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The ‘life’ part of FoodDrinkLife

Life’s good these days, but it’s left me precious little time for blogging. Maybe you noticed? No? I’m not surprised. Your life is probably more hectic than mine. As soon as school let out, the pace picked up—swimming lessons, summer theater, preparing for the 4H fair, family reunions, attempting to keep at least the fruit trees, roses and other trees and shrubs alive during this searing heat…and suddenly it’s time to pack up and head to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail.

I have managed a little work in between it all. I wrote about the wonderful people at Dark Horse Distillery for the Kansas City Star (New Laws Spur a Generation of New Microdistilleries), and I’m working on a big piece about the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival for the same paper.

The folks behind Lenexa’s fabulous Dark Horse Distillery (from left): Kris Hennessy, Patrick Garcia, Damian Garcia, Mary Garcia, Jeanne Garcia and Eric Garcia.

There have also been a few restaurant profiles for 913, a Johnson County news magazine, and features for Lawrence Business Magazine.And I keep eying the stack of cocktail books on my office floor, thinking I really should get around to reading them.

Which is why I was happy to stumble across a book review by Wayne Curtis (What Goes Well with a Martini) in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal. If you like his writing as much as I do, then it’s well worth tracking him down at The Atlantic for his most recent column on Cognac’s identity crisis. Or go old school by picking up a copy of And a Bottle of Rum, perhaps one of the best rum books ever written. That should keep you busy ’til I get back to blogging.

 

Quote of the day: It’s not about muscles

“It’s no longer a boys’ club. It’s not about muscles, it’s about using the tools properly.” This from Charlotte Voisey, who was recently in town teaching Major Brands’ sales staff and managers the finer points of bartending. She should know. Voisey is portfolio ambassador for William Grant USA, which means she’s responsible for promoting everything… Continue Reading

Crested Butte Cabin Fever

Vacationing in Crested Butte meant racking up 1,864 miles in a car with three small children. They’re mostly happy, adventurous and patient children, but still. It’s a long, long drive. The payoff? A charming town, mountain streams to stomp in, Colorado peaches from the farmers’ market and a weekly high of 86F. Just what we… Continue Reading

Quote: local soul

“Think global, support local. That’s where the soul is,” says Craig Adcock, owner of Jude’s Kansas City Rum Cake and Belly Up Bar-B-Que, a gourmet barbecue and grilling catering company. You should certainly think about supporting his rum cake (read more about it in today’s Kansas City Star). Adcock’s rum cake is a humble thing… Continue Reading

Haitian rum transformed

I like rum, especially agricole-style rums distilled from freshly-pressed sugar cane juice like Rhum Barbancourt’s Reserve Special 8-year-old. It’s weighty and rich, sweetened by its time in oak barrels and a bargain at $20 a bottle. I’m gradually making my way through a bottle, but recently found someone who’s an even bigger fan—Craig Adcock. He… Continue Reading

Heading North

I didn’t want to like North, in Leawood. It’s a chain concept. It doesn’t take reservations, so the wait for a table can be an hour or more. But there we were, settling into the bar for a drink on a recent Saturday night. There are only six cocktails on the list, but our bartender… Continue Reading