Drink This | Kentucky 75

Kentucky 75Photographed in Atlanta, GA at JCT. Bar

The Drink: Oh you know, just another winner from JCT‘s Beverage Manager Eduardo Guzman in collaboration with Lara Creasy. This is my kind of twist on a French 75.

Shake all ingredients (except wine), pour into a flute, and top with sparkling wine.

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  • No. 4 St. James

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    I found out about No. 4 St. James from my best friend. She sent me to their website and within minutes I was lost in it and found myself purchasing their Texas Works book that same day. A lifestyle brand that showcases Texas makers, writes engaging stories about life in Texas, and shares beautiful photographs from across the Great State? Be still, my beating, Texan heart.

    Needless to say, I was extremely excited and honored when they reached out to me recently. I jumped at the chance to have their story told here, and to photograph a few of our favorite products currently for sale in their marketplace. A huge thanks to Vincent Friedewald, their President & CEO, for answering these questions!

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    Raised in:
    Houston, mostly, including some time in The Woodlands for high school. Others on our team are from West Texas and Dallas. And one from Pennsylvania, although we prefer not to talk about that.

    Lives in:
    Austin, Texas

    Describe Texas in one word:
    Audacious.

    stjames 002Republic of Texas Passport, $28
    Texas Edition Trapper Knife, $72
    Wildsam Austin Field Guide, $18

    Inspiration for the company:
    Basically the pride that Texans have for Texas, and the curiosity that non-Texans have about Texas. In that, we saw a business opportunity: despite Texas being an international icon, there was no brand attempting to represent her. There are Texas-y brands, to be certain, but they mostly have western wear themes. We were inspired to create something broader, a brand that would reflect the entirety of the Texas experience. From life on the coast, to the Piney Woods, the big metro areas – everywhere in Texas.

    Tell us about the name:
    It refers to an address in London. When Texas was a Republic, it maintained a diplomatic office (a legation, like a small embassy) at No. 4 St. James’ Street. We were drawn to the name for a few reasons. First, just explaining it automatically tells a story about Texas, and we like telling stories about Texas. It also avoids clichés and imagery that might be expected of a Texas brand; we wanted a name that would be a little bit surprising. We also wanted to signal upscale quality and international reach, and somehow (to us, anyway) it just sounds upscale. And last, although this didn’t occur to us initially, it inspired the perfect tagline: The Address for Texas.

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    Favorite product currently in the shop:
    It’s tough to choose just one. I’m particularly proud of our special leather edition of Elmer Kelton’s The Time It Never Rained. It’s such a great novel, and not just to Texans. We collaborated with Understated Leather to rebind the books in leather. The image on the cover is laser etched; it’s a photo of a dried up lake bed we took while on tour in West Texas, the setting for the novel. It has a great leathery-book smell, and it’s the kind of product that you can keep for a lifetime and then pass on. We have plans on doing similar special edition covers for other Texas classics, so The Time It Never Rained is hopefully just the first of what will be a large collection.

    stjames 003Leather Edition: The Time it Never Rained, $78

    What you want readers to know most about the company:
    That we’re just getting started. In particular, we’ll be introducing more original products over the course of 2015. Some will be in collaboration with other great Texas makers, and some will be exclusively marketed under the No. 4 St. James label. We know people will be excited about what we’ve got in the pipeline.

    stjames 005Standed Issue Margarita Glass,  2 for $20
    Halo del Santo Margarita Salt, $14

    Thanks again to Vincent and the entire team for sharing their story and products!

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  • Caleb, Part III

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    Raised in:
    Marietta, Georgia

    Lives in:
    Woodstock, Georgia

    Favorite southern beer(s) right now:
    Creature Comforts Tropicália and Orpheus Brewing Transmigration of Souls, both from Georgia.

    Now would ya look at that:
    See also: Caleb, Part I and Part II

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  • Music Monday | Twin Forks

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    For a lot of us who follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, we lost our damn minds last week when she posted Chris Carrabba singing “Hands Down” at her best friend’s birthday party. If you don’t know who Chris Carrabba is, it probably wasn’t very exciting for you. But if you were a high school kid obsessed with Dashboard Confessional, it was kind of everything and you wished you were at that party.

    And then…

    I thought to myself, “Man I wonder if he ever tours anymore? I never got to see Dashboard in high school.”

    Which led me to pulling up Dashboard’s website to discover that they have reunited and are going on tour with Third Eye Blind. Which led me to, again, lose my damn mind, because 3eb is one of my all time favorite bands (Top 3) and made my all time favorite album. Which led me to search for tickets, which led to buying tickets and being so excited for June 4th at Chastain Park where all of my high school dreams will come true.

    And then…

    Naturally, I followed Dashboard on Instagram. And a few days ago, they posted a photo and asked “How many of you guys know about Chris’ other band Twin Forks?” NOT ME!

    I figured I’d like Twin Forks before even starting the album because, duh, Chris Carrabba, but y’all… I really like them. The album isn’t at all Dashboard-esque. I’ve read a handful of articles quoting Chris saying “It’s so different from Dashboard, in every way.” It’s poppy folk-rock that brings together some hints of my past obessesions (his voice and lyrics) with the sounds that I love so much today.

    Stream: “Can’t Be Broken”

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    And my second favorite from the album…

    Stream: “Kiss Me Darling”

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    And one more? Yup. Twin Forks covering Taylor Swift. FULL CIRCLE. Thank you and goodnight.

    Stream: “Mean”

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    iTunes | Spotify | “Mean” free download.

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  • Masters Sunday

    Happy Masters Sunday! To celebrate this glorious afternoon in golf, I dug up some photos from our first (and only) visit to Augusta National back in 2011. I sure wish I was walking barefoot on the softest grass in the world drinking a cheap beer right about now…

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  • Lauren

    LaurenJones 02_bdsPhotograhed in Canton, GA

    Raised in:
    Marietta, Georgia

    Lives in:
    Woodstock, Georgia

    Favorite boutique in the South:
    Dress Up in downtown Woodstock!

    Now would ya look at that:

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  • Masters Looks

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    On Caroline… 

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    On Nick…

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