Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Weeping willows line the moat of Himeiji-jo (Himeiji Castle) in Himeiji, Japan. (2002). Photo taken with my Olympus Stylus 35mm.

She stood at the front of the store waiting, watching the post-Christmas shoppers go by. I thought she looked incredible, like always. My mind snapped a picture, just before I took a deep breath and mustered up the courage to say hello.

Years later, I returned to where we had started, but she wasn't there. I suppose, in the absence of divine intervention, this was to be expected. After all, dissolving memories had long since filled in the distance between time and space ... and, on this night, it was far beyond too late.

But, still, I remembered ... and a small part of me still hoped that she did, too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

the ides

Poor Julius Caesar (or "Julie", as I like to call him) ... he never did see it coming. One moment, he's the toast of the Roman Empire, the most toga'd empire of them all. The next, 60 of his contemporaries, including his best buddy, are daggering him in the back. Croutons!

The Pomegranate Julie is a good way to keep yourself safe from harm on the spooky Ides of March.

2051 years after the unfortunate assassination of ol' Julie, so begins another March 15, the most infamous day of a generally suspect month. What troubles and devious plots lurk on this particular Ides of March? Could you be a target?

Our advice: don't worry about it. Just take the day off from work, put on your best toga, and pour yourself a cold drink. If you're drunk, you'll be safe. I promise.

Pomegranate Julie
1.35 oz. Gin
1.35 oz. Pomegranate-Cranberry Juice
1.35 oz. Raspberry Juice
2.70 oz. Sparkling Grapefruit Pop (Soda, Coke, Soft Drink, Carbonated Diabetes in a Can)
1 Splash of Grenadine or Pomegranate Syrup

Pour the ingredients listed above over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with slices of lemon and orange. Stir. Drink. Toga down!

On this Ides of March, the Pomegranate Julie is the preferred way to remember everyone's favourite fallen Roman dictator. If you'd rather have a disgusting Bloody Caesar instead, there's something wrong with you, child. R-O-N-G wrong! And no, that's not a typo - that's how wrong you really are! Long live Julie!

Interested in more original starfish and waffles drink recipes? Check out the links under the "Bartending School" heading on the left sidebar of this webpage. Cheers!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

daylight slumber

Daylight Saving Time is upon us in most of North America and, let me assure you, tomorrow at work I will be dozy and semi-comatose just like a pod of lazy California sea lions.

At Pier 39 of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, a pod of California sea lions bask in the January sun. (2005). The above photo was shot with my Olympus Stylus 35mm.

Friday, March 02, 2007

pop star

The last time we tried to play the role of peacemaker in the controversial soda vs. pop question, we reignited a firestorm of debate and nearly started a civil war. (Oops). Well, that was thirteen months ago ... and we figure it's about time we give peace another chance. Why? Because we love our sugary and bubbly soft drinks, that's why!

Whether in Kyoto or California, the respected editor of felix's daily starfish and waffles loves his Jones Soda Root Beer. Help put his cute, cuddly face on the label of a Jones Soda near you, by following the instructions below.

Ok, fine, we admit it: here at starfish and waffles, we call our soft drinks "pop," not "soda." But that doesn't mean we harbour any hostility toward the other side. In fact, one of our favourite soft drink brands is Jones Soda and, quite frankly, we don't care that the company chooses not to call itself Jones Pop.

So whether you like to refer to your soft drink as "pop", "soda" or, God-forbid, "Coke", we urge you to cease fire and mend fences, now!

To show you we're serious, we're extending this plea for peace beyond the realm of blogosphere and campaigning for the editor of starfish and waffles to appear on a label of Jones Soda. Can you imagine the groundbreaking implications if this were to happen? The famous editor of starfish and waffles, who calls his soft drink "pop", appearing on a label of Jones SODA!! This mega-offering of an olive branch would shock the world into peace - we're sure of it.

But to make it all happen, we need your help. The good people over at Jones Soda can't put the editor on a label unless they know we've submitted a photo of him, and they'll never know unless you vote for our submission. To do that, click on the photo below, and vote generously for the editor. Then, come back again the next day and do it all over again.

Click on the photo, vote, and join the Coalition for Soft Drink Peace by helping to put the editor on a label of Jones Soda.

Thank you for thinking of the children. Because by voting today, you made the world a better place and we here at starfish and waffles love* you for it. Give yourself a gold star and a round of applause!

* And yes, by "love", we totally mean it in a romantic and sexy way. Oh, baby!