All posts tagged: drinks

Mixing It Up: Bartending

“I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth. I like the neat bottles on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation. I like to watch the man mix the first one of the evening and put it down on a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it. I like to taste it slowly. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar—that’s wonderful.” —Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

New Toys + Sunday Adventures

Last week, I joined the ranks of so-called “prosumers” and got my hands on a sweet new toy: a Lumix GF6 Micro 4/3s camera. While I’ve wanted to go the DSLR route, I don’t have the capital or the desire to lug a beast of a camera around me when all I’ll end up doing is posting to here/Instagram. At the same time, I didn’t want a dinky little toy camera that would produce grainy photos. Months of research lead me to Ruthie (yes, she has a name). Interchangeable lenses, lots of manual features, built-in WiFi (for, you know, Insta-ing): She’s packing the “just right” heat I’ve been looking for. While I’m still getting use to her, I am excited to get over the learning curve and blog about my goings-on around the city more. First things first, though: I gotta get over how self-conscious I get when I’m just out and about, shooting like a schmo. Before I blather on for too long, here’re a couple of shots from this weekend. So far, so …

EOD Reading: London’s Underground Farm, Jeppson’s Malört and More

Another grey, snowy day in New York. Up in Westchester, where my office is located, the dirty mounds of blasted hell-ice are piling, overtaking many of us in height. I’m not normally a weather-complainer, but for the love of all that is good and holy, can the clouds chill out for, I don’t know, eight or nine months? Anyway, below, I offer you some links for commute-time reading. In urban farm-related news, there’s a 2.5 acre farm 12 miles below London? Now that’s just incredible. Watch this video to learn more. [Eater] Artist Anish Kapoor, sculptor of Chicago’s “Bean” née Cloud Gate, collaborated with Absolut Vodka to produce a new interpretation of that brand’s bottle. Learn about here. [Absolut] Vice Media is also getting into the food game, partnering with the producers of American Idol for its new vertical, set to go live in March. [Ad Age] I’m all about this developing situation: Biannual food mag Cherry Bombe unveiled its lineup for its March Jubilee Conference. Though always planned, the production schedule was basically moved up …