The Rich Cider Culture of the Finger Lakes

This article first appeared October 25th on thirstymag. In the tippy top of New York State, bordering Lake Ontario, the 14 counties of the Finger Lakes region boast a rich tradition of apple farms, and a booming cider sector.  Exactly three years ago, Governor Cuomo helped pass the Farm Cidery Bill, which made available a new license to farm cideries, (similar to farm wineries, breweries … Continue reading The Rich Cider Culture of the Finger Lakes

To the Person Behind the Counter

Last week, at the very end of my shift, I walked to buy a surprise bottle of whiskey for my coworker.  It was his 21st birthday, and we proceeded to take shots of Old Overholt Rye out of paper espresso cups, the ones with the useless fold-out handles.  It was a nice moment of camaraderie, but lately I am filled to the brim with the … Continue reading To the Person Behind the Counter

thin (poem)

the delicacy of the ego spread thin on a water cracker, served with cocktails of fresh cane juice and uncommon bottles of bitters. the cracker’s crunch a percussive counterpoint to the dulcet baritone professions of passion, pieces and bits of the cracker fallen to the floor, soaked in a bit of oil from the ego paste, now to be incorporated into the hardwood via leather … Continue reading thin (poem)

This latte will bring us closer

Last Thursday I went to my first Latte Art Competition.  It was a Latte Art THROWDOWN, to be exact, presented by Los Angeles Thursday Night Throwdown, aka LATNT, at Fix Coffee in Echo Park.  It was a community event, bringing together people from some of the finest coffee shops on the Eastside.  There were competitors from Fix, Intelligentsia, Coffee Commissary, Cafe Dulce, and Handsome Coffee … Continue reading This latte will bring us closer