Monthly Archives: October 2008

New Trader article: the most dangerous town on Earth

Check out my latest piece for’s travel section. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go on vacation and stare down people who are trained to combat your way of life, Panmunjom must be on your list. Visit the truce village, and even cross into North Korea! This is a trip not to be missed.

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Kinda, almost made Gawker today

Well, I didn’t exactly make Gawker today, but an article that quotes me did get picked up. I was interviewed for a piece in about smoking habits following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and my favorite smoke shop, De La Concha, got a great mention in the piece, as well.

I was hoping that De La Concha would get mentioned in the Gawker article on this, but alas, my friends didn’t get the nod. Maybe next time.

If nothing else, I hope this piece does drive more traffic to the article on, which in turn gets De La Concha a bit more play in front of consumers. Also, I have pitches in to a few other blogs, so my fingers are crossed that this will take off.

This is pretty clever

I love seeing how journalists try to differentiate themselves during an election. Press conferences and media strategies usually keep any one reporter from getting an exclusive, so it’s a bit harder to make yourself stand out. The “story” below is an admirable effort.

Source: Prose Before Hose

Absinthe in France

It's on the corner

It's on the corner

Like absinthe? I love it. Of course, we only gave access to the “lite” version in the United States, but if you head over to France, you’ll find something to enjoy. I sure as hell did.

To this day, my favorite absinthe stop is in Antibes. I can’t remember the name of the place, but it’s a short walk from the Picasso museum (which, to my dismay, was closed when I went to Antibes two years ago). Upstairs, you’ll find a shop with plenty of ‘sinthe and accessories. But, the real fun happens in the basement.

Descend, and you will find a bar stocked fully … and with nothing but the “green fairy.” Each table has a large water container, spoons and sugar. Order your absinthe, prepare it to your taste and savor every sip. Don’t be afraid to ask the bartender for advice; he’s more than happy to help.

For France, especially, the place was not expensive. I dropped about EUR5 a shot, which is cheaper than a martini here in Manhattan. Just remember that you’ll have to find your way home at the end of the night.

I went to this shop after getting caught in the rain, and the taste of that absinthe sure made everything better. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

Nowhere near Antibes is Vert d’Absinthe in the Mireille neighborhood. This is a shop, not a bar. But, you can sample the product … just don’t get greedy. I walked out of the place with six bottles of absinthe to take home. No joke. It was amazing. The ‘sinthe is priced reasonably, and the guy who worked there was extremely pleasant. Vert d’Absinthe also ships to the United States, so it’s great for a fix between trips abroad.

There is an absinthe bar in Paris, creatively called Bar d’Absinthe. They don’t have a whole lot of variety, but they do have the equipments necessary to consume the green fairy properly.

The genuine voice of America

You may not always like the message, but the voice is inextricably linked with one of protest and defiance. There is always something interesting going on right across the street from the White House, and whether you like what they’re saying or not, it’s democracy in action.

The protest I saw going on when I was in Washington, DC last seemed a bit over the top for me, but shine on you crazy diamond!!! Your practicing democracy; you’re not just talking about it!

I’m not a big fan of extremist positions, but I’d much rather they be heard than not. I do rely on the American people to soft between the nutjobs (like this guy) and rational political discourse. Maybe that’s wishful thinking, but let me have my fantasy.