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Island Living: The Sequel

photography by Stefanie Michejda

If Day One of Treasure Island Music Festival featured electro-centric headliners who were all about wooing the crowd with personality, Day Two’s indie rock focused lineup adopted more of a strictly business attitude, delivering mostly banter-free sets that left the audience responsible for their own between-song entertainment (resulting in the skyrocketing popularity of roving stilt-walkers and scantily-clad hula hoopers who seemed to still be recovering from Burning Man).

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Island Living

photography by Stefanie Michejda

Treasure Island Music Festival

Another Note About Old Wine

Last week, I wrote This is not a Rosé, about the surprising vitality of that 1982 Hitching Post with the bad cork. And I said you can’t always judge a wine’s quality by the color. Well, while we were on the East Coast, we discovered some forgotten bottles of white wine. We thought that there was no chance in hell that a bottle of 1990 Mouton-Cadet blanc (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon) and 1994 Georges Duboeuf Viognier, both from France could be good … and this time, we were right.

 

My Summer Vacation

What did I do during my summer vacation? I looked for interesting things to drink, of course. 
For the record, it wasn’t really vacation. It was a day in NYC and a few more days visiting my wife’s family at their summer retreat in western Massachusetts. But traveling is a most exciting way to explore the world of drinking and eating, and I found a few notable things.


RIP Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson, the beer hunter—not the pop star

Having just returned from a short jaunt to the east coast, it’s necessary for me to recognize the passing of a great figure in the world of drink: Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, died on August 30. He had been coping with Parkinson’s and was 65 years old.

Under the Bright Lights

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

An Uncommon Man

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Citizen Cake Connections

Sanchia’s one of my best friends in the city. As luck would have it, she’s married to Sean Forsha, the second-in-command under executive chef Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake (and soon Orson). And as if I could get any luckier, Sanchia invited me to dine with her at the newly remodeled Citizen Cake last Tuesday.


Viva Healthy Alcohol!


Dried açaí, Milk of Millennia and VeeV neat

If you haven’t heard about açaí, it’s likely you’ve been living under a rock. After all, Oprah named it her #1 superfood, Dr. Perricone proclaims its anti-aging properties and The Washington Post deemed it “the new pomegranate.” Back in my ultra-healthy days, you’d catch me making smoothies with açaí; these days I’m more likely to be drinking cocktails with it—I’m banking on the hope that the antioxidant punch is still potent in its liquored-up form.

Kweller on the Train Track

Alt pop singer/songwriter Ben Kweller played a show at Bottom of Hill that had him crooning sweet nothings from his latest self-titled album, which came out last year.

BEN KWELLER
Ben Kweller at Bottom of the Hill

Ben Kweller at Bottom of the Hill

Ben Kweller at Bottom of the Hill
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