What a Geek!
Okay, I’ll admit to it. I love what I do. Plain and simple, and I feel lucky that I have a job that I enjoy.
My coworkers definately will testify to my “Geek” status. A couple like to feed me ideas, or ask questions, just so they can see the giddy smile on my face. Others tease me that I carry my own ice scoop. That’s right, my own ice scoop…..
In fact, I carry almost all of my own gear. No offense (okay maybe a little) to the place I have worked, but most bars do not buy quality equipment or don;t know about it. Look at it this way: How many top chefs do you know that use the House’s knives?
So, yes I haul around a backpack filled with bar equipment. Here is a list.
Hawthorne Strainer by Oxo
Veggie Peeler by Oxo
Z knife, Oxo, again
Can opener/Church Key
Bar spoon (mine has an attached metal top instead of that little red thing that always falls off)
Wine Key: double helix, with 2 shelves
Julep Strainer, purchsed from barstore.com
Jigger, by Oxo, measures from 1/2 tablespoon to 2 ounces. Better than keep a set of measuring spoons and a full set of jiggers. If you are a bar manager, I hope you paid attention to what you just read!!!
Milk Frother, my latest toy, great layering cream or milk onto a drink without using actual whipped cream
Absinthe spoon. We do have a couple at my bar, I just think mine is cooler.
Ice Scoop, Stainless Steel and just the right size!
Bar Blade, I dont ever buy these. they are no different from what you can get from a distributor.
ISI Canister, this I carry on occasions that I know certain guests are coming in.
Paring knife, 4 inches long with a handy blade gaurd so the edge doesnt get damaged, or do any damage.
What else is in my pack you ask?? I carry orange bitters (since my bar doesnt stock them and I feel they are essential), Autumn Tincture (read the post “A ‘Musing’ Visit,” or see www.theliquidmuse.com/blog and soon to appear in Chilled). A copy of Imbibe, by David Wondrich, which I’m on my third read.
So, yes I am a Gadget Geek as well as a Drink Geek. But no matter the moment, I am always ready por you something special. Cheers!!