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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill – Atlantic City

 I went the Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City , NJ.  Wendi our friendly bartender took care of us as we waited for our table to become available.  Fortunately for us, she new how to make a great set of drinks and serve up some delicious appetizers.  Of course I had a Manhattan made to Wendi’s specifications that included Woodford Reserve bourbon and Dolin vermouth. She used no bitters, which made for a pleasantly sweet drink without losing its kick, and topped it off with a 2:1 combination of Amarena and Maraschino cherries.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Happy Hour

 

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Avalon Yacht Club – Sunset Cocktail


Growing up, I split my life up between the suburbs of Philadelphia and Avalon, New Jersey, where I spent my summers.  For those of you who don’t know, Avalon is a sleepy town by South Jersey standards, with a nice beaches, good food, and a few select bars and lounges. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Happy Hour

 

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Harper Lee – Go Set a Watchman – UK Edition 1st/1st

During the past few years I have started collecting 1st Edition / 1st Printing books.  Most are relatively new books that I speculatively believe will increase in value over time.  Arguably the most hotly-anticipated novel in the world in 2015 was released today in the US and UK.  Harper Lee’s much awaited Go Set a Watchman.  Since I am in London today – I was lucky to have been able to pick up the UK 1st/1st with the UK cover (my copies photo is above).  Compared to the US cover, it appears to me to be flashy and out of place.  Especially when you look at the original To Kill a Mockingbird cover from 1960.  But, it is still definitely collectable.  Case and point – A nice copy 1st/1st of To Kill a Mockingbird could get you between $5,000 – $15,000. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Relaxing with Vincent (and a nice Pinot)


Somehow it got to be 7:27 PM in London.  As the oddly still-too-light-out sky starts to get darker, I have yet again decided to relax in The Heron Club and have at least one 250ml glass of 2012 Escale Pinot Nior.  So far on this 10 day trip, it has been the defacto wine for me to drink while I read an Taschen published art book. Tonight’s read is on Van Gogh and I am amazed that this book had 700+ pages of his works and most have a story or two behind them.  Every time I pick up a book published by them I am pleased by the quality and comprehensiveness.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in London, Wine

 

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A Proper Pint at Artillery Arms – London


I just finished up a unplanned mission of life importance for my nephew (see photographic and video proof below).  I am now gathering the spoils of victory at the ArtilleryArtillery Arms pub which happens to be across the street from Bunhill Fields Burial and Gardens (wiki, official).   My mission was simple,  see if Wiliam Blake, who is buried here, approves of my nephew Barry’s boobie tattoo of his poem quote “Without Contraries/ is no progression” from Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and HellRead the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in London

 

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Escala 2012 Pinot Noir at The Heron

  
After a long week I decided to chill out at the lounge at The Heron and ordered a 2012 French Escala Pinot Noir. I enjoyed it very much, despite being seemingly impossible to find a worthwhile link on the web about it.  I found the description on the lounges wine list to be fair –  it said that I should expect “elegant, fruity, with silky tannin structure “. Ummm.  Yep. ?  I think.  I was actually so tired that all of this could have been true, but I would have missed it.  I do remember that it was pleasant and thinking that I will order this again.  And since I am a pain in the butt with wine …  I have to believe in hindsight that their words were a bullseye.  …  Maybe I need to go back and try again.  Cheers

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in London, Wine

 

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The Heron Club with Woodford Reserve


My day started in Tampa, flew to Dallas for a connection on to London.  Worked a full day and now I sit in a private lounge, in a private residence of corporate apartments.  The Heron , both the building and the club, are of superior quality and refinement.  My apartment is controlled via a spaceshipe-like control panel which is a little too advanced when all you want to do is turn on the lights 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2015 in London

 

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