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Kate
Vancouver, Canada
Marketer. Mystery. Legend.
Interests: social media, branding, e-marketing, reading, blogging, user experience design, ritual theory, information design, information architecture, new technology
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Thanks again for sending it! The taste is very interesting. I understand why Newfoundlanders call it "bakeapple". Nice, subtle apple flavour. With just a hint of "je ne sais quois" :)
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Day 15: Good King Wenceslas at A Bitter Spirit
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The carol for today's cocktail is Good King Wenceslas. The lyrics tell the story of the 10th century Duke of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas I. Legend has it that he rose at night from his bed to bestow alms on widows, orphans, prisoners and others afflicted with various difficulties. While the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Bitter Spirit
Well, we're into Day 14 of this year's cocktail Advent calendar. We've completed our celebration of Mary and have moved into our Week 3 theme: Spirit of the Season. This is nice and vague and covers anything from Christmas greetings to holiday activities. So we're starting off with the most... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Bitter Spirit
Our cocktail inspiration for today is The Cherry Tree Carol, a Child ballad based on an apocryphal story about Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. While traveling through a cherry orchard, Mary asks Joseph to pick a cherry for her. He refuses saying "get your baby daddy to pick your... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Bitter Spirit
Today's cocktail inspiration comes from the contemporary song, Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song). Christian country singer Amy Grant first heard a version of the song when the composer, Chris Eaton, was a member of her touring band. Pregnant at the time, Grant thought the music and the chorus fit perfectly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Our cocktail today is inspired by the carol, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, a hymn that Drew often used to sing in his university choir. There are two origin stories of this carol. One - that it references the apple tree in Song of Solomon which is often interpreted as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Today's carol is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel ... one of Kate's favourite carols. This carol is really old; or, people think it is. There is an argument to be made that it has its origins (at least its melodic ones) in a series of "antiphons" or chants that were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
The carol for Day 3 of our calendar is the traditional English song, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman. The archaic Victorian language make the carol, and in particular the first line, one of the most misunderstood carols in our Christmas canon. While modern singers would interpret the line as telling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Hi, Paul .. It's pretty amazing .. you can make practically any kind of simple syrup. The lavender was lovely. Sneak peek: we're going to be doing a pink peppercorn syrup and a cardamom one as well. Thanks for your comment! Cheers .. Kate
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2014 on Day 1: The Coventry Carol at A Bitter Spirit
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Welcome to Advent and to Day 1 of our 2014 Cocktail Advent Calendar. The themes of the carols in the first week of the calendar all revolve around the Christ Child. The first carol on our list is The Coventry Carol, sometimes known as Lully, Lullay Thou Little Tiny Child.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
To paraphrase one of the gurus of our age "All right, all right, all right". We're back - the boozin' siblings, Drew and Kate. We had such a great time doing our Cocktail Advent calendar last year that we're doing it again in 2014. We've got a new theme this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
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First of all, I can't believe I haven't blogged in a year. Yikes! Second ... it's Shoebox Project for Shelters time again! This is the third year in Vancouver, and we've expanded: We added new drop-off spots, including Kitsilano, Olympic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at My Name is Kate
So excited for Jon Stewart's new movie, Rosewater. It looks incredible! Check out the trailer! Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
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The interview with Ron Suskind last night was fantastic! Suskind has written a book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heros and Autism, about his son, Owen. Owen is autistic, but has found a way to communicate using lines from Disney movies - his particular affinity. But an autistic child's... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
You can also browse by cover Week of December 15, 2014 - OMG, it's the last week of The Colbert Report EVER! (sad face) 12.18.14 - **SERIES FINALE!** 12.17.14 - Phil Klay, author - Redeployment (book) 12.16.14 - Kendrick Lamar, musician - good kid, m.A.A.d city (album) 12.15.14 - Seth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Books Featured on the Colbert Report
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John Oliver is leaving The Daily Show as a correspondent and will be hosting his own show on HBO. Oliver's last show was December 19. He got a little teary (awwwww .... ). So Jon tried to perk it up with Oliver's signature Carlos Danger Dance. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
You can also browse by cover Week of December 15, 2014 12.18.14 - Chris Rock, comedian/director - Top Five (movie) 12.17.14 - Anna Kendrick, actor - Into The Woods (movie) 12.16.14 - Paul McCartney, musician - Hope (single) from the new video game "Destiny" 12.15.14 - Tim Burton, director -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
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Well it's our final cocktail today. Can you flipping believe it? We can't believe this is the end. Thanks to all of you for following along with us as we went about this project. Hopefully, you enjoyed the journey as well as found inspiration and a little mirth. And with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
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Tradition holds that Balthazar was the name of one of the Biblical wise men. Thought to be a Arabian scholar, Balthazar presented Jesus and his family with a gift of myrrh, a tree resin traditionally used in the embalming of the dead. But enough of that depressing crap...let's make a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
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We're down to the final three of our calendar, and we wanted to finish with a flourish. So we're invoking the legend of the Three Wise Men of the East, aka The Magi, as the theme for our remaining cocktails. According to the Bible, wise men visited the Baby Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
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The final spirit to visit Scrooge is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Hooded and mute, the ghost arrives in a phantasmal mist and shows Scrooge a number of individuals rejoicing and pilfering belongings from a recently deceased individual. The revelation that the man who died and of whom... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
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For the next three days, we’re focusing on the three main spirits (no pun intended!) of A Christmas Carol, those being the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. We thought it would be fun to take one type of cocktail and make three versions of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
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Bob Cratchit doesn’t have the easiest life. He’s poor, his kid is sick and his boss is a jerk. Like the jerkiest jerk in Jerktown. But somehow, he pushes through. And if anyone needs a drink after work, it’s him! To come up with Bob’s cocktail, we put ourselves in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
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How do you solve a problem like Hermey? You know, Hermey. The misfit elf from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? Anyway...here’s a man, er, elf who doesn’t like his job and clearly cares more about his hair than his fellow elves do. And haven’t we all been in his shoes?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
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Elizabeth has Mr. Darcy. Ron has Hermoine. Katniss has both Peeta and Gale. And Rudolph has Clarice (and we're not talking about Jody Foster in Silence of the Lambs either!). Clarice is the fetching doe who doesn’t care that Rudolph’s honker is bright red beacon. She even defies her parents'... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit