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Kin Lhao – Kem Kon Cocktail

Ka Pow! – “What is that?”, Was my first reaction. That is the most unique and crazy Manhattan-like drink I have ever had.

Made of some normal and some unexpected ingredients that I think we worked well together. Coincidentally, I think this was also very seasonal for Fall, but I think that was unintentional by its creator and more in my head (being in cool and damp San Francisco in November). No matter how it was intended, I really liked this cocktail as it paired well with the amazing Thai food served.

The Kem Kon was made by mixing the following ingredients into a 2/3rd sized steeped cut martini glass:

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Posted by on November 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

The Round Robin Bar at The Willard Hotel, Washington, DC. 

  

 
Screaming in at 112.8 proof, this Wild Turkey Rare Breed Manhattan, was an interesting way to end a day in Washington D.C.  The Round Robin Bar is a fantastic combination of both ideal location within the capital and historical vibe.  The Willard Hotel, in which the bar resides, was the host to a meeting that started on February 4, 1861, and was the  last attempt to get the North and South to come to a peaceful resolution of differences before the Civil War. 

This drink may have helped get a better result at the meeting, as it was full to the lip of the glass with liquid jetfuel.  I requested the mixture, and in hindsight it was probably too high temp for the drink.  The Wild Turkey, while a very nicely constructed bourbon, has too much screamin’ rebel in it for the vermouth, bitters and three little cherries to handle. 

 

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Amazing Huichol Art – Deer Skull

Sometimes you find a gem at local markets.  This weekend we found one.  A small, very old, deer skull adorned with traditional Huichol Art from the Huichol people who live in the states of Jalisco, Durango, Nayarit in Mexico. Now items are decorated with small colorful beads, but long ago they used to be decorated with yarn.  The art objects range from ceramic vases, figures and animals, to actual bone artifacts.  With only 50,000 Huichol left, and far fewer able to reproduce this craft, art objects like this are becoming very hard to find.

Most outsiders are not aware that most Huichol patterns and designs have religious and cultural significance. These patterns can be found on a wide variety of objects including carved and beaded on masks, gourds, musical instruments and embroidered on clothing objects such as belts, sashes, side bags, and more.[1][2] Most have religious significance and many are influenced by visions which occur during peyote rituals.[1][2][11] Much of what is known about Huichol designs and symbols was put together by Norwegian explorer and ethnographer Carl Lumholtz in the late 19th century, but Huichol art and decoration has since become more varied.[1][6] However, plant and animal motifs remain the most common and most retain their original meaning.[6]

When ceremonial or religious items are made, all aspects of the making from materials to colors to designs are important as they are identified with particular gods and meanings. Mesquite and the color reddish brown belong to Tatewari, who is of the earth and the wood of the Brazil tree is related to Tayuapa or “Father Sun.” Symbols such as the golden eagle and macaws are related to Tatewari. Shapes such as the deer, coyote, pine tree or whirlwind can be associated with Tamat’s Kauyumari, who shaped the world. The salate tree, the armadillo and the bear are associated with Takutzi Nakahue, the mother of all gods and of corn.[2] The toto is a small white flower with five petals associated with the rainy season. Sashes and belts often have designs that mimic the markings on the backs of snakes, which are also associated with rain, along with good crops, health and long life.[6] The zigzag lines that emanate from all living things represent communication with the deities.[4] The butterfly motif is reminiscent of the Itzpapolotl or Obsidian Butterfly, a principal deity of the classical Aztecs, who the Huichols claim as ancestors.[3]

The most common motifs are related to the three most important elements in Huichol religion, the deer, corn and peyote. The first two are important as primary sources of food, and the last is valued for its hallucinogenic properties which give shamans vision

  

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Stranded in Mexico with Jim Beam and a Blue Plastic Cup

It seems to me that the large Bourbon houses are sometimes treated unfairly by consumers.  The good old stand-bye brands are frequently overshadowed by the snazzy looking boutique labels.  Bottles that are smaller than 750 ml at full price claw at the market that was forged at a much earlier time.  But sometimes, when you are South of the Border, the only brands you can get are the big guys.  Sometimes they are the only game in town. … and that is exactly the place I am in – Merida, Mexico is where I am – the middle of the Yucatan peninsula. Tequila and beer is everywhere.  Bourbon, not so much. Proper glass tumbler?  No freakin’ way.  But at 175 Peso’s a bottle ($11 US), it is a great deal !!!

Since 1795, Jim Beam, has been produced in Clermont, Kentucky and was one of the best selling brands of bourbon in the world in 2008.[1] Since 1795 (interrupted by Prohibition), seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the company that produces the brand, which was given the name “Jim Beam” in 1933 in honor of James B. Beam, who rebuilt the business after Prohibition ended.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Highlighted Artist – Anthony Bridge

Anthony Bridge  is a Plein Air artist with a contemporary style.  Much of his work includes a modern and blocky take on the hills around Malvern (UK).  Allowing the natural colors to be replaced by a much more vibrant tones really makes for an interesting look of the peaks, valleys and fields

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Highlighted Artist – David S Parker

  
Parker Fine Art is the home of David S Parker.  David is an artist with a style that crosses modern and impressionism with flavors of Van Gogh (from my eye), from his words on his site it says “Contemporary Impressionism used to convey optimism”. I think that either way it is magnificent work .  Learn more about David the artist here,  Facebook, and some of his available work .  @parkerfineart 

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Cotignac France – Mirabeau – “Pure” Rosé


While having a pleasant lunch in Cotignac at Cafe Du Cours had had the good fortune to enjoy a bottle of Mirabeau “Pure” Rosé. I might have been the lightest colored Rosé wine that I have every had.  On this particular warm day while house hunting, we found it very refreshing and perfectly paired with our lunch filled with locally grown greens. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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