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Jordan Mackay

You're Invited

All right, folks, listen up--this an important announcement:

Monday is the new Friday! To wit, the only way that we will ever be able to make peace with Mondays is to celebrate them, not loathe them.

Which is why this Monday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., there is going to be a party, and you’re all invited. It's at Sip Lounge on Broadway, near the tunnel. Come, and let’s start forging new diplomatic relations between us and Monday.

Whole Beer


The beer aisle at Whole Foods.

Say what you will about Whole Foods (and there are lots of questions and issues, as this article points out, it's a great store for the drinker—particularly the drinker of beer.

Mojitos at Farm

The Carneros Inn, with all of its understated luxury, is certainly one of the premiere places to stay in Napa. Not being a connoisseur of such things, however, I can more confidently attest to the cocktails served at its restaurant, Farm. Pictured here is their modification of Cuba's famous drink. It's called a cucumber mojito.


The cucumber mojito at Farm.

The key to it is not only the cucumber, but the fact that the mixologists dialed back on simple syrup, this reduction of sweetness clarifies the flavors and makes it all the more refreshing.

Margarita Up

Sunny days mean margaritas.




At my house, though, we always take our margaritas up, in a cocktail glass—as opposed to on the rocks, which is how most people seem to drink them. I had my first margarita up back home in Austin in 1996. Drinking it this way means that it stays undiluted and has an elegant, almost creamy smoothness, which I love. I've never gone back.

Caviar and …


Vodka vs. Champagne

What to have with caviar is not a question that comes up often, but every now and again my wife gets a craving for something decadent, and this time it was caviar.  Our choice: Tsar Nicoulai Caviar.

The Joys of Brevity

There are many things to love about petite Piccino in the Dogpatch, but as an inveterate reader of wine lists, I can say that, much of the time, short and well-selected is better than long and all-inclusive.

                                             

Chablis Raveneau

There are few things I enjoy more than a glass of Chablis.

The region just north of Burgundy on France's east side is famous for its chalky white soils, which gives that minerally texture and Chardonnays of lovely power and grace. There are many great producers, my faves being Dauvissat, William Fevre, Louis Michel and of course Domaine Raveneau, who makes highly individually styled wines and is also greatly popular in San Francisco.


Chablis Raveneau

Kudos to Camper

Had to give a shout out to Camper English, whose blog,  Cocktails with Camper, chronicles all things cocktail related and reports on his burgeoning freelance writing career.

Tonic, Part I of XXIVIXDMXIV is a very nice illustrated entry about his first attempt to make tonic water at home. These replications of early tonic water are fascinating to me, as it gives a bit of glimpse as to what those 19th century British officers in India must have been doing to stave off malaria. Of course, even today's tonic might be better than what they had, and today's gin almost certainly is.

7 People, 35 Glasses Later



We hosted a big dinner party last night at my house celebrating the visit of my sister Eden and baby Clementine (who will one day be one of the world's great gastronomes). Many courses, many wines--a great time was had by all. But, the challenge with so many wines--and having a wife who prefers to use a separate and proper glass for each one--is the clean up in the morning. Ugggh.


baby Clementine
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