John Tinseth and I met sometime in 2008, back when I worked with J. Press. We met up one night for drinks with a mutual friend. I think John got stuck with the tab that night (which if memory serves was around $300; not that he has let me forget it). In my defense, I would have happily paid, I’m not one to skip on a check especially when lubricated. Anyway, John started his website The Trad around the time I started ACL. The Trad is a little bit older actually — a fact I’m sure Tinseth enjoys privately. Well, it is at least something he doesn’t relish in front of me. Which is nice of him.
Tinseth and I hit it off immediately — the man is easily one of the best story tellers I have ever met in my life. Shit, add liquor into that mix and you have yourself one hell of an evening, which we always do. I don’t want John to get a big head, but The Trad is by far my favorite blog to read — especially since I know John and how he is in real life. Even if I didn’t know him I’m sure I would still love it. Tinseth has the rare skill of being a great story teller, but also being able to put those stories into words. I don’t know why he hasn’t been offered a book yet.
One night two summers ago (or was it last summer?) I went by John’s apartment for drinks. When I got there he immediately hands me a Dark ‘N’ Stormy served in a Tervis Tumbler. Over the years John spent a considerable amount of time in Bermuda for business (I know he’s one lucky MFer), which is where his appreciation for a good Dark ‘N’ Stormy comes from. The Tervis thing comes from the time he spent living in Florida. John really taught me to love the Dark ‘N’ Stormy (made the Tinseth Way), to insist upon Barritt’s Ginger Beer and only drink ‘em in Tervis Tumblers. All the credit goes to him. I appreciate all of the things he has introduced me to, and more than anything, for his friendship. Tinseth is a good dude.
One last thought on the Dark ‘N’ Stormy, if you go to a bar and they serve Dark ‘N’ Stormys but without Barritt’s — that shit is not a real Dark ‘N’ Stormy. Plain and simple. Accept no substitutes to Barritt’s.
DARK ‘N’ STORMYS
The Tinseth Way
Pour 3 ounces Goslings rum
Squeeze half lime
Let rest briefly
Fill with Barritts Ginger Beer (now you can say Goslings GB sucks eggs)
Add squeezed quarter lime over ice
The Bermuda Way
Fill glass w/ ice
Pour Ginger beer to three quarters
Add 3 ounces Goslings rum
Squeeze quarter lime.
Says Tinseth: “The Bermuda way you see the ‘storm,’ but my way tastes better. Hell, I am the storm. I don’t need to see one.”
In addition to some good drinking, John made some great burgers. He shares his secrets below.
Pat La Frieda Short Rib Burger
Salt and pepper
Put on very hot pan and cover
Flip after 3 minutes
After 2 minutes add your choice of cheese and cook for 1 more minute covered.
Take off and let sit for 5 minutes. Put on potato bun (I like Martins).
“The cheese we had was Idiazabal. A beautiful sheep’s milk cheese that’s smokey goodness. Nothing else goes on it. No catsup. No mustard. No steak sauce. There’s plenty of moisture (blood) in the burger since you didn’t char the shit out of it. And the taste sensation of short rib beef will forever make you a happy customer of Pat La Frieda.”