The Seven-Year Oath — Prologue

The Seven-Year Oath — Prologue

Two thousand, two hundred and fifty-seven days ago, pictures of hands began appearing on the worldwide web. Their depiction was intended to avoid intrusion, and protect the privacy of my subjects on their lounge chairs, by respectfully forgoing the possibilities of facial identification. And yet, soon enough it became clearer that hands are identity, as [...]

Reference Project – Stage 3 – Baka

Reference Project – Stage 3 – Baka

Referecne Project / Stage 3 (Start: Nov. 7; End: Nov. -  RoMaCraft - Baka, Bantu, 4 x 52 Monday, November 11, 2019 60 °F / 63% Humidity, Sunny Duration: 2:20 - 3:35 (1h15m) Succeeding: 09:00 AM - Cappuccino & Olive Cake w Cardamom (Little Collins, Manhattan, NY) 10:50 AM - Espresso w brown sugar (Piccolo Cafe, [...]

Cigar States of Being: Victor

Cigar States of Being: Victor

In spirit, mind and body, cigar smoking is a state of being - inwardly expansion and outwardly a social act. Life ought to be lived with intent and absolute attention - physically and metaphysically - but based on a naturally inherent serenity rather than on want. It is important that attention deem the moment, and that its [...]

Samuel Paley, La Palina and CBS

Samuel Paley, La Palina and CBS

When Samuel Paley (1875-1963) and his partners bought a network of 16 struggling stations known as Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System, he intended to use CBS to promote his La Palina cigars. Needless to say, the acquisition was a success. So was his currently less known but back then rapidly growing cigar company. Opened in his [...]

Nuttiness, gentle spiciness of a Connecticut wrapper and the dark nutty notes of Pumpkin seeds

Nuttiness, gentle spiciness of a Connecticut wrapper and the dark nutty notes of Pumpkin seeds

I have often experienced that pairing happens in the mind before one takes it to the palate. I thought about it. The physically tasting was clearly rewarded. This wonderful new cigar from the house of Padrón - Dámaso, goes wonderfully with a lightly salted avocado and the unique profile of the Austro-Hungarian specialty - the [...]