Friday, September 30, 2011

TV Time: Ken Burns' Prohibition

So in addition to being a bit of a cocktail buff, I'm also a bit of a history buff.  For both reasons, I'm interested in checking out the new three-part documentary Prohibition, which airs Sunday, Oct. 2nd - Tuesday Oct. 4th at 8pm on PBS.  Directed by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, the film is set to explore the Prohibition era from its roots to its unintended consequences.  From the film's website:  
The story of Prohibition's rise and fall is a compelling saga that goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of momentous transformation. The film raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago – about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities, the proper role of government and finally, who is — and who is not — a real American.
For some write-ups on the film, you can check out pieces from Time and

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stocking a New Home Bar

Greetings!  My apologies for the long summer hiatus, but unfortunately other activities pulled me away for a while, first and foremost among them finding and purchasing my first home!  Now that that is done and I've settled in, I'm back on track (or back on the wagon, if you prefer).  Further, with the purchase of a new home, comes the buying of many many things to stock and set it up.  So, in that spirit, I thought it might be a good time to throw my two cents in on a topic that often gets many viewpoints on message boards and in the blogosphere, the question of what to buy to stock up a home bar.