Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Woods Walk Wednesday

I was going to go for a walk in the woods. Then I was going to tell you all about the lovely trails of Warbler Woods. I was going to. The road to Hell yadda yadda...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tiki Tuesday: Guy In A Cabana

Some time ago on Instagram Jason Alexander posted his 2016 version of Helena's Guyana Zombie. Recently I was reading the Mountain Of Crushed Ice post about the drink and realised (yes, sometimes the wheels churn slowly) that the Spiced Coconut Honey is esssentially Pearl Diver's Mix with coconut subbed in for butter. What's a fella to do? Well, start from the start and then...

Sea Foam 
0.75 oz lime juice
0.75 oz orange juice
1 oz Guyana Zombie Mix*
2 oz black blended rum**
0.25 oz seaweed falernum**
2 dashes Angostura bitters
6 oz crushed ice

Blend with ice. Pour into a glass with a mouth narrower than its base. Add more ice as needed.

*3:3:2:1 ratio of Cream of coconut; honey; cinnamon syrup; Don's spices.
** Coruba, Gosling's, Screech, Lemon Hart 80, whatevs
***make you usual falernum. Add nori kombu at some point in the process 

Friday, July 08, 2016

"Ten Years, Man. Ten Years!"

So, it all started because I wanted to comment on my friend's blogs. At the time the options were to leave anonymous comments or to create a Blogger profile (and blog) and be part of the clique. I didn't want to be completely anonymous... The idea of using my real name or posting photos of myself or anyone else weren't things I was comfortable with but I wanted my friends to know it was me. Was had a blog, Close Enuf had a blog, Snosh had a blog. (Still does! It's a "cob web site" but hey!) so Dagreb got a blog too. It began with this post.

There was no real purpose or cohesion at first and really there hasn't ever been. It started to be about sushi, or road construction, or the local hockey team. Eventually it became about booze. Then briefly it was about mental health. So why Dagreb? Why Nihil Utopia?

Some old friends were blogging using their old nicknames so I did the same. Later I used the name dagreb for Flickr and for twitter reasoning that it was unique and wouldn't be already taken and so on and so forth. It was also my belief that the blog didn't actually exist. It isn't tangible. Sure it appears on the screen of whichever device you use to read it but it isn't actually there. I wanted more to the title and I think the original translated to something like "no-one, nothing nowhere" but it came off a little too clunky. You see, Utopia may mean Shangri La but it literally means no place or no where. Cutting the title down to two words also meant there was no imbalance between the Latin and the Greek. Nothing Nowhere. Nihil Utopia.

So here we are ten years later. Now we share and share and share everywhere but in 2006 it was shockingly reckless to use one's real name and real vacation photos and put them out there on a blog for the world to see. Well, I thought it was reckless. I recall the first time my Aunt shared photos from a family event on Flickr and how odd I thought it was. My how things change eh? Maybe a blog is all anyone really needs. Maybe.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Wheatgrass Wednesday

Don't go thinking it's all rum all the time around here. I also eat my fruits and veggies and have tasty bevvies sans rum.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Tiki Tuesday: That's Not A Book Review!

Ahoy! Unless you live under a rock you know of (or have already purchased) Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Coktails, Rum, And The Cult Of Tiki. I was going to let this one go and save myself some money but... The mysterious "rum classification" intrigued me; Col Tiki essentially endorsed it; it was on sale. (That last one is how we end up with all sorts of unusual things in this house much to my girlfriend's chagrin.) I'm glad I bought it!

It took a few reads for me to grok the rum classification but I get it now. At first there was a bit of a needle-skip noise in my head as I tried to suss out the recipes. "I use what kind of rum?" I understand it now. I'll leave it to Matt Pietrek to explain better, or you could just buy the damn book. If you're interested in Tiki be it origins or the revival this book is for you. If you're interested in rum this book is for you. If you ponder how Martin Cate became a tiki stalwart this book is for you. I could go on and on, but this is no sugar frosted nut sack. Basically everything you I ever wanted to know about tiki and wished had exisited five years ago is in this book.  'Nuff said?

So, about this rum classification. As I mentioned I grok it now but it blew me away at first. In one instance a substitution I have been known to make seems especially justified with this classification. In another instance a category is torn asunder. The walls come tumbling down. The stones turn to dust. The dust is scattered to the wind. And just like that some tiki dogma (that has made me scratch my head) blows away. My question of, "Why can't I sub X for Y?" is answered. "You can! You can!"


I had some pull quotes but I think I'll paraphrase...

Tiki drinks need not be Thomas Kellerian mountains to climb nor need they be vestiges of the past. If you can chop an onion and make an omelette you can make syrups and squeeze fresh juice for your drinks. Nothing lasts forever and this includes the brand of rum that is your favourite; how easily it is procured; how it's contents compare to six months previous (or hence). The Margarita ought to be our exemplar rather than the Mai Tai.

Wait, what?

To put it another way while I prefer a Sidecar with Pierre Ferrand 1840 to one with Meukow VSOP they are both Sidecars and both contain cognac. Let's consider that when we reach for, let's say, blended black rum...