In lieu of World Gin Day,
Saturday, June 13, 2015
In lieu of World Gin Day,
Monday, April 27, 2015
As cocktail as you go eh...?
Well at the Mal Bar deep within the underbelly confines of the boutique hotel Malmaison Glasgow, Where I currently reside behind... and often times in front of the bar, we serve a special concoction just for you!
Friday, March 6, 2015
If at first you can't...
Make any money as a poet, be creative and try something else. Though be relentless of passion, honest charisma and an authentic smile, always wearing the heart of compassion on your tattooed sleeve.
After eight consecutive years of muddled middle management, human resources and administration I found myself disheartened by the lack of creativity, appreciation and most of all an out let for hope, which is to say, my smile and its reciprocation; I left Canada in search of a less bitter home, luckily I discovered the abounding sarcastic banter of Glasgow upon reaching the United Kingdom where I fit in beyond swell.
After several meandering jobs from taking a pay cut instead of a lay off to coffee shop management and maestro I found a home; The Ox and Finch, 920 Sauchiehall Street; for those who are interested. This little beauty of an open kitchen quasi tapas style restaurant is a fancy abode, one which I eagerly return to for a visit amongst friends and a, no shelter for your taste buds, bite to eat!
It was here, in my first true hospitality job where it was discovered that I truly love serving people. Not just coffee, as I did through University across Canada, but also beer, wine and excellent food. I quickly moved up from coffee maestro and bartender to management, serving guests throughout the restaurant and helping staff by leading by example; working hard!
But something was amiss, the more I moved away from the incredibly manic work of the bar, the more I missed it. The revelation didn't light breaking bulb hit until I had made my first perfect cocktail. After realizing that Dry Martinis were fashionable with several regular guests I set out, via research and trail with error(!), to perfect my skill in the art of Martinis.
It was there, in the midst of heartache, missing my below the atrium sky lit by glass mingling with twilight behind the bar at the Ox and Finch that a most incredible Manager, Cocktail Barman and Mixologist found me; Scott I owe you this dream! Who now runs the Porter & Rye 1131 Argyle Street, Glasgow, a quirky little steak house with magnificent meats and established drinks!
Moving on, almost too swiftly from the Ox and Finch I found myself behind the bar at the reputable Blytheswood Hotel in Glasgow, where I would hone my skills under many hours of finger throbbing work from polishing, as a cocktail barman.
It was there that I created my first drink, The Gin Old Fashion, a secret recipe I'll gladly share, as the palate cleansing drink that tastes of melting glacier water isn't for everyone. It's called The Reservoir, a digestifs best had between dinner and desert.
In earnest anticipation of,
Finding a path to dreams