S2 E5: Nightclub Life, Red Sauce Joints, Wristbands, and New Beginnings with Joshua Miranda

S2 E5: Nightclub Life, Red Sauce Joints, Wristbands, and New Beginnings with Joshua Miranda

In this episode, I take plenty of time to wax nostalgic about the good ole days with Joshua Miranda, owner of both Blyth and Burrows and Via Vecchia in Portland, Maine. His work in the restaurant, night club, and hospitality business spans decades and has found him in New York City, Miami, and then finally back in Portland. Let’s just say he was knee-deep in the game back when sporty wristbands were fashionable behind the bar.

We talk about our shared experiences, mine being significantly dumber, working in night clubs, as well as the kind of restaurants we loved growing up (with an emphasis on Portland, obviously). We examine the ill-fated Portland Public Market, what went wrong, what went right, and the benefits of getting paid in wine. Did you know that the bar in Cocktail is based on a TGI Fridays? Well, we did. We sure did.

Lastly, I provide one of my top tips to save money.

Special Thanks to our sponsor, Speckled Ax Coffee in Portland, ME. 

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MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

S2 E4: Sax Solos, Life on the Road, and the Subtle Art of Becoming a Tycoon with Evan Smith

Musician and budding Hot Sauce Tycoon Evan Smith is my guest on the 4th episode of season 2. Evan plays keyboard, synthesizers, and sax in the band Bleachers, while his recording and performing credits run the gamut from St. Vincent to Bon Iver to Taylor Swift.

Throughout his musical career he has always maintained his enthusiasm for cooking, and has recently launched his own hot sauce (evansrockin.com) that even heat enthusiast Rachel Ray claims that she “Puts on EVERYTHING.”

I am intrigued by the classic 80’s “Rock and Roll Sax Guy,” and proceed to ask Evan a barrage of asinine questions about the merits of the Sax Solo as well as the Keytar. We discuss the ups and downs of restaurants that run on Sysco, modern life on tour, and opening for Billy Joel at Fenway park in 2015.

And of course, no episode is complete with a story about that time I did a bunch of coke and someone fed me a delicious 4-course meal – and why that was one of the worst meals I’ve ever had.

Special Thanks to Episode Sponsor Coals Bayside.

I would also like to mention that I will be making an announcement about the launch of my Patreon subscription program that will provide exclusive and recipe-driven content for members. News on that soon.

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher.

Also, Feel Free to Share and Rate Us on iTunes!

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.