Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What We're Drinking This Week

I had a great weekend, hope you did as well, celebrating our nation's independence.

This week, we'll get to take in the remainder of the World Cup (Netherlands v. Uruguay this afternoon), watch the NBA free agent market come together,  the summer baseball season rolls along, and British Open tune-ups begin.  It has been, and continues to be, an amazing sports summer.

Similarly amazing?  What we're drinking this week.  But first!...

Soundtrack of the WeekRobyn "Body Talk Pt. 1"  I know this outside the realm of music I am likely to recommend.  It's dance club music.  But, tell me you don't feel something, however small, when you watch Robyn in the "Dancing on my Own" video.  Here is a link to the video.  In this day and age of singles and iTunes, you could simply buy that song and call it a day.  Buy the album, and mix it into the rest of your collection. 

Book of the Week: Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"  If you're not in on this book yet, do yourself a favor, and jump in with both feet - the water is warm, I assure you.  Larsson's first novel is a rather long thriller set in his native Sweden.  The characters are nicely developed, and the pacing is superb.  This book is popular, arguably the most popular fiction book out at the moment, but make no mistake - this is a terribly well written effort.  In other words, it's not some crappily-written beach-novel a la The DaVinci Code.

Larsson's story is an interesting one.  He was a magazine editor, who somehow found the time to compose this novel without much fanfare.  He didn't seek his novels' publication until shortly before his untimely passing.  He passed away at a rather young age from a heart attack, with 3 completed, but unpublished novels - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo being the first.  If you're in need of a book this summer, this is a wonderful book with which to consume your time.

What We're Drinking This Week

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Matador - Tequila and pineapple juice.  Delicious.

Friday: Aviation - Gin, maraschino cherry liqueur and lemon juice.  One of my favorite orders when I happen upon a place that serves them.

Looking forward to this week's drinks (and not this week's heat).  Stay cool out there - we'll see you tomorrow!


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