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Jul. 23, 2009 1:33 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2009 6:06 pm
If you followed along with the “weird state liquor laws” post from a couple weeks ago, then you might recall that Pennsylvania was right up there among the wackiest of the whack. (Scroll down that post to read lovestohost’s comments about PA’s liquor laws.) Anyway, I raise PA again… MORE
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Jul. 8, 2009 4:33 pm 
Updated: Jul. 15, 2009 10:47 am
This post was supposed to be about the simple joys of sitting in the park on a beautiful day eating Korean taco-truck tacos and sipping cold, cold rosé champagne. But as it turns out, that’s a crime. The wine-in-the-park part, I mean, not the Korean tacos part, whose only crime is… MORE
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Jul. 1, 2009 3:34 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2011 9:05 pm
Rum? Madiera? Possibly. Or maybe George Washington would share a bottle of bordeaux with Thomas Jefferson, sipping as they stand around the Weber kettle flipping burgers and turning dogs. Of course, it’s also true that both Washington and Jefferson distilled whiskey. Perhaps they’d lift some… MORE
Jun. 26, 2009 4:41 pm 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2009 5:32 pm
The Friday Night Cocktail Club is hindered somewhat by geography. Stranded way out here in the Northwest corner of the country, we’re left to read about the cocktails of sunnier climes, concoctions made with fresh fruits that we have yet to see in our farmers’ markets. I’m thinking of you,… MORE
Jun. 18, 2009 5:26 pm 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2009 6:41 pm
Gin. Now there’s a drink with an image problem. Or maybe it’s just me. For a while there, the mere mention of the word was enough to make me shudder. That could be because one very bad night with “the mother’s ruin” once left my mouth feeling like I’d crawled tongue-first up a Juniper tree,… MORE
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Jun. 12, 2009 11:27 am 
Updated: Jun. 19, 2009 6:41 am
For a stretch of a few days there in late May, Seattle thought it was August. The temperature climbed into the 80s. And the sun came out and scared away all the clouds. The clouds regrouped and came back, of course. But in the space between, SLS and I hopped our bikes and pedaled out to the… MORE
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Jun. 6, 2009 1:46 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2009 3:06 pm
I sat in first class once on account of a mix up. It was remarkably civilized up there. They pour the wine from full-size bottles, unlike the miniatures they sell for $5 to the thirsty hoi polloi crammed beyond the curtain like steers in a cattle car. And they start pouring the wine right away.… MORE
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May 29, 2009 12:31 pm 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2009 8:56 am
I spent some formative years growing up in Oklahoma. I can remember walking around downtown Norman and seeing concert posters for the Flaming Lips stapled to telephone poles, back when the band was just starting out. So I was pleasantly surprised to read that the governor of the Sooner State… MORE
May 21, 2009 5:52 pm 
Updated: May 29, 2009 12:22 pm
So here's something I'm not particularly proud of. I lied to my wine guy. I lied to my wine guy because I got all goofy about buying a box of red wine. It isn't what you think. And it wasn't a big lie. A little white lie. Technically a red lie. It’s just, when he saw me approaching… MORE
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May 15, 2009 3:11 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2009 3:43 pm
I finally figured out the martini. I mean, I broke it down and worked it out like I was sequencing a genome. Fine, you raise a valid point: it’s two ingredients mixed together on ice -- what’s to figure out? In terms of degree of difficulty, martini-making would seem to rank right up there… MORE
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in my country, a black cat stirring your martinis on halloween is considered good luck.
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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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