“the direct route isn’t always the best one”
We've been thinking about this a lot since reading this
. It also reinforced what we learned by reading Q+T Vol.94 book, "Chop Wood, Carry Water.
We've had a lot of time to think about this as we've just driven across Africa in a car that averages 50mph on a good day. 14 hours of trundling along through the middle of nowhere gives time for reflection. Time to think about how lucky we are, how privileged we are, and how much there is still to be done to get humanity to where it needs to be.
This is part of the reason we advocate for travel. And promote social intercourse. It is the reason we host our exclusive dinners. Yes they are fancy, and feature incredible chefs, amazing winemakers, and a cast of characters fit for an Agatha Christie novel. But there is substance too - the gathering of minds to discuss life, the universe, and everything. And hopefully then go do something about it.
Now, head to the bottom, mix up that White Elephant, and ponder what follows below.
join: dq supper club
In keeping with a secret supper club we're turning our ad hoc gatherings into something more formal.
Five dinners will be planned through the year. Ten seats are for sale. Once you own the seat you can come, send a friend, or advise us that we should fill it with someone deserving who will add to the party.
Please contact us for more details. Once the ten seats have been sold, they will only become available next year. And the holder, if still in good standing, will have priority over future applicants.
Expect chefs from the finest restaurants in the USA. Legendary mixologists. And winemakers from the sublimely unknown, to the most celebrated in the world.
Limited to two seats per applicant.
rip: ginger baker
Arguably the most influential rock 'n roll drummer of all time. Yes. Greater than Moon. And Bonham. And everyone. With a legendary temper, and an almost Godlike sense of percussion he once arose from his drumkit in front of thousands of concert goers to punch the lead guitar in the face for playing over his solo.
He certainly never took the direct route through life. And frankly outran The Reaper longer than anyone could reasonably have expected him to.
Jay Bulger directed a 2012 documentary film, "Beware of Mr Baker," telling the story of a drug addled life of vicious excess.
Feast your eyes, and laugh at the comedy of a man who truly lived life by his own rules.
wardrobe addition: fall
We understand that many of you don't wear a suit to work. Or to play backgammon. Or go for dinner. Or drive to your country pile. Which is why we also make sport coats. Glorious, memorable sport coats. From our winter standbys in the finest tweeds known to man, to soft, indulgent pieces fit for a king. Bring us your ideas, and we will turn them into head turners.
read: learning from the octopus
In keeping with Bruce Lee's mantra to, "Be Like Wate
r", this fascinating book takes the mind of a marine biologist who grew up investigating nature in rock pools off Monterey, and draws us into the world of military intelligence his observations were later applied to.
All too often we think we are smarter than nature. Nearly always we are wrong.
Pick this up and have a ponder about how being flexible and adaptable can help you achieve whatever goals are eluding you.
cocktail: the white elephant
This Thai-inspired cocktail contains so many of our favorite flavors – cilantro, coconut, ginger, rhum agricole, and even some spicy peppers. The syrup is a little involved to make, but it is so worth it. This is a delicious daiquiri on steroids. It’s thick and tangy and just a bit spicy.
The rum called for in this drink is a white rhum agricole, which is a French style of rum made from sugarcane juice instead of molasses. This gives it a grassy, vegetal flavor than other rums. Two of the more famous producers are Rhum Clement from Martinique and Barbancourt from Haiti.
2 oz. rhum agricole
1 1/2 oz. Thai coconut syrup (see below)
1 oz. lime juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice cubes. Shake for about seven seconds, then dump the entire cocktail, including the ice, into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel – optionally add some cilantro and a dried Arbol chile as well.