Tales of the Cocktail 1- Holy bag of swag
Tales of the Cocktail 3 - Day 3

Tales of the Cocktail 2 - So far, sooooo good

It's day two of Tales of the Cocktail and I'm still going strong. Currently I'm skipping the "spirited dinners" drinks-and-food pairing dinners happening all over town because as a vegetarian they don't make these things for me. ("Can you pair this vermouth with a salad?") So I had my own beer and pizza pairing at a microbrewery chain. It was good until they brought the "pizza," which was like a salty Boboli bread with sweet pasta sauce and uncooked tomatoes on top. Yeah, not so great.

So far I've attended seminars on:

  • Cocktail history ("I didn't bring any ice tools because they're really sharp and really hard to get on airplanes" - David Wondrich),
  • The history of the Napoleon House cocktail bar ("It's like a New Orleans day spa" - David Wondrich)
  • Ice ("An honest ice cube became impossible to find."- Sasha Petraske, speaking about ice machines up until a few years ago)
  • Rum (so much good information it's hard to put it down)
  • Forgotten and lost cocktail ingredients (Much like the Imbibe article by Paul Clarke of the same name)
  • Pisco (my favorite seminar so far- great info and great swag too.)
Pisco is the new gin. I'm just going to call it out. (Take note of the date.)

And I've hung out with Paul Clarke, Tony Abou-Ganim, Jamie Boudreau, the Liquid Muse, Stephen Beaumont, Robert Hess, Ted Haigh, Beachbum Berry, and more other people than I can name. And tomorrow at the Cocktails and the Blogosphere event it should be an even more ridiculous clusterf**k. I'm in heaven.

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Keep the goodness coming, Camper. I'm insanely envious of all oof you able to be there; keep posting and letting us live vicariously through your blog.

And btw, they'd better start distributing more makes of Piscos more broadly then...


You are in New Orleans and you eat at what I assume is Gordon Biersch. Sad. For the same money you could have gone to any of our good restaurants and had a real meal. Even veggie.

I am glad you are having a great time though. Do to many previous commitments, I can't even make to Tales and I F'n live here.

New Orleans needs events like this to let the world know we are coming back despite our crooked politicians.

Have one (or a dozen) for me.

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