The Friday night that was…

Friday night started as usual with a weekly wine tasting at Sequoia Cafe - this one featured a handful of Chenin Blancs to test our palates. These get-togethers are a nice way to meet a diverse crowd of businesspeople, diplomats, wine industry folks, students, teachers, journalists – you name it – and to kick off the weekend. Next one up features South African wines (email Frank at for details).

On my way out of Sanlitun, I dropped into China Doll. I was one of three judges at last week’s Beijing qualifier for 42 Below’s Cocktail World Cup. While Johnson Ren won, and goes to New Zealand for the world championships, my favorite drink was by China Doll‘s Alan - vodka, Cointreau, Campari, and orange and cranberry juices, with a wedge of citrus across the top. Simple in appearance and well-balanced, it was the drink at the Cocktail World Cup that most made me think, “Hmm, I want one of those this weekend.” (I’ll have more on the Beijing qualifier soon.)

On my way home, I popped into The Rickshaw for “five minutes” (well, that was the plan, but some Wild Turkey and a Cuban cigar stopped me). Anyway, I need to issue a correction – The Rickshaw’s Chad Lager does not look like a young Harry Morgan (see point 5, here). He looks much more like Bruce Willis (it’s the eyes, I’m telling you, the eyes). Now that that’s established, everyone get back to beer pong…

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