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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

 
Jun. 29, 2010 9:01 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 1:36 am
I streamed the US vs. Ghana game on futbol.univision.com. Broadcast in spanish, of course, by two very fast-talking announcers. Of the handful of words I understood, two were "Mick Jagger" and three more were "the Rolling Stones."   It's probably only a coincidence that… MORE
 
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Jun. 14, 2010 9:27 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2010 4:30 am
The other day I saw a young couple walking their cats. Two people, each with a leash, each leash with an unhappy cat at one end, each cat being yanked across the street. Not cool, hipsters. The poor cats couldn't have looked more humiliated had they been shorn like poodles or dressed up… MORE
 
 
Jun. 1, 2010 9:07 pm 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2010 7:15 am
I confirmed something last week: people aren't much interested in slides of the vacation.  Kind of a universal truth, that. A captive audience will, in fact, become openly hostile if, say, at the end of a work meeting, one that has already run long, you decide to present slides of the… MORE
 
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Rocks and sandy soils on Destiny Ridge
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Destiny Ridge, Horse Heaven Hills
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Vines and large boulders on Destiny Ridge
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May 24, 2010 7:53 pm 
Updated: May 25, 2010 12:10 pm
A simple project, really--caulking the bathroom tub. But I think I was doing a couple things wrong. For one, you should push it like a snowplow; I was pulling it like a locomotive.SLS walks into the bathroom, looks at the tub, and then at me. I'm covered in chalky caulk. I look like I'm made MORE
"...you make bathtime lots of fun."
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May 18, 2010 7:53 am 
Updated: May 22, 2010 9:53 am
I came this close to telling him I was allergic to shellfish. A lie, of course, but it seemed the only way out. One peek inside his secluded wine-tasting room, hidden behind a stand of golden wildflowers at the bottom of a narrow and winding homemade asphalt road, and it was clear: Mr. M was… MORE
 
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it's a long twisty road
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past the wine barrel graveyard
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May 10, 2010 7:12 pm 
Updated: May 12, 2010 6:01 am
It's true. Caesar was a glamper.I've been watching the HBO series, Rome, and it's all right there. Caesar in Gaul, glamping. Caesar in Hispania, glamping. More glamping in Britain. He glamps on his way to cross the Rubicon. He casts his die, presumably, from the comfort of his glamping… MORE
augustus also glamped
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Apr. 28, 2010 9:35 pm 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2010 8:55 pm
One thing about Gandhi: he did not mix a lot of cocktails. In particular, he did not mix many gin & tonics. But there were others, many other cocktails that he did not mix. Okay, full disclosure: I know next to nothing about Gandhi. And almost everything I do know about Gandhi I learned… MORE
chairman meow
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Apr. 16, 2010 9:20 pm 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2010 8:33 pm
Admittedly, I was more interested in this post when I thought the sandwich was called the Double Dare.  "What to pair with the double dare." It rhymes. If you haven't heard, the Double Down is KFC's new bun-less fried-chicken sandwich with bacon and cheese -- actually, it's a bacon and… MORE
 
 
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Apr. 12, 2010 7:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2010 1:35 pm
I'm so relieved. But how did I miss the headlines?"Manhattan Faces Bitter End.""Bitters Shortage Shakes up Cocktail World""Bitter Pill to Take"House of Angostura, maker of angostura bitters in Trinidad, was apparently engaged in a (excuse me) bitter dispute with the maker of those adorable… MORE
 
 
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Tags:  Drinks, Lifestyle, Wine
 
 
Apr. 3, 2010 6:02 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2010 6:16 am
YES! They are finally selling absinthe in tiny airplane bottles! Or they are in Seattle’s state-owned liquor stores, anyway -- and so I imagine they must be selling them everywhere else by now, too.Maybe this is not news to anyone. But I was thrilled. And to celebrate, I mixed MORE
Sazerac with Le Tourment Vert absinthe
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Seattle, Washington, USA

Member Since
May 2008

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Cooking Interests
Slow Cooking, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

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About Me
My wife and I and our two devilish kittens live on Capitol Hill in Seattle. A few years ago, I got a masters in gastronomy. I'm a food/wine writer. I’m also blogging about cocktails.
My favorite things to cook
We cook fairly simple dishes using fresh local ingredients that we pick up at the Seattle farmers market. My favorite thing is making a nice slow-braised or long-roasted something on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I like cooking with wine (in the dish and in the glass...and in the cook).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom never liked to cook, but she did well despite herself. Her mother, my omi, was from Munich and made delicious rouladen, sauerbraten and other traditional German and American dishes. Always bins and bins of home-baked cookies at Christmas. Wonderful rye bread. And beer. Opa would say, "Brotzeit ist die beste zeit."
My cooking triumphs
We’ve made the signature timpano dish from The Big Night a couple times. And for Thanksgiving 2007, we made Turducken. My wife and I are always volunteering to cook the big holiday meals with the family. We mix a signature cocktail, and get down to it.
My cooking tragedies
I made Thanksgiving Dinner for myself once when I was snowed-in in Denver. I nearly burned down the neighborhood.
 
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