PARROT TALK

An Homage to Records and Rogues on National Record Store Day

This Saturday shops across the country observed the eleventh annual nationwide celebration of in-person commerce known as National Record Store Day. Organized by coalitions of independent record stores, many record labels use the occasion to release collectible vinyl, limited-edition CDs and live material. As a kind of footnote to that blurb: Pictured above is Records […]

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St. Patrick’s Day at Sharkey’s Tavern

Another St. Patrick’s Day at The Green Parrot. With that in mind, here’s a shot of a St.Patrick’s Day that’s long gone. This photo was taken either in 1956 or 1957 at Sharkey’s Tavern, my father’s bar, outside Philadelphia. In the foreground, behind the bar, sporting a broad grin, a Hibernian string tie, and some […]

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Green Parrot Dog Amnesty

Green Parrot Dog Amnesty Day or “Get A Long Little Doggie”

One of the highlights around the Green Parrot neighborhood on New Years Eve Day is the Annual Daschund Parade which begins just a block away from us on the corner of Fleming and Whithead streets. We decided a few yers back that it was only fitting that we lift our ban on dogs for the […]

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Hendricks Nativity Scene

“No Room At The Gin”: The Hendrick’s Gin Nativity Scene

“I know what we’ll be drinking in Hell”-Vicki Roush I just want to say that whoever came up with this idea (Nick) had a lot more than visions of sugarplums dancing around in their head. Inspired originally by the very adorable miniatures of Hendrick’s Gin, the small-batch, hand crafted Scottish Gin infused with cucumbers… …John […]

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Green Parrot Shawon-o-meter

A Brief History of Our Shawon-O-Meter, or Go Cubs!

As the snake-bitten Chicago Cubs franchise prepares to take the field today and even-up their NLCS series with The Dodgers, overcome 108 years of failure, and mercifully end the longest World Series drought in MLB history, I thought it timely to again examine the Cubbies section of our Green Parrot Sports Wall, particularly the centerpiece,  an original, authentic  SHAWON-O-METER First, a bit on the […]

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Kentiopsis pyriformis

Emergent Leaf of Kentiopsis pyriformis

I would walk past this small, but lovely, palm each morning, a Kentiopsis pyriformis,  and since it was just feet from our gate, I would pass it several times a day and for months, six months at least, this one emergent frond would look exactly the same, never changing. I knew it was a slow growing palm. one […]

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My Father's day post for The Green Parrot

Father’s Day

Here’s a post I put up last year for Father’s Day that and I still can”t  think of a better way to honor all these Fathers in my family who helped make me a better dad….and a better person. Thank You all. On this Father’s Day I’d like to taken a moment to honor not only my […]

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National Negroni Week

National Negroni Week, first launched in 2013, is the brainchild of Imbibe magazine,  and was devised as a way to encourage bars across the country to serve up more Negronis,  and support an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world.  While, not unlike the Aperol Spritz I mentioned last week, you probably won’t be asking […]

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Muhammed Ali “The Greatest: January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

Two of my favorite pieces on the walls here at The Parrot are images of Ali. The photo on the left, taken by Beatles photographer Harry Benson, (which I found in a pile of old photos in a junk store and bought for two dollars I believe) shows Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay, […]

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The Aperol Spritzer 1-2-3

I gotta tell ya. you’re probably not gonna order an Aperopl spritzer in the Green Parrot. But I will say is when I stepped out of The Parrot, while it wasn’t steamy, there’s no doubt it was summer,it might have been the last remnants of the day’s heat coming off the asphalt on Whitehead street […]

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