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  1. 19 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

    It actually sounds like I'd like it.

    She hasn't put out a jazz album in some time.

    It's a bit soundscape-y, but it also has a meditative and, for me, compelling vibe. Not quite 3rd stream but leans hard in that direction. Definitely worth a listen.

  2. On 8/21/2021 at 12:10 PM, Sneakeater said:

    (Ausleses aren't dessert wines you moron claiming to be a wine expert.  The bartender didn't warn you that you were ordering a dessert wine with your savories because you drink Ausleses with savories.) (You got PAID for that????????)

    (Maybe it was a Trockenbeerenauslese and he thought it would be cool to truncate it to "Auslese". Because, you know, those are just silly made up words anyway and wouldn't possibly describe the wine, right?)

  3. Just now, joethefoodie said:

    I don’t know if I remember it being hard to source Maraschino. I remember it being hard to source the same cherries they were using in SCBs. So one who shall remain nameless sourced a 5 lb. jug via work, and a bunch of us split them up to use at home.

    In ‘97-98, yeah, it was hard to find Luxardo or Maraska.

  4. 5 minutes ago, StephanieL said:

    This was really, really good.  We don't find too many recipes that specifically call for blackstrap rum (we have the Cruzan brand).  The Campari helps to cut the sweetness.

    My favorite use of black strap (after a Jungle Bird) is an Imperial Buck --

    2 oz Cruzan Black Strap
    1/2 oz lime
    3/4 oz sweetened ginger juice*
    1 oz pineapple juice

    Shake all but seltzer with ice, strain onto fresh ice, top with seltzer.

    Alternative to the ginger juice, a nice spicy ginger beer, and omit the seltzer. May need a little simple syrup to balance.

    * Combine equal parts (by volume) rough chopped ginger, sugar, and water; puree in blender and strain through cheesecloth/chinois

  5. Aviation was my gateway cocktail, first sipped in the late 90s at Grange Hall courtesy of Del Pedro. I spent the better part of six months trying to find maraschino liqueur. And wound up with Stock for all that effort. Ahh, the early days.

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  6. Visited Philly a couple weeks ago with wife and kids -- Good King Tavern just off South St is a charming, low key bistro that's better than you'd expect. Worth a detour if you're in Center City, I'd say. And as good as the food was, the bar was admirably (and quirkily) stocked. Would've been fun to hang at the bar and play with options.

    The best find, though, was Okee Dokey Donuts, which does fresh GF donuts daily. (Both my boys have Celiac, so having that kind of treat is aMAZing. Because while we've made donuts at home from time to time, it's such a freaking pain.) 

  7. On 7/4/2021 at 11:03 PM, Sneakeater said:

    Had a Monkey Gland last night.  I think that might be the single best-tasting cocktail there is.

    Tonight is July 4.  Can't have a Gin cocktail -- with a base liquor invented in the Netherlands and perfected in England -- on July 4.  No, a rye cocktail.  So a Ward Eight,

    I hate to say anything good about anything that comes out of Boston.  But that is one tasty cocktail.

    Have you tried a Monkey Gland with tequila (which I know isn't technically a Monkey Gland at that point, but it doesn't have its own name)? I think it feels way more integrated than a Monkey Gland, which I feel is super sensitive to what gin you use. 

  8. Yeah, curacao is all over the map, even within the purported style. For me, Pierre Ferrand Curacao has become my standard for everything calling for curacao/triple sec. Feels more balanced and integrates well into all directions of cocktails, from Pegu Club to Margarita to Mai Tai to Fancy Free. Grand Marnier feels too heavy for cocktails, and Cointreau, well, I dunno, I've come to feel like PF Curacao just feels *right.*

    I will say outright that Gran Gala is far sweeter than every other premium orange liqueur I've ever had. 

    All that said, definitely feels like it's worthy of a side-by-side of Cointreau and Ferrand to better understand the differences. (And reminds me I need to get a bottle of Clement Creole Shrubb to add to the mix.)


  9. Bad news/good news:  on trying to score a reservation for Franklin Mortgage for this weekend, got an email response that they've closed their current location. But they intend to reopen in a larger space in the fall.

    Meanwhile though, I'm wondering what's the best bet to have some decent drinks this weekend. Hop Sing hasn't reopened, and I'm at a loss otherwise. Anyone have any sense of the scene these days? *Is* there a decent cocktail scene there these days?

  10. 1 minute ago, joethefoodie said:

    Strangely, while the pandemic may have contributed to when it closed, Pegu Club's lease was up last year anyway. And I don't know that any of the principals were up to renewing it. The bones of that place were evidently a mess.

    In any event...



    Not surprising, but, yes, to echo a theme... sigh.

  11. Follow up -- yes, we stuck with the plan of Adda and Dutch Kills as a mini LIC adventure. Adda was extremely good (for what it is -- I mean, part of me was really jonesing for a white tablecloth night out, but one takes what one gets). Dutch Kills rundown in the Cocktail Recipes Tonight thread.

    Amusingly/annoyingly, as we were finishing up our dinner at Adda, got a notification from Resy that Manresa at Intersect had an opening at 9:30. Thanks for that, Resy! (I rightly assumed it'd extend beyond it's original calendar. But really, thanks for the timing on that notification!)

    Thanks for the guidance and affirmation and playing along!

  12. On 5/15/2021 at 10:31 PM, Sneakeater said:

    Oh wait I never did this.  On it!  (Monkey 47!)

    Timely reminder! I just restocked Cappelletti! (And soon need to restock Suze...)

    This weekend, first night out, like, really out, in a long time (as noted in the Micromanage thread). Ended the evening at Dutch Kills, where my wife and I indulged in:


    her: Bronco Buster (applejack, rye, curacao, lemon on a rock)
    him: Mississippi Punch (bourbon, cognac, blackstrap rum, lemon, sugar on pebble ice)


    her: Cobble Hill
    him: Fort Lauderdale (featuring their housemade orgeat)

    Our server brought us a round of Milky Way shots with the check <hic>. Which were not any kind of Milky Way shot you'd find in a frat house. No idea what they were but seemed to be a medium-bitter amaro with a hint of creme de cacao. 

  13. 14 minutes ago, Sneakeater said:

    I feel like a third wheel. 

    So maybe I should just make the res for the two of us. 

    (Wait. Which two? Now I'm confused.)

  14. It's all cognitive dissonance! Ludditism led me to forgo Resy for the phone, but then the phone made me abandon Ludditism to hit them up with an IG DM. Mind blown.

    Thanks for coming along on this trip! haha. (Full disclosure -- 30 year anniversary of our first date.)

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  15. And the punchline:

    The number for Dutch Kills gets me to a voice mailbox that hasn't been set up. So no one picking up and no way to leave a message. Hahahahahaha.

  16. And okay, if anyone's really REALLY invested in this story now... don't suppose anyone knows any hacks, beyond setting up multiple Resy accounts (which I imagine means multiple cell phone numbers), to book Dutch Kills for drinks on the same night as Adda. I mean, seriously. (Cuz I'm not gonna be all the way out there and NOT go to Dutch Kills.)

    I guess I need to embrace my long-dead inner-Luddite and actually call. Hmph.

  17. 4 minutes ago, sweatshorts said:

    I did that exact same evening in reverse last August. It was lovely. I will say that the outdoor dining at Adda is not the most picturesque given the street that it's on (though that was a long time ago and they may have improved the buildout since then). The food was fantastic though.


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    We’re both fully vaxxed, and given the current forecast for rain, we’re doing the indoor dining. (Gasp!)

  18. 19 minutes ago, Sneakeater said:

    Then, having sold yourself on LIC (which I think sounds great, BTW), you can REALLY agonize when something more conventionally appealing comes up later this week. 

    Ha. Already been through one iteration of that, debating if a 4:45 seating at Jean-Georges would trump this plan. (Final verdict, after thorough consultation with the missus:  no, we stick with LIC.)

  19. Thanks for that added color.

    I'm convincing myself that a little LIC adventure will be fun -- Dutch Kills for drinks, Adda for spice. Should be an excellent evening. (But yeah, still gonna keep plowing through Resy on the daily.)

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