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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cincinnati Magazine - Where To Drink Now

The January issue of Cincinnati Magazine has hit the newstands, and since you're a reader of this blog, it's one you won't want to miss: The Bar Issue!! The staff broke Cincy's favorite speakeasies into categories (i.e. locals, sports bars, music venues) to assist you in discovering your own perfect little watering hole.

They've also included a tip sheet called "Make Your Bartender Smile" written by, well, yours truly. Please, to enjoy!

While I am sad to report that no bar which has ever employed me made their list (there's always next year!!), several joints I frequent made the cut(yay!). Pick up your copy today, or, better yet, subscribe for instant online access to the feature and pretty, shiny, colorful copies in your mailbox each month. To support original, local writing is a good and noble thing.

A Very Happy New Year to all of you. As the song goes, Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear.

A tall order, I know.

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

- "Auld Lang Syne" (adapted from a traditional song by Rabbie Burns)

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Saturday, December 06, 2008


Long-time readers of this blog are familar with my deep, non-bar-related interest in Really Bad Cakes.  Ergo, it should come as no surprise that this blog cracks me the hell up:

Here's an example of "Gross Misunderstandings In Cake Ordering" to whet your appetite; the cake was intended for a mother of newborn triplets:

(Also, the "Wedding Wrecks" section rules!)

Finally, Happy Belated 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of the 21st Amendment, my boozy friends! Drinky, drinky!!

MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark 
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain 
I don't think that I can take it 
'Cause it took so long to bake it 
And I'll never have that recipe again 
Oh, no! 
Oh, no 
No, no 

- Richard Harris, "MacArthur Park"

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