Hello there, it's the BF [bracket-happy Editor], hijacking this entry. Thought we'd kick back into gear with something a little different, a cocktail to lead us into one of Chef Jacquie's favorite nights of the year: Oscar night.
For those unaware, Jacquie and I complement each other beautifully in the creative spaces. I worked for musician/music-industry-oriented magazines for roughly a quarter century, am the product of two San Francisco-based jazz pianists, and like to think I opened up her ears a little bit. She, in turn, helped me appreciate movies on an entirely different level. Still remember walking up the aisle after Pulp Fiction, feeling like I'd ridden a roller coaster with her all day. Since we met, I've been a more discerning movie fan.
And Oscar night? It's her Super Bowl.
For over a decade Chef Jacquie had weekend clients who unfortunately kept her busy on those Sunday nights, but now we settle in with appropriate libations and make our picks (ours are below), while trying to prepare ourselves beforehand by seeing as many of the nominees as we can. This year we were both excited to have so many good pictures to review.
For this Oscar ceremony, we're going a couple decades back to a date we had at Spago in Palo Alto, CA, where she ordered the restaurant's eponymous martini, and after started making her own version of it whenever she could.
It's Jolly Rancher good.
So we hope you enjoy this year's Oscars, and here are our picks for some of the major categories. Let us know yours in the comments!
Chef Jacquie: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
The BF: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
CJ: Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
BF: Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
CJ: Roger Deakins, 1917
BF: Roger Deakins, 1917
Actress In A Supporting Role
CJ: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
BF: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Actor In A Supporting Role
CJ: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
BF: Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Actress In A Leading Role
CJ: Renée Zellweger, Judy
BF: Renée Zellweger, Judy
Actor In A Leading Role
CJ: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
BF: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
CJ: Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood [but pretty sure 1917 will win]
Stolen from: Spago's Restaurant [Ed. note: Not literally.]
Number of servings: 2-3 martinis
Cinnamon Sugar Rim
Good to the last drop.
2/8/2020 05:26:37 pm
Perfect cocktail for the occasion!! So happy you will be able to relax and enjoy tomorrow evening watching the Oscars and sipping this gorgeous cocktail.
2/8/2020 05:41:18 pm
Oh Julie! Mom and I did do that!! OMG!!!! I still have to work...and hopefully, I'll be done by 5 or 6. I'm really, really looking forward to it!!!!
2/8/2020 10:17:56 pm
weebly has made me 'verify' 3 times with each reply I've submitted. I can't always tell what's in their pictures....oh well they've gone through
2/8/2020 10:12:29 pm
I would still like to see Parasite but have no interest in seeing Joker. Can you believe I've seen all the other movies nominated....mom would be thrilled! I was surprised to read you had Sundays off, it probably seems like it because you are (working) at home. Love you sister
2/8/2020 10:24:51 pm
Sorry you have to do the security steps- that’s so annoying!!! Actually, Sunday is one of my busiest days, but I work from home...I’m not at a clients house, so I’ll take a break to watch some of the oscars for sure. I’ll have to start at 5:00 am —but that’s ok— you get up earlier than that!! Yes! Mom would be so proud of you!!!! Who do you want to win for best pic?
2/8/2020 10:30:49 pm
Julie- I have 3 clients each on Saturday & sundays, but not having to go to a clients house to cook from 5pm-10pm makes a huge difference. I still work until 8:00ish....but still makes a difference! Love you sister!!
2/9/2020 08:07:33 am
Wish I was there to watch with you, sister .. a night with Jacquie would help heal my broken heart and grieving soul. I love you, miss you lots! I haven't seen any of the film's, but I trust your picks! Hoping I can see you sometime soon, you have been a comfort to me, even from afar. Enjoy your evening and your cocktails! Give Don and Marlowe my love.
2/9/2020 08:23:40 am
Oh, sweet sister, I wish you were here with me too. I so want to nourish and comfort you. I know how much you’re hurting and grieving. Don, Marlowe & I send you love & hugs. We will make a special toast to Ryan tonight. We will visit you this year for sure. Love you, Lori 💙🙏🏻
2/9/2020 09:54:31 am
Right back at you. <3
2/9/2020 12:09:44 pm
2/9/2020 08:55:08 pm
PARASITE OH FFS
2/9/2020 09:37:09 pm
Quentin was robbed. 😕
2/12/2020 06:14:09 pm
what is ffs?
2/12/2020 06:27:28 pm
Ffs= for fucks sake 🤣
2/12/2020 06:55:02 pm
thanks.....parasite was great, i thought jojo rabbit was pretty great too tho
2/12/2020 07:26:33 pm
Parasite & Jo Jo Rabbit were very good movies. enjoyed them both quite a bit!!
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I'm Jacquie, personal chef & recipe developer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Living life with my wildly funny boyfriend and dog Marlowe. Lover of books, bourbon, chocolate and movies.