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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

 
Mar. 8, 2009 4:15 pm 
Updated: Mar. 14, 2009 11:11 pm
And then in the remote out-of-the-way spots of the desert, you will probably meet a gypsy. She doesn't technically need to be a gypsy --  I don't even know what a gypsy is technically  -- but you will likely recognize her when you see her. And when you have a drink with this gypsy or with… MORE
gypsy lamp, somewhere near death valley
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salty playa, desolate hills
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the FNCC moving through the mojave
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Feb. 25, 2009 11:30 am 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2009 3:52 pm
The Shoshone called this little slice of heaven “Ground on Fire” (tomesha). A bone-dry wash called Furnace Creek cuts along the base of the Funeral Mountains. Elsewhere, Devil's Hole, Last Chance Canyon, Ash Meadows, Dante’s View, and Badwater are other place names that don’t entirely entice.… MORE
Live! From Death Valley, by John Soennichsen
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Death Valley dunes
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Feb. 20, 2009 5:06 pm 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2009 1:30 pm
Like I told SLS, I’m no doctor. I scribble my phony prescriptions in white chalk on a blackboard in the hallway alongside little cartoon scratchings of birds and piñatas. My advice is highly suspect. Still, I stand by my theory that the brandy Sidecar is the long sought-after cure for… MORE
The Rx
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ouch
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Feb. 12, 2009 9:41 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2009 5:56 pm
Of all the rotten things to remind myself about. It occurs to me that last year about this time I was vacationing in Paris. We’d rented a tiny apartment in Montmartre, and although it was just about the greatest couple of weeks in the history of great weeks, when the time came to head back… MORE
Ingrid & I
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squawk93's delicious champagne cocktail
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Feb. 10, 2009 9:01 am 
Updated: Feb. 12, 2009 1:10 pm
Violet_spy left a very nice comment in an earlier blog entry with a request for some cocktail ideas for Valentine’s Day.  I have a couple quick ideas and then a themed list below.  The Negroni.  And the Cosmopolitan.  Both are red in the glass. They come at… MORE
 
 
Feb. 7, 2009 1:23 pm 
Updated: Feb. 12, 2009 2:09 pm
Warning: Do not attempt to complete this quiz while stone-cold sober! Answers will be provided in the comments field in the very near future. Enjoy responsibly.  To answer the first 6 questions, please match the spirit (first group) with the appropriate cocktail (the second group).… MORE
school's in session
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Feb. 4, 2009 11:43 am 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009 11:41 am
I can’t seem to find any details about what specific cocktails President Obama served at his White House cocktail party last weekend. My guess is that since the drinks were on the house (the White House), you could get pretty much any dang cocktail you wanted.  It’s not like he had… MORE
 
 
Feb. 1, 2009 3:05 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2009 3:01 pm
The Ramos Gin Fizz.* It’s the cocktail that drinks like a meal. But first, it mixes up like a chisel class at the gym. See, the trick to not screwing up this cocktail is to shake it until you just can’t shake it any more. And then…shake it some more. The reason for all this aggressive… MORE
foamy gin fizz
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negroni cocktail
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foamy
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Jan. 29, 2009 2:33 pm 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2009 2:42 pm
There’s just no place for deception here at the Friday Night Cocktail Club. I realize that. It’s why I never secretly mix a rogue ingredient (in this case, raw egg whites) into someone’s cocktail if I suspect she might be grossed out by it. I can understand the allure of… MORE
incredible, edible
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Jan. 26, 2009 11:53 am 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2009 12:06 pm
Something came up Friday afternoon that kept me from revisiting the Cocktail a la Louisiane (my recently discovered new favorite cocktail) and sent me down a path toward rum instead.    The something was a reference to a tragicomic molasses-related disaster that struck the North… MORE
the brown derby cocktail: dark rum, lime juice, maple syrup
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Home Town
Seattle, Washington, USA

Member Since
May 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

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

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Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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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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