Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Category Archives: Drink

The Wildcatter Club, Quito

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” —Abraham Lincoln As a new partner and manager without restaurateur experience, I had a lot to … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

In Favour of the Blended Eau-de-vie

The other evening, having spent much of the afternoon doing little, I took myself to my local gastropub and found myself in the enjoyable company of a couple of other … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Some Thoughts on Growing Old – and Careful

This morning; once again, I became aware, while attempting to shave with my mobile telephone, that I have passed, by modern reckoning, my shelf life. However, I hasten to assure … Continue reading

January 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Never Look Back and Regret. Look Back and Smile

As my old mate, Sid used to say, “You’d after be gormless not to know the difference between a glass of Bowjolly and one of them fancy Portugese, Mattu’s”. Sid’s … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Perfect Sunday Evening

The thoughts that come to me or other men when dining alone are, I suppose much stranger than men themselves. I have invented more than one peculiar platter when I felt … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 5 Comments

No Breakfast with Tiffany

I had just seen David Attenborough off at the airport – as one does – and was in a hurry to meet Audrey Hepburn, when I bumped into Fast Eddie. … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · 14 Comments

The Wildcatter Club

Almost half a century ago, forty-seven years to be exact, I became the owner of a bar in Ecuador. Life in South America was a thrilling place to be and … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 5 Comments

Shaken, Stirred or Whatever Takes Your Fancy

Cocktails are by no means a new way of selling us attractively decorated drinks in bars. They have been around since the early eighteen hundreds and I doubt there is … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Taste of Memories

  Ernest Hemingway, in the Green Hills of Africa recalls how beer played a part in his adventurous life and in the book he briefly reminisces about his beer drinking … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 3 Comments
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