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Melissa's Playlist 05.30.07


courtesy of the Hollies


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I Heart Strawberries


Summer of Love: Strawberries.

Solo Star

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

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.

Hot Damn! The Coen Boys are Back in Town

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. 

Organic Schmorganic?

I found this story in Decanter to be interesting. It leads with the line:

“The majority of UK consumers do not care if their wine is organic or Fairtrade, and do not understand what biodynamic means, says a new study.”

Float Me Some Green



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.

Feelin' Blue

Noting that this Thursday, May 31, is a blue moon (the name for the rare occurrence of a second full moon in one calendar month), Tres Agaves has come up with the notably gimmicky promotion of creating a high-end cocktail for the occasion and offering it only on this day.

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.

Three Syrahs

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.


Three Syrahs

Live Uni



I’m a sucker for a dare.
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