October 2017

CRUDO

Red snapper crudo is a perennial favorite at Da Maria. Crudo means ‘raw” in Italian and can take many forms, including the beef or veal. Our dish combines a super fresh tomato pulp and finely sliced red and green chillies, seasoned with house made prosecco vinegar and extra virgin olive oil
Red snapper crudo is a perennial favorite at Da Maria.

 

THE OLD FASHIONED

The Old Fashioned is one of the most venerable of cocktails, predating not only the motorcar but the presidency of Abe Lincoln. Properly made, it’s strong but not too strong, sweet but not too sweet, and, most importantly, it’s dead-simple and absolutely delicious. Bourbon, house bitters made with local herbs and spices, vanilla from Maluku island and a touch from sea salt from East Bali. Salt in this drink does magic. It seems to block bitterness, which in turn ramps up the perception of other flavours. Salute!

 

SYLVESTER

There’s little doubt of the lasting cultural influence Sylvester had on disco in the 70’s and 80’s or how strains of his genius continue to ripple through today’s music. During a time when San Francisco was developing one of the best disco scenes in the world, Sylvester was its star. Its Disco Queen. Alongside musical partner Patrick Cowley and off the back of the huge success of ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ they pioneered a genre known as hi-NRG, a relentlessly uptempo variant of disco that gained serious traction, especially in the UK and Europe. His sound has inspired artists in style and uncompromising creativity and has been sampled continually throughout hip hop and dance music.  Since his death in 1988 there have been documentaries, a feature film, books and even a broadway musical to honour his legacy and to help pull him out of relative obscurity and into the spotlight where he deserves to be.

FASHION

SKA AND RUDE BOYS

JAMAICAN SUBCULTURE

The rude boys and rude girls were a look which fans of the Jamaican two tone music scene adopted in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It evolved into the Ska music scene. The look was a mix of British skin head and LA backyard punk. Sharp suits, hats and shiny shoes.

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