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Quinn + Tonik Vol. 26: Don't Threaten Me With a Dead Fish

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 26: Don't Threaten Me With a Dead Fish

I've always found numbers fascinating, so stories of such statistical analysis daring-do always tickle me pink. As does the fact that everything at our friend Kyle Connaughten's amazing restaurant in Healdsburg, CA was designed in accordance with the Golden Ratio and features Fibonacci sequences throughout. The food and service make [...]
Quinn + Tonik Vol. 25: The Not Avatar Edition

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 25: The Not Avatar Edition

I've been a fan of Sean's wines for over 20 years. Although not a collector, as collecting would require not drinking the stuff faster than I can procure it, I do believe Sean has a rare gift. In a world of computer control, Sean is the analogue that digital cannot emulate. [...]

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 24: REVS

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 24: REVS

Two hundred miles per hour. Blur in your peripheral vision. Fuel and fire spitting through the engine as metal grinds against lubricated metal. Catapulting you forward in massive gulps. Guts resonating to the growling bellow of the exhausts. Your adrenaline surging and the world dissolving. Leaving focus. Pure. Untainted. [...]

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 23: Dead Presidents

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 23: Dead Presidents

As with many things related to the British Empire, it is often observed that the powers that be got it wrong. At one point, it comprised over 25% of the world's landmass and population. Some fantastic places. Much of America, the Caribbean, India, Africa, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, [...]

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 22: Wally FFF!

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 22: Wally FFF!

Such is the wisdom of those who strive to leave the world with the largest pile of worthless green pieces of paper noted in a ledger somewhere for their issue to fritter away or to use for self-destruction. And probably not many stories in their wake. Other than the one [...]

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 21: The Right Stuff

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 21: The Right Stuff

It is always about digging deeper. Everything. To be the best at anything, you need talent. But more importantly, you need, "The Right Stuff." That elusive combination of smarts, persistence, and an ability to dial out distraction, fear, and emotion. Throughout time, commentary has existed which points to that elusive gumption [...]


Quinn + Tonik Vol. 20: A History of Our Smoking Skull

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 20: A History of Our Smoking Skull

Every now and then someone asks where our logo of the smoking skull comes from and why we have it. The short answer is we instinctively knew that people are fascinated by the dead and the imagery and art of skulls despite not knowing why (see a later post on our micro biome [...]

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 19: A Tribute to Robert Burns

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 19: A Tribute to Robert Burns

Some of you reading this are lucky enough to own a DQ tie with a Drambo on the back. Although we hope not, to you it may just be a tie. But to DQ its heritage and stories... Drambo was in the Flying Squad at Scotland Yard (the infamous, "Sweeney") [...]

Quinn + Tonik Vol.18: Eastern Promises

Quinn + Tonik Vol.18: Eastern Promises

I've always preferred Sean Connery as Bond in the movie versions. Still do. Even after hanging out with Roger Moore and Michael Caine most summers in the south of France as a kid.* But James Bond as expressed in his original form by Sir Ian Fleming is a whole different [...]


Quinn + Tonik Vol. 17: Tweed

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 17: Tweed

With temperatures hovering around the zero mark and videos of water freezing mid-air when thrown from a cup are going viral, our sartorial advice naturally comes back to the fabric worn by cold weather adventurers the world over. Tweed. Tenzing was said to have worn it on Everest. [...]
Quinn + Tonik Vol. 16: New Year's Edition

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 16: New Year's Edition

There are more self-help books on the shelf than craft brewers in Portland, but the grandaddy of American self-made, self-disciplined, world changers would be none other than perhaps its most famous founding father, Benjamin Franklin. Read about the legend in his own words, though the Walter Isaacson version is also [...]

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 15: Christmas Eve Edition

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 15: Christmas Eve Edition

This tome needs no introduction and many of us claim to have read it. Either whilst being flogged by nuns who would give the Blues Brother's "Penguin" a run for her money or under the tutelage of a bearded theology professor. We may even have heard of it as the mystical [...]



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