we like: Urban Art Bar

On December 13, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Urban Art Bar is a cool concept, a bar in Southie where those with or without experience with acrylic painting can follow [or not remotely follow] an instructor painting a certain image. You check out their calendar and select the image you want to paint, then just show up, drink, and paint away.

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The painting on the night I went was Starry Night, a favorite. For the most part they are not known paintings, just simple, approachable images one could create in a couple of hours.

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Revlon Matte Balm in Standout

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It’s great to walk around and see how differently everyone interprets the image. And some people clearly focus more on the drinking part. I’d never done acrylic painting and found the experience to be a great introduction, with a fun, supportive atmosphere.

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Check it out if you’re in the area!

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drinking: hot toddies

On October 21, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

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Toddies are just the thing when you’re under the weather. So say I. This is such a flexible beverage, you can use brandy, whiskey, scotch, bourbon… (or, I mean, you can use anything you want), any kind of tea or just hot water, any herbs or spices you want to toss in…a hot liquored up infusion of any sort I would say falls under this toddy umbrella. Toddy is such a cute word.

While it is flexible, mine generally tend to be something like this:

1-1.5 oz bourbon (often like the slightly sweeter bourbon over whiskey for this application, here Buffalo Trace)

1/4 lemon, juice of

cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon stick

1 Tbs honey

tea (lemon, chamomile, or something fruity, or whatever, here I’ve used Teavana’s Youthberry, a sweet white tea)

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Match Convivio mug, spoon, and Libeco Grainhall napkin on loan from Didriks.

Elaborate beverages cheer me up. Don’t they you? Get someone else to make one for you and it’s even better.

It just got distinctly colder here in Cambridge, so a toddy here and there is all the more welcome. They’re easy drinking, though, so they can sneak up on you…

drinking: the classic martini

On April 19, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

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Stirred. Not shaken.

2 1/2 oz gin

1/2 oz dry vermouth

olives and lemon twist

dash Angostura bitters

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Schott Zwiesel Comete Martini glass (on loan from vendor)

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How great is this martini skewer? I was looking for ages for something clean and classic, stainless steel…had the hardest time finding anything elegant until I stumbled upon these, from the Etsy shop jacksmooth. Hand hammered, and at 5.5.” a really pleasing length. Got a set of 3 with a charming handwritten thank you note. I highly encourage you to patronize this shop.