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Missing From Too Many Repertoires?

Here here!!!

Jan 30, 2008
MonkaD in Spirits

Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Kreme

I recall asking once why some DDs have Butternut donuts and others don't... They said that the flavors were decided by the store manager.
Perhaps you could plead with your local store manager?

Jan 26, 2008
MonkaD in Greater Boston Area

Out of these North End Italian restaurants....

I know it's not on your list, but I'd hit Riccardo's. Really good food, off the beaten path, and I've never had to wait for a table. Particularly affordable.
I haven't been in a year or so though.

Jan 26, 2008
MonkaD in Greater Boston Area

Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

You might also consider hitting Home Depot (or similar) for a "whole house" water filter cartridge. Since they're rated for drinking water (potable) it's safe for food use. For the same 8 bucks for a Brita you can get a single Activated Charcoal filter that's 10 times the amount of charcoal. I guess the form factor and pitcher of the Brita does make it more convenient though...

Jan 17, 2008
MonkaD in Spirits

Bringing Absinthe back to the US?

Oops! - Duh - it IS everywhere! - went looking last night and found it right away. But $62 a bottle - ouch!

Jan 11, 2008
MonkaD in Spirits

Cocktail obsessives

Are you opening up anything to the public? I'm outside of Boston and interested in what you're up to!

Jan 09, 2008
MonkaD in Spirits

a classic man's cocktail?

I vote for a Jameson on the rocks. That's my go-to drink when I'm put on the spot at a bar. Simple, tasty, not overly complex for an under-skilled bartender, and you won't feel like a prat asking for something overly complicated with 50 ingredients.

Depends a lot on the bar too. Too "gentlemanly" in a bad bar and you feel like a goof, not gentlemanly enough in a good bar and you can feel like a goof.

Be sure to take the stirrer out of the glass before drinking wherever the bar is.

Jan 09, 2008
MonkaD in Spirits

Setting up a home bar

Hi - I found that my bar ingredients go with who's coming over. For the older folks, I have Dewars and VO as good ones. When younger folks are over, it's more about fun flavors (Cosmos, Moat Sauce (google it), etc.). My wife and I really got into tiki drinks for a while, so now we have about 20 different bottles of unusual liqueurs (creme de noyeaux !?!), all about 7/8ths full.
It sounds like you're off to a good start. I'm a big fan of Grey Goose plain vodka (non-flavored), ya just can't get hung over from that stuff no matter how hard you try.

Just pick up a bottle of something that sounds interesting every week or so, then experiment.

Use the Beefeaters to strip paint (keep the Bombay)
I also prefer Parrot Bay coconut rum to Malibu. I was a skeptic on a switch from Malibu, but I think the Parrot Bay has a better flavor.

Good Luck!

Jan 09, 2008
MonkaD in Spirits

Bringing Absinthe back to the US?

So has anyone seen the Lucid on store shelves? I'm near Boston and I'm interested in picking some up to try.

Jan 09, 2008
MonkaD in Spirits