Wednesday, March 25, 2009

BoBo's New Spring Cocktail Menu...Sip it

I had the pleasure of imbibing with a cast of aficionados and liquor industry folks at Bobo last night for the launch of the spring cocktail menu. Yes folks we're talking springtime and warm season cocktails!!
Sip on this: The Stealth Margarita

Partia Tequila, St Germain, lime and a chili powder rim...its French/Mexican spring in a glass and hardly stealth.

At your service,

The Boulevardist

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fitty Fitty, Spooky and the Elephants

Hello Hello,

This is not another rap band.

Last nights stroll was rather entertaining. Started off meeting a good friend for cocktails at famous Pegu Club in soho. I had the pleasure of sipping on what is called the Fitty-Fitty. This delicious cocktail was a spin on the classic Gin martini but the Gin to Dry vermouth was of course... 50/50. Added to that was a few drops of orange bitters that appeared simple but gave it complexity to ponder on. A contemporary remix of a sophisticated cocktail. We were soon joined by another friend who turned out to be a cocktail lover as well so we had a nice chat on all the interesting things happening in the cocktail world. Cocktail lovers are out there and we're multiplying daily...Nirvino.

We then cruised on over to Le Poisson Rouge where the tank in the entrance had orange fish in it...Ba-dum-bum. There the 6th edition of Pecha Kucha NY was held. This was my first time and I was very curious. Its goes like this(edited from their website):

They invite a dozen creative professionals working across a variety of fields to present 20 slides for 20 seconds each on whatever topic the speaker pleases. This format keeps presentations concise, interest levels up, and gives more people the chance to show their work and speak about their interests. Pecha Kucha is a Japanese phrase that translates as “the sound of conversation.” Pecha Kucha Night was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in Tokyo. Due to its popularity, Pecha Kucha Night has spread internationally to over a hundred cities.

There were quite a few topics I found interesting like Eric Sanderson's Mapping Mannahatta where he quickly and concisely talked about the ecological history of Mannahatta aka Manhattan up to what it is today. Did you know that Spring street actually had a spring running through it? The unexpected presentation was by Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky the Subliminal Kid. Spooky is one of my favorite Dj's who usually plays his heavy electronic sets with subliminal visuals in the background. Always trippy. His presentation was based on a large scale multimedia performance work that will be an acoustic portrait of a rapidly changing continent called "Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica". Sinfonia Antarctica transforms Miller’s first person encounter with the harsh, dynamic landscape of Antarctica into multimedia portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass. It's about the environment, sound, hip hop, electronic music and what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.

Totally "Spooky"

To end the night we met up with more friends to watch the Ringling Brothers circus parade into town. My good friend decided to call 311 for an ETA on the elephants because it was so brrrrick cold and they were half an hour late. The parade finally started around the odd hour of midnight where we got to see a caravan of elephants and clowns stomp their way out of the midtown tunnel and onto 34th street down to Madison Square Garden. It was one of those New York moments you just had to experience even if the thrill lasted a whole 3 minutes.

So there you have it, Fitty-Fitty, Spooky and the Elephants.

At your service,

The Boulevardist

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fleetwood Mac last night at Madison Square Garden

So I got a chance to check off one more item I didnt know I had on my list of things to do. I got a chance to see Fleetwood Mac in concert at Madison Square Garden. It was a packed house of 20 somethings, 30 somethings, 40 somethings, 50 somethings and beyond. I grew up listening to their music so it was a lot of fun to sing and dance in the stands to what I knew. You know how you get sometimes when you know most of the lyrics and you’re singing but lyrics come up that you don’t quite remember and there’s a pause... til you can pick back up and sing rest. You know what I’m talking about. It was a fun and nostalgic night going through all the songs and feeling like a kid again. My favorite moments were jammin to “Stand Back” and “Go your own way”.

As fun as it was they definitely showed signs of a band that’s been through a lot and at certain points I felt that their sound and energy was'nt grand enough for the Garden. Besides that we were still dancin and screamin in the stands. Lindsey Buckingham's guitar solo sounded great. I think that was the point that made it a rock concert for me. Funny thing at the end was when Stevie was introduced as “our first lady Stephanie Nicks” which I thought was a odd sign of an aging band.

I had to include this shot because it was such a nice surprise. Our section was filled with out of town randoms from parts unknown sporting leather coats with tassles, acid wash denim and cowboy hats. Added to the patchouli that was in the air and I wasn't expecting fashion week in the house. This was the fashion highlight. A gorgeous woman with a severe look in all black. Hot.

At your service,

The Boulevardist

Monday, March 16, 2009

Things get caliente once you pass the hipsters...

Good Day people,

Its been a few minutes since my last entry. Life happens and sometimes you don't always get a chance to record it. Please read the quote below from New York magazine online Nightlife section:

"The Lower East Side was once a place where expiring hipsters would quietly drink themselves to death in downtown's last-ditch demimonde of derelict, drug-laden depravity. But this bustling neighborhood has seen a turnaround in recent years, and so has the Parkside's once sordid clientele. They keep the well drinks flowing, the classic rock blaring and the billiard balls clanking in the bar's otherwise sterile and faceless neon-lit front room."

So why you ask am I writing about this hangout that is still hipster????

Check it out on a friday night at around midnight. Go in and walk through the crowds of whiskey shooting beer guzzlers, past the restrooms and pool table and there you will find a huge security guard and a sudden shift of music. Pay the man 5 bucks and you will find a 9 piece salsa band setting the room on fire! Salseros and Salsitos come to this hideout to spin and shake on the dance floor til the wee hours. I'm currently still on the beginner side of the salsa bowl but I found this place to be an amazing space to learn and meet some very fun people. The age range is wide as you get lots of the old schoolers who are some of the coolest cats I've seen on the dance floor, spinning around the lovely ladies like tops(ladies which of you wouldn't love to be twirled around on the dance floor?).

The floor is on fire til late for all you salsa lovers and those who just want to dance to some really good live salsa.

Parkside Lounge is on 317 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002 nr. Ave. B

A su servicio,

The Boulevardist