Thursday, April 28, 2011

Swank Advice-Being the Handsome Man

I was visiting a suburban area recently and wondered why every male I saw was overweight and with a shaved head and was really quite strange, I felt like I was a Hollywood type character who had wondered into an alternative universe.

These were all married men in their mid to late thirties who had packed on the pounds and given up dressing well.
Now I wont bother going into the reasons this happens but it did get me thinking about how simple it is to be a Handsome Man.

When I was in my twenties I knew a guy in his mid forties who was single and truly swingin...he wasn't the best looking guy in the world but it struck me that he was very successful with women and always seemed to have a new girlfriend whenever I saw I asked him what his secret was....well it was pretty simple really. He told me that he worked hard at looking after himself, he always tried to dress well, but he said that his secret was that he was thin and had a full head of hair.

At the time I didn’t quite see the significance of his statement. It's only now that I am in my late thirties that I can now see why he was looking good on the forty something divorce and widowed dating circuit.
Armed with this knowledge I have come to a few conclusions which I hope will keep you in the good looking guy category, and it's reasonably simple.

Firstly get back to your playing weight, find out what you should be and work towards that by diet and exercise. My suggestion is a food diary, choose a diet and stick to it religiously and monitor what you consume. Work out three time a week as a minimum.
Good looks generally are natural, but they can be gained and even for those who are naturally beautiful you will find they actually work hard at it.

Secondly, get a good haircut, even if you are balding talk to your hairdresser and work out the best way to keep yourself looking smart, sometimes it can be as simple as regular haircuts. As for hairloss there are many options these days so I would encourage you to check out this option as the custom hairpiece industry is truly amazing and I think you will be surprised as to what they can do for you.

Finally, don't be a slob with your clothes, for men always get your suits custom made and never skimp on quality.
A well dressed man who is tidy, well groomed and trim will always be a handsome man

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cocktail Nation 170-Strange Hippie Parties

On the show this week our monthly chat with sponsor Brad parker from tiki Shark, news from the Tonga Room, an app to put a cool pulp wall paper on your iphone, swank advice on story telling at parties and speaking of parties we have the best ones from across the world to put in your calendars.


SexBomba -Right Track Baby
Lucas Vigor-The Dark Continent
Martin Denny-Miserlou
Narco Lounge Combo-Boom Boom
Jimmy Vargas High Heels, Black Stockings
Jackie Gleason-Goin Out Of My Head
Clouseaux- Walking from Juarez
Richard Cheese-Spider man
Tiki Joes Ocean-Hawaii Blue
Mancini-Mr Lucky
Purple Pit-She said See Said
Art Mooney-Chi Chi Castenanto
Frank Sinatra-Have you met miss jones
Augie-Colon- Tierra Va Tembla

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cocktail Nation 169-Retrofair

Back from a week away at the south coast holiday house where I spent a fair bit of time working on the Cocktail Nation Book.

On the show a look at a retro fair in the UK, news on a release of bond books, a review of an 80’s crime tv series set in the fifties and sixties and swank advice on infiltrating social circles.


Nico Gomez - Caballo Negro
Living Strings - Experiment in Terror
Tiki Joes Ocean-Alegre
Al Caiola-String Of Pearls
Narco Lounge Combo-Bright Lights Big City
Jackie Gleason-When Your Lover Is Gone
Liz Geyson -Yes I Know I’ve Had It
Clouseaux-Reum with a view
Tipsy- Pink Mood
Lena Horn -Day In Day Out
John Barry - The Loneliness Of Autumn
Voodoo Island-Shot in the Dark
Martini Kings-Fly Me To The Moon
Antonio Carlos Jobim-Girl From Ipanema

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Jazz City Diner Worst Ever Experience

To all the Cocktail Nation listeners thinking about checking out the Jazz City Diner in Darlinghurst that I had recommended, I wouldn't bother.

Big disappointment. After being recommended by a buddy of mine I went to the Jazz City Diner Saturday night after talking on the phone to the owner Dan about doing an interview for the show. We turn up and there are two seats left. We take a seat at the counter or all places and we are told that it was reserved. Can you believe that you would have book for a burger joint.

This offcourse is after I had spoken to the owner about recording an interview for the show and he couldn't even give us ten minutes. What an ungrateful host. Since when do you book for a burger joint anyway.

Overall the joint is pokey with a Johnny Rockets feel and the space is not used properly.

Big thumbs down from Kooper for the Jazz City Diner, go to Burger King if you want a burger, don't pay $20 for a place that is clearly overcharging and under delivering in price, service and style.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Life in the Penthouse-The Mighty Martini and the Top Ten Tini Drinkers

While modern starlets may often be photographed holding some fruit-laden cocktail in their hands, there would be few people who would disagree if you were to suggest the martini was not only the most glamorous drink of them all, but also the one most associated with celebrity.

Despite an ever-increasing array of cocktails these days, there remains something very special about that unmistakable glass and its contents. Taking the first shuddering sip of a powerful, well-prepared martini transports you to a time when stars were real stars and the rich and powerful made this their cocktail of choice.

Throughout its history, the martini has been associated with some of the most famous names in Hollywood, politics and, of course, literature. Some of the greatest writers of the last hundred years were fueled by the cocktail, and many made it -- or one of its many variations -- the signature drink of their protagonists.


Here are the top 10 martini drinkers.

Toots Shor

Toots Shor may now be largely forgotten, but until his eponymous restaurant closed in 1977, he was New York’s restaurateur to American movie stars and famous sportsmen. He was capable of drinking any of his customers under the table, and when told by his doctor to cut back to one martini a day, he complied by tipping a small amount of gin from a full bottle and topping it off with vermouth.

Jackie Gleason

Most famous for his role as Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason was also well known for his prodigious capacity for hard booze. It often saw him carousing until the early hours of the morning and building large bar tabs in his favorite haunts in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. As he put it, "A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini."

Humphrey Bogart

The greatest of all screen gangsters was a hardened drinker and was known to believe that “if everyone in the world would take three drinks, we would have no trouble.” But it was perhaps his reported last words that earn him a coveted place in this top 10 martini-drinkers list. In 1957, he died just after announcing, “I never should have switched from scotch to martinis.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

These days, if any candidate for the U.S. presidency were to announce a fondness for hard liquor, his chances of being elected would be slim, to say the least. Not so for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who not only earned a place in every drinker’s heart (and one on our list of the top 10 martini drinkers) by repealing prohibition, but was also fond of a drink or two himself. A biographer recalls, “Before dinner, we usually had martini cocktails made by the president’s own hands.”

W. Somerset Maugham

In 1958, the novelist and cocktail connoisseur gave Noilly Prat Vermouth a solid endorsement by declaring that without this particular brand of French vermouth, "you can make a side car, a gimlet, a white lady, or a gin and bitters, but you cannot make a dry martini." While later adding, "Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously one on top of the other."

Raymond Chandler

The famous writer’s drink of choice was the Gimlet, a drink made of gin and lime juice created by the British Royal Navy to protect its officers from scurvy. While it is now often made with fresh lime juice, the original would have been made with lime cordial, and in Chandler’s novel The Long Goodbye, Terry Lennox insists "a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else."

Clark Gable

Although he was known to enjoy a cocktail or two, Clark Gable’s place in this list of the top 10 Martini drinkers comes courtesy of one of his characters. In the 1958 comedyTeacher’s Pet, Gable’s character, James Gannon, holds a bottle of vermouth upside down to moisten the cork and then merely uses this to wipe the edges of his Martini glass before adding the gin to make an extremely dry martini.

Ernest Hemingway

Although most famous for his love of the Daiquiri, Hemingway was also fond of his own version of the martini, “The Montgomery.” It was named after the famous British wartime general who would not attack unless he outnumbered his opposition 15:1. Hemingway used the same proportions of gin to vermouth in his drink. It is now a house special at the legendary Harry’s Bar in Venice.

W.C. Fields

In his later years, Fields was known to consume almost two quarts of gin a day. It began with two martinis before breakfast and carried on throughout the day. At parties, he was known to balance a full martini glass on his head. If it fell, he would declare to his audience, “I have had a sufficiency.” If it did not, he would drink the martini as his reward.

James Bond

As well as the occasional vodka martini, Ian Fleming’s fictional spy was known for ordering a Vesper made to his exact requirements as specified in Casino Royale: “Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice cold, then add a large, thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

His request for his drink to be “shaken, not stirred” has become part of popular culture and makes him perhaps the most famous martini drinker of all.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cocktail Nation Repeat Show 16

Koop Kooper is on Vacation at the South Coast Holiday house this week so we head back to show number 16

Coming up on the show he chats to Jim Bacchi from the Tikiyaki Orchestra.
He has a stack of great events for you to check out and a wonderful read all about the great American diner. As usual the best lineup of classic and neo lounge so settle in for another journey to the world of swank.



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cocktail nation 168-The Cocktail Handbook

On the show this week we check out a new book on Cocktails called the Cocktail Hand book …cool drinks from Hawai’is hottest bartenders swank advice on haircuts, review with koop on new album on vinyl for Waitiki 7 or segment on the world of swank with the best events to attend.

Tikiyaki Orchesta-Bachelor Number 2.

Combustible Edison Satan Says

Tiki Joes Ocean-Stoic Moai


Narco Lounge Combo-The Island Awakens

Jackie Gleason-Our Love Dom


Vibes On Velvet-Caravan

Waitiki—Rendezvous in Okonkuluku

Jack Jones-You Better Love Me

Jimmy Vargas-Dahlias Web

Three Suns-Fever

Annie Ross-You’re Nearer

HB Radke-Straighten Up and Fly Right

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cocktail Nation 167-Elizabeth Taylor

On the show this week we take a look at her life, career and marriages….I’ve got some swank advice with a discussion about airplanes.
Some cool events for the jetsetters to attend plus a cool blog to check  out along with our new segment review with koop and an app you need for your iphone or ipad


Jimmy Vargas -A Blue Negligee
Janet Seidel-Mr Lucky
SG Sound-Red Desert Spring
John Barry -London Theme
Lucas Vigor-Straight No Chaser
Jackie Gleason-How Did She Look
Octobop-Girl Talk
Tony Bennett-Manhatten
HB Radke-I Get A Kick Out OF You
Jonah Jones-Tangerine
HajI Baba -Crazy Bongos
Enoch Light-What The World Needs Now is Love
Mr Hos Orchestorica-Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Frank Bennett-Pretend That We’re Dead