May 16, 2020
In celebration of "World Whisky Day," I thought I'd re-release this episode. (originally aired 6/7/2019) Whether you consider yourself a bourbon consumer or maybe you’ve always been curious about diving into the world of whiskey but find yourself unsure how to approach a dram in a way that allows you to appreciate it to the fullest.
Join me as I sit down with master taster John French at Bulleit Whiskey in Louisville Kentucky as you learn how to take your whiskey tasting experience to the next level.
This episode is brought to you by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and Diagio International.
April 28, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the past couple months have shifted just about every aspect of our lives including our relationships and living situations. Almost overnight, many of us found ourselves quarantined at home spending 24/7 with our partners and navigating these new waters often takes an extra level of intentionality.
So I decided to call up my friend Amanda Nephew, an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and an Adjunct Professor at University of Northwestern-St Paul, to see if she had any tactical advice for us all both personally and with our partners.
Join us as she explains why we need to be aware of our own personal “stress language” and gives a few tactile “To Do” and “Not To Do” things to consider at this time.
For Links and more info, visit: https://www.thecuriouspod.com/questions/quarantinedcouples
March 28, 2020
A massive question my friends and I have been asking lately is, "How should I spend my time while stuck at home during this time of self-distancing?" A ton of people say you should "Hustle", make the most of this time, look for the opportunity in this situation, and spend it "CRUSHING IT!!!!" But... I don't always have that in me to 'make the most of this situation." I've found myself emotionally all over the spectrum this past week from creating to sitting on the couch, from connecting online to turning my phone off and just ignoring the world... here's what I've learned so far.
March 12, 2020
If you’re like me, it’s tough knowing who to listen to when it comes to media coverage on COVID-19, aka “The Coronavirus.” A quick GOOGLE search will simultaneously tell you that it’s no big deal, and also that it’s the end of the world. One look at some of the overreacting people I’ve seen at Target here in Minneapolis and you’d think it was the zombie apocalypse.
I NEED UNBIASED INFORMATION GROUNDED IN FACTS and I’m curious: How serious is it, and what actions should we take?
Thanks Science Mike for being a source of calm, intelligent, non-emotionally charged, information to help bring some clarity to the situation.
March 10, 2020
Whether you’re at a pub, a coffee shop, or in line at the DMV, striking up a conversation with a stranger can be intimidating. That said, I’m convinced it’s one of foundations of living a curious life.
You may just have a kind interaction but you never know, you may be sitting across from a future close friend, or in Roy Connaughton’s case, a future friend and your future Irish Pub co-owner.
With the convenient distraction of a cell phone in our pocket at all times, we’ve never had an easier excuse to not strike up conversation, but Roy says that it’s not that simple. Growing up in Ireland pre-cellphones and social-media, there’s always been an excuse to not strike up conversation but it you can get over that hurdle… you never know where in the world life will take you!
Roy Connaughton is one of the owners of Morrissey’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis, MN and a new friend of mine and I wasn’t expecting how deep this conversation ended up going. This my friends, is why I do this.
ALSO! Next week, I’ll be at Morrissey’s hosting their St. Patrick’s Day 2020 celebrations! Come swing out and LET’S CHEERS over a pint of Guinness!
March 6, 2020
At first, I was going to talk about ⟁ (the new weekly newsletter) but quite a few of you have reached out to me already in the first week of it asking how I remember and keep track of everything I watch, read, listen to, overhear, or discover throughout the week so... grab a mug of English breakfast tea and join me in the studio as I break down my process in the hopes that it inspires you to stay curious and WRITE SHIT DOWN!
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February 27, 2020
Shane Oporto is best known for his time as executive chef at Octo Fishbar and “Chef de Cuisine” at La Belle Vie.
We talk about how, seemingly overnight, Shane went from working behind the scenes as a Chef to being asked to give interviews and being flown all over the world to cook for private events. Wait… that sounds a lot like my first gig with Owl City, being thrown on a private jet with my close friends to open for The Frey. I tell that too but it has me wondering… is there anything else bassists and chefs have in common? Laura Lou joins Shane and I for drinks at DeGidio’s Restaurant & Bar in St. Paul… let’s jump in a booth with some mics to see what happens.
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February 13, 2020
What’s the best way to really taste whisky? How are cocktails and ‘Coffee Houses’ historically connected? Can the way you order a cocktail make you a better traveler? What’s the official cocktail of New Orleans (seriously… it’s the only city in America that’s passed legislation to have an official cocktail!) and how can you make it at home?
Join Rob and Sarah as they travel to New Orleans to meet up with their friend Miguel Solorzano, the general manager of The Sazerac House, to answer these questions and more.
Recording Location: The Official Tasting Room on the 3rd floor of The Sazerac House in New Orleans
January 27, 2020
Sarah and I are smashing beignets at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans. We just left Euclid, a record store on the East side of town with a stack of vinyl and I’m suddenly struck with a realization… The reason I just had such a killer experience discovering new music is directly related to a conversation I had with my friends Ian and Jorge this last summer about coming up with a better question to ask when asking for a recommendation. Sushi, beer, food, cocktails, music… doesn’t matter. This shit works and I wish I would have known about it years ago!
Ian's Ep: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/question-6-what-makes-someone-influencer-feat-ian-allison/id1231166203?i=1000385712861
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January 17, 2020
Scott Farrell and Steven Williams work for Down In The Valley Record Store in Golden Valley, MN. If you’ve been following along with the podcast, you know that I’ve been falling in love with listening to music on vinyl for the first time in my life, but here’s the drop… I’m still an idiot when it comes to the subject. So, it’s no surprise that, when I met the two of them at a record store pop-up at Boom Island Brewery (and it turned out they were not only more smartest than me but crazy fun to talk too) I knew I had to get together to record a conversation.
Does vinyl ACTUALLY sound better? Doest the weight (grams) of an album influence how it sounds? How’d they personally fall in love with vinyl? Join me and the guys in the back of Down In The Valley Record Store as they answer these questions and more.
Recording Location: Down In The Valley Record Store, Golden Valley, MN