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Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Cherry Osmosis: Drink Concoctions Episode 1
Not one to be a complete novice on the wonderful world of libations I decided several years ago to come up with a couple of “weird” or what I prefer to call different cocktails to try when out and about vs say the stereotypical , Vodka tonic, Cape Cop, Cosmo, Manhattan, or Whiskey Sour etc.
A friend of mine whose a pretty great bartender made me a rum punch one day and my mind opened up for the first time to giving rum based drinks more consideration as an alternative to vodka, whiskey, tequila, or gin.
Bacardi flavored rums are a favorite when I want something sweet that packs a punch. And so it happened during the summer a couple years ago that while playing around with basic ingredients I came up with one of my favorite concoctions. I call it “Cherry Osmosis”.
This is a great drink that’s light on the palate, sweet but balanced and the cherry flavor permeates throughout. It’s offset by a mix of lemonade, Sprite or 7up, a splash of sour mix and a healthy pour of Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum.
The correct proportion of each ingredient can’t be emphasized enough as too much sour ruins the balance, and too much lemonade will mask the cherry flavor.
Fill a pint glass full to the rim with ice. Pour in 2 1/2oz of Bacardi Torched Cherry rum, a splash of sour mix, 2oz of lemonade, 2 splashes of Sprite/7up. Utilizing a shaker, shake the glass twice and serve. Garnish with a Orange Wedge, and a Cherry.
The best thing about this drink is it can be had comfortably all year round. Ask your bartender to make this for you next time your out and want to try something new.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: The SEA Thai Restaurant Experience Fall 2013
My sister and I had been planning a trip to eat at this place for a few weeks but due to my being under the weather towards the end of last week that didn’t happen. It was finally tonight that we were able to get together and dine at this “sister” restaurant to Spice Thai Restaurant.
Located at 835 Washington St. directly across from the Standard Hotel sits SEA Thai Restaurant another example of great Thai food to be had in the city.
Initially we thought that sitting outside for dinner would be a good idea. That was until reality set in (with the not so subtle reminder from the evening chill) that it would behoove us to move inside to eat and enjoy SEA’s interior like everyone else dining inside.
While initially seated outside we looked over their menu’s and took our time making our selections. Sis went for a Lychee Mojito to start things off while I opted for a Mandarin & Sprite.
Nice presentation on the mojito no doubt. I wouldn’t want to be the bartender having to make mutliples of these throughout the night. According to my sister they are delicious . This was her first “Lychee” version mojito.
After a perusal of their entire menu I zeroed in on my go to appetizers for Thai food which were the curry chicken puffs, curry duck puffs, and spring rolls. Sis settled on sampling some of my curry puffs and spring rolls while selecting wings and ribs for us to try.
Now that’s what you call a spread.
Behold those golden springrolls.
Golden soft pastry shell curried chicken and duck puffs were just the perfect option to have pre main course. Use of the knife and fork are definitely required if you want to take the time to slice and cut to adequate bite size portions, multiple mouthfuls of this excellent appetizer.
It’s not heavy on the palate and has a great blend of sweet with curry flavor permeating throughout. I opted to try both the chicken curry and duck curry because I wanted to see if I could distinguish which was which. Sis said grace to give thanks and bless our meal then it was on.
Yeah yeah we want dem Ribs!!!! Yessum!!!
Wings?…Sho you right!!!
Once the appetizers were destroyed and no evidence remained out came our main courses.
The Pad Thai Fried Rice…
Drunk Man Noodles Spicy w/chicken. Hawhaat?!!!!
So here’s our overall impression of our “Experience @ SEA” 😉
The overall atmosphere while we ate was great because it wasn’t too busy at the time we were seated. The music playing in the background was audible but not so loud we couldn’t have a conversation.
The wait staff were cordial and attentive but not overly so, which was good because I hate to be kept waiting needlessly nor do I like to be interrupted incessantly during a meal. The best service experience I find to have is the one in which the staff is friendly, gives good accurate & prompt service but is for the most part invisible unless really needed for something. SEA managed to do this near seemlessly.
On our “Dinner Plate” scale from 1 – 5 here are our ratings for each appetizer.
Wings = A perfect score of 5 out of 5 “Dinner plates” OOOOO
Curry Chicken/Duck Puffs = A perfect score of 5 out of 5 “Dinner plates” OOOOO
Ribs = 3 1/4 “Dinner plates” OOO[ The ribs were ok but we’ve both had better and so while the presentation was spot on size and taste were about average.
Main Course Rating
Pad Thai Fried Rice = 4 out of 5 “Dinner plates” OOOO This was mostly due to it being a little bland according to my sister. I had no room left to sample it so I take her word for it.
Drunk Man Noodles (Spicy w/Chicken) 5 out of 5 “Dinner plates”OOOOO This was just a pleasure to eat fork by forkfull. The heat from the pepper added to the experience and had a perfect balance of hot but not intolerable runny nose hot. The shredded pieces of chicken throughout the noodle dish is also spot on in terms of there being enough chicken in the dish that you can have some noodles and chicken in every bite.
Attentive, cordial, and seemless execution. 5 out of 5 for service quality.
The final tally came it at well see for yourself…we included a 20% gratuity and called it a night.
SEA is what you would expect to pay for dining out in Meatpacking. Combined with great service and excellent food it is worth it’s price of admission. Would we have preferred a smaller bill? Absolutely, who wouldn’t? Even so SEA Thai Experience we will be back!!!
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: The Pounds & Ounces Experience 2013
Written by guest reviewer Ron Ron.
Location: 160 8th ave south east side of 18th street in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Feeling hungry, thought I’d stop for a quick bite and brew at this trendy Chelsea bar restaurant. It’s an attractive bar with impressive carved wood back bar. I was all set for a beer or two and a quick bite, but uh oh a little trouble getting the bartender’s attention. Afterall this is Chelsea…more interested in fraternizing with co-workers and texting than being attentive to patrons.
I stay patient being cool knowing that sending a bad vibe could result in a longer wait time! Bartender finally gets to me and I order a Blue Moon bottle and a glass. Decided on the calamari w chilli sauce and another Blue Moon.
The calamari came out quickly enough but the portion was on the small side. Despite this they were crispy and tasty with a good presentation. I liked the lemon slices arrangement with the calamari. Finished the calamari but still hungry…wait…the bartender is still texting. May I see the menu again? Bartender stops texting long enough to give me a second look. Thank you.
I order $12 Sliders but no sides. Ask for it cooked medium well and substitute cheddar for the blue cheese. Not a fan of blue cheese. When my sliders came, once again, trendy presentation. Surprisingly, the sliders underwhelmed. You would think for a place called “Pounds & Ounces” they would have quality meat. Instead the beef was grissly.
Time to get out of here and head to my wed night sports spot. There I get my bartender who knows how to take care of patrons. Still waiting for the bartender here to finish texting. Uh yeah check please?
When the check arrives I leave over a 20% cash tip while I pay the bill on my card. I get barely a thanks from the bartender as I exit. Overall impression is food is hit or miss. Calamari was good but poor quality meat used in their sliders means they’re definitely not up to par. The interior design is very nice but service is lacking. Overall was ok but nothing to write home about.