I’ve mentioned before here the particular oddity that my 2004 post on Milestone’s Bellini recipe is hands-down the most popular post in the history of this blog and responsible for my only real presence in Google search results. Now without wanting to bite the hand that feeds me (ok, I don’t actually get any ad or other revenue from this site at all), I’d like to just note that the Milestone’s (and its Moxies/other chain bar/restauraunt ilk) version of the Bellini is quite far from the original Bellini. In 2005, I was not yet the cocktail
enthusiast snob that I am today, and as far as it goes the Milestones Bellini is still quite tasty, in an alcoholic peach Slurpee kinda way.
In the interests of balance (and to restore some of my karma among the cocktail blogger community), I would like to go on emphasize that the Milestone’s Bellini should not be confused with a classic Bellini. One gets older and tastes change, and I’m nowadays far more partial to the Bellini in the spirit of the original created at Harry’s Bar in Venice. It’s a bit tough in Lapland to acquire fresh white peaches, so we have to settle for canned yellow peaches in their own juice (not in syrup). I also admit that I deviate from Harry’s recipe in persisting with a blender instead of a cheese grater. Freeze the frozen peach puree, and then combine about 50-50 with Prosecco (Harry’s is one puree to three Prosecco, but we like it a little thicker).
As you can see, this recipe is even simpler that Milestones and avoids the difficulty of procuring the alchemic ingredient of Lipton’s peach crystals. One day, I’ll find a source for white peaches here in Finland, but for now this is an easy, tasty and no-fuss Bellini. Not quite the original, but for my current tastes, not as sticky sweet as the Milestone’s/Moxies bastardization (there, I said it). It’s become quite a holiday tradition, as well.
On my recent trip home to Vancouver, one of the best things that happened was my brother and I getting mistaken for European tourists by the salesperson at The Old Faithful Shop (“you guys aren’t from Vancouver, are you?”). The well-earned knock against Vancouverites is that they’ve taken the local climate and outdoor lifestyle as an excuse to dress in baggy fleece and Goretex all the time (blame MEC). Now, there is a small group of Vancouverites doing amazing things in men’s style focussed in Gastown (Inventory, Roden Gray, Haven, Lark, Four Horsemen, and the aforementioned Old Faithful Shop), but the general state of affairs on the street is pretty sad.
Shirt – Gitman Vintage Purple Oxford (Roden Grey)
Blazer - Rugby by Ralph Lauren
Scarf – John Malloy
Belt – Tanner Goods Natural Belt (C-Store)
Gloves – Norse Projects x Hestra Tan Staale (GoodHood)
Shoes – Tricker’s Brown Zug Ilkley (Pediwear.co.uk)
Jeans – Nudie Steel Grey Even Steven (Yoox)
Down Vest – Penfield (Yoox)
I know, I know… another shoe post. I’m in a bit of a shoe craze now, please indulge me.
HBO’s new Boardwalk Empire hooks you right from the opening credits. In particular, Steve Buscemi (as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson) in his pin-strip three-piece and simply stunning two-tone oxford wingtips. I’m not sure if these are technically spectator shoes or not, since the highlight colour on spectators is supposed to be white. Instead, these have a lovely burnished tan, the middle line of punched broguing is a darker brown, with the heel cap, toe, and lacing area in black.
Really quite stunning, although I’m not sure how I would pull them off as part of my wardrobe (or what to wear with them). This of course hasn’t deterred me from checking out what is available. So far, a pair of Forzieri looks remarkable similar (the lighter tan shade could have darkened naturally or from polishing). The search continues.
After trying out a few new WordPress Themes over the past week, I’ve finally settled on Mystique. It’s quite attractive and very easy to customize. I’ll still be tweaking the stylesheet over the coming days. I’ve also implemented the WPtouch widget to facilitate mobile browsing. Be sure to check it out on your mobile device!
After months of scouring various shoe blogs, and stumbling across the fact that Honolulu is home to one of the top Alden retailers in the world… Leather Soul Waikiki, I acquired my first pair of ‘high end’ shoes, a pair of Alden Cordovan #8 V-Tips. Thanks muchly to dad for tracking down the UPS guy making the delivery with about 45mins to spare before our flight (and for picking up the tab!). Also thanks to Takuya for many patient email responses about size and availability. More >
Winter is on its way and I can’t wait. My latest footwear acquisition arrived yesterday – a pair of classic Sorel Caribou boots. These rate high in the nostalgia factor as I had the same boots as a kid in Prince George. Pity the once proudly Canadian brand is now US owned though.
I’ve been watching Vancouver Whitecaps games with my dad.since he first took me to Empire Stadium when I was 5 to see them host the NY Cosmos (featuring one Pele). So it was great to see the 2nd last regular season game for the Caps at Swangard with him last night. Pity Montreal beat them 1-0.
I admit to sampling, not too disagreeably, the Chilean strawberry infused sparkling “Fresita” when it first came on the market a few years ago. But the degree to which Finns – especially of the female working class variety – have adopted the stuff is truly shocking. It’s now sold in little 25cl bottles, which the faux trendy stadi couple next to me at Roberts cafe in Helsinki-Vantaa just washed their morning coffee and pulla down with. That this was 8:30am scarcely matters. The sweetly sticky stuff has become soda pop for adults. It now makes me gag as much from the taste in my mouth as the repeated exhortations of those proferring it that, “it’s made with real strawberries.” End rant.
I’ve somehow gone from being very reluctant to ever buy clothes online to a voracious online fashion shopper. Along the way, I’m collecting a small select list of the very coolest online clothes boutiques for us men. Strangely, many of the coolest placest online are maybe not in the places you first might expect. Belfast, Manchester, Aberdeen, and Newcastle (not London), Brooklyn (not Manhattan- ok ok, Brooklyn is already cooler than Manhattan), Malmö (well, also Stockholm), and Ballard… seriously, Ballard?!?