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Favorites from Burberry Prorsum Fall Winter 2013 – 2014

January 12, 2013 Fashion, Style No Comments

Leopard print shoes. Heart print scarf.

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Drago Centro – My Usuals

January 12, 2013 Dinner No Comments

Drago Centro really is one of my favorite restaurants. I stop by at least once a month. And with the exception of the private room, I’ve sat at every table there and have had pretty much everything on their regular menu.

The other day, I took DH with me to revisit three of my go to dishes.

*Note: with the exception of the last photo, each dish represents a half portion of what you would normally get. I like to split entrees with my dining companion.

l’agnello. Roasted Lamb, garlic potato, tomato, onions, olive puree, bagna cauda. They cook this chunk of meat to perfection. It’s juicy and so flavorful.

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Cohiba Behike 52 – The Best Cigar in the World

January 12, 2013 Living, Puffing No Comments

Smoked this on New Year’s Eve in the Marina.

A buddy had brought a box of these over from Cuba some years ago. We were having a fantastic night ringing in the new year, and decided to cap it with this legendary cigar. It was wonderful.

For a great review on this, check out Cigar Inspector.

Spyderco Bug Keychain Knife

December 29, 2012 Tools No Comments

Attached this tiny Spyderco Bug knife to my keys for little jobs, or for those times I’m without a proper knife.

I really like the look of the flat ground blade. Eventually, I’m going to get the much larger Spyderco Military.

2012

December 27, 2012 Living No Comments

it was a pretty fun year.


20 Year Costco Scotch

December 25, 2012 Drink, Living No Comments

Last year’s 20 year old Scotch bottled for Costco was from The Macallan (see post). This year, it’s a mystery. Anyone know why?

Bottled at 40% abv, nosing this scotch is easy and pleasurable. There is no alcohol burn at all. Instead, I smell gingerbread cupcakes and freshly-baked fruit tarts. On the palate, it is very malty, and slightly sweet. A bit one-note. However, its redeeming feature is that it is smooth, really smooth. There is no bite at all. The finish is very short. Overall, a decent whisky for the price.

Kershaw Skyline: Awesome EDC Knife

December 25, 2012 Living, Tools No Comments

Picked up this Kershaw Skyline 1760 pocket knife for everyday carry.

Using it the past couple of days for miscellaneous tasks, I wholeheartedly agree with all of the rave reviews. It feels great in the hand. Not too big and not too small. It’s a manual flipper, but opens really easy with a slight flick of the wrist. Also, the liner lock is very secure. And for all of its utilitarian features (G-10 grip, simple pocket clip, and corrosion-resistant Sandvik 14C28N steel blade), it’s a handsome knife.

My 2012 Holiday Wish List

I will probably end up getting most of these items within the next couple of months…

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Plain Edge Spyderco Cricket Pocket Knife

December 10, 2012 Living, Tools No Comments

Since losing my EDC (every day carry) pocket knife, the Ken Onion designed Kershaw Leek in stainless steel, I’ve been feeling kind of naked. I thought about getting another Leek since that knife is so damn awesome, but figured I would take this opportunity to try something new. I did some research and came across this beauty, the Cricket by Spyderco.

What initially drew me to this was the shape of the blade. It looks like a stubby hawk beak or claw. Also, it is really thin, which makes carrying it pretty comfortable. The only real drawback is that it is a pretty small knife, which I guess is okay. Opening it with one hand will take some practice, but I think I can do it.

Link: To buy a Spyderco Cricket 

Laphroaig Tasting

December 7, 2012 Drink No Comments

This past weekend, the LA Scotch Club hosted a spectacular tasting with Laphroaig in Pasadena, California.

For 28 LASC members and guests, there was, for consumption, every bottle in Laphroaig’s current range, including the standard 10 year old, Batch 003 of the 10 year old Cask Strength, the Quarter Cask, the 18 year old, the 25 year old, the Triple Wood, and even the highly covetable PX Cask. If you’re counting, that’s already seven expressions – a complete tasting by any standard…

…just not LASC standards. Proving once again his awesomeness, El Jefe Andy, arranged for us to taste an additional five bottlings that are either discontinued, sold out, or nearly impossible to get. Specifically, we were treated to the celebratory 2012 Càirdeas Origin, the 15 year old, the 21 year old Cask Strength, the 30 year old, and the *drum roll*** legendary 40 year old. Truly, to have all of these bottles in one place and be able to drink them was, for me at least, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

To guide us through the night, the Protector of the Peat himself, Brandon Bartlett, was on hand with his photo album slideshow to make us feel that much closer to Islay.

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