Archive for May, 2013


5.31.13 … “Beet Me in St. Louis” … Beets At The Root Of This Honey And Tarragon Cocktail … It just kind of coats your entire mouth with happiness and all the way down.

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs,  “Beet Me in St. Louis”:  Anyone heard of The Flavor Bible? I mentioned the Flavor Bible the other day … this is where I heard it mentioned.  Because of my husband I have a special fondness for anything beet!



The "Beet Me in St. Louis" cocktail uses two infusions: €” beet-infused gin and tarragon-infused honey.

One of his favorite inventions is a unique beet-

infused gin cocktail he calls the “Beet Me in St. Louis.” He created it for his fiance on her first Mother’s Day and says he drew inspiration from their relationship. Early on, the two had bonded over a shared love of Beefeater martinis and beets.

“I really wanted to encompass our relationship in a glass,” he says.

To make the infused gin, Phillips skinned and chopped fresh red beets and put them in a jar with the gin for three days. “Then I had this beautiful beet gin and no idea really what to do with it,” he says. So he turned to The Flavor Bible.

“[It’s] essentially a cookbook that lists all of the flavor pairings of different ingredients and how they go together,” he says.

While paging through the book, Phillips discovered that beets go well with honey, ginger, lemon juice and tarragon, so he set to work on a cocktail that used those flavors. He says he perfected it on the first try.

“I went home that night and I made it for my fiance,” he says. “She loved it. … It just kind of coats your entire mouth with happiness and all the way down. It’s just beautiful.”

via Beets At The Root Of This Honey And Tarragon Cocktail : NPR.

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs (Hardcover)

Andrew Dornenburg

via The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs:Amazon:Books.


5.31.13 … Marcellus Hall’s ‘Urban Cycles’: “I’ve only been ‘doored’ twice” …

Marcellus Hall’s ‘Urban Cycles’, The New Yorker, Citi Bikes:  “I’ve only been ‘doored’ twice” … wow, I’ve never been “doored.”


“I’ve only been ‘doored’ twice,” says Marcellus Hall, the artist who penned this week’s cover, “Urban Cycles.” Hall goes on to explain how he’s managed to survive for fifteen years as a cyclist in the city: “I’m very careful. I look into the side mirrors of the parked cars to see if there’s movement inside. I ride only on the left side of the street because there’s less of chance of a passenger getting out than of a driver. Actually, I read it in some cyclist publication that, as a cyclist, you’re allowed to take up a whole lane and sometimes, I even do that—though it’s a risky proposition. I’m not one of those hard-core bike freaks; it’s just a good way for me to get around in the city.”

via Cover Story: Marcellus Hall’s ‘Urban Cycles’ : The New Yorker.



5.31.13 … just thought this interesting … a little Buckhead trivia … So according to this Brookwood Hills is in Buckhead …

Buckhead, Brookwood Hills, Atlanta GA, beg to differ:  So according to this Brookwood Hills is in Buckhead.  I  beg to differ.

The official boundaries of the Buckhead Community (adopted in 1982 by the Buckhead Business Association, in 1988 by the Buckhead Coalition, in 1990 by the Georgia House of Representatives, and in 1991 by the Atlanta Regional Commission) include that portion of north Atlanta bounded by the city limits/DeKalb County line on the east; the city limits line on the north; the city limits/Cobb County line on the west, and Peachtree Creek from the Chattahoochee River to Interstate 75, Interstate 75 to Interstate 85, and Interstate 85 to DeKalb County on the south.

via History – buckheadis.


5.31.13 … RIP, “Smash” …

“Smash” Finale, Review, RIP, Variety: I anticipated “Smash,” was disappointed by “Smash,” then fell for “Smash.”  I personally think it deserves another season … obviously the powers that be and Variety disagree.

During the finale, Messing’s character huffs at one point that the press “will twist anything for a story.”

Perhaps so. But in the case of “Smash,” the media vultures didn’t really need to bother. The show failed. But that’s not a referendum on musicals, or serialized dramas, or shows with too many gay characters, or networks trying to do something a little bit different or outside their comfort zones.

It’s simply a referendum on “Smash.”

via “Smash” Finale Review | Variety.


5.31.13 … speechless: 8 arrested after brawl at kindergarten graduation – U.S. News

Seven adults and one teenager were arrested for aggravated rioting and prosecutors will decide whether to charge them, he said. No one was seriously injured, but there were a number of scrapes and bruises from the fisticuffs.

via 8 arrested after brawl at kindergarten graduation – U.S. News.


5.31.13 … Mamma Mia! Just love it when I learn something from my kids … thank you, ET, for teaching me about jukebox musicals!

jukebox musicals, kith/kin: ET introduced me to the concept of jukebox musicals.  I love learning something new!  Mama, Mia!

There was a time when most of the songs played on the radio came from Broadway. Now some popular hit makers like Cyndi Lauper and Sting are finding it still feels like home.

“Look, they don’t break your balls that much here,” Lauper said of the experience of composing “Kinky Boots,” her debut musical. “Know what I’m saying? They don’t friggin’ aggravate you as much.”

Of course, taking already existing hits and throwing them onstage — the so-called jukebox musical — is easier than writing new material and hoping fans will come.

Successful jukebox shows include “The Who’s Tommy,” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the ABBA-fueled “Mamma Mia!” Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” and “Jersey Boys” with tunes by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony-winning “Once” used existing music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

More jukeboxes are on tap for Broadway, including a musical using hits by Diane Warren and one with Carole King songs. There’s even a show with songs by The Flaming Lips planned for this winter at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California.

via Pop songwriters find excitement in stage musicals » Redding Record Searchlight.


5.31.13 … Oh, my!

Citi Bike, theft,  Oh, my!

The bike-share program rode into trouble last night before it was even launched — when someone stole one of the bikes as it was being delivered to a Manhattan rack, police said.

The pedal pilferer snatched the blue Citi Bike at around 6 p.m. in Kips Bay, and was able to ride off before workers noticed.

The crew had been busy placing a load of the $825 rental bicycles into a rack at Second Avenue and 25th Street, and had not yet locked them in place when the thief struck.

Workers realized a bike was swiped only when a passer-by shouted out.

via Well, that was fast! First Citi Bike cycle stolen –

The Thorncrown Chapel, Rural Arkansas, Colossal, kith/kin:  Jack: “I know how much you like chapels. I thought this one was pretty awesome.”  I also love it that Jack sent this to me.  🙂

The Thorncrown Chapel, an Idyllic Glass Chapel in Rural Arkansas is Under Threat environment churches Arkansas architecture

The Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is considered one of the crowning examples of organic architecture, a philosophy credited to Frank Lloyd Wright that promotes a harmony between the natural world and human habitation. The non-denominational chapel was designed in 1980 by an apprentice of Wright’s, architect E. Fay Jones, who employed the use of steel and glass to create a weightless, almost translucent structure that offers sweeping views in all directions of the surrounding Ozark habitat. In keeping with the organic design of the chapel Fay asked that no construction element be larger than what two people could carry through the woods by hand.

Recently a power company has applied to build a 48-mile high voltage transmission line through Northwest Arkansas that will cut through the woods right next to the chapel, shattering the views and serenity offered by the extremely unique building that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. For those interested, the Arkansas Public Service Commission is accepting comments from the public regarding the proposed power line construction. You can also read much more over on Hyperallergic.

via The Thorncrown Chapel, an Idyllic Glass Chapel in Rural Arkansas is Under Threat | Colossal.

Rev. James Howell, Sabbatical Musings #2, I “miss” you:  Love, James’ musings!

What does it mean to “miss” someone?  You are somewhere, in some situation, and the living, vital presence of someone – who may even have died twenty years ago! – lingers, because the moment reminds you of that loved one, because you know he would dig this moment, because you know she of all people would grasp the grandeur of the moment.  And that bond enlivens you, and yet grieves you at the same time.  Could God rework the universe so those I love might be hovering about on standby, reading to stand with me here, or there, or at a castle on Inveraray, or in a stone church on Iona, and relish the moment with me?

Years ago I found myself in Paris, alone.  I saw the grand buildings, the beautiful landscape, the stunning stained glass and architectural wonders – and was miserable.  Every scene was one I wanted to share with Lisa, or a friend whom I know is keen on architecture, or Chopin, or pate.  God declared this at creation:  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  I know it is not good for me to be alone, or at least I am dead certain I do not wish to experience this world alone.

via Rev. James Howell: Sabbatical Musings #2 – I “miss” you.

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