Albert Hammond Jr., best known as the lead guitarist for alt-rockers The Strokes, played material off of his debut solo effort Yours To Keep at The Independent. Although there are slight traces of The Strokes' sound in Albert Hammond Jr.'s solo work, his breezy pop melodies are the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer's day. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based quintet The Dead Trees started off the evening with their brand of feel-good power pop.
Greetings and salutations* film nerds and nerdettes, haven’t you wondered what in the hell happened to the Coen Brothers? If the reports from Cannes are correct; now we know. They’ve been preparing to drop a Sam Peckinpah inspired serio-comic thriller, No Country For Old Men on grateful cinephiles who’ve been jonesin’ for a hit of their singularly original brand of genre filmmaking for years.
Playing around with a cocktail idea I got from a friend in New York, I made this gin and tonic served up by floating a shaken mixture of gin and lime juice on top of a base of tonic water.
It looks nice, but needs to be stirred up to drink--otherwise you just get a mouthful of incredibly tart, austere alcoholic lime juice and then a big mouthful of tonic water.
The Luna Azul cocktail will contain rare Penca Azul reposado tequila, blueberry nectar, lime juice and agave nectar--sort of a high-end blueberita or a blueberrytini made with tequila instead of vodka. The good news is that this drink, which is valued at $18, will be going for only $7 on Thursday. Enjoy.
At a nice dinner the other night, several friends and I decided to compare three top single-vineyard Côte Rôties from the vintage of 2001. If you don't know, Côte Rôtie is one of the top Syrah appellations in France's Rhone Valley. Actually, it’s one of the top Syrah appellations in France—okay, the world. All right, to my mind, it's the greatest place for Syrah in the world. Some might argue that Hermitage is better, but I'll take Côte Rôtie's lighter body, floral high notes and silky tannins any day.
I learned this trick from Larry Stone, master sommelier, GM of Napa's Rubicon Estate, and all-around wine know-it-all: take a decent-sized piece of Glad plastic wrap, wad it up and soak it in your wine glass for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
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