken by these bricks. Partly their unique shape, partly the way the light was hitting them, and partly the newness of the little green bits foliage sprouting from something so visibly old. I quickly snapped a photo, and we continued on our way to the park. As I look at this shot, I think, man, I like these bricks.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

PRhyme

It's been a while, but I wanted to let you all know about the incredible show I saw at The Crocodile just last Friday. Some local cats opened, a kid from Brooklyn held it down with fantastic breath control and some great punch lines, and then a couple of authentic hip hop practitioners took the stage. DJ Premier & Royce the 5'9" have worked together in the past, and now have recorded an album together, and are touring to support said album. Together they are "PRhyme." And as this dynamic duo, they share a philosophy and reverence for purity, and bring that to their music - and to the stage. Primo flexed his muscles on the wheels of steel, while Royce paced the stage like a panther, spitting to a sold out crowd. The best part was my cousin and I brought along his 14 year old son, who has a budding interest in hip hop, and was excited to take in his first live show. As far as fist shows go, this was a heck of a maiden voyage.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Somm

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

Coffee Table Candy

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

Matt's is Where it's At

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.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Your Next Book

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.