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The Chop Talks a Little About Art Collecting

We told you earlier this week about our New Year’s resolutions, but honestly, that was mostly all stuff we were resolved/planning to do anyway and New Year’s day was just a good excuse to blog about them.

The truth is that we resolve stuff all the time, and although the results are rarely immediate, these resolutions always come to bear eventually. As a case in point, two years ago, before we moved into this house, we determined that it would be well to begin a collection of original art. At the time, we had no space at all for hanging or storing art, but we knew that we’d have a house eventually, and we purposefully decided to reserve all of our wall space for original art.

We’re a grown up now, yes? So we’d be Goddamned if we were going to have posters and fliers and shit hanging all about the place. Likewise, we’re not going to go down to Target and pick up the same crummy Van Gogh prints that pass for tasteful among the tasteless, or to Bed Bath and Beyond for mass produced sconces, abstractions and bits of Americana. We’d rather stare at blank walls, thanks.

We’ve been living more than a year now with entirely blank walls throughout the Chophouse. Admittedly, for most of 2010 buying furniture took priority over art collecting, and we’ve still got to re-furnish the living room after roommate moves out, but all along we’ve been keeping our eyes open. We bought a small drawing at the Gallery 788 Show we blogged about back in April, but that sits on our bookshelves as opposed to hanging on the wall.

Recently though we found the above painting hanging in a show at Johnny Rad’s. It’s called Bunch O’ Houses, by Brett Burnham. You can see it for yourself, so we’re not going to get into all the reasons we like it and saw fit to buy it, but it definitely checks all the boxes for us in what we’re looking for towards building a collection. It looks outstanding hanging next to our wardrobe.

We’d also like to extend another Thank You to the waitress at Johnny Rad’s who had reserved this piece for herself, and kindly let us pay cash over her reservation. It was a very generous thing to do, and we appreciate it greatly.

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The Chop’s Père Noël Cocktail Recipe

We would have liked to get this up before Christmas, when we were talking last week about ’tis the season for amaretto, but Christmas will sneak up on you quickly… like the Krampus. Anyway, this is the time of year when you seem to see bottles of amaretto floating around everywhere. Since taking that stuff straight is about as enjoyable as drinking maple syrup, you’ve got to know how to mix it if you don’t want that bottle to collect dust and become something of an annual holiday joke.

An obvious choice in dealing with amaretto is cranberry juice, which is very seasonal this time of year and which has the tartness to offset the overly sweet taste of amaretto. Although the folks at DiSaronno and their vaguely ethnic, very homosexual spokesman would have you think differently, cranberry alone is not a suitable mixer for amaretto. Mixing two things that are gross will never make something that is good. It’s going to take a little more mixing to come up with something drinkable. We did a little more mixing, and the result was the Père Noël cocktail.

If it comes out red, it's got too much cranberry in it.

The Chop’s Père Noël Recipe

  • 3 parts bourbon
  • 2 parts amaretto
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 parts cranberry juice

Pour ingredients in that order into a double old-fashioned or highball glass full of ice. Stir once or twice and sip.

It’s important not to use too much juice in this. It’s a cocktail and not a highball or juice mixer. When you get it right, it should taste surprisingly similar to the inside part of a chocolate-covered cherry. (Cherry cordials are one of the Chop’s favorite things about Christmas, by the way.) That said, this drink goes really, really well with dark chocolate, so if you’ve got some lying around after the holidays, mixing up one of these is a great way to complement it after dinner, or if you’re in a diet, instead of dinner.

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Photo and more on amaretto at Liquor Snob.

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