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May 2011

Here are the details on the Absolut SF flavors and campaign, from my story (no longer embargoed) in the SF Chroncle. It explains the seemingly random flavor choice and plans to work with artists and DJs for the launch. The story is here. Every year since 2007, Absolut has released a limited-edition flavored vodka inspired by an American city. After New Orleans, Los Angeles, Boston, and Brooklyn - and much speculation on Facebook and Twitter - the brand will introduce Absolut SF on Wednesday. The bottle, designed with a "freedom of expression" theme, features a cityscape on the front label... Read more →

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Suggested Absolut Vodka Flavors for San Francisco Neighborhoods

Like any city, San Francisco is made up of many unique neighborhoods with people who self-identify to those particular neighborhoods. As we know, Absolut vodka has chosen San Francisco for the next city edition of the vodka: Absolut SF, but do its flavors of grape, dragon berry, and papaya really express the flavors of the city? I suppose it depends on which part of the city. Thus, I have created a list of: Suggested Absolut Vodka Flavors for San Francisco's Neighborhoods. Absolut Mission: Guacamole and Roasted Coffee Absolut Noe Valley: Baby Powder and New Car Smell Absolut Sunset: Surf Wax... Read more →

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*Update* The full info on Absolut SF is here. The latest in the city series of Absolut Vodka is Absolut SF. The flavor is grape, dragon fruit, and papaya. (Photo: Russell Yip/SF Chronicle.) I was given the exclusive to write this first ever announcement in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday May 29th, 2011. It was very hard to keep this secret, because I like sharing secrets. (It's not gossip; it's journalism.) As you can see, the text of the story is embargoed for a couple of days so if you want to know more you'll have to pick up... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: CBH Lounge and Bar at the Crescent Beverly Hills

The new cocktail menu at the CBH Lounge and Bar at the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills will roll out on June 2. The bar at the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills was called Boe from 2003 up until this year, when they renamed and retooled the bar and terrace and brought in a new food and beverage team. The Beverage Director for the bar and lounge is Joe Harworth. His bio: Joe is Crescent Hotel’s Beverage Director and Head Bartender. He has crafted The Crescent’s signature cocktail list as a collaboration with mentor Kevin Diedrich [of the Crescent San... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Txoko in San Francisco

Here is the starter menu for the new Basque-influenced restaurant in San Francisco Txoko, in the former Enrico's space in North Beach. Picon Punch : Brinba Picon, Grenadine, Torres Brandy, Soda Water. Caliente Sunrise: Serrano Pepper infused Herradura Silver, Grenadine, Charged OrangeJuice. Rough and Tumble: Bols Genever, Dubonnet Rouge, Laird’s Apple Jack, Honey,Grapefruit Bitters. Lemon Smash: Lemon, Mint, Rittenhouse Rye Fatty Arbuckle: Bacon infused Elijah Craig 8yr, Verbena Simple, Tobacco Tincture. Bridgetown Milano: Evan Williams Single Barrel, Fernet Branca, Velvet Falernum,Sweet Vermouth. What, no patxaran? The cocktail menu was created by Jason Brown. His bio: Jason Brown will serve as... Read more →

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I was recently in London again, for two nights: one on either side of a trip to Tuscany with Bombaby Sapphire. In those two days I managed to visit the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel twice, Nightjar, and the brand new Worship Street Whistling Shop. Ahoy, Savoy! Yes, I was at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel just one week before this visit. But that was during the daytime so it doesn't count or something. On my first night there, I stopped in for a drink at the Savoy's other bar, the Beaufort Bar [menu (PDF)]. There, there... Read more →

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For my book club I read the book Foreign Devils on the Silk Road by Peter Hopkirk. It's about European explorers finding and raiding the artwork of abandonded and sand-buried cities along the silk road. In a chapter on finding a hidden library of ancient scrolls at Tun-huang, the author notes (page 175) that they found "a thousand-year-old 'model' letter of apology in Chinese designed for inebriated guests to send to their hosts." I think you'll find it's still useful today. Here's the translation: 'Yesterday, having drunk too much, I was so intoxicated as to pass all bounds; but none... Read more →

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