Would you look at this young pup? Tacoma, 2013. So young. So full of Pacific Northwest frivolity rather than subway-hardened NYC grit. Those were the days.
Let me comment about the beverages in my loving embrace. Best advice for holiday drinking w/ a crowd: GET MAGNUMS. Big bottles rule. Roederer Estate, the California outpost of the famed Champagne house, makes a great Brut (dry) sparkling for about 24 bucks. That’s the price for a regular bottle or, as folks in Champagne like to say (in a mix of derisiveness and tongue firmly in cheek), a “half-magnum.”
Beer lovers, the Anchor Steam Christmas Ale is a classic. I wish I still had that poster of every label since 1975. If you love beer and trees, you are gonna be happy. Finding magnums will make you (holiday) legend.
I’m off to San Diego (weather-permitting) tomorrow. Four days in some (more) balmy weather and plenty of fish tacos. Special guest: Mom! She’s traveling from Reno.
Besides a day visiting a few wineries in Temecula, which is only about an hour away, all I plan on doing is chilling, reading, and going to Balboa Park. I’m back in NYC at a reasonable hour on Christmas Day, so may hit a nice hotel resto and chill at the bar or look for some fellow wayward souls out and about.
Here’s a view from Greenpoint, my neighborhood, with holiday lights. Photo by enobo, via Flickr.