Vagabond Supper Club – February 9, 2014

Vagabond Supper Club Dinner

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A relaxed evening celebrating local foodstuffs is planned for February 9th.  The fixed-price dinner will include a parade of starters and small plates and culminate in a sumptuous presentation of roasted game birds.  The meal will be hosted by Jesse Otero of Vagabond Supper Club with beverages by Brandon Wicklund of The Real McCoy.

 

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Time: Doors & Bar Open at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m.

Location: The Real McCoy

114 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA

Cost: $65 per person (tax and gratuity included). Beverages additional.

 

For more information or to reserve seats, email VagabondSupperClub@gmail.com, or check out their Facebook page: facebook.com/vagabondsupperclub. Tickets are limited and expected to sell out fast. Parties of four are encouraged and will receive priority.

 Due to the spontaneous nature of this event, food substitutions or dietary requests are not possible.

Allergies will be accommodated as much as possible, provided advance notice is given.

 

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Thursday, February 14th  2013

First Seating at 5:00pm featuring An Affair to Remember

Second Seating at 8:00pm featuring Sleepless in Seattle

 

First Kiss

Kumamoto Oyster

Fresh Ginger, Ponzu, Sake

Deviled Egg

Bacon Dust

Second Kiss

Steamed Manila Clams

Smoked Fennel, Toast Point

Pork Belly

Maple Glaze, Arugula Salad

 

Third Kiss

Caesar Salad

Cajun Spice Romano Crisp

Celeriac Salad

Apple, Pine Nuts, Pomegranate Molasses, Cream

 

Get A Room

Stout Braised Short Ribs

Creamy Polenta, Meyer Lemon Gremolata

Pan Seared Rockfish

Fingerling Potatoes, Castelvetrano Olives, Brown Butter, Charred Lemon

 

Sweets

Shortbread Thumbprint Cookie

Chocolate Angostura Ganache, Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Toasted Meringue

Blood Orange, Whipped Cream

 

 

$75 per person

(choose one option from each course per person)

additional $35 cocktail or wine pairing

By reservation only

360. 392. 8051 to reserve your seat

 

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21st Century Girl

It’s been a few months since the last time I participated in Mixology Monday but I’m thrilled to be back for this raucous online cocktail party! Thank you Dave at The Barman Cometh for coming up with such a great theme, Flores De Mayo – Floral Cocktails. Because if April showers can’t bring May flowers, at least we can mix up some cocktails that bloom with flavor!

For my addition to the party I decided to tweak the classic Twentieth Century cocktail. Even on its own, the gin, Lillet, lemon and creme de cacao is fantastic; able to raise the eyebrows of those select few who ask me to mix something based on the fact that they “like lemon drops.” In this variation, I kept the gin and lemon intact (I used 12 Bridges gin – one of my favorites!). I benched the Lillet and brought in St. Germain, the elderflower liqueur that has seemed to blossom its way onto every bar shelf imaginable.* This is a great substitution because I really love St. Germain’s floral notes mixed with gin and lemon. For the chocolate role I got all bitter and swapped the creme de cacao for Seattle’s own Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters. I think a more subtle play here was needed so the drink didn’t become too sweet and syrupy. The bitters kept the original chocolate essence unaltered, while adding a little vanilla and spice. Like the original, this combination of flavors may seem odd at the start but I think together they really shine in the glass.

So using relatively new (21st century) ingredients and the fact that girls tend to like flowers and chocolate (it’s just what I’ve heard) here’s my floral cocktail – 21st Century Girl.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters
  • garnish with a lemon twist
  • Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Happy Flores De Mayo!

* My dad told me the other day he was at a reputable waterfront restaurant I will leave unnamed (hint: ____ Hopkins) and noticed the bartender unpacking a new supply of liquor. The bartender was baffled as he pulled out a bottle of St. Germain – forcing my dad to chime in and help explain what it was. So this handpicked elderflower liqueur is so popular it’s reaching bartenders who know nothing about it – awesome!

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Libations in Los Angeles: The Varnish & The Spare Room are elevating L.A.’s drinking scene

My recent obsession with the Showtime hit series Californication has inspired me in two ways. One, to write more. And two, get down to Los Angeles for some bar hoppin’! The first is a work in progress, but the second I achieved last week. I was lucky enough to trade a weekend of Northwest gloom for sunshine and cocktails during a mini-vacation to visit my sister in Orange County.

While the craft-cocktail bar has seen a resurgence over the last couple of years, Los Angeles was a bit late to the party and has had to play catch up with cities like New York and San Francisco. Despite the early hesitation, L.A. has finally unglued themeselves from the ‘Appletini 90′s’ and can now lay claim to bars such as The Varnish, Seven Grand and The Edison. All three have played a major role in bringing life to the once decaying L.A. cocktail scene. In a 2010 article from Imbibe magazine about L.A.’s cocktail rebirth, Paul Clarke of The Cocktail Chronicles blog said “change comes quickly in L.A., and while the city’s craft bars have been slow out of the starting gate, today there’s a cocktail renaissance underway that could make the City of Angels one of the world’s most exciting drinking cities.” We were determined to find some of this new energy.

After a glorious day at Universal Studios, our journey began on the downtown streets of L.A. Our first visit was to The Varnish. Tucked in the back of Cole’s restaurant (originators of the French Dip) lies this Prohibition-era, speakeasy style bar. Walking in, I had the sense I was going to interrupt a mobsters poker game. Luckily that wasn’t the case. Instead, the place was packed with happy drinkers. Dim lights and scratching jazz warmed the room. After settling in, it was time to drink! I was surprised by the limited number of cocktails on their menu, however they do offer a ‘bartender’s choice’ option which encourages the customer to give the bartender a base spirit or flavor profile and let them delight you with the rest (similar to how Seattle’s Needle and Thread operates). I stayed on the menu for my first cocktail and ordered the Adderley. A delicious rye based drink with marischino, lemon and bitters. For my second, I went bartender’s choice and ordered “something herbaceous with gin.” When the waitress left, I turned to my sister and her boyfriend and the first words out of my mouth were “I bet it will be the Last Word” – the ‘Emerald City’ cocktail made popular by iconic bartender Murray Stenson of Zig Zag Cafe. Sure enough, I called it! Although, instead of green chartreuse the bartender opted for yellow. A twist I had never tasted – well done!
 
Next on the itenerary was The Edison. Unfortunately, the line down the block and dress code requirements put a damper on our mood, so we headed back to the hotel bar and sipped a few overpriced cocktails while sharing our regrets about missing out on all the primitive mating rituals and awkward dance moves (talk about good times!). The next day, we headed to Hollywood. My sister had the bright idea of wanting to check out The Roosevelt Hotel because she had heard great things, plus it was a hot spot for celebrity sightings! We began snooping around in the middle of the afternoon. Within twenty minutes we spotted Colin Farrel, and stumbled upon an incredibly cool bar - The Spare Room. To our disbelief, this newly opened (January 5th) classic gaming parlor-style bar offers up vintage cocktails, custom-built backgammon tables and two reclaimed wooden bowling lanes. I felt like I should’ve been rubbing elbows with the Rat Pack. Plush leather sofas and tables with  hidden compartments supplying dominoes and cards, we were lovin’ it! All of this, and the drinks were outstanding. I sipped an elegant Negroni as I watched a gentleman attempt to change the name of the place to ‘The Gutter Room.’ Equal parts gin, campari and sweet vermouth made the Negroni similar to my time at the spare room – bittersweet. It was short lived and I didnt get a chance to lace up the bowling shoes.

Giving a nod to a time that once was, The Varnish and The Spare Room are making L.A.’s drinking scene reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Classy joints, featuring bartenders who care about the craft keeping the cocktails flowing into the wee hours. If you’re headed to LA (or already there) you should definitely check them out, and let me know what you think!

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