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Friday, February 21, 2020


An ode to Pure Project’s GABF-winning 
Flanders-style red ale

GUEST BLOG / By Brandon Hernandez, Senior Beer Editor, West Coaster Beverage News.  Reposted by permission of West Coaster--They’re best known for various takes on lactose-infused stouts and “murky’ IPAs, but in my opinion, the brew crew at Pure Project Brewing‘s most successful offerings are their barrel-aged sour ales. And of that oak-laced stock, one of the finest is a Flanders-style red ale called Roes Red. I fell for this beer when the Miramar-based brewery first released it in stylish Italian bottles dipped in scarlet wax. So did judges at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, where it earned a bronze medal in the Belgian-style Lambic or Sour Ale category. Tart yet balanced by a melange of woody, vinous notes from the wine and whiskey barrels it was matured in, this beer is right at home in its specialized stemware. It’s a fine creation meant to be sipped, savored, contemplated, and cherished; the type of expertly-crafted, doted-over standout that’s worthy of a love letter in this month for Valentines.

Winslow Sawyer, Head Brewer & Partner, Pure Project Brewing, San Diego area:
 “...I fell in love with sour beer when I was living in Bordeaux and tried a Flanders red at a beer bar there. When I got home, I wanted to try brewing one, so I began a yeast
culture which has actually been moving with me for the last ten years! I even had to save it from a fire in the cellar at the brewery where I used to work. After a decade of selection, this yeast has become its own unique blend designed specifically to work well in light-bodied, fruity red-wine barrels. And it is from this yeast blend that Roes Red was born at Pure Project. I named it after the Belgian town of Roeselare where the Flanders red style originally developed. Aged in French Oak from Napa Valley, it features a complex malt background of dark dates and figs, showcasing a bright cherry aroma over sour lactic and acetic strains.”

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Jay Fai (also known as Raan Jay Fai, "Jay Fai's shop") is a street-side restaurant in Bangkok and a nickname of its eponymous owner, whose real name is Supinya Junsuta. The restaurant mainly serves wok-cooked seafood dishes and is highly popular among food enthusiasts despite its high prices. It received one star in the inaugural Bangkok 2018 Michelin Guide.

Jay Fai's restaurant occupies a shophouse on Maha Chai Road, in the neighborhood known as Samran Rat or Pratu Phi in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon District. It is open-air and sparsely decorated, with green tiled walls and simple tables and stools for seating. Cooking takes place at the side of the shop, where the walls open onto a small alley, using two charcoal braziers. Jay Fai herself works six days a week as the restaurant's sole chef, wearing ski goggles while she cooks (the shop is closed on Sundays).

Jay Fai, 74, procures ingredients, especially seafood, directly from several sources, placing an emphasis on quality. This is reflected in her prices, which are much higher than regular street fare. One of her more famous dishes, for example, (see top photo) is a crab-meat omelet that costs upwards of 1,000 baht (over US $30). Other popular dishes include rat na and phat khi mao with seafood (See photo below).
A serving of phat khi mao at Jay Fai's, showing a large prawn typical at the restaurant
The restaurant has been famous among food enthusiasts for decades. In a 1999 review, Bangkok Post food critic Ung-aang Talay (Bob Halliday) described her as "one of those increasingly rare Mozarts of the noodle pan who can transform very ordinary, lunchtime-at-the-market dishes into masterpieces of local cuisine". Famous customers include Martha Stewart, who called Jay Fai "the best cook in Thailand".

In December 2017, the Michelin Guide released its inaugural 2018 edition for Bangkok, in which the restaurant was awarded one star. It was the only street restaurant to be awarded a star, and joins a handful of others in Hong Kong and Singapore as a result of Michelin's efforts to diversify its coverage, previously limited to fine dining establishments. The award resulted in a surge of customers for Jay Fai, who had never heard of the guide before and had to be persuaded to attend the ceremony. Following the announcement, the restaurant became so busy that it had to implement a reservations system (something she previously refused to do), and one of Jay Fai's daughters had to leave her job in order to help full-time (in addition to another, who already worked at the restaurant).

Jay Fai, who has never written down a recipe, has said that she does not intend to pass on the business, as she does not wish her children to pick up the hard work since it has earned enough. --Wikipeda, 2020.

327 Maha Chai Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Undated photo of movie mogul Jack L. Warner standing in front of his nine-acre Beverly Hills estate.  

This month, Jeff Bezos purchased the nee Jack Warner Estate (Warner Bros.) from the estate’s second owner media mogul David Geffen (Dreamworks SKG Pictures) for $165 million.  Geffen purchased the nine-acre Warner mansion and grounds for $47.5 million in 1990. Bezos purchase price for the Warner/Geffen estate set a new record price for a residential property in California.
Jack Warner's screening room inside his Beverly Hills estate.
 Warner’s home appeared in the April 1992 issue of Architectural Digest. Here are the opening paragraph’s of Charles Lockwood’s article. Click here.

“...Only a handful of Beverly Hills houses have ever rivaled the Warner estate. With its 13,600-square-foot Georgian-style mansion, expansive terraces and gardens, two guesthouses, nursery and three hothouses, tennis court, swimming pool, nine-hole golf course and motor court complete with its own service garage and gas pumps, the nine-acre property was— and still is—the archetypal studio mogul's estate.

“Few homes, moreover, compared with the Warner estate as a social milieu in the thirties and forties. “I remember one New Year's Eve party in 1939 or 1940,” Olivia de Havelland has recalled. “All the men were glorious in white tie. Errol Flynn was behind the bar, Howard Hughes was my date, and Jimmy Stewart was seated on a stool. Just the four of us having our first drink of the evening. All those beautiful women dressed in wonderful elegance. Dolores Del Rio in a white satin gown that contrasted her dark hair and dark eyes. Ann Warner, herself a striking presence. Those beautiful women, looking marvelous in this wonderful setting...”
Near Benedict Canyon Road in Beverly Hills, the original Warner Estate was remodeled from Spanish Revival to Georgian in the 1930s by Los Angeles area Architect Roland Coate

Brownstone circular driveway is where Jack Warner was photographed, above

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Music video click here.  Eighteen-year-old California native Billie Eilish singing theme from the next James Bond epic 077 feature “No Time to Die” set for theatre debut in April 2020.

Monday, February 17, 2020


Black News Channel, the sole African American-led news network in the US has arrived

GUEST BLOG / By Scottie Andrew, CNN BUSINESS--Black News Channel a week ago today made its debut to fill what its founders called a void in representation in national news. The network began broadcasting in select markets on Monday.

The 24-7 cable channel features black anchors "dedicated to the unique perspective of African American communities," according to a statement from its co-founders J.C. Watts and Bob Brillante, and will debut in "majority African American markets" first, according to its website, including Atlanta and Los Angeles.

It's available to select Spectrum and Xfinity X-1 customers and will premiere on Sling and Roku at a later, unspecified date.
It aims to reach 100 million households at the end of its rollout.

In addition to Watts, a former Republican congressman and current Black News Channel chair, the channel's leadership team and anchor lineup are almost exclusively African Americans.
Programming will include a health series focused on medical issues that impact African Americans as well as traditional morning and primetime news programs.

In an appearance on NPR's All Things Considered, Watts said that while major news outlets feature black hosts and guests, they're rarely focused on uniquely African-American experiences.

"I think there needs to be a more comprehensive story told about the African American community, and we'll have a venue to do that," he told NPR.
The channel won't take sides, but it's got bipartisan support
Black News Channel will tackle politicized topics but won't take a side, Watts said.

"We're not looking to be liberal or conservative," he told NPR. "We want to provide a venue for African Americans to have a voice, to be a part of the dialogue that's going on in the country, be it incarceration reform or impeachment."

"I can't tell you how excited I am that there is going to be a 24 hour, seven day a week Black News Channel," California Rep. Karen Bass, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said at the launch event. "I was thrilled from day one."

"We've been really pushing for diversity and inclusion in the broadcast space and cable space and it's because we live in a multi-racial civil society," said New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke. "For far too long, our media didn't speak to that and today still doesn't speak to that diversity. The Black News Channel will fill a void in many spaces."

While the network's availability is limited, Watts plans to grow its reach.
The company already employs over 60 people at its headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, and has goals to build bureaus in Washington, New York and Atlanta, too.