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Martini Construction

As you may be aware, there are few things I hold as dear as a superbly made Martini.  And it is rare that I find an “away” Martini ever comes close to what I create in my “home court.”  The … Continue reading

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My First Martini

The details… Time: 1973, circa. AprilPlace: The pool bar @ Cambridge Beaches, Sandys Parish, Bermuda. Background, Part 1: Ellen and I honeymooned at Cambridge Beaches the previous June 4.  And discounting my collegiate experience with Boone’s Farm Apple Wine (an … Continue reading

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The Mamaloshen

In 1791 Catherine the Great created the Pale of Settlement. It was the territory within Russia where Jews were permitted to live. It included all of Belarus, Lithuania and Moldova, much of present-day Ukraine, parts of eastern Latvia. And with … Continue reading

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Beating Back the Devil

I had to blink.  It’s been a few years since I was in a saloon that “spoke to me.”  Let me make this clear… I was a visitor.  And I know the difference in being “part of a place” and … Continue reading

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