Amy Zavatto writes about spirits and wine for Whisky Advocate, Imbibe, SOMMJournal, and many others. Amy is the author of The Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food Pairing and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She lives, eats, and drinks in NYC. She has yet to meet a Sazerac she didn’t like.
Thx, Nikki. I take the grumblings more as passion for the topic than tear-downs. I'm really happy people feel such pride/connection/adoration for local spirits. I do, too, in my home state. Like I said in the foot-ish note: If it's not here, it didn't arrive in time, or at all, for consideration. Some distillers didn't respond to inquiries (honestly, I suspect a lot of them get cagey poseurs looking for a hand-out who aren't writing anything at all, so inquiries like mine might hit the junk pile). Some didn't make the cut. And I'm sure there were some I missed in the time allotted to gather, sample, and write the story. I had a really nice talk with Lou from Westford Hill, but ran out of time to get the product for sample; I have promised him a visit because he seems more than worth the trek and he is incredibly passionate and knowledgable. Cold River didn't respond to my inquiry. No excuses, just the way it is. Still, I like seeing the comments here. Good stuff. It's really an exciting time in American spirits.
I live in the nabe and have had vegetarian lamprie at both San Rasa and Lakruwana. I'm not a vegetarian, but I prefer it -- it is SO flavor packed and full of amazing things as it is, the meat isn't remotely necessary. It's my favorite Sri Lankan dish! Also: the vegetarian roti at New Asha kick ass. Re Lakruwana -- it isn't walking distance from the ferry, Lily, but it's a short, super easy bus ride down Bay Street.
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