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June 2008


It's so hot in my apartment in San Francisco right now that a cork stopper just spontaneously popped off a bottle of vodka in my living room. Or perhaps it was a divine sign that I need a refreshing cocktail right about now... Labels: funny, writing_life Read more →

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I just learned that my 2,000 word story on scotch due next Monday was actually due yesterday, so posting may be a bit light for the rest of the week. Here are some things that caught my eye. - San Francisco Brewcraft solves the lack-of-hops problem by introducing a Burningman Hopless Absinthe Ale brewing kit complete with wormwood, lavender, and anise. (What, no fennel?) - Though they're advertising it as a beer pong ice rack, there is no need to limit its use to the "sport." Fill it with water and freeze it to keep ten plastic cups cold on... Read more →

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Level III opening + a cucumber recipe

Friday night I attended the opening party for Level III in the JW Marriott, which, it turns out, was also the 7X7 Magazine Best of SF issue party. It's hard to say what the place will look like when the party lights are off and the space returns to its normal hotel lobby look, but they did a terrific job of fixing it up for the event. They served three drinks from the menu: The Shanghaied, Portman Cosmafornian, and Cable Car No. 2. They were all batch-made drinks for the big party, so they weren't a good indication of how... Read more →

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Green drinking

As I was picking the fallen houseplant leaf off the shag carpet, I wondered what it would taste like in a drink. (Who wouldn't?) I bit into it to find it reminded me of snap peas shells. Undeterred, I proceeded to experiment with a cocktail. Intervention Inspiration 4 leaves of houseplant, with center veins removed 2 ounces cucumber vodka 1/2 ounce honey syrup 1/4 ounce lemon juice pinch black pepper Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass. The drink is disgusting, of course. And now I can't get the taste of houseplant out of my mouth. Labels:... Read more →

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Graham Holter of Wine and Spirit Magazine (it's the UK one, not the US one with an "s") asks, "What's the difference between vodka and water?" What's the difference between luxury vodka and premium mineral water? One is a flavourless, colourless liquid that relies on clever marketing to sustain an inflated price point, and the other is - oh. Right.Really it's a story about the similarities in marketing between the two, with some funny notes at the end. Labels: marketing, vodka Read more →

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One more stop on the downtown cocktail circuit

The JW Marriott on Post Street relaunched their restaurant/lounge, now called Level III, with cocktails created by H. Ehrmann of Elixir. The drinks, which I've posted below (as the website has it as a PDF), look really light, floral, and likely to go down easy. Also, importantly, this is a new bar on the downtown drinking circuit. You can hit Level III on your way to Bourbon & Branch, Cantina, Rye, and other spots off Union Square. For someone who doesn't work or shop downtown, I sure spend a lot of time there. emperor norton’s mistress (seasonal – summer) we’re... Read more →

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