Craig Richards

craigrichards 02Photographed in Atlanta, GA at St. Cecilia

Raised in:
Omaha, Nebraska

Lives in:
Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite items on your current menu:
Some of my favorite items on the menu now are our Burrata, Fluke Crudo, Flounder with Lentils and Smoked Leeks, Bluefish Arancini and Black and White Spaghetti with Crab.

Now would ya look at that:
Meet Craig Richards, Executive Chef at St. Cecilia. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few weeks ago while Jess and I were downing their delicious drinks on a rainy afternoon. The restaurant wasn’t open yet, so we posted up at the bar. Craig was running around and we both couldn’t help but notice his rad chef look. I didn’t realize that he was the Executive Chef until right before snapping this photo. It was an unexpected honor, to say the least.

  • Hedley & Bennett apron.
  • Dickies pants
  • Happy Socks. “I have a lot of colorful socks. We have a fun ongoing competition in the kitchen with who has the best sock game from day to day. And if you have to wear the same thing everyday, then why not show a little style with your socks!
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  • Music Monday | Janine and the Mixtape

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    Janine and the Mixtape is responsible for my current sexy song obsession. I’m pretty sure I listened to it over 20 times last week when I first heard it. I couldn’t stop, wouldn’t stop, still won’t stop. I watched the video. I listened to the version with Pusha T. I listened to the acoustic version (thanks to a reader who posted it on my wall – Hi Hector!) Then I went back to the original and just played and played and played it.

    Stream: “Hold Me”

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    Riiiiiiiight?!

    Dark Mind EP
    iTunes | Spotify

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  • Drink This | Caroline’s Go To Hot Toddy

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    The Drink: I had my first Hot Toddy in college. I came home sick and my Dad made me one. Not a whiskey drinker at the time, this was just a glass of hot medicine to me, perscribed by Dr. Dad, and you know what? I liked it. And you know what else? I did feel better…

    All these years later, the Hot Toddy has become one of my favorite whiskey drinks. Next to wassail, which I only drink around Christmas, it’s a go to winter evening cocktail. And like wassail, there’s a ton of ways to make it. The most classic is incredibly simple – shot of whiskey, spoonful of honey, squeeze of lemon and hot water. Stir it with a cinnamon stick. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

    Once I started making these on nights that I wasn’t sick, I decided to up my Toddy game. So far, The Tippler‘s recipe (slightly adapted) has been my favorite since discovering it in an Imbibe issue last year. My only two changes: I use Laird’s Applejack (an American apple brandy) instead of a Calvados (apple brandy from Normandy), and I use straight honey instead of honey syrup. The reason for the former is simply because I already had a bottle. The reason for the later is because it’s just one less step in the prep process.

    • 1 oz bourbon – I typically use Four Roses Yellow or Bulleit
    • 1 oz apple brandy – Applejack or calvados
    • 1/2 oz cinnamon syrup – I keep some of this in the fridge all winter. It’s such an easy way to spice up a classic cocktail by substituting this for simple syrup. Cinnamon Old Fashioned, Cinnamon Manhattan…
    • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 oz honey
    • 2 dash Angostura bitters
    • Hot water

    Pour all ingredients in a mug and stir.
    Top with desired amount of hot water. I prefer about 3-4 oz so I can still taste the booze. Typically, I use 1 oz more of the booze than listed above for a stiffer Toddy. If you’re a whiskey neat person, I’d recommend 1.5 oz of the bouron + brandy with the rest of the measurements the same. Trust me.
    Sip by a fire in your pajamas for maximum enjoyment.

    The Glass: Bodum bistro mug.

    The Attire: Munki Munki llama pajamas, Essie ‘After School Boy Blazer’ nail polish.

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  • JNG + StyleBlueprint

    JNG_StyleBlueprint016Photographed in Atlanta, GA at St. Cecilia 

    Our great buddy Jess Graves, whose face is no stranger here, is now the editor for StyleBlueprint Atlanta! Check out the Faces of Atlanta feature on her. All of the photographs were shot by yours truly (that’s me). Now ladies of Atlanta, go subscribe.

    Featured here…

    • St. Cecilia‘s ‘Autumn Walker’ cocktail (equal parts Buffalo Trace, apple liquer, port, Yellow Chartreuse, Fernet Branca, St. Germain).
    • Molly Jane Designs earrings
    • Everlane shirt.
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  • Music Monday | Kiah Victoria

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    I’m not going to lie to you. When Kiah Victoria‘s cover of “Fix You” started, I thought that there was no way I was going to like it. After all, this is in my top 5 favorite Coldplay songs. It seemed too easy to ruin. But, then again, covers of Coldplay songs have turned out to be some of my favorite covers ever – like Willie Nelson covering “The Scientist” and Aimee Mann doing the same.

    Kiah’s soulful, alt-R&B vibe sucked me right in. This cover is so different, so re imagined, than the original, which is exactly what makes it work.

    Check out her Gravitate EP. It’s seriously hot. And also hawt.
    Personal favorite – “Breathing is Too Easy.”
    iTunes | Spotify

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  • Drink This | RBCR + DISTRICT Coffee

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    In our last post, you met Billy, Founder of Righteous Brothers Coffee Roasters (RBCR) and partner with DISTRICT Roasters. Mark and Billy went to the same high school and stayed connected through social media. Through that, we were introduced to what Billy was up to with RBCR and DISTRICT (as well as his killer fashion). Over Thanksgiving, we were able to meet up with Billy to hear more about his involvement these roasters, as well as his insider information on some of the upcoming transformations of Old Town Tomball.

    About Righteous Brothers Coffee Roasters:
    A curiosity for coffee roasting led to the birth of a start up business. RBCR was founded in my kitchen in the Summer of 2013. We quickly discovered our passion for coffee fostered conversations that birthed a community of local artisans and makers who have a shared appreciation for both craft and culinary.

    About DISTRICT Roasters:
    In 2014 we were approached by DISTRICT Roasters with an opportunity to partner in taking Coffee on Mission. DISTRICT Roasters was formed that year by a small team of people dedicated to seeing the elimination of economic, physical, and spiritual poverty. To see freedom restored to those that live under the tyranny of economic, physical, or spiritual slavery. We extract great, unique coffees to western markets and redirect profit back to the same farmers who cultivated the coffee. Our customers get the very best coffee and, with every sip, directly reinvest at the source. Our customers help farmers, their families, and their communities taste freedom from the cycle of economic, physical, and spiritual poverty and enslavement.

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    Purchase direct online or via one of their stockists. This stuff is delicious

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  • Billy

    Billy002BlogPhotographed in Tomball, TX

    Raised in:
    Tomball, Texas

    Lives in:
    Tomball, Texas

    Favorite shop in Houston:
    Manready Mercantile

    Now would ya look at that:
    Meet Billy Schiel, founder of Righteous Brothers Coffee and partner with District Roasters.

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