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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“Customers Saved by Tiki Statue When Tree Crashes Through Restaurant”

There is something to be said for the safety that sitting near a Tiki statue can provide you.  Here is a story from Ventura, California how the Tiki saved the customers.

     The owners of a restaurant in Ventura, California, say a tiki statue saved four people when a 150-foot-tall palm tree came crashing through the roof during a day of powerful wind gusts in Southern California.
     An interior security camera captured footage of the tree falling through the roof of VenTiki Lounge Sunday in downtown Ventura, narrowly missing four people on the patio. The footage shows restaurant employees running into view as the tree snaps in two after striking the roof.  The tree was one of several knocked down in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Sunday due to damaging winds.

     Anthony Longoria is the head chef at VenTiki Tiki Lounge and Lanai.   "We will have 8 to 10 people up on the lanai on a busy night eating and had that had happened ... but it didn't it happened exactly the best way and when the tree came down and went down the railing it stopped 6-inches from the main gas line for the heater, so we got really lucky," said Longoria.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hanging at Your Favorite Pub can be Good for You

  "Regularly going to your local pub makes you happier, healthier and more sociable, new research from Oxford University has found."

     I really have to agree with their findings.  I know that I really enjoy dropping by the Hurricane Hole here on Stock Island after a day at work to chat with many of my friends and chill a bit with a nice cocktail.   I know that it makes me feel good and I enjoy the rest of my evening a lot better when I get back home.  

   “The Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University found that smaller “community style” pubs are better than larger city-center pubs for maintaining more close friends.   While people who regularly go to large pubs tend to have a larger social circle, they have fewer close friends than drinkers that frequent small local pubs, they found.  The study also makes a strong claim that goes against the controversial new UK drinking guidelines, saying that moderate alcohol intake has strong physical and mental health benefits.   “A limited alcohol intake improves well being and some (though not all) social skills, just as it has been shown to improve other cognitive abilities and health, but these abilities decline as alcohol intake increases beyond a moderate level”, a statement accompanying the report said.”
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     You get to decide for yourself, but in my opinion I believe that the study was if I may use a British term, "spot on".    I find it very enjoyable meeting with all of my friends that are regulars there as well as meeting so many visitors to the pub as well.  I keeps you from turning into a hermit and keeps you in the social world and hones your social skills as well.

     Give it a try, but keep an open mind and I feel like you too will find it very helpful as well.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bacardi Not Taking Trademark issue Laying Down

"Bacardi has filed a Freedom of Information request to bring to light the rationale behind a decision to hand the Havana Club rum trademark to the Cuban government, giving Pernod Ricard the right to sell the brand in the US"

The handing back to Cuban government their "Havana Club"trademark is not sitting well with Bacardi to say the least.   “We are filing this Freedom of Information Act request because the American people have the right to know the truth of how and why this unprecedented, sudden and silent action was taken by the United States government to reverse long-standing US. and international public policy and law that protects against the recognition or acceptance of confiscations of foreign governments,” said Eduardo S├ínchez, senior vice president and general counsel at Bacardi.”
     “When the highest and most powerful government agencies are not transparent about critical changes in policy, the public has the right and the responsibility to use FOIA requests and other tools at their disposal to hold the government accountable for its actions.”
     It seems that this is just the beginning of a long and drawn out fight again.   It took a Supreme Court decision to settle the dispute in 2005.   "In 1976, Cuba, which also continued to produce Havana Club, was able to register the trademark in the United States. But it lost the trademark in 2006 when it could not present the necessary license to the Treasury Department."
     When the embargo is finally lifted, this is going to slow the flow of the Cuban Havana Club Rum to the United States, although, they have also registered an alternate brand name "Havanista" as a stop gap until this dispute is finally settled.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quiet Evening Looking Out from Bahia Honda Marina

     Sometimes in the around sunset, I like to sit out on the breakwater and watch all the boats that are anchored out bobbing on the waters between Highway 1 and the old Bahia Honda Train/Auto bridge.  I find this to be one of my favorites just for sitting back and enjoying some chill time.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Richland Rum Cocktail

     Looking for another nice simple aft deck cocktail for the evening.  Beautiful evening and I think that this idea I worked out yesterday will work for tonight.  It has a touch of sweetness and a nice dry finish with the subtle notes of the bitters and the rum lingering on the long finish.

Richland Rum Cocktail

  • 2 oz. Richland Rum
  • 2 Dashes of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar
Place all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cocktail cherry.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Brief History of the Cocktail Cherry

     Today we cant seem to make a cocktail without putting "a cherry on top".  This is a tradition that started according to historians in the 1860's.    By the end of the century, it seems that the barmen were looking for something new, and the olive moved in.

     "Cherries were common from the 1860s to 1899 when olives replaced them.  According to an article from June 22, 1899, in The Racine Daily Journal, "In some of the swell uptown establishments the cocktail olive is getting in its work and bids fair to supplant the toothsome cherry with the public."

     So it's no wonder that good cherries were hard to find for decades. Modern American tipplers didn't rediscover Luxardo's garnish until 2004, when famed bartender Audrey Saunders received four jars of them to use in her legendary New York watering hole Pegu Club. Bartenders never looked back. If you planned to serve a cherry garnish anywhere in the five boroughs from then on, it had better have been a very good one.

     Maraschino liqueur, Luxardo's other signature product, has been around even longer, debuting in 1821-the year when Girolamo Luxardo and his wife, Maria, started the company. (The couple had moved to Zara a few years earlier from Genoa.) Zara was known for sour marasca cherry-based rosolio maraschino liqueur, but the Luxardo family came up with its own recipe and packed the concoction in a distinctive straw-covered bottle.

     This is the key ingredient that makes the El Floridita and the Papa Dobles Daiquiri's their special flavor.   It is a great addition to several other cocktails as well as a greaat ingredient for giving your new development recipes a little bit of a special flavor.   "The Luxardo brand is the gold standard here and always has been," wrote David Wondrich in his 2007 award-winning book Imbibe!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Think You Got it All? How About a "New Mixologists Box"

“Fashion design company Ralph Lauren has launched a limited edition ‘mixologist box’, complete with an embossed crocodile leather mixology book, priced US$4,995.”

Here is the rest of the story on this very unique gift or something for your place.
Designed as a “compact desktop bar”, the Ralph Lauren Vanderbilt Mixologist Box is made up of three compartments and a drawer containing a range of bar accessories designed by Ralph Lauren Home.
The box, which is made from rosewood, features a 24% crystal ice bucket, a custom made Laguiole corkscrew, a silver-plated cocktail shaker, a Boston strainer, cocktail picks, holder, ice tongs, bar spoon, jigger, a cocktail knife, a Maple muddler and a hickory wood cutting board.
Just 100 are available, each featuring a numbered hand-polished nickel plaque with ‘Ralph Lauren Limited Edition’ engraved on it.
Demand for luxury cocktail hampers seems to be on the rise. Last year, Rolls-Royce launched a limited edition bespoke cocktail hamper worth more than a BMW 3 Series.