SFist Drinks: The Root of All Evil at Blackbird
Ever since opening last summer, Blackbird (2124 Market Street) has been a welcome and busy addition to the Castro / Church Street environs, and one of the only truly mixed scenes in the neighborhood — though it remains mostly gay, especially at happy hour. Owner and bar program creator Shawn Vergara is on the third iteration of his house cocktail menu, and he's got one on the list now made with a relatively new spirit: Root liqueur, which is sort of a classier version of DeKuyper's Root Beer Schnapps, with rich spicy flavors that are still reminiscent of root beer.
Good Tasting Water makes Good Tasting Tea
Everyone knows that tap water tastes horrible. That is, of course, unless all you drink is tap water and you get used to the taste. For everyone else, the choices are drinking bottled water or filtered water from your own water lines (or tap). Julie from Inspired Water sent me some links to a fairly new tap water filtration pitcher but before I mention any more about it, I'll let you in on some of my experience.
Home Water Filtration Systems
When I bought my previous house in 1994, the first thing I did was to have a full-home water filtration installed. The cost was over $3,000, but that cost included a large multiple stage filter (motorized, it used salt to clean the filters) in the garage, a reverse osmosis unit under the kitchen sink and all parts and labor.
The water supply to the garden hoses, to the laundry room, to the bathrooms (we had three) and to the kitchen sink were all filtered by the unit in the garage. The reverse osmosis unit under the sink was fed the same filtered water. There were two faucets on the sink. One was for the regular, filtered tap water and the other was a smaller faucet for the pure drinking water produced by the reverse osmosis unit.
Reverend Michael Alan, mixologist and the illustrator behind the Art in the Age SNAP artwork, makes Haymakers Punch.
Newton resident helps launch another round for Narragansett beer
By Steve Annear
Last year, when controversy brewed between Harvard University Professor Henry Gates and Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley, Eric Spitz had one thing in mind - a peace offering.
"I sent two of my interns to Crowley and Gates' houses and left a case of [Narragansett] beer, a T-shirt and hat [on their porches]," said Spitz, a Waban resident and CFO of the lager. "Low and behold, it was staked out by the media and we got play on all the news channels."
It was all part of his plan to bring Narragansett beer back o the forefront.
"The reality is there are signs up and paraphernalia around and memories inside the heads of a huge swath of the community," said Spitz. "There was bad beer in the can for a while, but Narragansett Beer was never actually dead."
In 2008, Spitz teamed up with Narragansett CEO Mark Hellendrung, former president of Nantucket Nectars, to manage Narragansett's "comeback strategy" complete with a rebranding initiative and relaunch of the Rhode Island-based brew.
From Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, the people that brought out Root last year, comes another certified organic vacation-in-a-glass; Snap. There have been a few ginger-infused type spirits released recently but have been wary until now. Love ginger generally (was munchng on some pickled ginger last night in fact, straight out of the jar) and bet this could make a killer alt' G&T (ginger and tonic??). Tricky to find in the NorthEast but if anyone tracks it down would love to know.
Made You Look! Homegurl’s Favourite Things
Mavea Water Pitcher
Ditch those awful plastic water bottles for good and switch to this sleek pitcher designed by the great folks at Mavea. It’s stylish enough to make a statement on your dining room table and the revolutionary design will take the guess work out of knowing when to replace the filter. No pre-soaking required, it fits in your fridge door and the micro-screen smart meter even measures water hardness, which can prevent limescale buildup in your appliances, and water volume. This eco-friendly company will even recycle your old water filters AND pay for the shipping. How cool is that? The thing I loved most about this water filter is its five glass capacity.
Go to www.mavea.com for more details.