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The Fancy Russian | Ta-two-ed

Bradley ChenComment
The Fancy Russian | Ta-two-ed

The Fancy Russian | Ta-two-ed

June 23, 2018

Lying by Omission 

You know that feeling when you just HAVE to keep that secret? Yeah that feeling. Well, then you must also know the rush of relief that arises when you no longer have to keep said secret. The past year has been...full of such moments. Why? is fucking complicated. 

I'm not necessarily proud of keeping secrets, but sometimes different cultures, beliefs, and background simply make lying by omission seem like the most appropriate option. I think the people I keep in the dark the most are my parents. My parents and I grew up in two different worlds. Me in a world where technology is accessible with the flick of a finger, my parents in a world where even refrigerators were coveted.  Me in a world where choice is a luxury, and my parents who basically had their careers and paths chosen for them. Me in a world where financial stability was never a problem, and my parents who moved to the States when they were young to seek better opportunities for themselves and their families. 

Sometimes, I realize that I overlook the fact that I've had so many things handed to me on a silver platter due to the effort and work my parents have put in over the years. From the countless interactions I've with my parents over the years, I have come to realize that in the end, they just want me to live a happy life. Even with our many differences, I believe that if I can show my parents that I'm happy, they too will be content. 

Body Art 

A few weeks ago, my broken egg tattoo was accidentally revealed to my parents. The tattoo represents two parts of my life: my love for baking and a reminder to never forget I am work in progress.  Although they weren't necessarily thrilled, my parents didn't make a huge fuss over it. I've come to realize that nothing good comes out of keeping secrets from anyone. Even if revealing the truth can delay confrontation, in the end, it really does no good. At the same time, there are some things I may not be ready to reveal about myself, and they may need time to process everything they learn about me. Patience is key to finding a common understanding. 

Since then, I have been thinking about getting another tattoo. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of large tattoos that span across body parts. Sometimes, the subtlest of things can convey the most meaningful of messages. As with my egg tattoo, the second tattoo I'm looking at is a simple line tattoo to remind of sunnier, happier days when I'm at Cornell. After several trips to the drawing board, I came up with two designs that I really like, but I can't decide between. 

After visiting Banff and witnessing true natural beauty, I wanted to remind myself that I am part of something larger than myself. Thus, both are inspired by the sense of calm and humility the beauty of nature instills in me. I've posted both here, but I'd love to enlist the opinion of my readers! This blog has been a huge part of my life, and knowing that my supporters had an impact on making this decision would mean the world to me.

The Shake

This drink is dedicated to continue pursuing what I believe to be right. I met with an old friend a couple of days ago and she said that life is all about doing what you think is the right thing. DO what works for you.

Today's shake is a spin on the classic white Russian. Typically made with plain cream or milk, the white Russian is a combination of two of society's favorite drinks: coffee and vodka. To spice things up a bit, instead of just incorporating cream into the drink, I used milk foam to top the drink. Not only that but...I served this drink W A R M. Why? Because that's what I believe works for this drink. The Fancy Russian is the perfect drink to serve after dinner when people are just beginning to wear down...I mean you gotta keep the party going. I hope you enjoy this drink as much as I did if you decide to make it, and don't forget to vote on my Instagram page! 






For the Fancy Russian

  • 2 oz freshly brewed coffee shot

  • 1.5 oz of vodka
  • 1 oz of caramel simple syrup

  • 1/4 cup of milk foam

  • sea salt to garnish

Caramel Simple Syrup

  1. Place 2 tbsp. of granulated sugar in a large pot on medium-high heat.

  2. Once the sugar begins to melt & caramelizes to a deep amber color, pour in 4 tbsp. of water. 

  3. Dissolve the caramel in the water & stir in 1 more tbsp. of sugar. 

  4. Set aside to cool slightly.

The Fancy Russian

  1. Brew the coffee & pour into the desired glass. Add the caramel simple syrup & vodka, stirring slightly to combine the ingredients.
  2. Foam the milk with a milk foamer WITH heat (most foamers have a setting for this). 
  3. Carefully pour the foam against the edge of the glass to create a separation between the two liquids. 
  4. Garnish with sea salt and enjoy!