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Richmond Float

The Marriage Pact is deliciously creepy so you’re almost immediately worried for Alice and Jake.  Newly married, happy, successful – but then there’s the Pact.  They’re invited to join a jet-setting community of interesting souls who all share one thing:  they want their marriages to be successful.  What’s the harm in that? Just wait.  And while you wait, to combat summer’s heat, why not take a scoop out of a Richmond Float?


Richmond Float

2 oz. Green Spot Irish Whiskey
Root beer
Boozy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream*
Bourbon Maple Syrup

Drizzle maple syrup inside glass.  Add two scoops of ice cream and the whiskey.
Fill glass with root beer.  Drizzle more maple syrup on top.  

Boozy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 vanilla bean, split
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
4 egg yolks
Pinch fine sea salt
3 Tbsp Green Spot Irish Whiskey

Set aside one cup of the cream in a metal bowl.  Place the bowl in a container filled with ice water.
In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining cream, the milk, the vanilla bean, the sugar, and the salt.  Heat on medium until the sugar is incorporated and it just begins to boil.
Remove from heat.  Let sit, covered, for one hour.
Finely strain this mixture into the chilled cup of cream.
Add the whiskey and refrigerate for three hours.
Process in your ice cream maker.


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Kenard Pak loves...Richard Scarry!!

Kenard Pak Author Photo The Fog, Illustrated by Kenard Pak

Richard Scarry's Best Story Book Ever

My earliest memory of a book is my father’s technical manual. He was a steelworker for Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point, Maryland and had various books on welding equipment. I remember his grainy hands and the distinct smell of oil that he’d bring home with him from the plant. My second book of earliest memory is Richard Scarry’s Best Story Book Ever. This odds and ends collection from the great illustrator’s body of work was a regular on my desk. I’d go to it as a sort of how-to-guide on drawing. By this I mean tracing the cars, airplanes, and animals (you can find scrawl marks by 8 year old me in my copy).

I Am A Bunny Illustrated by Richard Scarry With the wonderful mechanics of Pip Pip Goes to London or the lovely natural homages of I am a Bunny, how can this book not inspire! There are even single page comics – my favorite is Harry the Mouse plummeting his plane into Mrs. Pig’s laundry. The pictures are classic and the writing is straightforward, but, like all great children’s books, underneath the charm is something basic and, perhaps, serious. Richard Scarry’s Best Story Book Ever is between its covers an array of observation and movement that come together as work. And it’s this cheering on to work and finish things that I adore about this book. I’m reminded that as I draw, paint, or fix the sink that I can sweat and, if lucky enough, enjoy the craft before me.


Kenard Pak is an animator and illustrator. He has worked as a visual development artist for Dreamworks, Walt Disney Feature Animation, PDI Dreamworks and Laika. Pick up Kenard’s clever and whimsical new picture book, The Fog, at your local Books Inc. today!



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