I LOVE the Scotch whiskey. In fact, close friends know that I refer to a particular blend as a comfort food. When in a more discerning mood, single malts are de rigueur… and necessary. Amongst the most famous, one finds excellence: The Macallan. Burying the lead of a post to come, I can affirm that – after considerable research – Macallan Fine Oak 17 Year Old is about as good as you are gonna get – yum. (Strangely, the brand’s site now shows an 18 yr. in place of the 17 – research time.)
Where was I… Oh! So, The Macallan had a promo event at Abacus recently – featuring a new cocktail by bar manager Stewart Jones, the Macallan Cooler: Macallan Single Malt Whisky, Cointreau, Regan’s Orange Bitters, Mint, Lemon Juice, Lime, Ginger Ale. We could debate all day about the best use of this spirit, but this cocktail WAS delicious.
^ The bar at Abacus; and the Macallan Cooler.
Today is the birthday of my lovely and talented friend, Carol.
…and we have a new contender. Here's a fine option for sipping on the patio on a Sunday or Monday, awaiting your very own taste of Texas Monthly's "The Best Burger in Texas."
I'm not snobby about it, it's just that I rarely spontaneously drive to Ft. Worth to eat. I tipped off some friends that were planning to be in FW on Sunday about the "For the Love of Lamb" event that was coinciding with the official opening of Tim Love's latest Love Shack at So7 (SW corner of 7th and Museum Way – the street address of 817 Matisse doesn't show up on map searches yet!)
I was lounging around my pad on Sunday, trying to motivate, when a series of slobber inducing texts started to arrive. "Get over here, there's so much lamb… ahhh… ahhhh!" Fine – road trip sounds like the ticket anyway.
^ The enclosed patio at Love Shack So7. Lots of room, and hopscotch and washers for the kiddos.
^ It was 100°, but the place was opened up. I found the remedy for that (here). You can sit around the central bar, inside and out. Basically the same menu from the original location in the Stockyards.
Meanwhile: there was free lamb to be had! Along with the American Lamb people, Tim hosted Blaine Staniford (Grace), Jason Boso (Twisted Root), Jon Bonnell (Bonnell's), Aaron Staudenmaier & TJ Lengnick (Abacus), Scott Freeman (The Porch), and Scott Romano (Charlie Palmer at the Joule). Each made a Lamb "Burger," with the assembled masses voting in a cheer-off. The event also featured a couple of those Top Chef dudes doing a demonstration (Ilan Hall and Richard Blais).
^ The Burger Chefs. Here are some of the contending creations:
^ Blaine Staniford's was crrrraazzy. You can read the fixin's above, but they added fried quail egg as well! (Thanks, Pete, for the photo of this one.)
And the winner:
^ Jon Bonnell of Bonnell's and his winning Bacon Wrapped Roasted Lamb Tenderloin Slider w/ Guacamole. It was delicious! (I'm sure his terrific Buffalo Trace Bourbon Mint Juleps didn't influence the judging.)
It was all blustery looking as I walked over to Masaryk this evening, then the sun came out and it was still only 88°. Cocktails!