Archive for the 'What They Say' Category

Making It Up As He Goes Along

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Mark Bittman, writing for the New York Times, asks: Why not make cocktails from scratch, ignoring the names and acknowledging your preferences? No doubt he was schooled by one of those forward-thinking history teachers who told him that it wasn’t necessary to learn dates or, heaven forbid, facts. If a London cabbie must memorize his [...]

Segedin on the Martini

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The painter Leopold Segedin creates not only with the brush but also with the swizzle stick. An aficianado of the gin manhattan, he has taken the time to share with us the theory and practice of martinis. I was quite taken with this quote from Bunuel: .…it was said that the making of a dry [...]

He’ll Take Manhattans, Too

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Eric Felten has finally–or once again, I can’t say–gotten ’round to the Manhattan (“Democracy in a Glass,” The Wall Street Journal). As usual, he is quite informative and generally correct in his opinions. But while he does well to call for a better class of fruit (a Luxardo marasca cherry), I’ve never regretted the day [...]

Kindred Spirits

Monday, September 17th, 2007

My pater sent me this article many months ago, but he lives in the Wild West, you know, and the ponies are not as express as they once were. Also, I am behind in my reading. But I was delighted to learn that I have a kindred spirit at the Grey Lady herself, the New [...]

A Tonic for Unsatisying Gin-and-Tonics

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Jason Wilson is a man after my own heart. I don’t normally care to dirty my hands in the kitchen, but perhaps it’s time for that to change. I had thought that drinking would be enow to while away my golden years, but likely I would enjoy making the drinks as well.

In verbis vini veritas?

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Actually, Mike Steinberger mounts a pretty spirited defense of the small people.