In Wednesday’s Dining Section, the New York Times turns the features over to booze, and there’s a lot of interesting stuff to explore.
First up is “White Russians Arise, This Time at a Bowling Alley,” a feature on what The Big Lebowski has done for White Russians, replete with quotes from David Wondrich, Ted Haigh and Martin Doudoroff.
A breakdown of 8 schools of bartending philosophies follows, ranging from “Pre-Repeal Revivalists” to “Molecular Mixology”; the story mentions many of my favorite bars and bartenders, including Julie Reiner at Clover Club, Jim Meehan at PDT, Daniel Hyatt at Alembic, Murray Stenson at Zig Zag, Kevin Ludwig at Clyde Common, Daniel Shoemaker at Teardrop Lounge, John Gertsen at Drink, Toby Maloney at The Violet Hour, and Martin Cate at Forbidden Island. Plus, the story mentions those media darlings Boudreau and Morgenthaler, and to top it all, there’s even a photo with the caption: “NEO-CLASSICIST Murray Stenson making magic at Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle.” Get it while it’s hot.
The features are rounded out with Jonathan Miles’ story, “A Brotherhood Formed with Cocktails and Ice,” a piece about, for lack of a better term, cocktail geeks, that quotes sources including Don Lee, Sam Kinsey and, um, me. When the paper of record calls you a geek, you’re pretty much branded for life; fortunately, I embraced my geekishness years back — makes sense, considering all that time I spent devoting myself to geekish pursuits while not dating during high school — so it pains me not that Miles quotes me in the story, and it ensures that anyone Googling for “cocktail + geek” will likely come across my name fairly quickly.
Though I have to admit there are two things that dismay me about the piece: first, it sounds like Dale DeGroff has just about had it with those of my ilk (though really, there are people who are WAAAAY worse about this stuff than me, so I’m not taking it too personally); and second, I’m left wondering, “Who do you have to !*%# to get a mention of the blog’s name in the NYTimes, never mind a freakin’ link????” Ah well, maybe Asimov will commemorate the second (or so) anniversary of me first linking to The Pour (or maybe the second link I’ve given it in this post) by reciprocating with a link in his blogroll.
Though as a geek, I’m accustomed to disappointment, so I’ll just suffer in silence. Just me and my Last Word, which apparently my name will also forever be linked with via Google; I wonder what neo-classicist bartender revived that drink, anyway….