Anchors Down: A Whiskey Sour to put on the map.
As a perennial visitor of happy hours, one of my favorite litmus tests lately has been ordering a well Whiskey Sour.
Essentially, you’re asking them: “Bar, do you just want to get people in these seats, or do you want me to leave as a better human being?”
Lofty, I know. But remember–if it’s the former, you could just as well bring a flask and some Gato and call it a day.
Whiskey Sour details to consider:
- Does the sour mix taste authentically citrusy, or like Kool-Aid with sugar added?
- Do they throw egg white in there?
- Is the maraschino cherry liqueured?
- Lastly and perhaps most important, does the glass fit my standards of preciousness?
At Anchors Down in Ballard last night, yes on all counts! The food is mostly hot dogs, but we’ll be back to this place soon for the wells alone. Eric had a refreshing Sailor Mule, made with rum and hometown-favorite Rachel’s Ginger Beer. This arrived in a shiny tin mug.
If you’re an Eastside appreciator of Whiskey Sours (without egg white) I’d recommend Seastar, and after work.
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The more you learn, the more you have a framework that the knowledge fits into.
See his website over here: http://www.thegatesnotes.com/
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Latte love at the new Slate Coffee Cafe in Ballard.
A recent NYTimes article talks about the custom-brewing movement and how coffee shops in the city are beginning to offer customers such choices as Chemex and Aeropress brewing.
Little does the Old Gray Lady know, I Aeropress brewed in New York in 2011 for a week. You could call it a pop-up operation.
My Aeropress at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.
For anyone who likes a reliable cup of coffee when on the road or at home, I’d emphatically recommend you buy a $30 Aeropress. I’ve been using it almost every day for three years now and still can’t get enough. (Lovely how caffeine addiction works, isn’t it?)
Not only can it be sipped as you prepare for a day of sightseeing, but buying your beans nearby to get a taste for the local brew is also a fine option. It also just saves you the trouble of a lousy cup of coffee, which, true to Seattle-princess stereotype, does put a damper on my day. Never forget: Good coffee is a right!
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Woody Allen wearing Patagonia.
When you ask a seasoned Woody Allen fan if they’re going to see the one coming up (because there’s always one coming up), you’re most likely to get a shrug and a “Maybe.” Statistically speaking, out of 46-ish films some are bound to be duds–even when made by a genius.
Except, I’m getting really eager to see this summer’s Blue Jasmine. It could be my affection for To Rome, with Love spilling over, but the production stills trickling out have such great colors. And scenery. And actors.
Sally Hawkins, choice! Louis CK, potentially adequate!
This is set to be a sweet summer movies-wise, and not just for lovers of CGI or 3-D. A few selections:
- I’m So Excited – Pedro Almodovar
- Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig (also starring Sting and Trudy Stuyler’s daughter Micky)
- Before Midnight - Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke
- Something in the Air - Olivier Assayas
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The Elliott Bay waterfront, taken from the Bell Harbor Convention Center’s pavilion.
Here’s for happy news: The sun came out in Seattle! Indeed, it exists, and for Laura’s birthday no less.
It seems appropriate, then, to share a couple pictures of the elusive, much-admired Other Seattle. After work on Friday I laced up my sneakers and headed over the new Thomas Street Overpass. A small bridge it is not, but the vast crossing can boast of views of Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier.
From there, I ventured down the Elliott Bay Trail.
The surprises didn’t end there. At Fred Meyer the next day I came across babushka truffles, and couldn’t help but document their lovely, modest expressions. Unfortunately, I had just watched a movie with a beheading… so no sampling today, thank you. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?)
If you have any weekend notes, which can include the Fred Meyer dessert aisle, please do share in the comments.
Moonstruck bourbon caramel & gingerbread babushka eclipse truffle at Fred Meyer.
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Paseo del Morro
Anyone in my general acquaintance can testify: I’m a lover of walking. Maybe to a fault. My Saucony Bullets and I scoot to work, happy hour, around the office. We soak up new cities. Invariably my energy drags just as I’m farthest from home, and I look down at my feet thinking, “Damn it. Not again!”
It was with much delight, then, that I got to stroll around Old San Juan’s violet-hued cobblestones in February. It’s a place that rewards the curious walker, whether with less-touristy restaurants, works of public art, or plain old (lush) nature. Still, its size is manageable–few Old San Juan sites are outside an amble’s distance from each other. And, when your feet grow tired, rest assured a Piña colada is nearby.
Castillo de San Cristobal
Viejo San Juan
Catedral de San Juan
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
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