Episode 7: Irvine Welsh, D.C. Homes, Sushi Guide

Irvine Welsh/photo by Rankin

This week: superstar author Irvine Welsh talks about his sexual prowess… We learn the history of the only home in Washington, D.C. that hasn’t lost its value… And the Monterey Bay Aquarium ruins dinner.

Drink Recipe: “Fish House Punch”

The cornerstone of what would later be known as The White House was laid this week back in 1792. It’s first resident? John Adams, who favored this oddly-named colonial-era cocktail.

Fish House Punch as mixed by Jim Hewes, bartender at the Round Robin Bar in Washington D.C.’s Willard Hotel:

In shaker over ice, add:

  • 1 oz. rum
  • 1/2 oz. brandy
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. lemon sour mix
  • dash of grenadine
  • OJ to taste

Shake, pour into rocks glass and fill with club soda… or if you’re feeling celebratory (say on election night), substitute champagne.

After Dinner Mint some notes on this week’s show

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sushi guide comes out Wednesday, October 22nd… and the following Friday they want everyone to hit the sushi bars to spread the word to chefs about sustainable sushi. The Aquarium calls it a “sushi party” but given that sushi chefs (at least in our experience) tend to be very, er, particular about the fish they use, it may be more like a sushi brawl. Get your virtual brass knuckles here.

Rico is a huge Irvine Welsh fan but had to forego the opportunity to interview him because he had tickets to see Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at the Hollywood Bowl that night. Luckily it was a life-changing show or he’d have been extra sad.

While researching our White House History segment, we came upon this interview with Roland Mesnier — the White House pastry chef since 1979. Memorable quote: “The Secret Service, by the way, has not restricted flaming desserts. But I do restrict it, because on one Christmas a lady caught on fire.”