12.30.2010

HOLIDAY HONEY

Try this out as your champagne cocktail this NYE.

Holiday Honey by Cheri Loughlin:

3/4 ounce Evan Williams Bourbon
1 ounce Evan Williams Honey Reserve
2 to 3 ounces Brut Champagne
Twist of Lemon

Combine Evan Williams Bourbon and Honey Reserve in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a champagne flute. Zest fresh lemon peel over top of cocktail and drop in lemon twist. Top off with approximately 2 to 3 ounces Brut Champagne.

Sadly I don't have an image. For more champagne ideas click here /LINK


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12.27.2010

HALLELUJAH COCKTAIL



1 oz cognac (Pierre Ferrand Ambre)
4 drops lime juice
1½ oz Italian (sweet) vermouth (Punt e Mes, or try Carpano Antica or Dolin Rouge)
¾ oz aged rum or rye whiskey (use rum for a sweeter drink, rye for a spicier one)
½ tsp grenadine (for a fun twist on the rum version, try falernum here)
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and serve.

2010 TOP FILMS

1. The Social Network

2. Black Swan

3. The Book of Eli

4. The Ghost Writer

5. Inception

6. The Runaways

7. Hot Tub Time Machine

8. Shutter Island

9. Kick-Ass


10. Machete


Honorable Mentions:
Babies
Carlos
Robin Hood
The Kids Are All Right
The Girl Who Played with Fire
She's Out of My League


Movies i still need to desperately see:
127 Hours
Tron: Legacy
The Fighter
True Grit

12.26.2010

SASSY KITCHEN


Maybe it's all you east-coasters, but since I've been back for the Holidays I keep running into people who are on gluten-free diets. I find myself continuously recommending my dear friend Julia's blog. She provides frequently updated recipes that are green and gluten-free. She also photographs all her work along the way which makes it almost too tempting to wait for an end result. Everything looks delicious!! But how can it not with recipes like these,

Brown rice cakes with calimyrna figs, arugula and thyme-infused balsamic reduction


Chilled truffle tartlets with buttery almond meal crust


Roasted cornmeal & "buttermilk" encrusted okra

See all her recipes and link to online bakery here. /LINK

-photos courtesy of Julia Gartland.

12.25.2010

JAMITDOWN XMAS FOR ALL


Here's your chance to grab all those Jamitdown mixes you missed in the past! JID 1-16. (there isn't a JID 9, i'm not sure why but there isnt). Click the title to download below.

/JID 1
/JID 2
/JID 3
/JID 4
/JID 5
/JID 6
/JID 7
/JID 8
/JID 10
/JID 11
/JID 12
/JID 13 (PART 1)
/JID 13 (PART 2)
/JID 14
/JID 15
/JID 16

12.23.2010

2010 TOP ALBUMS



1. Local Natives / Gorilla Manor /LINK




2. School of Seven Bells / Disconnect from Desire /LINK




3. Tame Impala / Innerspeaker /LINK




4. The Besnard Lakes / Are the Roaring Night /LINK






5. Beach House / Teen Dream /LINK






6. The Black Keys / Brothers /LINK







7. Crystal Castles / Crystal Castles (II) /LINK






8. The National / High Violet /LINK







9. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross / The Social Network  /LINK






10. Autolux / Transit Transit /LINK


Honorable Mentions: 
LCD Soundsystem / This Is Happening
MGMT / Congratulations 
Yeasayer / Odd Blood
Massive Attack / Heligoland
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti / Before Today
Stars / The Five Ghosts
Dolorean / Subiza





12.22.2010

THE MOLLY PITCHER CLUB COCKTAIL




THE MOLLY PITCHER CLUB COCKTAIL by Garrett McKechnie

Dash of Whiskey Barrel Bitters
¾ oz. homemade pineapple demerara syrup
¾ oz. lemon juice
2 oz. Plymouth Gin
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with star anise and fresh grated cinnamon.
Finish with a light absinthe spray.

Yes please!

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12.21.2010

NICHOLEDECARLE


I'm not one to normally get to razzled over lingerie, but these are so unique I felt the need to show them off.  This could be used over a body suit or tucked in shirt to wear out, or stand alone as is and look extremely sexy. Check out more details here. /LINK

ALLISON DIAZ




Love this stuff. I wish I could just put a huge one in my house! /LINK

JID 17



Just in case you plan to travel this upcoming holiday week, here are some new (an old) tunes to pass the time.  I hope you all enojoy and have safe, stress-free travels this holiday season! /DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

1. Mirrors / Crocodiles
2. Fever Dreaming / No Age
3. Heavenward Grand Prix / Japandroids
4. Solo (4 Claire) / Wise Blood
5. Absence of Light / Maximum Balloon
6. Freak Out / Tapes ‘n Tapes
7. The Youth / MGMT
8. Death and the Maiden / Family Fodder
9. Love Like a Sunset (Part 3) / Phoenix
10. Sleepyhead (Le Chev Remix) / Passion Pit
11. Way to an End / Mirrors
12. Not in Love (Feat. Robert Smith) / Crystal Castles
13. Peripheral Visionaries / Young Galaxy
14. Pot / The Phoenix Foundation
15. Photoshop Handsome (Disclosure Edit) / Everything Everything
16. Weight of the World / Active Child
17. On Your Side / The Radio Dept.
18. The Shallow End (White Sea Remix) / Seven Saturdays
19. The Dope Feels Good / The Warlocks
20. Stoned to Death / Crocodiles
21. She’s All I Need / The Asteroid No. 4
22. Some Velvet Morning / Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
23. Wilderness / Active Child
24. White Nights (Psychic TV Cover) / The Golden Filter
25. Heart is Strange (Active Child Remix) / School of Seven Bells

LUIS DOURADO



Some cool collage and a ton of other interesting work. Check out Luis' full portfolio here. /LINK

12.18.2010

TOAST

These cork trivets are made to look just like toast.  This is a great gift idea for under $50. /LINK

ALMOST AIR GUITAR

Not quite air, but close - paper! This would make a great gift for anyone who has the patience to construct something like this. /LINK

PEELS PUNCH




/LINK

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12.13.2010

ORB




Some old school animations for MTV by my friend Wyeth . See the animation here. /LINK

and check out more of Wyeth's work at /LABOUR

DIY IPHONE CHARGER


Feel like MacGuyver? Here is a DIY kit to make a small prtable phone charger in case your in the red and need to finish that final round of Angry Birds. Check out all the details here. /LINK

LOG CABIN BIRDHOUSE



Check out this awesome birdhouse my gf made this weekend using found outdoor objects, like sticks and stones (and some wood glue). I love DIY gifts and this is a great one!

Look for it soon on /LINK

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12.12.2010

THE BLACK SWAN (sort of)


Showgirls | Black Swan Trailer MASH UP from Jeffrey McHale on Vimeo.

In all seriousness though, The Black Swan was amazing! If there is one movie you go see over the holiday break, make sure it's this one! I can't begin to describe how much i enjoyed this film. /LINK

THE TRECCIA

What could make a better centerpiece for the Holidays then a giant 2 or 6 lb. braid of Mozzarella. Make sure you place your orders 1 week before and Obika (located in Century City, LA) will fly this direct from Italy for you to pick up hours later! Get all the details and place your order here! /LINK

12.10.2010

WHISKEY WARMER




Heres a great Holiday cocktail.

Whiskey Warmer: Elijah Craig 12, St. Elizabeth allspice dram, Grade B maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, hot water and fresh ground cinnamon. /LINK

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12.07.2010