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  1. Hi all: A friend and co-worker is finally getting a well deserved vacation (hopefully I'm next ) and has decided to visit Savannah. I'm hoping all of you serious travelers and gourmands as well as food professionals can recommend the not to be missed places there for a fellow foodie/restaurant person. Thanks in advance for your advice!
  2. Thank you everyone. We here in Philadelphia are devastated by the loss of Karen, a sweet and gentle soul who took joy in all things and spread that joy wherever she went. Many of us were able to visit with her in hospice care in the last few weeks, and even then Karen was making jokes and being the kind considerate person we all loved her for being. We brought her duck soup in the hopes that it would cheer her up and bring her strength. I understand she had a little bit of it, even though her appetite had already failed her. We can only hope it did what we wished it would. RIP Karen. I hope there's a big pot of duck soup and duck every way you want it waiting for you.
  3. Nom Nom Ramen

    I had an itch for ramen today, as is known to happen once in a while. Didn't want pho, I wanted ramen. Dragged myself over to Nom Nom Ramen, new to the Rittenhouse area on 18th Street, just south of Market. It was worth the trip. I ordered the Karai, or spicy ramen. Broth was solid, noodles delicious and still had a tiny bit of toothsomeness to them (what's Japanese for al dente?) and there were sufficient bits of pork and veggies to keep me happy. I added a poached egg, which was a bit closer to medium boiled than a runny poached egg, but still added a little something to the soup. Regular sized bowl, addition of the egg and a can of Diet Coke set me back around $12. Definitely an excellent addition to the scene here. Service was pleasant and efficient. Lots of Asian students and young professionals in the place, many of wom I overheard saying they'd just heard about it and rushed over to check it out.
  4. Steven Shaw

    Still saddened and brought to tears reading and thinking about this. It's been several weeks and I've had time to collect my thoughts. I'm still stunned. The more I think about it, the more I realize my life would surely not be the same had I not made the acquaintance of Mr. Steven Shaw. He was a "pebble makes ripples in the pond" sort of fellow. One idea at the hub, the reverberations of which spread outward. Connecting people was the glorious side effect. Connect the dots and you have the ferris wheel we've all been lucky enough to ride together. eGullet is an awe inspiring community, and should stand as a model for others trying to do the same. I'm certain Steven and Jason had no idea of the lasting effect or number of friendships, both virtual and in person that they would have a hand in when this idea was just germinating. Thanks to both of them for enriching my life in more ways than I can count.
  5. A Toast to Steven Shaw

    My post shift drink last night. Bright Light 1.5 oz Old Forester bourbon 1 oz. Beverage Artistry El Corazon mix (blood orange, passionfruit, pomegranate) .75 oz. fresh lemon juice .25 oz. housemade grenadine Shaken and strained over fresh ice. Garnished with an orange wedge. Sweet, tart, and complex. A lot like our friend. Slainte Steven. See you on the other side.
  6. Steven Shaw

    I can't begin to try and explain the myriad ways my life would be different had I not made Steven's acquaintance. His friendship and guidance changed my life and career for the better. I shall pay my respects, but it will never measure up to the true level of respect I have for him, his work, his work ethic and his unbridled joy and passion for all things food and drink related. I'll hug our mutual friends. People I'd never have known had he not enriched my life so much. I hope he knows I'm amongst the many that owe him a debt that can neither be quantified nor repaid.
  7. Steven Shaw

    I just can't even process it. Gone far too soon. His smile, his wit and his kindness and leadership will not be here. But the memories of them will be forever precious. Godspeed FatGuy. We're all better for having known you.
  8. Making Limoncello

    Most 'cellos are about extracting the oils from the peels. The juice isn't really part of the recipe. You could always infuse more peels in vodka and just add that to boost the flavor in your not-lemony-enough 'cello. As for the juice, make lemonade!! Or lemon curd. Or freeze in an ice cube tray for when you need just a little bit of fresh juice and don't have fresh lemons in the house.
  9. R.I.P. Dave Hatfield

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Those who knew him personally are fortunate indeed. His wit and enthusiasm will be missed here in our little virtual corner. I know we shall feel his loss as well. Know how loved and respected he was, even by those who'd never had the pleasure of meeting him. That speaks volumes about the passion he could share with his words. I am sorry to never have had the pleasure to raise a glass in person. I shall raise one in his honor instead. Cheers to to you, good Sir. And Godspeed Mr. Hatfield.
  10. White Whiskey often acts like tequila in the glass. Try a margarita with that Jacob's Ghost and tell me if it was any good. I've used this formula before and it worked pretty well, though I haven't tried it with that particular product. If you have something to flavor it with, like a splash of fruit nectar or juice that should be grand.
  11. Drinks! (2013 Part 1)

    It is... um... squirrelier. Rougher edges, more tops and tails, I'd imagine. Better for mixing in nearly everything save things like a Vieux Carré, where you want the uber-smooth cognac. But in a Brandy Cocktail, or a Mississippi Punch, or nearly everything I usually make, it's the beans. Whenever I see a bottle of Fundador I grab it.Cocktails with squirrels? Who remembers the Monty Python cocktail sketch? A squeeze of lemming, anyone? Chris, I can't claim huge experience with cognac but we find (some) Spanish brandies are smoother, or at least more approachable. Esplendido, our current favourite, is very drinkable on its own; it's possibly even a bit understated for mixing. But I do anyway, such as in the Man Comes Around (post 516, above). But with names like Esplendido and Fabuloso, it's almost worth seeking these things out for the names alone! There's another Spanish brandy you should seek out if you're a fan. Merito Brandy de Jerez comes in a liter bottle and is priced in the low $20's range. Really good stuff. I used it for Spanish Brandy Old Fashioneds (Old Fascists, as I call them) at an event a couple of months ago and it was delicious and a bargain for the flavor and quality. Tonight I'm sipping on a Twelve Mile Limit, which might be my new favorite tipple: 1 oz. Appleton V/X rum .5 oz. Rittenhouse Rye .5 oz. St. Remy brandy .5 oz. fresh lemon juice .5 oz. homemade grenadine Shaken and served up with a lemon twist. Deadly but delicious. Almost a tiki drink, but not quite. More of the bastard child of a tiki drink and a boozy old Pre-prohibition style cocktail. The drink calls for white rum but I didn't have any in the house. If I'd had some El Dorado 3 year old around it would have been perfect, but that's a Special Order 'round these parts so I made do with what I had. The homemade grenadine is crucial, but I didn't need to tell you that. This is a really tasty cocktail that goes down way too easily. Definitely one for the sprint and not for the marathon.
  12. Drinks! (2013 Part 1)

    Got some store bought juice blends today just because. Tonight's experiment: 2 oz. Brokers gin 3 oz Welchs Dragonfruit-Mango juice splash fresh lime dash Fee Bros. Whiskey barrel aged bitters 2 oz Barritts ginger beer Build over ice in Collins glass. Stir.
  13. Mint Cocktails

    Although it's abominably sweet to my taste, I made up a drink on the fly for someone that wanted a sweet/fruity/girly drink last week. .5 oz. simple syrup (in truth I'd rather use a packet of Sugar in the Raw for its abrasive qualities, but don't have any at the bar) approx. 8 mint leaves 1 wedge lime Muddle together until mint is well bruised and giving up the flavor. Add: 2 oz. vanilla vodka 1.5 oz. pineapple juice splash fresh lime juice Shake vigorously and dump into a collins glass, keeping the mint and lime wedge in the drink/ Top with a splash of soda. Stir. Garnish with a spanked sprig of mint and a lime wheel. Not my cup of tea, but the folks I've made it for have loved it. <shrug>
  14. Shots – making them worthy

    Another idea is to make "Shot-tails", a deconstructed cocktail in the form of two or more shots done in succession. I've done one I call an Irish Exit. A shot of Jameson with a couple of dashes of Angostura followed by a shot with Apricot brandy, lime juice and ginger beer. I have the proportions somewhere.
  15. Slivovitz?

    I recieved a reply from their US importers sales office today, While I can't get the Boudier products in PA (yet), they have distribution of another brand of Gluten free potato vodka in the same catalog currently placed in PA, so there's hope. Glad to hear others have tried the line and liked it. Would love to taste my way through the Mixologist series. Some of those flavors sound real decent. The Marasquin maraschino was brilliant. Very floral but with less overwhelming "funk" than the Luxardo. Made a damned fine Hemingway.
  16. Slivovitz?

    Have no idea how readily available these might be in the States, but I recently tried some of the Gabriel Boudier products while on a trip to Ireland. I was very impressed with the quality and flavor. If you click on the Eau-de-Vie in the link above you can see they have a full line of the usual suspects, including regular plum (slivovitz), Mirabelle, Kirsch, etc. There's also a full lineup of "Bartender Liqueurs" that has Blue Curacao, Marasquin (maraschino), Cherry Brandy, Dry Curacao as well as many others that I found intriguing. Hoping to find a source for these here for recreational use, even though I can't get them in PA for professional use.
  17. Cynar

    I have a semi-regular guest that comes in and asks for a Negroni with Cynar rather than Campari. Slightly tweaked proportions, 1.5 gin:1 Cynar:1 M&R sweet vermouth. While the drink is not to my taste, others that have tried it think it's grand.
  18. Drinks! (2013 Part 1)

    Been enjoying Spiced Hemingway daiquiris lately with Sailor Jerry, Luxardo maraschino and Ruby Red grapefruit juice. The spice seems to give the drink a bass note that's missing from a plain white rum version. Very refreshing. Not quite as good as with real Cuban rum, but not a bad lateral move given the unavailability of the Havana Club here.
  19. No no. That was confusing. Didn't move to Ireland. Moved in Philly, and then went to Ireland for a short visit, courtesy of the kind folks at Jameson Whiskey. Hence, a bit distracted from this month's mix challenge. Sorry I missed it. I love homemade cocktail cherries as well as Cherry Heering. Good stuff, both.
  20. The Daiquiri

    Was lucky enough to try a Hemingway Daiquiri at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin last week. Made with Havana Club, fresh pressed grapefruit juice and the Gabriel Boudier Marasquin liqueur, it was absolutely gorgeous. With Cuban rum. The way God and Papa Hemingway intended. Spectacular!
  21. Meh. Totally missed this one being too deep in selling my house, moving and going off to Ireland. I would be happy to still include my housemade cocktail cherries recipe if anyone is interested. But if I'm too late, that's okay too. Another excuse to get you all to buy Shake, Stir, Pour:Homegrown Cocktails...
  22. Hot summer days call for Gin-Gin Mules or Fresquila (tequila and Fresca). In winter I'm all about a Sidecar or Vieux Carre. In spring a Lavender-Pear variant of that same Sidecar. Anytime at all you can find me sipping on an Old Fashioned or my very favorite Manhattan: 2.5 oz. Rittenhouse Bonded Rye .75 oz. Carpano Antica 2 dashes Angostura bitters 4-5 drops Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters a light barspoon of liquid from brandied cocktail cherries (preferably homemade, or jarred La Parisienne or Amarena) Stir over ice until very cold. Strain into your prettiest coupe glass. Garnish with cherry. Thank the cocktail gods for all that they have wrought... photo by Steve Legato. Shake,Stir, Pour:Homegrown Cocktails. Katie M. Loeb Quarry Books July 2012
  23. Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum

    Boiron's by any chance?? I've used the mango and the blood orange in cocktails to excellent effect. I'm sure the passionfruit is equally delicious. Goya or La Fe make a pretty good frozen passionfruit puree you can find in most Latino markets or larger supermarkets with a significant Hispanic clientele.
  24. Congrats! I wish you and your future spouse every happiness and good drinking! If you like to entertain, a punch bowl is a really nice thing to have for large format beverages. Gift Certificate to eBay so you can hunt down some awesome antique barware of your own choosing. I'm a big fan of the Culver glasses. Very Mad Men. Old shakers, ice buckets, decanters, antique julep spoons, funky strainers. It's all good and makes drinking so much more elegant. Gift certificates to Amazon so you can stock your cocktail book library or buy bitters or whatever else you'd like. Start a wish list at Cocktail Kingdom. That can serve as a de facto registry for your bar desires.
  25. Hello all you sleepy PA folks! There is a wonderful event taking place in a couple of weeks that I am participating in and thought you all might want to know about. The Philadelphia chapter of the International Les Dames d'Escoffier is sponsoring a day long symposium called Cuisine, Culture & Community - A Global Celebration of Women and Food. It's an all day event with seminars, breakfast, lunch and tastings with some of the premier women in the food industry. Nathalie Dupree is the keynote speaker. Should be a wonderful day with a lot of interesting seminars throughout the day. I will be signing my book during the luncheon and doing a demonstration of making an herbal simple syrup and cocktails in the third session in the afternoon. I am so pleased to have been asked to participate with all these iconic women. There is a full schedule of the event HERE so you can see what seminars are available at which times. I am hoping to see some friendly faces in the crowd. So come out all you home cooks and aspiring mixologists and sommeliers! It'll be a day to remember. Hope to see you all there! Please click here for the terms under which this event is listed in eG Forums.