Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mad Men: Season 4 is finally here!

This Sunday (July 25th) starts Season 4 of the best show on T.V- Mad Men! I'm going to tune in and celebrate by making some of my favorite 1960's inspired cocktails... and you should too.
The Dirty Martini
2½ oz vodka
1½ oz dry vermouth (optional)
½ oz olive juice
3-4 green olives, stuffed with blue cheese (or garlic)
InstructionsAdd dry vermouth to the martini glass, rinse and pour out. Pour vodka, olive juice and ice into mixing glass and shake until chilled. Strain in the martini glass and drop the 3 to 4 olives as garnish.
Old Fashioned
Ingredients2 dashes aromatic bitters
½ tsp sugar dissolved with water and bitters
1½ oz of bourbon
1 cherry
1 orange slice
1 lemon wedge

Fill glass with ice. Add cherry, orange slice and lemon wedge. Pour in bourbon. Serve in a rocks glass over ice.

Moscow Mule

Ingredients1¼ oz vodka
3 oz ginger beer
1 tsp sugar syrup
¼ oz lime juice
1 sprig mint
1 slice lime

In a copper mug or cocktail glass, pour vodka over ice. Add sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.

1¾ oz bourbon
¾ oz of sweet vermouth
1 dash of aromatic bitters
1 maraschino cherry

Pour bitters, liquors over ice in mixing glass. Stir and strain into martini glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry.

For more drink recipes, or to 'Mad Men yourself', go to the Official Mad Men site

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pixie Salon hosts exhibit by local Artist

For the next 6 weeks, Pixie Salon in South Park will be showing The Flintstones Series by local Artist Tina Frantz. Tina is a very talented and charismatic edition to St. Madeleine Sophie's Center, the work program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities that I work for. She has a very unique style of drawing and topics, mostly cartoons from the 80's (specifically Scooby Doo, the Care Bears & The Flintstones) as well as her favorite WWF wrestlers.
As part of my Disability Services Management class, I wanted to give Tina the opportunity to showcase her work in her first independently integrated Art show. She has 10 colored pencil pieces up, which are nicely framed and for sale at only $50.00 each. Pixie Salon rotates their artwork monthly, and is graciously allowing Tina's work to be shown without charge, so 100% of sales go back to the Artist and supporting Sophie's Gallery where she creates some of her work.

Also, Pixie offers hair services alongside facials, waxing, and makeup sessions by appointment. They are a smaller sized shop, with a friendly all female staff, and are located directly behind The Whistle Stop Bar in the heart of South Park.

Please stop by and support an emerging Artist, or treat yourself to a little revival at a Salon that deserves business!
Tina's work in lobby of Salon

Pixie carries Bumble & Bumble and Revlon products

Hair cuts with a blow dry start at $50.00

Please visit Pixie Salon for appointments and directions

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wheel & Deal: Bar Carts

Bar Carts! Another economical incentive to stay in and drink... These portable canteens of cocktails can be moved to where the music is, or to divert the crowd OUT of your kitchen (if you live in a shoebox like me, this is always a problem.) Or, stock up on the essentials and take the party outside!
Here is some inspiration:

Maison 21
The Errant Aesthete
Elle Decor