Who | Marta S
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Annette Food Market (and occasionally the Drake Hotel)
Past Bar(s) | Luma, The Great Hall
Favourite Spirit | Whisky/whiskey
Favourite Juice | Orange or Lemon
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Can’t beat a properly made Old Fashioned when you get one.
Favourite Part of the Job | When you and your team kill a smoking busy service and know all your guests walked away happy without ever seeing you sweat.
Favourite After Work Drink | Basic lager, or whisky rocks.
Favourite at Home Drink | Bubbles, or dry cider.
Favourite bar in the world | Dick & Jane’s (Brooklyn, NY). Harry’s (Venice), Swan Dive (Toronto)
Best known for | A guest gave the amaretto sour I made him five stars on Yelp once, does that count? But maybe my industry blog, Behind the Boîte.
Best story from behind the wood | I like writing stories: Back when I was slinging speed rail at the Great Hall, I got to be present for many amazing bands and performers. I didn’t get to watch the shows, per se, because the bar team was busy pumping out drinks for 100+ people all the time. One night, one of said performers happened to be the husband of Jessica Paré (aka Megan Draper of Mad Men fame) and she was there. She kept coming back to me for her orders throughout the night, and I spent the evening trying not to fan girl all over the bar.
When she handed me her credit card to settle up, I took a breath and said, “I am such a huge fan of the show. I’ve seen every episode, and watch it religiously.”
She was so sweet and seemed truly appreciative of the compliment. She also said, “It must be great to work here — you get to hear so much amazing music.” Then, 100% wistfully, she added, “And you guys look like you’re having such a great time doing this. It must be wonderful.”
Now, I loved my time at the Hall. And she was right — we did have a great time. But we were a bare bones operation. Serviceable. Two-ingredient drinks, a pop gun, bottles of beer, and lots of plastic cups. You couldn’t wear nice shoes behind that bar.
So I stepped back, scanned my sparse surroundings, looked lovely, famous Jessica Paré square in the eye, and deadpanned, “Oh yeah, it’s super glamorous back here.”
She stared back at me for a beat. Then she blushed, and we laughed. Later, she said, “Seriously, though, sometimes I really miss these days.” Which I guess means she worked in the service industry for a time. Just one more reason to like her.
What do you collect? Regrets. Just kidding. Mistakes. Just kidding. Hangovers. Okay, real answer is “nothing”.
Favourite thing about your city? I think I could live here for another nine years and still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what this city has to offer.
What was the last photo that you took? Pocket selfie.
Where was your last vacation? I visited my partner’s childhood home — a giant, two-storey log cabin in the woods on a lake — in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Any claims to fame? Got into Camp Runamok’s spring session this year (2017). And I’ll always be proud of my blog.
Red or White? Red
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Grand Marnier
London or Paris? Paris
Glass or Tin? Either, though I prefer tin.
Are you available for freelance gigs? Sure, man!
Find her: Behind the Boîte | Instagram | Facebook
Media: YouTube Channel
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