Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Libation Series 2010: Square One Organic Cucumber Vodka

Founding Farmer's eco-friendly restaurant in DC is one of the few places that features a cocktail using Square One Organic Vodka. Their Cucumber Delight is garnished with a cucumber wheel and two perfect honeydew and canteloupe spheres.

If you're like me and don't have the appropriate bartools to scoop perfect balls of melon into your collins glasses then try this recipe:

2 oz. Square One Cucumber
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. of powdered sugar
1 cucumber wheel and mint sprig for garnish
Combine ingredients in a cocktail tin and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass, fill glass to top with club soda, stir once and garnish with a cucumber wheel and a mint sprig.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

World Cup Pick

I could care less who wins the World Cup. Let's be real. Soccer is not America's "thing."

Don't get me wrong, I happen to think that Soccer players are among the best conditioned athletes in the world. Just not in America. It's not our sports culture. Beyond AYSO, there is little interest in soccer for the best young athletes in our country. They usually break out and play football, basketball or baseball. Between the big three sports which typically garner the highest participation/interest at any high school across the country we also have regional preferences toward sports peppered throught the nation (e.g., waterpolo, wrestling, lacrosse). The truth is America's loyalty to the sport of soccer is superficial. Can you name who won the last MLS championship? or who won the last NCAA Div. I Tourney? How about more than 3 players on your city's MLS team? Do you even know that your city has an MLS team? I apologize, but for the millions of American's out there who don't know, the MLS stands for "Major League Soccer."

We've got the The Lakers, The Yankees,the Superbowl, and Barack Obama. That's good enough for me. I'm sure one day we'll (US) rise among the ranks of the world's greatest soccer teams (Argentina, Brazil, Italy) but untill then I think a tournament every four years is plenty of soccer for me.

As a vaguely interested soccer fan, but mostly as an overall sports fan, I will probably watch the most anticipated matchups of group play leading up to the tournament. I even filled out a bracket.

And for no reason other than I think they'll be the best dressed, I chose Italy. I'm going against the odds here and favoring the reigning champions. I also speak a little Italian.

Dolce & Gabbana designed the travel suits for the Italian team this year. Check it out.

East Coast Lakers Fans Flock to Boston

For game 3 of the NBA Finals Lakers fans from across the country wore the purple and gold proudly in the TD Garden.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The Jello is Jiggling...

Derek Fisher scored 10 points in the 4th Quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Watch his emotion as he delivers the finishing blow to the mentally defeated Celtics with under a minute to go.

Aloe Blacc

Theme song to HBO's "How to Make it in America"

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Rule #48

Take a chance once in a while . Put your iPod on shuffle and don't skip through any tracks. Your bound to find something great.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Thanks Coach Wooden!

"The most important word in our language is 'love'. Second is 'balance'-- keeping things in perspective..."

-Coach John Wooden

Watch this segment featuring Coach Wooden that aired on ESPN just a few months ago. The interview examines the Wizard of Westwood not as a basketball legend but as a man. The way he lived his life, simply, with loyalty and honesty will continue to serve as an example beyond the realm of sports.