Plymouth Party ~ Part I Thursday, Jun 7 2012 

Hello & ahoy! I’ve been meaning to post about the Plymouth portion of the English Gins trip for some time, but in the midst of more (booze-related) travels and deadlines, it got lost in the shuffle. Sorry, Plymouth!

This is the entrance to Black Friars Distillery, where Plymouth gin has been made in succession for more than two centuries. Two centuries! That’s a very, very long time. The building itself it 600 years old. That’s older than this country…which was started by a boatload of English folks who arrived via Plymouth. (FULL CIRCLE!)

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Rose season Friday, May 18 2012 

It’s going to be 80 degrees today. We’re so close to summer, I can taste it.

Specifically, I can taste the gin & tonics, and the PBR, and the rose. (These are my go-to summer drinks, among others.) In Chicago, PBR season lasts pretty much all year, and in my house, there’s always a g&t if you want it. But rose season is more specific. It’s happening right this minute. Proof: One of my favorite restaurants is kicking off its “Fete de Rose” this weekend, and meanwhile Lillet Rose (which I can’t link to because its website is perpetually in “peau neuve”) is starting to make its way into local shops. I wrote about it for Chicago Magazine and will link when it’s out.

In related news, I’ve been saving this bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial for a special occasion, and tonight is the night…

…primarily because I’m celebrating my handsome beau (!), but also, ’tis the season!

p.s. If you’re wondering why every other photograph of a bottle has a bowl of fruit in the background, it’s because I’m super lazy and take snapshots on my kitchen table. And yes, we eat the fruit. Eddie Izzard would be proud.

Salmon, gin & tonic Tuesday, May 8 2012 

I was so swept up in gin and English gorgeousness that I didn’t have as much time to blog whilst overseas as I’d originally thought. Sorry to leave you hanging. The upside? More time to post than had I been squeezing it in between outings.

So, on to Day 2 of the English Gins trip.

We started our morning bright and early on the docks just under the London Eye, which is even more enormous than I’d imagined. (more…)

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