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Pin swag with Valley Cruise Press

We’ve been following Valley Cruise Press for years now, digging on their dual mission to support artists, and make art accessible through zines and wearable artwork (think vibrant pop culture illustrations shrunk into patches, pins and shirts). When we decided to design a limited-edition pin collection to coincide with the release of our American Licks…

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Making ice creams like Buddy Holly made music

I recently became a serious Buddy Holly fan. Like, fell off the Buddy Holly cliff. My life is forever changed, realizing that all the music I have loved over the years is derived quite clearly from Buddy Holly’s massive, but far too short, 16-month career. He died February 3, 1959, at 22 years old. But…

American Licks

We are opening the year with a collection we’ve been working on for several months. We’re calling it American Licks: Ice Cream as a Living Artifact. And we are saying that certain flavors of ice cream from the 19th and 20th centuries are what we call “living artifacts.” That is, their popularity is in decline,…

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is my favorite cold-weather cocktail. My friend, the dearly departed Bruce Hildreth, then-chef of Columbus’ beloved Tapatio restaurant, showed me how to make a perfect Hot Buttered Rum sometime in the mid 90s (I was always at his hip back then), and it has been my favorite winter cocktail since. Normally it’s made…

Coquito

I first had a Coquito on one of multiple trips to San Juan, Puerto Rico in the early 90’s (yes—there was a cute boy involved). It’s like egg nog, but totally different: boozy as all heck and spiced with cinnamon, it fills the same seasonal need…with a little more Caribbean sunniness. (And let’s face it,…