Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Another New Orleans Interlude
One of my favorite cocktails is the Bobby Burns. There are a few bars around the country where the bartender reaches for the scotch and the shaker as soon as I walk in. Because it seems that nobody but me drinks this cocktail any more. So when a barman tells me he has "improved" the BB I couldn't be criticized for raising the skeptical eyebrow.
Unless the barman is Chris Hannah. And the bar is the legendary French 75 in New Orleans. Another of the greatest bars anywhere. I am proud to know a lot of great bartenders. But only two titans of mixology. Mr. Hannah is one of them, a gentleman and a true student of his craft. When he told me of his new BB version I ordered it immediately and with complete trust. I have no idea what he put into this cocktail to tweak it but it is magnificent. A triumph. Accompanied by a crackly white paper cone full of perfect gougieres the bar makes perfectly, my stop at the French 75 afforded a perfect quiet interlude on a blustery winter evening.
In my early 60s, widower, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".