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THE K RECOMMENDS (August)

If there is one thing our team prides ourselves in, it is good taste.

With this in mind, we have compiled a list of recommendations to make your August a step up across the board. Enjoy!


The K recommends a show…

I May Destroy You (Michaela Coel, 2020)

Michaela Coel writes, directs, and stars in this exhilarating show that is based on her personal drug-related sexual assault. The 12-episode series follows Arabella (Coel), an up-and-coming writer in London, as she navigates shifts in relationship with her own identity and close friends while processing an onslaught of trauma and psychological dissociation following the assault.

It’s difficult to watch and that’s exactly why you should. The show demands space to consider these very challenging and timely topics, asking us to question our understanding of self at the intersection of race, sexuality, and sexual violence against women and men alike. Each character contains within them a multitude of contradictions — their humanity is front, center, and rough around the edges, which is what makes the series both believable and relatable. Coel does not shy away from confrontation but her nuanced approach is rich in flavor and humor.

This may not be a binge series but should you decide to, take your time to digest every episode. I May Destroy You, currently airing on HBO, is also available on Hulu.


The K recommends a film…

Babyteeth (Shannon Murphy, 2020)

Oh my God! I loved her in Sharper Objects and wait… I recognize him from… Oh wow, that’s Toby Wallace, an oh-so-friendly face and distant friend of The K. These two, at their peak acting, fuel the sensational Australian indie take on the classic Hollywood someone-in-the-family-gets-sick-and-everybody-learns-about-themselves drama.

Eliza Scanlen plays a terminally ill, wise-beyond-her-years Mila, and Toby Wallace, takes on one of the more intense character developments in recent memory: Moses. These two’s relationships steal the show, but Mila’s parents and every other passerby in the film are brilliant in their own right.

Contemporary issues such as addiction, love, and death are met with smiles and laughs and then, admittedly tears. As I became so attached to the characters and fell in love with their love, when the credits rolled, I sat covering my face in a drenched bundle of laundry for longer than you could imagine. Big crying.

The thing that stands out most in this film other than the emotional punch it packs is the near-flawless soundtrack that feels so utterly… Australian. Each of the song selections work themselves into the narrative through Mila’s appreciation for music, dancing, and sometimes violin. Still, weeks after watching, I cannot stop listening to Mallrat’s “For Real” or Tuneyard’s “Bizzness.”

Hats off to Babyteeth– a film so sad, so happy, so right.


The K recommends self-care…

WÜNDER

Let’s face it. CBD is still in. We must admit that we do love feeling like our best and boujee-est selves while dropping a tincture on our tongues or chewing on a gummy for good measure. But, if we’re being frank, THC is still so often our savior. That said, I know some of you may not partake in the pot regime and a pandemic may add anxiety levels that should not be messed with. But, what if we can get the best of worlds? 

Just in time for this summer(quaran)time, WUNDER is truly the cannabis cure all. When that espresso martini gets your heart rate up and your hangover comes a-knocking, this infused refreshment is the sparkly solution. Not only does each all natural can have 2 mg of THC to lift you a little AND 4 mg of CBD to soothe that impending doom, it also doubles down 2 mg of Delta-8 to give you a lower psychotropic potency that keeps your body at ease without the blow to the energy. It’s also insanely low in calories for those of us still awaiting our quarantine glow up. And…it’s actually delicious?

Although August is National Wellness Month, we have to admit that we are all a little “unwell.” What we recommend is trying a little something new. WUNDER is the new wave of washing down our sorrows with something that elevates us to our best selves. And, in the name of health and wellness, what’s more healthy than getting your greens in?


The K recommends a recipe…

Techno Tri Tip

Guest Chef: Jackson Hollister

THE MEAT:  Tri Tip (2 to 3 pounds)

THE RUB: Techno

  • Finely ground espresso OR very finely ground coffee (3 Tablespoons)
  • Salt (2 Tablespoons)
  • Garlic Powder (2 Tablespoons)
  • Brown Sugar (2 Tablespoons)
  • Paprika (2 Tablespoons)
  • Coriander (1 Tablespoon)
  • Black Pepper (1 Tablespoon)
  • Chili Powder (1 Teaspoon)
  • Cayenne (1/2 Teaspoon)

PREPPING THAT HAUS

  • 1. Rub that meaty thang down with a little bit of olive oil and a generous coat of rub.
  • 2. Cover and refrigerate the meat for at least an hour or as long as overnight.
  • 3. Before cooking, let the covered meat sit at room temp for about an hour.

COOKING THAT HAUS (GRILL):

  • 1. Preheat your grill on Medium/Hot for at least 10 minutes.
  • 2. Oil grill and throw the meat on the hottest portion of your grill for 4 minutes on either side to get some good grill marks.
  • 3. Move to a cooler part of grill (preferably the raised rack if you have one) for 20-30 minutes or until the internal temp reads 120 °F (Rare), 130 °F (Medium Rare), or 140 °F (Medium).

IMPORTANT: Let the meat sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

COOKING THAT HAUS (OVEN):

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F
  • 2. Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium/high heat
  • 3. Sear the meat for 4 minutes on both sides
  • 4. Transition the meat to a baking tray- if your pan is oven-safe, use that bad boy- and throw that thang in the oven.
  • 5. Cook for 10 minutes per pound and then check with a thermometer for the desired level of doneness- 120 °F (Rare), 130 °F (Medium Rare), or 140 °F (Medium).
  • IMPORTANT: Let the meat sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

The K recommends a cocktail…

DIY Espresso Martini

Guest Bartender: Kennedy Reardon

The days of dumping leftover coffee down the drain after you’ve reached caffeine-induced psychosis are over. Here is a fun (and sustainable idea) for a mid-week DIY cocktail that will excite the taste buds of any coffee enthusiast. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Vodka (2 oz)
  • Coffee or espresso (2 oz)
  • Simple syrup (1 oz)
  • Optional: Heavy cream (½ oz) or Frangelico, Kahlua, or Bailees (¼ oz) 

Step 1:

Stick your extra joe in the fridge while you finish your workday from the comfort of your home. When you’ve had enough backtalk from your manager, or the clock strikes 5 o’clock (whichever comes first), it’s time to reach for that leftover coffee in the fridge.

For most all mixology, we recommend using a cocktail shaker, however, any large non-glass cup will do. Fill the cup or shaker to the brim with ice and add your vodka and coffee. If you were thinking about using hot coffee for this, don’t. Big no-no. 

Step 2:

Add the simple syrup in over the ice. Simple syrup can be made by boiling equal parts water and sugar in under ten minutes and stirring until clear. You will want to make sure to cool it down before adding, but keep in mind it can be made in bulk, saved, and stored in the fridge for future use. Simple syrup can also be purchased at any supermarket, generally found on the liquor aisle. 

Step 3:

Up to you– whatever tickles your taste buds. Adding heavy cream will make your espresso martini creamy and delightful and is only recommended if you’re planning on having one or two. Now, if you plan on drinking espresso martinis all night long because you’re most creative when boozy or simply because you can no longer slug gin and tonics until 4am at an underground warehouse party as you once did, we suggest the following. Leave out the heavy cream and supplement with a splash of Frangelico, Kahlua, Bailey’s or any of your other favorite liqueurs. 

Step 4:

The last thing that stands between your parched mouth and that espresso martini is the most important step in this process. “Shake what your mama gave ya!”. Again, we highly recommend investing in a cocktail shaker/tin (you can get them for under $20 on Amazon). If you haven’t committed yourself to this investment yet, take a non-glass cup that shares a circumference with your ice cup, and the old’ toss n roll between the two should work fine. For the clumsy and inept, yes, an iced tea spoon works as well but you’ll be missing out on the delicious ice fragments that float at the top of your martini like icing on the cake.

Once, you have shaken, tossed and rolled, or stirred your concoction, pour the results into your fanciest cup and enjoy! If you prefer, you can enjoy your espresso martini over ice… because everyone has a right to their own opinion… and the K supports you.

Please drink responsibly.


The K recommends a record…

Moses Sumney’s Grae

Pining over my newer wax releases acquired in the last couple of months, it became painfully obvious that my record-buying habits suffered due to music stores closing their physical doors. However, like most bitten by the record bug I’ve made due, using the internet more and more to further this unbridled passion. And what better way to ring in the new norm than a new, sprawling 2xLP Græ from Moses Sumney. After riding the high of his debut Aromanticism, Sumney took his time to deliver a project with enough ambition that it took 2 parts to encompass it. 

An artist that endears his own style and aura into everything from newsletters and flyers to his music videos among other mediums, Sumney’s work is genuinely transparent and streamlined– refreshing and sadly uncommon feelings when talking about songwriters in this age. Brimming with emotion, both gorgeous and grotesque, everything he’d hinted at leading up to the release is shown and although some would be reluctant to release a 20 song effort, Sumney does it with the grace and cohesiveness he’s always exhibited. Heaps of collaborators happily don’t deter from græ’s compositions stylistically blending with Sumney’s organically and making each track that much more alive.

The trademark Moses falsetto is present from the get-go, and although delicate and beautiful, it’s able to convey the power of an instrument. Some of his best work features gentle guitar as a foundation while he paints a sonic canvas with his voice, like on the cut “Keeps Me Alive”. But I’d say my favorites on the album are his collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never, “Me in 20 Years”, the burgeoning “Virile” where we see Thundercat lend his bass ability, and the Justin Vernon-esque “Colouour” co-written with FKJ.


The K recommends a book…

William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch is a psychotic, drug-addled death march taking place sometimes in reality but mostly in the heroin-soaked mind of William Burroughs. The beauty in Naked Lunch lies in the filth and vulgarity that permeates it. The beautiful words are used to describe terrifying sex, killings and torture, heightening the mystic qualities we culturally assign to these acts. Beauty is not reserved for the pleasant and placid. It is often wielded most successfully by the profane and the sick. 

The world is profane and sick.

At least the one we live in. But it is beautiful. There is beauty in the brutality of human existence precisely because it is human. Human is beautiful in all of its disgusting, oozing, and excretory ways. Naked Lunch touches on disease, fascism, drugs, and a lot of sex. The perfect 2020 cocktail. Dive into what the author himself calls “Brutal, obscene and disgusting”, but keep an open mind and try not to think about too much. Naked Lunch is a book you have to let happen to you. Son las cosas de la vida.


Tune in next month for a new batch of recommendations!