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  1. The last available counter seats were for 5/13 at 6pm, and they went poof around 7pm last night. Not that I was, you know, looking much. Argh.
  2. Well no, I never did. And yes, it's certainly only a half-step away from a Pink Lady. It's interesting that there are a few drinks that modify gin with a bit of applejack -- Angel Face, Warday's (one of my all-time favorites), Pink Lady, Star Daisy, Royal Smile... Harry Craddock seemed to have a thing for that combo of base spirits.
  3. The oldest continuing distillery in the US, if you can believe it.
  4. So clearly not just new to you but *new*.
  5. Dessoff co-commissioned her to write a piece for our Whitman Bicentennial season, co-commissioned with Roomful of Teeth, who co-performed it with us (once via a pre-recorded track, thanks to schedules not aligning, twice live). Honestly, I can't decide to this day what thrilled me more, the piece itself ("None More Than You"), how charmingly down-to-earth she was, performing with Roomful of Teeth, or meeting the astonishing Caroline Shaw. Sigh.
  6. Never ate there either, but my wife and I had always been bemused by the motto. "Solid drink" -- that's what, ice?
  7. Charlie O's! Friedman's, by nature of having a broad menu that does lots of gluten free stuff, and does it creditably well, is a family favorite (my two boys both have Celiac). We've been multiple times to each location.
  8. Love that stuff. I need to try their Yellow. And the Blue. And anything else they may make.
  9. Ha. Mezcal riff on Don't Give Up the Ship. Nice!
  10. She'd had a long struggle over many years and many issues, from MS to a brain tumor to throat cancer. Complications to the throat cancer was the last straw. She was a tremendously caring and strong and vibrant and positive person; she leaves a giant hole in the choir and everywhere she touched.
  11. plattetude

    Chick Corea

    At 79. Such a career.
  12. Ooh, or Forthave Yellow. I've never tried it, but I love their stuff and I bet it would fit nicely.
  13. Or maybe Genepy? If that's kosher, which I'm not sure.
  14. Strega would probably be a reasonable substitution. But it'll lack some of the herbal complexity. Ah well.
  15. From there, try a Monte Cassino, a Monte Carlo through a Last Word lens -- 3/4 oz rye 3/4 oz Benedictine 3/4 oz yellow Chartreuse 3/4 oz lemon It's freaking magical.
  16. At 64, from heart attack. Excellent jazz pianist. Soloist, duo recordings with vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist for Maria Schneider Orchestra (on all but one recording I think? and most of their live gigs), co-leader of Herbie Nichols Project, stalwart in Ben Allison's Jazz Composers Collective from back in the 90's/early aughts. Great talent whose loss leaves a big hole in the NYC scene. Nate Chinen obit
  17. Yes, and also RIP Frank Kimbrough. Huge loss for NYC jazz scene, paused or not.
  18. My NYE menu -- I batched these and sent to my SIL to have along with our Zoom get-together. Cuz I'm a dork like that. We begin with something light, fun, fruity, and BUBBLY. You know, just like 2020 has been. Merry Berries 1 oz Averell (or Sloe gin of choice) 1 oz Pasubio (sub Cappelletti Aperitivo) 4 oz sparkling wine of choice Grapefruit peel Stir in mixing glass with ice*; strain into flute (or coupe or… whatever works); top with sparkling; express grapefruit peel and drop in [water break] Moving into something a little deeper and heavier, an odd duck
  19. Nursing a Sharpie Mustache. Such nice. Equal parts Beefeater, Rittenhouse, Bonal, Meletti, with a couple dashes of Bittermens Tiki bitters. Orange twist.
  20. Last night, a Bijou. Followed by a wee experimental glass of a scaffa (i.e. room temp) Bijou riff, replacing the Beefeater's with Smith and Cross. Worth repeating!
  21. Cobbled together a cocktail menu of seasonal drinks for a couple of virtual events by my choir (and Stephanie's former choir), held over the past two days. I've been partaking of each of: Glüwein (standard prep -- bring a 1:1 simple syrup to a simmer with a cinnamon stick added, squeeze in juice of a medium orange, stud the orange with a dozen cloves, reduce at a low simmer for 30 mins, add bottle of dry red wine, heat till warmed, serve with a fortifying shot of whatever suits you -- PF 1840 cognac worked nicely for me) Winter Gin and Tonic -- a gin and tonic with spiced simple (cin
  22. Jazz Standard is a HUGE loss. That was a great place to see a lot of great, great artists. Damn.
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