Lambertville, New Jersey is an artfully historic and vibrant town. That's why we love it here - our unique custom furniture and antique showroom feels right at home. Small and large, it blends the homey feeling of the country with the bustling energy of a small city. We feel that Lambertville is a fantastic weekend destination for couples, families, and individuals of many interests. For a short list of worthwhile entertainment, continue reading!
Across the river from the heart of Lambertville is a serene and idyllic town, Pennsylvania’s border gem of New Hope. Less than 5 minutes away from our showroom of handmade furniture in New Jersey's Lambertville lies New Hope. Formerly regarded as the halfway point between Pennsylvania and New York back in the days of old, it is now nicknamed “Coryell’s Ferry”, and thrives off of its small but meaningful tourism market. It’s definitely worthwhile to check out New Hope while if you're in the Lambertville area, or worth it all…
Historic Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is a prime location for sightseeing and learning. With arguably more to do than the last of our locations, New Hope and Lambertville, Philadelphia has a wealth of opportunity. Located roughly an hour from our New Jersey furniture showroom, Philadelphia is easy to reach from both New Hope and Lambertville. If you’re looking for fun weekend activities and to get out of the area, Philadelphia is the place to go.
Princeton, New Jersey, is a historic town. Known primarily for its Ivy League Princeton University, and its role in the Revolutionary War, Princeton has the history and spirit of New Jersey deeply embedded within it. Roughly twenty minutes from Lambertville and our custom furniture showroom, we know Princeton like our own backyard. If you're looking to spend a pleasant day soaking in the arts and appreciating nature, then continue below to see four great things you can do while in Princeton.
There is a saying out there. "Alcohol can be man’s worst enemy, but doesn’t the Bible say love thy enemy?" From the early history to the present alcohol has played an important role in religion, worship and in every aspect of a human’s life. It's also made for a pretty great drink. From the late 50s when you had Frank Sinatra sipping on good old whiskey with Dean Martin next to him already a drink or two in, to Mad Men, and Tony Stark, whiskey's been the go-to drink…
Last night, I was fortunate enough to attend a rooftop pig roast and bourbon tasting by Knob Creek on the west side of Manhattan. I still remember receiving the invite weeks ago and thinking to myself, “Wow. There’s absolutely no way I’m going to miss this.”
After a series of quick train rides into the city, I was among the first to arrive. Upon my arrival, I was so excited that I actually blew right past the person who was supposed to sign me in and made my way straight to the bar. She eventually chased me down, took my name and all was right in the world…mostly because, by that time, I was already sipping on a glass of Single Barrel on a rooftop in NYC overlooking the East River at sunset.
The night unfolded effortlessly with only a few minor weather hiccups. I mingled, I drank and I had my fair share of a deliciously roasted pig that was prepared by celebrity chef Michael Symon. It was a grand evening. By the end of the night, everyone was schmoozing and having a lot of fun. Perhaps even too much fun.
As Symon was finishing up his demonstration for a grilled glazed pineapple dessert, the North American Bourbon Ambassador for Jim Beam, Adam Harris, came out and began to extol the virtues of Knob Creek. One of the model-esque cocktail waitresses came up to me and handed me and everyone else a tumbler filled with something new. Something strikingly different. It’s aroma filled my nostrils with a sweet, almost candy-like scent, it was all I could do not to go ahead and take the first sip, but figured I’d show some restraint. That’s when Mr. Harris hit us with the news.
Vodka, traditionally enjoyed in Eastern Europe, is a distilled spirit made up of mostly water and ethanol. It’s made by distilling fermented substances like grains or potatoes and is used in a variety of popular cocktails such as White Russians, Vodka Martinis and Cosmopolitans…for the ladies. Or for you. Maybe you like Cosmos. I don’t know. But nevertheless, there are tons of vodka-based cocktails enjoyed by many around the world.
Here at of Iron & Oak, we’re not too keen on vodka as we’re bigger whiskey drinkers. I don’t think I’ve personally purchased a bottle of vodka since I was a junior in college, and it wasn’t even for me. These days, I typically only enjoy vodka on Sunday mornings in my Bloody Mary’s. There’s usually a thick slab of bacon, half a bottle of hot sauce and tons of ground pepper mixed in with some tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce. It’s pretty delicious and gets me going in the morning, but other than that, I can’t say vodka is my favorite spirit. You may enjoy the stuff though and, therefore, may be more likely to have it lying around.
For those who are like me and aren’t too big on vodka, or for those who just enjoy strange lists, I came across an article on The Daily Green this morning about vodka and had to repost it for our readers. Apparently, vodka is much more useful than I thought. Here are ten strange uses for vodka you didn’t know about.
Mark Twain once said, “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
It’s been brought to my attention that a lot of guys out there aren’t aware of what whiskey (or as I like to call it, “writer’s blood”) actually is. This entry will serve to educate those men out there who, for some reason, just can’t put down that warm can of Coors Light. It’s time to man up and class up.
First off, tons of manly men drink whiskey. It’s the drink of choice for famous authors Ernest Hemingway and the aforementioned Mark Twain. Early American actor, Clark Gable, was famously known for his love of whiskey. Upon traveling to Africa, Winston Churchill found the water so unbearable that he improved it by mixing it with whiskey. Hell, Frank and Jesse James — America’s favorite old-timey outlaws — are even related to the Samuels family, the distillers of Maker’s Mark. Frank’s .36 caliber 1851 Navy Colt revolver is on display at their distillery in Loretto, Kentucky.