01 May 2009

Friday Belts: Blood Orange Oars

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and J Press Oars

Start rowing
I'm pretty new to Blood Orange Liqueur but have known the 'Crossed Oar' belt from J Press for donkey years. Lets get the Oars outta the way.

A simple design that's pure Trad in every way. The colors are perfect. Navy, maroon and yellow. The crossed oars form an image I associate with boat houses in Philadelphia, Princeton Crew teams and the J Crew catalog of the 80's. It's an elegant looking belt and made more so by the whopping $28.50 J Press charges. That's a lot of belt for under 30 bucks.

There was the kind of guy in college who I associate with this belt. A good 30 pounds overweight due to heavy beer consumption - - His hair was longish and slightly wavy. He smoked Marlboro's, drove a jeep and went to Cozumel for Spring Break. His family had money and you knew he had zip to worry about...other than DUI's. You found out at alumni he was working as a chef at a tony Aspen restaurant when he was busted for buying cocaine from two undercover cops. And he probably was wearing this belt.

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur is a stand in for any orange liqueur only better. I'm told it makes a better Magarita but I'm not Magarita fan. I was introduced at Gramercy Tavern where I had a Rye and Shine. Rittenhouse Rye with Solerno and fresh squeezed OJ. Very tasty. I've had it with Pelligrino and with Aperol and soda. This weekend I hope to have it with Prosseco. And while it costs more than the belt - - one hopes it will last 'cause it's such a great looking bottle. Complete with a juicer punt bottom. Can I say that?

25 comments:

longwing said...

Me get belt.

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

The color inside that bottle has got me craving sunset at sunrise.

james fox said...

Friday has now officially started. brilliant.

brandon sargent said...

dad vail is next weekend, will you be coming up? our team (Philadelphia Univ, ex-Textile) is relatively new, but seem to be pretty talented.

The Louche said...

I knew so many kinds like that in school. They all had shaggy hair and most of them got busted on a coke rap also. Fantastic.

tintin said...

longwing- call Wilder. He be happy to sell something.


Tessa- The liqueur is clear. The bottle is colored glass. You can mix with seltzer and no one will ever know.

james fox- Nice to know someone appreciates my kinda Friday. Five o'clock can't come soon enough.

brandon- I have no idea what you're talking about. But I did know an adorable girl who went to Textile in the 80's and today is some big wig at Ikea.

The Louche- Terrifying there's more than one out there.

Ron_A said...

Nice Friday post, as usual. I have that belt, but would not have associated it with the type of character you described. The Solerno orange liquer sounds like it would be great in a margarita.

Anonymous said...

The Dad Vail is a gigantic collegiate rowing regatta on the Schuylkill River, with proportionate partying on the banks of the river as well.

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

Tintin, thanks for CLARifying. I'll be mixing it with my beloved Ketel One.

tintin said...

Brandon- Sounds like a blast: http://www.dadvail.org/?History
But I'm too old for that kind'a fun. I do need to get back to Amada for dinner--that's my kind'a fun.

tintin said...

Tessa- Let me know how that works.

Walter said...

Leatherman also makes this design (available for 50 cents less!), and I'm sure you'll be happy to know that this belt remains a staple of the type of guy you described. A year out of college and I recall at least two of these in my fraternity.

earl grey said...

I mixed up a blood orange cocktail a couple weeks ago: muddled slices of blood orange, homemade lemonade from home grown lemons, bourbon. Please keep expanding my knowledge of belts every Friday.

longwing said...

Is this liqueur, trad?

tintin said...

longwing- go ask andy.

longwing said...

hmmm, I asked andy about mulling limes in gin with a wooden spoon but he still hasn't gotten back to me.

tintin said...

longwing- he's probably getting a free suit somewhere.

Anonymous said...

I think I dated that guy! Was there "Go Dawgs" bumper sticker on the Jeep? ME

heavy tweed jacket said...

Tintin, You've got this photographing of liquor and belts down to a sublime artform. A coffee table book perhaps? Complete with drink recipes and sartorial advice, of course. Now I'm thirsty.

Richard M said...

The belt is certainly fitting for a drive along Kelly Drive, past the Jack Kelly statue.

Richard said...

TinTin- I look forward to this series every Friday! It is great! However, I can't help but to suspect that you are already buying belts, or you will have to soon start to continue this series. And if so, that is ok!

Dhr. DeLuxe said...

Masterly! I agree with Heavy T.J. on the artform. Still lives in a new dimension. They remind me of European 'gentlemen's' postcards from the 60's.
(Which I collect, for that matter :-)

Examples are hard to find, but try thisone for flavour:
http://fotos.marktplaats.com/kopen/6/70/bxkn4LjWXzxjno6Hv07ibA==.jpg


(BTW: Solero is close to undrinkable, IMO. Spaniards think so too: only for export across the pond). Propper sherry or fino is lovely though. Also combined with freshly squeezed blood orange juice, on ice. In Spain.

Cheers!

tintin said...

ME- That was Gomer.

HTJ- I'm pitching "Belts in the Nude" to Taschen.

Richard M- A beautiful drive.

Richard- Not yet. But getting close.

DHR Deluxe- I have to do some digging around for those cards. Very cool.

ADG said...

Tintin....I just hit you with the Blog Award thingy on my site. I'm supposed to inform all of the victims so there...my job is done.

ADG

tintin said...

I usually get the award for biggest a$$hole which I admit I deserve - - this really throws me. Thanks.