Purchased Goods, Jan 28 2011

As you may have gathered over the years, Impulse Control isn’t exactly one of my strong points.

Worked from home this morning, then headed in around 10:30. Well, I transfer downtown…

A few weeks ago our friends Cameron and Anita, who write the lovely Married…With Dinner website, had us over. After dinner, they asked if we would like some sort of digestiv. Not being one to demur such pleasantries, we agreed post-haste. Interestingly, they had an Amaro I hadn’t tried before called Amaro Meletti. It was mildly bitter and tasted of Saffron, Anise, and some floral elements. We were immediately taken with it, whereupon we discovered they had imported it, suitcase wise, from out of state. Unclear if it was available here, I sent a note to a few friends in the liquor trade, who weren’t entirely sure if it was still available. Fortunately, one Michael Lazar, of Left Coast Libations fame, took it upon himself to comment on the blog that it was available and sitting on the shelf at Cask Store in downtown San Francisco.

Clearly a lunch time field trip was in order, as there is nothing I like to do more on my lunch hour than hang out in a bar or liquor store and geek out about spirits, cocktails, and cocktail books. No, really.

Anyway, today provided a happy coincidence, but, as I mentioned, Impulse Control: Not my strong suit. Chatting with Amy Murray about her current faves in the Scotch category, this 15 year old Mortlach from Murray McDavid came up. I’m a fan of many of Murray McDavid’s offererings, this sounded intriguing. 15 years old, finished in Rum Barrels. Plus, getting to know Speyside and Lowlands is my current assignment to myself! Win!

Lately, I’ve also been drinking a lot of vermouth and soda. No, really. Kind of sitting January out on the hard liquor front, Vermouth (or Madeira) and soda (or tonic) is a nice change of pace. I’ve been missing having Punt e Mes around the house, but I didn’t feel like I could justify it until I finished my bottle of Carpano Antica. Well, Carpano Antica, you are history, and Punt e Mes, you are back in the Flannestad household.

I am a coffee nerd, or geek, or something. About a million years ago, I briefly worked for a coffee roaster as an espresso jerk and coffee delivery slave. The only real upside to that back breaking job was that we got free coffee. And I always smelled like freshly roasted coffee beans. Apparently that smell is appealing to a certain segment of the female population aka Mrs. Flannestad. Anyway, Four Barrel is my current favorite roaster in town, one of the few that resists the Peet’s and Starbuck’s culture of “deep roasting”.

Lagunitas Beer. Mrs. Flannestad’s lately been on a bit of a Bridgeport Hop Czar binge. I like that beer, but we’ve had six packs for the last few weeks. Lagunitas is a great brewery in Petaluma, CA and we shall see if Lagunitas Maximus meets with her approval. It appears to be some sort of Double IPA.

Finally, I was out of cocktail cherries. The Luxardo Cherries in syrup are the bomb.

7 thoughts on “Purchased Goods, Jan 28 2011

  1. Wish I’d known, I was down at the MOMA around that time & could have geeked out witcha! PS the Cartier-Bresson show ending this Sunday is AMAZING

    • Oh yeah, crap, I really need to get in to see that! Thanks for the reminder, maybe I’ll try to convince the missus to check it out on Saturday.

  2. Tip on the cherries (if I may): drain them out of that heavy syrup and put them up with some rye, a scored vanilla bean and some orange peel strips and let all the ingredients get to know one another for a couple of weeks. Lightens the cherries up considerably plus you also get this fabulous rye-based “cherry-vanilla syrup” out of the mix. Introduce some of that to a dish of flan.


  3. If you’re a fan of the hoppy NW style IPAs give Terminal Gravity IPA a try. It’s made by Terminal Gravity Brewing out of Enterprise, OR.


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