When you think of traditional carpets from Azerbaijan, the thought of contemporary art does not quickly spring to mind… but these beautiful, and modern works will change that. Faiq Ahmed, a native of the Eurasian nation, has taken his countries old-school art form and brought it beautifully into the current era, deconstructing the ancient process of weaving and adapting it to todays contemporary art forms.
started two vodka infusions last night: lavender on the left, Earl Grey on the right. (lavender’s not cloudy, just frosty from the freezer).
lavender is 3-4 tbsp of dried culinary-grade buds and goes for 4 days (possibly in the freezer depending on who you ask), and should have a plastic cap or a layer of plastic wrap separating it from the metal cap.
Earl Grey is 6-10 tea bags (I used Bigelow & Trader Joe’s - Twinings is way too weak), goes for 10-14 days.
both are 750 mL glass bottles of decent but not super-pricey vodka (don’t use those huge cheapie plastic bottles of no-name rotgut shit, though some people say you can if you put it through a water filter 3-4 times) and should be strained at the end of the infusion period, with the liquid pressed from the infused material into the rest of the vodka. I usually just mix the Earl Grey with Bailey’s. the lavender is a new experiment, and I’m going to try it with the Earl Grey and some half and half.
I’ve also done ginger vodka with 2-3 peeled and chopped fingers of fresh ginger and about 6 whole slices of candied (sugared) ginger in 750 mL for 10-14 days.
next on my list: pumpkin spice vodka (with real pumpkin & spices! and maybe maple?), Stoli Doli, coconut (maybe with coconut sugar), chocolate/vanilla, and anise or licorice. POSSIBLY rose. I’m also going to make a lavender simple syrup on the advice of a classmate who works at a bar.
Let’s give Emma Stone a warm willkommen to Broadway. The 25-year-old actress will make her Broadway debut — finally — in just under a month, stepping into the silky stockings of club singer Sally Bowles in the hit Broadway revival of Cabaret. Stone replaces Michelle Williams, who departs on Nov. 9, and will take over from Nov. 11 through Feb. 1, 2015. (x)