Monday, September 29, 2014

Every Vanity Set Needs a Knife

Yes, the noise had finally subsided.  All she had now was the satisfaction of Silence.  And herself.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Birthday, Julie!

Happy birthday today to our favorite sultry songstress Julie London!
For our previous Julie London posts, click here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bartending 101: Know Your Glassware

If you're going to be a bartender -- or at least look like one -- you need to know your glassware. There are a variety of glasses, and each drink has a specific glass that you should pour it in.  Here's a general list to get you started on knowing which glass goes in which cocktail.  Today we'll just talk about the classic glassware, and thankfully most of them are named for the drinks that go in them:
Photo courtesy of Cocktail Hunter

Rocks or Old Fashioned glass  - this glass is usually used for whiskeys and gin, but I've gotten this glass when I order my vodka/soda cocktail.  A perfect rocks glass has a round bottom, and when the ice is dropped from the correct height a "ting" can be heard. Rocks glasses got their name as most of these drinks are served over ice (on the rocks).

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BBQ and Fritos

The very next thing I think of when I think "Barbecue" is....Fritos?  Apparently in 1957, the Frito-Lay company wanted our thoughts going in that direction.  This mini-cookbook brochure with Outdoor Cooking tips and other ways to make your backyard barbecue successful was attached to Fritos.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bartending 101: Taking the Exam!

I decided a while ago that I was going to take the written exam.  Well, I did as much "research" as I could (step 1 of The Plan) and also procrastinated as long as I could (step 2 of The Plan).  So now it was time to face the inevitable proverbial tunes.

I don't want to fail in front of a bunch of people, so I leave work early and drive to the school.  Against my plan, four other people are already there, including a guy from my class (a huge basketball player-slash-college student).  

"Hey," I say.  "You testing today too?"
"At this very moment," he says.
"How's it going?" I ask, seeing that he's still working on the first page.
He groans and shakes his head as an answer.  I'm feeling even less confident now.

Betty emerges from the back and sees me.  "Hey, you ready?" she asks.
"Ready as I'm gonna be," I tell her, hoping she'll give me some words of encouragement.
No such luck.  "Three people have failed today already," she declares.
"Huh," I respond, wondering what the hell she was trying to do to me.
"Okay, here's your test," she says.  "You have an hour."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Photo Album: Working Girls

Here is the last in the series of my photo albums!  During the war, when I wasn't performing at the USO, I was a factory worker.  Here are some photos of the girls an' me at the factory!
It's tiring working at the plant, but I keep a smile on my face:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour

Today's Thirsty Thursday is going to be a bit more educational - with two more cocktail recipes than usual!  Did you know there are three different ways to make what people think is the typical "Fuzzy Navel"?

There's the typical Fuzzy Navel:
In a rocks glass, over ice, pour 1 oz. Peach Schnapps and then fill with orange juice.

Then there's the Hairy Navel:
In a collins glass, over ice, pour 1 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps, and then fill with orange juice.

And then there's the Pierced Navel:
In a collins glass, over ice, pour 1 oz. tequila, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps, and then fill with orange juice.

So now you know there are 3 ways to have your belly button cocktails!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Mabel Normand
Known as the "Queen of Comedy," Mabel is also noteworthy as one of the most powerful women of the silent movie era.  She was a revolutionary comedienne and actress of silent film, the "It Girl" of the early 20th century, and one of the industry's first female screenwriters, producers and directors.

Onscreen she appeared in a dozen commercially successful films, occasionally writing and directing movies as well as sometimes co-writing and co-directing with Charlie Chaplin in films in which they played the lead roles. At the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Normand had her own movie studio and production company.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bartending 101: Mid-Term Exam Prep

I finally decide that it's time for me to take the written exam.  Yeah, before that whole "12 drinks in seven minutes" practical exam, you have to pass the written exam -- which I am told usually takes around 2 hours to complete and is a complete bitch.

I interrogate Betty all week about what the test is like.  She says you have to get a 90% to pass the test, and that she has seven different versions of it.  More importantly, no one is allowed to take the test home, whether they pass or fail it.  Damn, no chance of getting an underground photocopy.  There goes Plan A.