Firenze | A Continuous Lean.

The Bull Shot: Where Vegans Fear to Tread

Jan 20th, 2013 | Categories: Cocktails, David Coggins, Firenze, Spirits | by David Coggins

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This is an age of cocktail enlightenment—savvy drinkers aren’t surprised to discover artichoke infused vodka or persimmon bitters in their glass or a shiso leaf as garnish. They venture forth seeking vision and innovation, the eccentric and the unfamiliar. Yet it’s a classic cocktail, of all things, that causes consternation among the imbibing faint of heart. We speak of course of the endangered Bull Shot.

Why is this downright nourishing drink more difficult to find? In a phrase: beef broth. Yes, the Bull Shot is essentially a Bloody Mary that substitutes goodly beef broth for tomato juice. So rare is this historic concoction that on a recent trip to Florence we were overjoyed to find it listed at Harry’s Bar (not the endangered Venetian original, but, after more than 50 years on the bank of the Arno, nothing to scoff at).

At Harry’s, upon ordering, the broth arrives from the kitchen and the barman takes it from there. Where does that Bull Shot take you? Well, it’s a hearty daytime drink, unusually good when you told yourself you were going to take a day away from liquor. It’s downbeat but reassuring—like an old cardigan, like Chet Baker.





Further Assessments | L.B.M. 1911

Jun 19th, 2011 | Categories: Firenze, Further Assessments, Italy, Pitti Uomo 2011 | by Michael Williams

The way the planners of the menswear show Pitti Uomo have things physically laid out there are many buildings to conqueror and a lot of ground to cover in the three days of the Firenze fair. This coupled with the fact that the GQ diary had most of my attention, meant that these updates had to wait a bit. The good news is, this week is going to be a good one for those of you that prefer to read about clothing than see old photos I dug out of some historical society.





An Americano at Pitti Uomo.

Jun 16th, 2011 | Categories: Firenze, Italy, Menswear, Tradeshows | by Michael Williams

The Italians are coming, the Italians are coming. One unstructured sportcoat by land, two if by sea! I’ve brought my Americano ways to Firenze for the much ballyhooed menswear tradeshow to see the forthcoming Italian invasion in their homeland. While in Tuscany, I’ll be checking out the new SS12 clothes from probably the best concentration of brands anywhere in the world. My photos, thoughts, and espresso powered experience is being beamed straight to GQ, you can see the first installment here.

I’ll also be sharing my Giro d’Pitti via Twitter and Instagram (@acontinuouslean).