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Earth Mama Top Secret Marijuana-Inspired Vodka

5 Apr

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One of the great things about vodka is its amenability to all sorts of infusions, from grapefruit to green olive to cilantro. It’s easy to flavor vodka with virtually anything, which is why some of the top-selling vodkas sound like desserts, such as Pinnacle Whipped Cream and Smirnoff Raspberry. There are pecan-flavored vodkas, tobacco-flavored vodkas, even a Sriracha vodka.

And now, there’s a “marijuana-inspired” vodka: Earth Mama Top Secret. I recently received a bottle in a promotional package, complete with a colorful booklet full of promo placards, poster images and advertisements featuring half-naked hippies dancing. I think they made for great photo props, as you’ll see throughout this review.

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival: The Good, the Bad and the Groovy

29 Mar
Passion Pit performs at the 2015 McDowell Mountain Music Festival Friday night. Photo by Esther C. Groves.

Passion Pit performs at the 2015 McDowell Mountain Music Festival Friday night. Photo by Esther C. Groves.

As a general rule, I don’t like large music festivals. I don’t like standing in long lines for everything from admission to drinks to the nasty outhouses; I don’t like waiting out crappy bands I could care less about wedged in-between bands on the bill that I do want to see; I don’t like trying to wade through swarms of dancing, drunken people; and I don’t like being stuck standing directly under the sun for any extended period of time (“extended” being longer than like, two minutes).

At the same time, festivals provide a way to see multiple bands (sometimes from disparate genres), meet interesting people, try new foods, and enjoy the (hopefully nice) weather.

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival (held this year March 27-29) occupies what I call the “Goldilocks Zone” for music festivals. It’s not too hot, not too crowded, not too expensive, and has just the right amount and balance of music acts. I last attended the festival in 2005, when it was held at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The event has grown substantially since then: It’s much larger, taking place over three days, and it’s moved from Scottsdale to Hance Park, in the heart of downtown Phoenix, right next to the library. I love the location.

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