10 Questions and a Beer: Ian Anderson
Welcome to a new feature that I like to call “10 Questions and a Beer.” The premise is simple: we sit down over some beers and I ask you 10 questions. The questions are made up on the spot and probably get more ridiculous as I personally drink more beers.
1. What beer did you order?
I ordered an Old Glory Imperial Red Ale.
2. What do you think of it?
It’s good. It tasted like my first beer (Ale for Als - Indian Red Ale), which wasn’t bad either. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest so I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to beers.
3. What was your last favorite meal?
The cioppino at Anchor Oyster Bar. They have some of the most amazing food and biggest portions in the city.
4. What did you think of the outcome of the World Cup?
Germany beating Brazil was the peak to me. After that, I pretty much knew what was going to happen.
5. Where are you hoping to travel to this summer?
I’m heading to Boston and New York in a month and I’m looking forward to hanging out with my friends and checking out menswear stuff.
6. What’s your next menswear purchase?
I’m waiting to pickup a new sports coat from Beckett and Robb. It’s a light navy Loro Piana hopsack and I’m looking forward to wearing the hell out of it during the San Francisco summer.
7. Someone gives you $1000 dollars to spend on menswear, what do you get?
I’d probably get two pairs of Carminas, something in brown calf as I have too many brown suede shoes.
8. Someone gives you $1000 dollars and you can’t spend it on menswear at all, what do you spend it on?
9. You’re at the wall at Pitti, describe your signature pose.
Me hunched in a corner, trying to eat gelato over my lap without getting any drips on my new Carminas.
10. You are walking down the street when you are attacked by a group of ninjas, what do you do?
Get into the fetal position and hope for the best.
Pig Head Tacos
Chef Jordan Grosser of Stag Dining prepares pig head tacos served with strawberry sofrito, jalapeño, and cilantro.
Guns and Rosés
Longtime readers of this blog already know that I’m a big fan of the Pacific Rod & Gun Club. There’s nothing better than spending the day at this historic San Francisco skeet shooting range and enjoying the sights of Lake Merced, while getting a few rounds of skeet in. Unless, of course, there’s a wonderful meal that goes along with it.
My friend Matthew is one of the founders of Stag Dining, a clandestine dinner club in San Francisco that plans themed dinners around venues and events. And whenever Stag hosts a dinner at the Pacific Rod & Gun Club, I always try to make it out.
This Sunday, Stag Dining will be hosting a “Guns ’n Rosés" dinner. The event will start off with a round of skeet shooting with a raw and charcuterie bar. In addition, there will be a champagne sabering instructional (don’t worry, champagne and other alcohol will only be served after everyone’s done shooting).
Afterwards, there will be an amazing dinner with pork head tacos, charred summer corn, vension tartar, peaches and burrata, and homemade soft serve. The dinner also holds a special occassion, as it will be the official release of the Stag’s rosé, Deerblood Rosé. There will also be other rosés availabe from Bodkin, Wilson & Wilson, and Kivelstadt.
I invite you all to attend this wonderful event with me this Sunday. Don’t worry, the event begins at 3:30pm so you’ll have plenty of time to watch the World Cup beforehand.
(Full Disclosure: The Stag’s have graciously invited me to attend this event for free, but I would have paid (and was planning on it) for this event in a heartbeat.)
It’s Been A While, Hasn’t It?
I haven’t done a very good job of updating this blog over the last couple of months. Don’t worry though, I still plan on writing about menswear, food, and everything else that tickles my fancy. The truth is I’ve just been occupied.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been secretly planning on asking my best friend to marry me. And so it’s with great joy and enthusiasm to let you all know that last week I proposed to my girlfriend and she said yes.
We now bring you back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Drake’s of London Sales
If I’m wearing a tie, there’s a 95% chance that it’s made by Drake’s of London. The quality of material and the attention to detail that goes into these handmade ties is phenomenal and so when you finally own one, it’s hard to wear anything else.
The problem with Drake’s of London ties is that each tie costs around $150, which is a lot to invest in a single tie.
Well ready your wallets, because it’s sale season and it’s time to hunt for Drake’s.
East Dane has a wide selection of Drake’s ties on sale. They even currently have some for as low as $46.50, which is remarkable for the fact that the ties at this price are actually wearable (and not the ugly ones that usually get discounted). My favorite from this price tier include this burgundy floral tie and burgundy leaf tie (also available in green). I think burgundy ties look great in the fall paired with a tweed sport coat, so think of these as a future investment. There’s also this blue microdot tie that I think works well for more formal occasions. Be sure you like the tie before your purchase it, as the ties at this price level are final sale.
In addition, East Dane also has some Drake’s ties price at $77.50, which is still a great price for these ties. At this level, I really enjoy this navy striped tie. I also like this striped tie as well, but I can’t tell if it’s navy (awesome) or black (meh). Luckily, these ties aren’t final sale and so you can return them if they don’t work out.
Carson Street Clothiers:
Carson Street Clothiers has Drake’s of London solid knit ties on sale for an incredibly low $63. I already own this bottle green knit tie, which I love to wear dressed up with a navy blazer or casually with a denim jacket. At $63, I’m really tempted to pick up the navy and pink version.
No Man Walks Alone:
No Man Walks Alone recently started their summer sale and Drake’s ties are included as well. These ties aren’t quite as affordable as the others with a starting price of $108.75; however, they are the only retailer at the moment to have discounted their grenadine ties. If I could only wear one tie for the rest of my life, it would be without a doubt my navy Drake’s grenadine tie. Even Ethan from The Armoury agrees, they are the best. No Man Walks Alone has them on sale in navy, green, and black.
Future Islands at the Mohawk
April 23, 2014
$30 Drake’s Pocket Squares
Barney’s Semi Annual sale has had their second round of price reductions, which makes these Drake’s of London pocket squares only $30. I’m a fan of the beach ball print in this light blue and olive green colorway. I also enjoy this fish pocket square in both tan and orange. Overall, these pocket squares would make great additions to your summer wardrobe and would look paired open collared shirt.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Peter Pan Mini Golf | 1207 Barton Springs Rd
Ramen in the Lone Star State
Texas is famous for a variety of cuisines, but Japanese food isn’t one of them. So if I told you that one of the best bowls of ramen I ever ate was in Austin, you probably wouldn’t believe me.
But in a small shopping center in North Austin, you’ll find Ramen Tatsu-ya, Austin’s first authentic, brick-and-mortar Japanese ramen shop. The restaurant, a collaboration between local chefs and DJs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto, serves up genuine bowls of Japanese Tonkotsu ramen.
The noodles are incredibly thin and cooked “bari-kata” (which essentially means al dente) and the pork-bone-based broth is made in house. Masterfully cooked with chasiu, wood ear mushrooms, ajitama (soft-boiled) egg, and scallions, this ramen tastes like something you could only find in Fukuoka City. In addition to delicious ramen, the menu has a few other surprises such as katsu sliders and coconut milk-infused tapioca.
When traveling to Austin, people find themselves looking forward to eating breakfast tacos and barbecue. I would argue that you can officially add ramen to this list as well. The ramen is so good at Ramen Tatsu-ya, that you’ll need to say "Sumimasen!" to get an extra order of noodles to finish your broth.
Ramen Tatsu-ya | 8557 Research Blvd. #126
The Silentist Shoe Wardrobe Sale!
If you’re a size 10.5 D, then you’re in luck today. I’m selling five pairs of shoes from my wardrobe. Obviously, they’ve been worn, but they all have quite a bit of wear left and I’ve even gone the extra mile to polish them with Saphir products one last time. Heck, I’ll even throw in a pair of cedar shoe trees, too!
I accept PayPal and ship within the United States only. Shipping is $15/shoe via USPS Priority with tracking. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. To buy: email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All shoes size US 10.5 D (medium):
- Allen Edmonds “Strand” captoe balmoral in black calf, $150
- Allen Edmonds “Bel Air” wingtip blucher in walnut calf, $100
- Allen Edmonds “Bel Air” wingtip blucher in black calf, $100
- Walk-Over suede saddle shoe in ivory/buff, $75
Reblogging for those who missed it!
Kiyoshi’s selling some shoes on the cheap. Get at ‘em.
Father’s Day Cards by Rifle Paper Co.