Posts Tagged ‘Tchaikovsky’

It’s Kewa Whanga Day!

October 28, 2011

Okay…I made that up, but we’ve been waiting on this wine for a while. It’s arrival is worth celebrating.

“Kewa Whanga” means “Whale Bay” in the Maori language and it means “yummy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc” in my language. It’s everything we love about New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at half the price of Cloudy Bay. It should be on the shelves by this evening. It will be at my house this weekend.

What else happened on Kewa Whanga Day?

–         The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland today in 1886.

–         Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #6 in B Minor, “Pathetique”, received its premiere performance in St. Petersburg (that would of course be in Russia, not Florida) in 1893.

–         On this day in 1942, the Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) was completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska. Just in time for the snowplows.

–         A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established the first college in what would become the United States. Today we call it Harvard. “The Great and General Court”…no hubris there.

–         Construction on the St. Louis Arch was completed today in 1965. I would think the second St. Louis Arch was that towering home run Albert Pujols hit in this year’s World Series.

Birthdays of interest;

–         Costume designer Edith Head (1897), composer Howard Hanson (1896) and Chef Georges Auguste Escoffier (1846) were all born today.

–         Actors Julia Roberts (1967), Elsa Lanchester (1902) and Kentucky’s own Annie Potts (1952) share this birthday. Ms. Lanchester hissed her way into film history as the Bride of Frankenstein.

–         The Maestro of Microsoft, Bill Gates was born this day in 1955.

–         It’s big day for music; Cajun legend Iry Lejeune (1928), country fiddler Charlie Daniels (1936) and the divine Cleo Laine (1927) were all born today.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Our daily libation inspiration is prompted by another musician who was born today. Wayne Fontana was born today in 1945. He hit the top of the charts with “Game of Love” as Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. Let’s toast him with a

Mind Bender Cocktail

1 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

½ oz. Amaretto

4 ½ oz. Sprite

Pour the vodka, amaretto and Sprite into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and stir.

Add a straw and serve.

Happy Kewa Whanga Day!





Grand Slams, Cannon Shots & Real Big Hair

August 20, 2011

It’s Father’s Day in Nepal! If you missed the United States version of that holiday, here’s a chance to make good. Tie sales will soar!

It’s also a big day in sports and for loud music;

–         The National Football League was founded this day in 1920. It’s rumored they’re still playing.

–         Today in 1938, Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands and is honored by a breakfast named after him at Denny’s.

–         Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuted in Moscow today in 1882. Boom!

We have interesting birthdays;

–         Kentucky’s former football coach Rich Brooks was born today in 1941.

–         Sci-fi writer Greg Bear (1951) and blues growler John Hiatt (1952) share this birthday.

–         Boxing promoter Don King (1931) was born today. Mr. King was probably more famous for his amazing hair than for his fighters.

–         Alan Reed was born today in 1907. You’ve probably never seen him, but I’m sure you’ve heard him. Mr. Reed was the original voice of Fred Flintstone. W-I-L-M-A!

Inspiration for our gruesome “Drink 4cast 4 2Day”.

On this day in 1890, master of the macabre H. P. Lovecraft was born. I’m not sure we’ve had a safe moment since. Mr. Lovecraft’s panoply of malevolent Gods and menaces always seem to lurking just beyond the corners of our vision. Thanks a lot for that, Howard!

Cthulhu Rising Drink Recipe

1 oz. Absinthe

1 oz. Fernet Branca

2 oz. Red Bull

1 whole sugar cube

Mix Absinthe and sugar with water using an Absinthe spoon.

Add Fernet and Red Bull and mix together with ice.

Strain and serve.

Quietly tremble!




Why Celebrate Today? 12/18/2008

December 18, 2008

Btms^ for Today!

Only 7 Days till Christmas, and 13 days till New Year’s Eve!

On December 18th in…

1886  —  Ty Cobb (a Hall of Fame baseball player nicknamed the Georgia Peach) was born.

A Fuzzy Navel, anyone? (Easy recipe! Two ounces each of Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice and Vodka!)

1892  —  Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” premiered.

How about a toast with a nutty liqueur like Amaretto or Frangelico? A Russian vodka would be just as “suite”!

1899  —  A patent was granted to George Grant for his golf tee.

A dram of your favorite Scotch would be up to par, two drams could have you soaring like an eagle. Any more and you could be “in the drink” and as any golfer knows, you don’t want to go there!

1942  —  Mohammed Ali was born.

A toast with your favorite Punch recipe that doesn’t sting like a bee but floats like a butterfly would a TKO!   

1943  —  Keith Richards was born.

We hear from a clip artist friend of ours who’s a MAJOR Keith fan, a toast containing Vodka would strike the right chord. Speaking of chords, guitar chords, we mean, how about making it a Gibson? The recipe is super easy! 2 ounces Vodka, a half ounce dry Vermouth and a pearl onion!    

1947  —  Steven Spielberg was born.

An award-winning toast to his Mr. Spielberg would be a shot of ET (Early Times, that is!)

1963  —  Brad Pitt was born.

A toast to Brad’s efforts to rebuild and revitalize New Orleans with a great Abita beer springs to mind! Brewed in Abita Springs, Louisiana, two of our favorite Abitas are Purple Haze and Turbo Dog!