Author Archives: Paul

Blur Ball, December 2, to benefit Murray Stenson

In the month-ish since I last updated, I’ve had thousands of visitors coming to learn more about ways to help Murray Stenson (a Twitter shoutout from Rachel Maddow and a link from the New York Times didn’t hurt), and an exponentially greater number of dollars have been raised to help this beloved Seattle barman withContinue Reading

Help Murray Stenson

It’s not an exaggeration to say that if it weren’t for Murray Stenson, my career, and my life, would be disappointingly different. A longtime Seattle bartender — most recently at Canon, and for much of the decade before that, at Zig Zag Cafe — Murray first got in touch with me in the summer ofContinue Reading

Awkward Pause

Some cocktails are like caresses — smooth and soothing, with delicate touches that deftly flick away all the assorted troubles of the day. But sometimes, tenderness isn’t what’s needed. Sometimes, a little savagery is entirely appropriate. Dark, bitter drinks have become almost a cliché in today’s cocktail world – and I say “almost,” because noContinue Reading

Disappearing Act

Oh, so that’s where WordPress hid the “Publish” icon! It’s been a long drought around here, for all the usual reasons — laziness, busy-ness, and some lingering technical snafus that took much longer than I’d hoped to be resolved — but I’ve been meaning to dust off the blog for a bit, and today seemedContinue Reading

Tiki, (Long) Island Style

I’ve gotten lazy. Not just with this blog–I mean, look at how long it’s been since the last post–and not just with documenting whatever drinks-related writing and cocktail-related things I’m working on at any point in time. No, I’ve gotten lazy, in general, with drinks–which explains why, on this Mixology Monday, when the theme isContinue Reading