I like to give gin a hard time. Don’t really get it, don’t order it much. (Which I guess might preclude me from writing a column called “Drink of the Week” — but I’m only temping.) But, many years ago, my good pal Mike Chino and I were taking a ferry across the bay and I was about to order a beer. “But we’re on a boat!” he exclaimed, “We have to have gins and tonics!”
Mike’s rule stuck with me, and to this day I always order gins and tonics when I’m on a boat. Over the weekend I went with some friends across the bay to Alameda, for brunch at Hobnob and minigolf at Subpar and tiki drinks at Forbidden Island. The brunch drinks at Hobnob (including a coconut margarita) were great, the very complicated tiki drinks at Forbidden Island (including a Scorpion Bowl for four) were great — but there’s just something about sipping those no-frills gins and tonics on the upper deck of the Oakland-Alameda Ferry, the sights and sounds of the San Francisco Bay all around you — we had them both outbound and inbound. Drink of the week!
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