Andy Kaufman in Concert

Tony CliftonIn a smoky bar somewhere in the back alleys of Trenton, New Jersey, Chad Collins Charlestown had agreed to join an open mic for the night. While he hadn’t planned on it, Chad wound up joining because he was originally there to meet a blind date, and the girl never showed up. After a few drinks alone at the bar, Chad started up a conversation with a man who sat down next to him… out of all the 20 plus empty chairs around the bar.

He asked him if he was waiting for someone too. The man said yes, that he was waiting for God. He followed with a confession that he could be waiting for the devil, too, just whomever was at the end of the tunnel. Chad appreciated his honesty and they ordered another drink.

The stranger introduced himself, though decided not to give a name. Instead he let Chad know that he planned to participate in an open mic that night which began in one half hour. Chad let him know that he too was a musician, and asked what type of song he planned to perform. As the anonymous man began to explain his plan… something about odes to different animals, Chad looked around the bar and noticed that it wasn’t just his blind date that never showed up, but the rest of the town and country; he and the man were the only ones in the bar.

In that case they ordered another drink. Chad suggested they begin now since there seemed nothing to be stopping them. The bartender, however, regardless of whether or not there was no one in the bar, stated that the open mic began at 7 o’clock and there was no working around that. …Ok.

The man got up to hit the head while Chad flipped through his mind about the conversation he had had about meeting his date… While somewhat distracted, someone else took the seat next to him on the opposite side. Without mystery, he held out his hand and introduced himself, “Tony Clifton”. Chad went to take his hand, and Mr. Clifton took it away, “He ho ho ho”.

Instead of waiting for the open mic, Tony simply stood up on the bar and began dancing, “howdy ho! Hoody how!”, waltzing back and forth like Elvis in a walrus’ body. Something about this spectacle sparked Charlestown’s memory. Ah, he thought… “My date is Andy Kaufman”.

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Squid Ink Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary? Who needs red? Instead, insert some squid ink and see how you like it.

Even if this sounds absurd, or as if arising from left field… you may not be totally wrong. On the other hand you should just try it yourself.

Based on the research of Italian chefs and cuisine designers in greater Europe, the subtle flavor of fish fits quite well with the salty, spicy abundance in a regular Bloody Mary.

Del Campo Bloody Mary


What you will notice is, that the Squid Ink Bloody Mary at Del Campo Restaurant in New York City bases their Bloody Mary not with vodka, but instead with Pisco, a South American based Brandy often found in Peru or Chile.

In combination with the stronger note of vodka, Pisco, with its sweeter, grape based taste, balances with the squid ink to create an intoxicating taste. Perfect for brunch, or this time, even a late night drink.

Homemade Squid Ink Bloody Mary

While some restaurants like Del Campo can pull of a feat like this with their culinary expertise and professional service, dealing with a squid at home is less… advisable.

Chad Collins Charlestown, inspired by this eccentric menu item, gave it a shot himself. What he didn’t realize is that squid can be bought from a fish distributor, or purchased at the right market if you call ahead or pick somewhere accountable.

Instead, Chad called a friend he knew had a boat, and decided to go in search of the squid himself. Out into the stormy seas of Martha’s Vineyard, a body of water where there are a record number of shipwrecks. Chad and his friend Camillo Anthony III set out on his small yacht.

The Calmar Noir

While Camillo’s girlfriend Azura Del Milan did not return home in one piece, she almost did not return home at all. They did indeed though return with a squid. After all the trouble and loss however, Chad and Camillo decided to keep the squid and forgo the addition of ink to their Bloody Mary.

As Camillo’s boat was wrecked in the search, he dubbed his replacement yacht the “Calmar Noir” after the formidable foe, and new friend they had made.

Seven weeks later, do to a fight between Azura and Camillo’s cleaning lady, the real calmar noir was injured in a cleaning accident. He eventually recovered, though he did spill some ink.

For more mixology news on the newest cocktails and other ways to be the greatest bartender in New York City, follow Chad Collins Charlestown on Twitter and look for his page on Tumblr!

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Ice and Gin

When Chad Collins Charlestown first met Nikki Sixx in 1983, they spent almostChad Collins Charlestown, G&T an evening together in a chest full of ice. So far that is all that is mentioned about the incident: that the two were in there fro upwards of an hour and possibly practicing yoga at the same time.

On the other hand, what can lead a man into an impromptu ice bath other than sports injury. Well, what can lead a man to find ice in the middle of the night? No doubt it would be for a drink, or at least most likely. Truth comes out that the two ended up staying there partly because the ice was so plentiful. And why make the trouble of walking back and forth between the room and the ice room when you could simply stay in one?

What ended up happening was the two filled the ice machine with gin. They were essentially submerged in their own drink with the mission to drink themselves out.

While a task like this is not for the faint of heart, or rather not for any living being at all, it is an interesting experience. After being on tour for such a long time, one can imagine the change in perception from constant travel, sleepless nights, and endless parties. And possibly how it could lead to this…

The two were trying to be in the perspective of what it is like to be a drink itself. What it is like to fit in a glass, to stand tall like a decorative umbrella or a maraschino cherry. While the important thing is to bring a straw long enough that you can also drink the drink yourself while being a part of it… as an attempt to keep up and help your fully realize the illusion.

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Unverified Concert in Bolivia 1983

Salt Flats in BoliviaIn the winter of 1983, or so the story goes from a variety of people who said or said it didn’t happen, Chad Collins Charlestown headed to Bolivia in a private war plane with his band to play a benefit concert for a local militia on hiatus from a 12 day civil war.

While none of this can be factually verified, some of the band members claim the concert did take place. Some of them claim it did not. Chad Collins Charlestown, personally, takes no position on the matter, and elects neither to confirm or deny his bandmates’ claims that the concert happened, or that it did not happen.

Nevertheless the story goes that after meeting Motley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx in a hotel ice machine at the Belagio, Chad was allegedly invited to board a plane that night to meet one of the band’s foreign sponsors and friends. This of course was a tribute to how casually Chad handled his discovery of Mr. Sixx who actually was inside the ice machine at the time of their meeting. Chad apparently continued to dig ice out of the chest, and after realizing he might be interrupting something Nikki was trying to accomplish, he stopped and asked him if he’d rather he keep the ice in the machine.

Back in the hotel room Sal Onetti and Cal Kingston were waiting for rocks to accompany their whiskey. Alarmed that their friend hadn’t returned from the ice machine for over half an hour, they ventured there only to find Chad standing one legged in the ice machine with the Motley Crüe bassist, palms held together in a sun salutation toward the glowing vending machine on their right.

Concerned for his health and mental wellbeing, Cal carried the two down the hall away from the ice machine speaking about a hospital. Dragging his feet, Sixx anounced his private doctor in Stockholm would be the only one to look after the two of them, and that the expenses were prepaid yearly and extended into his inner circle. Cal carried them to the plane waiting outside and the two boarded via the cargo ramp.

Unfamiliar with the military design of the “private plane”, neither Chad nor Cal mentioned this, or the crew’s intention of heading to Bolivia for seven days.

What happens next, and what happened up to here is all factually unverifiable. And neither party will confirm or deny its truth.

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Watch A Helpful Guide To (Nearly) Every Marvel Easter Egg

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Did MTV really collect “every Marvel Easter Egg” in one video, like they claim? Probably not, and I’m sure a million nerds are Hulk-smashing in rage at everything they missed (there’s intentionally nothing from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the just-released Guardians of the Galaxy). Even so, the clip’s nearly 13 minutes and although you probably noticed most of the references before (DID YOU KNOW STAN LEE IS IN EVERY MARVEL MOVIE?!?), it’s still nice to have them all in one place.

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