Human excess. Sheer spectacle. The “world’s largest,” the “world’s most expensive,” the “world’s prettiest,” the “world’s _____.” Yep, you get it. Bring on the superlatives, people, cause it’s Vegas, baby, Vegas. After being oddly obsessed with it since my childhood—I mean have you seen ‘Bugsy’? Yowza, that on-screen romance between Warren Beatty and Annette Bening […]
Monthly Archive for February, 2011
Saw this going around the internet over the weekend and finally hit the play button. I was well-rewarded. Three cheers to the mastermind behind this one. Apparently it’s the trailer for a recently-released short film called Las Palmas. I’ll be first in line when it triumphantly washes up on American shores. Premiere at the Ziegfeld?
At 9 am, I entered the restaurant to prepare for the trade tasting. By 10 am, the stage was set. 17 guests, 10 wines each. Without nary a cup of coffee in me, I banged out 170 tasting-size pours in about 20 minutes, maneuvering the decanters and the bottles through the maze of glassware à […]
Ilkka Sirén is one hilarious dude. Although he lives across the globe in Finland, after watching his videos and experiencing his sense of humor, I now consider him kin. Perhaps my mother spent some time in the Norwegian countries before meeting my father? But I guess that would make Ilkka more than 40 years old…hmm…okay, […]
This past weekend, we trekked north to my friend’s place in the fair state of Connecticut for Super Bowl XLV. Being the wondrous party-host she is, Jaime assembled the raw ingredients to make some football-praising, booze-delivering, drinks of delight. Being the maniacal palate-chemist I am, I worked to put it all together. This is what […]
Forget wine. Forget beer. They’re mere newbies in the world of fermented beverages. Mead is the patriarch, the original, the granddaddy that launched the human fascination with alcohol. But, strangely enough, it’s fallen out of fashion. How could this be? This was the drink of Aristotle and the Ancient Greeks; the drink of the brave […]