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London Old Fashions – Woodford Reserve


For some peculiar reason Old Fashions made with Canadien Maple Syrup and Woodford Reserve are in vogue in London. This is the second time in a week that a restaurant had them featured on the menu.  I wonder if Woodford representatives are on patrol here?  I am not complaining as both times I have had the drink it has been perfect.  Even though it is obviously a sweet drink, and definitely out of my normal barel-comfort-zone, I enjoyed them.  A boozy desert. 

Tonight I had my drink in the Copa restaurant across the street from the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral. I nice eerie sky over the magnificent dome. 

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Posted by on January 19, 2017 in London

 

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Renoir – Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey (1883)


Last week I was able to visit the National Gallery in London.  I do this as often as possible after a day in the office.  Frequently I make my rounds visiting the work Turner, Van Gogh, Piccasso and Seurat.  This particular visit I noticed Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey by Renoir that was painted in 1883.  I thought that colors were amazing, the simple brush strokes conveyed so much feeling of the beach. His ability to make the sky, the sea mist and the water seem as one and also distinctly separate forced me to stare (a bit too long).  The way that the rock outcroppings are painted with tropical colors and an almost Gauguin-esque feel surprised me that it was in fact Renoir.

It has been studied and identified that the rocks have been identified as ‘Les Tas de Pois d’Amont’ on the left, while those on the right are probably ‘La Surtaut’ (Cradle Rock) which appear in Guernsey.  

Visit this painting via the Nation Gallery website

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Art, London

 

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First Proper Pint in Awhile


It nice to be back in London on a cold wet windy blustery gloomy summer evening. The sunscreen business must be awful, but I am sure the parka industry is booming.  

I am enjoying a nice pint of Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager at the Rising Sun pub which sits across from St. Bartholomew The Great Church (from the 12th century) 

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in Around the globe, Beer, London

 

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5 Boats Racing


I am literally  turned this painting upside down before I painted the boats. So much for planning!   I think I will always have a thing for sailboats, especially small racing boats (Sunfish) like the ones I used to sail.  

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Flowers in Mug

I just did a quick colorful flower pot(mug) with this one.  When I was finished I realized the flowers look like they have green arms that say “Goal !!”   Maybe that’s because I was watching the Copa América at the time 

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Cortiina Hotel Bar – München – Revisited 


Almost three years ago I wrote a post on one of my favorite Manhhattans that I have ever had.  That drink was served by an excellent bartender.   I decided to go back to the Cortiina Hotel Bar in Munich and see if that fantastic drink still existed.   

My only request was for it to be made with Basil Hayden bourbon. I left the rest up to the bar host/server (Djemal) and bartender. Note: The fact that this bar has at least seven different types of real bourbon tells me they are serious. Many times in Europe a bar carries Jack as their “bourbon”… And that’s it. Ugh- oh please. 

As with my first time here, I knew upon arrival of my cocktail, and before I tasted it, that is was perfect. The mixed liquids were beautifully see-through. (A 4:2 ratio was used for the bourbon and vermouth) and very importantly, they never saw the inside of a shaker.  The amount of vermouth didn’t darken the drink to look like over steeped English tea, it was still a bourbon colored cocktail. Perfect. 

Well, I was right.  It was made perfectly by a bartender who definitely cares about what they are doing and knows how to do it.  The drink was as crisp as physically possible, they used what I presume to be home made or small batch brandied cherries that could likely be locally acquired.  Everything was perfect, including the slight hint of bitters. 

I definitely recommend this bar as a must do while in Munich, but as it is small and popular, I recommend that you plan to wait to get in or make a reservation. 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2016 in Around the globe, Happy Hour

 

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Palmer House Chicago – Shaken, really?

  
I watched in horror as my bartender shook my drink as if it was some type of Shake Weight workout regimen.  My Basil Hayden bourbon had no chance of making it out alive. Despite having a nice flavor, my Manhhattan had a head. There was a “mousse” loose in Chicago. Thank the gods it had 3 Maraschino cherries which made me smile a little.  

The Palmer House Hilton Lockwood Bar has a great vibe but somehow the steps to make a great cocktail got lost 😦

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Happy Hour

 

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