If a Martini feels like a peek into James Bond’s world, the Bloody Mary feels like a peek into the world of Bertie Wooster, the hapless 1920’s English toff in the novels of P.G.Wodehouse. It could almost be the miraculous pick-me-up Jeeves, his valet, would mix for Wooster after a big night out.
What comes to mind when you think of being apart of your very own band; Excitement, anticipation, different hotel rooms around beautiful parts of the world, adoring fans calling your name or everything all at once?
Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich, David Niven and Humphrey Bogart - not to mention fictional secret agent James Bond - have all helped to raise the classic dry martini to iconic status: the epitome of effortless cool. Even what it's served in - the emblematic Y-shaped glass - has become an icon known the world over as a martini glass (more on the problematic glass later). First and foremost, though, this cocktail is popular because it is delicious: flavoursome and strong as well as suave.
Adventure filmmaker Ted Simpson speaks to us about This is the Northland, Expedition Congo and the nature of man’s relationship with wilderness.
Count Negroni was quite a character: he had returned from the United States, where he rode the range, busted broncos and was a riverboat gambler while traveling through the Wild West. Oh, and for a time he was a fencing instructor on Madison Avenue, New York - now that is cool, and so appropriate for an Italian Count.
on the Chrystal.eu Food&Drink team enjoy the good things in life and, on the pages of this column, we celebrate them. We've covered great restaurant meals, lip-smacking wines, top quality olive oil, and we’ll continue to bring such delights to your attention. Now we are introducing a new weekly spot to (re)acquaint you with the classic cocktails.
Scaf_Oner is fast becoming one of the worlds foremost grafetti artists. His work is amusing, carefully crafted and above all, spectactular. Based somewhere in france, he began spray painting grafetti in abandoned buildings, a vandal, anonymous. However, with the advent of social media came new forums from where Scaf_Oner could bring his work to the attention of the public. It was not his intention to be ‘well known’ and even now prefers to be semi-hidden when appearing in his own work. However, a talent this incredible cannot remain in the shadows and with some 27.5k followers on instagram, Scaf_Oner is a street art pioneer, the peoples vandal.
So there I was being shown the three old olive grinding basins in Alziari’s charmingly antiquated mill, my nostrils filled with the heavy scent of crushed olives. The basins and the revolving grinding wheels are made from that same shiny beige marble-like sandstone - locally quarried - that we still see in the older curbstones of Nice, Monaco and other towns along the Riviera coast.
The sizzle and smoke of a large wood burning grill was the first to reach my nostrils and demand my attention. The wafting smoke and burger assembly line took me back to summer BBQs and garden parties, despite being able to see my breath in the frigid winter air.
I hope you’re all caught up on the new music 2018 had to offer, because 2019 is already shaping up to be chock-full of exciting releases by artists old and new. Here is a selection of albums scheduled to come out this year which we can’t wait to wrap our ears around, in order of release date (and also available in handy playlist form).
Tanja Babic is causing quite the stir in the world of abstract art. Having exhibited her work all over the world she came to my attention on instagram and along with her 22.6k followers, I too was a fan. Graduating from the University of Belgrade with an MA in fine art under Professor Zoran Vuković and an active member of the association of fine artists of Serbia, Tanja is looking forward to her next exhibition in La Artcore in Los Angeles, California in April of 2019. Abstract art can be a mystery to some as the familiarity with the realism of the subject matter is blended, mixed and distorted beyond recognition on the cavas leaving the viewer lost and detached from the artists work. However, abstract painting is the extreme expression of human emotion and thus to love and understand it, you must see and feel the artists work with your heart: ‘My work is filled with emotions, and I want the viewer to feel them too.’
The place is packed - a sell-out for the return of The Limiñanas to their home patch. Next up it’s The Fleshtones, punk survivors par excellence. Camp as a row of tents and unafraid to work the audience, they really warm up this hall.
Picture yourself in a 15th Century Church somewhere in France, Lovely Rita is listening to music, the classics, dreaming of tangerine tress and marmalade skies. The colours in her mind slowly and deliberately swimming together to form the geometric shapes that will come together, revealing her muse in painted stained-glass sanctity. Rita’s paintings are wonderous and otherworldly, what was her creative process? The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes.
2018 was another banner year for new music fans, with big-name releases dropping on a weekly basis. In fact, there was so much to take in that even the most ardent crate-digger could be excused for letting a few great but overlooked albums slip through the cracks.
Alexander Van Glitch makes me feel uncomfortable. Where most artists are concerned with conventional beauty, Van Glitch is pulling, ever so slightly and delicately, at the pools of imperfections in the human condition.
The ‘Glitch’, the ‘Distortion’ in his work, reflecting at his audience their own concealed data corruptions. Intrigued, I reached out to Alexander Van Glitch, he wants to ‘scratch under surface’ of human life. I wanted to scratch under the surface of his.
Meanwhile, in another dimension, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is bitten by a radioactive spider while exploring the subway with his Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali). When he witnesses the opening of an trans-dimensional portal orchestrated by Kingpin (Liev Schreiber), Miles becomes a magnet for pan-dimensional Spider-people pulled into his reality. These include Peter B Parker (Jake Johnson), an alternate Spider-man who prefers sweatpants to spandex; Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), her reality’s Spider-woman; Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), a black-and-white crime-fighter plucked from the 1930s; Peni Parker, a child psychically bonded with a spider-bot (Kimiko Glenn); and Peter Porker (John Mulaney): Spider-pig. Together, they must close down the portal, but not before using it to return each of them to their respective New Yorks.
In the summer of 2010, perusing the short but promising wine list of the Bistrot d’Antoine in Old Nice, I plumped for a mid-range Côtes de Provence rosé that was unknown to me: “Classic” from Château Mouresse, at €28. It was seriously good: fruity but dry and with a pale pink blush. On the back label was the vineyard's URL giving its address in Vidauban, in the neighbouring département of the Var. Needless to say I beat a path to their door and tasted their other wines, all of which I found to be as good as that rosé - which cost only about €6.50 direct from the vineyard. So, with twisted shopaholic’s logic, I figured the more I buy the more I save! In due course, once friends and family had tasted those wines and concurred with their quality and great value, Château Mouresse became a staple of my cellar ever since.