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Dec. 18, 2011 8:17 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2011 9:13 am
Stenciled on the window were three words. "Eat/Sleep/Whiskey." Encouraged, we pushed on through the door into Longman & Eagle at Logan Square in Chicago. Eat. Sleep. Whiskey. As a friend noted: "That list is out of order, but otherwise it sounds like the best hotel in the world." And it… MORE
longman & eagle
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Sep. 5, 2011 4:41 pm 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2011 2:40 pm
I was not expecting cocktails. Earlier, when we first stepped into the lobby of the sleek, spare Modern Hotel in Boise, it's fair to say that my impression was running more toward complementary continental breakfast than finely crafted cocktails. Mornings and early afternoons, you see, the… MORE
cocktails at the modern
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May 2, 2011 1:20 pm 
Updated: May 3, 2011 6:48 pm
How can it be May already? This year has a disturbing velocity behind it. Also, for the last couple weeks or so the temperature in Seattle has been in the upper 40s, occasionally pinky toe-ing its way up into the low 50s. Always dark and rainy, it’s had the gloomy feel of mid-winter. Today,… MORE
Kim R, a real photographer, took this photo
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Apr. 12, 2011 7:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2011 8:37 am
When you have something to say, and you don’t want the robots catching wind of it, you do what any sensible person would do. You gather together some loud-mouthed friends, pour a few cocktails, turn up the music ever-so-slightly, and drown your subversive (to robots!) chatter in a sea of… MORE
caution: this is *not* your drinking buddy
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Apr. 3, 2011 1:39 pm 
Updated: Apr. 5, 2011 8:29 am
The most underappreciated ingredient in cocktails would have to be ice. Typically it doesn't merit a mention in cocktail recipes, except as an off-hand aside in the directions: “shake over ice.” But there’s an old (mostly forgotten) adage about the necessary building blocks of a cocktail:… MORE
Ice for cocktails
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Feb. 21, 2011 4:27 pm 
Updated: Feb. 24, 2011 12:57 pm
Well, I'm fixin’ to have me a rye whiskey, & remembering something Herbert Hoover said about cocktail time: “It’s the pause between the errors and trials of the day and the hopes of the night.” So true, Herbert. Every evening after work at the Department of Commerce, Hoover would… MORE
My favorite rye whi$key
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Feb. 11, 2011 5:16 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2011 10:57 am
I opened a bottle of wine last night that was like a perfect Valentine to the senses. It was the 2008 Firehouse Red from Tamarack Cellars in Walla Walla, WA. The first thing that struck me was its ridiculous perfume! If you have a big, oversized tulip-shaped wine glass, I’d drink it from… MORE
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Jan. 26, 2011 9:55 am 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2011 9:20 am
In honor of Allrecipes' brand new menus feature! Here's a complete meal made up of the food I find in misheard lyrics. Let me know if you have any to add! Main Course “’Fools,’ said I, ‘You do not know, silence like a casserole.’” --Simon and Garfunkle, “The Sounds of Silence”   Side… MORE
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Jan. 26, 2011 8:35 am 
Updated: Feb. 5, 2011 9:20 am
There have been some good wine stories in the news lately. The first was from a few weeks ago. Archeologists, working in an Armenian cave, discovered a winery that dates back some 6,000 years. It's the oldest winemaking operation ever found --complete with wine press and areas for stomping… MORE
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Jan. 2, 2011 3:54 pm 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2011 7:41 am
It's good news, bad news in New Mexico. The good: our airline has us confirmed on the flight out of Albuquerque. The bad: the flight doesn't actually exist, and it hasn't existed for 6 months. We are booked on a phantom flight. So we are in a pickle--or this being New Mexico, more like a… MORE
Love Apple, before the storm
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chilly chiles
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hot tub companion
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taking off the chill
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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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