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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate

    No trip to the San Francisco Bay area would be complete without a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and stop at the Vista Point on the Marin County side of the bridge.   Not only do you get an incredible view of the bridge, but you see the entire San Francisco skyline. 

     Alcatraz and Angel Island can be see to the east of the bridge, along with all of the sailboats that are dotting the waters everywhere on the bay.   As you gaze through the incoming afternoon fog, you can see the Bay Bridge, that is quickly being obscured by the afternoon fog as it rolls through the Golden Gate and into the bay.

     On of the most beautiful sights along the waterfront of San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts on Lombard Street.  The Gold Dome and the magnificent stucco exterior you can see all the way from Sausalito.


Monday, September 29, 2014

High School Revisited 50 Years Later

Gym and Quad Awalt High School, Mountain View, CA
     When you graduate from high school and you move into the world with so many visions of what you are going to do with your life and what you want to experience.  It seldom turns out like you envision it, but other times it turns out better.   I saw myself just like my father going to work 5 days a week in an office or something like it, but a few turns of fate allow me to have a very different life from what I thought I would. 

     Talking with so many of my classmates this
past weekend show me that many of them found themselves in the same situation.  Most of them have gotten themselves into a place that they found out that they really wanted to be, and are like me very happy with their lives.   Many are traveling all over the world and others are happy spending time with grand babies and family.  Either way, most are very happy the way that their lives have turned out.

     My Daddy use to tell me, "
not to let my studies get in the way of my education", something that I didn't understand at the time.
  Today it was following what my gut has told me and becoming educated through my life that has taken me to a very happy place today.   You rarely ever know how things are going to turn out, but if you are afraid to try, you will never go anywhere.   I try to follow the idea, "if it feels go do it" and not be afraid to get out there and enjoy your life.  ;o)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

An Interesting View of California from High Above

     After a 6 hour flight to California it was nice to see the old familiar territory as we let down over the south end of San Francisco Bay.   Moffett Field, Mountain View, Los Altos and San Francisco Bay.   This area was my home from 1956 until 1989, and hold a lot of memories of my youth.  Last night was my 50th High School Reunion and has brought back so many memories and a chance to see so many friends from those days.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Siesta Key Distiller's Reserve: Fall Cocktail Time

     Autumn has arrived and the chill is already being felt in the northern sections of the globe.  It is time for some of falls wonderful flavors like cinnamon and apple cider.

    I just received a wonderful Distiller's Reserve Siesta Key Rum that has been calling me to create a new fall cocktail.  The rum is absolutely wonderful and so flavorful on it's own, but when mixed with the flavors of fall it becomes a new fall standard cocktail.

Color Season Apple Cider

  • ·         2 oz. Siesta Key Distiller's Reserve Spiced Rum
  • ·         2 oz. Apple Cider
  • ·         ½  oz. Amaretto
  • ·         Juice of ½ Lemon
  • ·         Fresh Ground Cinnamon
  • ·         Cinnamon Stick 
       Place all ingredients except the cinnamon in a shaker filled with ice
and shake until chilled.  Strain into a cocktail glass and grind cinnamon
on to the top of the cocktail and lay a cinnamon stick in the glass as a
     Try this wonderful, although hard to find rum and you will really enjoy it neat, on the rocks or mixed in your favorite fall cocktails.    This one is a real winner and I hope you can find it for your
fall consumption.  If you can not find the distiller's reserve the standard Siesta Key Spiced
Rum is the only substitute for the Color Season Cocktail.  ;o)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Traveling to San Francisco

Awalt High School Class of 1964
    Today I am traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area for my 50th high school reunion.  This is going to be a fun event for me, I haven't been to any of these events since the 25th when I left the bay area for North Carolina.  

     Facebook and the social media have fortunately allowed me to stay in touch with many of my friends over the past years. This 50th reunion will give me a chance to see many of them again.  We are getting together tonight for a fun welcome party then tomorrow we have the actual reunion in Sunnyvale, California.

     As usual I'll keep you apprised of all the fun and interesting experiences of the trip each day, but it is going to be a short one and will be returning on Monday to Key West. 

    If time permits, I will be stopping by Martin Cate's Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco.  If this works out, I'll have a full report for you when I return.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This Bartender's Pet Peeves

     Like so many other bartenders around the world, I to have some pet peeves while I'm working.  Of course you know about all of the funny things that have been posted on You Tube, but some of the more basic things that many don't even notice are the ones that bring many bartenders to the brink.

     I wonder sometimes if I came into some of the people's offices and acted like they do in mine how long I would be allowed to stay before being thrown out.  Things like insisting to be served before the other people that have been patiently waiting ahead of them.   In my work place we make all of our cocktails from scratch, and they take some time to complete.  I make an effort to give each cocktail the time it takes in order to be able to present the customer a fine tasting product. 

     On the same vein, I find it to be aggravating to have a crowd of waiting customers and then when it is their turn they haven't even thought about what hey want.  When the bar is full of thirsty patrons waiting for their turn to order and they have to wait for an indecisive person that would rather be texting instead of thinking about what they want.

    I really enjoy the customers as a rule, but when I am "in the weeds" sometimes it is hard to be the cheery guy behind the bar and stay focused on the job of making the best cocktails possible with people trying to shout their orders or want to talk to me when I have 10 orders on the rail being constructed.  Mistakes take time and any distractions from what I am doing will result in a longer time lapse before other customers will get their cocktails.  

     I guess that my pet peeves really relate the people with a strong "me" personality.  I have many fabulous customers that all deserve and get the same quality service, impatience just slows the entire process and makes everyone in the bar uneasy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ian Burrel's London RumFest Goes for a Guinness World Record

     Rum enthusiasts will have the chance to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever rum tasting at The RumFest next month.
     The Rum Experience on 9 October at London’s Hotel ILEC – which will be hosted by global rum ambassador and The RumFest founder, Ian Burrel – will be able to take part on a sensory journey, sampling six different aged rums from different countries.
      The tastings will be lead by brand representatives including Joy Spence, master blender of Appleton Rum; master distiller Roberto Seralles, master distiller of Don Q; George Freegard, head of rum procurement for Pusser’s Rum; John Georges, master distiller of Angostura; Asbel Morales Lorenzo, master blender of Havana Club; and Tito Cordero, former Golden Rum Barrels Awards winner, of Diplomatico.
     Tickets to the event cost £10 per person. For more information on The Rum Experience visit The RumFest website at
     UK RUMFEST returns to the capital for its Eighth outing where visitors will be invited to embark on a journey of rum discovery. This year's show again will be different from last year’s show with new ticketing system providing an incredible experience catering for discerning connoisseurs. Welcome to the UK’s Premium Rum Experience – The RUMFEST.  
      This year's RUMFEST will once again showcase over 400 of the most diverse rums from across the globe as well as a few very special treasures that will take part in our ‘Golden Tot’ initiative. Please read more about our ‘Golden Tots’ in About Rumfest.Features will again include intimate seminars hosted by industry aficionados, a main stage with mouth-watering food from all over the world as well main stage presentations, holiday giveaways and live music and dancing during our “Carnival Hour”!

     Ian is the world's foremost rum ambassador and always puts on one of the finest events anywhere.  If you are going to be in the UK during the weekend of October 11 and 12, this is a must see and taste for the rum lover.  ;o)