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Slacking…but back with a vengeance

One of my own creations – a Hanky Panky Photo by me

I have been slacking on posts lately, so it is time to get back in the saddle.

First off, I am going to sing the praises of Bellwoods Social House.
My buddy Arianne Fielder is heading up the bar program, and has an all-star staff on hand.
I have not had food, but I have been in two Fridays in a row for after-work cocktails…and I am impressed.

G and Tea. Photo by Me.

Week 1 I had a G and Tea. (Ford’s Gin, Cocchi Americano, black tea, lemongrass, lemon and thyme)

Week 2 was a Kentucky Sundress. I was a little concerned that it might be a girly drink, but Alyssa and Rebecca convinced me it was basically a Manhattan. Very manly. Made with Woodford Reserve, strawberry and rosemary infused blanc vermouth, St. Germain, and orange bitters (with a green chartreuse rinse).

Next time I am going to try the old fashioned. I just always try to order things in a bar that I do not make at home (and I make a mean old fashioned).

They are also doing a really cool shot program with shots and backs inspired by bars from around Atlanta and across the country.

I have not had food yet, but the staff had a great looking Asian noodle and shrimp salad. They really seemed to like it. Other folks seem to like it quite a bit.

Bandeja paisa from Kiosco in Marietta Photo by Me.

Speaking of food, Linds and I had a date night at Kiosco in Marietta. You can see my plate was full.  I am a sucker for the Bandeja paisa. We also painted ceramics for the kiln. She won the painting contest. Results (with photos) to come in a later blog.

Quick Hits

“I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.”

You’re the Worst. Is the best.

I bet your girlfriend loves the Leftovers?

Lemon Garlic Spatchcocked Chicken

The Good Doctor Cocktail

Momofuku Crack Pie

Cool things on the way in the next month or two:
Sean Brock‘s new book Heritage
Death and Company‘s New Cocktail Book
Justin Townes Earle‘s new album Single Mothers

 

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Hang over? Fernet about it!

I wonder if I could get my wife to try this…if I didn’t let her know it had Fernet in it.

Recipe:

1 oz. Domaine De Canton
1 oz Fernet Branca*
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
top with ginger beer or club soda (family opinion splits here)

In an ice filled shaker add Domaine De Canton, Fernet Branca and lemon juice. Shake hardily. Pour into a tall ice filled glass and top with the ginger beer or club soda. Garnish with lemon or a fresh mint sprig.

*Play with the measure of Fernet, just a bit will add a lot of flavor to a cocktail.

 

As cocktail enthusiasts you should know by now that writing and research is just an excuse for us to drink and try new cocktails, but like everyone else, the morning after can be tough. While the “hair of the dog” for many people consists of a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, we swear by a combination of the following two ingredients; Fernet Branca and ginger.

Like most cordials, Fernet was originally concocted for medicinal purposes. The combination of headache curing and stomach settling herbs include anise, camomile, cardamom, rhubarb, myrrh and eucalyptus.

It’s no secret that the other component, ginger, is traditionally used for all types of ailments as well. This is where our family differs the most; whether it is Domaine De Canton, ginger ale, ginger syrup or fresh ginger we all agree that the combination of Fernet and ginger is the best remedy for a hangover.

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Blue Skies and Hookups

I am pretty sure that if you live in Georgia…you already know this, but in case you don’t…today was gorgeous. Right now my weather station says 79 degrees and 46% humidity. That weather is Denver-like.

My friend Jessica hooked me up with a whiskey that you can’t find yet in Georgia. Everyone on the internet was raving about TX Blend. Now I have a bottle.  I will give you some tasting notes when I crack it open.

A Couple of Items

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Post Game Thoughts on the SEC Championship

The Grantland column said that the SEC Championship was a chance for the (paraphrasing here) University of Georgia to change the narrative…and reframe what many people say about the Dawgs (pretenders, perennial bridesmaids, can’t get it done). I think at the end of four quarters the Bulldogs proved that they did indeed deserve to be on the stage with the Crimson Tide.

Now, shore up that running D. Stop giving up those big yards off tackle. Replace some key losses and get back to the game again. Important to note here that just playing close in the SEC Championship game is a big improvement over some of their past efforts. You did yourself proud on a national stage.

Looking forward to seeing you next year in the real Death Valley. If not before then in Atlanta.

Oh, and Ouch!

My Kid is Cute

And she LOVES Bacon.

Seriously, we went out shopping this morning, and hit Star Provisions to restock on Bentons.

I took out the pack to take a picture, and I hear:

Daddy….Yes Baby?…I want to hold the bacon please…Ok babe.

Seriously. She wanted to hold the bacon.

Holding the bacon…and saying “cheese!” I love this kid,

She also got 3 separate compliments on how well-behaved she is. That obviously comes from her mom.

Oh, and right after this picture…she asked to hear “Hold on.” I am convinced I have the coolest kid ever.

Seven Things…Unemployment Edition

Seven things I have learned while being unemployed

  1. I should smile more in interviews
  2. Finding a job can take a while – even longer if you are picky
  3. You can live on far less money than you think you can
  4. I have the best wife that I can ask for
  5. I love how much time I have been able to spend with my kid
  6. I told you about the Dan Patrick Show already
  7. You think that there are lots of hours in a day when you are at home…there aren’t

Fly Fishing Film Tour – That was AWESOME, Man

Last night, my wife and I attended the Drake Magazine Fly Fishing Film Tour.

We had a blast and I will do a longer write-up when I get a little break from travel.

In the meantime…take a look at the trailer from one of the videos they showed last night.

 

The Waters of Greenstone – Bailey description:
A couple of best friends in New Zealand. Fly fishing, shearing sheep, eating pie, and talking to cows

I will probably front the 20 bucks to buy it.