It was a perfect weekend in Virginia (if not hot). Lots of time in the river. An evening playing live music for friends. So how do ease back into work mode? Why with the help of the Donovan hotel of course. My home away from home in DC is particularly welcoming this visit!
You see, my friend Steph Vogel has been holding out on me. But no more! Now we’ve been in 1110. YES!
We will pretend that this is a flight of Pappy van Winkle bourbon.
This suite is huge.
But the shower is what stands out. A nautilus design with a spiral. Very cool.
Without setting foot in an airplane, we’re somehow still pampered beyond belief. Five showerheads for the Donovan. Thanks for ending the weekend on a high note!
July 4, 2016
No fly July means no airplanes, no hotels, and a bunch of actual thinking. Maybe a dip or two in the river for good measure.
See you in August.
June 30, 2016
Sometimes the bar must be cleaned. Here is a series of tweets from the @noplasticshower stream (follow us today)!
This accounts for about half of the collection. The other half (reserves mostly) are under the bar itself.
June 11, 2016
OK OK, once again staying at a friend’s house, so no hotel to talk about, but after a day being trapped in a conference room in Tysons Corner, the swing over to The Rogue Gentlemen was a most welcome respite. We invaded by uber.
It being Negroni week, there was a Negroni round.
And then there was a Paul Blumer special, which he calls a Sazarac # Infinity, and we call a High Octane Gasoline Sazarac.
1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1 oz Calvados
Dash of honey syrup
4 dashes Peycahud’s
1 dash Angustora
Rinse the iced serving cup with Absinthe and Ardbeg 10. Serve up.
Anyway, swing on by ya’ll.
June 1, 2016
We left the Spring rose in Virginia for a short visit to Boston on Jet Blue and a quick overnight at our home away from home the Hotel Marlowe. All day meetings and dinner was interrupted by a quick cocktail with GM Joe Capalbo who runs a very tight ship. Joe was rewarded with slightly defrosted pork.
After a fantastic meal at the always great Cragie on Main we finally made it upstairs to 820, our very most favorite room on the property. Maybe we just like the word presidential??
But wait, what is this cocktail? The
Really?? LOL. Nobody suffers at the Marlowe. We can be ungrateful though!
This cocktail needs some adjustment into what we’ll call the Ungrateful Bast@%rd as follows:
1 oz cask strenth bourbon
1 oz Dolin’s dry vermouth
1 oz lemon
stir down. in an ice filled high ball, add Fever Tree ginger beer to the top.
Serve with a cheese plate.
No really, we’re actually very grateful!
820 has some new gear and some old gear. It is a gorgeous room.
One of my favorite parts of visiting the Hotel Marlowe is the valet guys who I have come to know over the years. It is always nice to see them.
Marlowe circle art.
Fiver showerheads in perpetuity for the Hotel Marlowe (and some pork ribs xrayed by the TSA).
May 17, 2016
Perhaps this is a trend. Hopefully not! Anyway, NPS finds itself in another city not staying in a hotel. What?! The reason this time has to do with the rather appalling state of hotels in Ann Arbor. For example, these hotels.
There is still plenty of information that NPS readers can benefit from WRT Ann Arbor. So here it is.
First of all, there seems to be some kind of underground bread oven thing going on.
And, not following the Mason-derived construction rules can lead to hard labor.
For a supremely good brunch (especially on a Sunday) try either location of Cafe Zola.
Excellent Cuban food can be found at Frita Batidos.
Finally, there are some reasonable cocktails to be had at Mash.
The Ravens Club has an outstanding bourbon and rye collection, including George T Stagg, Hirsch 74, and Thomas Handy.
Though dinner at Logan was truly outstanding in all respects (fantastic food, super bar, very good wine list, top notch service), we were left with a sour taste in our mouth when one of the owners (there are three) stopped the bar from providing us a recipe for a cocktail before heading out the door. Fuck that. In our view here at NPS, keeping recipes and techniques secret is the domain of children and assholes. Don’t be one.
The attempt failed.
Here’s how to make a None More Black
1.5 oz black sesame infused blackstrap Cruzan rum
.75 oz cocchi americano apertivo
.5 oz root
Stir down, strain into coupe, express orange peel and balance.
At the quasi-underground Last Word, we had a Last word (it was almost chartreuse day) (of course) and proceeded with a Rye and Bourbon lesson using the antique collection 2015 offerings. The Last Word is a great place to drink.
When visiting Ann Arbor, make sure not to be sentenced to three or more years of hard labor building a bread oven.