Check out the review of Earl’s in the New Yorker. Guys, you rock.
Category Archives: What my friends are up to
The Mikes are moving. Next door to Starbucks, steps from the 6 train, on Lexington between 96th and 97th streets. We’ve been helping them get ready. Soft opening tonight!
If you’ve been to the old space, you’ll notice this one is quite a bit bigger.
Super big ups to Adam, Corey, Mike and the rest of the Earl’s crew!
NY Mag’s Underground Gourmet gives Earl’s Beer & Cheese a glowing, 3 star review. “Some of the best (and cheesiest) bar food in town.” “As fine a convergence of food and setting that this precinct has seen since Rao’s.”
One week from today, my sister-in-law has a book coming out.
My favorite review for it so far is the LA Times:
“So Much Pretty” is harder to pin down, trickier in its aims and delivers a skillful, psychologically acute tale of how violence affects a small town, its tentacles enmeshed so deeply into the collective fabric that it takes the thoughts and actions of one intelligent adolescent to shake things up and force everyone to examine their duplicitous complacency. To say more about Hoffman’s constantly surprising story is to reveal too much, but the payoff is more than worth the slow-building suspense.”
Look for her in the NYT Book Review this Sunday, 3/13. We’ll all need a drink in anticipation of that, which leads me more to the point of this post.
I’ve developed two cocktails for the release party we’re hosting for Cara at The Monday Room next week.
So Much Pretty
1 1/2 oz. McKenzie Bourbon
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Carpano Antica Vermouth
Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Serve up in a chilled glass with a cherry garnish.
Cara’s favorite cocktail is a Negroni (she hasn’t tried this one yet), and if you subbed gin for bourbon, that’s what you’d get. I wanted to use a spirit from upstate, since that’s where the story takes place. The drink has a girly color, which belies its non-girly flavor. Once you read the book, you’ll get why this last part makes sense.
So Much Pretty, 0% abv
4 oz. ginger beer (I like Fentimans, though I think we’re using Ithaca for the party, for additional upstate-appropriateness)
½ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. star anise simple syrup (made this at home, more on this later)
Shake with ice, strain into rocks glass over ice and garnish with candied/crystalized ginger.
When asked in an interview if she could only eat one thing for the rest of her life, Cara replied crystalized ginger, so that explains version 0% abv.
Looking forward to toasting So Much Pretty with a So Much Pretty!
My buddy Mike is opening a wine store uptown, on the east side of Lexington between 99th and 100th streets. He’ll feature about 100 selections from all over the world, most falling in the $10-20 range. All have been tasted and I’ve had the chance to throw in my two cents. He’s hoping to open within the next two weeks, but in the meantime, you can find the store on Facebook. Shots of the inside (including a picture of Elton John in a white leisure suit drinking rosé) coming soon!
I have some posts in the works, including a nod to the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris, but until I can get it together, I thought this might hold you over.
One of my dear friends has been traveling in Central America – primarily Costa Rica – since January (I’m not jealous) and she started a blog. She’s written a few posts about beverage, but my favorite is titled, “It’s not wine, it’s Clos“.