Raw, noun: 13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

Maple brown sugar walnut, with a maple buttercream frosting. Hydrangea for the pretty.

Celebrating today, among other things: the birthdays of my boy Ben and my girl Alexis, the wedding anniversary of my favorite Aaron & Courtney, this insanely sunny, fresh, beautiful spring afternoon, the fact that I am not the baby mama of Arnold Schwarzenegger's unfortunate secret love child, the weekend's impending reunion with so many old friends 3000 miles away, Jane Monheit's killer rendition of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," a month of several pleasing publications, the infinite source of joy that is butter cream frosting, the incredible folks I get to share my days and evenings with, whether barefoot in the studio or behind the bar, and well, let's be honest: vodka and fingerless gloves, those two stalwarts of my days.

Jai Ma!

To life! To liquor! To lust!


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