The Kentucky Derby/Mothers Day Edition

mint julep

The quintessential southern libation: the Mint Julep. Not too shabby for serving moms on Mothers Day! (See recipe below)

With all the never-ending blather about who’s in, who’s out of the upcoming POTUS race, WM thought it might be refreshing to take a complete departure for this edition of Seattle Outsider Musings, devoid (mostly) of politics…
And what better way to do that than talk about horse races and what folks who will be attending this weekend’s 142nd Kentucky Derby might imbibe in other than mint juleps before, during and possibly after (if they’re still standing) “the greatest two minutes in sports”.
As EATER’s Ashlie Stevens advised in her May 3 story, “Where to Drink in Louisville During the Kentucky Derby”, there is more to drink there than the Churchill* Downs track’s typical mint julep concoction.  Indeed, over the last few years, the city’s craft cocktail scene has exploded, with it’s urban wineries and breweries gaining national attention, with more variety in the types of bars open across different neighborhoods–from the well-established to the up-and-coming.  Stevens suggests 12 places to celebrate wins (or recover from losses). Go to: for the inside scoop.

Meantime, here’s the recipe for Mint Juleps, with thanks to Alton Brown of the Food Network:

  • 10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • Seltzer water
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 1/2 ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey
  • Place the mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with the sugar. Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.

No relation to that other Churchill, for whom President Obama recently took some serious heat from the Brits for moving the famous PM’s portrait from the Oval Office… (When are they gonna get over it–we’re not a colony anymore!)



Good News/Bad New on the Local Sports Front
First, the good news: The Mariners are not only alive, but doing astonishingly well early in the season! Perhaps the recently-announced majority ownership of the team by Seattle’s own ex-telecom CEO billionaire John Stanton, whose stated goal is to lead the Mariners to MLB victory, has given the heretofore beleaguered team some much-needed umpf.

soncis     tibirds
Now for the “bad” news… “Staggering blow to Sodo arena” read the front page headlines in the May 3 edition of The Seattle Times.  All we can say is we hope Chris Hansen can find another, more suitable, place other than an already over-burdened downtown Seattle site for his proposed NBA & NHL arena.  Go to his website for more details on this continuing saga.

The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich 800 1581

Say “Cheese”, please!

In the Did You Know? department, the U.S. has more cheese than it knows what to do with, in what amounts to a massive cheese surplus thanks to cheap prices for European dairy and record U.S. diary production.
Bloomberg reports the U.S. is sitting on it’s largest stockpile of cheese in more than 30 years, with the country being the current number one importer of certain European dairy products, rising 17% last year.
So, get your grilled ham & cheese game on and DO expect to see some trendy-cheese-filled items to hit menus everywhere!

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Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins

And Speaking of Food
How about that Renee Erickson, of The Whale Wins for receiving the JBF Award for Best Chef – Northwest!  She sure has done Seattle proud, once again. Congrats to Chef Renee for a job well done (or maybe done rare), pun intended…

Last, But Far From Least!

Congratulations to WM’s all-time favorite radio station, KPLU/88.5–“Jazz, Blues and NPR News”–for raising a record-breaking $1,000,000+ in the Seattle Foundation’s one-day Give Big campaign for non-profits.  June 30th is the date for the public radio station to meet the deadline to come up with the $7,000,000 it needs to buys it’s independence.  At its current $5,500,000 donation level, success of meeting its goal is within reach.  (Readers may go to for further information on how to help save the station).

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