Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sureal Vintage Xmas Decorations at Do What Now?

Do What Now?
Lot's of surreal vintage xmas decorations are being posted over at Do What Now? with commentary. Here are a few of my faves:

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tails of the Merman-Episode 4: The Morning After

Tails of the Merman-Episode 4: The Morning After
We're back with the next installment. Please comment/rate/share!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Galore at SECRET FUN BLOG

So much Halloween fun over at secret fun blog. I love his historical look back at the evolution of his own Halloween costumes over the years, and the tragedy of the fantastic Ghostbuster costume. Lots of other fun throughout.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tails of the Merman-Episode 3: Party Time!

Tails of the Merman-Episode 3: Party Time!

The party guests arrive. How do they react to the merman? And, what about the henchmen?

New Contest:
What would you do with the merman's magic rum? Best answers will receive a higher res dvd of the series when it's complete. Leave your ideas in the comments.

To make your own merman's magic rum, roast a whole ginger root (about the size of your hand) in an oven at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes. Let it cool and slice it, then add it to some rum. It gets spicy fast, so taste it every so often. If found that about 8 hours is plenty.


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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halloween Cocktail - Pumpkin Smash

Pumpkin Smash, originally uploaded by WxMom.

Not one of mine, but it sounds like a nice Halloween Cocktail:
2 oz Cinnamon Vodka (we used a red cinnamon schnapps)
1/2 oz pumpkin vodka
1 oz amaretto
Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. (could be served over ice, as well).
Looks like they made the pumpkin vodka by simple infusion.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What is that Basketball Player Doing to that Football Player?

Finally had a camera with me when I drove by this very odd sculpture outside of a McDonald's on MLK near I95.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Hello again everybody. Here's something completely different. No merman, no cocktails, just a blindfolded sculpture class trying to sculpt Lionel Ritchie. If you don't know why, you're probably too young to chuckle at this.

Via Neatorama

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tails of the Merman-Ep. 2: Special Delivery - With Contest

Tails of the Merman-Ep. 2: Special Delivery - With Contest
Click through to the youtube page to contribute a guess to the contest, for a fabulous prize.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

ICE CRUSHERS MANUAL - a photoset on Flickr

ICE CRUSHERS MANUAL - a photoset on Flickr
Fantastic set of manual ice crushers. The photographer/collector promises a set of electric crushers soon.
Dazey Ice Crushers

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Bourbon on the Rocks

I know the Friday Cocktail and this blog in general have been a bit vacant lately, but the merman has taken over my free time. However, I recently tried my hand at seriously tasting some bourbon and writing about it and here are the results:

I currently have 4 bourbons on hand: Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, Evan Williams: Single Barrel Vintage 1997, and 80 Strong.

I usually have Jim Beam for simple bourbon and Cokes (actually Coke Zeros which works exceptionally well with bourbon or rum if you ever do that sort of thing). And, I always have one mid-premium rotating between Knob Creek, Maker's Mark, and Woodford Reserve. I've tried not to let my palate get me into the higher priced bourbons. I've never really tried to write or talk about tasting bourbon, so this was a good opportunity to give it a try. Here's the method I followed. I pulled out 4 small glasses and poured the first bourbon, Knob Creek, about 1/2 to 3/4 oz. I took some time smelling the glass and jotted down notes, then took a sip or two for taste 1 and took notes. Then I put 2 ice cubes in and swirled them around and took notes for taste 2. Then I moved on to the next bourbon, letting the first sit in the ice cubes. After tasting all 4, I went back through tasting them again with with a little melted ice on them. Finally, I pulled out The Bourbon Companion and compared my notes with the Regan's to see if I knew anything or if they could better help me to verbalize what I tasted. Here are the results:

Knob Creek (100 proof)
Nose: Sweet, a little fruity and vanilla
Taste 1: sweet, soft for the high alcohol content
Taste 2: crisper
Taste 3: nose is sweeter with water,
Regan's Rating 90 - they also talk about berry notes which I probably just can't distinguish from fruity, and oak/carmelized sugar

Woodford Reserve:
Nose: sweet, but slightly medicinal
Taste 1: warm, welcoming, rounder, fuller
Taste 2: takes to the water quicker, smooth (90 proof)
Taste 3: woodier now
Regan's Rating 91 - they mention vanilla, caramel, toffee, and leather which I probably verbalized as warm, welcoming, rounder, and fuller

Evan Williams: Single Barrel Vintage 1997: (87 proof)
Nose: sweet, more citrus
Taste 1: corn
Taste 2: sweetest
Taste 3: very smooth, but loosing a little character
Regan's Rating 90 - they describe it as sweet and sharp which I think I got with sweet and citrus (I never got caramel, but did get herbal)

80 Strong: (80 proof)
Nose: most medicinal
Taste 1: woody
Taste 2: woody but still a bit chemically
Taste 3: chemically
This is a new bourbon and has been both panned and praised in the blogosphere. I'm a sucker for the pin-up girl gimmick. I bought 3 bottles online, which came with 3 t-shirts for about $70 shipped. It's too new for Regan's book, but I liken it to Jim Beam. If the price were similar to Beam in a local store I'd buy it for the packaging, but it's not something I'd plan on sipping.

Origins of Barbarella

The World Of Kane.
This is probably old news to many, but it was new to me. Barbarella was based on a French comic book. The World of Kane shows lots of images from the French version. Here's one from the artist's website that was translated to English:

I also found out at the artists site that in the second comic Barbarella runs a space circus. And there will be new "reinvented" Barbarella movies in the near future, which I'm simultaneously excited about and afraid of. More on all of that here: http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/forest.html

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tails of the Merman-Episode 1: LuRu Prepares for a Party

YouTube - Tails of the Merman-Episode 1: LuRu Prepares for a Party
I decided to release this in parts so it doesn't take forever. Episode II should be ready in about 2 weeks.

Please share this around, and of course comments are always nice.

Friday, September 07, 2007

now THAT's corn

now THAT's corn, originally uploaded by Mamluke.

For any FOMers who stop by.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Other Night at the Wreck Bar

The Other Night at the Wreck Bar
My how this blog has suffered lately, focusing on this other project with my free time. Here's another taste:

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tails of the Merman Trailer

YouTube - Tails of the Merman Trailer

Been a while since my last post. We were on vacation. Here's a little something we worked on while on vacation. Got some new ideas, to add, so this is just a trailer.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Cocktail of the Week - Ti Punch

Travel Bar in Action 2, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

Thought I'd give everyone a break from our surrealist cocktails and share something new we tried. Ti Punch is popular in the French Caribbean. The Ti is short for petite. It is simply a mixture of lime juice, simply syrup, and rum that is traditionally served in a way that each person makes his or her own. This is currently the drink of the month at the Fraternal Order of Moai and skitiki has provided a nice introduction over there. Four our ti punches, I went with a wine glass full of ice, juice of one lime, healthy splash of simple syrup, topped with rum. It was perfect four our Bed and Breakfast in Key West last weekend as we celebrated our lucky 13th wedding anniversary.



More pics from the weekend here.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Cocktail of the Week - Sidecar

Classic Sidecar, originally uploaded by chipandandy.

1oz Brandy
1oz Cointreau
1oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. An old classic served on decadent Sunday because it was very popular in Paris around the heyday of the Surrealists. The name is said to have come about due to an eccentric army captain who was chauffeured to and from the bar in a motorcycle sidecar.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Golden Cadillac

Golden Cadillac, originally uploaded by chipandandy.

3/4 oz Galliano
3/4 oz White Creme de Cacao
3/4 oz Cream

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, or other serving vessel. After assessing the cost of our ebay glass slippers, I convinced LuRu to give some local thrift stores and flea markets a shot. She thought I was a little crazy, but the results were fantastic. We only found 2 suitable shoes, but the fish is my favorite anyway.

This was my first time using Galliano, but certainly not my last. It has an anise taste and smell, but it's much rounder and softer than Pernod and has many other herbs.

You may notice the glue sticks in the background. I think we must have played the newspaper poetry game with this round. LuRu and I cut interesting words and phrases out of newspaper headlines for the past week or so and tossed them into a hat. People pulled them out and glued them to a sheet of paper to form "poems."

Here are a few shots of the drinks being drunk:

Had to use a straw for the open slipper.


The boot worked very well.

Golden Cadillac in a Whale.....

Kissy the fishy. I love this as a glass.


Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Velvet Hammer

Velvet Hammer, originally uploaded by chipandandy.

Shake equal parts:

Tia Maria
Heavy Cream

with ice and strain into cocktail glass, or glass slipper. Your choice. This is another one from our Surrealist Sunday. Early on after we decided upon this theme, LuRu got the idea she wanted people to drink from shoes with the surreal symbolism. Onto ebay and we quickly bid on these three darlings, and several others. After winning the auction and realizing that the shipping made the price not nearly as reasonable, we stopped at three. Each couple shared a slipper, and a second creamy cocktail was served in different containers (cliffhanger).

When it was time to decide what to put in the glass slippers, LuRu thought we should drink a warm, salty, creamy drink. Well, Decadent Sundays are supposed to be about the drinks first, so that idea was nixed, but I kept the creamy part. The cocktail itself was a quite lovely desert drink. Not nearly as heavy as I imagined. I'm guessing due to the vigorous shaking with ice. It paired well with the incredible merange desert.

There are tons of variations on the velvet hammer, some using vanilla ice cream, others adding vodka, still others with creme de cacao. You can check out 16 or so of these recipes at ZuckerBlog.

Oh, and Chip added his photos as well as scans of the results of our surrealist parlour games to the Decadent Sundays Pool on flickr. If you want to read any small print, click the icon for all sizes above the picture and choose the large size. Original size is even bigger, but at least on my test case it flipped the image sideways and made it less easy for me to read than the large size.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Gin(ny) in the bottle

Gin(ny) in the bottle, originally uploaded by shpankme.

For Chip, who's a big fan of Hendrick's.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Now that's what I call a party

Penway Party 1, originally uploaded by Namey McNamerson.

Everyone into the girdle. Don't ask any questions.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday Cocktail for Friday the 13th - Corpse Reviver

DSCF1721, originally uploaded by Lokis world.

Wanted to share something a little ghoulish for Friday the 13th. The Corpse Reviver shown here is the darker cocktail in the back. There are at least 3 radically different Corpse Reviver recipe's, but this is regarded as the original created by Frank Meier at the Ritz Bar, Paris, in the 1920s.

Corpse Reviver #1
1 oz brandy
2/3 oz sweet vermouth - Vya highly recommended, I think it makes the drink
2/3 oz Calvados or Applejack

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

The lighter cocktail is the Dubonnet Cocktail. If you like gin martinis with a twist over vodka and/or olives, this is heavenly.

Dubonnet Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Dubonnet
1 1/2 oz Gin

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Dubonnet is an aromatic wine, so it's in the vermouth family, but it is very light and crisp, with a little sweetness to it. I like olives, but I've always preferred my martini's with a twist. Now that I've found Dubonnet, I'll have this instead everytime at home. Dubonnet is not very expensive. I think I picked up my 750ml bottle for about $12. Store it in the fridge with your other vermouths.

So, you might be asking, why 2 cocktails, and what's with the eyeball. Well, the photo is from the recent Decadent Sunday party we hosted with the theme of surrealism. The "glasses" are actually a salt and pepper shaker set, sans caps. The eyes were printed on sticker paper and stuck on the caddy. The afternoon was filled with classic cocktails, mostly from when the surrealists were peaking (between WWI and WWII), though these both date to the 20s. We also played a number of surrealist games.

One of the games had us making poetry using opposites. Each person wrote a sentence at the top of the page, then passed it to someone else. The second person wrote a sentence with an opposite meaning, then folded the paper so the first sentence was not visible and passed the paper again. After a while, we'd decide the round was over and read the complete "poems." I paired these drinks with this game because of the opposite natures of the colors of the drinks.

I'll post more of the recipes and photos from this afternoon in future Friday Cocktail posts. If you want to check out some of the photos, the participants started a flickr group: http://flickr.com/groups/decadentsundays to share our photos. They're a little out of order, and I haven't added my shots from Surreal Sunday yet, but Loki has several and I have to thank him for this shot.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Slide Fun

Slide Fun, originally uploaded by Metal Chris.

I love it when people don't take themselves too seriously.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Friday Cocktail: Caribe Cocktail

Caribe Cocktail, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

Posting the cocktail early today because we're off snorkeling this afternoon. Enjoy!

3/4 oz lemon juice
1 oz Pineaple juice
1 1/2 oz rum

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day - Retro Thing: Past Presidents Immortalized As Avon Aftershave

Retro Thing: Past Presidents Immortalized As Avon Aftershave

Thank you Retro Thing for making blogging worthwhile on this Independence Day. Check out the commentary over there. And, please use plenty of sunblock, and keep your fingers away from the firecrackers.

Monday, July 02, 2007

cocktailnerd: Fight Night! Channel Knives - A blog of most things cocktail and alcohol related

cocktailnerd : Fight Night! Channel Knives

Great review of 3 different channel knives, very thorough, nice photos. I use a channel knife, similar to the cheap one, for lemon twists and other garnishes. I've been thinking it's a bit dull, so now I know there are some other options out there.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Pink Creole

Pink Creole, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

1 1/2 oz golden rum
1/2 oz lime juice
1 tsp cream
1 tsp grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Ideally garnished with a rum soaked cherry. All of our limes have been tart lately so I added 2 extra tsp cream and 2 extra tsp grenadine and it was a wonderful cocktail. I could see this as a brunch cocktail, though it was fine in during happy hour.

From Playboy's Bar Guide 1971

Drinks of Hawaii, vintage recipe book

Tiki Central Forums - Topic: Drinks of Hawaii, vintage recipe book (image heavy)

Great scans of this funky cocktail book, from 1972.

Via Eye of the Goof

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bar Keeper Silverlake: Barware Shop in California

Bar Keeper Silverlake
Website full of great barware, with an extensive vintage collection and absinthe gear for sale. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye.

Via The Liquid Muse

Photos: The Little Professor MP3 player | Crave : The gadget blog

Photos: The Little Professor MP3 player | Crave : The gadget blog
Little professor children's electronic quiz game turned into MP3 player.

remember it now?

Via Aslin28

Cat Bishop "Recycling fine junk into so-so art"

Cat Bishop "Recycling fine junk into so-so art"
Fantastic artwork made of recycled stuff. I'm seriously contemplating this piece for myself:
Mr Magic Cocktail

Monday, June 25, 2007

Music for Hangovers

Music for Hangovers, originally uploaded by lpcoverlover.

Musta been some party.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Fort Lauderdale Cocktail

Fort Lauderdale Cocktail, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

Couldn't resist trying this cocktail when I flipped open my Playboy's Bar Guide from 1971.

1 1/2 oz Golden Rum
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Lime Juice
1 slice cocktail orange in syrup

Shake with ice and pour over rocks in a pre-chilled old-fashioned glass.

I've never run across a "cocktail orange in syrup," so I supose it means to soak an orange slice in simple syrup, which I did. I found this too tart at first, so I added a very tiny splash of simple syrup, squeezed my orange slice, and stirred a little more. That's when it became a very easy Golden Hour cocktail.


New Look and New Features - Experiment 33.2

I've been wanting to update the look around here for a while, so stop on by if you're checking this via a feed reader and please let me know what you think.

Did you like the old photos better?

Check out the random sites in the sidebar. These widgets are set to scroll a random link to a:

  • friend's website/blog,
  • cocktail recipe I've selected,
  • cocktail blog,
  • or retro themed blog.
If you want to pause the scrolling, click the pause button in the upper right corner. Want to be added to one of the sections,? Leave a comment or drop me a note.

Want to listen to some exotica music? Click the last.fm player at the bottom of the first sidebar. Also let me know how the music is, if you use it.

The bottom sidebar is navigational. First you can search for all posts with a specific label. Seeing this I'm going to reduce the number of labels in the future to just a few. And notice how you can expand or contract the archives using the triangles.

I'm going to save the Friday Cocktail for later this evening. Feel free to check a random cocktail from the sidebar, or my posts labeled cocktail in the meantime.

Please leave some comments and let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Chrysler's in-car phonograph | Crave : The gadget blog

Chrysler's in-car phonograph | Crave : The gadget blog

Available as an option on 1956 Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, and Plymouth models but quickly phased out due to the inevitable skipping problem and columbia records only agreement. Another pic and more details if you follow the link.

Via Bedazzled!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

johnny dollar's vault: mixology, 70's style: i'm a SoCorpio..

johnny dollar's vault: mixology, 70's style: i'm a SoCorpio..
Mixology Page 01
Great flickr set of swingin 70s cocktail recipes related to zodiac and Southern Comfort.

Now, *that's* a margarita maker...

Not how I prefer my cocktails made, but given the situation and the ingenuity, I had to pass this along. Three more shots at the flickr photoset.

Via boingboing

eBay: RARE PLAYBOY DC-9 BIG BUNNY HEFFNER PROTOTYPE &EPHEMERA (item 250131947792 end time Jun-24-07 11:00:00 PDT)

eBay: RARE PLAYBOY DC-9 BIG BUNNY HEFFNER PROTOTYPE &EPHEMERA (item 250131947792 end time Jun-24-07 11:00:00 PDT)
Fantastic lot of playboy airplane stuff. Lots of great photos. I'm a little partial to this one

since I have a set of those pump dispensers.
Decanter Set

Via boingboing

Monday, June 18, 2007

Belated Friday Cocktail - Hawaiian-Fashioned

Hawaiian-Fashioned, originally uploaded by chipandandy.

Busy at the Hukilau this weekend and forgot to post a Friday Cocktail. Here is my newest concoction. I made this up to use Chip's homebrewed Hibuscus Liqueure. This is similar to an old fashioned, hence Hawaiian Fashioned.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Reggie was getting quite worried by the behaviour of his flat-mate,

Bathtub Gin is for drinking, not banjo and bathing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Hukilau 2007

The Hukilau 2007

Starting tomorrow night we'll be spending the weekend steeped in all things tiki!

Modern Mechanix � How to handle your car when you’re loaded

Modern Mechanix � How to handle your car when you’re loaded

I hope you had to scroll down to see what that image was really about. From the always interesting Modern Mechanix blog.

BTW, been super busy at work and home lately. Had a great visit from by brother and sister-in-law a few weeks back, then I was in Kansas City for a conference for a few days. Kansas City was very nice, clean, but very empty for a city. I'm guessing that it must be spread out, because I was downtown and had no trouble crossing streets anytime with or without the aid of traffic lights. Posting should be more regular next week.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Friday Cocktail - French 75

French 75, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

I've been wanting to make some champagne cocktails for a while now and last night we cracked open a bottle to give it a go. The French 75 was by far my favorite and will be in the repetoir.

3/4 oz Gin (I've become partial to Plymouth's)
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Sugar Syrup

Place Maraschino cherry in champagne flute. Mix first 3 ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into champagne flute and top with champagne.


Friday, June 01, 2007

The Friday Cocktail - Santiago or Bacardi Cocktail?

From "The Calvert Party Encyclopedia" page 33 (1960)

2 oz. light rum
2 dashes grenadine
4 dashes lime juice (which I interpreted as about 1/2 a lime)

I shook this up in my Boston shaker that uses one of those vintage glasses that has recipes on the side as the glass half. As I strained the drink, I noticed that the recipe on the glass for the Bacardi cocktail is the same with 1/2 tsp of sugar and only one dash of grenadine (and presumably Bacardi rum). Either way a tasty treat.


Go there, see the wonders of a clip art based board game where the objective is to meet a member of the opposite sex (can't imagine they'd allow anything else), go steady, and finally get engaged. All while avoiding the evil video store. You must see the pictures and commentary.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Friday Cocktail - Bourbonaise

Bourbonaise, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

I would never have thought to put these ingredients together, but if it's good enough for Playboy's Bar Guide from 1971 I figured it was worth a shot. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise, with a good blend of sweet, sour, and bourbon.

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz creme de casis
1/4 oz lemon juice

Stir in old fasioned glass filled with ice. I suggest starting with this mix and adjusting to taste depending on the tartness of your lemon juice. I added an extra splash of creme de casis and found it mellowed the drink out perfectly .


The Ritchie Family

The Ritchie Family, originally uploaded by Side Salad.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bumbo, The Drink of Pirates

Bumbo, The Drink of Pirates
In honor of the coming Pirate's of the Caribbean: At World's End, a great post at the Art of the Drink about the true drink of pirates with some interesting history.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

powerpoint presentation humor - data visualization & visual design - information aesthetics

powerpoint presentation humor - data visualization & visual design - information aesthetics
I'm working on a powerpoint for a conference when I found this video featured in one of my regular blogs. Go there and watch it and learn what to avoid when making powerpoint presentations.

Cap'n Scurvy's Treasure Chest: Van of the Week-Pt. 2: Rollie's Econobar

Cap'n Scurvy's Treasure Chest: Van of the Week-Pt. 2: Rollie's Econobar
Fantastic bar made from a vintage 1961 econoline van. He put a bunch of audio equipment under the hood, but I think he must have the regular bar stuff in the closets behind the bar.

Via Boing Boing

Monday, May 21, 2007

BlueBook of Quality Merchandise 1970 - a photoset on Flickr

BlueBook of Quality Merchandise 1970 - a photoset on Flickr
This great book has recently come into our possession and I shot a few pics of a few pages. The book contains just about everything you could want or need in 1970 starting with with your engagement rings and other jewlery through setting up your home with dirilyte gold-hued flatware and bedding, entertaining with barware and record players, and finally you might get to enjoy some sporting goods at the end. Here are just a few of the shots that amused me. Let me know if you have any requests, this thing is almost 1,000 pages long and I only shot 25 so far.
BlueBook of Quality Merchandise 1970 Cover
Trav-L-Bars page 442
My favorite
Golden Elegance page 192
Broilers, Toasters, and Popcorn Poppers page 309
Check out the vertical broiler in the upper left corner, it's a toaster for your meat!