It is a question that has been asked before: Whatever happened to Chumley’s?
It has been five years and three weeks since a wall collapsed and the famous bar in a 19th-century building in Greenwich Village closed for repairs.
Hey, did you know the Derby falls on Cinco de Mayo this year? Gird your livers! Here are my tips for making a stunning mint julep.
Walter: I’m crazy about you, baby.
Phyllis: I’m crazy about you, Walter.
Walter: The perfume on your hair. What’s the name of it?
Phyllis: I don’t know. I bought it in Ensenada.
Walter: You ought to have some of that pink wine to go with it. The kind that bubbles. All I got is bourbon.
Phyllis: Bourbon is fine, Walter.
The notion of enjoying a cold one aboard a rush-hour commuter train leaving Manhattan may seem like a time-honored tradition, evoking visions of communal bar cars or perhaps a cocktail hour spent in solitude at one’s seat. But after midnight on weekends, the specter of alcohol aboard Long Island Rail Road trains carries a far more malevolent overtone; passengers described them as the “drunk trains,” characterized by fights and boisterous behavior. In March, passengers were accused of attacking two conductors.
Writing over at ShakeStir, Paul Clarke has launched a new column called In My Experience. ShakeStir is a relatively new platform for bartenders, meant to provide information and advice about managing their professional interests. Clarke’s column provides a good look at what ShakeStir is all about. He interviews veteran bartenders about work/home balance, managing money, drinking, staying healthy, and generally keeping your sanity while working long shifts in the service industry.
His first two interviews feature a couple of guys who know a thing or two about working behind the stick: Dale DeGroff and Gaz Regan. The questions are smart and the answers incisive and wise. I’m looking forward to future installments.
Incidentally, I have a profile there, if that really matters to anyone.
BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme this week did a report on the American craft-beer scene and how it’s starting to influence brewmasters in England. Among the brewers interviewed are guys from Harpoon, the Cambridge Brewing Company, and Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver. Makes me want to pop the cap off one right now.