Perhaps it was the Lemon Tree strain of Cannabis from the California Bud Company seducing me at that very moment, with her hauntingly woodsy, citrus tinged aromatics, further scintillating inhalations, each one offering deep rips of iChing level intellectualism, the experience leaving a perfumed moment in your heart that is deeply mesmerizing. Each subsequent puff offering hints of cedar wood, dripping with raw honey and crushed fall leaves and more sweet and spicy citrus oil that coats your lips and tongue. Coming into view are scents of the very tips of young pine needles as you brush up against them. Their Douglas fir scented sticky oils, releasing their perfume all over your shoes and socks, while being gently crushed under foot. Yes that is what enticed me to share their deep success and their utter excellence, thank you all for making it so and placing those memories into my brain. It’s made my food journalism even more satisfying.
…And it’s a love letter to the Bull Run Lifestyle.
In a land far away in New York City, where people are awoken by car horns, have their clothes professionally cleaned and check the DOW industrial average while brushing their teeth, they dream of a simpler life. To them, the Oregon lifestyle is a fairy tale. The sap that comes from our trees is a thick and vibrant viscoses that courses through the veins of our forests, gushing with life. Our air is crisp and clean, with the soft, rustling sounds of leaves and animals rolling in the gentle breeze, and everything that is grown and cared for is nurtured by the love and light that keeps our land going. And, according to Forbes writer Warren Bobrow, our cannagars capture it all.
While some people recovering from substance abuse do best with a zero-tolerance policy regarding any intoxicant, others are able to safely use cannabis. I’m one such person, and my life is all the better for it.
“If you smoke a joint in public, everyone knows your business,” Bobrow says. “But not if you are sipping a gorgeous Vietnamese Iced Coffee with THC-infused condensed milk on a steaming hot day, watching your coconut water ice melt slowly into the unctuous concoction. Do I have you here?” While the world has become a friendlier place towards cannabis users since Giuliani was mayor, yes, he did have me there.
Above, mixologist Warren Bobrow
If you only knew how many ultra-high-end vaporizers I’ve received (thank you) to test over the last months. It’s a little overwhelming quite frankly to have so much high-priced technology at my disposal when a simple stonedware pipe and a supply of hemp cordage is usually my go/to. But in the deepening cavern that is my equipment closet and the utter mass of so much expensive technology that graces my home, one of the most impressively designed ones, at least from a pure design standpoint is the VapeXhale Cloud EVO Vaporizer. It’s a lot of words to name a hardly inconspicuous machine, that is if you don’t place the expansive and expensive-looking glass rig on board. Then you’d just have the plug-in base and that’s only part of the overall fun!
Do you work with your kitchen? I know, asking for them to order lemons and limes, grabbing some grapefruits, begging them to freeze some large cubes? No, that’s not what I’m leading to. I mean putting your kitchen to work for your bar. What? There is a little secret that makes all chefs happy. It’s named food cost. When it’s too high, your chef is angry. He’s not making any money and whatever little money he does make for the owners is being thrown away. Not good for you, nor the restaurant.
Named after the self-taught, eighteenth-century American botanist, this herbed garden punch is made with gin, fresh grapefruit juice, and a bouquet of fragrant herbs
Warren Bobrow, @WarrenBobrow1, the Cocktail Whisperer, shares to us his cannabis cocktail recipe named John Bartram’s Garden Punch. This cannabis recipe is found in his book, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics.
You may have tried a garden-variety garden punch before, but I guarantee you’ve never had anything like this unorthodox take on the classic mid afternoon refresher. This cannabis cocktail recipe is spiked with a cannabis-infused simple syrup that’s best made with a Sativa strain such as Exodus. With its scents of fraise de bois (that is, tiny, intensely-flavored strawberries) and crushed stones, Exodus works beautifully with the botanicals in gin—and those gravelly, crushed-stone aromatics act as the bedrock that underlies and connects the punch’s flavors.
Editor note: Recently I had the rare opportunity to share ideas on the telephone with one of the most intriguing individuals I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to in recent memory. Alex Shah is that person, and he is brimming with enthusiasm and purpose. He is highly conversational, and our interview went into all tangents, but what intrigued me the most was his passion for creativity and even cooking! It is through conversations that surround food that I find the deeper meanings in life. Not only work, but what makes us tick. And that is through the love of food. I saw, very clearly, that this man is not just a thinker. He’s a theorist and a creative being. Photography, food and life, not a bad way to work, doing what you love. It’s crystal clear that Alex is a success in whatever he sets out to do.
Midwest native Alecia “Chef Bae” Winters, lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has the golden touch when it comes to cooking and baking with the deeply intrinsic herb named cannabis. That doesn’t mean that Chef Bae only works with medicinally infused foods— far from! As a talented and enthusiastic culinary artist, it takes more than the buzzy parts to make a meal into a lingering memory. An entrepreneur with a true passion for cooking and cannabis infusions, Chef Bae participated in Season 9 of MasterChef, placing in the top 19 home cooks in America. Her specialties include Mexican, Italian, French, Lebanese, American cuisine and her delectable pastries over at Pretty in Pink Edibles.
The email read like this: Hello Warren, Great news! A Viride GeoPipe is heading your way. More info on the GeoPipes by Stonedware: http://stonedwarecompany.com
Why Viride chose to collaborate with Stonedware: “I choose to partner with Ariel after learning more about the craftsmanship that goes into each Stonedware piece. We spent a lot of time collaborating on the design elements to make the pieces promotional but organic. I wanted to design a branded product that was still beautiful to display as a home accessory. The finished pieces are ones that everyone is enthusiastic about and the functionality rivals any other pipe on the market.” — Sarah Remesch, founder of 270M & Managing Editor of Viride
Also, here is a Viride link speaking about the collaboration. https://www.viridelife.com/provisions/2017/11/24/stonedware-and-viride-collaborate-on-custom-pipes?rq=stonedware
Why You Should Know The Initiative & The Commune Founder Amy Margolis
Amy Margolis, a prominent 17 year practicing attorney and founder of the Oregon Cannabis Association, is an uncompromising go-getter. A deeply entrepreneurial attorney who’s made a career focusing on the Pacific Northwest (and beyond) cannabis space, Margolis is whip smart and uncompromisingly concise. She has dedicated her career in helping her clients and the industry as a whole navigate through the brave new world of cannabis legalization— a very new direction, one that is certainly not the divorce, tax, real estate or the multitude of legal careers she could have followed. Amy is a famed cannabis lawyer and she’s darned good at what she does. That’s only a very small part of what Amy has accomplished in her young life in Portland, Oregon, though. She recently announced the launch of both The Commune and The Initiative to ensure that the cannabis industry remains the most progressive and balanced emerging industry yet.