the consummate bartender: toby cecchini

"Over the past 10 years, cocktail culture has attained an unprecedented status of cool. From password-required speakeasies to temples of single-spirit worship and mixologist-driven, menu-free establishments, there’s a bar for every inclination. Yet amidst the fray of this constant cocktail one-upmanship, the question has to be posed: 'Have we forgotten how to actually tend bar?'"
Photography by jon vachon

Photography by jon vachon


the alchemist: kings county distillery's nicole austin

“It’s nice to feel that no one knows Kings County’s barrels better than me. People ask all the time, ‘What makes you a master blender?’ Well, I may not be able to go out and do everyone else’s job in this industry, but no one can come in and do mine. No one knows these casks better than me, and that feels like an accomplishment.”

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loaves with a soul: moxie bread co.

I'm thrilled to share my most recent collaboration with my photographer sister, Lauren, as well as my first article for Life & Thyme magazine. It was a pleasure getting to know baker Andy Clark and the entire team at Moxie Bread Co. If you're ever in the Boulder area, their loaves are well worth the detour!

"Rustic in appeal and appearance, these multi-hued and roughly hewn breads are the literal 'staff of life.' They, and only they, can sate our cravings when we are truly hungry—whether in the physical, spiritual or emotional sense. Crafted with a multi-grain medley of flours, their flavor often outstrips the white flour-only competition and just might inspire you to—god forbid it—forego butter."

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