It’s Not Only Rock and Roll: HiFi Farms in Oregon

HiFi co-founder and brand and communications officer Lee Henderson and co-founder Richard Vinal at HiFi Farms in Oregon.PHOTO CREDIT: SAM GEHRKE

Clean Green Certified Cannabis might not mean anything to you right now, but it should because what you put into your body should be of the greatest importance. With that said, out on the left hand coast of the United States, the thought of being and doing more than just what is necessary really caught my attention. I’ve made a concerted effort to attempt to extract the nerd stuff first and the marketing stuff way down the line. I’m always excited about packaging and the aromatics of a product, but at the end of the day it’s the way a product feels when I imbibe it. No amount of pretty labels, nor expensive swag will change my mind in this regard. It’s the finest that money can buy, or nothing at all. I refuse to cover the 9/10th’s of the cannabis business because it’s just not the very best! What catches my attention is a product that puts the health of their customer in front of the profit. Admirable is the word that describes HiFi Farms because of their Clean Green Certification. They aim to exceed the already high standards set by the USDA/National Organic Program. From a 30,000 foot level, the deep dive on low carbon footprint and good health to the earth, just make sense to the high-end consumer who wants the very best cannabis products that contribute to their healthy lifestyle.

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Dinner With Friends: Warren Bobrow

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Details:
Alley Twenty Six presents the June event in our “Dinner With Friends” monthly charity event series benefiting the Jose Andres foundation World Central Kitchen.  Our guest bartender on July 30th is writer and cocktail enthusiast Warren Bobrow. Warren is a five time author on all things cocktails and is a contributing writer for such notable publications as Saveur and Forbes Magazine.

Date:
Monday, July 30th, 2018  5 Course Cocktail and Food Pairing Dinner

LOCATION

320 East Chapel Hill Street Durham, NC, 27701

Starts promptly at 6:30pm.  Cost:  $95 per person plus gratuity and taxes
Payment will be collected at the end of the dinner.
Advance registration is required. Please reserve seats by clicking button below. Seating is limited.
Please feel free to call us or email at finedrinking@alleytwentysix.com.
Dinner With Friends Menu – Warren Bobrow
Course 1 
Gin and Basil Punch
Crispy Boquerones
Grilled Watermelon, Pickled Watermelon Rind, Black Olive, Arugula, Lime
Course 2
Gin, Creme de Cassis, Tonic, Roasted Grapefruit Juice, Soda, Fino Sherry Float
Fluke Crudo
Citrus, Fennel, Soy, Ginger, Thai Chili, Radish, Mint
Course 3
Rye, Muddled Roasted Peach, Tonic, Soda, Celery Bitters
Confit of Duck Leg
Sweet Corn Puree, Spinach, Fingerling Potato, Bacon Lardons, 63° Egg
Course 4 
Bourbon, Averna, Orange Wedge, Chocolate Bitters
Herb Crusted Lamb Chops
Polenta Cake, Charred Heirloom Tomato Salsa, Pickled Red Onion, Rosemary Jus
Course 5
Egg Cream
Banana Pudding Parfait
Vanilla Wafer Cookie, Chocolate Ganache, Whipped Cream, Bruleed Banana

 

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Aromatics, Opulence and Intensity: The Bloom Brand Cannabis Extracts

Photo Courtesy: The Bloom Brand

Scientific Precision

The new incense that just swirled past your nose, in and around the Los Angeles area is not the usual throat stinging snap of burning weeds. instead it’s the lush and intellectually stimulating aromatics of freshly crushed fine herbs and exotic flowers and spices. Just coming into nasal view are bursts of juicy and sweet tropical fruits, tangles of caramelized nut meats and candied orange zests dancing elegantly up your nose. What these micro-gusts of quickly dissipating memory stimulating fragrances represent is the new way to enjoy cannabis. This modern technique is delivered ‘sans flame’ and completely without the often-acerbic smoke that, quite frankly, doesn’t appeal to everyone. There is a slight vapor cloud, but that dissipates very quickly into the atmosphere. The Bloom Brandhas created deep scientific methodology to harness a safe and non-confrontational application of their proprietary, pure cannabis oil within your daily wellness routine. The Bloom Brand cannabis oil cartridges, micro-cannabis pens and fully-activated, pure extracted oils are market changing products. And not only because of their purity and lush aromatics. They utilize solely 100% Californian grown cannabis in their production, produced by their own methodology and high value production techniques. Each one is carefully designed to fully capture their easy-going, youthful and healthy Californian lifestyle.

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Mystery Talks by me Convention – Healthy and Hyperdigital: Learning to relax & make the most of leisure time

I’m honored.

Economists once speculated that with the growth of technology, humans would have more time on our hands, and with it we’d expand into leisure activities. In fact, the opposite has happened: we’re working now more than ever. It’s hardly surprising: work gives us activities, meaning, purpose and community. But what if there’s more to life? Many feel the urge to take a step back, but it’s easier said than done. So how can we slow down while keeping up? This discussion draws insight from neuroscience, mindfulness and more to offer some answers.

Today’s speakers include:
Warren Bobrow, The Cocktail Whisperer
Rachel Hughes, Founder & Director, New World Native
Tricia Katz, Senior Software Engineer, Outdoor Voices
Lisa Pike, Patagonia, VP of Environmental Activism

Join the Pool Stage at Palm Park and witness ideas unfold and evolve!

For the full Mystery Talks schedule visit me-convention.com

[Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.]

Elevate your Session: Inconspicuously

Warren Bobrow: iPhone X

Elevate Luxury

Did you have a dug-out in high school or college? I certainly did. It was an unwieldy thing as I remember. Kind of hippy-chic- no, it was not at all elegant, the bat was made from heat conducting brass, it clogged easily, burnt my lips from the heat and left specks of resin-tar and burning cannabis leaf on my teeth. The wooden box that held my herbs, let’s just say it was far from air-tight and once the spring that held the lid on got loose, the entire ‘stash-box’ would open up and empty into my pocket (lint and all), more than my ‘bat’… Those wasted herbs commingled with my pocket change just won’t do any longer now that I’ve grown up! Enter the world of luxury cannabis implements and the Elevate Dug-Out. On first glimpse, this handy-crafted dug out is sleekly elegant. This device screams bespoke…hence, each one is engineered, by hand…One at a time. Crisply manufactured, the softly polished exterior is not a cheap tropical wood product, but one that is finely formed- utilizing the finest exotic wood available. There are the twelve ‘rare-earth’ magnets that seal the well-weighted lid to the base with a satisfying click as the magnets engage-making the entire package scent-proof and certainly nearly waterproof. There is the generous ‘stash’ container that can be filled with about a gram or more of your finest herbs, well ground of course, leaving ample room for some beeswax coated hemp wick to light your glass joint, instead of using using that carcinogenic butane lighter sitting in your hand to do this seemingly mundane task. The ‘bat’ appears to be perfectly blown by hand (mouth) with an interior shelf inserted inside the glass joint itself that prohibits the fine grains of your herbs from flowing back into your mouth, therefore burning your lips and tongue. The size of the bat is not as minuscule in dimension as the dug-out pipe of my memories. It is slightly stout in width, like a miniature cigar, and quite robust in its unique sort of manner. The glass blown joint fits your fingers easily, with alacrity. The polished dark wooden tip offers another level of overall elegance with scarcely a burned lip or tongue to be had. In fact, the very thought of burning your lips, fingers or tongue are sent way into your distant memory.

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Toddies!

 

Hot Toddy Time! 

Frosty weather is coming quickly and in keeping with his German heritage, Klaus has a fire burning in the fireplace to take the chill off the morning.  Mornings in the old house are usually punctuated by the sound of crackling fires in the dining room fireplace.  Comforting and warming, a nice fire is taking the chill off the air out in the garden.

Although it’s still warm during the day, the mornings can be rather chilly!

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Pickett’s Ginger Beer: Perhaps the best in the USA

Steve Fette (Allied Distributing)

WB in action

Ginger Beer is a highly personal thing. Since the USA is a melting pot of cultures and countries, so to is the art of ginger beer. There are ginger beers that span the globe, from Los Angeles (Birthplace of the Moscow Mule, to Moscow, Russia (where they’ve never even heard of such cocktails) to Bermuda (where it’s mixed with caramel colored rum) to the deck of your armchair- watching America’s Cup videos while sitting in your easy chair, to Cleveland, Ohio- birthplace of the Pickett Brothers- founders of Pickett’s Ginger Beer.