To garner praise, one's originality must be perfectly calibrated -- too meek and you won't stand out, too un-attuned to reality and you're that lady who is also a cat. See divine imagination executed flawlessly with the Stoli Originals Series
The vodka world's boldest pioneer has teamed up with Thrillist to bring you a four-part series on local innovators, figuring out just what inspires them, beyond that which inspires all of us, chocolate-covered pretzels. Basically, when Stoli asks "Would you have a drink with you?", these are the people with the right to say yes, even if modesty and the Raçlian monopoly on cloning prevent them from doing so
Diving headfirst into this deep blue sea of originality, Thrillist and Stoli salute Timon Balloo, the Fort Lauderdale-raised executive chef now gaining fame for his Midtown resto's fearless tendency to serve up, say, duck & waffles, or veal-cheek marmalade. Already the winner of a grip of awards, Balloo (no relation to the lovable jungle bear) continues pushing his takes on Latin, American, and Asian cuisine to the limits, but has yet to perfect his dream invention, which is apparently sour cream in a tube? Come on, science, help this guy out
Feast your eyes on the opening quartet of profiles -- plus a sneak peek at the eventual full lineup -- at the Stoli Originals Headquarters, populated only by people who share the one Stoli trait even more important than being smoothly mixable into a Moscow Mule: straight-up fearlessness
Hit the Stoli Originals HQ for more goodness from the vodka that blazes more trails than Portland
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