Saturday, June 30, 2012

Delay of Game

For the record, I have really missed posting here.  I use it as a barometer or accountability on my progress.  Not posting certainly doesn’t mean a lack of activity on the back end but I do feel a sense of responsibility to keep up what I started.  Pressure is a blessing and a curse.  Alas, other responsibilities called and I’m back, if only temporarily. 

In less than a few weeks (7/11/12) an event I created called Wine Rocks will roll out for its 5th installment.  This is an annual wine and music extravaganza that has grown considerably since its inception.  We have added more wineries, breweries, distilleries and food trucks to accommodate the larger and more scenic venue.  The backdrop to the evening is Elliott Bay, and I'm getting really excited.  Five bands will play throughout the course of the evening on Pier 66 while guest enjoy the fruits of labor supplied by the local winemakers, brewmasters and distillers.  Check it out at

Needless to say between this, my shifts at Ray’s and making headway on Brimmer & Heeltap, I have been a busy girl.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Penny Profiler #28

Gabrielle and Scott Higson.  There is a small group of people in my life that I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with who all show up for a weekend to do a little deep tissue work on our emotional well being.  Gabrielle is one of those attendees.  Some may call it happenstance, while others call it divine intervention when certain people come in and out of our lives.  I personally do not believe in accidents and regularly count my lucky stars for this intersection in my life. 

Our penny exchange occurred at their home where I got to meet Scott, her husband, for the first time.  It’s really quite a gift when you get to meet someone’s other half and see such a beautiful, authentic connection.  The penny’s were the vehicle for the introduction and I continue to be humbled by this process.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Penny Profiler #27

Patty Foley & Jesse Moore.  I was lucky enough to cross paths with these two cool cats on Post Alley in the Pike Place Market at my former place of business.  They were on one side of the bar, I on the other.  That scenario happened often enough that a genuine bond was formed and soon we were meeting at favorite hot spots for food and drink outside the work walls. 

Patty & Jesse have a leading role in the Georgetown Haunted History Tour.  It is one of my favorite seasonal excursions and I can’t recommend it enough.  (  

Our penny exchange was hosted at their lovely home in South Seattle where I picked up the Gatorade bottle full of coins (a little pocket lint and cat hair too for good measure).  Makes me giggle thinking about the various vessels I've been receiving and the journey of where these little coins came from.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Our neighbors to the north have started measures to abolish the penny, are we next?  I’ve never been opposed to them but my recent penny collection mission proves that they are pretty polarizing.  Given their puny value, the penny has few friends.  Many consider them a nuisance, while coin collectors vie for their survival.  Using good ol’ fashioned economics, it doesn’t make much sense to keep them around.  They cost more to produce than they are worth.  According to the New York Times, The United States government (aka the taxpayers) lost $60.2 million on the production and distribution of pennies in the 2011 fiscal year.  A number of countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Britain, have already dropped their lowest-denominated coins without dire consequence.

Nostalgia is bittersweet with recollections of yesteryear and what I could purchase at the candy shop, or toss into a well for a wish.  What will we lay on the railroad tracks?  I guess another coin will suffice, but it’s just not the same.  If the penny dies, we'll demote the poor nickel to the bottom of the pickle jar and wonder what to do when it's full.  Amazon has a tawdry list of ridiculous products for sale, each for the asking price of a penny.  My favorites included “Dance The Macarena” VHS, Paparazzi Shades, or “Full House” Button/Pins with either Dave Coulier or John Stamos' picture on it.

Well if these little coins are put out to pasture, I’ll have thousands of them that will lay entombed at Brimmer & Heeltap.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Penny Profiler #26

Stacey Anderson and Kevin Klein.  The very soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Klein.  Farkle is to blame.  Stacey and some of her friends took it upon themselves to whip out a travel Farkle set and get their game on at my place of business.  Well their unbridled enthusiasm and competitive spirit sealed the deal.  Thankfully it takes more than a roll of the dice to keep good friends like this around.  They are great story tellers, party throwers, campers, dinner hosts, interior decorator (sorry Kev but Stacey wins that title hands down!) Rainier beer and fine red wine drinking buddies.  They are uber passionate and a few of the best debaters I’ve ever come across. 

Our penny swap came one night as we met to discuss their wedding plans on their roof top deck.  Not a bad setting overlooking the city and quite fitting as we contemplated all of our next chapters.  

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Vermouth Inspired Cocktails


1 ounce Brandy
1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth
1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
A couple of dashes of Orange Bitters
Chilled Club Soda

Place all ingredients, except for the club soda, into a shaker filled with ice.  Slowly stir the mixture for 30 seconds and then strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.  Top with a splash of club soda; serve immediately.


1 ounce Gin
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Green Chartreuse
Dash orange bitters

Stir with ice and strain into chilled coupe glass.  Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.


1 ½ ounce Gin
1 ½ ounce Dry Vermouth
½ ounce Benedictine
Dash orange bitters

Stir with ice and strain into chilled coupe glass.  Garnish with orange twist.


equal parts GOOD Sweet & Dry Vermouth
Regans Orange Bitters
CCCOLD & UUUp, served with a twist


2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 drop orange oil
Orange twist


1 oz. gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Ice cubes

Stir ingredients in a mixing glass, strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or ice-filled double rocks glass) and garnish with an orange twist.

Trilby No. 2

1 ¾ oz Scotch
½ oz Sweet Vermouth
½ oz Parfait Amour
2 dashes Absente
Orange Twist

Friday, June 1, 2012

Penny Profiler #25

Debbie Brandt.  Our paths crossed nearly a decade ago while doing a little soul searching.  Lucky for me we still gather a few times a year to dig deep into the emotional database.  She’s a ray of maternal light that fosters a can-do, accomplish your dreams attitude.  A true inspiration to women everywhere!

Our penny exchange was delicious as it was set to a multiple course meal at CafĂ© Lago.  Hours passed as we explored the historical points along our shared timeline.  Ah, the powers of red wine and delicious food! I don’t get to see her all that often, but our visits leave me a little wiser and give me the confidence to march forward.  After this visit I was armed with sense and cents!