The Perfect Raincoat

April 24, 2008 at 2:56 am (Our Favorite Things, What we're drinking) (, , , )

The Raincoat is a cocktail made with walnut liqueur, bourbon, almond syrup, and cinnamon. The recipe comes from Haus Alpenz, who imports the Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur that we carry. They, in turn, credit Absinthe, a restaurant in San Francisco, for the creation of the drink.

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In the interest of full disclosure

April 13, 2008 at 8:01 pm (What we're drinking) (, )

Sometimes I do embarassing things.  I frequently forget people’s names and have to spend significant portions of conversations trying to get them to refer to themselves in the third person.  Two days ago I called a nice young lady “Sir.”  I have an approximately 100% rate of getting caught in any lie I tell.  This weekend, though, I did something that went beyond embarassing and extended into the realm of mortifying.

I, a manager of one of the best fine wine and spirits stores in the country, bought a boxed wine.  From the grocery store.

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The Drinker’s Dilemma

April 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

This post is a bit reflective, and a bit more involved with my formal academic training as an anthropologist…but is also intrinsically interwoven with my work in wine.  I have been thinking, and thinking, and thinking, so now I’ll type a bit and hope to share some new knowledge, as well as encourage a discourse with you and the Lush staff.  I am enthralled and intrigued and just can’t get enough of the thinking.

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What were you doing in 1989?

April 9, 2008 at 5:04 pm (French Wine, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , )

I want this post to be too many things. I’ve had the focal point for a while: a particular bottle of wine that I recently had the great (unfathomable! serendipitous!) fortune to try. The experience has inspired numerous tangential ponderings, each jutting out from the bottle’s hold as the center of a brainstorming web inside my head. And each of these has in turn inspired new meditations, resulting in schematic chaos that could not possibly be resolved into a cogent piece of writing.

But here it goes.

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A Brief Note on Self-Control

April 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm (Our Favorite Things) (, , )


I am down at the Halsted store today, where I am always delighted by a new selection of wine and spirits at my fingertips. If it wasn’t such a pain to get the stuff back up to my Roscoe Village apartment, I would probably leave with a half-case of bottles every time I worked here.

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Mi Amo L’Italia!

April 3, 2008 at 12:01 am (Our Favorite Things, Travel, What we're drinking) (, , , , )

I am riding a huge high…and yes, it may indeed be drug induced, but the doctor says it will make me better.  The sniffles are abating, slowly…but bronchitis won’t keep me down.  I will be euphoric, oh yes I will!  Traveling makes me so very happy, and traveling to Italy is perhaps my most favorite thing to do because it involves so much eating, drinking, and talking with friends.  Ahhh, bliss.

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#1 Winos

April 2, 2008 at 11:47 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

LUSH, take a bow.

TimeOut Chicago has so graciously awarded Lush as their ‘Critics Pick Favorite Winos in Chicago’.  And, they gave the gals of Lush a shout out, too.

 We love you all, we really do.  Almost as much as our bottle….

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